That Shopping Thing

There are lots of adjustments when moving to a different country. Yes, the language is the biggie, but also shopping. We have a small shop in Colledimezzo and larger supermarkets (supermercato) close by. Each supermarket has a butcher, baker and fresh produce section. When I say fresh produce, I mean local, probably from the ground to the supermarket in the same day. Delicious.
Occasionally I visit Lanciano, the closest large town, and shop in Oasi. Oasi is a ipermercato, and sells everything. Their deli, fresh produce, bakery and butcher’s section is fantastic. The choice and quality is amazing.
At first shopping was exhausting, but now my shelves are stocked with familiar items, or their Italian equivalent, its a more relaxing process. I can’t run to different towns on a regular basis because of COVID. So for now, I’m making do with the necessities.
I’m longing to visit my favorite kitchen shop in Casoli. It’s called Miranda and sells pots, pans and various kitchen gadgets. My favorite linen store, Punta Bianco, isn’t far away. I can barely wait to wander around the shops in Pescara, (and maybe have lunch by the Adriatic) or browse for home goods in Maison’s du Monde.
Patience is a virtue and I need to count my blessings, but I never thought I’d miss shopping so much.

Eve of December

It’s the eve of December and it’s cold,

Winter crept up on us this year.

Only yesterday the sun shone brightly, smiling on my skin,

Now its the eve of December and it’s cold.



Monday Morning Reflection

It’s Monday morning.

For most of my adult life I’ve risen early and fought the morning rush hour. My last two Monday mornings have been spent scouring job openings, worried I can’t find a position. This morning is different. I don’t have a new job yet, but I’m a little more choosy and relaxed in my search. I’m dwelling on whats important to me. I don’t just want a job!  

Instead, I want to spend my days doing something I enjoy, with good people who want to do the same.  At the end of each day I want to leave work and think…..Yes, that was a good day. 

This morning, instead of rushing to my laptop and trying to weed out the right position, I slung my camera around my neck and captured the world around me. It was worth it!



Maybe today I’ll do a little marketing on my book, or work on my new novel, the day is mine. 

Amazon – Dead of July

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December Sky – WOW!



Spectacular Sunrise Colorado Style

My day started beautifully as you see below.





Colorado, the beautiful colorful State.

Colorado is the perfect place for artists and writers. 

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2012 – The end of the Mayan Calendar. Not the end of the World!

Here we are, it’s 2012. Am I panicking? No I don’t think so. Well maybe a little. I am not panicking about the end of the world because the Mayan Calendar is no more.


My problem is time. In December we have to work, socialize, bake, cook, shop, write Christmas cards, wrap presents, etc. etc.

Hey, it’s a good problem and I wouldn’t have it any other way, so for those of you worried about the Mayan Calendar. FORGET ABOUT IT and enjoy December. It’s a magical month of wonder no matter your age or religion. Have fun. I love the craziness of the season. No matter what your religion, enjoy it and share it with those close to you.

Christmas in New York

Christmas in NY

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in my home state of Colorado

Christmas in Colorado

Wherever you are, enjoy the countdown to Christmas.