Happy New Year – Felice Anno Nuovo

Yesterday morning, in Colledimezzo, I enjoyed my final walk of 2020. As usual the views were spectacular.
One year ago on New Years Eve 2019 I walked the same path. We didn’t live here, but enjoyed a two week winter retreat in what was then our second home. We had plans to retire here, but weren’t sure when. On New Years Eve 2020, there was no pandemic. Life was normal, simple, wonderful.
I returned to Colorado on January 8th 2020, leaving my husband here to sort out Italian Medical Insurance, his Italian drivers license and experience working his US job remotely. He flew back to Colorado at the beginning of March, just before the pandemic exploded and Italy shut down. He made it home just in time, and quarantined accordingly. The following week, the whole world changed. We watched people in Rome/Naples and other Italian cities singing on their balconies, making the best of a horrible situation. My heart ached for them.
COVID/Trump/Brexit problems pushed us over the edge and we decided to move to Italy a couple of years earlier than we initially intended. Post Brexit it would have been more complicated because although the USA has been our home since 1995, we are British. Our house in Colorado sold very quickly and my husband headed to Italy on August 1st, it was easier for him because he could work remotely, but for me it meant retirement and I needed more time. Leaving my job with Western Union was difficult. I loved the folks I worked with and I can honestly say it was the best position in my whole working career, but at the end of August I boarded a plane and headed to Rome. What a huge step for and old girl. Retirement in a new country, a new life and a new language to learn.
Now I’m a permanent resident of the beautiful little town of Colledimezzo. The views never disappoint and help dispel the stress of a hellish year. Hopefully the worst is behind us now. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are already been distributed, soon an adult will be running the USA and maybe, just maybe, we can all start living again.
Those of us who survived last year relatively unscathed should count our blessings and concentrate on helping those less fortunate. Happy New Year, Felice Anno Nuovo. Stay Safe.

The Gift and Some Memories

Didn’t we all think we’d be through with this ugly virus by now? I never imagined we’d still be wearing masks and limited to where we can go because lockdown rules still apply.
I imagined by now my daughter, son in law, and a couple of their friends would be here to enjoy Christmas with us. Not to be! We’re all isolated in our own little bubbles across the world. Sad, but at least we’re surviving. The gift in the photo above tipped me over the edge and made me cry. Good tears!
Every single person in Colledimezzo received a box from the Commune, personally delivered to our door. It is a small village, but still, that is a lot of boxes. What a wonderful thing to do. They realized what a tough year we’ve all had, both mentally and economically, and hoped this would help ease the burden. I was truly stunned. So glad to have moved here, such kindness doesn’t exist everywhere.

When we made an offer on this house back in 2017, Trump was the new US President, and the folks of the UK had voted for BREXIT. Although we all have different views, those two things to me, were devastating. How time has flown and things change. Thankfully, Trump’s days are almost over. BREXIT remains, but both events are overshadowed by COVID and the millions of people that have, and still are suffering.

2021 can’t come soon enough. It may not start well, but hopefully vaccines will bring relief and folks will realize a mask is needed to protect the human race. Let’s see beyond the misery to a brighter future.
We can do this!

2017 – The Incredible Journey

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Christmas is almost here and the year almost over. What an incredible year it’s been. I spent last Christmas in England with friends and family. Took a trip down memory lane. The New Years Eve fireworks in London were amazing.

July took me to Naples, Capri and the Amalfi coast. My yearning for a better, slower life in Italy became overwhelming.

August found me in Abruzzo looking at homes and discovering a beautiful area I’d never visited before. The Chieti province of Abruzzo is bursting with beautiful scenery in its perfect position between the mountains and the Adriatic. Sitting on a hilltop is Colledimezzo, my second home.

It’s a long time since I was this excited about anything. My whole family shares that excitement. Now from afar, I’m conducting an orchestra of contractors who are putting the final touches to our new family home. With the help of Monia, our realtor, we’re turning a lifetime of dreams into a future reality.

It may be a while before I retire, but I’m looking forward to it now. The year of 2017  turned out to be an incredible journey.

Happy New Year to everyone. Make your dreams come true!

The Reason we Climb!

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By the end of the year I feel like I’m in the final few steps of climbing a mountain. Exhausted I push myself, one more challenge one more day. I’m longing for time off work to spend with my family. Every day becomes more difficult than the one before, but every day brings us a little closer to the summit.

Why to we do it?

Because we’re alive! When we reach the top of the hill we can see the sun set on the year and everything we’ve achieved.

If it wasn’t such a great year, we can watch the sunset on that too, and then watch the sun rise for the first time on a fresh new beginning.

I know I’m premature, its only December 14th, but for those of you struggling in the stressful holiday season, slow down and remember to look at the sunset.

 

Hiking out of 2013

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM COLORADO

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A Traditional Happy New Year!

I decided to start of 2013 in a very traditional way, cooking, enjoying a little good wine and watching some movies.

OK, so I am a little tired from seeing in the New Year, but that OK. I was with good friends.

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I have a duck prepared, stuffed with onions and oranges and ready to go into the oven. Orange sauce is made to dribble over it (Grand Marnier, orange marmalade, orange juice, orange peel and ginger) very easy to make. White wine sauce in the works. Bacon in the roasting pan ready for the roast potatoes.Veggies washed and in the steamer (I have to eat something healthy) Red wine decanted and aerating. Sounds perfect….it is.

With that I wish you all

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR