A Full Moon Shines on my Waiting Game!

Last night I donned my mask and ventured out. I only walked about two hundred feet or so, to the bottom of my daughter’s street. There was no one close to me! I was vigilant and moved if I saw people heading in my direction.
The moon called me, well not literally, but when I looked out of the window I couldn’t resist stepping out to take photos. I hadn’t realized we were experiencing a lunar eclipse. I watched people with cameras set on tripods, or using binoculars, as they picnicked and enjoyed the view. I wish I could have joined them, but my covid test was still positive yesterday. The line is fading slightly, but still there.

The moon shines down on my waiting game. I hope the wait is short! I love being with my daughter, but I want us both to be covid free. She has a big family vacation booked in Maui in June, and I want to return home to Italy.

Send us both positive vibes everyone.

Stay safe and keep a smile.

Delicious Indian Food, Huge Trucks and Baby Geese

The days are flying by! It’s taken a week, but we finally got to satisfy our craving for Indian food. Every bite was heaven. Vegetable Samosas followed by goat curry, poppadoms, garlic naan, lamb marsala and mango lassies to go. Once isn’t enough! I think one more visit is on the cards before we return to Italy.

The drive back from south of Denver wasn’t fun, it seems the rush hour starts earlier now. I25 was packed with traffic at 3:00 pm. I’m not used to being boxed in by huge trucks anymore. It wasn’t scary, just annoying. I miss the quiet rural roads of Abruzzo. I took Princess Tess for a short walk when we got back. We came across a family of geese strolling in the late afternoon sunshine.

Despite wearing several layers of clothing my husband got really cold on the flight from New York to Denver. I knew he’d get sick. On Sunday, I started to cough and sneeze too. We both did the COVID test to be safe and it was negative, so we just have to patiently let the cold run it’s course. Probably the dry air of Colorado, the altitude and air conditioning isn’t helping. We’re used to the gentle humid air of Abruzzo.

Speaking of Abruzzo, even though we’re far away, our new home purchase is progressing. When we get back to Colledimezzo it will be full steam ahead with our packing. We’ll have a month before our furniture is loaded up to move to Teramo province. Exciting and heart wrenching times. A new adventure, but hopefully the last one.

What is on the schedule today? Maybe some more hot spicy Indian food to help kill our cold, or maybe a steaming bowl of pho.

Thats it for today folks. Thanks for following my travels and stop by soon.
Remember, stay safe and keep a smile.

May Daze in Denver – Colorado

When we landed in Denver last weekend the weather was beautiful. Then we had a cold snap, which isn’t unusual in this part of the world. Now the weather has settled in the mid to upper seventies and it feels so good.
I’ve been enjoying the best of Colorado. On Friday my daughter treated me to a massage at the luxurious Woodhouse Spa on 17th Avenue. When we got back home Jo stayed outside in the sunshine and worked on her front yard. That made me very happy because it seems gardening runs in our family. My mum spent hours tending her flowers and vegetables, and when I got my own home, it became my passion too. Now I’m thrilled to see the family tradition has trickled down to my daughter.
In the evening I met with my good friends from Western Union, the company I retired from. We had a long leisurely chat over drinks. It was so good to see them and laugh with them. I’ve missed them all.
Saturday was the perfect day for grilling and drinking Mimosas! I finally feel like I’m on vacation.
Today was Mother’s Day! I was spoiled rotten and enjoyed every minute of it. Especially the Mimosas with brunch at Bistro Vendome in Larimer Square Denver. One of my favorite restaurants! The weather was perfect. Afterwards we enjoyed a flight of wine outside Cru Wine Bar and people watched. Perfect Day!

Whether you’re a mother or not, I hope you had a wonderful Sunday.
Stay safe and keep a smile.

Sloan’s Lake – Denver – Old Meets New

Finally I slept well. Still getting tired early, not sure if it’s the altitude (Denver is at 5000 feet), or jet lag. I walked Princess Tess by 8:30 this morning.
The first two photos above show the different styles of houses around Sloan’s Lake. Old meets new, but all with heaps of character.
Third photo is my daughter’s new hobby, growing things in this amazing indoor garden. I need to look out for something similar in Italy.
The last three photos are, of course, Sloan’s Lake. The Rocky Mountain backdrop and the clouds reflect perfectly on the glassy surface. The geese rest peacefully on its banks, and the snow capped Rockies rise against the clouds.
Today was warm, I enjoyed a wander around the Cherry Creek shopping district and visited some of my old haunts. I looked at all of the pretty things I used to buy when I was still working, but can’t really afford now. I don’t need them. I have everything I need in Italy.
Finally I visited XOXO Salon and my best friend Rocco. He’s been styling my hair for around 20 years. After my “do”, we went for lunch and chatted about everything, just like we always used to.
Back home to Joanna’s and straight out for margarita’s. It is Cinco di Mayo after all.

I did a lot in just one day, but it was fun.

Don’t waste a minute of your lives, live like there is no tomorrow and always keep a smile.

Back to the USA

It’s our second day back in the good old US of A and we’re slowly getting over the jet lag. I went to bed at 9:00 last night and straight to sleep. Although I was awake at 4:00 am, I felt rested. I’ll try and stay up a little later tonight.
I decided to do some laundry today, so I bundled up all of our dirty clothes and put them in the washing machine…then stood back and laughed. I’d forgotten how big the washing machines are in the US. I need at least another couple of days worth of dirty clothes to fill its gargantuan mouth.
It was a rainy morning and a slightly overcast afternoon, but it made for a lovely walk around Sloans Lake with Princess Tess. I remembered to greet people in American today. When I walked around the lake yesterday morning I greeted everyone with “ciao” and “buongiorno”.
I forgot to tell you about my other mistake, I tried to purchase snacks in New York with Euros. It’s also tough remembering to say thank you instead of “grazie”
I’m still practicing my Italian every day while I’m here…but maybe I need to practice my American too!

Enough for now, hope you’re enjoying my little mishaps.
Have a wonderful week everyone and mantieni un sorriso. (Keep a smile)

A Vacation in Colorado

We finally made it to Colorado, the place I used to call home!
The journey was tiring, but fun. We travelled by Pronto bus to Roma, where we spent the night in the lovely Rome Park Marriott. It’s been a long time favorite hotel for us when traveling through Fumicino. We enjoyed a nice early dinner and then relaxed ready for the next leg of our journey. The flight from Roma to JFK Airport in New York was long, but comfortable. I read, watched movies and relaxed. Then we had a 3 hr 45 min layover in New York…not so good. That’s when the fatigue started to hit. The plane was late getting away, but managed to arrive on time at 10:45 Denver time. I lost count of the time zones we’d crossed, there were two in the US alone.
It was marvelous to see our daughter at the airport, and it made all the tiredness worth it. We managed a glass of wine when we got back to her lovely new house, first time we’d seen it. Then, of course, my husband slept like a log. Me…not so much!
Today we had brunch, played with Princess Tess and had way too many Mimosas, all while relaxing in the glorious Colorado sunshine.

I think it is going to be a very good trip. Never thought I’d be vacationing in the city that used to be my home. How life changes.

Take care everyone. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

Walking in Colledimezzo Soothes the Soul

I stress more easily than some. Why? Who knows! Maybe because I’m sensitive, and I care. Today was going so well, I packed and got documentation and other things ready for our trip. Then, due to no one’s fault, everything fell apart. Thank heavens for good friends. With their help (and you know who you are), things were sorted out. A last minute zoom meeting to witness signatures, a document fixed, a friendly face, and life was good again.
I did find time to chat with a lovely friend and enjoy some good Italian hospitality this afternoon too. That was followed by a relaxing walk, my last one in Colledimezzo for a while. Now I’m enjoying a glass of wine and trying to chill.
Some things went well today. I got the moving dates settled, and possibly the closing date on our new house. Life goes on, good or bad, and we figure it out.

Take care everyone, and don’t let things stress you, just keep a smile.

Walk Away Those Monday Blues

Today was frustrating. Paperwork that I’m not in control was stressing me out. I’m retired now, but when I worked, it was in the legal field. That means anything less than perfect isn’t acceptable. Today I was dealing with the unacceptable and it made me jittery.
Luckily we’d invited friends around for drinks and appetizers so I was able to focus on something else. Cooking is my passion and soon my stress faded.

Tomorrow is another day.

Friday we leave for Rome and spend a night in a hotel that brings back wonderful memories. On Saturday morning we fly to Denver. The thought of giving my daughter a big hug makes me happy. I can’t wait to see her new house for the first time and hug her silly pup.

Happy Monday everyone, keep a smile.

Pietro – My Italian Love Affair!

Today was a little overcast, so my photos (other than the first one taken this morning) are from yesterday’s walk.

As I walked, and cleared my brain, something occurred to me that made me smile. Although my visit to Rimini in the early seventies got me hooked on Italy, my love affair started much earlier, when I was six years old. Yes that was 1963!

My mum and dad parted ways in 1961, in fact my mum fled for her life. I haven’t seen my dad since, nor do I want to. He wasn’t a nice man. My mum worked hard and struggled to keep us fed and clothed. The only luxury she allowed herself was a good “hair do”. It didn’t happen regularly, but when it did we visited Pietro’s in Darlington (County Durham). I doubt Pietro’s is still there now. While Pietro teased my mum’s hair, he would talk to me and make me laugh. I loved listening to him and was hypnotized by his Italian accent. At the tender age of six, he was the only man who had been nice to me. Sad, but true. He was handsome, funny and kind, and I wanted my mum to marry him. I looked forward to visiting Pietro’s.

Eventually my mum married a good man. He wasn’t Italian, but he was kind and made her happy. We moved to a new home and I never saw Pietro again, but I’ve never forgotten him. Maybe that was where my love affair with Italy really began.

When I move in July, my new home will be between two villages. Gabbiano and, strangely enough…Piano San Pietro. It was meant to be. Perhaps Saint Peter is my Guardian Angel.

We all have people and things that influenced our lives at an early age. I’d love to hear about yours.

Stay safe everyone and be happy!

Easter Moon – Italy – Here to Stay

I woke up at 5:45 this morning…way too early for me, but I had a lot going on in my head. We’re packing for our trip to the US, as well as for our move to Teramo province. Seems my brain functions better late at night, when I’m trying to sleep, or in the early hours of the morning.
We have started packing our home into cardboard boxes. A difficult task! Getting into the rhythm of packing isn’t too bad, but emotionally it’s a strain. We’re not leaving Italy though, so I’m not too sad, and I’ll visit my friends often. I’m sure they’ll visit us too.

The Easter Sunday moon was spectacular. A gorgeous clear night gave us a good view of a big bright moon. My Easter Monday walk was spectacular. I stepped into places where fairytales start.

Have a lovely week everyone and take time to enjoy the moment.

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