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The New Cards are Here, the New Cards are here!

October 27, 2013 • By

Okay, color me excited.  I’m really loving my new Rover@Home business cards, so much so that I had to take a pic.  Of course, it was great to have some help unpacking these things…

In case you’re wondering about the little people – they arrived at my home unannounced, as part of my October Fancy Box subscription.  Maybe one of the quirkiest and most fun things I’ve ever received in a subscription box.  Certainly not something I’d buy for myself, but the little people are quite charming and we’ve become rather close.  (Plus The Fancy is having a photo contest to see how photogenic they are, so of course I had to participate.)

Thanks for working so hard, tiny folks.Image


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Roving Retirement, Italian Style

October 27, 2013 • By

Bill and Carol Sansone are the envy of their friends. Acting on their passion for Italy they have gone back year after year to explore regions up and down the peninsula. Since 2005 they’ve taken six different destinations for a “test drive” in search of a future retirement home.

“We’ve rented in Tuscany, Umbria, northern Lazio, Lake Como and Torino, settling into life in each locale, opting to walk or take public transit rather than drive, preparing meals from local produce, and participating in the local life. Wherever we are, Italians always stop and talk—in the shops, at the bar, even in the middle of traffic! Our most memorable experiences revolve around the people we meet along the way,” says Bill. […]

Melanie Hönig‘s insight:

This couple has taken roving (should that be ROVER-ing?) to another level, testing out retirement spots since 2005.  

See on internationalliving.com


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Below the Bike Path

June 22, 2013 • By

This week’s photo challenge asks that we look at the world through our own specific lens, that we try to communicate to others the way our own brains, eyes and souls see the world – and how our hand-eye coordination works (or doesn’t work) to translate that vision.

Personally, I’m always drawn to an unexpected perspective, an odd detail, a quirky juxtaposition.  This photo, taken in the Italian countryside on a hot summer walk, came as a surprise.  I was walking alone along a path that linked one lovely decrepit villa (the one we had rented) to another, alone, with my camera.

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Our Boys in France…

May 26, 2013 • By

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In honor of Memorial Day, a reminder of those who went before.  The beaches of Normandy, France are a permanent reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in the military have made, and continue to make.  I wish every American student could visit this hallowed ground as they learn about the staggering global and humanitarian crisis that was WWII…for French children, it is part of the school curriculum.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

May 19, 2013 • By
Boats in an Inlet off the Coast of Maui

Boats in an Inlet off the Coast of Maui

Here’s another photo that means “escape” to me.  But not in all the usual ways…I really enjoy the details of this photo, how the steam is rising off the mountain to meet the clouds after a quick tropical sprinkle.  I love the lushness of the place.  But my favorite part of this day was leaving Maui behind (which is what was happening when I took this photo from the boat’s stern).  Leaving Maui meant escaping back to our unspoilt, quiet island of Lanai for the rest of the week!IMG_0285  Lanai is all about tranquility, untouched Hawaii and quiet romance.

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Wow! I’ve Been Nominated!

May 14, 2013 • By

Seriously. Wow! Something totally different for today!  Recently I received the nicest compliment from Anne at the blog Creatively Deprived.  She told me she’d nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is amazingly cool.  Thank you so much Anne!

Liebsters are for blogs that others find inspiring and/or interesting and that are not yet known to wide audiences.

I’m really enjoying blogging.  It’s beginning to feel like a part of me and I’m getting my groove on.  But to get responses from readers at all – and now this – it’s all still so surprising!  I’m really appreciative.  Thanks again, Anne!

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