Our 1st World Obsessions

Our First World obsessions. How did we get them? Picture-perfect homes. With fine decor, and all artistically arranged. I can’t help but wonder: How did we get this way?

I recently read a post about hiding external cords of wall lights. You know, the kind added after construction. Because that cord. Well, it’s ugly, messy, and bothersome. Detracting from our picture-perfect homes. A problem to correct.  Continue reading “Our 1st World Obsessions”

When Thieves Strike {And the Value of Stuff}

We’ve had thieves strike. Twice. The first time real thieves, but the second were sort of fake thieves. As many of you know, we have a summer home. And in our absence thieves got in, taking our bedroom mirror and a small step ladder.

Odd thieves, seeing how they didn’t mess anything up and the house showed no signs of breaking and entering. They must have gotten hold of a key somehow. So not only do we now have those items to replace. But we also had to pay for having the locks changed. What a hassle!  Continue reading “When Thieves Strike {And the Value of Stuff}”

Why We Travel with Only One Carry-on Bag


With many upcoming trips in our near future, I’m dusting off my travel skills! Over the next few months we will be traveling to visit churches, including our northern church in Emilia Romagna. And we’ve also been invited to the 99 year anniversary celebration of the tiny church in Mario’s hometown! All to be capped off with our overseas trip including Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and Michigan. That’s a lot of travel!

And that’s why I’m happy to have discovered one-bag traveling.

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Where Thrift Reigns {The Italian Village of Thrift}

Mario's Village

My husband’s hometown (in the Salerno province) is a village where thrift reigns. The people there have long been used to making do. The current trend toward simplicity and frugality is so normal for them, that they would ask “Is there any other way?”

I’m often amazed at their makeshift contrivances. And their unusual, often ingenious, ways of reusing and up-cycling. Some of the oddest containers employed as plant pots. The strangest objects joined to form fences. Nothing, it seems, goes to waste, but gets reused for something.  Continue reading “Where Thrift Reigns {The Italian Village of Thrift}”

Kill That Pigeon


I wanted that pigeon dead; it’s sad but true. Now don’t get me wrong, I love birds. I’d like a house full of them, and barnyard too. (Not that I have a barn!) But I did not like that pigeon! “Kill that pigeon, I said!”

The outside walls of our old house, like the one pictured below, are full of nooks and crannies. Perfect nesting spots for birds. And I usually think: “Oh how lovely, baby birds to watch!”  Continue reading “Kill That Pigeon”

A Full and Happy Life [Video]

Sea village

If wealth, possessions, and success could bring happiness, successful entrepreneurs and the wealthy would be the happiest people in the world. Yet they’re often not. And the more we talk with people, the more we discover that many are unsatisfied with life. Either they don’t like the direction their life is going or feel their life is directionless.

And I think it’s because we often start living for the wrong things. We live to get more, and then wonder what to do with it. We work to upgrade to bigger homes and fancier automobiles, and then struggle to make the payments on a home we’re seldom in because we work all the time.  Continue reading “A Full and Happy Life [Video]”

9 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues

Rainy day

This was our scenery the past week. Dark, gray, gloomy, foggy. And drippy everywhere we looked. Only my husband, camera in hand, can seem to take such gloomy days and turn them into beauty! I can’t say that I share his talent or his optimism. I’m sun-loving by nature and these gloomy days tend to get me down.

It wasn’t a week that started out well in the first place, owing to my own stupidity. Even though for an old granny, I’m usually pretty good with technology I managed to lose a lot of photos and even ruin my external hard drive. And then continued to kick myself for it over and over again…  Continue reading “9 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues”