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

Where Thrift Reigns {The Italian Village of Thrift}

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

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

A Full and Happy Life [Video]

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

9 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues

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

Don’t you Know You’re Beautiful? [Video]

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I generally avoid advertising like the plague. I just don’t want all the hype trying to get me to buy a bunch of stuff I don’t need and don’t have room for! But I stumbled on this video from Dove® some time ago, and found it so encouraging!

Yet it sadly shows what low self-esteem so many have, especially us women. With the over-emphasis society places on physical appearance, we often concentrate on it too much, and feel we never measure up. “My ears are too big, my nose is too small, and I’ve got a weird chin. Me, beautiful?” (That’s how I often see myself!) Continue reading

The Wise Woman with a Stone

If you could leave but one thing behind you what would it be? Wealth and property? Family heirlooms? For me those don’t even enter the running. Not only because I have few such things to leave. But because I hope, above all, to leave a lasting legacy.

I may not be remembered for any mighty deeds or great wisdom. But I hope to be remembered as one who, while not perfect, owned up to her mistakes and failings and tried to overcome them. One who put others first and loved them more than money, things, or success. And who gave what she had.  Continue reading