Hope for Shattered Dreams

Many plans and dreams have gone by the wayside during these days of pandemic emergency. My good friend, Dayle over at Tip of My Iceburg, shared how the porch they’d planned, saved, and dreamed for finally came true. Except the porch built to hold lots of family and friends now sits empty, but for theContinue reading “Hope for Shattered Dreams”

The New Normal?

Things have been, and still are, pretty rough here in Italy through this coronavirus time. And not just because we’ve had such a high rate of cases and deaths. But because in addition to the usual restrictions, like social distancing, masks, gloves, diminished freedom, company closures, and loss of jobs (like my husband’s) – ourContinue reading “The New Normal?”

Italy’s Open-Air Markets

Italy’s fun and useful open air-air markets have been put on hold because of coronavirus. 😦 Yet they remain (once they reopen) one of the best ways for tourists to get a glimpse of Italian culture and daily life, and to find a great deal. So I thought I’d let you get a peek atContinue reading “Italy’s Open-Air Markets”

The Italian Easter

“Toc, toc, toc.” Wiping my hands on my apron, I went to the door wondering who would visit so close to lunch. “Buon giorno,” I greeted the unexpected visitor hesitantly. “Can I help you?” not really knowing what to say or do. I’d never been visited by a priest before! “Well, I’m here for theContinue reading “The Italian Easter”