Ten Ways to Beat the Shut-In Blues

And find the silver lining in even the darkest of storm clouds…

Storms and difficulties of all kinds and sizes come our way. From simple gray spells or times of discouragement, to life’s big storms and even pandemics. And they can really start to get us down. A lot of life’s problems are extremely serious, like this COVID-19 that is currently afflicting the world. And it can be really difficult to not worry.

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Dog Payments, Snowballs and Debt-Free Living!

Becoming debt-free may seem like Mission Impossible. But if two financial idiots like us could do it, so can you!

I’m fond of saying that Hubby and I should have received a financial stupidity award in our early marriage. Armed with credit cards and few brains, we shopped foolishly and extravagantly. Even buying a dog on credit! 

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Life Under Lockdown: Challenges and Blessings of Isolation

The isolation of social distancing can be hard and lonely, but it can also become a hidden blessing…

Italy’s streets and piazzas are usually full of people, even in the evenings. But with the lockdown all that has changed. A ghostly calm and quiet has settled on the strangely unpeopled streets and towns.

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The Benefits of Italian Slow Living

Discover the secret benefits of slow living. Something that the Italian people have long known and cherished…

When I explain how our years here in Italy have taught us to slow down, enjoy life, and have even more time for all that we love, I find many who want to escape the stress and frazzled nerves (or the sometimes meaningless treadmill) of the fast lane. We want a meaningful life that counts for something and one that we can truly enjoy. 

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Free Graphics for You

Just as a way of showing my gratitude for your faithful friendship and loyal readership!

As the above featured graphic states, I am grateful. Grateful for many things – and you, my blog readers, are among them! I am grateful for the little community I have found here on WordPress, and feel that God has allowed me to form many wonderful friendships through it!

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Life Under Lockdown in Italy

Social distancing is always hard, but it seems even more confining for the Italians, ever a gregarious and demonstrative people…

As I’m sure nearly everyone knows, we’re going through a strange and most unusual time here in Italy, with the nation under nearly total lockdown. An unprecedented happening for our time and day in a democratic nation. And living through it seems quite surreal.

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The Right Remedy

The right remedy for many of our problems and short-comings may not always be easy or what we want, but it’s always the best!

Tomorrow is the big day. I go in for cataract surgery, which I’m not especially looking forward to. Regaining sight in that eye, sure I look forward to that. But the rest? I’m not especially keen on shots and incisions in my eyeball!

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