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Where have I been?

Good question! I haven’t written a blog post in months! And someone pointed out to me that I never wrote about the trip of a lifetime that I got to take back in September of 2022. I experienced the thrill and privilege of traveling to Italy. Potete crederci? (Can you believe it?)

I joined my friend Stephanie Chance, owner of the European decor store Decorate Ornate in Gladewater, Texas. She takes two tour groups a year to Italy and I was fortunate enough to get to join her. She is also the author of two books about her tour adventures: Mamma Mia! Americans Invade Italy! and Mamma Mia! Sinners, Saints, and Escapades.

To describe the tour as magical would be an understatement. We flew from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with a layover in Philadelphia to Venice, Italy and traveled by private motorcoach to Florence, Montecatini, Lake Como, Orvieto, Assisi, and Rome. We even popped over to Lugano, Switzerland for one afternoon.

Every one of the twelve days we were in Europe was better than the day before. I cannot describe the feeling of seeing things I have only read about and seen on television, such as Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence, the gondolas on the watery canals of Venice, glassblowing in Murano, the Roman Colosseum, the Tiber River, and the Trevi Fountain. To see where chariot races had been held at the time of Christ was unbelievable.

I could go on, and I probably will, in future posts, but visiting this amazing country was definitely a highlight of my life. I would go back tomorrow if I could. I would work and live there if I could, at least for a short time.

Not only were the sitess steeped in ancient history and stunning beauty, the new friends I made on the tour made such an impression on me in their kindness, warmth, caring, and fun-loving, adventurous spirits. I hope we get travel together again someday. Arrivederci, Italia! Until I see you again. . .


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I Wish it was Christmas Today

Not really. But that little skit from Saturday Night Live featuring Horatio Saenz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan playing and singing that little Christmas song makes me smile every time. Look it up on YouTube. “I don’t care what your mama says; Christmastime is here.”

It’s been a busy fall and summer. I’ve gotten out of the habit of posting and I promise to do better next year. A new year’s resolution, perhaps? But I get ahead of myself.

With camping (glamping), traveling (I went to Italy!), tutoring, and grandkids I seem to wear myself out every day! Consider these photos my Christmas card to you.

My setup at a Girl Camper event in Glen Rose, Texas.

Stella and me trying to stay warm at the campsite. She has become quite the little traveler!

Me at the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Behind me is the largest canvas in the world, Il Paradiso, by Jacopo Robusti. Amazing.

A gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice. The gondolier is behind me.

A partial view of Assisi.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome.

At the airport in Rome waiting for the long flight back. Do I look like a tourist? ; – )

Of course I have a million more photos from Italy but not many of just me!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May all your wishes and dreams come true!