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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!



Snail Mail Stamp Decisions

Generally, there is the odd postage stamp available in our home. Generally, it’s an American flag “Forever” stamp, meaning, if the postal rates go up or down, it may still be used. Do you remember back in the day when you had to buy 5-cent, 2-cent and 1-cent stamps to make your old stamps work?…


Monday Mottoes – #196

A lot of transitions occurring at our house. Everybody is involved in some sort of change— a couple of them being pushed and pulled into the future and others leaping their way there. It’s all in the mindset, I’m convinced of it. The fact is, everybody is capable. Either find a niche where you naturally…


Rich People Behave Differently

Showed the kids a humorous, ten-minute or so video discussing the habits of rich folks. In general, I would agree with most of them, but, as could be expected, they depended on oversimplifications. They listed poor people’s behaviors and then rich people’s behaviors. Here are a few that explain what rich people might do: Eat…


How to Play the Handyman Game

The saga continues. As I said, I will chase you down because I need workers and I need them now. It’s really not okay if you eventually show up… three weeks from now. But does anyone want a handyman… who doesn’t want to work? Or, more accurately, who is balancing 20 other jobs? So, our…


Monday Mottoes – #194

Everyone has a lot to accomplish, between work and family, leisure and upkeep of homes or cars. These things take time, not to mention community or volunteer obligations. So much vies for our attention, even in our careers, how do we maintain our focus? I have friends who laugh at me because I can multitask…


Cause for Celebration

I’m in the midst of a very busy time of life. This season, which has nothing to do with seasons of the year, has been particularly stressful. I need grace under pressure. Lots of it. Pulling myself out of bed this morning after three hours of sleep, I realized that I must count my blessings….


Disastrous Deliveries

It’s a busy time right now and I have deliveries arriving around the clock. The funny thing is, I feel like I’m on a hidden camera show because I recently put some radical panel curtains on the front door that allow me to look out, but for outsiders not to see me. For the most…


On Stock Trading and Dog Walking

There’s some scary stuff going on in suburban basements across America these days. It mostly involves young people trying to grow up and find careers, but not knowing exactly how to do so. A percentage have college degrees, but many have only partial schooling. They have grown up with a sense of entitlement, that life…


Monday Mottoes – #188

Two different perspectives prevail when it comes to business and when it comes to life in general: jump in with both feet running, or take tiny baby steps and creep along. The former involves lots of potential mistakes, while the latter barely gets you anywhere. But slow-mo is safe. Do you mind making mistakes? Personally,…


The Big Business Side of Homeschooling

Not all homeschoolers are wealthy. After all, these parent(s) are, for the most part, staying home with their children. Some may be crazy like us, travel the world, take the kids along with them and help them learn along the way. But that’s not the norm. So this blog is not about companies making millions…