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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…!

Join us for international adventure with our fast-track family holding Old World values while adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go...!

I Am Not a Construction Social Worker

As most construction workers during good weather, they have too much work to handle. It takes a lot of juggling and coordinating to be at work on one job, but never have totally finished your last job, while someone at a third project becomes irritated at the delay on starting their job. And that’s when…


Celebrating The Six-Day War: 50 Years Later

For ten points: how long was the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War of 1967? Believe it or not, I know people who have gotten the answer wrong…. But more often than that, they don’t understand how the Jewish State has been attacked time and again. For some odd reason, they believe that Israel has been the aggressor…


The Queen of Craftiness

Let’s just say that I’m not the most likely to succeed when it comes to crafts. You know how long it took me to stencil something a week or two ago. And here I am, planning decorative touches for a beach cottage. I got the great idea of utilizing beach shells in art. Simple. Classic….


The Pros and Cons of Humidity

Can you say, “A dewy glow?” No, honestly, I hate humidity. Except that I don’t use the word “hate”. So… I intensely dislike humidity. Wreaks havoc with the hair, you know. Grows mold in the shower. Breeds mosquitos and mustiness. On the other hand, it mists and moisturizes the skin. If hot enough, it clears…


Monday Mottoes – #193

Incremental steps, I remind myself. Baby steps, when I really need to be taking weightless, moon-walk leaps. But Rome was not built in a day. And neither will our lives. Have you ever been trying so hard to complete a project that each setback looms big on the horizon? There are so many interchangeable, interdependent…


Treasures at the Dump

I have become an official dump diver. No, not a dumpster diver— a dump diver. Mind you, it’s all online for now. But, I’m getting up my nerve. This is how it went down: I had some large mattresses and box springs that we needed to replace. It led me to do some research and…


Seven Best Ways to Wear a Work Bandanna

Ahh, the bandanna, that 100% cotton work scarf that anyone who works or plays outdoors knows and loves. We use them in gardening, in archaeology, in construction, in hiking. They cover the chest and neck, whether the front “v” of a shirt, or the back exposed neck above a t-shirt. Said to have been in…


The Shady Side of Stenciling

I recall doing some stenciling about 100 years ago when we moved into a home that benefited from a fleur de lis or two in a remote corner. How I ended up deciding to do a couple of signs recently is anyone’s guess since I might be termed Least Likely to Succeed in the category…


Papa and his Pack of Dogs

We have two of the cutest Scottish Terriers on the face of the earth. Misha and Grisha ooze charm and charisma as our goodwill ambassadors to the nations. Even if not to the mailman and any wayward Mormons who dare to approach our property. Then the two turn into snarling, protective warrior dogs with much…


Monday Mottoes – #192

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S. and our thoughts reach beyond barbecues and the beach to those who served our country. They laid their lives on the line so that we might have freedom. So today, we honor those who gave their all. It was not in vain. Which brings us to two quotes: “America’s…