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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…!

52 Final Hours…

I finished my deadline project with 52 hours to spare. After months and months of work, the final touches are yet to be added, but I’m pretty much done. Exhausted, happy and exhausted. Did I say exhausted? The brain is fairly fried. I continue sending the wrong texts to the wrong persons while undertaking multi-person…

My Father Passes from Death… to Life

Today my father passed away. I don’t yet have all of the details, but according to an attendant at his nursing home, he woke up this morning, fine, happy… and then had a fatal heart attack.  With a no-revive clause in place, the doctors made him comfortable as he peacefully slipped away. He was a…

Our Drive-Thru Dogs

My husband has hooked our dogs on drive-thrus, no, not those calorie-laden establishments dishing out burgers and fries without their patrons even having to get out of the car.  (Although I’m sure if you tossed some hamburger meat their way, they’d be very happy doggies, indeed.)  Instead, we’re talking about drive-thru banks, believe it or…

Rocky is a Rockette

A few weeks back, I heard scratching and thumping above my head at home.  Again.  There, somewhere above the ceiling, and beneath the roof, ran the likes of Rocky the Raccoon.  Again.  He would try to pry the ceiling vent off of the bathroom fan and other adorable antics that made me feel like a…

Good Fences, Good Neighbors

The Robert Frost quote, “Good fences make good neighbors” resonates with those who live in any proximity to others.  Not that physical fences always help. At one property, we have a fairly stable and tall wooden fence, matched by similar ones erected by neighbors on their property lines only a centimeter away.  At our other…

Misha the Stick Slayer

Misha and Grisha, our Scottish Terriers with the Russian names (don’t judge me), have a thing for security.  They fit beautifully with our family, willing to defend us to the death.  Such friends or bodyguards are difficult to find these days. Anyway, they have an obsession with “securing the perimeter”.  A wayward squirrel that dares…

Where Have All the Long Sleeves Gone?

It’s the middle of winter in my neck of the woods, and I’d like a long-sleeved sweater, dress, or shirt.  Alright, maybe shirts are easy enough to find, but really.  What’s the deal? Just this week, I started actually seeing long sleeves in stores. I don’t have a lot of time to lurk around here…

The Monday Mug Club: #4

I thought this lighthouse mug might be apropos after a major storm of wind and water-!  It’s one of Benedetto’s coffee cups that makes him smile—heavy, clunky, a manly-man type of feel to it, lol. On one side, there’s a black-and-white lighthouse, on the other side, a red-and-white one.  A glaze makes it appear slightly…

The Sandwich, Slider and Triple-Decker Generations

For a couple of decades now, the middle-aged baby boomers with both dependent children and parents over the age of seventy have been known as the “sandwich generation”.  I think it refers to trying to squeeze your own life and needs somewhere inbetween the pressing demands of the generation coming before and behind. Then again,…

Spring Garden Prep

Alright, so we’re a little upside-down and inside-out on our daily, weekly, monthly, annual routines here at 3-D. No excuse. Well, actually, lots of excuses, but you don’t want to hear them, I’m sure. That’s how we are planting fall flower bulbs… in the spring. Because they’ve been kept in a cold place all winter,…