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Seven years ago…

Seven years ago, I landed in Italy for my very first European trip. It was an amazing trip, with my daughter along, and meeting so many people from the States, and Australia – some are still friends! This was the trip that put the travel bug in me that hasn’t left. I loved Italy – in particular Venice – and I will definitely make it back there again. Some pictures from my trip!

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Seven years ago, many pounds lighter, and loving Italy!
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The Amalfi coast – so beautiful!
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My daughter and I in Pompeii
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Venice ❤
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and of course Rome!

Me time

Yesterday was my Dad’s funeral and because of the weather and it being outside, we had a 15 minute service. It was nice and we all went to brunch. My family drives me crazy but it was nice to be all together ❤.

But today was me day. I rented a car and took off for the day. Went for a drive and had breakfast at one of my favourite places, Angel’s Diner.

Came home and did some cleaning. Then I took off again. Some shopping and driving down to the beach. It was surreal at the waterfront. The fog was slowly lifting and it made for some amazing views.

I ended up on a patio, enjoyed an early dinner of a Pickerel Po’boy sandwich. It was a perfect me day. Sometimes we need mental health days to reset our minds.

I don’t do this very often, as I don’t have a car. Rented one for the past couple of days and definitely made it worth my while!

It’s okay to relax

Last night, I decided to break one of my rules of isolation, and had my best friend over for a home cooked meal, some wine, enjoyable conversation and even threw in a game of Tri-Bonds! It was just what we both needed – a night of normalcy during these times.

Pork chops with garlic mushrooms, glazed apples, potato salad and pea and edamame salad. I can only take credit for the pork chops, mushrooms and apples!

I’m off today and tomorrow, so today I took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a nice long walk, sat in the sun for a bit, and then headed over to a lovely bakery close by for a decadent afternoon treat!

Love the sound of the creek
Sitting on the porch, doing some research and enjoying the amazing sunshine!
A lemon lavender tart with blueberries hidden at the bottom – a perfect afternoon treat! and so yummy!

What do you do to treat yourself on a beautiful relaxing day off?

An evening walk

I have recently moved to a new area and decided to take a walk to discover the area. Well it turns out I have been missing out all week on an absolutely GORGEOUS view of the valley! Enjoy!

The very steep stairs down to the park – and then you have to walk down a hill from there!
The steep road going down to where I will be working – good leg muscles are coming!
The beautiful cemetery at the end of the road.
I can’t wait for the autumn colours to come out!