Happy New Year 2018! Buon Anno!

31 Dec

Each year at this time, I think about what one thing I’d like to share. My inspiration can come from a multitude of sources, and this year, it came from an email from friends.

They had just returned home from a fun yet hectic Christmas with their children and young grandchildren and penned the following:

… “we’re feeling so privileged that after a pretty busy life of our own we’re finally properly old, with few responsibilities other than to each other!…Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

Let me put “properly old” in context – these are people in their 70’s whose daily short walk is 4+ miles and their hikes can be hours on end.

And while our long walks can’t measure up to that of our dear friends, we too have embraced this “properly old” period in our own terms. In 2011, blogginginitaly.com was born with this ABOUT:

Judy and Len

too young to be old and too old to be young,

but just the right age

to be traveling, exploring and sharing our adventures with you.

Little did we know then the places we’d go, the things we’d see, and the people – oh, the great people we’d meet, and continue to meet, as we continue our adventure. “Properly old” can indeed be a great time of life.


My sincere hope for all, as we head into 2018,

is for Health and Happiness,

and that no matter your age,

you embrace life –

Damn those torpedoes, full speed ahead!


26 Responses to “Happy New Year 2018! Buon Anno!”

  1. Florence Larsen December 31, 2017 at 12:42 AM #

    Happy New Year Judy, Len and Benita ! We’re having a wonderful time and miss you and love you all !!

    Love florence, Vince , loren, john and the sprouts ❤️3⃣

    Sent from my iPad


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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

      And a very Happy New Year to you, Vince, and those amazing little ones! Miss you all too but happy for you to be out of the arctic freeze! xo


  2. Charles David Dreher December 31, 2017 at 1:05 AM #

    Aloha Judy & Len,

    Super inspirational.

    My first task in 2018 is to read a book a faithful friend loaned me just yesterday, A New York Times Bestseller… Lasting Happiness in a changing world, The Book of JOY by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

    I wish you a Banner 2018 and beyond,
    Charles on island

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  3. Lyn Douglas December 31, 2017 at 2:27 AM #

    Bravo. All the best for a blessed and joyous 2018

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  4. Ann Frierson December 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM #


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  5. Emily Ragsdale December 31, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

    Thank you, Judy!! Keep those blogs coming! I love reading them!! BTW – the gang that you originally met in the square of Cortona will be returning this July for a repeat visit. Hope we can have a mini reunion with you!!!
    Happy New Year to you and Len!!

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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 12:40 PM #

      Thanks, Emily, same to you. Unfortunately we won’t be there in July, but think of me as you enjoy aperitivo at Tuscher Caffe!


  6. Hilary Martinez December 31, 2017 at 10:53 AM #

    Feliz Ano… All the best for good health in the coming year!!
    Enjoy all your travels,
    Gustavo and Hilary

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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

      And the same to you and Gustavo – Sending Happy New Year Hugs!


  7. karenincalabria December 31, 2017 at 12:15 PM #

    Complimenti for your great attitude! And Auguri for the New Year to come!

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  8. Alexis December 31, 2017 at 12:18 PM #

    Happy New Year to all the family. Hope 2018 brings us great surprises. Enjoy and miss you all. Love from P 2 and A 2.

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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

      And a very Happy New Year to all of you, A2 and P2! Miss you! xoxo


  9. Sue Capraro December 31, 2017 at 2:27 PM #

    What a perfect philosophy to a never ending journey, our wishes for your continued health and fun filled adventures into 2018, and my we all enjoy our own adventures as we travel this road of life into the sun. Love to all , Sue

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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 3:15 PM #

      Thanks, Sue and the very best to you and your family in the new year. Hugs, Judy


  10. Loren larsen December 31, 2017 at 9:58 PM #

    Happy new year! This post was fantastic. And so are you. Xo

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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 11:42 PM #

      Thanks, Loren and the same back at you! Happy New Year to you, John and the kiddos! xoxo


  11. jeanfromcalifornia December 31, 2017 at 10:12 PM #

    With all due respect to your British-sounding friends, I hope that you and Len, Al and myself, and Larry and Carrol will all be IMPROPERLY old. Why start behaving ourselves now? LOL

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    • blogginginitaly December 31, 2017 at 11:44 PM #

      Leave it to you, however, our friends fit that category as well! Cheers back!


  12. Peter Daniel January 1, 2018 at 6:23 AM #

    You nailed it! Full speed ahead into 2018 with our best wishes.

    Liked by 1 person

    • blogginginitaly January 1, 2018 at 11:34 AM #

      And hopefully together somewhere!!!
      Best to you and family!!!🥂💕


  13. justjoy42@aol.com January 1, 2018 at 11:32 PM #

    New Year Wishes & Blessings!

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