Friends and Sunshine: A Perfect Remedy

16 May

For the last four days, Len and I have been housebound. Seems as though we succumbed to the Italian “colpo d’aria” or a “hit of air” to our eyes, nose, or ears. In simple terms, we each got a very bad combination of cold, bronchitis, and cough. The other culprit, as the Italians would say, is the weather, and I’d agree. Hard to believe it is May and on some days, we are still wearing down jackets or vests and heavy scarves. But enough already as there is always a bright side.

Each of the last four days, we have received calls and messages from friends checking in to see how we are doing, offering to shop or cook for us, or dropping things at our front door. Seriously, the kindness is almost overwhelming. And today, since the sun was finally shining brightly, Fernanda insisted we go to her house in the country so she could cook for us as we sat in the sun. How could we resist?

The sun was shining brightly, lunch was delicious, and the vistas were spectacular,  


including the spectacle of her roses in full bloom fronted by a row of lavender.


The Italians have a phrase for all of this as well…

L’aria di campagna, la salute ci guadagna…  country air equals health benefits.

The day was just what a doctor might have ordered.  Even as we were leaving, I couldn’t believe the view in my rear view mirror. And yes, tonight we are definitely feeling better. 


Friends and sunshine, a perfect remedy for all that ails!



11 Responses to “Friends and Sunshine: A Perfect Remedy”

  1. Hilary Martinez May 16, 2019 at 5:56 PM #

    Feel better soon!
    It’s still miserable here in Toronto too!
    Cold and rain and lack of sunshine!
    Meantime the flowers look fabulous there!

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    • blogginginitaly May 17, 2019 at 1:39 AM #

      Thanks, I think we are finally turning the corner. Hope we both get many days of sunshine soon!


  2. Royce Larsen May 16, 2019 at 11:04 PM #

    I second that emotion. Thanks as always.


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  3. Paula May 17, 2019 at 3:59 AM #

    Lots of that going around in the States, too! We left for Ireland on Tuesday and one couple had to cancel because of bronchitis. Hope you and Len feel better each day. Hugs to both of you, Paula

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  4. May 17, 2019 at 6:40 AM #

    Hi Judy and Leonard,
    I am in Poland with Berci Albert by the Baltic Sea. He works here at the misielsight for the US government. He was home for Karolyn’s graduation as a nurse from TCU. I am enjoying the sea air and the wonderful fish available here. Will be traveling to Berline, Wisbaden, where Albert also has an apartment. Not going to Hungary on this trip, will be back to Venice in September for a Cruise with Andrea, Norb & Grace.
    Hope you feel better,
    Love, Magda & Albert Berci

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    • blogginginitaly May 17, 2019 at 2:09 PM #

      Magda, always wonderful to hear from you. Your travels sound wonderful! Congrats to Karolyn – how the time has flown! Enjoy your travels with your family. And thanks, we are beginning to feel better. Love to you all.


  5. jeanfromcalifornia May 17, 2019 at 12:23 PM #

    Once again a weather mirror image between here and Cortona.
    Below normal temperatures and occasional rain. Son in law with cold. But even though slightly colder, sitting in the sun on the sunny days is glorious! And the flowers and trees are going crazy just like in your beautiful pictures. Enjoy your friends. More are on the way.

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    • blogginginitaly May 17, 2019 at 2:06 PM #

      Will it ever be spring/summer??? Oh, well, the sun was out again today so we were happy. And yes, they are on their way soon!😍


  6. ivan May 18, 2019 at 1:36 AM #

    Hi dear Judy,
    Sorry to hear that you are not well my friend, hope you recover soon!


    Liked by 1 person

    • blogginginitaly May 18, 2019 at 8:25 AM #

      Grazie Ivan, it seems like one day better and they next not, so I am making chicken soup!


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