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In My Words

31 Dec

I’ve often wondered, with this age of technology, where will my online stories and photos end up? Oh, not next year, or even 10 years from now, but off in the future when a grandchild might be interested. I was lucky that my grandfather, Alex, took time to write letters, and even more fortunate that his wife and daughter took care to keep them.

Over many years since childhood, I failed to complete many of the journals and scrapbooks that I had purchased. I, like so many, still have a large bin of photos in storage, and many, many stories that rely on memory.

But that changed with my blog. Without actually understanding what I was launching in 2011, I embarked on a “journaling journey” that would forever capture my thoughts, adventures and photos, and really change my life. It began as a personal journal, for family members and a few friends, to follow Len’s and my first “three-week alone” trip to Cortona.

I never could have imagined all that I would gain from my writing –  unknown family history, unknown relatives, reacquaintance with long-lost friends, incredible new friendships, unexpected invitations, and so on, as well as the joy of being able to “revisit” each and every event or place that touched our lives in the last six years. In addition, I never could have imagined how many others would come along for the adventure. Since 2011, 0ver 25,000 people from more than 100 countries have visited blogginginitaly!

For Christmas, I surprised Len with hard copy books of our adventures, one per year. Each has a custom front and back cover, a dedication page, and the blogs from that entire year. We need only  flip open a page at random to relive a wonderful experience, photos included!


©Blogginginitaly.com Front covers 2011-2015


©Blogginginitaly.com Back covers 2011 -2015

And now I know that as long as there’s a bookshelf, my stories will have a home, regardless of how technology might change in the future.

Thanks to all who have joined us on our journey. I’ve loved your comments and the opportunity to share our adventures with you. And yes, there’s more in store for 2017, including planting the next garden. Can we grow an even larger tomato in 2017????

Happy New Year, may it be filled with good health, and may we each, in some way, contribute to a kinder, gentler, more tolerant and more peaceful world.

Happy New Year! Tanti Auguri di Buon Anno!


Happy New Year – Felice Anno Nuovo!

31 Dec

From our home to yours,

Photo: Bill Capraro©Blogginginitaly.com

Photo by Bill Capraro ©Blogginginitaly.com

we wish you a very Happy New Year!

May it be filled with the love of family and friends,  

good health, good deeds and peace.

And a big thanks to all who made this year the best ever for blogginginitaly.com…

2015 Stats:

13,000+ views from 87 countries!

Ciao and Happy 2016

Happy 2015!

31 Dec

Since I prefer New Year’s reflections over resolutions, I’d like to share a few personal reflections with you:

  1. I’m thankful to be alive, healthy and surrounded by a loving close and extended family.
  2. I’m grateful for the wonderful friends I have, both near and far.
  3. I’m thankful Len loves Italy as much as I do and that we are very compatible travel mates.
  4. I’m excited about the future and discovering what lies ahead.
  5. I’m honored that my blog has been viewed over 30,700 times, thankful for the many friends I have made, and always grateful for new experiences, like finding my grandfather’s home in Pietrabbondante.
  6. I’m delighted that Benita followed her dreams and spent a semester in Rome  – and loved it.
  7. I’m appreciative of the small wrinkles around my eyes and mouth as they are a testament to how much I smile and laugh.
  8. I’m ok with a less than perfect figure because few things are better than enjoying great food and wine with those I love.
  9. I’m fine with some age spots on my skin, as I’ve enjoyed my fair share of suntans.
  10. I’m grateful that I lived long enough to become great – as in great-aunt, as nothing can warm my heart more than my great nieces and nephew. Bring on those smile wrinkles!

©Blogginginitaly.com (October ’14)

May our 2015 be filled with a child-like kind of wonder
and may we always remember the value of unconditional love.

At 10 weeks ©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com (At 10 weeks)

Happy New Year! Buon Anno!
Peace and Health. Pace e Salute.



Ciao, Judy

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