La Dolce Vita

italy

I have watched Under The Tuscan Sun twice in the last week. The first time was when my boyfriend was at his mom’s for a few days, and then I watched it with him last night. I love it, and it is now one of my favorite films. The movie has a few flaws, but overall, I think it’s a wonderful film and Diane Lane is simply enchanting. She comes across as vulnerable, yet quick-witted, which doesn’t seem like a very easy personality to put together.

Anyway, the scenes from Tuscany and Positano have given me the fever to see Italy in person. Positano is pictured above, and it is this little cliff-hanger town where all of the buildings literally appear ready to plunge into the ocean!

I did a little research, and it would seem that two people would need to have at least $5000.00 to book with a tour group. I definitely think a tour would be the way to go, at least on my first trip there. I know virtually nothing about their customs, so I would need a guide to get me from point A to point B without getting a migraine.

I guess this is one of the trips that you keep in the back of your mind, and try to arrange for after retirement or when you’re a little older. There are so many places in the US that I still want to go, and that would be so much less expensive, that it seems like I should see them first.

I have a really strong desire to see California, especially Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, & Los Angeles. I would also like to go back to Washington, DC, and New York. I’ve been all over the northeast, south, and mid-west, but I’ve never been further west than Colorado.

One thing that has really hampered my travel plans is a fear of flying. If I can’t drive somewhere, then I usually just don’t go. I think I need to work on that, so that I can broaden my horizons a little.

Off to work I go

Back to the old grindstone today. I have always hated it when a holiday falls in the middle of the week. It’s much nicer to have a 3 or 4 day weekend than to have to work the day before AND after a holiday.

Anyway, the fireworks were great! We met our friends & their kids there. I am very surprised that our tiny little town is able to provide that kind of entertainment. There must have been several thousand people out there watching. We invited our 87 year old neighbor lady to go with us, and she accepted and seemed to have a great time.

We bought tickets yesterday to go see Vicki Lawrence (from Mama’s Family.) Honey is in love with her, and records and watches the show all the time. It should be lots of fun, even though it’s going to be outside in an amphitheater. We managed to score second row seats, which is fortunate, considering most of the venue was sold out already.

This is going to be a busy week. I’ve got choir practice tonight, a class tomorrow night, and the Al Gore movie on Friday. It’s better than sitting at home, though!

Cough, cough, hack, hack

Just got home from the doc and was diagnosed with bronchitis. The shot in the booty was lots of fun! The actual injection didn’t hurt so bad, but by the time I walked from the office to the car, one whole side of my butt was sore.

I hope the shot and the medicine helps, because I’ve already coughed so much that my whole chest is hurting.

I replaced the door cables in my dryer after I got home. I’m pretty proud of myself for all the home improvement things I have managed to accomplish this week.

Tomorrow… fireworks (unless it rains.)

There’s always a rainbow

Well, things are starting to look up a little bit around here!

We managed to repair the phone service ourselves, which saved alot of money. The aging phone line under the house was in bad condition and spliced several times, so we replaced it all with new line and the phone works perfectly.

We had to buy a new washing machine, as the old one had more problems than just a broken belt. I went with Whirlpool and really like it so far.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty standard weekend. Church was good and then we ate at Flamingo Row.

When it rains…

Ever notice how everything seems to go wrong at once?

I have been having alot of problems with my telephone service (static, no dial tone, etc) and have had the repairman out to the house twice in the last month. Yesterday, he informed me that the problem was in the lines inside my house and that to fix it would cost me around 100.00. I decided, in the interest of saving a little money, to tackle the job myself.

I spent all evening replacing jacks, checking lines, etc, and it seems to be alot better, altho not entirely clear of static. I think the main line coming in from outside may need to be replaced, but don’t really feel up to doing it right now.

Anyway, after doing all of that and getting supper cooked, my washing machine stopped working. The belt is broken, and just like the last time, the machine was full of water and had to be siphoned out.

Now, the dilemma is this… do I repair this machine or buy a new one? This one is around 20 years old, and I bought it used around 12 years ago. It’s a Whirlpool and it has definitely served its purpose.

I had pretty much decided to go ahead and get a new one, until I checked my mail at lunch and got my latest credit card bill. I went over the limit last month and now have to pay the overlimit amount, the overlimit charge, and my regular monthly interest charges. OUCH!

So… now I’m going to spend the evening thinking about how to lower my credit card debt, while I’m changing the belt on the washer.

This Too Shall Pass

OK… so I’ve decided to give this blogging thing a try. I always thought it would be fun, but didn’t really think I had that much to say. Hopefully I won’t bore anyone to tears.

I found the following poem online today, and instantly fell in love with it. I have always liked and used the phrase “this too shall pass” in my life when it seemed like everything was going wrong. Maybe someone else will find some inspiration from it.

This Too Shall Pass
By Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.