Monthly Archives: July 2011

European-style vacation… a good idea?

This is as close as I am getting to a beach right now.  I love this painting because it gives me the feeling of peace, tranquility and serenity.  Same things, just sound different.  It is a big painting, that probably I will have to depart with because I won’t have any space for it in my new digs.  Two chairs, did you notice…, that was supposed to be Ron and me enjoying the sun at a beautiful beach somewhere in paradise.

I have been thinking about taking an European-style vacation.  Vacation in that continent, or most of the countries, is for 30 or 60 days.  Low productivity, but high yield in enjoyment of life.  We need to learn that art in the brave-new world.  Popping pills to calm stress has become our national emblem.  Need 30-days of relaxation, and chillin to recharge the depleted system, our fragile human body.

This translate to my being absent from entertaining you and myself with my interpretation of mundane things and making them sound interesting.

I need to give it some more thought.  Really, I am up to my eyeballs in packing boxes, getting stressed about having to depart with a lot of “our” stuff.


As you can see, things are just being packed or in boxes for the Salvation Army.  I feel sometimes a bit with “la depre” (down), because having to depart with stuff is harder than you can imagine.  But then I think about the lack of space I will have in my new apartment, and then is easier to let go.  Do not believe in renting space to put stuff.  A tightwad.  I love making my money go a long, long way.  Less stuff, easier to move and move again.

My last July 4th in North Carolina...

My neighborhood display of fireworks…I watched the fireworks from Charlotte, NC, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.  Love the Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart conducting.  1812 Overture, my favorite.  The ones from Washington, D.C. are majestic with the monuments as their background.  Unforgettable.  I felt as if I was there.

So it was today…4 July, 2011…celebrating another year of independence in our beloved country.

Your Happy Contessa

“I am a great believer in luck, and find the harder I work the more I have of it.”  Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U.S., and an influential Founding Father.  13 April, 1743 – 4 July, 1826.

Have a Memorable Happy Independence Day…

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:  That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness….”

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

These lines were pivotal elements in the formation of our country.  What determination, courage, and foresight our founding fathers must have had to take upon the task of giving us the opportunity to be such a unique country.

I would like to take this moment to say thank you to all Americans for giving someone like me the opportunity to become an active and proud citizen of this country.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

God bless the United States of America.

Happy Independence Day!!!

Your Happy Contessa

I will be back on Tuesday.