July 3 2013, celebrating American Independence at Villa Taverna, the Ambassador's residence.

July 3 2013, celebrating American Independence at Villa Taverna, the Ambassador’s residence.

In May 0f 2012 we moved to Rome. This is an unbelievable adventure. Now we have retired and decided to stay in Italy. The plan is for two more years…. Please follow along as we continue to explore life in Italy and travel in Europe!

We had a wonderful time celebrating the 237th

birthday of our Marine Corps. November 2012.




The kids are grown so  just the two of us and the cats moved 6000 miles to embrace new work, a Roman apartment, adventure and now retirement! I am writing this blog to keep family and friends informed, and as a creative outlet for myself. Subject matter varies from what we had for dinner to our frequent travels, cat misadventures, language foibles, and encounters with the medical system.

June 2012 at the Colosseo

The changes in our pictures the past years tell the story of a great lifestyle change. We walk everywhere – usually 1 1/2 hours a day minimum – and we eat fresher, healthier. We’ve lost a LOT of weight and have never felt better.


11 Responses to “About”

  1. Rachel Marie July 29, 2016 at 12:17 #

    Lovely couple, best wishes for all of your adventures!


  2. apollard June 22, 2016 at 10:57 #

    Hi gooddayrome, thanks for your like! It reminded me of your gorgeous blog and so I have nominated you for a Liebster Award too! Please don’t feel any obligation to participate but if you would like have another read of the post and join in the fun 🙂 Andrea. (Sweet travel).


  3. bobmielke January 15, 2015 at 11:08 #

    It’s so good to see folks enjoying their life as seniors. I’ve been retired now for almost 5 years and continue to enjoy every minute. I’m relaxed and no longer need an alarm clock. 🙂

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  4. Escaping Our Comfort Zone December 11, 2014 at 13:31 #

    Hhhhmmmm…..working in Rome, been to the ambassador’s residence, attended the Marine Corp Ball. My dear, it sounds as if we are living parallel lives except we are in Buenos Aires!

    Liked by 1 person

    • gooddayrome December 11, 2014 at 20:13 #

      Yes seems as so…. But I retire in May. 🙂


      • Escaping Our Comfort Zone December 12, 2014 at 14:03 #

        Gosh, I don’t know if that is entirely a good thing. I don’t know that I’d like the thought of having to leave Italy, to leave easy access to all the other gorgeous European countries.


  5. Audrey April 30, 2014 at 05:15 #

    Read your entire blog this week! Counting down to my trip in Rome in 6 weeks. I want to live your life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • gooddayrome April 30, 2014 at 05:18 #

      Thanks Audrey. We do have to work and do laundry, so it’s not all a vacation, but we do get to do laundry and work in Roms, which is pretty darn fantastic! You’ll have a blast in Rome!


  6. Stephen J. McDermott July 26, 2013 at 02:37 #


    Read your entire blog! Sounds amazing. Looking forward to the dag we may make that dramatic move to Europe. Currently, wife and son are spending the next few weeks in Italy… Rome – Santa Maria – Sorrento – Castelli – Rome…. Would love to ask you a few questions if that would be possible…. I look forward to hearing from you.


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  7. Anita HIlmoe July 9, 2013 at 05:33 #

    Ya’ll look great and very happy. So glad ya’ll got to go on this adventure.


  8. Carolyn Casey June 19, 2012 at 06:35 #

    You guys are an inspiration — we all aspire to live the life of adventure. You have set the bar quite high mia amici. PS they have dredged the Pond at FH. A few ducks still sticking it out.

    Liked by 1 person

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