Celebrities have the luxury of picking the most stunning destinations on earth for their vacation homes. But even in a sought-after place like Italy's Lake Como (where you'd have George Clooney as a neighbor), you'll find attractive options even for those of us who live less than a red-carpet lifestyle.
We've lived in our house for 11 years. I thought I knew it well. Including our big yard. But now I know it intimately. I know where the long grass is - and the dip in the lawn that can sprain an ankle. I know where it stays wet all day. I know how many acorns we have. Thousands. I know how to take thousands of acorns out of a puppy's mouth.
When my businessman husband decided to leave the business world, I was not a happy camper. What could I to do to keep my macho, typ- A, personality plus guy, who I adore, in the hunt of life? How was I to keep my sanity in tact with this husband of mine who loves to be involved in everything I do and in everything I say?
People who I haven't seen in 10 years say I look younger at 51 then I looked at 40. I always feel a little bad when they say that, and think to myself, "Did I look that bad back then?" The answer is, I didn't look bad, so much as unhappy. Or, I should say, not willing to embrace the secret optimist I was.