COVID COVID GO AWAY

For a whole week we’ve enjoyed open restaurants, shopping and long lazy lunches in the local restaurants.
No self certification forms were necessary because the region of Abruzzo was in the yellow zone and this was allowed. Our local bar was open until 6:00 pm, which was wonderful because we were able to talk to people again. Yes we were hiding behind masks and keeping our distance, but it was so nice to feel almost normal. Glad we went out for lunch today, it may be our last chance until March 5th.
As we left the restaurant in Villa Santa Maria (we were the only customers), Mario, the lovely man who owns the place thanked us and told us that we’d be his last “in house” customers for a while. How will these businesses survive?
I’m sad, but not complaining. I understand that we need to eliminate this virus. Masks, distancing and vaccine, along with a semi lockdown should do the trick…we hope. This terrible virus cannot be allowed to take hold of Italy the way it did in Spring. Maybe, just maybe we can get it under control by the Summer. I long to wander along the beautiful Abruzzo beaches. I’m desperate for my daughter to visit. We have this lovely (300 year old) new home that is begging for her laughter.
We’re lucky to be here, some people are less fortunate. Every day I count my blessings, but also mourn the loss of freedom.
Stay safe everyone, and be patient.

Pre-Flight NERVES!

It is August 25th today, and two day before I fly to my new home in Italy! Of course my suitcase is overweight because of the things I forgot to send with the movers.
Two days before I fly and so far…my flight hasn’t been cancelled or rescheduled with impossible connections. (yet)
I’m nervous though!
I know I have to wear a mask, obvious, I always wear one when I leave the house. Now I have to take a plentiful supply because I have to change my mask every four hours on the international flight.
Also, the cabin crew can’t help my stow my carry on luggage in the overhead compartment. Makes sense, they have to consider their own safety and touch as little as possible. Yes, I had to re-pack my carry on to make it light enough for me to lift over my head.
I have two suitcases when I’m only allowed one. The second is much heavier than I’m allowed.
Instead of make up in my liquids baggie, I have disinfectant and hand sanitizer.
I have to take food on the plane with me, no guarantee I’ll be fed on the domestic leg of my journey.
Along with all of this, I worry about COVID.
I’ve never travelled through Amsterdam before so that airport is unfamiliar to me. My normal route is Denver/Frankfurt/Rome. This time its Denver/Atlanta/Amsterdam/Rome.
Did I mention I was nervous?
Pray for me everyone.

Shedding my Stress

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The last six weeks have been incredibly stressful. Making an International move during a pandemic isn’t the easiest thing to do.
On Friday July 31st, we left our home of 22 years for the very last time. It was no longer a home, just a house, an empty shell. The lovely couple who bought it will make it their home now. They were excited and full of plans and ideas…all I have now are memories.
Exhausted, and still stressed, we checked into the airport hotel. After a “bon voyage” dinner with my daughter and son in law, we had an early night. My husband’s flight was at 6:30 the following morning. A flight to Rome that filled us with trepidation. Fear of catching COVID on the way. Fear of being refused entry to Italy, even though we’re residents…so much fear.
Still trying to relax, I headed up to the Rocky Mountains with my daughter, son in law, and their pups (Queen Tess and Fendi).
We drank wine, had some good food and watched lovely sunsets, but I couldn’t relax until I knew my husband had arrived safely in Abruzzo.
Finally, yesterday morning, my cell phone rang and the number displayed was “Lester Italian”.
“I’m in Pescara, I made it.”
Pescara was the last leg of his journey before he picked up the rental car and drove to our home in Colledimezzo. Now he must quarantine, and then be tested for COVID, but I’m not worried about that so much. My gut tells me he’s okay!
Now, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, I can finally shed my stress and count the days until I join him.