I’ve been home since March 10, except for a weekly outing for groceries and 3 visits for some necessary dental work. I’m working from home, with all of the difficulties that represents, since my jobs allow this possibility to a certain extent.
Of course, tourist rentals are nil at the moment, but there were many cancellations to arrange for the real estate agency plus accounting to do and bills to pay for the properties I manage, etc..
There are moments when tears come to my eyes learning about people who are suffering , when worry about my children and family in the U.S. and fear of the virus itself and its effects on the world get the better of me. I try to limit the number of newscasts and virus programs I watch during the day so as not to get overtaken by panic and negativity
The government lockdown has actually been a blessing in disguise for me, coming at a moment when I was so tired and stressed that I wasn’t sure how to go on.
I am grateful for the possibility to slow the pace a bit, relax, read some books, write to family and friends and get some seriously backlogged tasks done around the house.
Also, after many years of suffering the consequences of living outside of Florence (daily commute, difficulty to attend evening events, physical distance from friends and places, etc.),
I feel very fortunate to be here (in Sant’Angelo a Lecore, comune di Signa) where my husband and I have a single family house and some land where we can take walks. I’m glad for the companionship with my husband, too, although he is very bored with being cooped up here.
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A selfie of my work space on the kitchen table.
A shed on one piece of our property. That’s Bruno you see inside.