The weekend passed quickly. Saturday the kids played outside a little and we made pizza in the evening for dinner. I did an online yoga class with my studio back in Illinois, it’s a nice way to connect with them.
Sunday, the kids played outside some more and Felicity and I made croissants. The days always feel more or less the same. The only changes are if it rains and we can’t get outside for awhile. The fresh air really helps the day pass easier and the kids are less restless if they get time to run around outside.
I am trying the stay upbeat as possible but the days can be very long and boring. The governer has Campania has extended the quarentine until April 14, but the federal government has not extended it past April 3rd, yet. I don’t think things will go back to normal even April 14. Now as I write this I can hear the police driving around with loud speakers telling people to stay inside.
Nothing has changed here, the days pass. It’s been raining the past few days so we haven’t even been able to go outside like we were last week. The kids have spent their days playing, watching Disney movies, painting, and doing a little bit of “school work”. I have read a few books since we’ve been in quarantine. I read when the kids watch a movie or if they’re busy playing by themselves. Yesterday was cold enough that there was snow on top of Vesuvius in the morning.
I went out yesterday to the supermarket, I was very happy to find the last two remaining sachets of yeast. It’s become such a hot item here. The supermarket was stocked well this time, nothing was in shortage, except yeast.
There has been a local case here, of a man who works/owns a nearby “salumeria” or deli. Umberto went there last Friday and of course had contact with the man, everyone had gloves and masks on of course. I’m assuming they stayed a meter apart. When he got home, Umberto told me the man had a bad cough. He tested positive two days ago. For now, Umberto is working from home, self isolation for two weeks. But Umberto is fine, we are fine, no one has showed any symptoms yet. The governor of Campania has extended quarantine until April 14, the situation will be the reevaluated in two weeks.. The number are climbing in Campania, not exponentially like in the North, but there are at least 100 new cases a day.
I am truly shocked by how the US is handling this situation. People still go to restaurants for take out, drive around from big box store big box store. Some seem to think it’s a hoax. Trump thinks it will all be over by April 12. The number have surpassed China in the US. They need much stricter measures to be taken. It’s terrifying to watch this explode in the US. Italy was scary, but I think the US will be hit worse, much worse.
Yesterday the police were stopping almost everyone in cars or walking and demanding where they were going. The police drove by with loud speakers telling everyone to stay inside during the afternoon. The number of cases has come down a bit but there was increase from Monday to Tuesday. The death toll is still very high, yesterday was over 700 deaths. It’s hard to imagine how things are outside of the bubble we are in.
I haven’t left our town in nearly a month. The last place I went, besides the supermarket or the pharmacy was the music school Felicity goes to for a kid’s music class, nearly a month ago. That night the president closed the schools for the first time frame of 10 days. Our town has, for the moment, been luckily. We’ve had one case, an 83 year old woman, who died quickly from the virus. Some towns near have been put on complete lock down, no one can go out even for groceries, everything must delivered. These towns have too many cases or high risk cases, such as two people who work in a busy supermarket tested positive.
Every day, except for the rare short walk to the supermarket, is spent at our home or in our garden. It’s a bubble. It’s beautiful here, we are surrounded by lemon and orange trees, the garden my in-laws care for, a few friendly stray cats who have made their home, and the laughter of the kids who are playing outside in the nearby homes. It doesn’t seem like we are in the middle of a war-like situation. I wonder what life will be like when we can leave this bubble again, if and when.
The kids and I spent yesterday doing school work in the morning, watching the newly released Disney Plus after lunch during quiet time, then playing outside and painting in the afternoon. It’s cold and cloudy here today but I’m going to bundle up the kids and get them outside for a little bit later on.
Our weekend passed quickly. The numbers of cases on Saturday for Italy reached over 6,000 but dropped by 1,000 less Sunday. Maybe its hope in the right direction for Italy. The number of new cases in the US surpassed 6,000 yesterday, which is alarming. The US has some lock down orders but nothing like we’ve had here. I hope new measures are taken there, soon, to take control of the situation there.
Late Saturday night (just before midnight), the Italian president set more regulations for us to last until April 3. Now we can not go more than 200 meters from our home for “essentials” and many more companies are shutting down unless they are necessary. We are not sure if this includes Umberto’s job or not. We haven’t received information that the factory has closed down (he is an IT engineer at a company that makes toilet paper/kitchen paper) yet.
Saturday the kids played outside in the garden, like normal most of the days. Sunday, I went to the supermarket early. There’s somethings missing , very little flour, no baking powder or yeast. Mozzarella is in short order. Wine was low (this made me laugh a little). The kids played outside some more even though it was a cloudy, windy day. The played “muddy puddles” and made a huge mess, I had to strip them down before the came into the building.
We are now almost two weeks into the quarantine imposed by the government, but its been more than two weeks for us since life was “normal”. The last day I went to work was Monday, March 2nd, the last day we did a “normal” activity was Wednesday, March 4th when we took Felicity to her kids’ music class.
I haven’t updated in a few days because of something that occurred at work that affected me directly. I don’t think it’s right to post about it here but it had a huge impact on me and I’ll leave it at that.
Besides that we are fine. The situation in Italy has only gotten worse. The numbers climb and climb. Italy has surpassed China in the number of deaths. The government has said restrictions will be only be stricter and the quarantine will go on longer. The worst of it is in the North of Italy, far from us. I can’t imagine what life is like there. So many people have died, so many that the military was required to transport the dead bodies of Bergamo to another town to be cremated. It’s surreal.
Here in Campania, we are getting closer to 1000 cases but the cases have not been exploding like in North. I think, for the most part, the people of Campania have taken the measures seriously and are staying inside to keep this from spreading like it has in the North.
Prayers for everyone in Italy and everywhere today.
Yesterday, the kids and I spent a big chunk of the day outside in our garden. We are not allowed to go for a walk on the street, but if we are in the confines of our property, it is allowed to be outside. We live on a large plot of land, my in-laws have a large garden that the grow fresh vegetables year round in. In the garden, the kids have a swing and a toy kitchen.
The kids ran up and down the driveway, played on the swing and helped their nonna pick fresh broccoli in the morning. In the afternoon, we we back outside and they ran more and chatted with our neighbors’ kids from their balcony. It really changed the feeling of the day by just getting outside.
Today the weather is good so we will go outside again. The kids also worked on their “school books” yesterday and we drew the butterflies we saw in the garden.
I am still upset about not being paid until “school starts again”. I decided yesterday to continue to give my students homework though, in the very least it’s something for me to do. The government passed legislation that all contracted employees will receive 80% of their salary for these two months, backed by the government. At least I know that March and April won’t be lost. I will continue to work for my students and remain calm about the lack of February salary. In this period, we all should all work to help each other out, I can continue my dedication to my students.
Today I’m going to make flatbreads with the kids and possibly head out to the supermarket later on since Umberto is working from home today. I will also be interviewing with KSDK Channel 5 in St.Louis this evening, so I will have another interview aired.
We’ve now passed a week in quarantine, cabin fever is setting in a bit. Yesterday was a hard day emotionally. I have been waiting for my February salary (in Italy, like most of Europe, we are paid once a month). Usually we are paid the 10th of the month, but nothing has come. We were told it would be late and probably partial (without a good reason, the parents paid for the school for February). I asked yesterday when we could expect it and was told not until the school opened and the parents paid again. It’s completely illegal. When will the school open? They said the the third of April, but who knows if that is true? So besides being locking the house yesterday, I had to deal with this mentally and put me and Umberto in a very frustrated, angry mood.
Today is a new day, we are going to figure out what we can do about this missed paycheck. We are fine, financially but obviously this still makes us angry.
Besides that, the day passed as all days do in quarantine. I left around 7 to go the pharmacy and bread shop to get some fresh air and some thing we needed from the pharmacy. It was good to get out of the house for a minute, even in a mask and not talking to anyone while I was out.
Have a good Tuesday and try to keep busy and remember this too will pass.