Part 14 … and final chapter … of

THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

Pilates, then zumba, had re-started … outside. It was GREAT, physically and psychologically. It took a couple of pilates lessons to get my balance back … important for someone who pretends to be a retired ballerina. My…


Part 13 … the penultimate … of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

It’s rainy and damp. The garden is getting a slow start … and we wonder what kind of growing season it will be. In France, grape vines have been hurt by recent below freezing temperatures … and we…


Part 12 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

March marches forward. I had vaccine envy as more and more of my American friends were announcing first shot, second shot … plans to travel in the summer.

I checked the Lufthansa app, then United … and Delta, which flies from Pisa…


Part 11 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

And just like that, it’s 2021.


Part 10 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

I meant this sarcastically, of course. Because, well, nobody.

Tuscany was now an orange zone. Semantics. For us. Orange and red are almost the same, having to do with who can and cannot work … we still needed at least one good…


Part 9 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

It was time to pick up our new car, our new electric car … the Volkswagen ID.3. It was announced for delivery in the spring, then the pandemic struck and production stopped. My friend Mark loves his EV. That’s how people with…


Part 8 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

September started with much cooler temperatures … including the words “I’m cold.” …


Part 7 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

It’s July 1, and David’s quarantine is in its final days. The EU opened its borders to 14 non-EU countries … but not the USA. David had threaded the needle, just like I had, to make it home.

To celebrate his liberation…


Part 6 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

Petra and I get together for lunch at my house every so often, sitting under the big gelso tree on sunny summery days. And the night it re-opened, we went to OSTERIA PER BACCO, a local trattoria where the owners … the…


Part 5 of
THE YEAR OF LIVING COVID-ANGEROUSLY

Some medical stories talked about proning patients as a way to delay use of ventilators. …

Linda Mancini … A Forkful of Italy

Life … and cooking … in the Tuscan countryside.

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