Suffice it to say, we don’t know what we don’t know. How profound is that? When it comes to upcoming travel, that is certainly going to change. And no one knows for sure just how much.
The Italy trip previously written about certainly isn’t happening now. We’re looking at November as we speak. It’s usually a good time to travel, well in advance of the holiday season.
Here’s an upside: I recently wrote about the importance of brand loyalty. You know all those horror stories about waiting on hold to get through to the airlines? American Airlines actually called me! True enough, they inquired how we wanted to handle our April 17 departure to Italy with return May 11, from Bucharest to LA, via overnight at Heathrow. Would we prefer a voucher for future travel or a refund for taxes and fees? While these were mileage tickets, the fees were still significant. Not less than 24 hours after the call, the miles (140K per peson) were reinstated and fees refunded. Loyalty pays.
The hubby and I might yet do something in May depending on when baseball resumes. We’ve explored everything from an island trip to road trip including Mt. Rushmore (if the National Parks reopen). It’s still fluid. No doubt, we’ll certainly notice how surfaces are cleaned, who’s wearing gloves, and have a heightened sense of our surroundings.
I feel blessed to have three passions at home to keep me busy. It’s amazing how the hobbies keep those pesky things on the “to-do” list undone. Someday I’ll rearrange the bookshelves and clean out bathroom drawers. Just not now.
This has been a passion since the 90’s when there was even a home greenhouse (long since given way to an outdoor kitchen). I now keep it simple. Cut back healthy plants after blooming; water and feed them in a low tray with pebbles (creates humidity) positioned with good indirect light; watch for regrowth.
With more available time, I decided to investigate why I continue to get those dreaded spider mites (fuzzy white bugs) — especially this time of year. Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) in a spray bottle is as good as anything to get rid of these creatures. It’s tedious but necessary to look under each leaf and wipe away traces to fully eradicate. Be sure to also clean containers, pots and plant supports.
There’s currently 15 plants in my house in various stages, containers and arrangements. They make me happy — so happy I clearly have a problem discarding them (where’s Marie Kondo?). Trader Joe’s makes this habit way too easy … thankfully.
#2 PRODUCE GARDEN
The hubby loves to comment on a $20 (home-grown) cucumber. Only he would amortize the total cost of installation, maintenance, plant material, pest deterrents, etc. But can one really put a price on joy? I say no. My collaborator-in-chief Javier amended all the beds, installed a new drip system, and planted. Upside to no April travel: Earlier planting. Being at home means I can keep an eye out for early trouble signs.
Even the Wall Street Journal had a front-page story on the scarcity of flour and yeast in stores! Is that the craziest? I bake and then look for recipients to get the goodies out of the house (neighbors have been great as has my gardener and his team). Making soups from the contents of my weekly produce delivery is fun (my freezer is FULL!) And a first attempt at pizza was inspired by purchasing the type of flour I see used on cooking shows (00 Artisan). My daughter shared a fantastic local gourmet distributor housed in a nearby warehouse that mostly sells to restaurants and caterers. Pricey? Yes. But if you’re looking for 50 types of olive oil and nearly as many mustards, then go. Oh, and cheese selection, the french butters ..
Explore your passions until we can share a meal and some wine together. At home or away. In person.