The weather this winter in Italy has been hard to predict, unless I predict “drizzle” and then I’m right sixty percent of the time. I’ve found that the best way to know if the day is going to be nice is to look across to my neighbors and see if they’re hanging out sheets, tablecloths, and more laundry. Then I know we’ll have nice weather at least for a few hours. Otherwise I’ll be drying my laundry inside over the bed rails.
It has been so cold living in this old building. We have radiators (but we don’t control the thermostat), and we have a couple of electric heaters, but we try to be conservative with them. What a difference modern windows and caulk can make! We’ve piled and stacked up our blankets and pillows around the door frames to keep out the cold wind, and that did help. I used to gaze enviously at vintage windows with architectural charm and think how grand they were. With the weather being cold, I now look at our arched windows and all I can think is “drafty.” My life is going to change with the spring. It starts on Sunday, you know that, right? I can’t wait.
I can’t wait to throw open the doors and windows every day without thinking about losing precious heat. I want to air everything out.
This is the vacuum we’ve been using. Just like everything else in our apartment, it has its own personality. The hose is held on by masking tape. It rolls around on wheels like a little robot. It works much better now than it did before since we took it apart and cleaned out the inside. Do you know how to make your vacuum work better? You need to clean it out at least once a year. It makes a huge difference.
Next on my list is to clean some of the buildup in the kitchen of residue from the gas burners on the stove. And maybe clean the windows too.
A few helpful posts related to spring cleaning:
I know it will be a few more weeks before the weather warms up, but I’m ready for it.