Sunday dawned beautiful as always to the sound of fireworks from 6AM to 7AM. Since daylight savings time started that morning, my body said it was 5AM to 6AM. The reason? Often one never knows. However this time it was the celebration of the statue of Our Lord of the Column being carried from Atotonilco to San Miguel to begin the Semana Santa (Easter) events.
I swear every year I'm going to get up, go to Col Independencia in the dark and await the pilgrims with the statue covered in blessed silk cloths. In fourteen years, it hasn't happened. Maybe next year?
So now Sunday is DST. Yippee. My Sunday routine is to always watch CBS Sunday Morning and this morning was no exception. I was pacing myself for the Grand Luncheon for that afternoon at Gayle's place, as we locals call it. It's owned by Gayle. It's fancy name is Hacienda de la Montitlan.
I did however get a photo of two delightful people in our party of five. Linda and Robert who are still newly weds since their wedding was last summer. I wrote about it when it occurred. Quite an event!
It was a fun afternoon of seeing old friends at other tables along with oohing and aahing over our meals.
On Monday, I headed to the Koffee Klatch group with pound cake in hand to "head off at the pass" any attempt at shenanigans by the upstarts in the group. They loved the pound cake with their cappuccinos, but
they also had OTHER ideas. Off we went after about an hour of gabbing to Posada Carmina, where, unbeknownst to me, Ron had installed balloons on two tables which ended up seating fourteen people.
Now, can you imagine the fabulous topics of conversation that we can cover in a couple of hours? It revs my engine. I always come home shaking my head at the enjoyment and information that I acquire from this group of women.
Things are now going to slow down to a dull roar. Almost all the tourists and snowbirds are gone. The streets are almost empty - believe it or not. Parking places in centro are available. Restaurants are semi-empty and we locals are clicking our heels. The weather today - 75 degrees! Ahhh, yes.
It's a short lived respite, as Friday night many of the public fountains and altars will be cleaned and lit for the beginning of all that is to come in the next two weeks of Semana Santa. Some of the traditions that will be seen between now and the Pascua are over three hundred years old. Some are very emotional and some are exquisitely beautiful.
Easter season is the most celebrated event in Mexico. Over 20 million people will be either coming to the colonial cities for the pagentry or heading to the beach for the revelry. Add to that the 300,000 people that are expected to come home from the USA and you've got a whole lot of moving going on.
My intention is to participate in some, close to home and not get out on the highway and go anywhere.
Indeed, with all the livin' in the last few days, a slow down is greatly anticipated. For someone who a week ago had no intention of even celebrating a birthday, I'm sure glad I changed my mind!