Wednesday, May 06, 2020
DAY 54..........But, who is counting?
decision, based on all I was reading, to STAY HOME!
Stocking up on essentials was done on the morning of Day 1 with the idea it might be for three weeks. Au contraire, it has been much longer, as we all know.
The Universe doesn't let us see the future, thankfully. If it did and I had known that I wouldn't be
leaving for eight weeks, it may have caused a mini meltdown. But, taking it "one day at a time", for me, has been the best way to press on.
Now there is a rhythm, sort of. Lots has happened that was unexpected in the previous eight weeks.
My upstairs neighbor, A Vietnam Vet has moved back to be with family in Minnesota. He had lived in San Miguel for twenty-four years so it was quite a surprise. He left a week ago with his worldly possessions. I wish him well.
We have had baby kittens born about the third week of March. They are so cute and Matilda helped
Corazon, the Mama with the births. I'm hoping to bring one of them over here to live soon. We'll see!
Easter came. The kids dyed eggs at their house. Matilda attempted to bake an Easter cake but used a bundt pan at her house and it was a funny experience........no Bunny cake this year. Usually we have an Easter egg hunt and all the fun times, but this year was completely different. Instead the kids brought the dyed eggs over so I could make deviled eggs and I handed over the Easter baskets filled with goodies that many others helped to bring from Texas to make it a fun experience. We had a picnic outside on the grass. With the three of them on the blanket and me on the porch, about ten feet away. Instead of a fancy Easter meal, we ordered fried chicken from Crunchy Chicken. That plus the goodies in their baskets seemed to be enough. Nope, no hugs or getting close. Wow, that is so hard.
Yes, there are photos but for some reason, I cannot get the photos that are in Google photos to post on the blog right now! I have tried every way I can think of........so aggravating.
San Miguel has been SHUT DOWN since the end of March! No Semana Santa events. All hotels, businesses and B&B's were closed to prevent the usual 250,000 tourists that come for Easter. It is truly weird to see photos of all the streets devoid not only of vehicular traffic but even people walking. We ARE a ghost town.
But, due to all the restrictions and closings there has not been a death in San Miguel. In fact, at present, we have eight cases here of which four have recovered. Amazing and hats off to everyone
for doing their part to "flatten" the curve.
What has worked best for me, since I'm not leaving the house because I have damaged lungs, is to have food delivered or to have my son John go to the store for his family and me about every two weeks or so. The kids have not been anywhere but here on Easter! Somehow it is all working out.
I have found all kinds of things as I have straightened and cleaned this and that! Yesterday I found an entire box of Miracle Gro in the space under the sink where all the cleaning supplies are located. You would have thought I had found the "golden egg" or something. I had thought I was out and had no way to get to the hardware store to get plant food, unless I broke the quarantine. Needless to say, the plants will be happy and look better in a week or two.
April was hotter then Hades. Unusual. No rain of course and little watering. It will take a while to
get things back ship shape. Hopefully Josefina, who has been at her home for eight weeks, will be
able to return next week to help. She has been sorely missed! We are family and darn, that is the hardest part of this is not being able to be with family and friends.
Yet, I admit I am grateful every single day for having this wonderful little place to live. For having a bed to sleep in, a TV to watch, music to hear and food to eat! Add to that the fact that the birds, butterflies, squirrels (there are now three) and one possum add to my enjoyment. The antics of the squirrels cause me to laugh out loud once in a while.
I try not to watch but thirty minutes of news at 5:30PM but read many things on the internet about COVID 19. A group of health professionals here in SMA, post a daily digest with all kinds of succinct and helpful information both from the government of Mexico, the state and city government as well. Otherwise I'm watching other things that don't impact my blood pressure or mental health. It seems to work better that way.
There is no talk of anything opening up here any time soon. They even didn't allow alcohol sales last weekend which was a big Mexican holiday weekend. Now they have announced that the cemetery will be closed on Sunday, May 10th which is Mother's Day in Mexico as well as the USA! Shocking as many families go there to decorate the graves of the deceased.
Who knows what will happen next? I try not to try to figure it out but to have my "ducks in a row", if possible. I hope the same for all of you and that in the last eight weeks, you too, have figured out a
way to live in this strange and startling time.
STAY SAFE! STAY HOME!