THAT is the persistent question, isn't it? I'm asked it when I'm in the USA and I'm asked it when friends come here to visit. So, here goes. Yesterday was a semi-typical day. Up at 7:30. Heading down the hill to centro by 10:30. Stopped at the bank. Noticed that the city is putting up all the flags and banners for the month of September. The vendors have the annual set ups to sell flags, hats and all kinds of goodies for use for the month..........and sometimes longer.
As I continued my trek, I ran into friends (always) and had to stop to chat. This is the friendliest town I have ever lived in. I usually leave the house a little early, if I have an appointment, to allow for the times I stop to visit with friends. And so yesterday was no different. I ventured forth for the birthday lunch for my friend Deb who happily turned 56 yesterday.........oops, was I NOT supposed to give out that number? She is an avid horsewoman and has a ranch outside of town. I wrote about her the time I rode in her car with several of her fifteen dogs. (I've never done that again). So we celebrated and sat around. Talked for 3 1/2 hours amongst those there.
As I left I ran into other friends that I haven't even seen this whole year because they've been traveling. So, of course, one must stop to catch up.
By now it's almost 5PM, and Gypsy Kid Dad calls with a "Matilda Alert" to let me know that they are coming over to the house and to lift all the breakable and perishable things. Now, from the photos you know that is no small task. Mission accomplished. Mati, Dad and I covered the whole place. The downstairs terrace, the big garden, the roof terrace and all nooks and crannies of the house with one discovery after another.
I think Matilda's favorite place was on the floor in my bedroom with as many of my bracelets on her arms as was humanly possible. Of course they went on and off at least ten times. It's such fun to watch her in Discovery Mode.
The day ended when I finally got to bed at almost 11:30 that night. NOTHING boring around here!