Monday, May 25, 2015
Life in the big city of Houston and Galveston Island is busy and at times hectic. Add to that that I was borrowing other peoples computers while there and, well, you get the picture.
Arriving, the weather was awesome. It quickly, within a week or so, disintegrated to torrential downpours and flooding. My attempts to get out were stymied by the threat of flooding out the car - whatever car I was driving. One only has to have had your car flooded out once in your life to be prepared to scurry home and wait out the storms rather then chance a catastrophe. There were plenty in Texas while I was there.
It is so tranquil and quiet up here on the hill, that when I returned home, it was difficult to sleep the first night because of NO noise at all. Only the sound of crickets outside. Aaah, and I was able to sleep with the door open for the cool breeze (58F) to blow in.........amazing.
Something strange happened on this trip. I've been reflecting about it for several days. Even though I've lived here fourteen years, this was the first time that I thought of going "home". In the past it has always been I'm returning to San Miguel. It's a radical thought. One that I need to reflect on some more.
There is always a certain sadness as I leave Texas. I never accomplish seeing all the people I want to see, or doing all the things that I had wanted to do. Some how, if and when I return, I need to rectify that. Maybe plan ahead a big gathering somewhere of all my diverse friends in one place and then let all of them come to me. Otherwise, it will not happen.
In addition, I need to figure out a way to have a car for the whole time I'm up there. I hate to impose on people and use their car even though they so graciously offer it. The problem with renting is that the taxes in Houston on a rental car are near 20% when returning the car. So, it is never an inexpensive proposition.
This trip I told everyone that from now on they need to come to San Miguel! I think they thought I was kidding, but, in truth, if possible, I would love to share this beautiful place with anyone who wants to come to see me and it.
How's that for an invitation? Come on down.