Monday, June 01, 2020
COVID 19 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Day 80 of Stay at Home. Hard to believe!
These hand made faces from Tzinzunzan make me smile each day as I walk past them in the garden.
I have had each and every one of those expressions on my face in the last eighty days including horror, sadness and disbelief. I have not reached resignation, yet.
Although I haven't been anywhere, there has been lots going on here on the homefront. None of it at
my instigation, but by the person that I rent my first floor house from here in SMA.
Since the upstairs tenant returned to Minneapolis after twenty-four years here in Mexico, the owner decided this was the time not only to paint and fix things, but to remodel the kitchen and bath! In
Mexico, remodel is synonymous with the sound "chip, chip, chip". As they chip plaster, tile and heaven only knows what else, my ideal quiet abode has been accosted by workers, people in and out, and the noise of construction.
I did not handle it well the first couple of days. Waking to loud noise is something I haven't experienced since I moved two years ago. No kid noise, no traffic noise, no loud radio noise
and no kids practicing their bugle playing noise. I miss the kid noise. Not the other, at all.
For those of you who have read the blog for quite a while, prior to my moving two years ago, there was construction about ten feet from the wall of my house for two years as they decimated the hill side to create a park and structure for who knows what. So I had continual bulldozer, dumptruck and every other kind of noise. No, the park was never finished nor was the two story structure that was for "who knows what". The beautiful natural hillside where nature abounded looks like a dump now.
But I digress.
The work upstairs is almost finished and is very quiet. They even brought in a new cistern and installed it at ground level where a beautiful stand of bamboo lived with a flock of small yellow birds living inside. Once they got the gigantic cistern in, they discovered they needed a concrete wall around it (thank goodness), and that has been built and painted. Finally finished that part on Friday!
Left to do is to plant something in front of the wall to hide all the white.
I offered three very large, ten year old oleanders to soften the sight and they were gladly accepted by the owner. I had moved them here from the house on the hill.
It's amazing that here I am, at home, and still, all kinds of things have been going on within the walls.....and outside the walls. Repairs to the cobblestoned roads at the end of my street are going on as well. Hopefully they will be finished before the rainy season starts in about ten days.
Today is the designated day for many business establishments to reopen that have been closed since around the first of April. Restaurants are one of the types of businesses to open. Each establishment must apply for a certification proving that safety issues have been addressed and partitions, etc are in place.
The Mayor has been very emphatic that what is opening is only for the "locals" and that hotels and rentals for tourists will not open until August! There are checkpoints now set up at the entry points into SMA for officials to check temperatures and paperwork to prove that someone entering either lives here or has essential business in town.
To say that I have been impressed with the attention to the needs of the community and the steps to take for reopening would be an understatement. We have had, at this point, 23 cases and 0 deaths.
There is a website www.covid19SMA.com which was set up by a group of health professionals. It is amazing how thorough the articles are on a daily basis. Also questions are answered in a timely and precise manner. I check the site each morning as part of my routine.
It is truly hard to believe that 80 days have gone by. I seem to stay busy enough with reading, writing, cooking, watching TV some, and whatever pops up that is unplanned.
The ability to have meals, groceries, medications and even my favorite Chiapas coffee delivered to the house has made me realize that STAYING HOME is not all that bad.
I hope you have found your life to be adapting as well. Stay Safe! Stay Home!