Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Walking down the Path of Life!
There has been some construction going on this property with the owners putting in a ground level cistern with a wall around it. They removed a gorgeous stand of bamboo to accomplish their goal and now I'm trying to figure out how to camouflage another white wall! The stepping stones used to be in front of the stand of bamboo but are now stacked up waiting for the coast to clear before I decide to relocate them someplace else.
As I mentioned in the last post, I offered three large oleanders to help hide the white wall. One got planted two weeks ago but no one has returned to plant the other two or to put in grass where they dug holes. I just try not to look that way, ha.
Invitations have started coming via email for birthdays and other activities. The first arrival stopped me dead in my tracks. I was touched that I would be thought of and invited but there are so many considerations now to going some place socially. Things like, is everyone going to wear masks? Is it going to be inside or out? How many people are going to be there? And, I'm probably not thinking of everything! I did not want to offend the hostess but I needed an answer to the above before I would consider attending. A quick email and a quick reply put my questions to rest. This first event is not until July so hopefully by then, maybe, just maybe, the "peak" will have been reached in San Miguel.
I have now left the house a couple of times, cautiously. The first time was to have lunch with two friends at an outdoor restaurant in the country where we all knew there would not be any tables within twenty feet or so.
When we arrived they took our temperature, asked us to sign a register with name and phone number, use hand sanitizer and then seated us where we asked to sit. Instead of the prior leather covered menus, now they are vinyl that can be easily cleaned before and after using. The menu had been reduced significantly. The owner said that after he sees how things are going he will add back to the menu some of our favorite items.
It was a delightful two hours of dining and wearing our masks when not eating, along with sitting almost six feet apart at a large table.
Afterwards we drove through town and centro. I had not seen or been anywhere. All I had seen was photos and the webcam of empty streets. Well, it was solemn and strange in the middle of the day to see very few people (most masked) and also few cars. It was like the olden days. Actually amazing and wonderful if it didn't mean the loss of income for so many.
My second foray out was to get my hair cut! It was so darn long that all I could do was wear it on top of my head.........Again, it was a unique and different experience. Jose Marin met me at the parking lot where I park my car and walked me to the salon. We were the only two people inside and we both had masks on the whole time. Inside the door he had a box of water of some sort and wanted me to step in and out of it to enter. I did, very carefully. Then we both used hand sanitizer. Even the woman who in the past has done the shampoos was not there! So, Jose did everything. I left, with less hair and felt comfortable that there had been no exposure to the virus.
Probably if you are out a lot, all of this becomes second nature. I hope so.
Baby steps in the next few weeks and then eventually getting out more are my goal. We'll see if it happens.
In the meantime, I am content to be home where somehow the days seem to zip by. How can that be?
Today is Day 96! WHAT is happening in your world?