I have reverted back to my former method of crossing over from one year to the other.
In the past, I wrote my Christmas Letter while lolling on the beach in Puerto Vallarta or
some beach village along the Pacific Coast. With a bit of humor I would say that it was
the first Christmas letter of the coming season.
Well, here I am on January 13th and ready to tell you a bit about what has been going on
in Mexico and in San Miguel with the family and myself since my last post.
We are so busy during the holidays because not only do we have Christmas but we have
two birthdays - John's, a few days before Christmas and Sebastian's a few days after
New Years! Woo hoo, a busy time.
Here's John, Mati and Seb decorating their Christmas tree. Note a new member in the
family is assisting. More on this in a bit!
The day of John's birthday it was raining so I didn't meet them at a restaurant to celebrate for
fear of my cane slipping on the wet sidewalks and streets. But, they did come by here afterwards
for John's favorite lemon cheesecake that I had made for him.......yes, they took the leftovers
Add to the four cats, now there is an amazing dog named Kali. A friend needed to find a
home for her and she has definitely found a home with John and the kids AND the four cats
who keep Kali in line. Can you imagine?
I have had a lot of dogs and cats through the years, but, I must admit this is the smartest and
best trained dog that I have been around in a long time. She and John have bonded and take
long walks up in the mountains almost daily, very early in the morning.
Last, but not least, for Seb's birthday he did NOT want a party but instead wanted to
go to this place in Queretaro, which is about 45 minutes away, to play games. As
you can see, they were the only people there but they dutifully wore their masks.
No, I didn't get to go for that day but I did see Seb a few days later to give him his
present. In true "modern" fashion, their words not mine, instead of a cake we had
treats from a new, delicious bakery here in San Miguel.
If I remember correctly, there was a scone, an eclair and a fruit tart! C'est la vie,
no, I didn't get to bake a cake for him..........maybe next year!
So, in spite of Omicron and masks and tippy toeing around to stay safe, we managed to
have family traditions. Some different then usual, but still enough to honor the holidays
and the birthdays.
Onward into 2022. Who knows what lies ahead? I certainly didn't expect that we would
all still be wearing masks, using sanitizer and distancing from each other. Every day I hear
from another friend who has covid! It is really shocking and disconcerting.
Me, I'm staying home and happy to do so. Yes, every now and then I get a little cabin fever.
So I get in the car and ride around just to see if there is still life out there! I did have to go to
the bank one day. On the way home, during the holiday season, the traffic was so bad that
I tried using a short cut to get back home and got LOST in San Miguel. Can you believe I
was somewhere that I had never been on a one way street as narrow as a car? And, since
tourists are lost all the time, someone in a car was coming on the one way street heading
toward me! Well, that was an interesting experience. He had to back up because I'm
not good at doing that and the arrow was in my favor.
I laugh now, but to tell you the truth, I haven't gotten in the car and driven around since
Life in Mexico can almost always be a grand adventure, even when you don't expect it.
Onward into 2022! Stay safe ya'll.............