It is late October and that means that snowbirds and folks who like to get out of the heat for part of the summer are returning. (I was going to say returning in droves but to use it with snowbirds seemed wrong… I would have to use flock…. oh, forget it!)
Anyway, on many aisles at the grocery store – every time I walk on the malecón – pretty much everywhere – I am greeting someone who has been away. It’s a wonderful time of year, really. It’s still hot – in the 90’s – every day, but there is a bit of coolness on the breeze every once in a while that just makes you smile. And you smile and think to yourself “Here comes perfection.” For the next seven or eight months, we will be livin’ the life here. Everyone smiles from ear to ear once the winter arrives.
- There are new street signs showing up around town… much nicer than the old ones!
There will be lots to do – starting with Dia de los Muertos, the next holiday coming up. What fun we’re going to have! Days hanging out under a palapa with friends. Nights at the Angela Peralta Theater. Independent films on Tuesday nights. First Friday Art Walks. The Marathon. It seems like in the winter there’s always something fun going on. And I can’t forget Carnaval, and Moto Week, too.
- If you have an iPad, you’ll understand how excited I was when the iPad-only news aggregator Zite picked up my post on the Mazatlan Mercado!
But right now it is still kind of quiet. The people who’ve returned are getting settled again, getting their groceries and greeting neighbors. It’s good.
Us? We’ve been here right along. But finally we are repainting our house pretty much from top to bottom. Paint in this climate doesn’t last as long as you’d like… ours needed it again after three years and we stretched it to four. In a few days it will all be over and we’ll stand here and say “yep, it doesn’t get any better than this.” How could it? When you have new paint, perfect weather, two sweet dogs and each other?