There aren’t many expats still in town these days, but the hotels are at 100% occupancy, mostly with visitors from other parts of México. It’s the rainy season, but except for our big rain back in June we’ve only had a few light sprinkles here in Centro.
We really need the rain. Almost every night the clouds build up and we notice the yellowish bruised looking sky near sunset that in past years always means the rain is coming. But no. Several mornings lately have been overcast and we had our fingers crossed. But no. It has to come sometime, doesn’t it?
The concrete buildings are hot to the touch. They’ve soaked up every bit of heat for the last month and radiate it back at you. We need the rain to come and cool the buildings down, and to do that we need a good rain, a big rain, a real rain.
The other night the power went out at midnight and stayed off for five hours. We thought at first it was CFE (the electric company) rationing power but we read this morning in the paper there was a car accident that took down an important power pole. But five hours in a dark house with no fans – that was brutal. We sat outside for a while when there was a bit of a breeze, then we tried to sleep again, and wandered again…. both of us making good use of a handheld fan but we were still dripping wet. How did they do it in the days before fans?
Want to know what summertime here is really like?
- Need to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night? It will be HOT and MUGGY. That’ll wake you up!
- Sit down on the toilet? The seat is HOT.
- Take something out of the fridge? In moments it has sweat great puddles on the counter.
- Forget the butter on the counter after you make your toast in the morning? That’s butter soup!
- What do we say to each other before we leave the house? Not “do you have your keys” or “love you” but “do you have a sweat rag?”
- The essentials in my purse – sweat rag, water bottle, and compact umbrella.
- If you absolutely HAVE to walk cross town at midday there won’t be any shade. An umbrella sort of helps.
- I pick where I’m going to shop by which stores have the carports in front.
- If you notice a towel sitting on a bannister or counter – that will be my “rain” towel. We all know what doors and windows leak and I use the same towel over and over, drying it in the sun in between rains.
- If you go to the malecón in the middle of the day it will be empty. Check it out from first light to about 8 am and it’s jam-packed with walkers, runners, skaters, and bikers.
- I have three big insulated bags in my trunk to bring my groceries home from the store. Essential!
That’s all that come to me off the top of my head today. But the big news is Paul just came and said I should take a look to the East. It could be rain!
At the top of this post is a picture I forgot to include with my last post – my grapefruit tree with two nice fruits. Every year I get one or two fruits, and they’ve been very tasty, too!