Dry times ahead?

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Just this very morning.

HERE I SIT on the veranda having just returned from six laps around the neighborhood plaza where, on Thursdays, we always traipse around and through the temporary market that’s erected this day every week.

There are two large fruit-and-veggie stands, used clothing spread atop sheets on the sidewalk, fresh fish — many are still hopping around, wondering where the water went — beans, of course, and ladies selling various foods and munchies. I think what I like best is the vat of oil that fries pigskins.

It’s the smell, which reminds me of my childhood on the Georgia farm.

But the big news of today is that the sky is mostly blue. It did not rain yesterday and, the Goddess willing, it will not rain today … or tomorrow … and so on.

It’s time for the annual rains to halt. I think that would have happened already were it not for the hurricane out in the Pacific. It’s gone ashore now, far north of us, and is petering out, which is what you want hurricanes to do.

It gave us lots of rain and, in the nearby capital city, plenty of street flooding; in some places up to three feet deep. We drove down a street there Tuesday where people had their furniture on the sidewalk drying it out or throwing it away. It reminded me of Houston or New Orleans.

But people in Houston or New Orleans can better bear the financial hit.

But it’s gone now, that storm, and I’m optimistic as we head into the best month of the year here on the mountaintop. November is as good as it gets.

The Day of the Dead is next week, and sugar skulls, etc., are on sale around the plaza downtown. Come visit. Everyone else will be here, it seems.

With a touch of luck, it won’t rain.

Till next June.

11 thoughts on “Dry times ahead?

  1. I’d love to see some photos of your local tianguis. Somewhere lurking in the depths of my hard drive are bits of video where I attempted to do a video of the weekly Saturday tianguis on the cross street from where I lived in Roma Sur in 2016. If I find the energy, I may someday turn it into a video for public viewing. But it’s going to require a lot of subtitles since there’s a lot of chatter in Spanish on it.

    But you could easily snap some stills and just post them.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we just replaced the old, mechanical hard drive in the laptop with an SSD and, whoa! It’s FAST.

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    1. Kim: I have considered various times making a video or taking photos of our Thursday market, but it’s simply not photogenic. It’s scattered and disorganized. So I doubt I’ll ever do it.

      Congrats on the fast hard drive.

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      1. Having now used it for a few hours, I’m wishing I had done this hard drive upgrade years ago. Everything now snaps to attention. I can go from web browser tab to another tab that hasn’t been viewed in a long time, and it just snaps open. I’m a very happy camper about this.

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  2. We were happy to share Willa with you. Like you, we were treated only to water. It could have been nasty had it decided to come ashore here. Our other tropical storm died before it made it to us. I will be pleased with some relief from rainy days.

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  3. I do believe the rains have finally left us. The ground out here really soaked it up this year, less mud. Yay! The lake is up, and the snowbirds are arriving so many are happy. That does not include moi except good for the lake.

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    1. Peggy: I hope you have not jinxed us by saying you think the rain has gone. I believe I hear thunder in the distance as I write this. Really. Well, no matter. If it rains a bit more, it can’t last much longer. Let us pray so.

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    1. Ricardo: By the end of the rainy season it’s always overstayed its welcome, and then by late May of the next year, we’re praying for it to return. Such is life. Enjoy your visit. I’ve never been to Oaxaca.

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