It’s 6:30 am and time to start the day. I don’t want to miss seeing the sun peek over the mountains during my stretching and meditation. There she is, bringing hues of pink to the horizon as if God had given a light stroke of pastel across the morning sky. It’s basically the same scenario as 300 + other mornings here in San Miguel de Allende. Predictably boring, right?
There is a lot of talk about the importance of cardio vascular exercise, so I’m off to swim. Since it is February, it is a bit cool for swimming outdoors (mid 50’s) and I could wait until the afternoon when it will be in the seventies, but since the water temperature is over 80 degrees (naturally heated under the earth) in the 40-meter long pool, one just needs to get in the water quickly. There is also a small pool for relaxing where the water is even warmer. The arthritis pain seems to melt away.
Since the arthritic pain has subsided a bit, I am going to work a while in the garden turning the soil in preparation for new plants. I could wait for Don Ramon, the gardener, to get back from his religious pilgrimage, especially since he only charges about 10 dollars a day, but it is good therapy to be in touch with the soil.
January is time to pay property taxes, so we are off to the municipal offices for everyone’s favorite activity. I must admit that $185, however, for a $300,000 house isn’t terribly burdensome. The discount which they give to seniors helps also.
That standing in line made me hungry. Let’s go eat! It’s too late to start to prepare something, so we decide to splurge and stop at our favorite little restaurant. We all decide on the lunch special: a homemade soup (almost a meal in itself), enchiladas with beans, a salad, and a soft drink. What a delightful meal! We even have leftovers for later. Now for the painful part. Time to pay the bill. Can you believe $15 for the three of us! I guess we can afford a $5 meal once a week.
After spending all that money on lunch, we decide to stop at the grocery store and stock up for the week. We fill the cart to the top with all of the necessities and head for the cashier. We watch anxiously as the numbers add up on the screen. The grand total is 975 pesos. That’s $75! I guess we will have to eat less next week.
After unloading the groceries, we sit down and watch the sunset to unwind from a very stressful day, just like so many others.