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  • Morning thoughts - I am still in lockdown

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: I am still in lockdown along with all the other people sixty and over in this area. I do go out in the early mornings to take Chico for a short walk and if necessary, buy a few groceries. So far, I have not been stopped by the police.

    My landlord hasn't returned to finish his construction job. I am not unhappy about that at the moment because I am just getting over all the other clean up. I may be unhappy if he hasn't filled in those holes he made in the wall before the rainy season. I may have an unusable upstairs deck.

    I have been doing a lot of work on my back yard. With the help from my friend, Dudley. Thank you Dudley! ...

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  • Morning thoughts - I have been too distracted

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: I have been too distracted and depressed to write on the blog. Being inside all the time is driving me nuts. The stay at home order is over tomorrow for everyone except sick people and people over sixty. We are supposed to stay Inside until the end of the month but I won't be surprised if they extend it again. Maybe they will extend it for us until they get a vaccine. Maybe years from now. Maybe the rest of my life! Don't have many years left and I hate to think it might be spent locked up in this house. So that is a big reason for my depression!

    And Marie, a friend from many years back, passed away. Her daughter let me know. Marie and I were friends from about 2008. Our sons were friends first. Marie followed me down to Mexico after she got her house sold and took care of her business. I have many photos of her in the first part of my blog. Nothing in the past few years because we had a falling out. But her death still hit me hard.

    Sometime it is more difficult when there are unresolved issues. I had an opportunity to reach out to her several months ago when her son was visiting but I didn't take it. I didn't want to get back into all the conflict. I didn't know she was so sick. Now it is too late! ...

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  • Morning thoughts - Another day of lost time.

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: Another day of lost time. What day is it? What is the date? What is the month? It is all the same to me. I enjoyed receiving all the coronavirus cartoons and jokes that my friends sent me. One in particular. I can't remember the exact wording. The meaning was, after being just with my own company for several weeks, I apologize to anyone who has had to spend time with me in the past.

    I have been worried that my internet would be cut off. Skype is my only way of calling out and the internet has been my constant companion all this time. The office where I pay was closed down for about a month. I had no idea of how to pay the bill. Today I checked online and it is open again. So I trudged up there in the heat. Excited that I wouldn't be disconnected. I got there early and had to wait outside behind five other people. When it came to be my turn to go inside, the young woman refused to let me go in. I was wearing a mask. Everyone else had gone in and I could see no reason that I was held there. Finally, I figured it out. She said that no one over sixty was allowed in the store. ...

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  • Morning thoughts - tapioca, kombucha and sourdough

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: Yesterday was difficult. I was in the middle of making a batch of tapioca pudding when my electricity went out. That was around ten in the morning. It was out until midnight. It is really hot here now. I had no communication system because I depend on skype on my i pad. The book I was reading was also on the I pad. And my fans of course didn't work. It was a long day and night. I was afraid that the milk would have spoiled but it was okay this morning. I finished making the pudding.

    I also made my very first glass of kombucha. I poured it over ice. Fresh blackberry and strawberry flavored. The first photo below shows the tall circular container that contains the mother. I also made fresh mango kombucha which is in the second photo. It still needs to be blended and strained. This process has taken weeks. I started out without a skoby but I was able to make the batch and grow a scoby from a bottle of store bought kombucha. I won't try to explain what all this means. If you are interested, you can find it online.

    My sourdough bread is another story. A complete failure. But since I have nothing to do, I am trying again this morning. ...

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  • Morning thoughts - Upbeat

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: I will try to be upbeat this time. Difficult. One good thing. My refrigerator is fixed. The two repair men knocked on my door, came inside, wearing masks and gloves. They went to work chopping out the ice that had built up inside my frig, behind a panel. Charged me 800 pesos. And left. Great service. Great price. Working frig again. At least for now it works and I will know what to do the next time it fails. Just unplug it and let it sit for a couple of days until all the ice has melted onto the floor. How fun. It will give me something to do. Mop.

    I am so old that now I am remembering of a song that was popular when I was a small child. Rag Mop. Does anyone else remember it? That may not be the name but those were the main words. This is my rag mop day. I am going to mop all my floors.

    What other day is it besides Rag Mop? I had to look that up. What day of the week is today? That question often shows up on my i pad search history. Often I have guessed it wrong. But who cares? They are all the same. Boring. ...

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  • Morning thoughts - Too much cooking

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: I did too much cooking and my refrigerator refused to work anymore. I am waiting for the repair man to show up but I think it is beyond repair. When I was house sitting, ten years ago, a woman I worked for kindly gave it to me. She had bought a new one. It was maybe ten years old at that time. The repair man has already fixed it once for me. This time I may have to give it up. I sure hope the repair man doesn't bring the coronavirus in with him.

    It is terrible to live with fear. Either I take the risk of getting the virus or else I live without a working refrigerator. What a choice! I am taking the risk. Food is too important to me.

    Yesterday I looked at the thirty thousand photos I have on this I pad. I have another thirty thousand on a nonworking computer. So many parades, festivals, smiling people, restaurants, friends, etc. LIFE! ...

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  • Lockdown, day four

    Patricia of Mexico Daily Living wrote: My internet was out all day. So, no listening to the news. It was such a peaceful day without constantly listening to the corona virus disasters. I knew life would be better without all that fear being pumped into my house but I didn't have the courage to turn it off.

    I spent the entire day without thinking about it. Just me and the cat and dog. ...

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  • Lockdown, day three

    Patricia: I have continued my obsessive cooking while listening to the news on my iPad. Now there is no more room in my refrigerator. I am not sleeping much because of my mind running wild. Plus, last night my Mexican neighbors across the street had a loud, very crowded party at their house. Everyone was laughing, playing music, having fun. While I sat on my deck alone and thought about all my fears.

    What is life going to be like in the future? A five day lockdown that is only followed by a few people isn't going to stop the virus. Will there be more lockdowns? In the future, will we all have to stay home and only relate by way of computers? Sounds like a scary science fiction movie. ...

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  • Lockdown

    Patricia: Yesterday I received a message that Jalisco is in a lockdown. We are supposed to stay in our homes for five days. I am only half way through the second day and am already driving myself crazy.

    I have been cooking for two days. Cooking and cooking. There is no more room in my frig. I couldn't possibly eat all this food by myself, even if I had a month to try. It is just my way to calm my nerves.

    It would be more helpful for my nerves if I would hide my i pad. I keep obsessively turning it on and checking the news.

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  • Morning thoughts, things are changing

    Patricia: Things are rapidly changing here just as everywhere else in the world. I am now self isolating. I am one of the more vulnerable of the population because of my age and health issues. I had to go out a few times to try to get money. Three times I tried ATM machines and they were empty. Being a suspicious person, my first thought was that the banks didn't like the current exchange rate so they stopped the ATMs from working. A couple of months ago, the peso to the dollar was the best for the peso than it has been in many years. Recently it is the worst for the peso. It fluctuated from 16 pesos to the dollar to over 24 pesos to the dollar. I can't keep up with all the changes that are happening here.

    Most of the events have been canceled. The Lake Chapala Society has stopped all activities. But so far, they are keeping their grounds open.

    Tomorrow I have to venture out to pick up my renewed IMSS health insurance forms. For now that office is still open. I hope I won't be needing to go to the doctor or hospital in the near future but I have to be prepared!

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  • Morning thoughts, Mexican Census

    Patricia: Flowers are in bloom all over town. In April the Jacaranda trees bloom and the towns turn purple.

    But down to the business of census taking. A woman came to my door with her official identification hanging around her neck and asked me many questions. So many that I was starting to lose patience. Also two (men) neighbors ran over to help make sure I understood her Spanish and I am also guessing to learn my answers. Here are some of the questions. I am sure I have forgotten some.

    Where am I from? How long have I lived in Mexico? How old am I? Do I have any children? Do I have any children that have died? What kind of health insurance do I have? Do I have an income? Do I go to school? Do I work? How many years of schooling did I receive? Do I have any health issues that require help? Can I hear okay? See okay? Walk okay? Do I have a car? A bicycle? Or other mode of transportation? How many Rooms are in my house? How many people live here? How many bedrooms do I have? Do I have a washing machine? A television? A telephone? Cell phone? Refrigerator? Computer? Internet? Am I divorced or did my husband die?

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  • Another cold

    Patricia: I am sick with yet another cold. Staying home. Bored and angry. Angry at myself for getting another cold. Stupid, I know, but there is no one else to blame. I also fell down about ten days ago while walking on a dirt path. I bruised a rib. That has been painful and the cold added to this pain makes me even angrier.

    I don't know anyone who has lived here longer than a few months who has not fallen down. These cobblestone streets and uneven sidewalks make it difficult to always stay upright. So why the anger at myself for falling down, and for the cold? Maybe it is really fear underlying the anger. Fear of old age and vulnerability.

    I have been inspired by internet articles about elderly men and women who never seem to age. A woman in her mid seventies (my age) who swims in competitions, a hundred year old man, an ex ballet dancer who still teaches dancing at colleges...... I could go on, but I am sure everyone knows other inspiring stories.

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  • Doctor's Office

    Patricia: So, I am at the doctor's office but it isn't an office. It is the screened in porch in the front of his house. I see no evidence of any doctor equipment. Just a big wooden desk, toys on the floor and succulents by the window. Right outside the window in the patio they are selling tacos and cokes. They have a barbeque grill set up and the smell of cooking meat is coming in the window. It is making me hungry. People are talking, eating and milling around, enjoying the morning.

    They can see in the window and I can watch them but I am focused on my feet. They aren't interested in me, only their food. My toes are burning. They have been burning for weeks. The elderly doctor is wearing a wife beater T-shirt with writing on the front. It is too old for me to be able to read. Plus it is in Spanish. His helper is a little girl. Maybe four years old. She is playing with a strange toy nearby as I show the doctor my feet. I am wearing flip flops, just for that purpose.

    He puts his stethoscope on my ankles and listens to the blood running through me. He barely speaks English and my Spanish is just as bad as his English. We use our hands a lot to communicate. He didn't ask me my name and I don't remember his. I just saw his name on the front of his house and that he was a doctor. So I walked in. After checking my ankles, he manages to tell me that I have poor circulation.

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