Thursday, June 13, 2013
Here are two photos of one of my many favorite vistas here in Alamos, the montanas to the north, taken from our yard. For the last four or five days these have been covered in a faint rainy haze and the skies overhead have been dark. As a result of the rain they received they are slowly darkening with what will become a rich emerald green.
On Tuesday afternoon the wind pushed those clouds south over Alamos and we got what is called a little chipichipi, or sprinkle. Lots of folks reported differing numbers of drops. I think Senor said sixteen for us. Then last night the wind pushed harder and we got measurable rain in the rain gauge. Sweet smelling rain pouring off the canalis, driven by wind, rolling thunder and some very spectacular streak lightning. While I would not say it was a huge storm, it was definitely a nice beginning to the rainy season here and to what I thought would be the close of the rain contest.
There were over sixty guesses this year; they came in through the blog, Glasspondstudio's Facebook page, my personal Facebook page, emails, Glasspondstudio's Etsy shop and also from a few people I saw in the neighborhood. Four guesses were made for yesterday alone. Robyn T., an Alamos resident actually gets the earrings, but the other guesses were surprisingly close as well. It's the first time anyone from Alamos has won. Congratulations, Robyn!
So, I thought sadly, contest over.
Then I woke up in the middle of the night. No, the contest does not have to be over.
So, yes, Robyn gets the earrings for starting us off into the rainy season, but I am still waiting for the big boom, the bada bing bada bang boom.
One day when least expected the skies will just open up and all 5247 is gonna break loose. On that day I think I will look at the time and say........hey, whoever picked this day and time gets something, too. Then I will just give that person a nice jewel. I don't know what it will be yet, a pendant, earrings, something sparkly from the shop.
So, if you have made a guess for the first contest, it now gets applied to the second contest and if you have not even made a guess for the first contest, it is not a problem, go ahead and make a guess for the second contest and, let's call it the uhm, the 'second contest' contest. I am so into words today. Must be the cappuccino Senor just brought me. I like that. The second contest and I am the boss of it. I like being the boss of something.
Que le vaya bien! Linda Lou
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Let the Rain Contest begin!
This is a contest I have every year to give away a piece of beautiful glass from Glasspondstudio. This is the 5th year of the contest.
I have chosen these earrings as the prize this year because the greens and blues remind me of the brilliant summer colors of the hill sides of Alamos, the blacks are representative of the stormy skies and heavy rain and the gold because our lightning is very dramatic, often with vivid streaks of both gold and silver.
To enter the contest you only need to let me know the day and the time, please include am or pm, that you think the rains will begin in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. You can post it here or on Glasspondstudio's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Glasspondstudio, or email me, or if I see you on the street, that's great, too. If your day and time win, by being closest to the actual rain day, you then only need to send me your address and the earrings will ship right out to you.
The month of June is filled, like every month, with festivals in Mexico. San Juan Bautista, is the Patron Saint of Water. His name actually goes on the Mexico calendar, with a specific date. That day, every year, is June 24th. It is the official day that the rains begin. Of course, they seldom begin on that day, some years it is earlier and some years, later. I will let you decide and then the anticipation of the rains begins!!
Please share this and encourage friends to guess as well. It is great fun to have a lot of participants from around the world! Que le vaya bien! Linda Lou