Buenas dias to summertime.
It has been feeling like summer here in Alamos for quite some time now.
The pool is open on the main street, and families are under the huge cottonwoods, carne asada is on the grills, litres of coca cola on the picnic tables.
People are avoiding the Plaza by noon, some wandering inside the church where the big fans are blowing, and shifting the thick hot air from one pew to the next.
Over on the more shaded Alameda, people sit on the park benches all day to escape the heat in their homes, while teachers send students back home to get out of non air-conditioned rooms.
The street sweepers are out at 4:30, in the early dawn and I wave to them as I take my walk to the arches. The gardeners are already fast at work by 5am, cutting back thick vines of bouganvilla.
The 'Monkey Man' is up early trimming palm fronds.
The two rains we have had cooled us down momentarily but now the humidity is way up there.
Still I can't think of any place I would rather be.
While guesses for the rain contest have ended now, the fun is just beginning as we wait for the 24th to arrive, which is when this year's contest begins.
We had a good storm on the 20th, with over 1 inch of rain here in our barrio. It was a relief for the garden and the water shortage we always feel this time of the year.
Last night we also had a wonderful show of bolt lightning.
It was very close, to the east, and went on for over an hour, with rolling thunder and rain that accumulated here to only .1 of an inch.
Still........... rain is rain.
feliz summertime to you wherever you are...........