|Sparky - checking out the weather situation|
Yesterday history was made. An out-of-season hurricane, Alex, was named as the first storm in the 2016 hurricane season, which incidentally doesn’t officially start until June 1st.
Who needs it? Or wants it?
The good news is Alex is a long way out in the Atlantic, more of a problem to the American Eastern Seaboard than it is to our tropical paradise.
The possibility of lots of precipitation in
the form of snow and high winds is a big concern for anyone living on the
eastern side of the USA and Canada. Living on a tropical island in Mexico, on the
other hand, we have our own challenges.
|Sparky & Perla getting loves from Lawrie - M.Watt photo|
There is the ever-present sand sifting across the floors, sticking in hair, collecting in clothes and beds. The two dogs, one cat, Lawrie and I have sixteen paws or feet between us. We track sand into the house, car and even the golf cart. The space under our computer desk is always gritty with sand, left behind by Sparky who likes to nap at our feet while we write.
|Big scary iguana .... snacking on cat food|
Okay maybe we are to blame for that as we like to feed the critters.
Then there are the beach dogs and feral cats who move in at any opportunity. Yeah, they like food too, but want love and attention more.
The more serious stuff is the salty ocean spray, called salitre in Mexico. It sneaks in to everything; oozing into computers ports, appliance wiring, light fixtures, door and window lock mechanisms, and the sliding wheels on patio door.
|That damn sand is everywhere!|
When we took the tree down this year the branches, lights and decorations were wet with salt and condensed humidity.
Everything had to be washed and dried before storing for the next Christmas season.
|Lawrie - suffers from Beach-Inertia Syndrome|
However one of the biggest challenges with living on the edge of the warm, salty sea, is Beach-Inertia Syndrome, the desire to never live in cold climates again. In the advanced stages of this condition you lose the desire go back north to visit family and friends. It’s just so much work to find real clothes and real shoes, besides the shoes just won’t fit after wearing sandals for months.
And the final challenge of living in paradise, the ever-present salitre will taint your wine unless you drink it quickly. Okay, maybe it won’t happen that fast, but it might! So, you see just packing up and moving to a tropical island should be thought out carefully, without alcohol involved, or you might find yourself a victim of the dreaded Beach-Inertia Syndrome. (BIS)
|A tourist - thinking happy sunny thoughts!|
Lawrie & Lynda
The beautiful illustration below is by Diego Medina, from our children's book written in both English and Spanish:
The Adventures of Thomas the Cat / Las Aventuras de Thomas el Gato
$15.00 USD or $250.00 MX pesos
|Beach-Inertia Syndrome, on Isla Mujeres Mx|