A Day in the Life of...ME!!!

A lot of people ask me what living in small town Mexico is like. If they had asked me 8 years ago when I first moved here, I could have given them a very long list of what life is really like here and how very different it is from the States. But now, after 8 and a half years, I can't really tell the difference. I'm quite accustomed to life here and have forgotten every item on the list I once had. But, I will tell you what a regular weekday is like for me and you can be the judge of the differences and/or similarities.

I wake up at around 6:30 am, get dressed and spend some time thinking about what I need and what I would like to accomplish during the day. I wake my kids up at about 7:15 am, so that they can get dressed for school, make their beds and have breakfast. While the kids are busy getting dressed, I make their school lunches and breakfast. This routine ends no later than 8:15 am. That's when my husband or I walk the kids to school, which is less than 10 minutes away. (We take turns, but my husband takes them more often than I do.) I usually stay home, taking care of our youngest son, Jack, grab some breakfast and clean house. My hubby usually has breakfast at his mother's house, since he walks by her house first on his way home. (He only stops by to say hi and she always invites him to stay for breakfast!)

Housekeeping was one of the items on my list, but now it's just become a way of life for me. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, sweeps the sidewalk and street in front of their house. No streetsweepers here, just people! Then we proceed to the inside of our house. But before I can continue cleaning, I need to go turn on the water pump that pumps water from my well to my 2 tinacos. A tinaco, is a sort of miniature water tower that sits on my roof. Now that the tinacos are full and I've turned off the water pump, I can finish cleaning my house. This is a simple enough task, all I have to do is sweep and mop my entire house, like I do every day except Sunday. Yes, sweep and mop. Most houses here don't have carpeting, so there is no need for a vaccuum. After sweeping and mopping, I do a load or two of laundry. (Laundry, or atleast how I used to do it when I first moved here, needs it's own blog.) When the washing machine has finished it's cycle, I hang my clothes on the clothesline outside in my back patio.

Now that the housework and laundry are done. I have some free time to relax and play with Jack or take a walk downtown to the mercado (market) for any groceries I might need. I usually do most of my grocery shopping on Sunday. (Grocery shopping is also another blog I need to write.) Sometimes, if my hubby needs help, I go next door to our shop to give him a hand with whatever he's working on. Then at around noon, depending on what I'm preparing, I start lunch.

By a quarter to 1 pm, lunch is almost ready, and it's time for my hubby, my father-in-law or me to walk to school to pick up the kids. Before walking home, we stop by the stationery store to buy anything that the kids might need for a homework assignment or project. The kids usually arrive home before 1:30 pm. I like to spend a few minutes catching up on how their day went and what homework assignments or projects need to be completed. At this time, I might walk down to our local tiendita to buy fresh and warm corn tortillas. (A tiendita is like a very small general store, with everything you might need.)

It is now 2 pm and lunch is on the table. My hubby has just closed up shop and walked 2 or 3 paces home. We eat lunch and share what has happened throughout our day so far. A quick clean up of the kitchen and dining room follows. If it happens to be an afternoon that I don't have to go to work, I will indulge in a nap. Ahhh, siesta! (I just love Mexico!!!)

The kids start working on their homework at around 4 pm and my hubby opens his shop. Once the homework is finished, I go outside to my back patio to turn on the boiler (water heater) so that the kids can take a shower, not a bath, because most of the older houses in Mexico don't have bathtubs. If I used too much water for cleaning and laundry, I also need to turn on the water pump for more water. If it's spring or summer, the kids need only wait for 15 minutes before being able to jump in the shower. When the last child is showering, I head outside again, this time to turn off the boiler. Don't worry, there's still enough hot water for my hubby and I to take a shower.

Evening rolls around and my husband closes shop at about 7 pm. Most evenings we take a couple of chairs outside, so that we can sit on the sidewalk to enjoy some cool, fresh air, talk and people watch, while the kids get to play outside. We don't sit outside long, because we need to eat dinner. For dinner, we usually have whatever is leftover from lunch, or we might hit our local taquería or taco stand. (There is atleast one taquería on each block.) After dinner we like to relax, watch a little t.v. or use the computer. And finally I go to bed around 11 pm.

I don't know about you, but I'm already exhausted from just writing about my day!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

19 comments

  1. "Everyone, and I do mean everyone, sweeps the sidewalk"

    I totally cracked up at this line. Our family has noticed that EVERYWHERE in MX people sweep, sweep, sweep!

    Great post. Loved reading about your day.

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  2. Im so excited to have found you, or I supose you found me. :) I cant wait to read more. Your day sounds a lot like mine but you seem a little more comfortable with going to the market than I am. Ill get there, 9 months compared to almost 8 years makes a difference. I look forward to the insight that I know will come from reading your blogs. Thanks for finding me.

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  3. I love your blog. I am glad we found each other. Our days our very similar. I especially love the part about having to stop at the tienda for supplies for that nights homework. Some of those assignments are pretty intense. I am on my way to the food blog!!!

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  4. That is exactly the small town life that I am familiar with and why I love Mexico! I love pulling chairs out to the front of the house every evening and just sitting around talking to everyone that walks by.

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  5. Sounds like a day in my life! lol COngrats on your day!

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  6. similar to my own life in Malta Europe but than I dont wash the house daily. Sweep it often but not daily either...so have tons of time on my hands actually :)

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  7. It sounds like a wonderful day. I love that it ends with sitting together with chairs.

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  8. What a fun lifestyle! Happy SITS Day! Hope you enjoy all the love!

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  9. That sounds like such a wonderful day!

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  10. Sounds like a lovely way to live, especially the siesta! Happy SITS day!

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  11. Found you on SITS - I really enjoyed reading about your day! I love the idea of a family lunch together. I wish we could do that!

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  12. You're day doesn't really sound that much different, with the exception of turning on the water pump & boiler. And to be honest, even on the pump, if you've ever lived in the country in the States, then you've done that, too! Oh, wait - just remembered you get a siesta - I'm jealous!

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  13. That is really neat that you live so close to everything - your store, the market, schools and family.

    Happy SITS Day! :)

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  14. This was a really cool post and I totally enjoyed it.

    Congrats on your SITS day.

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  15. Happy SITS Day! It's so interesting to read about your life in Mexico. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I recently moved overseas and every day things don't seem as different as when I got here. I think it's great to be able to become accustomed to another place.

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  17. Your day sounds quite similar to mine since I left Canada and moved to Belize.

    Happy SITS Day!

    Cheers :-)
    - Rainforest Mommy

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  18. I love the walking. I can just imagine you walking to and from school, stopping at shops on the way ;)
    -CK

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