Febrero Loco (Crazy February)
Monday, February 8, 2010
Forgive me friends and readers, for I have slacked. It has been 9 days since my last post. Nine days! To some, it might not seem like a long time, but in Blogland it can seem like an eternity. There are no excuses, but hopefully this post will help to explain.
Have you ever heard the expression "April Showers bring May Flowers"? In Mexico we have a similar phrase that says, "Febrero loco y Marzo otro poco" (February is crazy and March is even more so).
Well, February 2010 started out completely insane. Winters in Jalisco can be cold. And are usually dry. But not this February. No, this month started with strong winds, gray clouds and non-stop rain for 5 days. And just so you understand, rain in winter is very rare weather for where I live.
The rain, wind and cold temperatures were so bad, that the schools told the kids that it was okay to stay home from school until the weather let up a bit. Hubby and I were ecstatic with that decision because neither one of us wanted to take an icy cold shower when loading the kiddies into the truck and then again when dropping them off at school. No, thank you!
To keep warm, I baked and cooked all day, every day, and had a never-ending supply of hot tea, hot cocoa and cafe con leche. The kids were curled up on the couch with a mountain of blankets, watching their favorite cartoons and movies.
I was completely prepared for this type of situation.
But one thing caught me off guard...Cabin Fever!
I have no problem staying at home with Hubby and the kiddies. I actually prefer it to almost anything. But something about not being able to go anywhere without getting wet and probably catching my death from a cold really got to me. I felt restless. Like a caged lion. I couldn't focus or concentrate. I couldn't sit still either, not even in front of my beloved computer. There were moments when all I wanted to do was sleep, and then there were nights that I couldn't sleep at all.
And as the dreary days passed, I felt more and more depressed. Ugh! That dreaded D-word is not part of my vocabulary. But it was how I was feeling.
Can five days of terrible weather really do that to a person?
I'm just happy that there was a cure for my ailment...SUNSHINE! Friday, we were blessed with beautiful, warm sunshine. I stepped outside to admire the gorgeous blue sky and to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. Oh! It was heavenly! And I noticed that many of my neighbors were doing the exact same thing.
Maybe I wasn't the only who had experienced a slight case of Cabin Fever!