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Outside the edges of our comfort zone…

Viva Mexico!        

No house water,

no electricity,
no internet—
all at the same time…
rain running
down the inside stairs of our house
out through the front door—
interesting design feature for sure

Camping isn’t so bad,
when you are mentally
and physically
prepared for it
‘Roughing it’ can be an adventure
when welcomed
and anticipated…
But when it sneaks up upon you
3 a.m. floor cleaning!

in the middle of the night

or any time really—
It can be a bit, well…
Unwelcomed
I think of people      
and communities 
that have weathered
the tragedies
and hardships and
losses from natural disasters
and it is sobering 
to imagine the 
trials endured
and perhaps 
succumbed to
We are such creatures of convenience
and habit
of ready-made
ready-to-go
everything,
of push a button
and George Jettson
pops it out to you
on a silver platter

We are a race of 
mass consumption
and ‘other-reliance’
We are creatures of habit, sometimes
conformity
and most always, comfort.
We O’Gradys are a bit outside the edges
of our comfort zone right now,
what with rain running down 
inside our house
creating its own path
from the terraza
down the stairs,
and out the front door…
But we are all of good health,
safe, unified together as a family,
and so I will give
thanks for that,
while I ‘patiently’ hope and wait
for the water and lights to come back on
and for the rain to back off
long enough for us to get some sand bags…

About the author: Are you interested in knowing the inside scoop on moving to Mexico? Coastal vs. Central, Visa Process, Schooling, Housing, Medical Care & Expat Health Insurance, Car Importation, Budget, Cell Phone Service, Ins & Outs of Daily Life in Mexico? Together with my Retired Firefighter Hubby and our now 17-year-old twins, we immigrated to Mexico in 2012 from Southern California to create our lives anew. Nine years into our Mexico Adventure, we continue to help families, individuals and couples to carve out their own re-invented, re-inspired lives south of the border. If you too are interested in creating a life of design in Mexico, feel free to contact me at [email protected] for details on how I can be of service to you and your family. Saludos, Katie ☘️

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