Time of crickets

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Rainy season makes plants go wild.

WHEN THE rains come, the crickets decide to move into the Hacienda uninvited. It’s an annual event.

They have a cat attitude toward water.

Their being inside wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t also love to croon, and they croon quite loudly.

The good thing is that the kitchen is their preferred location, and it’s a good distance from the bedroom. And they sing only when the lights are out at night.

But sometimes an adventurer will go exploring. He will hop into the living room, much closer to the bedroom. The adventurers are also singers, so something must be done.

When one heads out from the many hidey-holes available in the kitchen to the wide open spaces of the living room, he’s easier to spot and catch. I toss them back outdoors.

How do they get inside in the first place? you might wonder. Easy because Mexican home construction offers a plethora of pathways. One wonders why even more wildlife doesn’t live with us inside. So far, not one mouse.

That would send my wife over the brink.

Another phenomenon of the rainy season is teeny-tiny bugs the size of pinheads that appear on the ceiling of the downstairs bathroom. They  fall to the counter where we pick them up and toss them down the sink drain. That’s it.

Those guys haven’t appeared this year, and some years they do not appear at all. It’s a mystery.

New ImageNever a dull moment.

A hot-air balloon festival arrives this weekend, and since our local airport — a grassy strip — is quite near the Hacienda,  they’ll be floating over us, which is lovely.

I took a hot-air balloon ride early one morning in Houston years ago, and I did it with a beautiful woman, which is the best way to be in a big straw basket, floating, as the sun rises.

19 thoughts on “Time of crickets”

    1. Hi, Laura: I took the photo yesterday, and it is nice. Thanks for noticing. As for the crickets, they’re usually not too bad. We live in peaceful coexistence most of the time. What most people don’t know is the little buggers bite.

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      1. Oh my goodness Felipe, I had no idea that they bite…I just thought they made a ton of noise at night.. But, I suppose most critters can bite ya, if you let them.. Have a peaceful day out there today…

        Laura 🙂

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      2. We have in our house a large assortment of insect life; besides the run-of-the-mill mosquitoes and the persistent mosca vulgaris, we are blessed with Hard Shell Beetleoid Crunchers, And some ferocious looking, hairy armed spiders that like to troll the bathroom, looking for prey. At the moment, we are out of Roly Poly Super Cruncher Torpid Floor Rollers, but a new shipment should be arriving any day soon.

        Saludos,
        Don Cuevas

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        1. Don Cuevas: I’ll never forget the night — not here at the Hacienda but in the rental we lived in previously near downtown — that I walked through the doorway from the living room to the bedroom, and a very large hairy spider dropped on my shoulder. Such fun!

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  1. My wife has complained over the last few years that I am teasing her that I can’t hear the crickets when we are in Patzcuaro. Then she went with me to the hearing doctora. The doctora said my hearing was very poor in one area, and I would not hear things like crickets. We had a laugh.

    Balloon festival in the rainy season with the afternoon thundershowers!? Only in Mexico.

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    1. Patzman: Come stand in my kitchen with the lights off on a cool summer evening and, unless you’re stone deaf, you’ll hear crickets. Trust me.

      As for the balloon fest, the preferred — almost required — hour for launching those big babies is just after dawn. It has something to do with meteorological conditions. When the air is most still, I think. You’ll rarely see hot-air balloons in the afternoon anywhere. As you note, our rains usually occur in the afternoons.

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      1. I used to watch the hot air balloons slowly drift along the valley that lies below our house. I wanted to ride in one, but never took the opportunity.
        Our valley is fairly wide, but even longer. It’s the base for wayward balloons and for the alien space craft recharging station.

        The new autopista construction came close, very close to the recharging station, but the aliens were unperturbed, as far as I know. They have not come to recharge their ships during the 10 years that we’ve lived here. At least, I haven’t seen them. Maybe we were away that day. That doesn’t mean that they won’t arrive some day. Even alien ships need to gas up. (Here. it’s methane gas, emitted by the herds of cows that ply the pastures and the caminos hereabouts.)

        You would never imagine that this modest hill is the recharging station. There are many more secrets tucked away in the folds of these mountains.

        Saludos,
        Don Cuevas

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    2. Mexicans are known for doing a lot of things that would surprise NOBs. In Puerto Escondido, at Christmas and Easter, when the beaches are packed like sardines, a group of about 40 rich Chilangos would come to go skydiving. 20 at a time, they would land on the beach, scattering the beach goers. This went on from sunrise to sunset, jumping out of a plane, in bathing suits, barefooted and no helmets. No animals were injured.

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    1. Carole: Interesting weapon, but then you have to clean up all the salt you’ve tossed everywhere.

      By the way, consider adding a free URL shortener to your computer arsenal. Look at mine compared to yours. They lead to the same website:

      http://goo.gl/9qDcvs

      Don’t leave home without one.

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