If I have an issue that I am wrestling with, trying to solve but see no solution, it puts my world in flux. This flux affects everything I do in a day…it makes me hate all the little things which turn into aggravations that intrude on what I WANT TO DO.
Today is a prime example. Because of the low power situation since the beginning of carnaval and continuing this week, my water pump has acted like a baby. If I try to fill the washer, and the bomba needs to come on to refill itself, both have a fit. The washer stops and gives me the E4 message which means you did something wrong and the bomba starts to just make awful noises instead of the pump working and one or both blows the fuse on the electricity regulator. Yesterday I ran around town looking for replacement fuses to be sure we had more on hand during this low power period.
When the washer is filling you cannot have the bomba start up or they both go haywire so if I hear the bomba turn on I need to rush over to the washer and pause it and wait until the bomba fills before turning it on again and going back to my other jobs around the house. Today I decided to make a pork roast for BBQ. This is a time-consuming process as the pork needs to marinate overnight in a rub that I make from scratch, then placed in aluminium foil and baked in the oven for 4 hours. I also make my own Southern vinegar BBQ sauce from scratch. All of this needs to be accomplished while two loads of laundry are going, the house is being swept and mopped and the porch is attended to. This morning it is already 11am and I have not had the time to water the plants or the grass…But my garbage is out on the fence when the truck decides to drive by but my ironing has not been touched.
Retirement is not all that it is cracked up to be here in Ecuador. Making your meals from scratch takes a long time, waiting on laundry because of low power or slow water pressure is irritating when your mind is not in the right gear…some days I long for a TV dinner or several restaurants nearby where I can get take out so I can just relax instead of playing mommy. If you are not into home cooking and baking, shopping from a truck that may or may not show up, depending upon workers to arrive when scheduled, making a special trip into town to pick up chicken and find the place closed with no sign of when they will be open again or going to get shrimp for dinner only to find out the price increased by $2 a pound because it is season or a long list of other items that are “how it is here” I would definitely rethink moving to Ecuador or any other developing country. It is like living in the wild west in many ways and if you don’t have the mentality to handle this type of lifestyle you will have many days like I am having today. Normally I am easy-going, take it as it comes and don’t get too uptight…today is not one of those days.
The good news is tomorrow is another day and I am sure my attitude will be better.