In Oaxaca, winter begins around the middle of November, and last until the end of March. But, it isn't the weather that makes this time of year the winter months; it's the influx of Americans, Canadians and a few Europeans. They all gather at the Oaxaca Lending Library. Events are scheduled, and fill to capacity.
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I'm not part of any of this. Although I'm a member of the library, and when I'm asked, I'll fill in at the front desk, checking in and checking out books, I'm not a newcomer or snowbird. I'm not a vacationer; this is where I live and work.
For most of my life, I worked not because I enjoyed the work, although the work had its moments, I worked for money.
Now I work, but don't worry so much about how much money I make. Mind you, I still use money as a gauge to my success, but work isn't something I have to do to earn a living. Each month, on the first of the month, I have more than enough money to live on. Thanks be to my pension plans.
I work as a freelance Internet Content Writer. I like the work. You can find a portfolio of my articles at Suite 101. I also write for The Content Authority. You can't find anything I've written there. I'm paid for what I write, but as soon as the client accepts it, it is theirs, and I no longer have a claim to it.
My third writing gig is here on my blog. It's a modest little blog, where I write whatever I like, no one edits my work, and I receive no remuneration. However, I'm always delighted when the rare comment or email comes my way, or another person decides to become a follower.
I'm up at 5 am, or so, no need to set an alarm clock. I get up when I feel like it. After weighing myself, I keep a healthy weight. I find my way to the coffee maker. As the coffee drips through the maker, I check my bank investments. It's been a good year so far. Then I check my email and visit the few writers’ forums I'm part of.
Usually, at some point during my second cup of coffee, I drink two cups, no more. I go to The Content Authority web site to see what work is available. I begin to write. After I've submitted an article or two I look at the news of the day while eating breakfast.
Generally, my field of interest on Suite 101 is health and personal finance. I'll write an article for that site, gleaning information from the news items I've read. Next, I write a blog entry, finishing off, around 2 p.m.
If I have time, I read, generally memoir, sometimes a classic novel, sometimes a non-fiction book on something that interests me.
2 p.m. marks the end of my writing, and it's time for lunch. If I'm eating alone, I watch an episode of the Mary Tyler Moors Show. I've seen each episode an uncountable number of times. But, it is still my all time favorite, followed closed by Marlo Thomas in That Girl. I think I'm addicted to the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Most days I go to the super market in the afternoon. There are two close by, Soriana and Chedraui.
Because so much of my life is solitary, I try to have lunch a few times a week with friends, then there is my weekly hike, which is always a pleasure. Tonight I'm off to see The Artist with a couple of buddies.
Life is good here in Oaxaca. Come visit some day soon.