After weeks of waiting and planning our moving day arrived. We both have been looking forward to this day for many months.
We are still in the rainy season, and as expected the past several days have brought cloudy skies and many raindrops. Today we wake up to beautiful, bright, clear skies. Could the rain gods be taking a break for us? We are hopeful. Our belongings are packed and we are ready for the moving hour to arrive later today. As we wait we head for some moving day fuel of chilaquiles at our favourite place to eat them.
Freshly squeezed and ice-cold orange juice, strong hot coffee, a warm buttery cuernito (or croissant) is what we sip and munch on before our chilaquiles arrive. The huge and overflowing plate of green chilaquiles topped with two perfectly sunny-side up eggs, rings of purple onion and dollops of crema, are placed on our table. Good thing we brought a big appetite with us, we always leave with a very full belly.
As we are enjoying our abundance of tasty food, the sunny skies darken. Oh No! Moments later the raindrops begin to flow as though someone has turned on the “sky faucet” to the heaviest flow. After ten minutes it is still raining. Little did we know, and thanks to our waiter for providing us with the information, the rain that has been falling is part of a tropical depression. Though we are lucky that the main part of the storm has not bee reaching us, Playa del Carmen is currently a very wet place. The friendly waiter shows us the weather report on his phone, the storm will linger and it will be days before the rain stops.
But we are (supposed to be) moving in a few hours!
The rain did (eventually) stop and we were still hopeful that it would stay dry until after our scheduled moving hour. Unfortunately that was not the case. The raindrops began to fall…then the wind picked up, and the heavy storm arrived — again. We waited for a break and though it never fully stops raining, it did lessen and allow us to move our belongings. Thankfully our new home is only a short drive away from the old flat. Quickly we load and unload our belongings to prevent them from getting soaked. Phew, our things are safely in our new house… But the hardest part of the move is yet to happen. We have to relocate three cats.
Cats are crazy!
When we arrived in Playa del Carmen last year, we didn’t plan on having any pets until we were really settled. But life doesn’t always work out the way we plan it. We left the apartment building the proud guardians of two cats, one who adopted us and another whom we adopted (story to come). But that’s not it, our friend and neighboor has left her kitten in our care while she returns to Europe for a couple of months. So this move did not entail getting just two cats into carriers and settled into a new unfamiliar home, there’s a third.
Did I mention that all three cats have their claws?
My friend’s kitten goes into the crate without so much as a meow. The next one doesn’t put up much of a fight and into the crate she goes. Now the third…hah! We needed a cat exorcists to get him in there. My god, the sounds that came out of him, the hissing, the death-stares, and attempted clawing were unbelievable. And this is a cat that is normally quiet, calm, and super happy to get a little head scratching. In fact just hours before the mover arrived this kitty was sleeping inside one of the suitcases looking like we could have sipped him up and rolled him right out of there. What a surprise! What we saw was his true feral cat side come out. My poor little guy had never in his life seen or let alone, been inside a cat carrier. My husband was the one to place him in the carrier and after many attempts, and despite the fact that he was wearing heavy gloves and a thick sweater, he only needed a couple of bandaids. Thankfully!
Moments after arriving in our new home, we open the carrier doors and the cats began roaming around the room. B.B. Kat (aka crazy feral cat) was more stressed and immediately he found a high-up shelf to hide in. After a little while, and after seeing the other two, he calmed down and jumped down to join the rest of us. The three roamed the house and eventually found hiding spots under the bed and inside closet shelves. It’s been a few days since the move, and considering how much their life has changed, the three amigos are doing great. We were worried that we would loose the trust we had built with B.B. Kat, but within minutes of calming down he was back to normal and seeking our affection. Phew! We are keeping the little guys indoors for a while in hopes that they will not try to run away back to their previous territory. We can see that they miss being outdoors but we also think they are happy being here with us…Special food treats and extra pampering are quite helpful right now. Anything to keep them happy, safe, and at home.
And so goes the tale of our moving day adventure. Our new place is slowly coming together and though we are both utterly exhausted, we are also very excited to make this house a home for us and our kitties and special guest. There are many plans in place, not moving for a very long time is one of them, and we are excited about it all. I will continue to share our adventures as well as many new recipes from the bright new kitchen I now have.
Moving is exhausting, just ask this cuddly little kitty.
It was sunny today and the forecast is the same for the next few days. I think we’ve earned some beach time.
From my family to yours, may you have a love filled and relaxing weekend!