This is the first ‘real’ Monday of the year.

Last Monday didn’t really count, it was too soon after New Year, sort of survived because the mind was still a bit numb.

But my worries for Monday were inconsequential when compared with the rest of the State of Rio de Janeiro.  The last more than a week severe rains in both Rio and Minas Gerais to the north created massive problems, cutting highways, isolating communities and towns and leaving thousands homeless.

Floods in Sapucaia

Today, after a brief respite over the weekend, the rains returned with terrible consequences. In Sapucaia on the state border the town is flooded completely.

Landslides buried houses

A landslide buried houses, so far they have recovered eight dead with another 15 people unaccounted for.

And I am worried about the trivialities that Monday bring my way.