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  • 10Nov

    Cumple

    Well that was quite a gap between posts!  Somehow after TEN YEARS blogging (my first blog post here was October 21, 2006!) all the little odd things that happen each day are no longer odd and blog worthy to me.  I need to find my blogging mojo again, and I truly intend to try.  What have I been up to?

    - I had dengue.  Well, that was awful. Seriously painful bone pain and overwhelming sleepiness for several days, then an intensely itchy rash and more sleepiness.  I recovered just in time to go on my planned trip, thank goodness.

    - I went to Mexico City for another week, without Paul this time.  My son from Washington State was coming down to see his daughter (the one I wrote about who is doing a college semester abroad in Mexico City) so I flew over to horn in on his visit.  It was great to have so many of us together for a week.  We ate some great food at La Docena, Maximo Bistrot’s little sister Lalo, Diego Luna’s La Bipo and at Izakaya Kura while we were in DF:  Once we headed to Tepoztlán we cooked at home for most of our meals with a ton of roasted vegetables and other goodies, including mezcal of course. It was a great week of laughing, swimming, chatting with friends and family bonding.

    - I found out that you don’t recover from dengue that fast.  I am still feeling pain in my joints at times, I just need to be patient.

    - Friends are arriving back in Mazatlán after their summers away so we are getting together for coffees and dinners.  It is great to see them and catch up. First Friday Art Walk kicked off last week and this week we had three cruise ships in town, too. There are more people every week at knitting group and my book group just reunited yesterday for the first time in 6 months. I even went to a Laugh Therapy class yesterday. In the aftermath of the US election and some seriously awful and sad news about a friend, I needed to try to find a way back to happiness. I keep telling myself that I shouldn’t stress about things that are outside my control, but it’s hard to do. I am using all the tools in my toolbox to find my way back to my old optimistic and confident self.  The world turned into a much different place overnight, but I don’t want it to change ME.

    - We’re going on a trip to Chiapas with the family soon, I am really looking forward to it.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family – I need to remember that more!  So Chiapas will be a family adventure and then after that Paul and I will go to Guanajuato for about 5 days.  By the time we get home the weather here in Mazatlán should be in it’s winter perfection mode, that will be lovely.  I can get back out walking on the malecón again after a much too hot summer.

    I hope you’ve been having fun in the interim, too.  It won’t be so long next time.  But in the meantime be sure to check out The Mazatlan Messenger.  It was recently taken over by new owners and it is a great source of news about Mazatlán. See you soon!

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  • 13Sep

    Tep14

    Paul and I headed to Mexico City in August for a couple of weeks visiting family.  Our youngest granddaughter Consuelo wasn’t back in school yet and our older granddaughter Erica is doing a semester abroad and living in Mexico City with my son and his family.  So that’s a two-fer that we couldn’t pass up! (Two granddaughters at once, get it?)

    We spent the first three days of our trip in Mexico City.  We explored downtown,  got a tour of Erica’s school and met some of her friends.  We had a fabulous super-meal (like 4 hours) at La Docena, (Obregon 31, Colonia Roma) delicious chocolate and pastries at Panadería Rosetta (Colima 179, Colonia Roma) and a stroll through the newly reconstructed Parque Pushkin.  We always have a great time in Mexico City and as always our time was too short.

    Paul and Erica and I took the bus to Tepoztlán on Friday afternoon as it would have been a crunch in the car and it was good to show Erica the bus as she’ll be using it back and forth some weekends for sure.  We spent the rest of our time in the town of Tepoztlán, Morelos, at their weekend house.

    Paul and I stayed by ourselves after everyone went back to the work week in the city, then they rejoined us the following weekend.  What a great time we had!  And I can’t forget that I was lucky this time to enjoy ice cream at Tepoznieves twice – I had guanabana both times, it was delicious.  Tepoznieves is my favorite ice cream place ever, they were founded in Tepoztlán and are pretty much on every block downtown.

    The picture at the top is of one of the most beautiful trees encountered on our hike to the waterfall in the mountains near their house.  Following will be lots more pictures, too.  Just scroll along and you’ll see what a beautiful place it is, especially in the rainy season.  The air was cool and fresh and we had a welcomed respite from the heat here in Mazatlán.

    Beautiful flowers

    Beautiful flowers

    Heading out on our hike

    Heading out on our hike

    Ferns

    Ferns

    Waterfall

    Waterfall

    Up and more up

    Up and more up

    Pretty

    Pretty

    Beautiful pool

    Beautiful pool

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    Tep10

    Tep11

    Paul

    Paul

    Heading home

    Heading home

    Fungii

    Fungi

    Hanging on a fence

    Hanging on a fence

    Beautiful vista

    Beautiful vista

    Pretty

    Pretty

    Roadside vegetation

    Roadside vegetation

    Figs

    Figs


    Passion Fruit

    Passion Fruit

    Chayote

    Chayote


    Flowers

    Flowers

    Dish of the fruits sold at Vivero Yautepec

    Dish of the fruits sold at Vivero Yautepec

    Starfruit

    Starfruit

    Side of the road

    Side of the road

    Corn growing nearby

    Corn growing nearby

    Rainy vista

    Rainy vista

    Gorgeous gate

    Gorgeous gate

    Orange ice cream served in an orange "bowl" with orange "lid".  Others at the table had pineapple, mamey, and apple, all in their own fruit containers. (At El Itacate)

    Orange ice cream served in an orange "bowl" with orange "lid". Others at the table had pineapple, mamey, and apple, all in their own fruit containers. (At El Itacate, Yautepec)

    Local brews and kombucha

    Local brews and kombucha

    The way they sold quantities of corn at the local grocery

    The way they sold quantities of corn at the local grocery

    Erica loved her snack at the mercado

    Erica loved her snack at the mercado

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    Our haul from the mercado one day

    Consuelo enjoying her chilaquiles

    Consuelo enjoying her chilaquiles


    They are waiting patiently for their treats

    They are waiting patiently for their treats


    Pretty much every night we enjoyed a fire

    Pretty much every night we enjoyed a fire


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  • 09Aug

    Moringa5

    I love to eat healthy and I love growing healthy food so our small backyard has one side just for my little garden. In the picture above under the angled blue sheet is my worm bin.  It’s a challenge to keep it in the shade in the summertime but this little nook under the water heater only gets a small amount of morning sun.  Next is my super happy fig tree.  I had a fresh fig every other day for a while – now it looks like a second crop is forming. Next is the moringa, and finally my turmeric and ginger bed.  This strip is about ten feet long and a foot and a half wide.  The moringa here is as tall as I will let it get, just past the top of the wall which is around 10 or 11 feet. In this picture I’m getting ready to harvest it, and the old bedspread is ready to receive the moringa trimmings.  The day before I washed the entire tree with the pressure handle on the hose as once I harvest it I don’t wash it again.

    Moringa4
    The picture above shows the tree after pruning/harvesting. Yes, I know, it looks awful!  But it will grow back quickly and will look much nicer in less than a week.  The branches and leaves are in a big heap ready for the next step.  I lay out an old fabric shower curtain and strip the leaves off each branch onto the shower curtain.  This bunch of leaves probably took me an hour.

    Moringa3
    The picture above shows the fresh moringa leaves in the shower curtain resting on a bench until the morning when it will be sunny enough to start drying them.  I spread them out in the sun on half the shower curtain, folding the other half over so the leaves aren’t in direct sun, which will reduce the amount of vitamin c.

    Moringa2
    The picture above is the dried moringa leaf.  It took most of one day to dry. I stir it every once in a while and make sure it is always in a sunny spot.  Next step is to get out the blender (I love my Vitamix!) and grind all the dried leaves up into powder.  The moringa I processed made two one liter jars full, plus a bit that I added to the jar I had been using.  That’s the jars, below, looking a little frosty as I just removed them from the fridge to take their picture.

    Moringa1

    If you don’t know much about moringa, it really is a superfood.  It loves bad soil, doesn’t need much water, and is super nutritious.  I love growing my own.  By the way, I don’t have seeds but I think one of the fruterias on Avenida La Marina sells them… sorry that’s all I know. I see the dried leaves in many of the health food stores here, be sure to check it out… or grow it yourself, here is one way to do it!


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