Wednesday, April 23, 2014
However, earlier today there was a whiny motor sound going back and forth over the house so I went out and snapped this photo from the downstairs' terrace. I did not enhance the color of the sky. It is actually that blue here. With no industry, we are blessed with healthy air. The noise from whatever that kind of plane is called, a glider I guess, sure was loud for something so small. Noise pollution.
Then, to add to it, a bulldozer came around the corner. Painted a white stripe down the middle of the dirt path beside my house. That signifies something. I probably don't want to know what! He then drove down by the motorcycle shop, which is the bane of my existence, and dug a big deep hole. Surprisingly, within 1 1/2 hours whatever all those men were doing down there was done, the hole was filled and the bulldozer left.
The white line remains.........just to add mystery to the day.
Quiet reigns. The birds are doing whatever birds do mid-afternoon. Velcro has gone out to check on the wildlife, just in case. And, I'm just loving today. Hope you're loving your day as well!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I was dating someone who thought "outside the box". One year he planned a one person scavenger hunt for me, that took me all over Houston from the tattoo parlor on Westheimer to Neiman Marcus for a day of pampering. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I had to walk into NM with a goldfish in a goldfish bowl. It was hilarious how much fun that was that day.
When his birthday came around, I gathered my wacky friends and we thought of ""how to top that". So I rented a stretch limo with a large blowup godzilla standing up through the sunroof. I had told him to pack his suitcase for either very cold weather or very hot. We rode around Houston and stopped at Magic Island for a surprise dinner where lots and lots of his friends were assembled. It was a hit. No flying to a hot or cold weather place was necessary. It was a fun, but expensive party!
Fast forward to the next year. My "partners in crime" - Amanda and Patrick, and I decided we didn't need to spend all that money for another grand birthday party. Rather we would keep it in the area around Clear Lake near NASA where we all lived. My friend loved to tell silly jokes. One was about a chicken named "Monique". Amanda decided to go to a feed store and see if she could rent-a-chicken and name it Monique for the night to take with us wherever we went. Patrick had an old rattle-trap pickup truck. We put bales of hay in the back and had BIG signs that said "Happy Birthday Old Fart" that were attached on both sides of the truck. We arrived at my friend's house in the truck and dragged him, reluctantly into the back of the truck where he was given Monique as his first birthday present. Funny, is an understatement.
Off we went to Carlos' Ice House in Webster Texas. IF you don't know what an ice house is, well you're not from the South or Texas. It's a relaxed pool hall kinda place with inexpensive food and a giant bar. Picnic tables are the main sitting venue and music is usually blaring. Monique was the hit at Carlos. Carlos was in rare form and didn't throw us out with a live animal. Eventually we left there and stopped at 7 Eleven for dessert. An ice cream cone wrapped in paper, not fancy creme brule like the previous year. Monique did not get out of the truck.
Maribelle's in Seabrook, our next destination, used to be the infamous hangout for the astronauts and NASA personnel, especially back in the heyday of the space program. A polite way of putting it would be to say this is where the guys went to let off steam. The Tuesday lingerie shows were legendary. BTW, I never saw one. The night we were there was very quiet, luckily. Chairs were around what used to be cable spools made into tables to set drinks on. However, Amanda or Patrick or everyone had the idea to see if Monique would strut her stuff on the table as some women had been known to do during the heydays. Did she ever! Music played and Monique danced. A few people stopped by to see the silliness and to ask what the heck was going on. We were laughing so hard we could hardly explain.
So eventually the successful birthday evening ended. Amanda mentioned to my friend that she would be by his house the next day to take Monique back to the feed store. Fast forward, my friend enjoyed the chicken so much that I think it was a week before he reluctantly let Monique return to the fold.
What brings up this story and the photo? CBS Sunday Morning had a segment on this past Sunday about a rent-a-coop and chicken business. They acted like this was a new idea. I laughed so hard my coffee cup was shaking. It was too early to call Amanda and Patrick to tell them to watch it, but, it was very business like and not nearly as much fun as we had. I later talked to Amanda and they had seen the Rent a coop and chicken story!
This is just ONE of many shenanigans that we got into that were so much fun, cost little and have lasted down the years. That episode and the flamingos and the pickle one all have stood the test of time. It makes me laugh to just remember them.
As one friend said to me once, she is a therapist, "Barbara you do not need to take a course on "Releasing your inner child, you're doing it daily". Well, I used to..........in my 40's, well 50's too, and oh some in my 60's. Geez life is just too short not to have fun! Don't you agree?
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Dashing and dancing, they found all twenty-eight eggs in less then a half hour. During that time, Matilda found their Easter baskets. Sebastian came running over. When he saw a giant Easter Bunny made out of marshmallow, he exclaimed, "Oh, this is because I had a candy dream last night". He was so gleeful and happy that it just made my heart soar. He then proceeded to tell me the whole dream. Precious.
When the fun of all that was over, we had lunch. I always like to listen to the conversations between the two children. The subject of the Easter Bunny came up. " Was he magic?" "Yes indeed, answered Matilda. "Just like Santa Claus". She said it was easier to be the Easter bunny cause he could jump and run.
Worn out by this time with all the excitement and also having taken time to ride their bikes in the garden, the idea to climb up on Grammy's bed to watch cartoons sounded great to all! They always want to get up on my bed for a while - each and every visit. They love the bunny soft blanket which they pull up on themselves whether it's hot or cold outside. On this day, Dad joined them as well. They love to look at all their cousins photos behind the pillow on the shelf and to count how many photos there are of themselves. Each and every time!
What wonderful memories children and grandchildren provide to enrich our lives. The big kiss and hug when they arrive and leave always leaves me with a lump in my throat.......Every time!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Easter Bunny is getting ready to hide the eggs in the gardens along with some plastic ones just for the joy of hearing little squealing kids as they find the eggs.............and their Easter baskets.
More on that saga manana. Stay tuned.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The other photo is of a the little "volunteer" jacaranda tree that has grown in a pot on the roof terrace. It is still blooming. However the huge tree between the two houses now has nary a bloom after the awesome strong winds we had for two days this past week.
I have, even though I said I wasn't, attempted to skulk the back streets to run errands and get places without getting caught in a traffic jam, procession, parade, band practice or whatever. I have succeeded for the most part. I actually went out yesterday to pay a bill and the office was closed. You see, here in Mexico, very few things can be paid by internet. In fact, in this particular case, Megacable, you don't even receive a bill You just have to remember when it is due and go pay it. If not, your service is turned off. I always pay several days in advance to avoid any aggravations. I was foiled yesterday. It is due on Easter. We'll see what happens when I attempt to pay it first thing on Monday morning. One of those minor Mexican adventures........
So, this week, I've been so lazy and lackadaisical that it's been amazing. Maybe it's a reaction to all the hoopla from my birthday that I am now calming down. Or, maybe it is the fact that school is out and it is so quiet up here that I"m luxuriating in the silence.
Even Velcro, the cat, has been taking longer then usual siestas. Like, all day naps. I think she likes to have me around from time to time. She follows me from room to room. AND if I go out to work in the gardens, which I've done a LOT of this week, there she is, laying near my work area. Such an odd cat or as I say, "my dog/cat"
I've baked cupcakes and made lunch for this afternoon. Matilda and Sebastian are supposed to come to dye Easter eggs so the Easter Bunny can come tonight and hide them for an Easter Egg hunt in the garden tomorrow. Looking forward to all of this. I made cupcakes early this morning in my little oven. Something that usually takes about 20 minutes in a regular oven takes me over an hour in my little toaster oven as I can only do six cupcakes at a time. Oh well, I just do other things while I wait to race to the kitchen every 15 minutes for four times. Again, it's all about the adventure.
Hope this post finds all of you having a wonderful, blessed Easter season. That the bunny gives you Easter eggs to make deviled eggs along with a delicious chocolate Easter bunny to eat. We don't have the chocolate bunnies here in Mexico, hence, the mention. It never mattered when I was in the USA because I knew all I had to do was go to the store. I'm here to tell you after going to every store imaginable in San Miguel, nary a chocolate bunny was to be found. IT IS rather frustrating trying to make Easter baskets for Mati and Sebastian.
Ive rambled on in a lackadaisical manner. Just exactly how I feel, languid.
Monday, April 14, 2014
On Friday, our weekly newspaper had an article on the upcoming two weeks. It explained that an anticipated 60,000 visitors would be here and therefore those of us who live here might need to make some adjustments. The amount of parking places is not enough for all the cars, hence, could we either use the local taxis and buses, walk but please not to use our cars - especially as this week proceeds.
The hotels ALL have been fully booked for these two weeks as well, not to mention the people who are coming home from the USA who will be staying with family. Get the picture? People and vehicle gridlock.
My idea - DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE. It's kind of the mentality when the weather in the USA is going to be bad. DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE.
So, Sunday I HAD to leave the house to do some things for others that I had promised to do. How to get there? One road has been closed for months that caused all traffic to have to go right through the middle of centro - where the processions of several Jesus were taking place. Nope, not going that way. I tried a back road that if you saw a photo of it, you would swear there was no way a car could make that turn and survive. Yup, that's the way I went. I didn't see another car......
Just as I thought I had survived NOT getting caught in any Jesus parades on Palm Sunday, uh oh, there was one at the bottom of the steep hill, just between me and where I was going! Oy vey. I crept along, in the car, and managed to get to my destination before Jesus on his donkey got there. AND I managed to get out of there before he got there! I hightailed it home after that thanking my lucky stars that the donkey and I, along with all the people parading, had not tangled in any way.
Today, I decided to stock up on the essentials in order to NOT leave the house for several days. First off a stop at the Blue Door Bakery for cinnamon rolls, just in case. (That is the photo at the top) A stop in the beauty shop to get a little beauty. Then a stop at Bonanza for bread and ginger ale to go with my Capt Morgan's rum, just in case I want to toast the sunset or the birds or the flowers. Well, you get my drift. They did NOT have ginger ale.....darn. I wonder how it would taste with mango juice........ewwww.
It doesn't take much for me to be able to hunker down "under house arrest". I'll let you know, in a few days, how long I've lasted. Feliz Semana Santa.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Then, if you look above the photographer's name, directly above it you will see a rust colored wall with a one story and two story house as part of the long wall. THAT is my property. The wall looks orange in the photo. No matter.
I've never seen the property from this direction. It shows me how many trees and greenery there is between the cliff and the reservoir which is called a presa in Mexico. My view toward the presa includes the bluffs on the right side of the photo and if I turn left and look West, I see the mountain ranges to Guanajuato. I probably look that way daily. It's so, so beautiful
Anyway, I just thought it would be fun to share this beautiful photo that was taken in the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel. That's something else that is so wonderful. All the land I see that is undeveloped will remain that way since it is all reserved as part of El Charco Botanical Gardens.
I'm one lucky lady!