Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I have realized over time that some Facebook members have an interesting perspective on the ways of Facebook. Some of these protocol issues have been brought home to me by comments made, often in private, by "friends".
On the page where you read all the comments, if someone posts more then 7 or 8 times a day, I usually delete them eventually. NOT because I don't think what they say is interesting. And, certainly NOT because I don't think of them as friends. But, the practical side of me says, if there are that many posts from that person, then I don't get to see all the other friends who post, as there are just so many down there to read. I just found out, again recently, that someone was offended because I "unfriended" them.
So, I guess the protocol should have been that I notified them prior to unfriending them to explain my actions. I've unfriended a lot of people. I mean lots. Some have been people who posted offensive, to me, posts on a continual basis. Or negative, political posts. IF I want to see that, I'll buy a newspaper or watch the stations on TV that cater to that sort of thing. I don't.
I also was informed that I'm supposed to "like" anything that a friend posts. Really? I have too much to do and I'm certainly not ignoring anyone. I certainly don't expect all my friends on Facebook to "like" what I post? Am I wrong?
The same thing with continual promotion of businesses. I realize it is a wonderful way to promote businesses but I don't read ads in the newspaper or watch them on TV, so why would I want to see that on a personal site such as Facebook? An occasional comment about some event or business affair is one thing, but, really, in my humble opinion, not daily.
This world of "social media", whatever that is supposed to mean, is a new world. If I'm wrong about any of the above, I certainly hope people will correct me or set me straight.
And, as much as I would hate to lose contact with nieces and nephews and other family members, if it gets too cumbersome, I'll be a former Facebook user.
By the way, did you see the 60 Minutes segment on the "marketing" companies who capture your every move on the internet, form a dossier on you and then sell that information? That was a sobering and informative segment. It gives one pause for reflection as to whether all this instantaneous information and contacting people is worth it, doesn't it?
Look forward to seeing your comments, I think.
Monday, March 10, 2014
However, while I was in Houston, other cat lovers told me about a gizmo called "Cat's Meow" that their cats absolutely loved. One way or the other. One of their cats tried to catch the little wand that circles. The other cat just pounced on the whole darn thing and laid there to prevent it from going anywhere. Funny, but effective.
I finally set it up the other night on the bed so I could watch IF she did anything or not. When you push a little button on the top, a sort of high pitched whine is emitted.The cats ears went forward and she went into "alert"mode. I was really surprised. Velcro has never been a playful cat. Well she does jump out at me from time to time. Of course when I least expect it and scares the heck out of you!
I've now decided that the best thing to do is set it up upstairs while I'm downstairs and let her enjoy it to her cat's content. It will be interesting to see how long the toy lasts or if she will shred it to pieces. Or perhaps she'll catch the wand and eat it!
Stay tuned for the outcome of Velcro's attack against the Cat's Meow.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Sebastian was happy with his truck, his shovel and dirt. Griffen. the neighbor's dog watched all the activity. It was cute to watch. They are never here long enough. At the end, before they left, they plopped on the chaise together to watch cartoons for a few minutes. It was an adorable sight. Wish I had gotten a photo of that!
As the week rolled on, I met with an author who is going to write a guest blog for Babsblog. A fascinating well published man. Then, of course, the nursery to buy plants to replenish the very few who needed replacing. As you know, for me, working in the garden is a cathartic exercise for me.
One of the good parts of it all is time spent at home just enjoying the tranquility, the monarchs flying through, the birds singing, a good book and superb music. Life is good!
By the way, I cannot explain why the one photo is on the left and smaller. I tried and tried to move it over........honestly sometimes this computer drives me crazy Add to that that I still cannot download the photos from Picasa and I again apologize for these photos not being that good.........in this manner.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
I must confess my photos on this post are untouched. I, for some reason, cannot post directly from Picasa to Blogspot anymore and so I'm using those from my Pictures file that haven't had the contrast corrected or anything. Time to get the computer guru over here.
And, the final statement is, "I sure wish I knew where they find those amazingly beautiful feathers." They are exquisite.
Stay tuned - next week Concheros from Zacatecas, Lagos de Moreno, Silao and Guanajuato will be here dancing on Thursday and Friday. Their costumes will be different and magnificent. I hope to be there to see them. Inbetween all this, there is a Cuban Musical Festival going on with free concerts in the jardin almost every night.
NEVER a dull moment in San Miguel!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Of course the first photo, above, is the "before" photo taken several months ago. The second photo, below, is the "after" photo after some upstart teenager with a machete hacked as much as humanly possible from the glorious blooming bougainvillea while I was away from the house.
Persistence and patience are the key words to living your life in Mexico. I have plenty of both - most of the time, anyway.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I do have to confess, in all honesty, however, that there was a half block parade that lasted not even ten minutes last evening with a King and Queen on a semi-float. It stopped in front of Hank's, our local Cajun restaurant and then the fun began. I'm reporting what I heard from others because I wasn't actually there.
Having been at the "real" Mardi Gras in New Orleans many times, it just doesn't appeal to me to have a half block parade! Now if they could get the Preservation Hall Jazz Band here, then I would reconsider! Just kidding.
As I walked down the streets today, I saw a little confetti here and there. It's a law in San Miguel that everyone is responsible for keeping the property in front of your dwelling or business clean of trash. Those pesky pieces of confetti are darn hard to sweep up. Nothing to worry about. In another day of sweeping by store keepers and homeowners, you'll never see any more confetti.
Some day, I will get to a Carnavale celebration somewhere here in Mexico. It just hasn't been high on my list. However, I read that Merida, Mazatlan and many other cities do have quite an event.
Some day, maybe.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
However, a year ago, I was privileged to meet four individuals in that age range. Paul, Deidre, Patrick and Jamie.
Before the night was over, I knew and secretly hoped that I would see them again. I have, many, many enjoyable times.
We have heard and seen good and great music. We have traveled by train from LA to Seattle and back both enjoying the ride, the food, the scenery and the music. We've had delicious dining out and home cooked meals together as well. I certainly always look forward to seeing each and every one of them.
It has been very interesting to see this generation from up close and personal. To see their determination in their careers and in their personal lives. They are kind, compassionate and smart. I always get a hug from Deidre and Jamie............some times even from Paul and Patrick. How wonderful is that?
Paul and Patrick are the sons of my friend Bob. Both are in their 30's. Deidre and Jamie are in their late 20's. Sharp, intelligent and aware of the world.
If anyone is worried about what the younger generation is going to do, about whether they are going to be upstanding citizens and take care of the World.......stop worrying. I actually wasn't worried, previously. Now I'm even more reassured.
New seasons are happening for these four. New jobs, new living arrangements and I can hardly wait to see
what happens next. Luckily, they do stay in touch!
I was thrilled that my last night in Houston we all had dinner together along with fun and good conversation.
The evening ended with hugs........from all four!
I count myself a "lucky lady" to have "The Delegates" as my friends!