Oct 25


  The flood. You may think that was a statement evidencing a penchant for hyperbole. I exaggerate not. I know we are in the tropics. I know it is the rainy season. Yet I am still amazed by the storms we receive. As a Colorado girl from birth, I’m no stranger to storms. Wind, snow, […]

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Posted on 10/25/2017 at 10:03 pm

Oct 11


  Welcome back, readers! Although technically, I think I’m the one who has been absent. I’ve been writing, just no place to publish. All written up and no place to post? I’ll try to fill you in…and keep it to the Readers’ Digest Condensed Version. Flash back to the end of July. I am a […]

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Posted on 10/11/2017 at 10:43 am

Jul 10


Sunny, hot, humid days. A nightly deluge. Our rainy season is here. Siestas are vital this time of year. I find I do whatever chores are needed in fits and starts. Work for half an hour, retreat indoors for another half hour. Every morning, I go fishing. Not what you would imagine, however. I go […]

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Posted on 07/10/2017 at 1:32 pm

Jun 20


I was in PV with a friend yesterday. She needed some medical tests done that aren’t available here in La Peñita. After the tests, which took more time than we anticipated, we were starving. So, we went across the street and had lunch at…..wait for it…McDonald’s!! I was in PV with a friend yesterday. She […]

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Posted on 06/20/2017 at 6:42 am

Jun 10


We wait for rain. There is a thirsty feel to La Peñita. A parched tiredness. Listlessness is the order of the day. The rainy season is almost here. But not yet. I walk toward the ocean, kicking up dust from the street so thick even the beach sand can’t brush it off. The waves lick […]

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Posted on 06/10/2017 at 1:40 pm

May 18


When my friend, Jan, was here, her trip was cut short by a dying family member. Darby, a stubby legged ball of fur that was a devoted friend. Jan’s corgi developed some health complications while she was here requiring some agonizing, very long distance decisions. In the end, Jan flew home a day early, but […]

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Posted on 05/18/2017 at 9:00 am

Apr 30


Language. This seems to be a repetitive theme in my tales from here. So get ready for the next foray into my ongoing Spanish development. I have always loved words. I remember being very young and hearing a word and mentally compiling a list of synonyms for it. I have created, over the years, lists […]

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Posted on 04/30/2017 at 9:00 am

Apr 26


Sofía turned two in march. Like most other two year olds she is a bustling dervish of activity exploring her world. Her little mind is like a sponge beneath those nearly black curls as she learns her numbers and colors as well as a variety of useful phrases. We seem to have something in common. […]

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Posted on 04/26/2017 at 9:00 am

Apr 19


“My name is Lissa. Like Melissa without the ‘Muh’” I have spent my life correcting people who have mispronounced my name. I have been called Lisa – the obvious one – as well as the less frequent errors of Liz, Liza, Lucy, Leslie, Lacy, Lila, Laurie, Laura, Leigh, Lizzy, Lizette, Louise, Linda, Melinda, Alissa, Elise, […]

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Posted on 04/19/2017 at 9:00 am

Apr 11


Again, I’ve been slacking. That seems to happen when I have someone here visiting. This time, the guest was my friend, Jan. We managed to cram a whole lot into her brief time here, as well as some welcomed pool and beach time. I’ll skip over lunch overlooking the ocean at Las Brisas. No need […]

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Posted on 04/11/2017 at 9:47 am

Mar 22


Spring has come to Mexico. Even without specific weather indicators, we would know by one specific thing: the children’s spring parade. As I’ve previously mentioned, it doesn’t take much for the people of Mexico to come up with a reason to celebrate. Parades are numerous. There seems to be a major enough holiday every month […]

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Posted on 03/22/2017 at 9:00 am

Mar 19


I am a firm believer that everyone should travel. The benefits derived from experiencing a new culture are many. We grow so much when we are in a situation to look beyond ourselves and see that we are not, in fact, the center of the universe. We can observe others, in their own lives, in […]

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Posted on 03/19/2017 at 9:00 am

Mar 3

New Adventures

I’ve started a new adventure – the roads less traveled. Turtle season is at a lull right now with all clutches hatched and babies sent on their way, but before mamas return to lay more eggs. I have seasonal or monthly tenants, so being here for check-ins/check-outs or laundry and cleaning is at a minimum. […]

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Posted on 03/03/2017 at 5:53 pm

Feb 10


Frustration. We all deal with it. Little things in life disrupt our normally routine existence and as we stumble over the obstacles, contentment and calm bubbles into frustration. My week has been filled with frustration. I have been battling my sinuses. “Go get some Sudafed!” you might be thinking. Yes, any rational person would be […]

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Posted on 02/10/2017 at 10:50 pm

Feb 2


Many years ago, I was the youth leader at our church. One afternoon while working on a project with the teenagers, I realized I was going to be later getting home than planned. Both of my kids were there with me, so I turned to my son, who was then about four or five, and […]

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Posted on 02/02/2017 at 8:00 am

Jan 24


Out of sorts. I am out of sorts. This is a term my mother used to use. I understood her meaning, but the expression itself remains a mystery. When you got over your out-of-sorted-ness were you then in sorts? Irritable. Grouchy. Grumpy. Unhappy. Cross. Any way you look at it, I am NOT in sorts. […]

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Posted on 01/24/2017 at 8:00 am

Jan 15


The perfect loaf of bread. It’s taken me a year to nail it, but I finally have it mastered. My grandfather was a baker, as was my uncle. My mother, although not professionally, was a baker at heart. I come from a long line of culinary masters with yeast. My grandfather would break open a […]

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Posted on 01/15/2017 at 8:00 am

Jan 6


El Día de los Reyes. The Day of the Kings. January 6th is a big day for the Mexican people. This day culminates the Christmas holidays as it commemorates the three kings who traveled so far to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. This date celebrates the twelfth day of Christmas in the Christian calendar. […]

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Posted on 01/06/2017 at 8:00 am

Jan 5


I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it where I like. For the last several mornings, I have woken up with this song in my head. I blame Steve Selle for this. Not that I can recall him ever singing […]

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Posted on 01/05/2017 at 10:59 pm

Jan 1


Blogging slacker. I accept the title. Holidays, the beginning of rental high season, visiting family. There just wasn’t time to sit and ponder the weird and random elements of my life. Be honest. You’ve been too busy to read it anyway. So, the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of the last few weeks. My Fiesta Posada. […]

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Posted on 01/01/2017 at 8:00 am

Dec 11

An Innkeeper’s Life

The high season is here and snowbirds are beginning to migrate to our warmth here in the south. My rentals are starting to pick up and will be full by January. Being an innkeeper is a new thing for me, something I’ve not really experienced before in my life. The closest I’ve ever come was […]

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Posted on 12/11/2016 at 11:20 pm

Dec 11


Bah, humbug! In Colorado, I started unearthing Christmas decorations mid-November. They were organized and sorted and sat in the garage staging area ready for display beginning right after Thanksgiving. I channeled my inner Griswold and set up candy canes, blinking lollipops, garland lights, icicle lights, an inflatable dachshund, miniature trees, snowflakes, colored spots and general […]

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Posted on at 8:00 am

Dec 4

Is It Cold Here?!

Climatized. Last year was my first winter here. The temperatures were a welcome change from the cold of Colorado. No more shoveling a rather large driveway. No more tromping through measurable white stuff to take the trash out. No more clearing a path from the dog door to the dog potty area for the pooches […]

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Posted on 12/04/2016 at 11:22 pm

Nov 29


Fiestas. Parties. Festivals. Celebrations. The Mexicans do love to party! I have been to numerous events like this since I have lived here. Some are community events, some associated with the church’s calendar, others hosted by families and friends. The Catholic Church says there are at least three saints honored each day of the year. […]

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Posted on 11/29/2016 at 8:00 am

Nov 22


Well, not the actual Santa as she died in the late 2nd century, nor was it her ghost. But at 4:00 a.m., I heard the church cannons. Not church laws, actual real cannons. At first, when I awoke, in that hazy, foggy, still-in-a-dream state, I thought I had, in fact, dreamed the sounds. I discounted […]

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Posted on 11/22/2016 at 8:00 am

Nov 10

The Groovy Group

The Groovy Group. The IT Crowd. The Popular Kids. The Beautiful People. The Elite. The Inner Circle. The in Group. The Royal Court. The Top Dogs. The Glitterati. The Crème De La Crème. Pick your title, they’re all the same. I suppose I date myself by using the first one, but it fit when I […]

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Posted on 11/10/2016 at 12:44 am

Nov 5


Zita and Joel. Siblings and obvious best friends. I have a hard time determining the ages of most Mexicans. Some seem so young yet are older than I suspect as they are parents of three or four little ones. The older members of the community are usually much younger than I guess, the result of […]

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Posted on 11/05/2016 at 9:00 am

Nov 4


Last week I was sitting with Joel and his sister, Zita at their family restaurant in Lo de Marcos. We were talking turtles and the turtle camp, schedules, and reviewing the nest list. And eating the best tacos al pastor in the area. (For those unfamiliar with this little taste of heaven, a large cut […]

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Posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:53 am

Nov 2

Huichol Village

Another adventure while Kelsey was here. A day trip to one of the Huichol villages. I first became aware of the native Huicholes through their art. They excel in two types of art – extremely detailed beadwork, and yarn pictures. The folk art produced by these people who live in the mountains of Nayarit, Jalisco, […]

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Posted on 11/02/2016 at 12:56 am

Nov 1

Baby Turtles

OK, I admit it. I’ve been a blogging slacker. My daughter has been here and, when I only get to see her a couple of times a year, I spend the time with her. Then, when I dropped her off at the airport, I picked up my friend, Jan. So for two and a half […]

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Posted on 11/01/2016 at 7:32 am

Oct 12


Mammograms. Content alert! If you don’t want to hear anything on the above topic, swipe now! I’ve found a great health care group in PV. It is a group of doctors of various specialties from general medicine to oncology that have formed this coalition specifically to provide medical services in English to all of us […]

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Posted on 10/12/2016 at 7:46 am

Oct 5

A Dog Not Named Jack

Jack has a new name. Sofía is chattering and chattering! In true toddler fashion, sometimes only her parents know what she is saying. Add to that her chattering is in Spanish, and I have a hard time understanding her sometimes. She points and tells me “agua” or “zapatos”, she waves and says, “Adios” or “sluego” […]

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Posted on 10/05/2016 at 7:48 am

Oct 2


Yes, that’s right! October 3rd will always be my new year. That is the day, I moved to La Peñita. I have lived in Mexico for one year. It certainly doesn’t seem that long. And yet it does. So my post today, and probably another post, will be my reflections on my first year. A […]

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Posted on 10/02/2016 at 9:00 am

Sep 27


Short post this morning, but for me, powerful. Last night, while riding in what I have now come to affectionately call the Turtle Mobile, aka, dune buggy, lapping the beach looking for nesting turtles, I had a moment of clarity and profound reflection. The moon was quite bright when it could peek through the clouds. […]

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Posted on 09/27/2016 at 9:00 am

Sep 19

A Devil Named Salvador

Another adventure into Mexican healthcare. So, I did something to my back this weekend. Who knows how, when or where. After a fall 25 years ago, lots of physical therapy, and two surgeries, it’s bound to have a flare up now and then. I’ve learned to deal with it. I had an incredible massage therapist […]

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Posted on 09/19/2016 at 7:55 am

Sep 13

More Rain in an Empty Pool

The pump went out on my pool recently. I was expecting it. The house inspector last year told me I had a year or so life left on this unit. I was hoping more for the “or so”. I decided that if I was going to have to replace the pump, I would change over […]

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Posted on 09/13/2016 at 7:57 am

Sep 9


Our lives are filled with stories. Events we experience, we then relate to others. We share our feelings and impressions. As we communicate, we learn about ourselves and each other. This shared interaction builds relationships and strengthens friendships. We discover our commonalities and where we differ. We find kindred spirits as well as topics and […]

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Posted on 09/09/2016 at 9:00 am

Sep 4


Vicente Peña. The man, the myth, the legend. It has taken me almost a year to finally meet, face to face, the famous (or infamous) Vicente Peña, head of the turtle conservation program here. I’ve spoken with him several times, but Monday night was my first actual meeting. When you say the words “Vicente Peña” […]

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Posted on 09/04/2016 at 8:01 am

Sep 3

A Night Time Rendezvous

Tonight, 10:00. I will be meeting a man named Diego. I have been given instructions on what to wear, what not to wear, what to carry in my backpack, what to leave at home. I have received directions as to where to leave my car and to find Diego on foot. I am to come […]

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Posted on 09/03/2016 at 8:03 am

Aug 31


I was called a feminista yesterday. I know, I can hear most of you saying, “well, yeah.” Not a surprise. This comment, however, was not an observation, if was a derogatory accusation. I’ve never shied from feminism. I have embraced it as long as I can remember. Although not a popular, common trait for my […]

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Posted on 08/31/2016 at 9:00 am

Aug 31


Family. I have three siblings, one of whom is deceased, one of whom I communicate with a couple of times a year, one of whom I haven’t seen or heard from in over a decade. I have nieces and nephews in various states of closeness. I have two children that I am in contact with […]

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Posted on at 8:08 am

Aug 21


Language is still a struggle as well as a source of entertainment. I’ve always thought of myself as fairly quick. I’ve always loved the origins of language – root words similar across cultures. So I thought this would make becoming fluent in Spanish a fairly easy task for me. Well, I don’t think I’m as […]

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Posted on 08/21/2016 at 9:00 am

Aug 16


Retirement. I find this a perplexing concept, at least the way many people view retirement. When I was preparing to move and again while on my recent U.S. sojourn, I have heard some of the most interesting comments and questions which indicate that we, as a society, have a strange take on that end-of-career step. […]

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Posted on 08/16/2016 at 9:00 am

Aug 16


This past week marks one year of my house hunting trip to this area of Mexico. I have had many people ask me why I decided on this area, this bay, this town. A fair question to which I usually respond with the obvious, quantifiable answers: cost of living; coastal living with low incidence of […]

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Posted on at 9:00 am

Aug 15


Bette Davis once said, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Neither is Mexico. I have previously written about some of the local fauna I have encountered here, starting with the big ass “good” spiders. Recently I also shared with you some encounters with crocodiles. But besides the crocodiles and spiders, there are other factors […]

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Posted on 08/15/2016 at 9:00 am

Aug 14


Minor panic last night here in my little neighborhood. And I was the cause. To fully explain the situation, I need to go back and finally write in detail about Martín. You know I met him through my renovations. You know we have become friends and he and his family have introduced me to many […]

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Posted on 08/14/2016 at 9:00 am

Aug 3

Turtles and Crocodiles

For a town with a slow, laid back lifestyle, there always seems to be some excitement. Aside from the numerous fiestas and celebrations, every day, occurrences create commotion. Yesterday afternoon…I need to clarify that statement. In Mexico, morning is that time before lunch and siesta. So everything up until about 2:00 p.m. is morning. Afternoon […]

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Posted on 08/03/2016 at 8:15 am

Jul 28


I have always tried not to compare in a negative way my two homes – present and previous. I truly do not believe either is superior to the other overall. They are just different. Some things are better here. Others are better there. I’ll leave you to determine which is here or there! Up until […]

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Posted on 07/28/2016 at 9:00 am

Jul 25


A friendly face at the airport. Impromptu visits from friends welcoming me home. Fresh tamales for dinner. My own bed. Doggies to snuggle. Being loved in two countries. Life is good.

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Posted on 07/25/2016 at 9:00 am

Jul 11


I still periodically look around me and think, “Holy crap! I’m living in Mexico!” It is still a bit of a wonder and slightly unbelievable. Yet I have noticed a change in my perspective lately. I was talking with Martín and Victor the other day. They were talking about the plans to build a new […]

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Posted on 07/11/2016 at 9:00 am

Jul 10


I keep a running list of ideas, observations and topics to write about. Many of them are just quick notes, not enough to really write an entire post about. So, it’s about time for another installment. Random Stuff, Third Edition. 1. Mexican women rarely wear swimming suits. It’s usually shorts and a tank top. If […]

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Posted on 07/10/2016 at 9:00 am

Jul 10

Cold Water!

Artesian spring water. Doesn’t it just sound refreshing? It was!! Another amazing Sunday outing with Martín, Maritza and some of their friends. Saturday afternoon Martín stopped by to ask if I wanted to go with them and their neighbors to Nueva Chapultapec the next day. Sure. Whatever that is. I’m always ready for a new […]

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Posted on at 8:18 am

Jul 5

Crocodiles in the Estero

Whenever I think I’m really settled and won’t encounter anything surprisingly new or shocking, I am, well shocked! We continue to get significant rain every evening. I have a bucket on the roof, my own personal rain gauge. It’s not intentional, it was just left from all the construction and I never did anything with […]

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Posted on 07/05/2016 at 8:19 am

Jul 2

One Mississippi…

FLASH! One-mississippi-two-mississ… BAM! CRACK! Rumble. I have never been particularly afraid of thunder or lightning. I’ve always kind of enjoyed storms in Colorado. They’re kind of hit and run. The rainy season here is nothing I’ve ever experienced. Storms are all consuming. Less than a month after I arrived, we made preparations for, and were […]

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Posted on 07/02/2016 at 8:22 am

Jun 30

And Then it Rained

For the last couple of months we have seen the end of a very dry dry season. Jungles that were green and lush when I arrived have turned brown and gasping. River beds no longer run with water but are cracked and dusty. Irrigation ponds are now puddles. Dust is a constant, inside and out. […]

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Posted on 06/30/2016 at 8:25 am

Jun 6


I have two new bras! If the above statement was too much information for you, stop reading now. It’s only going to get worse. It’s hot here. And humid. It will probably get worse before it gets better. We have the heat of summer, without the cooling rains. Although, I don’t know why we need […]

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Posted on 06/06/2016 at 9:00 am

May 31


I still struggle with the language, but I find I am a constant source of entertainment for native Spanish speakers. I’m throwing myself a party to celebrate a milestone birthday, and the completion of the remodel. While talking with Sandy and Rick, and Martín and Maritza about the menu, we settled on an American BBQ […]

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Posted on 05/31/2016 at 9:00 am

May 30

Construction…And More Construction

Hello readers! Did you miss me? With the remodels of the rentals done, and the remodel in my house on the home stretch, I find I have a bit more time (and incentive) to write. Although I am not doing the renovations myself (obviously), I find I have been intrinsically involved in the day to […]

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Posted on 05/30/2016 at 8:30 am

May 14


Party month. Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, La Fiesta de La Virgen de Rosario de Talpa. Wow. Just wow. After years of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Colorado, I was expecting quite the party here. I thought there would be a parade (a Mexican holiday staple) or a fiesta in the plaza. Nothing. Many people […]

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Posted on 05/14/2016 at 9:00 am

May 3


As you settle into a new home, well, you settle. There are less new things to learn, fewer unfamiliar processes to master. You don’t get lost as often. You know which market has the best produce, which carnecería has the freshest meat. Your schedule becomes more routine and predictable. In short, your new life becomes […]

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Posted on 05/03/2016 at 9:00 am

Apr 24

Life is Hard

Life here is hard. Metaphorically and physically. Hard streets. Tile floors. Concrete counters, walls, patios, planters – you name it, it probably has concrete in it, around it, through it, under it, covering it. I love to go barefoot. At home, I would even garden barefoot. Mow the lawn barefoot. After I’d been here a […]

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Posted on 04/24/2016 at 8:36 am

Apr 23


Sandy’s granddaughter was baptized yesterday, and I was invited to the ceremony as well as the party after. I learned something about her daughter-in-law and in the process, learned something about myself: snap judgments are my loss. Rick and Sandy met when they were teenagers. Rick’s family vacationed here annually for the summer for many […]

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Posted on 04/23/2016 at 9:00 am

Apr 14


Facebook informed me this morning that I haven’t posted in 9 days. Clearly the FB minions, gremlins, bots, web creepy crawly things have no idea how busy I am. I know. Supposedly I’m retired. But what exactly is “retired”? Does it mean my active life has ceased to exist? That I suddenly have nothing to […]

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Posted on 04/14/2016 at 9:00 am

Apr 6


I find that my seasons feel a little upside down. We are trudging through the end of the winter, the dry season here. It is hot but without the humidity. Without rain, plants droop and the dust is prolific. A lethargy ensues, brought on by heat. It feels much like the end of a Colorado […]

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Posted on 04/06/2016 at 8:42 am

Apr 1


I was given a gift a few weeks ago. A beautiful gift. Perhaps one of the best I’ve ever received. It was given to me by my dear friend, John. My first post in this blog outlines the catalyst that set me on the path I now journey – the dusty roads of La Peñita. […]

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Posted on 04/01/2016 at 9:00 am

Mar 29

A Cool Morning

Late September. Colorado. A not quite crisp Indian summer evening. I stood on my patio and inhaled deeply, knowing that night was one of my last. Fully aware that I was moving to a humid climate that rarely knew cool, and never crisp. I’m going to miss this, I thought, predicting that I would never […]

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Posted on 03/29/2016 at 8:49 am

Mar 23


Semana Santa. Saint Week. Holy Week. More than a religious celebration, this is Mexico’s version of Spring Break. Schools are closed for two weeks – the week before and the week after Easter. Many businesses and restaurants close as well. Government offices are on minimal hours, as are banks. The locals, if not employed in […]

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Posted on 03/23/2016 at 9:00 am

Mar 20


The Mexican people do love their parties. And parades. It seems every event is commemorated by marching through town complete with music, dancing and food. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is actually being celebrated because most of these parades have no event theme. It seems like just another reason to dance in the street, […]

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Posted on 03/20/2016 at 9:00 am

Mar 15

A Plastic Cup and a Spit Bowl

I am living the life of my childhood. I went to the dentist today. Periodic cleaning and check up. My first since I have been here. Great dentist. She solved a problem for me that I have had with one tooth for almost 3 years that two dentists at home were unable to fix. And […]

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Posted on 03/15/2016 at 9:03 am

Mar 15

American Politics With an International Perspective

“I can’t believe the Americans are so stupid!” I overheard this in a hammock store the other day. I was shopping for some additional straps to hang nap swings between my trees and the garden wall. There are few things sweeter than a snooze in the shade of a palm, next to the pool, with […]

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Posted on at 9:01 am

Mar 15


I find myself in a weird, and sometimes precarious, position. I am standing in two places at one time. I have a foot in two worlds. It is a delicate balancing act that encompasses everything in my life, it seems. Take banking. The Mexican peso is quite erratic. Financial accounts here are not insured, or […]

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Posted on at 9:00 am

Mar 10


I’m not a courageous person. Lots of stuff scares the shit out of me. Spiders. Royal Gorge Bridge or being on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Anger whether directed at me or someone else. Fear of losing my children – through death or a damaged relationship. I also have a whole list of things […]

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Posted on 03/10/2016 at 8:00 am

Mar 9

A State of Emergency?

This morning started out like any other morning in La Peñita although the temperature was dramatically cooler after last night’s rain. What started as a steady slow cooling rain finally developed into the downpour we have so needed. But along with the deluge came heavy winds and a significant storm surge. The ocean washed away […]

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Posted on 03/09/2016 at 9:07 am

Mar 2


Quiet. For the first time in over 3 months it is truly quiet here. As quiet as Mexico can be. My limón boys, aka the Three Amigos, are playing in the road. The tamale man just drove by. The sound of the waves is interrupted by occasional laughter from the women up the street. But […]

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Posted on 03/02/2016 at 9:09 am

Feb 27


Rookies. My friend, John, is here visiting from San Antonio. He has a lot to learn. Last summer, John and I went to Puerto Morelos, Mexico. That trip had a significant impact on my decision to move to Mexico. If you’ve been reading my adventure from the beginning, you understand. If not, feel free to […]

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Posted on 02/27/2016 at 9:14 am

Feb 23


Duh. This post will be in the category of “ya think” or “it goes without saying” (although I will say it anyway). Despite the steady stream of tamales that I have come to adore, I eat better here. It’s certainly not by design or conscious choice. No, I am too much a foodie for that. […]

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Posted on 02/23/2016 at 8:00 am

Feb 21

A Belly Laugh at Winnie Waves

Laughter. I have known Jan since our same aged daughters started elementary school. That’s 20+ years, for you doing the math. Jan and I have been lunch regulars, travel buddies, and confidantes. We have shared a lot over that time. Concern, support, worry, parenting anguish, success, triumphs, compassion. But one of the greatest gifts of […]

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Posted on 02/21/2016 at 9:17 am

Feb 20


Broken. Houses in Mexico are largely sold furnished. I toured several houses on my home search where I liked the house, but the furnishings were definitely not my style. When house hunting in the U.S., you can place your style differences aside and try to imagine your own stuff in the new locale. Not so […]

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Posted on 02/20/2016 at 9:20 am

Feb 19

Hot Springs

Hot springs. You know I have always been a devotee of thermal waters. Devotee may be a mislabel. Hot springs buff is simply not strong enough (although I have frequently indulged in that condition!). Afficionado? Fan? Lover? Perhaps obsessive would be more accurate. However, I never thought I would enjoy hot springs in this hot […]

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Posted on 02/19/2016 at 9:22 am

Feb 16

Monty Hall and the CFE

Three doors. This isn’t about Monty Hall or Let’s Make a Deal, although the latter did play a role. This is about appearances. The property I bought and am now living in is all on one electric meter. This is not a problem for me, as part of my rental agreement states that I pay […]

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Posted on 02/16/2016 at 9:24 am

Feb 13


I want to be like Sebastian. Not the crab (although I did find a crab in my swimming pool yesterday). Sebastian, an adorable 3-year old who thinks life is grand! Josie and Santos, my upstairs tenants, have visitors this week: their daughter Danielle and her son, Sebastian. Sebastian stands table height, has straight, fine black […]

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Posted on 02/13/2016 at 8:00 am

Feb 11


Party animal. Two words that have never been used to describe me. Not something new. I’ve never been into the crowded party atmosphere. My preferences have always leaned toward small group interaction. As I get older, I prefer it even more. I think because I no longer care for or have patience for meaningless small […]

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Posted on 02/11/2016 at 8:00 am

Feb 9


I have met the most interesting people here. With two rentals, there has been a parade of guests. This results in the opportunity to meet people from various backgrounds. Some nice, some not so, and some just interesting. I currently have a couple in the upstairs apartment from Indiana. They are by far, my favorites. […]

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Posted on 02/09/2016 at 8:00 am

Feb 1


Candelmas and Carnaval. The Mexican people do love a party. January 5th is el Noche de las Reyes. This celebration is a continuation of the Christmas season. Children traditionally leave a shoe by the doorway where the Wise Men will enter and leave gifts. Perhaps the more interesting aspect of el Noche de las Reyes […]

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Posted on 02/01/2016 at 8:00 pm

Jan 21


Oh I went to a garden party…… I know. Now the song will be stuck in your head. It’s been stuck in mine since I went to the garden party. Why should I have all the fun? My neighbors, Rhonda and Bryan, are the community social planners. They have pool volleyball Sunday afternoons, movie nights […]

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Posted on 01/21/2016 at 1:13 pm

Jan 20


“My god, doesn’t anybody use a phone anymore?!” A line from my favorite movie, While You Were Sleeping. Lucy receives several unexpected visitors in very short succession, none of whom she wants seeing the others. The above is her exasperated comment upon the third knock. I can relate. No one here uses the phone. Everyone […]

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Posted on 01/20/2016 at 1:16 pm

Jan 19

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

On the way home from picking up my new car in October, the check engine light went on. It was shortly followed by a lit icon I can’t even begin to describe but luckily, the error appears in the odometer window. Not something you want to see on a recently purchased vehicle. On my next […]

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Posted on 01/19/2016 at 1:29 pm

Jan 18


1. Schools start an hour late in the mornings during January. That delayed start may extend into February. They’ll make the call later when they see the weather trends. You see, it’s too cold for the kids in the morning. Too cold to walk to school. Too cold for the open air classrooms. The overnight […]

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Posted on 01/18/2016 at 8:00 am

Jan 12

My First Doctor’s Visit

I have had my first foray into the Mexican health care system. Just before Christmas, I found myself in the need of a doctor. I won’t bore you or burden you with the particulars of my physical malady as that probably falls under the category of way more information than you need or want. I […]

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Posted on 01/12/2016 at 1:38 pm

Jan 8

Learning From Limes

Limón boys. I have three little boys in my neighborhood that are more than likely a handful for their mothers. I find them delightful. Martín – no relation to my friend who I have written about before – is the ring leader. He is about 7, I’d guess, but when he hits middle school he […]

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Posted on 01/08/2016 at 1:48 pm

Jan 5


I am a slacker. To be honest, I didn’t really think my blog was of interest to many people. I get a couple of comments from a couple of usuals. So Kris and John, I apologize for being so dilatory in my entries. What has surprised me has been the receipt of several messages inquiring […]

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Posted on 01/05/2016 at 8:00 am

Dec 24


La Peñita has a hangover. The street is quiet today. There is a sluggishness. A slowness. The day after the rush week kegger. Or something along those lines. Christmas Day is really no big deal here. The real holiday, the real Navidad, is Christmas Eve. For a week and a half, we have celebrated la […]

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Posted on 12/24/2015 at 8:00 am

Dec 16


1. Everything that involves some aspect of the Mexican government is harder than it should be…and incredibly inconsistent. I have been to the immigration office in Nuevo Vallarta 4 times involving my residency card. I have been fingerprinted each time for that phase of the process. Then it is SCANNED INTO THE COMPUTER!! Yet each […]

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Posted on 12/16/2015 at 8:00 am

Dec 14


I have the Charlie Brown model of artificial Christmas tree. When they make something to copy nature, shouldn’t they try to improve on it? I’ll admit, I went the budget route on this holiday. What with the casita renovations, garden and patio re-do and still feeling the pinch from the liquidation sale lady (grrr!) my […]

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Posted on 12/14/2015 at 8:00 am

Dec 9

Friends. Close Friends.

Compadre. Much more than amigo. Also translated as godparent. Honorary family. When Marco came to fix the A/C, I asked him if he knew any electricians. My house came with a hideous chandelier. I probably should say HID-E-OUS. When we first came to see the house, I whispered to my realtor, Alfredo, “Well, that will […]

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Posted on 12/09/2015 at 2:24 pm

Dec 9

The Other Side of the Baptism

My previous post was on the serious side. It didn’t seem fitting to add what I will relate to you now. This is the story of the rest of the mass… Go back to the beautiful flamenco music. The colored sunlight streaming through the windows. Peace descending from heaven on a beatific congregation. For a […]

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Posted on at 2:04 pm

Dec 8

Life, Death and Family

Life, death and family. Marco lives up the street from me about a block. He lives in a house with his mother, grandmother, aunt, two sisters, and a niece. As far as I can ascertain, his father passed away when Marco was an adolescent, which would have thrown him into the role of patriarch at […]

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Posted on 12/08/2015 at 2:27 pm

Dec 5


Unpacked. Finally. After the delivery of my household goods from north of the border occurred over a month late, I have finally unpacked my things. With the exception of a few large paintings that still need to be hung (drilling into concrete has proved to be a task I have been avoiding after the first […]

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Posted on 12/05/2015 at 8:00 am

Dec 4


My first whisper of homesickness. It started at Costco. I keep a running list on my phone of things I need from Puerto Vallarta. Almost everything is available in La Peñita, but when shopping for some things, the selection is better in a larger city. And there are some things I just can’t find here. […]

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Posted on 12/04/2015 at 8:00 am

Nov 30


Siri is bilingual. I don’t usually use Siri. Having my phone talk to me in that robotic voice kind of creeps me out. Not to mention the whole AI thing of the phone “getting to know me.” Neurotic? Perhaps. But that’s how I’ve always felt about having a conversation with your phone. But here in […]

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Posted on 11/30/2015 at 8:00 am

Nov 28


It’s not so much the heat as it is the humidity. (Shout out to YMO there!) By all reports of locals, expats, and what I can understand from the Spanish weather reports, 2015 has been one of the hottest years, if not THE hottest, in history here on the Mexican west coast. Humidity levels, already […]

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Posted on 11/28/2015 at 2:43 pm

Nov 20


My second Mexican holiday. I don’t know how anything can top this one. ¡El Día de la Revolución! ¡Viva! 4th of July……on steroids! I was told over and over again, I must see el desfile – the parade. I’m thinking, “Small town, small parade. What’s to see?” But I have to admit, I was extremely […]

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Posted on 11/20/2015 at 8:00 am

Nov 17


Tamales on a plate are very slippery. The dogs like tamales.

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Posted on 11/17/2015 at 9:15 pm

Nov 17

We Are More Alike Than Different

People are people are people are people. There are many cultural differences between my previous community and my current one. But one thing remains constant. You will find comparable characters either place in the story that is your life. Take, for example, my neighbors, Sandy and Rick. Rick was the first person I met here. […]

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Posted on at 3:00 pm

Nov 17

Tall Toilets, Tamales, a Nap and the Stars

It’s the little things. Depending on the source you read, Mexican men average 5′ 4″-5′ 7″ with women coming in 2 inches less. I am 5′ 9.5″ tall. Yes, it’s the little things. Like the toilets. A standard toilet in the U.S. is about 15″ floor to seat. In Mexico, that is considered tall. The […]

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Posted on at 2:58 pm

Nov 16


Paris. I cancelled all my news alerts when I moved here. I kept getting notices of police department press conferences, traffic alerts, and sports teams news, none of which really impact me. The only benefit I received from Winter Weather alerts was a brief moment of gloating. As my household goods have not arrived, I […]

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Posted on 11/16/2015 at 9:15 pm

Nov 15


I’ve never felt my age. I grew up with adults. I am the youngest of four – by a large margin. I’m a “whoops!” baby. My oldest brother started college when I started kindergarten. My mother always said that I was planned. To her dying day, she tried to convince me of this delusion. As […]

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Posted on 11/15/2015 at 8:00 am

Nov 10

We’re Having Fun Now!!

As I was putting things away in the storage closet, I was greeted at said door with this. (Size reference:  about the size of my spread open hand.) I am, in general, not squeamish about creepy crawlies. Spiders are the one exception. Even now, I have the distinct feeling of something crawling up my back. […]

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Posted on 11/10/2015 at 3:05 pm

Nov 4


I would have embarrassed my daughter today. It is common for children to want to hide or melt like butter in the microwave at the words and actions of their parents. Especially when they are teens. Then you are left with an oily mess to clean up – both figuratively and literally. But my daughter […]

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Posted on 11/04/2015 at 8:45 am

Nov 2


My first Mexican holidays. Halloween and Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. The second sounds like a repeat of the first, but they couldn’t be more different. There is no door to door Trick-or-Treating here. Halloween is a community event downtown. Around dusk children and adults alike converge on la avenida for […]

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Posted on 11/02/2015 at 8:45 pm

Oct 29


Bat shit crazy drivers! Totally bat shit! The road from PV to La Peñita is a very narrow, snake like road. I love this road. It winds through the jungle, sometimes entirely bridged by foliage, creating magical tunnels covered in tropical flowers to pass through. The journey provides occasional glimpses of the ocean and more […]

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Posted on 10/29/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 28


I have been here almost a month. 26 days to be precise. I have changed in those 26 days. Comparing cultures sometimes implies that one is superior to the other. I’ve tried to avoid that as I find pluses and minuses in both. But it is hard to ignore the transformations in my daily life […]

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Posted on 10/28/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 23


The hurricane….that wasn’t. This morning my street is muddy but the road-width puddles have subsided. Sun is out, birds are chirping – a little cliche, but accurate. What I notice most is that it is cooler than it has been but the humidity is even higher, a thing I didn’t think possible. But then for […]

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Posted on 10/23/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 22


Patricia. I have a dear friend, Patricia. She is a sensitive, caring, strong woman who I admire and love. This storm was inaptly named. The chickens on my road seem unfazed by what is to come. The street dogs, however, are restless and snappish. As if their behavior is a precursor of what we will […]

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Posted on 10/22/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 18


I previously wrote about the scents of Mexico. Tonight the smell-du-jour is burning palm fronds with a little trash thrown in for good measure. Neighborhood clean up today resulting in all the dead palm branches burned in a grand bonfire in the middle of the street. But I am also becoming more aware of the […]

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Posted on 10/18/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 16


Last Thursday was Una Dia Fabuloso. Thursday is the day of the tianguis (flea market). Lots of homemade foods (we purchased candied nuts and chicken tamales!), fresh fruits and vegetables, tablecloths and other textiles. Also a plethora of new and used goods. The flea market encompasses most of the central plaza and one street about […]

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Posted on 10/16/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 7


My adventure continues. Today was a trip to Puerto Vallarta to look for a car. I want an SUV. The roads in PV, like many parts of Mexico, are cobblestone or worse. I want the clearance for the bumps and potholes – lots of potholes. I also want a car to be not too new […]

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Posted on 10/07/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 5


I have made my first major language faux pas. And it was stellar. Eugenio came to my door on Sunday. He is the man who has taken care of my pool for the last 6 years for the previous owner. He originally had spoken with Alfredo, my realtor, during the final walk through of the […]

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Posted on 10/05/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 3


Keys. Key to my heart. Key to one’s home. The key principle. The keynote speaker. Keys open us to a variety of experiences. To love, a new house, a new idea, a new perspective. In this case, keys were the opening of confusion. When I said Alfredo met us at the airport with the keys […]

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Posted on 10/03/2015 at 9:00 am

Oct 2


I was so prepared. So very prepared. I had all my visa papers and pet health certificates. Dog carriers were packed with puddle pads, leashes and the required documentation. I had extra suitcases to minimize the cost of shipping via the movers. Passport: check. Pesos: check. Rental car confirmation: check. Doggie downers: Check. I was […]

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Posted on 10/02/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 29


It’s very close. I have three more days here. The movers come tomorrow morning. I take the dogs to the vet for their international health certificates so I can take them through customs. I also hope to procure some serious doggie downers for Jack. I have a thousand little things to get done as well. […]

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Posted on 09/29/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 11


I spent two hours on the phone with United Airlines. I spoke with a clerk who may have had a certain grasp of English, but it clearly was not her first language. She understood the basic words, but the bigger picture escaped her. Her pronunciation and accent escaped me. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” […]

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Posted on 09/11/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 10


Gasp. Deep breath. This just got crazy real. With just three words. Don’t get me wrong, I knew this was coming. I’m the one who orchestrated all this. But it’s kind of like preparing for a wedding, opening a new business, or rehearsing a big performance. For months you mentally walk through the process. You […]

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Posted on 09/10/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 8


Yes, the caps are appropriate. You know you are truly a Denverite (I include the metro area in this definition) if you already know what I am talking about. The original Elitch Gardens was a great place. (Hold on you Denverites! I’m not confused. I’ll get to the point.) It was originally built around gardens. […]

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Posted on 09/08/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 7


I didn’t expect to feel this way. I don’t know what I expected, exactly, but it wasn’t this. My house echoes. My back yard, previously alive with the colorful magic of solar lights, is dark. Room after room is empty. That emptiness is a reflection of my mood this evening. I had cereal for dinner […]

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Posted on 09/07/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 6


Unsettled. Anxiety. My home is no longer my home. There are numerous resources on the mechanics of moving to Mexico. Visa requirements. Customs regulations. Importing pets. Importing vehicles. Much of it is outdated. In fact it seems that Aduana (Mexican Customs) can be updated and changed – and therefore outdated – in a matter of […]

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Posted on 09/06/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 2


I’ve been thinking about my mom lately. I suppose it’s natural for her to come to mind as I make decisions on the fate of items from my past. I’ve come across her wedding ring, high school ring, and a turquoise necklace my father arranged to have made for her on the less traveled areas […]

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Posted on 09/02/2015 at 9:00 am

Sep 1


Why is it that when people “what if?” they are usually enumerating the worst case scenarios? We don’t usually “what if?” on possible positive outcomes. What if I succeed? What if I get that promotion? What if I win the lottery? (OK, that last one has probably been visited numerous times by all of us. […]

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Posted on 09/01/2015 at 9:00 am

Aug 31


My trash company is going to hate me. When Kelsey lived here, we usually had trash every week. When it is just me, I sometimes even skip weeks – the trash can outside isn’t quite full, or I haven’t accumulated enough on my own to warrant collection from around the house. Until last week… As […]

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Posted on 08/31/2015 at 9:00 am

Aug 24


I think I need to prepare for a year of frustration and feeling stupid. I spent the morning at the Mexican Consulate’s Office in Denver. My visa paperwork has been held up. I called last week to see why. Evidently each Consular office has its own application for visa form. The one I downloaded apparently […]

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Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:00 am

Aug 17


Stuff. More stuff. Sundries, Artifacts, Folderol. Falderal. (They’re both correct.) Paraphernalia. Clobber. Junk. We accumulate stuff that we think is necessary, or a memento, or irreplaceable. Does any possession really fall into any of those categories? My timetable has been dramatically accelerated. Prior to traveling to Mexico the first part of August, I was planning […]

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Posted on 08/17/2015 at 9:00 am

Aug 1


I fell in love with Mexico when I was 14. I don’t know if it was the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco or the temples of Teotihuacan. But at some point on that trip I fell hopelessly, completely in love with the country. It was a school Spanish class trip. We took a Greyhound-type charter bus […]

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Posted on 08/01/2015 at 9:00 am

Jul 31


I suppose it’s ironic that my new life started with a death. And yet, there may be no irony at all, but the catalyst of losing your best friend that catapults you into a mode of asking life’s big questions and questioning how big your life is. My best friend, Sherry, passed away in October […]

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Posted on 07/31/2015 at 9:00 am