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DIY verdigris

“What do you think? It’s verdigris.” “Looks like stuff I spent hours trying to get rid of when I was an apprentice.” “Good, that’s the look I was going for.” Husband and I don’t agree about verdigris. I love the patina, the idea of something ancient looking, the layers of character, and the colors. Husband just sees something that needs ...

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Let’s all boycott daylight savings time!

Tomorrow starts daylight savings time in Mexico. In 2013 the USA lost 433,982,548 dollars in lost productivity due to this abominable practice according to this article. Let’s all do our internal clocks a favor and boycott daylight savings time! Yes, I am calling for a grassroots boycott of daylight savings time! Go ahead and sleep in, arrive late for your ...

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Sewing Studio update part 1

My sewing studio update stalled for awhile. I got enough done so I could sew and took a rest.  Six months is probably a little excessive, even bears don’t hibernate that long.  On Monday, I decided to tackle the job again, I decided that I would spend an hour and then stop. An hour seems a manageable and reasonable amount ...

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DIY verdigris

“What do you think? It’s verdigris.” “Looks like stuff I spent hours trying to get rid of when I was an apprentice.” “Good, that’s the look I was going for.” Husband and I don’t agree about verdigris. I love the patina, the idea of something ancient looking, the layers of character, and the colors. Husband just sees something that needs ...

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Sewing Studio update part 1

My sewing studio update stalled for awhile. I got enough done so I could sew and took a rest.  Six months is probably a little excessive, even bears don’t hibernate that long.  On Monday, I decided to tackle the job again, I decided that I would spend an hour and then stop. An hour seems a manageable and reasonable amount ...

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Garden Afghan

Last year’s afghan raffle was a big success (we raised over $7,000  mxn for the kids with cancer project) so Beth and I made another one! This year’s design is a flower garden, crocheted in ivory yarn. If I say so myself,  it’s even prettier than the last one. Same low price as last year, $20 a raffle ticket or ...

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Health & Nutrition

Cauliflower tortillas: recipe review

I’ve decided to start a new feature, a recipe review. For my first review, cauliflower tortillas. Husband and I are what I call partially paleo. What does that mean? Due to food allergies and sensitivities, we mostly eat vegetables, eggs, and meat. I tend towards hypoglycemia and Husband has problems with inflammation. While we both can eat nixtamalized corn products ...

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Everything I learned about food is false.

My co-madre told me that she has given up and is just eating junk food. Argh! I have no idea if she was just yanking my chain, if so she gave it a hard pull! I understand sometimes I feel like everything I learned about food is false.  Have you read Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger? It’s the book ...

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Chemo is over- moving forward with life

Chemo is over now!  I am also halfway through the herceptin therapy. I still have to go to the chemo room every 3 weeks because herceptin is  administered via IV but it takes only about half an hour. Last week I was done in an hour, including waiting time and my consult with Dr. Bastarrachea  compared to the 2 1/2 ...

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Let’s all boycott daylight savings time!

Tomorrow starts daylight savings time in Mexico. In 2013 the USA lost 433,982,548 dollars in lost productivity due to this abominable practice according to this article. Let’s all do our internal clocks a favor and boycott daylight savings time! Yes, I am calling for a grassroots boycott of daylight savings time! Go ahead and sleep in, arrive late for your ...

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INAPAM and CITUR- turning 60 in Mexico is a good thing.

What do these three things have in common? Disneyland, Arroyo High School, Me. 2015 is our 60th birthday year! Yup, I am now a senior citizen, turning 60 in Mexico is a good thing. It means you can get an INAPAM card and a CITUR pass. INAPAM stands for Instituto National de las Personas Adultos Mayores - the program covers a lot ...

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10 things I have learned from being an ex-pat

10 things I have learned from being an ex-pat seemed like an easy topic. We’re starting our second decade of living in Merida.  I thought that this list would just write itself but it’s getting harder and harder to point out the extraordinary things to you because quite frankly, it’s all normal. 10 things that I have learned from being ...

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