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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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Day of the Dead Merida style

Last night was Halloween, we went to the Day of the Dead celebration. Tonight, on the Day of the Dead, I’m going to a Halloween carnival.  In Mexico, you just have to go with the flow. The city closes several streets for Hanal Pixan, the Mayan version of the Day of the Dead celebration.We showed up at 6pm, which was ...

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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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Frozen Anna Capes

Frozen, the Disney movie is a big favorite at La Primera’s house (daughter #1) . She says it’s the best movie Disney has ever made and she is a big Disney fan. When I used to take the kids to the movies, both my daughters used to leave the theatre singing the songs! I remember La Primera  entered a singing contest, ...

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Life imitates art

Turquoise water cool against my feet,  I hesitate on the stairs. As I steel myself to plunge in, I glance beyond the pool to the sour orange tree. The small talavera turtle planter had fallen back off the red brick wall, his large mouth open to the sky. Is he sympathetic to my plight, or is he laughing at me? ...

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Health & Nutrition

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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I got a haircut to celebrate my penultimate chemo.

My hairdresser came to the house and gave me a haircut yesterday. I love that about Mexico, servicio a domicilio. I haven’t had my haircut since October and it was getting that attractive look between a cue tip and a dandelion unless I put coconut oil on it. When people haven’t seen me for awhile, they always peer at me ...

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Various and Sundry

Day of the Dead Merida style

Last night was Halloween, we went to the Day of the Dead celebration. Tonight, on the Day of the Dead, I’m going to a Halloween carnival.  In Mexico, you just have to go with the flow. The city closes several streets for Hanal Pixan, the Mayan version of the Day of the Dead celebration.We showed up at 6pm, which was ...

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Caliente doesn’t mean spicy.

I was in the food court at Plaza de las Americas where I spotted this sign.  Sorry, Micky D but caliente doesn’t mean spicy. 

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Mexican Butter.

Where can I find good butter in Mexico? Mexican butter is probably one of the most discussed ex-pat topics, right behind toilet paper disposal. When the Dunosusa mini-market opened their doors down the street from our house, I asked for butter at the small deli counter. The lady offered me margarine. When I repeated that I wanted butter, she shrugged, ...

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