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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 to be sanded and restored to pristine sparkle. The backyard bodega (storage shed) proved a little to damp for the NSF wire rack. It rusted and was on it’s way to a bad end. I replaced it with plastic shelving and attacked it with a wire brush. Then I got the brilliant idea of using copper color paint instead of bright silver. If I had used spray paint, maybe it would have worked better. It didn’t occur to me to take pictures along the way. The first layer is Berel 100% Acrilico Esmalte Metálico in cobre (copper colored acrylic enamel) ...

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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 appointments. Do your circadian rhythm a favor and boycott daylight savings time. Write your congressman, senator, or other representative, tell them NO! No more messing with the clock! I just remembered that it’s Spring Forward- Fall back.  However, I still hold to my original idea and want the whole changing the clock thing to stop!  

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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 time. Right? I started at 8 am, when I looked up at the clock again, it was noon.  The huge pile of boxes hidden behind my dressing screen got attacked first. Then the mountain of unidentifiable stuff on top of my dresser. This before photo actually doesn’t show the whole mess, but that’s enough so you get the idea. Here is the screen folded up. One of my friends found that screen in the street. It has been covered with various fabrics over the years. I love the Paris upholstery on it right now. That giant garbage bag is full ...

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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 such as tamales, corn tortillas, and sopes  we like to limit their consumption,thus the idea of a low carb tortilla substitute is very appealing. The recipe was well written and easy to follow. I really like that the author recommended using gloves when squeezing the excess moisture out of the cauliflower. It was really HOT! I didn’t have dish washing gloves, so I squeezed it in small batches, but it was still really hot. The cauliflower tortillas looked exactly like the photo on the blog post. The cauliflower taste was mild. The only change I made was that I used ...

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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 of cool stuff. With my INAPAM card, I also qualified for a CITUR pass; sorry, I don’t know what the letters actually stand for, or if it’s just a cute way to spell city tour. CITUR entitles you to a reduced fare on some city buses, but not all. The ones with A/C are usually exempt. This is a significant savings if you are a regular bus rider, like me. The lower fare has me chosing a different bus line, I used to take the bus with a/c if given a choice. Normally, I am not given to social commentary but ...

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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 an ex-pat I have food issues. While I willing eat goat, sheep, tongue, liver, and in theory- grasshoppers, it bothers me that the deli-lady cuts our bacon in the wrong direction. I’m rude. Not by American standards, but by Mexican standards. I sometimes will walk around the block so I don’t have to stop and chat about the weather with our neighbor who sits in front of his doorway. I often forget to kiss and say hello to everyone in the room when I enter. Ditto for when I exit. I’m not sure what American cuisine is. Mexicans will ask ...

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Still alive and sewing

Every time I look at my blog and see that I haven’t blogged even once in 2015, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Then I feel overwhelmed, I start a blog post, but it doesn’t feel right or something happens to distract me.For example, for quite awhile the blog was receiving enormous amounts of spam, over 20 thousand a day, in consequence, nothing was worked right. If you have made a comment recently and noticed the new format, that’s why. If you haven’t made any comments, I totally  understand. You were probably afraid that I was dead. If you signed up to get email notification of blog posts, don’t  despair. Eventually, I’ll figure out how to do it and I’ll announce it on the blog. Of course, you probably aren’t reading this, since you are expecting an email from me. Sorry. I’ve missed blogging and writing, so I’m just jumping in and starting anew.  Since ...

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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 3/$50. This year a portion of the proceeds also goes to the I.W.C. scholarship program. The drawing is in January (I’ll forgot the date so I’ll have to get back to you on that). Stop by MEL, tomorrow, Monday December 7th between 10am and noon to buy a ticket from one of the Gorro Girls or maybe join us to crochet or knit a hat? Don’t know how? No worries, we’ll teach you!  We’re also looking for people to sell raffle tickets. If you want to help out and can’t make it tomorrow, email me.  

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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 nice. No big crowds, the stage was bare and most of the chairs were empty. By 6:30, half an hour after the official start time, we decided not to hang around any more waiting for the Botanical garden to open or the music to start. Time is a variable thing in Mexico after all.   Our group wandered south Calle 66 towards the cemetery, admiring altars, declining offers to purchase  tamales, mini-pibes, or Day of the Dead bread.  The smell of copal hanging heavy in the air, making my nose sting. Later I realized it was the underlying scent of ...

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