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Carrying coals to Newcastle

I had a real struggle with my luggage on the way home. Food Max which used to be Food 4 Less when I lived in California has an International Foods Section. In true FM style the bags are large, I enthusiastically purchased chana dal, gram dal, urad dal and black cardamon seeds, all except the cardamon, in what I thought were one kilo bags but turned out to be 4 pounds! When I went with the kids to Costco, I saw that they still carried the large bags of Basmati rice, I was able to resist, instead I bought organic Basmati at Trader Joe’s in a more reasonable 2 pound size.

As my son loaded my suitcase into his car, he couldn’t resist making a comment about my taking rice and beans to Mexico. My son-in-law joined in to rib me, they thought it was hilarious that I traveling with 16 pounds of legumes and grains. They started calling it my 2012 famine stash.

As you probably gathered from the above, I’ve been to California. I spent three weeks with my sister, and since I was already there, a week with my children. I realize that I said I was going where there is no internet, so you all thought I was heading to some remote jungle town or something.

It’s interesting, here in Mérida, I can find an internet place almost anywhere. In California, you need to own a laptop, which I don´t. Husband suggested that I buy one, but I don´t really like them. Besides, there were more interesting things like cookbooks and spices to spend my money on. As usual, I digress, my kids don’t have internet, or cable. They made the decision to forgo those luxuries in exchange for renting a larger apartment. My son isn’t using the internet very much these days either, he can take his laptop and use the wireless at his work, but he said that he would rather live his life off line, doing things. I applaud that decision. He looks fabulous so it’s working for him. The library has free internet, but my library card has expired! Since when do library cards expire? My sister does have internet, but she also has one of those little lap tops and a less than reliable connection.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Brenda, when I drove to California a few years ago, I remember being able to use the internet in the library in Texas too. I think the need to have a library card in my hometown may have something to do with all the homeless who hang out at the library all day. I wonder if they have a temporary card number that they give people who are just passing through? It never occurred to me to ask.
    thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Welcome home. Glad you had a good trip.
    When we traveled in the USA we always used the computers at the local libraries without a library card. Usually they had a time limit of about 1/2 hr.; but it was enough to check emails, etc.. Maybe California is different. They allowed us to us it as a visitor.
    We also used the computers at the University in Tucson without charge, it is a service to the public apparently.
    The libraries in Canada do this also.

  3. Hi Gloria! I hope your mom is okay. My sister is doing much better, I am glad that I was able to go be with her, but I am glad to be home too. It sure was cold last month! You are so lucky to live in California!

    Hi Amanda, don’t tell the boys but I liked the teasing. My daughter is the one who can really be a brat, but it’s all affectionate and not mean spirited at all. Besides if they hadn’t pointed it out, I wouldn’t have thought of it for a blog post!

    Ron, thank you and I will be posting more frequently from now on.

    Chrissy & Keith, I am glad to be home. More posts will be forthcoming.

    Teresa in LS, as they say in Cuba, “La familia es todo”….family is everything. I am very lucky to have mine. You have a nice weekend too!


  4. glad you got to enjoy some family time but it’s good to have you back.

    have a great weekend!


  5. welcome home. Good to see your posting again/

  6. I am glad you are posting again.

  7. I have to say that if I were your sons I wouldn’t have been able to pass up joking about you taking beans and rice to Mexico. But because I live here and you wrote what types you were stashing it sounds like a great find. 😉

  8. Hi Theresa. I’m glad your trip was a good one. I have been back and forth to San Jose to take care of my mom so I’ve been gone too. I just got home yesterday. Sounds like you bought a lot of things to take home with you. How funny though, that you would be buying beans and rice in California to take to Mexico? How strange.
    Tee Hee. Take care. Have a great weekend.

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