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“The time has come,” the Walrus said,”To talk of many things:”-the Walrus and the Carpenter

Our Cancun adventures continues

We timed our Cancun adventures well, turns out we arrived during Labor Day weekend. To be honest, we forgot it was a US holiday. I love traveling during off season. It’s less crowded and the rates are better. Occasionally the weather is worse, but it is worth the trade off.  Settled into our room, we set out to explore and, of course, find out about the lobster night. I had visions of finding cheap crustaceans in Cancun, something which had eluded us in Merida. After wandering around our floor, we entered the walk-in refrigerator disguised as an elevator to tour the grounds. The plantings catch my eye, which means I take photos of landscape ideas;man-made stream wandered between the family and adult areas filled with turtles and koi, a fountain, and a secluded garden. Eventually, we came to La Palapa restaurant. Alas, low cost lobster seems to only exist in Salinas, Ecuador, where lobsters went for $5 usd each and me with no ...

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We finally took a vacation in Cancun

We’ve lived in the Yucatan for almost a decade and last week was the first time we took a vacation in Cancun . Oh, we’ve been to Cancun to use the airport.We passed through Cancun on our one and only Isla Mujeres trip, prompted by the first LABC  (Latin American Bloggers’ Conference). Cancun doesn’t appeal to us. While I’ve toyed with the idea of going just to shop– the shopping is supposed to be better in Cancun—I can’t think of anything that I want that is worth spending 7 hours of my life in transit, even on the ADO Platino bus. So what prompted this momentous decision? Why did we decide to finally visit Cancun? My best friend, BK and her husband received a free week at the Royal Cancun Resort and invited us along. We’d been invited to come along on all-inclusive vacations before but never felt that they were worth the fee. The Royal Cancun Resort isn’t an all-inclusive, ...

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My voice, blog voices vblog meme

  Leila from the Three Dresses Project just posted this vlog meme, My Voice. I thought it was really cool. I’m trying new things these days so I decided to give making a video a try. While my microphone works just fine with Skype it seems to be deficient when I use Movie Maker. First here is the list of words: aunt, route,wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught The questions are as follows: What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball? What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? What do you call gym shoes? What do you say to address a group of people? What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? What do ...

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Surprise! We’ve moved!

Welcome to the new blog! The old address will bring you here from now on, but you may want to change your bookmark to speed things up. Look around your favorite posts are still here. Questions? Suggestions? I am off to INM to apply for my permanent visa today. I have several new posts in the hopper. There is a little hiccup in the site right now. For some reason the featured posts aren’t displaying correctly, do not despair, it will be fixed soon. Beyond the white space the latest articles in each of my main categories; Creativity and DIY projects, where you will find crafts, decorating, gardening, paintings, pennings,and sewing Health and Nutrition, where you’ll find my recipes and articles about food Various and Sundry, this is the place for posts about Blogs and blogging, Living in Mexico, and Travel. I also have a wide variety of tags so you can easily find posts on your favorite topic. Not every ...

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I was just wondering…

Often, I find that the word I grew up using isn’t the word that they use here in Yucatan. For example, enchufe is replaced by the word contacto, that’s an electrical outlet or socket in English. I’ve grown accustomed to getting blank looks when I speak Spanish, but I wasn’t prepared when the same thing happened to me in English! At a recent meeting of the Merida Writer’s Group,I read the first draft of the sugar chapter in my book. I used the word soda, mainly because I didn’t want to signal out Coke or Pepsi but wanted a generic term. LG explained that in the part of Canada she is from, soda means bicarbonate of soda or maybe carbonated water, like in the phrase, “I’ll have scotch and soda, please.” My curiosity is piqued, I’ve been pestering all my friends, asking them the generic term for soft drinks in their home region. Now it’s your turn,II need your help.What ...

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People change and so do blogs

¿What do I do all day? has been online since October 22, 2007. My very first post, Great Plans and Ambitions was a bit short. In it I announced my idea of creating an online plant encyclopedia. I never made the plant encyclopedia,my interests changed. In the six years that I’ve been blogging I’ve posted 884 times and received 5711 comments. I don’t count spam but I do count my own replies. I believe it’s important to answer comments, I even blogged about it. That post resonated with my fellow bloggers so much that I immediately followed it up with The Great Comment Debate. Husband and I have lived in Merida for close to a decade now, and while where I live influences many of the things that I do, it has become less of a focus for this blog. I’ve come to the realization that where I live my life is not as important as how I live my ...

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A Long Doggie Tale

We saved Mr. Dog’s life by adopting him when we did. Two days after bringing him home,he had a gran mal epileptic seizure. We had just moved into our Santa Rosa home a week prior and I still had unpacking to do. Mr. Dog started acting oddly, blindly staggering into boxes, walking in circles, finally falling down into a full fledged gran mal. Fortunately for him, I knew what I was looking at. If the seizure had happened when he was incarcerated in the pound, they never would have put him up for adoption. Our vet prescribed phenobarbital and eventually we had his seizures under control. Then he started getting hot spots and losing hair! Serendipitously, one of the patients at the clinic I worked for, breeds Tibetan Terriers. She said that TTs are notoriously allergic to wheat and suggested a lamb and rice dog food for him. The office manager fed her prize Yorkies a raw diet, but I ...

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Five kilos of onions

When the call went out from the IWC for people to chop onions for the I emailed and volunteered. I like projects with a concrete goal. Plus I have some experience in the onion chopping department, and more importantly, I own a Cuisinart food processor. I chopped 3 kilos of onions for the MEL chili cook off earlier this year. I won’t have to do it alone, one of my friends called last night and offered to help. The plan? Meet on Monday afternoon and chop 4 kilos of white onions, put them in gallon baggies. Slice one kilo of red onions. I also have a mandolin. I don’t think we’ll drink anything stronger than tea, but we will have fun.I am a fan of activity based socializing. Last year’s picnic was great fun. The location is perfect. The music is good. Joanna and Debi both have more information on their blog. I was going to include photos from last ...

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Clearing the deck for action

Five black tank tops! I had five black tank tops! BK came over and I modeled my wardrobe for her. Some of my favorites ended up in the discard pile, too big or unflattering, victims of my unwillingness to invest the time and energy to completely remake them. Even if they no longer serve me I have a hard time letting go of things. The alterations pile was plenty deep, fortunately most of it was quickly dispatched. Elastic was replaced in one pair of pants and three skirts,while another pair of pants and a dress were combined to make a skirt, several tops received either shoulder darts or seaming up the back. The waistband of pair of dress shorts was taken in too. The last time I wore the shorts, the weight of my  house keys, cellphone, and overladen change purse combined to drag the pants lower on my body than I was comfortable with. When I discovered that I ...

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Lies, insinuations, and innocence in the Yucatan

We all create our own reality. We see things through our own filters. I believe that. My Mexican experience is totally colored by my perceptions and attitude. I like to think of myself as friendly and helpful so of course I believe that most people are friendly and helpful.It doesn’t hurt that I have grey hair and look like your mother. Case in point, Sunday, BK, another girl friend, and I decided to check out the crafts fair at the Siglo 21. BK greeted me by saying,“There’s a noise under the hood because a piece of plastic has come loose and is flapping in the wind. I’ll have the mechanic check it on Monday”. In March, the Honda had been a victim of a hit and run accident while parked on an otherwise empty street. The bumper had suffered some damage along with the undercarriage. The dealership was supposed to have replaced the plastic housing, apparently they hadn’t fastened it ...

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