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Stitching in Mexico

This is mostly a sewing post, consider yourself warned. It’s been awhile since I joined the Vintage Pattern Lending Library’s 1912 project. January 4,2012 to be exact, I did a tiny blog post about it. Today, I received my first pattern, # E0336!! It’s a princess line slip. Mexico is a great place for the budding seamstress, there are fabric stores and notion stores but patterns like we are used to NOB are few and far between. There are however pattern magazine, Telas Parasina even sells their own version. In the streets near the mercado you can buy  Patrones ,there is even a Patrones Niños.If you are really fashion forward, Dantes and Sanbornes sell the European sewing magazine Revista Burda or Burda style, it’s usually a few months out of date,but still very fashion forward for Merida. Minimal sewing directions is the rule, it’s assumed that you know how to sew. No step by step directions. I like that, I ...

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You know you have acclimatized when…

Sitting at the table on Thanksgiving, Husband and I idly watched the butter slowly melting in the butter dish. It isn’t unusual for butter to melt here, but what we realized later was that neither of us felt warm. Wearing short sleeves and feeling comfortable, both of us thought the day pleasant, but certainly not warm. It’s that time of year, when we put on sweaters or long sleeves, while our friends nob call us whimps. Recently, I was in Progreso visiting Barb. It was a nice day, warm in the sun but pleasant, almost cool, in the shade. Barb and Mr. B, her husband found the weather a bit warmer than me. While I have a hard time venturing into the pool they are swimming all the time. Right now as I type this, I am aware that my feet are cold. I have on a ratty long sleeve robe but no socks and I can feel the chill. ...

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going wheat free in a wheat filled world

Recently, I started reading a book called, Wheat Belly, Lose the Wheat, Lose the Belly by Dr. William Davis. While looking for a link for this blog post, I found his website, but I haven’t looked at it yet. Mrs. WB is a big fan of Dr.Joseph Mercola, who also advocates less grains in the diet. Then there is Banting, the precursor to low carb, which lead me to decide that we needed a low carb lifestyle. All these sources seem to be saying to me, kick the carbohydrates. Carbs have slowly crept back into my diet, not as many as before but they,especially wheat have snuck back. There are the burritas (flour tortillas filled with ham and cheese then topped with cream and salsa verde) that I like to have for Sunday brunch, pita bread with hummus and tortas de carne asada. I haven’t gained back my weight but I’m stalled at 138/140 which is too much for my ...

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Mérida is a vortex

Mérida is an exciting place to live, interesting people and stimulating ideas fill the air. Like ships attracted to the Burmuda Triangle,talent is attracted to  Mérida. Fortunately, unlike the Triangle, the talent doesn’t disappear. There are places where innovative and creative people seem to congregate,Mérida, is one of them. I feel like I am in Paris during the turn of the last century. Painters, writers, photographers, intellectuals, creative and interesting people of all types seem drawn here. Mérida´s elegant tree-lined boulevard, Paseo de Montejo is often referred to as Mérida’s “Champs Elysees, some of the houses were literally transported to Mérida from Paris, while others were copied and rebuilt. I see that as foreshadowing. Mérida is not Paris, it´s something different, with it´s own vibrant energy. Let me give you a just a few examples.My painting teacher, Greenwood, is married to the equally talented Cherie Pettillo, a writer and photographer. Cherie, is being featured in a solo photography exhibition, at ...

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Leslie Lemon of Motherhood in Mexico and the outstanding cooking blog La Cocina de Leslie nominated me for the versatile blogger award. She must not have seen my last post, So far averaging one post a day. It’s a meme, like a blogger chain letter. However, I am flattered. One of my problems with being nominated  is that some of my favorite blogs have already been nominated! Like a chain email you received from a friend,  you have so many mutual friends that you have to scramble to find other friends who to send it on to so you can get the prize (good luck or whatever). You can see that I have problems with accepting compliments. So with no further ado, seven things you don’t know about me. That should be hard since my audience base is mostly family, and things that my parents don’t know about me are things I have no plans to share. My first date ...

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Blasé about blogging?

This is my 700th post. Finding material suitable for blogging has gotten harder and harder for me. Part of the problem is that things that I would have found puzzling or novel 7 years ago are just part of the water that we swim in. Take Carnaval for example, this is the first year that I didn’t attend  a single parade, not even the children’s parade. Husband is not big on crowds and I didn’t feel like going alone. Or maybe the truth is closer to “I didn’t feel like going”. On the other hand this was a good Carnaval for us. Comparing notes with other expats, we realized that we live in the ideal location for enjoying Carnaval,close enough to walk but we don’t hear the festivities. We’re between San Sebastian and La Ermita, but seldom hear anything from either park. One of my friends lives several blocks east of San Sebastian, she heard the salsa music emanating from ...

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Worn out but happy

Breakfast this morning marked the end of The 3rd Latin American Blogger’s Conference.  It went well. Thirty-one bloggers  RSVP’d,  and twenty two were able to attend the conference, it would have been amazing if it had been the other way around, but we made up in quality for quantity. Hopefully, the stars will align better next year and everyone who wanted to come will be able to attend. Steve Cotton of Same Life-New Location has already blogged three times about the conference! Steve’s presentation about copyright law and internet ethics thorough and enjoyable. He boiled it down to “if it isn’t yours, don’t take it”.While I haven’t found anyone using my postings on the their blog, this is a topic that I feel strongly about.  Having already said my piece in the post entitled “Where’s Roy Rodgers when you need him?  I won’t repeat myself. Speaking of repeating myself, somehow, I left my notes at home for my presentation, but ...

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wide awake

Convinced that I had missed an appointment, I bolted upright in my hammock. That is not a good way to wake up. I’ve wracked my brain and I can’t figure out if it was a dream or if I really didn’t show up for something. If I was supposed to be somewhere yesterday (it’s 1:17 am now) and didn’t show, I am really sorry. I was totally disoriented when I woke up, I didn’t remember what room I was in or what direction I was facing. Not only am I terribly nearsighted and astigmatic, my night vision isn’t all that great either. I peered at Husband and couldn’t figure out how he had strung his hammock over the dining room table. Calling out to him when I heard him stir, I asked him where he was. He answered right here, in the bedroom. Then snap, like a rubber band everything whipped into perspective, I realized that I was sleeping with ...

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Jello shots or photos of geletina

Jennifer Rose thinks that I should post about geletina.(The photo above is of geletina mosaico, but if you do a search of geletina artísticos you will find even more um, interesting variations.) I have successfully avoided eating any geletina in all it’s myriad incarnations since I moved here. So I don’t have any strong opinions on it, or perhaps not indulging expresses my position eloquently. When my kids were little I would sometimes make Jello for them, I occasionally tried to make Jello Jigglers too. I’ve never had a Jello shot. When I was a kid, my mom gave us jello water to drink when we were sick. I like that, especially the red stuff. Husband doesn’t eat gelatin, something to do with an aversion to eating boiled down hoofs, so unless I wake up craving it, Jello doesn’t happen in this house. Apparently, a post about geletina isn’t happpening either. Sorry, Jennifer, I tried. Now on to the subject ...

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Of dubious quality

Sometimes, I don’t feel like I do anything worth blogging about. Husband came in to say goodnight to me while I sat here in front of the computer. It wasn’t a blank screen, I was reading other people’s blogs. Not the blogs that I usually read, random blogs. I do that sometimes, it’s interesting to see what sorts of things people blog about. I am pretty nosy, I guess. Husband offered up all sorts of things that I could blog about, I had already considered those ideas, I hadn’t completely rejected them, but once he suggested them, I felt that I couldn’t write about them. My uncle gave me a paint by number painting once, it was a violin and sheet music, I turned it into a Cello with a bow tie playing itself. I guess I didn’t like being told how to be creative then and right now I am still a bit cranky. If only I hadn’t stated ...

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