All our traveling is over for a while and we are settling in to the rainy season here in Mazatlán. This September has been incredibly rainy so far, pretty much every day lately.
I love the big crashing thunder and crazy lightning shows and I love it when the rain pounds down so hard you can’t believe it. It feels like Mexico when it is raining hard like that! Lately, though… it has been drizzly day after drizzly day and I am getting a little tired of it. Can you tell I am from the Pacific Northwest? Below is a 1 minute video of the rain a couple of mornings ago.
So what have I been doing? Not too much. We swapped the bedroom and Paul’s office -TV room again. We gave away our tv room couch since it just seemed like a giant dog bed and once it was gone we could move back to the smaller room for the office-TV. Paul and I get restless – we need to change things up now and then. Plus it gave me a chance to do a good cleaning.
I’ve been cooking and baking a lot. I made quiche in my new quiche pans – one was caramelized onion and mushroom and one was roasted vegetable with gorganzola. I made a blackberry pie since Paul didn’t get to eat the one we made in Tacoma. I made bread a few times, once a nice half whole wheat sourdough and once ciabatta bread. The ciabatta bread was a treat because I had damaged my Kitchenaid stand mixer somehow and had to take it in for repairs. I was thrilled to have it repaired in one day by the nice guys at Camacho on Zaragoza just East of Serdan. You can’t make ciabatta very easily without a stand mixer, so I was glad to have it fixed. A picture of the ciabatta bread is above.
I’ve been working on my fabric collage and doing a bit of knitting. I’ve been reading a lot, as most Kindle users seem to report. Cristina Potters of Mexico Cooks recommended The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow. It is a fictionalized but very real sounding book on the drug cartels in Mexico, and takes place both in Mexico and in the US. I recommend it, too. It was written in 2006 but it feels very up to date. There is no one who can tell me that the drug violence in Mexico is only Mexico’s problem, and I felt even stronger about it after I read this book. China, Europe, South America, the US and Canada – lots of countries share the responsibility and blame for what is going on down here.
Our housekeeper has two weeks off, so I have been cleaning today. I vacuumed the whole house and cleaned three of the ceiling fans before losing my interest in the project! But I will admit that it was warm enough while I was working that I was dripping off my elbows and the end of my nose. Thankfully it was time for lunch by then.
So, can you tell I have the blahs? Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll feel better when the sun comes out!