Paul and I are enjoying ourselves these days. I thought I’d tell you about some of the things we’ve been up to.
It’s kind of amazing, but we have a bit of Holiday Season Flu. We have set up a little tree and hung the stockings I knitted from the mantel. We’re even going to go against tradition and even buy a few small gifts for each other. How fun and different!
The lake is really high right now, at 85% of capacity. The tree above used to stand next to the water, not in it! We are enjoying how much closer all the birds are – in the above picture see all the egrets in the tree? Pelicans, blue herons, night herons, egrets and many others are squawking and flapping and arguing nearby and we love it! The picture above was taken from the Ajijic malecón.
We got a new car! We are now buzzing around in our Kia Soul with Jalisco plates. Cute, isn’t it?
Henry kept lick-lick-licking himself so instead of buying a cone I bought a pool noodle (thanks, Pinterest!) and made my own. It worked pretty well. If you have to make one, make the pieces of noodle bigger than I did. He is fine now.
Our place here doesn’t have purified water so we had been buying the garafons for our drinking water. They can be a bit scary as you never really know what the water quality is, whether the bottles get sterilized between uses and whether the plastic leaches into the water when trucks sit it the hot sun. So we bought a Berkey water filter through Amazon Mexico and have been extremely happy with it. It is so powerful that it can filter water during natural disasters or while off grid hiking, etc. We bought a Royal and it is a great size for the dogs and us, and the first filters should last about 6 years. Read about it here. (I am not getting paid to say this, by the way.)
Another purchase, this time used off someone who offered it for sale on a local Facebook page. I have owned several juicers over the years but never used them much because they were too big a hassle to clean. This Champion juicer is wonderful – easy to clean and use and a real workhorse. We have had fresh juice every day since I bought it.
Look at that sunset! Isn’t it lovely? Our place faces South so we don’t have a direct view but the sky is filled with this subtle color most nights. I posted a gorgeous video of a sunrise on Instagram the other morning, it is even prettier still.
We hope all of you have a very happy holiday season. Thanks so much for reading!