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The Monday Market in San Antonio Tlayacapan

Every week I head to the Monday market in our village of San Antonio Tlayacapan. The market is held from 10 to 12:30 at the Sunrise Restaurant. The restaurant is closed on Monday so its interior and patio are taken over by the market vendors. I mostly buy vegetables and fermented foods but there are always lots of goodies to tempt me. Today I came home with some baklava along with beet kvass, ginger juice, kale, and some valerian capsules...

Our Local Gym – Zona Fitness

Paul and I joined the Zona Fitness gym in Riberas a couple of months ago and have really enjoyed going together at least three times a week. We mostly use the treadmills and bikes but sometimes the weights, too. As gym newbies we like being able to watch people work on the machines so that we get an idea of what they do before we give them a try. There are staff here who are happy to help on an...

My Ovarian Cancer Free 5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago I visited the doctor because of a bit of pelvic pain and bloating.  The physical exam and ultrasound quickly accelerated to an MRI, lab tests, and a referral to a gynecological oncologist.  A few days later I was scheduled for surgery and the wonderful community we are a part of rallied round by donating all the blood I needed for surgery.  I  had surgery at Hospital Cemeq, and a large 15 cm tumor was removed.  A week...

Hello Again!

Well that was quite a gap between posts! Somehow after TEN YEARS blogging (my first blog post here was October 21, 2006!) all the little odd things that happen each day are no longer odd and blog worthy to me. I need to find my blogging mojo again, and I truly intend to try.What have I been up to? – I had dengue. Well, that was awful. Seriously painful bone pain and overwhelming sleepiness for several days, then an intensely...

Growing, Harvesting, and Drying Moringa

I love to eat healthy and I love growing healthy food so our small backyard has one side just for my little garden. In the picture above under the angled blue sheet is my worm bin. It’s a challenge to keep it in the shade in the summertime but this little nook under the water heater only gets a small amount of morning sun. Next is my super happy fig tree. I had a fresh fig every other day for...

The Flexibility Project

I have been into exercise my whole life – if not taking classes then I was riding my bike, walking or jogging, doing kickboxing or calisthenics at home, or working out on my Nordic Track, treadmill, or with weights. Every day I have to do something physically demanding or I don’t sleep well and feel crabby. Lately both Paul and I have come to notice that we need to improve our flexibility. I’ve known for ages that one of the...

Watch “The Truth About Cancer” Documentary

All my blog readers know that I am very interested in health and wellness and that I read a lot about the topic. I watched the 9 part documentary titled The Truth About Cancer earlier this year and I highly recommend it to any of you who want to know more about holistic healing practices and natural remedies too. Visit the website to sign up and you will be sent links to see the documentaries, with viewing available starting April...

Mazatlán’s Morning Workout

Do you like to work out in the morning? I am partial to a brisk 3 to 4 mile walk on the malecón, early enough that it’s light out but not so late that the sun has risen high enough in the sky to hit the walking surface. The photo at the top shows one of the many morning swimmers who regularly set out from the Club de Natación at Playa Norte. The malecón between 6 and 8 in the...

No More Pink Ribbons Please

We have met so many lovely people through blogging. After more than eight years here in Mexico and going on ten years of blogging, our blogging friendships have become quite strong. It’s been a hard time lately for bloggers in México, though. In January, San Miguel de Allende blogger Shannon passed away from cancer. I knew Shannon and her husband Todd from their blogs although I never have met either of them in person. Shannon and I bonded a bit...

Shopping in Mazatlán

I finally headed out today to Naturalia and Dulceria Don Juan since the cupboards were getting bare. I’d been putting it off as it has been a bit too hot and humid lately for schlepping heavy bags in the blazing sun. We eat a lot of nuts and seeds and even though it was hot I braved the weather this afternoon to replenish our stores. First I went to Naturalia. (Zaragoza 807, Centro) They have all kinds of things I...

My Health Promoting Turmeric Tonic

I admit it. I am a health nut. I’ve written extensively about the things I do to keep healthy, but basically I just eat real food. Fruits and vegetables of course, with as much organic as I can find. I drink a ton of water and seldom have sugar or processed foods. I make, eat and drink a lot of fermented foods. I choose sea salt or Himalayan salt over table salt. I choose coconut or olive oil over canola....

What DOES a vegetarian eat, anyway?

A couple of my friends have asked for me to share some of my vegetarian meals so that they could make a change to eating less meat. To that end, I have been snapping phone pictures of my most photogenic meals for the last month or so when it occurs to me. I’ve written posts on this topic before, here and here. The descriptions for the photo above: 1. Bulgur wheat and vegetables with parmesan cheese. 2. Veggie burrito at...

The City Gym in Mazatlán

Mazatlán has a wonderful city gym, a gym that is totally free to all city residents and guests. Free! No cost! Open 24 hours, too! Yes, you guessed it, it’s the malecón. From the Pedro Infante monument in Old Town (Olas Altas) at the South end to Valentino’s at Rafael Buelna at the North, it is a four and a half mile gymnasium with a world class view. At the top of the post is a picture from this morning,...

Time passes on

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership, teamwork, and what makes a good boss lately. One of my former bosses, Jim Potter, died back in May, and I only found out about it recently. The news of his death hit me hard, surprising me with its intensity. His real estate investment and property management company was a hardworking place but we had a lot of fun. Jim could always be counted on to think about things in his own unique...

Morning in Mazatlán

For the last two months I have been taking a long walk on the malecón nearly every morning. Some days I walk past Los Pinos, some days I head straight to Playa Norte. Some days I walk on the beach and some on the pavement. Every day is unique and wonderful. These walks are a chance for me to listen to an audio book or music and just absorb nature’s gifts. And yes, it truly is sunny nearly every morning....