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Time for an update

It has been two weeks since my surgery and I am doing very well.  I’ve had lots of good news lately and I am really, truly, feeling very upbeat and positive.  This is mostly due to the pathology reports showing that the cancer hadn’t spread at all.  What a relief! I’ve been staged at 1C, which is about as good as it gets, really. The oncologist here took out my stitches yesterday and gave me the all-clear to get in...

Gonna be a bit quiet here for a bit

I’ve been in the hospital for almost a week.  The Friday before last I had some pain in my pelvic area. It diminished over the weekend but I headed to the doctor on Monday anyway. In short order I had found out I had what appeared to be ovarian cancer. Many lab tests, ultrasounds, x rays, CT scans and more confirmed it. I have a wonderful gyno oncologist and once all the tests were gathered he performedthe surgery on Saturday. That’s...

Mazatlan’s New Organic Market

I know I mentioned before that we have a weekly organic market here in town.  Every Saturday until the end of May in the Plazuela Zaragoza from 8 am until noon you will find at the latest count about a dozen vendors selling their most excellent organic and homemade items.  You can read the M! Magazine article about the market/a> or if you’re on Facebook, like their Facebook page. This week I came home with such great stuff!  Organic almond...

My first cleansing fast

This is my first ever cleansing fast, and today is day 12. I have learned so much about myself doing this – I heartily recommend a fast for getting control over your eating and cleaning the toxins out of your body. (Although some people shouldn’t fast – for example those who take Coumadin or blood pressure medication) I read the book Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself and got further inspired to give...

Poor little lambie

In my past life I used to like to drink a diet coke every now and then. I also suffered from migraines. Little did I know that I was triggering migraines every time I drank one. The artificial sweetener they use in diet coke is aspartame, and I am very sensitive to it. Normally I have a lot of energy and have multiple projects going at once. But the last two days I have been down for the count with...

Ch- ch- ch- chia

I’ve been on a bit of a chia seed kick ever since I read blogger Lindi from Mérida’s blog post about the benefits of chia seeds. Chia is an Aztec superfood that has many fantastic health properties, and is really worth looking into, in my opinion!  I’ve been taking a spoonful now and then myself but feeding them daily to the dogs.  I am pretty confident that chia has pretty much cleared up our old dog Lucy’s chronic goopy ear...

Turning a new leaf

I’ve always been very active… walking a lot every day and constantly on the go.  But somehow or other some pounds crept on since we’ve been living here in Mazatlán.  I think there are a number of reasons  that I’ve gained some weight –  I am really enjoying cooking again – and  there are some wonderful breads here in Maz – and breads are my weakness.  But I have also figured out how to make my famous pizza dough using...

the good, the bad, and the feo

The dress for Consuelo The good: Paul has come through his two weeks of the dengue unscathed.  He slept the clock around a couple of days, then mostly slept the clock around, then became well enough to only sleep half the day, and when we finally knew he was on the mend he was sleeping normally.  He lost his appetite completely for about 10 days, and thanks to the Dengue Diet he lost 8 pounds.  To all of our readers...

Drink your vegies!

I have been on a cooking jag lately…it is quite strange for me to cook so much when it is so warm, but I guess the way I cook is casual enough that it isn’t very stressful.  Plus with our “mystery project” I am staying home more to be available for questions and to manage the dogs. At the top of the post is my first pot of peruano beans.  I made them with onion, carrot, garlic, and yellow pepper....

It’s the Olimpiada Nacional

The Olimpiada Nacional has been taking place here in Mazatlán during the last few days.  I haven’t been too aware of the proceedings except for the traffic revisions, as the schedule has not been published anywhere that I have seen.   Many of the events take place at the waterfront, though, so we have seen a few runners and bicyclists as we walk along the malecon. The picture at the top is from our local paper, the Noroeste, and shows...

Sorta normal, sorta not

It’s not normal to see pictures of my son and his family in facemasks…but as per normal I think they are a handsome family. I walked the dogs this morning and aside from there being fewer people around, it seemed pretty normal.  All the restaurants on the malecon were open and occupied as usual. Paul went to the mercado for me and when he walked in he thought they had widened the aisles.  Turns out they just appeared wider since...

Tough times

  México has been taking some hits in the international news lately. First: It was labeled a “failed state.” Breast-beating ensued on both sides of the border as México attempted to defend herself while others backpedaled and tried not to sound racist. The drug violence was front page news in most newspapers. México expat bloggers tried to get the truth out by publishing The Truth About México. Next: Mexico City seems to be ground zero for a possible swine flu...

Friends come in all shapes and sizes

  I have been thinking a lot about friends lately…and also about those people who contribute in an important way in the formation of our own personalities.   When we moved to Mexico last year, we left behind many people who were important to us in various ways. Some knew how much they were valued, and unfortunately there are some who probably don’t.   But being away from them has made me think a lot about friendship and how people...