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We Need To Do Better

I just watched the movie I Am Greta and was inspired to think about what we are doing right and what we can do better. I am trying to run all my decisions through the filter of “is this sustainable?” You are probably doing the same, but I believe we can all learn from each other. Here are some of the things Paul and I have incorporated into our life, and some things we are working on. Maybe you can...

Coping Strategies

I have been having a hard time figuring what to write about to keep the blog going. I know most of my readers are interested in life in Mexico but at the present time life here is mostly life at home. So that’s what I’m going to talk about today. We do go out – to the stores and twice to eat out at a very carefully selected spot – but mostly we are at home. We’ve enjoyed working in...

Activities to Enjoy at Home

We’re all in the same boat – unexpectedly spending all of our time at home. I’ve been saving links to fun things to explore online and thought others might enjoy it too. I’ll keep updating this post as I find more to share in the future. The picture at the top is a face mask I made using the pattern below. Books Explore Open Culture… much more than books Internet Archive – free books, music, etc. The Stay At Home...

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...

Time for (another) change

In my last post I talked about reading books about people who wanted to find a way to improve their quality of life.  That post perfectly transitions into this one as Paul and I have also been discussing what we want for the next chapter of ours. When we rented our house here in San Antonio Tlayacapan, it was a kind of hurried decision because our plans to live in Mexico City had fallen through.  We have been pleased with...

The Wednesday Tianguis in Ajijic

We love going to the Wednesday tianguis in Ajijic.  Whether you need produce, a new pair of socks, a necklace, some coffee or a pancake flipper you will find it there.  Take a look at the photos above to see what fun it is!  And I only took pictures of about 1/20th of the vendors!  (Page through the photos above with the right/left arrows)  ...

Poco a poco (or little by little)

There has been a lot going on in our lives since I last wrote a blog post. Buyers put a contract on our house just a few weeks after it was put on the market.  That was great news!  But then the real work started.  We needed to figure out what to keep and what to sell, and all without a plan for where we were going to live.  That’s hard! Ultimately we decided to move over to our other...

Our New Look

Hi Everyone! I decided that summer was the perfect time for a blog refresh – you all don’t even want to know how messy it was behind the scene of my old look, but it’s getting much tidier back there now! You will notice a few changes besides the color and graphics.  At the top of the page the links are different – now Resources has most of the pages you have been used to seeing in the menu bar… I...

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...

Grow your own Turmeric

I tried various times – unsuccessfully- to grow turmeric that I bought at the grocery store, and have finally figured out the secret. You should give it a try, you could even grow it in a pot if you want to – I have grown ginger that way as they are pretty shallow rooted. At the top is a picture of my turmeric bed. I buy fresh turmeric at Mega, the mercado, and Ley. For some reason they call it...

Worm Composting in the Tropics

I love composting. I don’t have a compost bin here in Mazatlán since our yard is small. But even in a small yard I am hoping it will be possible to compost with worms and keep them alive over the summer. I’ve had worm bins for many years, and love having that compost bucket on the counter and having a weekly visit with my little wriggly friends. This year I got some worms from farmer Sacramento at the Organic Market...

Applying for Social Security in Mexico

Last summer when I was in Washington State I visited the Social Security office in order to make sure everything was in order for my upcoming birthday, as I was going to be applying for benefits. After sitting in a queue for more than a half hour watching a video loop of them encouraging people to apply online I decided to take the hint… I’d apply online once I was back home in Mexico. So a couple of months ago...

A Few Movies to Inspire You

I’ve been knitting a lot lately and have been enjoying some wonderful video while I knit. I thought I’d share some of the best. These are all available on Netflix here in México – hopefully you can find them wherever you are. This first one is the full documentary, 53 minutes titled Living on One Dollar. In it four friends and their video camera head to rural Guatemala to do just that. It was a very moving and thought provoking...

Bait and Switch

Last week we had a bit of rain and then a few days of cool. One night we didn’t even use the air conditioning to sleep! I got all excited because it seemed like the weather might have decided to break early, but sadly the hot weather is back. It’s getting a bit wearisome right about now. We do fine – mostly – until October. That’s when we are so sick of the heat we could scream. Most years we...

México Bicycle Delegation Succeeds in the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur

2015 will be a memorable year for bicycling in México. For the first time ever a Mexican delegation participated in the 1,230 km/90 hour Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur. The ride takes place every four years and was started in 1891. This long distance cycling event is one of (if not the) most physically challenging athletic event in the world. It is unique in that there are no vans assisting riders or providing support – the rider does everything for himself. They carry...