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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...

My 12 Favorite Books of 2014

Every year I like to share my favorite books with you. 2014 has been a great year for reading, and I see by my Amazon widget (at left) that I have so far read 91 books! I read a variety of books, from contemporary fiction to non-fiction, mystery and even this year a bit of sci-fi. So here goes, in no particular order… The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber is a story about a corporate colonization of...

Gardening in the Tropics

Mazatlán isn’t really the tropics, but it’s pretty tropical, I’d say. And down here now is the time for planting your vegetables. The hot and humid weather has finally broken and we know that for the next (almost) eight months the weather will be moderate and sunny. Next Saturday will be the first Farmer’s Market of the season – from 8 – 12 at Plazuela Zaragoza. We are looking forward it, each year it is better and better. I like...

Summertime Knitting

I know many of you think that it’s too hot to knit here in Mazatlán, but I always have a project going. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately. At the top of the post is the project I’m working on now… a kind of crazy tunic pattern with square holes. I am using my backwards knitting technique a lot on this one! Below are some things I made my granddaughter since she’s going to college in a colder climate...

New books by Mazatlán authors and artists

Mazatlán is a place that attracts people who are creative and I just realized lately that there are a number of new and upcoming books by local authors you would want to know about. At the top of the page is a photo from a new book by Mary Ruzich. Mary is a talented fiber artist who travels from Canada to Mexico and back each year, and her book,  Signs of Life is her year-long journaling-on-cloth of her experiences and...

I’m a knitting fool

Winter in Mazatlán is usually an incredibly social time… but this year I have not been inclined to go out so much. I guess it’s some sort of change in me – I am just so content to stay home and read, knit, sew, and cook. I do get out walking and biking, but the usual comment when I run into people is “I haven’t seen you around, how are you?” All my working life I had to shoehorn my...

My 10 Favorite Books of 2013

I always like to share my favorite books of the year – I hope you’ll enjoy at least some of them! These are in no particular order. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – A strange and wonderful book about a writer and her husband in rural Canada, a Japanese teenager and her family, and time. Everyone I know who has read this book has enjoyed it, I think you will, too. I absolutely love A. M....

Knitting and such

I am always busy with one thing and another, lately much of my fun has been goofing around at home. At the top of this post you’ll see the progress I’ve made on my wool sweater.  I’ve been working on it for ages but have really been pushing to get it finished in time for our trip to Mexico City in a couple of weeks.  I think I’ll make it, too.  Part of one arm and the collar to go!...

I love my life

I was talking to my best friend yesterday.She lives in San Francisco, where I grew up, and she and I have been best friends for forty-six years. I love her pretty much as much as I can love anyone. She loves to read. She loves to eat great food. She’s funny. She’s generous, sometimes even to a fault. She’s one of the last people in my life who actually knew my mother. She remembers things that I’ve already forgotten. ;She...

Summer does grind on in Mazatlán…

Here we are, finally.  The end of September.  Rainy.  Hot.  Humid. And there’s more than a month to go.  Rainy season usually ends in the first week of November. We’ve had two huge rains this season – one about 10 inches and one more than 11. (That’s from my unofficial bucket rain gauge.) October is the tough month.  You’ve just had enough. Last year we went to Mexico City for two weeks, and this year we are heading to Ajijic....

Setting up a new Mac is Easy with Time Machine

Five years ago I bought my first Mac, a MacBook laptop. Since then Paul switched from Windows to a Mac desktop computer – an iMac, and we both have had iPods, iPads, and I have an iPhone. You could say we are now pretty close to Mac diehards with the exception of Paul’s Android phone. My laptop has been a real workhorse, and has been no trouble over the years. I upgraded its RAM from 2 to 4GB one time...

My 12 Best Books of 2012

I enjoy reading – mostly contemporary fiction –  and last year I read 83 books.  Here are my top 12 books of the year, in no special order.  I hope you find a few that you’ll want to read among them!  Disclosure: All book photos are linked to Amazon.com and are coded so I get credit if you buy one. You think 83 books is a lot? Here’s an article by a man who read a book a day in...

My Mazatlán Morning

I was out on my bike this morning, and what a beautiful morning it was! The malecón is WAY less busy now that the tourists have gone home since kids are back to school. I stopped a few times along the way to take pictures with my new camera. Los Pinos above, Playa Norte below. I know many of my readers are up North, dreaming about Mazatlán.  I hope these pictures help you through the separation. If only I could...

The Power of Meditation

Two months ago I learned to meditate. Such a simple sentence to write, but the changes and improvements to my body and my outlook are huge! I went to Guadalajara with several friends back in June and took a course in Transcendental Meditation. The course is taught over one week – five days of between 1-1/2 and 2 hours per day. I learned the technique easily and have been meditating twice a day for twenty minutes nearly every day since....