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Dia de los Muertos

We flew to México City at the end of October for a couple of weeks, and it was our good luck to be there for El Dia de los Muertos!  What fun we had! In my previous post I shared a few pictures from one of the parades.  In the album below you will see pictures from our day in Coyoacán, our shopping for flowers and candles for our home altar as well as taking Consuelo out for La Noche...

A weekend in CDMX

We are so lucky to have family close by – an hour and a half by plane in México City.  On the spur of the moment we made arrangements to visit, arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday.  Why not? Our granddaughter was so excited – she called multiple times, telling us how excited she was that we were coming.  We know we need to visit more often, it is such a treat to feel like grandparent rock stars. Our...

October in Mexico City

It’s high time to check in with family in Mexico City… as you can see our granddaughter is growing fast – she is already driving! I plan on posting while we’re gone (no snarky comments please at my lack of posting lately!) and will surely take lots of pictures. But our main purpose for visiting is to have some time to visit with family and enjoy a bit of fall weather. See you soon! Please like and share this post!20...

Pacific Northwest Perfection

If you know the Pacific Northwest, you know that July and August are the best months of the year. There’s abundant sunshine, lovely fruits and vegetables, cool fresh water, great hiking, and so much more. I had a wonderful time visiting family this year, as you can see by the pictures here. At the top of the post are some photos taken at my cousin’s house in Lacey. His garden is beautiful, as you can see. He and I had...

I’m heading North of the Border

I visit family in the US every summer, and I always look forward to it. This year is a big one since our granddaughter is heading to college in the fall and our grandson is starting high school. Where does the time go, it is moving along way too fast. Paul is staying home this year to take care of the house and the dogs, so I’m off on my own. It’s always wonderful to see the family, to hang...

A Quick Trip to the DF

Paul and I took a quick trip to México City to visit family just before Christmas. It was just a short trip of five days but it was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to competition in the airline business between Mazatlán and México City our flight was much less expensive than usual, too.  (We flew Volaris.) So in the late afternoon on Thursday our taxi pulled up in front of their place in Colonia Roma. We hadn’t seen them since Easter, when...

Summer is flying by…

Wow, a whole month has passed since my last post! I had such good intentions – truly I wanted to be blogging more frequently but I was just having so much fun! What was I up to? Here we go, in no particular order… Paul and I bought a new car. We got tired of our little Honda Fit, wanting something that felt a bit roomier and was higher up off the road. (If you drive in Mazatlán during a...

Being “out” about Cancer

When I first started dealing with symptoms of cancer – but before I knew I had cancer – I made a decision. That decision was to be “out” publicly about my situation. That means I wrote about it on my blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. I made this choice for a couple of reasons. The first is just because it seemed natural for me. The second was because if I came out with a positive attitude to...

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...

Countdown to Mexico update…

I got back Saturday from a week visiting family in Washington State. I had a wonderful time, of course!  I started off with an inexpensive direct flight from Mazatlán to Vancouver, BC on Westjet Airlines.  This was my first time flying Westjet, and I loved it. During the summer they fly from here to Vancouver and back once a week, on Saturdays.  During the rest of the year they have more flights.  I paid about $250 less than my usual...

It’s a winter wonderland…

I love seeing Mazatlán through new eyes.  My older sister came to visit for a week and I loved showing her what our life is like and seeing her really understand the magic of this place. The weather has been chilly – by Mazatlán standards, that is. High 50’s to low 60’s overnight and mid-60’s to mid-70’s during the day.  We’ve had a lot of wind, too – so a jacket or shawl is nearby at all times.  She joked...

Fun times with family…

Our son and his family were able to get away from the stormy Pacific Northwest to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. What a treat! They left Bellingham in the middle of a cold snap with snowy conditions and a temperature of 7 degrees…. and arrived in sunny Mazatlán the day before Thanksgiving – and the temperature here was in the low 80’s!  They liked that! We had such a great time!  We spent the day cooking on Thursday and...

The download

As I visited family in the US, I frequently noticed how foreign things felt. People are too freaking polite! Good grief, people!  Quit waving each other access to the intersection and just GO!  I didn’t even rent a car this trip so I barely drove at all – but I still found myself flabbergasted at how SLOW people drive – and how SLOW they turn (ever hear of hand over hand?) and how LONG they stop at a stop sign. ...

We love visitors

…and we had a wonderful time when our son Phil visited this week on the spur of the moment.  He is still planning on bringing the family for a visit at Thanksgiving, but this trip was a solo one.  That’s the way it is when the kids are in school! Here are a few highlights: One day was a bit overcast, but enjoying a beer under a palapa is still a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!   Of course...

Reunions are great.

I flew in to San Francisco on Saturday evening and grabbed a taxi to my best friend’s house.  First sticker shock!  Forty dollars!  And when did they change the ten dollar bill to pink? My friend arrived and we had a great evening catching up.  She made me an open faced grilled cheese sandwich on an english muffin – with sharp cheddar cheese!  I was moaning and groaning over food the whole time I was there, as the Bay Area...