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Aaaaah. I love my family.

Hey!  I’m back!  What a wonderful five days it’s been.  We had been so looking forward to a visit with Adam and Martha – we hadn’t seen them since we visited them in Mexico City in May.  And with a baby on the way, we wanted to get in on the fun of hanging out with a beautiful expectant mother and hearing all their news. So,  Wednesday afternoon they arrived, and can you believe it, they brought the most unexpected...

It’s a family thing…

Paul and I are excited about our son Adam and his wife Martha making us grandparents of a little girl this coming January! We have known for a while about their wonderful news, but I hesitated to share it with you until I had asked them if it would be all right. I’m glad I waited, because just yesterday they called with the news that their latest test changed the boy they had been expecting…to a girl. It’s funny. They...

The Dog Days of Summer

Last night’s sunset was so beautiful! The rainy season really brings out a whole different look to the sky at night, and I like it. Life has been quiet lately, both of us have felt a bit out of sorts. We’re just so used to bopping around town alot and it is just too hot and steamy to do much walking during the day. Paul has been working a fair bit, too. On top of that, the dogs got a...

Yin and Yang

Erica and Owen on Lake Whatcom   I knew that ten months separation from the US meant there would be some culture shock for me during my trip North. A few observations: Driving was almost boring. I clicked away at the XM Radio in my rental and waited and waited for people to wake up and drive! Merging is a little practiced art in Washington. People don’t just GO when it’s their turn. Turn signals were blinking everywhere I looked....

Washington Week In Review

I just got back last night from my week in Washington State. I had a wonderful time and am really glad I went….but also am glad to be back! Here’s a little summary of the fun I had: Sunday evening upon arrival in Seattle I picked up my rental car and headed to my sister’s house. We drank wine and duty-free tequila and caught up on everything. Monday we took a wonderful walk on Ruston Way in Tacoma – along...

A Quick Trip to D.F.

Paul and I just got back from a quick trip to México City. (Distrito Federal or D.F.) We had a blast. Our son and his wife live in the Condesa area, a very cool area populated mostly by hip young people. There are two huge parks in the area, Parque México and Parque España. Of course, with these wonderful parks nearby the area attracts people with dogs. It’s a wonderful place to walk the dogs or even get them trained...

What a fine week

We had such a wonderful time with family visiting last week. I am still a bit tired but I was sorting through photos and I thought I’d share a few of them- at the top, Adam and Martha being funny…     Paul is happy.   Pig head.   Phil and Jen in Maz!   Owen and Erica with Señor Frog.   Erica boogie-boarding.   Everyone having fun.   The van heads back North to Washington! So that’s a quickie...

We all had a great time

  Here’s a picture of Adam and Martha on our sail on the Patricia Belle. We had such a good time! In addition to the sailboat cruise, we went to the beach and boogie-boarded, ate out a lot, stayed up late and in general hung out a lot. One thing that was really helpful was asking the two of them a ton of questions about Spanish. They really were generous and patient with us, and we appreciate it a lot....

Our first guests!

We are very excited to have our first guests coming tomorrow! Son Adam and daughter-in-law Martha are visiting from Mexico City for the holiday weekend. Our house is in quite a jumble with all the construction but we have managed to make the guest room pretty nice, I think. Considering it still needs paint! There is a lot going on in town and we should have a lot of fun going-and-doing as well as sitting-and-talking. We always have fun with...

Goodbyes can be hard

  I have mentioned here before that I have been scanning all my photos so that I don’t have to carry the originals to Mexico with us. This has become a seemingly endless task, but one that has been a lot of fun, too. I’m looking forward to the ease of browsing through them – just telling the computer to run slide shows while I sit and watch. A couple of pictures made me think about farewells, and how hard...

Another project completed!

      Our move to Mexico – and the fact that we’re only taking what our van will carry – finally got me off my duff to handle a project that should have been done long ago.   At long last some old treasured family VHS tapes have been transferred to DVD. It will be fun to watch them again when we are settled in Mazatlan.   My dad being interviewed about food on the radio on Thanksgiving in...

Another project!

This must be when my enthusiasm for painting was born… My latest project is going through a number of boxes of pictures and memorabilia and scanning them so they can be with us in Mexico. I am actually really excited about this project since my untidy boxes of yellowing paper and jumbled pictures will now be organized and easy to access. (Don’t worry, they will be backed up on Paul’s computer and also our backup hard drive.) Once the item...

Finally…a beautiful day in the Northwest

It’s been a crazy winter here in Washington but the snow finally melted and the sun came out on Saturday. Paul’s daughter had been visiting from New York City for a few days, and Saturday we headed to Seattle to deliver her to her friends. It was so sunny we decided to take a walk on the malecon at Alki Beach (I know, they don’t call them that here!) and stopped in to Salty’s for drinks and a view of...

Back Story

  I thought it might be a good time for a bit of our “back story.” Back in about 1991, my son was graduating from high school. My ex-husband had traveled in Mexico for about a year after our divorce – and a couple he knew well offered my son the opportunity to live with their family in the town of Colima and attend a year of college. My son was unsure about his future plans and thought it would...