Saturday, May 9, 2020

A Different World

Some things are different:

The usually teeming streets are deserted

Masks are the norm

The spectacular fireworks shows are no more.

We don't see our friends or opponents when we play bridge.  Yesterday there were over 53,000 people playing online at 4:30 central time.

We are donating money to keep our Mexican neighbors fed.  There are no food banks and no safety net her.  I am thankful for what we have in our state and country.

We have family gatherings and cocktails with friends online instead of in person.

In Mexico beer is not considered essential by the government and there are protests.

The largest drug cartel in Jalisco is passing out food to the people in need.  An AK47 and a box of groceries...a bit noncongruent.

Some things stay the same:

The hummingbirds are still coming

Joey, the male Elegant Trogon is nearby.

Sometimes he hides in Laura's deck plants.

His lovely wife Phoebe is seen less frequently.

The gardenia is blooming.

Not all Tequila Sunrises contain alcohol!

Stay safe.  Be well and hopefully something good will eventually emerge from these terrible and trying times.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Say It With Flowers Cook it with Herbs

I am finding that my brown thumb is turning green.  Deck gardening is a new thrill for us. 
A Desert Rose rescued from mealy bugs rewards us with blossoms!

Our gardenia!

Hibiscus are a personal favorite!

Hibiscus come in many varieties.  We paid about $3.00 for each plant.
It's hard to pick a favorite but the double yellow comes close.

Orchids seem to like it here.
Doug has a favorite in the striped purple orchid.

Doug's herb garden is great!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wonderful Oaxaca

People simply shake their heads at our taking a vacation from Puerto Vallarta but....Oaxaca called.  Doug had never been and I was there in the mid 70's.  Definitely time to revisit this magical city.

Dinner our first night on the zocalo.  I ordered a favorite - chile relleno.  I was a bit surprised that they contained pumpkin seeds in the chicken mixture and the MORE surprised to discover the seeds
were really another protein source - grasshoppers!

Grasshoppers with garlic, Grasshoppers with Chile and Plain Old Grasshoppers!

Oaxaca's churches are beautiful.  This church took hundreds of years to build and is booked for weddings three years in advance!

Rodrigo and Fernanda's wedding was a community affair that we joined!

Mescal hearts being prepared for roasting.  An early step in a long process in an area that is noted for its craft mescals which are made in the old way!
If you saw Coco, you might recognize this as an Albrije from the most notable of the Albrejes village.

Traditional dress and Indigenous languages abound!
A visit to a weaving and embriodery village.
El Tule is the largest tree in the world with a diameter of 31 feet but redwoods are taller!

Do not think for a moment that grasshoppers was our main menu.  Our dinners were sophisticated and delightful.  The wine selection was expansive and excellent.

If you have the opportunity, do visit this wonderful city even if it means leaving the paradise of Puerto Vallarta!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Along the Way South

When we leave the boat, it is always a bittersweet time - another boating season has ended but also another Mexico season has begun.  There was much joy in our travels.  First, we welcome Miss Eleanor Rowan to our family.  First child of proud parents, Tammy and Ron.

Mother and Child Reunion

Papa Falls in Love Again
A Very Happy Day

We not only celebrated a new love but also celebrated an  old love.

Jerry and Valerie McVay Celebrate 50 Years

Before the Celebration

From Olympia we head to San Francisco to see Jim and Masa and hang out with Mila and her parents.

Hanging out with Melissa and Mila

Mila Gets Even More Beautiful

Then on the visit Shari and Ryan, Jude and Taryn.  What a wonderful time we had.  They are happily relocated to Arizona.  We spirited away the children for a day at Goldfield Ghost Town in the Superstition Mountains.

The Superstition Mountains still hide the Lost Dutchman Mine.

 Jude in Motion

 Nanna and Taryn on the Train
 Pretty Girl 
Our Very Own J-Bug
Here is the Unicorn but the Ninja Must Be Invisible

On to Mexico!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Jeff's Garden

As a child, Jeff was nowhere to be found when there was gardening to be done but now is a different story.  His gardens in the San Juan Islands are a special treat.  Take a short tour with us!

 A mixed bouquet
 A General Garden View
 Dahlias will always remind us of Aunt Vickie
 One of many heather varieties
 An unusual hydrangea
 Lilies anyone?
My favorite brother and me!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

An August End to Summer

Our season came to an end a tat early this year but what a wonderful summernit was.  In late July, our friends, Starr and Glen, from Peace River, Alberta joined us for 5 days.  Delightful people who are just the salt of the earth.
Good Friends ad Good Food

Good Salmon Fishing
One Blue Lingcod, Two Lingcod and a Nice Coho!

Sea Urchins Abound

Our Friends, Nancy and Mike

Jan and Doug 

Sea Otters are Rebounding From Near Extinction
Fin Whales Common This year