Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Happy Birthday dear Vicky

Victoria Ann Brown Strane
February 3, 1947 - August 31, 2009

Friday, January 29, 2016

birria for dinner

On our way to Tecoman yesterday to do some errands we passed this restaurant. 

We've been eyeing it for some time now but just never got around to going in.  But we decided it was time so, on our way home, did a big U-turn and went in.  We got two orders to-go; one chivo and one res.   Order included tortillas y frijoles and a couple of little plastic bags of HOT sauce.  All in all a very delicious meal.  There is another rather disreputable looking spot on the outskirts of Tecoman whose birria is better and would undoubtedly be favored by Mexicans who really know their birria.  But we've satisfied our curiosity and will probably make the trek to the other, more out-of-the-way place.  Chuy tells me there is also a good place in Armeria ~ Birria de Dama ~ which we will try next.

Last Saturday we went to an absolutely lovely dinner party at a beautiful home down in the colonia.  Our host/ess have three gorgeous female champagne Standard Poodles who were very much in evidence.  I remarked to the host that my understanding is that this breed were very smart dogs.  "Well, yes," he muttered, "but not these three!"  I was utterly enchanted by these creatures.  Here are a couple of photos sent to me by their owner.

Something  we always get  in Tecoman are these potatoes.  They're  the closest we can get to Idahos, good for mashing, baking, making oven French Fries.  They're called papas tierra or "earth potatoes."  The only place I've ever seen  them is in a big warehouse in the market section of Tecoman.  They are very different from the usual spuds in the tianguis or supermarket, which are white and waxy-skinned.

That's about it for life at the beach.  Weather is cool and overcast so no viewing of the alignment of the planets here.  Dago's tonight.  Tomorrow's opera is Turandot, one of my most favorite.  I will be enjoying my shrimp salad while listening to Puccini's  glorious tunes.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Wolfie!

Two hundred and sixty years old and still looks like a boy!  Thank you, Mozart, for your sublime magic.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

so far, so good (so far)

A TelMex fellow actually came to our house this afternoon to see what the problem might be.  We have had no internet since last Saturday afternoon ~ after the opera, fortunately ~ and I think the company was getting tired of the complaints.  We did have a couple of windows of connection on Sunday, but since then, nothing.  Actually, the entire town was out on Tuesday due to the slicing of a cable.  But as of midnight, ours was working sporadically.  But this gentleman came carrying a new modem.  He checked all the necessary connecting cables, pronounced them fine, hooked up the new modem and here we are.  No more phone-to-internet messing about.  We've had good internet all afternoon.  I am very grateful.  Just think; we could have taken in the old modem a month ago for a replacement.  But then I wouldn't have had anything to write about.

These beauties came from the Monday market.  They're as luscious as they look.

For dinner I decided to use up the eggplants I bought last week before they went bad.  So I sliced them, some large zucchini, a couple of onions, a BIG tomato and layered it all into a baking dish, poured over some home-made tomato sauce, some fresh oregano, some Parmesan and stuck it in the oven.

It took longer to bake than I had imagined; eggplant takes a l-o-n-g time to get really creamy and totally done.  But it was absolutely delicious.  More tonite.

Dominoes Tuesday, always a very fun afternoon.  It's a time for us all to get caught up, talk about what we're reading ~ Mrs. NN is into The Martian ~ and where we've been, what new shops we've discovered, where we're planning to travel.  I look forward to this afternoon very much.

Tomorrow we are off to Colima for Mr. C to visit the gastroenteroligist again, this time with his lab results in hand.  Absolutely NOTHING can be found in his blood or intestinal tract, very good news.  We're planning to go to a resto recommended by NN for brunch, then some errands at Home Depot, Sam's Club, see the doc, swing by WalMart and then head home.   I am very relieved that whatever was ailing Mr. C a few years ago has not returned.  That was a real ordeal with some absolutely killer drugs.

Here is a photo of some beautiful shadows out on our terrazza.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Domingo a la playa

Sundays are usually pretty quiet here.  We do the orange juice thing in the morning, have coffee and something either sweet or savory~ this morning it was some left-over tomato cheese tart ~ and then bustle around until it's time to go to Fernando's Puesto El Barcel for comida.  The "bustle" today involved cleaning out a pot with several generations of aloe plants.  Mr. C brandished his machete and hacked out about 5 plants, which we will put in other pots or into the garden in the lot.  The "mother" plant was mighty glad to get rid of those greedy children and grandchildren plants and will now, I hope, put up some flowering stalks to draw the Kisskidees who will arrive in a few weeks and sip the nectar from the aloe blossoms.  We'll see.

Around 2 PM we strolled down to the beach to enjoy a delicious fish meal prepared by Chuy. 
We had to bring our own beer today because this is the date of the state elation for gobernador and there is no liquor sold anywhere for 24 hours.  So Indio it was!  One of the cutest guests at the puesto was Fernando's granddaughter, Fernanda (28 months old) who was making the rounds, greeting all the customers.  She is absolutely fearless, greets everyone and has much to say.  Huge brown eyes with eyelashes out to HERE!

After comida, back home to get caught up on the internet's offerings.  We have been "in the dark" since yesterday afternoon about 4 PM when, for some reason, both the phone and the internet went dead.  We were out of touch until Fernando called us at 1 PM to ask if we were coming down to eat .  Suddenly everything was working again and has been OK since  (it is now 9:30 PM here).  Nevertheless, we are going in to Tecoman to TelMex tomorrow, after tianguis to lodge another complaint and  try to explain (that would be MY job) that somehow the internet and the telephone lines are mixed up.  I'm checking the dictionary for the appropriate words.

Lovely evening.  First, a puesta del sol.

When we first got here this sinking sun would have been to the left of the palm tree.  Now you can see it's moving north.  Pretty soon it will sink behind all those houses and we won't see it at all.

And finally, these lovely silhouettes.  Buenas noches.

Friday, January 15, 2016

¡Muy Mexicana!

We bought the paint for the doors and gate and Pedro has spent the last couple of days sprucing things up.  I am SO happy with the way things look.  Bright eye-popping red to rescue the house from being a "brown study."   In a couple of years, if we still own the place, I'm going to repaint it purple to make it a real Mexican hacienda!  Here are the new puertas rojas.

Tomorrow's opera is The Pearl Fishers that includes one of the most beautiful duets by a tenor and baritone.  It's worth tuning in just to hear it.  This version is with Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill.  It's said to be the gold standard of this particular duet.

And finally, some bright kolanchoe that I have added to the downstairs garden to cut the green and  brighten things up.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

sail away

For all the pleasure you gave me I am profoundly grateful. The lift of an eyebrow, the slight sniff, the shift in posture, the voice ~ you were the best!

We will miss you.  Truly.  Madly.  Deeply.