The other morning I joined some friends and neighbors at a benefit breakfast hosted by the Naval Commander’s wife. Usually once a month she hosts a Ladies Breakfast to raise funds for a charity. I try to attend these events to lend my support to these worthy causes and to meet other ladies here in San Felipe. The breakfast is always good and we are served by the Mexican Sailors who are so polite and caring. There are door prizes to add to the festive occasion and we play Mexican Lottery, something like bingo but with pictures that have names.
Most of all the meeting of other ladies in the community both foreign and Mexican is for me a real treat. This time there was a theme and that was Spring and we were to wear our Spring hats and there was a contest for the prettiest hat in the group. I so enjoyed this breakfast and all the events there. Here is a group photo of our table and a larger one of my self displaying my hat 🙂
Sunday evening I joined the neighbors for a beach bonfire to celebrate the full moon. This has become a tradition for the neighbors to gather on the full moon to have a fire and share food and beverages on our beach while connecting and sharing our stories. The evening was warm and the fire large thanks to the men folk who had gathered lots of wood to burn. Here are some photos of the occasion. Life is good here 🙂
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Sunday morning has been beautiful in so many ways; I made coffee and took it up to the roof garden to see the Sun. The camp was quiet there was a very light breeze one could call it a whisper of a breeze. I looked out to the Sea of Cortez and it was Azure Blue with pinpoints of sunlight glistening off a mere ripple of waves. My plants are recovering from the winter showing new leaves on the bougainvillieas which I had fretted about when they lost their leaves a few months ago. The mesquite trees are leafing out now so that is a good sign of spring.
I didn’t hear the usual tinkling sounds from my fountain so I went down to the garden to check it out and found a little debris blocking the intake to the pump. I watered a few potted plants and the hanging baskets of plants too, hanging basket plants need constant attention. I realized I had to get ready for an important occasion and hurried through my morning routine.
This morning was a benefit breakfast to raise money for Cancer treatment of a daughter of one of our beloved doctors. This community pulls together for such things and there have been several benefits to raise enough money to send her to a special clinic in Cuba to help her fight this terrible disease.
I and my friend Irene support many charitable fund raisers in town she usually hears about these things first and sells the tickets to others and I’m a sure bet to buy them. I’m not into big crowds but in this case I made an exception because of the cause and that my friend Irene would be there. Here are some photos of the breakfast.
The message tree to place good wishes for recovery
The Band Played for our enjoyment
Chulita is the young lady’s name and she got to talk to us over the internet
Irene and I enjoying our people watching at the event, it is so much nicer to share with a friend
I think the most emotional time was when the young lady spoke to us over the internet she is very ill and yet so loving it brought tears to my eyes.
Now for the rest of the day after this emotional event that I’ll think about for a long time.
I have given up on the house from a previous post just didn’t feel right, so I move on. Now I have another project to occupy my efforts. I published this on another blog I have about my RV adventures this is to keep my readers of this blog informed about what I’m doing.
I just bought an Airstream a 1969, 29′, Ambassador, a friend told me about it a few weeks ago and I went and looked at it. The poor thing has been sitting in the desert alone for a few years and needs lots of TLC. I don’t have any photos I can share yet, as soon as I do I’ll post them.
I plan to use this trailer as a Guest House so she won’t be hitting the road after she gets to my house. I’ll clean her up and paint her inside and wash it outside then remove the shag carpet put down some laminate flooring, repair and replace where needed and I’ll build a roof over it to protected the trailer from the desert Sun. I’ll also skirt the trailer and replace some appliances. I want my guests to be happy in my Guest House.
I’m excited to have a new project to work on. Here are photos of someone else’s Airstream of a similar era and model.
🙂I am eager to get started on this project as it may require a lot work to make into a nice guesthouse. I am looking forward to the challenge .
During the summers San Felipe can get very hot and humid so I am looking for somewhere to spend the summer months of June, July, August and September. Just by happenstance I found out about a house in a small community in the mountains about an hour and a half from San Felipe. This community is called San Matias and it is at an elevation of about 3000′ and surrounded by mountains there is a school a church some small stores and restaurants. Nearby is a small town with grocery stores, hardware stores, a pharmacy, gas station, restaurants, hotel and other shops.
Today I went there to visit friends who have lived there for two years and look over the house. I have visited there before and there was nothing for sale I was interested in. This time I liked the house and the gardens. The house is in good shape well laid out and totally furnished. Buying the house has complications as the sons are selling for their mother and the documentation for the property may be lacking in some legal aspects so next week we get to talk to a lawyer about how this transaction could take place. I took some photos and here they are.
Side and back yard
Front of the house 2
Front of the house
The house comes with an RV trailer that sleeps 2 or three, raised bed gardens with automatic watering system a workshop, storage shed, and a wood stove. There are AC units in each room. There is enough parking space for several vehicles and the road to the property is in good condition. Water is provided by a community well. Telephone and Electric service is installed. There is a newer septic system. The garden has many producing fruit trees and I’m told the location is very good for growing fruits and vegetables. The neighbors are a kindergarten on one side and a health clinic on the other side, to the rear are neighbors who have lived there for years. The lot is fenced with chain link fencing in decent shape. We’ll see if this deal goes through I would like to spend my summers there gardening in the cooler mountain air.
When I had the living dinning room added I had the ceiling painted blue. I thought of various ways to add decoration to it to make it more interesting; I thought of stars that glowed in the night that seemed too child like. I thought of clouds fine, but boring. My final choice was to have clouds and birds so I contracted with a local artist to paint the ceiling with both clouds, wispy ones and sea gulls flying away. Here are some photos of the process and results I think it came out well.
Seagulls in flight
I have a little one bedroom Casa (house) here in San Felipe now and then I change something just to give life a little boost. I got it in my head to paint one wall on the veranda, I love that word it sounds so grand, Mexican Pink. I went to a local paint store and looked at their color chart and there it was a very bright pink. When I told the man what I wanted even he called it Mexican Pink, in Spanish of course.
So I took some photos of the pink wall. I didn’t paint it pink I paid someone else to do the job if I had done it there would have been paint everywhere including the wall the floor and ceiling.
The photos also show the new iron work too, this adds a more Spanish touch to the house.
Here are some photos my now Mexican Pink veranda;
From the entry looking down the veranda
Looking towards the entry and living room
Sitting area at the end of the veranda
As I write this it is the Sunday the day before Revolution Day here in Mexico and the little Pueblo I live in on the shore of the Sea of Cortez better known to Gringos as the Gulf of California there was a parade. This is a very small town with a lot of children and parades are a part of life here as they are all over Mexico. As the young As participants lined up for their part in the parade my mind went back to the first parades I saw in Mexico. I was staying San Miguel Allende Guanajuato Mexico north of Mexico City. I was taking my first class in Spanish there and living in a small efficiency apartment. On a weekend I decided to walk from my apartment up the hill past the a church and what was a cloister to the Jardine or Garden in the center of the town. I was standing on the corner just south of the Jardine when I could hear a parade coming from my left. The music and the fireworks were unmistakeable there were men and women dressed as Aztecs and every once in a while some men dashed forward of the parade with this huge tube that must have been three or four feet long and load it with a rocket and shoot it off towards the sky with a whoosh and loud bang as it exploded above us. The participants weren’t just marching they were doing an elaborate dance moving in circles and shaking rattles and beating drums as the decorations on their bodies made soft metal sound, it was quite impressive with huge feather moving up and down on their costumes, I was enthralled at the display and energy of the dancers as the route was all up hill.
Then to my astonishment I heard a similar whoosh and bang and here comes another parade up the hill I had climbed from my right I wondered if they would meet at this corner I was standing on as the two progressed up the hill one to the right and one to the left. Sure enough they both arrived at the corner on which I and now lots of other people were standing on watching this huge display of energy and beautiful costumes. I noticed one figure close to me and recognized that he worked in the bank and had helped me just the previous day now he was in full regalia with a black wig and dancing tirelessly. Somehow the leaders of both parades came together and just how they managed to decide who went first I couldn’t figure out; did they toss a coin, use rock,scissors, paper ? Just that the ones on the right moved ahead while the ones on the left continued to dance and shoot rockets until the ones on the right cleared the way then they too moved on to the big church on the Jardine. I felt as though I had witnessed a slice of life in San Miguel.
Back to today’s parade in San Felipe there were no Aztecs, no feathers or rockets it was more home grown with little boys wearing fake mustaches, carrying fake rifles and sporting huge sombreros while proud parents took their photos like parents and grandparents do the world over. The little girls in their revolution dresses and bigger kids in their uniforms were more serious as the drums and bugles played while trucks carried children on decorated floats and waved. It was a grand sight to see. Again I felt that I witnessed another slice of life in Mexico.
Here are a few photos of the parade in San Felipe;
The latest house project has been improving the front wall of the house lot. This is still a work in progress. The metal work has been removed and block has been used to fill in the space then stucco has been applied. Local brick has been used to for decoration. The next step is painting the wall which may happen next week the cement needs to dry.
Ornamental Iron is removed ready for the block
Form to make the Arch over the entrance
View from the outside with the block in place
Gate from outside on the street
I have wanted to make some changes to the house for some time and I contracted with a local artisan Steve Sherrod (Ironman Steve) to construct some Iron work for my house and construct walls around the house with another man all seems to be going as planed.
The Iron Work was installed today and the prep for the front wall started today too. I have a few photos of the progress to share.
The truck arrives with the blocks and cement for the wall
Prep work for wall mods
Prep for wall work
What the front looks like before wall mods
This is the Iron Work I had constructed and installed;
End piece going in
Next the wall construction