A bit of this and a lot of that

It remains cool for this time of year. There is a lot of wind and it has a chill to it. However compared to what is happening north of the border we are not complaining. Many who had planned to leave within the next few weeks have decided to stay and wait for some warmer weather. We are here as planned for another 31 sleeps. I have been spending more time inside but with all of our windows I can see the ocean, the sand and what is happening out there. There is just one day that the girls did not get to the beach cuz it was too cold for them to go into the water. They had a walk at Amaitlan instead.

We have come to the conclusion that the veggie truck that goes to the RV parks and home to home, street to street is charging us more than they do the locals. About three veggie truck vendors back, Miguel left the business of driving around in his truck and instead set up his garage like a grocery store. He aways has fresh veggies and will bring in anything special that you might like. We simply say that we are going shopping at the garage. This bunch cost 78 MXN/$4.24USD/$5.77CAD.

Having said that, we do try and support the local veggie truck guy now and then. But this small amount cost us 48MXN/$2.61/USD/$3.55CAD.

Last Wednesday we went to a cocktail party. One of my friends had invited 50 of her closest friends to meet her daughter and her fiancé. Truly a lovely couple and the party was great. Sadly they are only here for six full days and the weather has not been its usual perfect self. Then Saturday afternoon we went to a fund raiser benefiting special needs students here on the Isla. There was live music, an auction of many original paintings and a client auction. Colin surprised me by biding on a lovely full size fleece throw. One side had puppies and the other teddy bears. Carlie has claimed it as her special blanket. I borrowed it for a nap today and it is very snuggly. Colin took new friends into Mazatlan to show them around and came home with all kinds of goodies.

Colleen’s lovely winter home and some of her friends. It was nice to catch up with other people who live on the Isla.

Colleen, Katia ( my masseuse ), myself after enjoying some tequila and sadly I only met the lady in front and don’t recall her name but like the rest of us she was happy. That is an original mermaid painted wall with my dear friend in the middle.

Colin snapped the joy of the moment. Yet another painted wall in the background. It truly was the best party since we arrived.

Fundraiser at Chivos. A perfect place right on the beach. Live music by Barefoot Bob.

I am sitting bottom middle. I would have preferred to sit in the sun but after thirty minutes it likely would’ve been too warm. The fellow sitting with the white hat mid left is Nathan Koenig, a documentary filmmaker and archivist. He was right there in the midst of Woodstock and was a part of creating the Woodstock Museum. There are many fascinating people who winter here on the Isla.

Carnaval is over but there are still quite a few folks who have stayed over in town. We always enjoy watching families coming to the beach. Colin is planning on heading to Culiacan to see Heriberto and possibly the guitar festival. Plans are up in the air re dates. Our greatest problem these days is that we have run out of relish, first time ever. Also we only have one more can of vegetarian refried beans left. I have been experimenting with a few new recipes. Oh and my very old falling apart beach sandals were stolen on the beach today. Hopefully the person who took them will get some use out of them. I will pick up a pair of cheap flip flops tomorrow.

One final Carnaval photo. Have you ever seen fireworks that go sideways? It was spectacular.

We have been unable to stop the girls from barking when people come over. Once they get to know someone they still bark but only once or twice.  We definitely have dachshund security.

One of our nicer sunsets this past Thursday, February 23rd.

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7 thoughts on “A bit of this and a lot of that

  1. Catheline says:

    Contessa, the price of produce has skyrocketed, your getting off easy, while there. I hope you have all your seeds ready for when you get home your going to want to start your garden early, LOL.
    Wonderful to see you enjoying yourself with your good friends.
    Love reading your blog

  2. Deb says:

    Great sunset photos. It’s colder everywhere in the west this year. We are experiencing near freezing temps on some mornings and the southerly winds are cold. Hopefully it doesn’t follow us home, we could use a nice spring. Stay safe and warm.

  3. Jim and Barb says:

    That seems like a great price on the garage vegetables. We have paid that much for the head of lettuce alone!

  4. Colleen says:

    Julia is the other woman in that slightly madcap group.
    The party was lots of fun and gave the kids an opportunity to meet my community here.

  5. Michelle Fanwick says:

    So glad you’re enjoying your time in Isla. We are preparing for our first snow storm here outside of. We York City. The weather has been strange here also. I love all the photos you and Colin take!

  6. Maxx Trails says:

    I guess the weather is windy and chilly everywhere, we have certainly had our worst weather year ever. Even though it will be spring weather at home I’m looking forward to heading north … as long as the roads home improve!

  7. Laney says:

    Gringos always have paid and always will pay more for many, many items and services in Mexico than Mexicans do. Having gone there all these years how did you not know this?

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