Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wednesday 27th January 2021.....a new project!!

It seems everyday is the same here as far as the weather is concerned....

Around 9 am it starts to warm up and stay very sunny and about 76 degrees until the sun goes down but the evenings are not cold even though we sit at 6500 feet.....I have not used the heater once this winter..I think it makes a huge difference to your well being to be in the sun especially in Covid days....

I went to the physio again this morning, I have one more session left after this and Fernanda started me off with  20 minutes on the stationary bike and then some bending and flexing exercises  before she put the electro magnetic machine on me and a massage of the knee...she really is very good.

After the busy days of the Three Kings toy drive work I have been looking for a little project and I have joined forces with another caring lady in town and we have started a little project to raise money by donation and buy food hampers for some families in the campo.

I know there is so much poverty in these areas and we can only do so little but at least we will change and help some families...

For a donation of 200 pesos, work that out in your own currency, we can buy food staples and some fruit that will adequately feed a family of 4 for one week.

This is the article I posted on my FB page, my blog and also by personal emails to my mailing list..

Many on the Cilvil List know me as the organizer of the Three Kings Toy drive and a long time resident of SMA. I am joining forces with a wonderful and caring SMA resident Lynn Ramsey, and together we intend to start fundraising for the purchase of despensas/food hampers. The food will be delivered to the many needy families living in the campos surrounding San Miguel.

For a donation of 200 pesos we can buy important food staples that will feed a family of four for a week!

If you would like to donate to this worthy caring cause be assured that all the money will go towards buying food.

I have a scooter and am more than happy to pick up your donation.

Three ways to give:

*a one time donation of 200 pesos

*a one time donation of 800 pesos to feed a family for a month

*an ongoing donation every week or month (I can collect it from you)

If you have any questions I can be contacted at

Cell phone 415-178-3540 (I cannot retrieve messages)

If you do not live in San Miguel and want to donate, please contact me for arrangements.

 Best wishes

Les Pearson 

I am happy to report that already the donations are coming in...people are so generous and giving!!

I took the dogs on a long hike this afternoon they love it and so do they are waiting for their drink.

Tonight going to watch a soccer game from England!!

This photo was sent to me by a really great friend who is pregnant with her first child......I think this is just a great shot!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tuesday 26 th January 2021...a productive day

Starting out with me meeting another resident who resides here and we are going to form a small coalition and raise money for food hampers for poor families in some of the campos.....more on this in a few days!!

the other day I took my friend Vic on my canyon hike that I love so much and he brought along his drone...Vic sent me the link hope you can open it and see for yourselves why I like this hike so much!!

This appeals to my sense of humour!!

My friend Linda who lives in Tucson sent me this photo from her window of the snow capped mountains!!

So be honest here on a scale of one to ten on the cute scale how do I rate????

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday 25th January 2021......a new week!!

This morning I went to the physio again I have two more sessions left and Fernanda again gave me plenty of strength exercises..I do think the swelling is going down but again I have no pain at all.

I was home by 1pm and stayed home the rest of the day..just puttering around with all my plants inside and out, some lounging on my new chair, reading...doing the tennis schedule for February.....

I like this...

Also like this..from my blog a few years ago!!

Some pearls of wisdom here!!!

Gas Pump Wisdom
A Johannesburg, South Africa filling station has become quite a landmark with its daily #PetrolPumpWisdom – uplifting quotes written on a chalkboard.  Some motorists say they deliberately travel this route just to read the quote which brightens their day.
Here’s a selection:
The lady behind this wonderful initiative at Hutton Hyde Park is Alison Billett.
She told SAPeople: “We inherited the board from the previous owner, Dick Hutton, when we bought the filling station from him almost 20 years ago.
“We continued the tradition and it has become a landmark – more so now that it’s on social media!
“Not a day goes by when I don’t get a call or a visit from someone to tell me how much they appreciate the message – it seems that every day there’s something that just speaks to what is going on in someone’s life and that inspires or motivates them.
“Having people come and tell me their stories and how the quote helped them in some small way is what motivates me to keep writing!
“We use a variety of quotations – some are topical, some are funny, some are inspirational, some even reflect what is going on in my life that day!
“Different things appeal to different people...
“The boards were spotted by a motivational speaker from the UK, Geoff Ramm, when he was driving by one day and he was so taken by them he included a piece about them in his book!
“The boards have appeared many times in newspapers and magazines and been spoken about on radio stations all over the world. 9GAG has re-tweeted them a few times too!”
Bob 95 FM in the USA recently posted Alison’s “Rest in Peace” quote which has now been shared over a quarter of a million times around the world!
“Probably the most reaction we got from members 

My dinner tonight 

It was a spectacular sunset ton but not capture the full glory...

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sunday 24 th January 2021...a lazy boy and not the recliner!!!

This was a really lazy day but I did go down to

the tennis courts this morning with my buddy Loren and we played a game for an hour...this was a really good test for my knee, elbow and shoes and everything felt good......I do have a slight swell to my knee but no pain so maybe the swelling will always be with me..just so happy to be back on the courts and on Thursday I start back into the regular group rotation!!

I never left home for the rest of the day..I gave my new and comfortable  lounge chair a good work out...did some reading, some cleaning and watched a good soccer match from England.

I saw this article on the Internet 

it could be a while before I can go and bring Blaze here...

Have a new series to watch on Brit box...a really good female detective show taking place in a seaside resort I know well, Morecambe!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday 23 rd January 2021...weekend again!!

Food for thought!!

> Take my Son.....


> A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.

> They had everything in their collection, fromPicasso to Raphael.

> They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..


> When the Vietnamconflict broke out, the son went to war. He was

> very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another

> soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only

> son.


> About a month later, just before Christmas,


> There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with

> a large package in his hands..


> He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom

> your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was

> carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and

> he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for

> art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't

> much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would

> have wanted you to have this.'


> The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the

> young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured

> the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so

> drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He

> thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture..

> 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a

> gift.'


> The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors

> came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son

> before he showed them any of the other great works he had

> collected.

> The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction

> of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over

> seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase

> one for their collection.

> On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer

> pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture

> of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'


> There was silence...


> Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the

> famous paintings. Skip this one.'

> But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this

> painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'


> Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We

> came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real

> bids!'

> But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll

> take the son?'


> Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the

> longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the

> painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

> 'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

> 'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'


> The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the

> son.


> They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

> The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for

> $10!'


> A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with

> the collection!'

> The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is

> over.'

> 'What about the paintings?'


> 'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was

> told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to

> reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the

> son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would

> inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.


> The man who took the son gets everything!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Friday 22 Nd January 2021...kept thinking today was Saturday!!

Had a lovely lazy morning and then this afternoon took Einstein and Negrita out on a long beautiful hike!!

We went up the back roads and into the Botanical gardens but on back trails as dogs are not allowed in the park....

Beautiful trails and some great views......the water from the Pressa cascades over the dam in rainy  season...

This  pipe used to take water from the Pressa down to the cotton factory at the base of the canyon...

The kids having a drink..whilst we were sitting there admiring the view I saw a fox so did Negrita but she just stayed by my side...

They were tired when they got home....

Did 14000 steps on my Fit bit and received this award today....

I love this...

Have a soccer game to watch followed by a great new show on Brit box!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday 21 st January 2021..another birthday!!

This is from my blog today 2009 and what would have been happening on the street if it wasn’t for Covid..

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Big birthday parade…

Ignacio José de Allende y Unzaga (January 211769June 261811) was a captain of the Spanish Army in Mexico who came to sympathize with the Mexican independence movement. He attended the secret meetings organized by Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, where the possibility of an independent New Spain was discussed. He fought along with Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the first stage of the struggle, eventually succeeding him in leadership of the rebellion. Allende was captured by Spanish colonial authorities while he was in Chihuahua and executed for treason.


Today was a huge holiday in SMA to honour their founding Father and I went down town for the parade.  Lots of photos so sit back and celebrate the birthday.IMG_2978

No parade with out kids!!IMG_2979


First their were drumsIMG_2989


IMG_3006 lots of drums…IMG_3012

Followed by BIG army trucks.IMG_2980

IMG_2997 The contrast in this photo between the kid and the machine!!


Then came the bikes….IMG_2987 boy bikes

then girl bikesIMG_3044

IMG_3064 more boy bikesIMG_3065

Men that climb tall buildingsIMG_3061

then the dogsIMG_3046

IMG_3062 followed by horsesIMG_3069



Sad but true for every horse parade there has to be the inevitableIMG_3086

At last peace comes to the parade, the kids!!!IMG_3017


IMG_3023 No idea how these young ladies could walk the cobble streets in those shoes!!


It was a very huge parade and I followed them down to the main square.  On the way took this photo what contrasts!IMG_3088

On the steps of the main church the music flowed and the crowds that gathered were entertained underneath the beautiful clear skies.IMG_3097




It was a few hours well spent and I enjoy parades and the music.

Came home and spent a little time sunbathing then getting Ramona ready for her next journey on Monday.

Tomorrow back to Santa Julia for yes you’ve guessed it……..more windows

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday 27th January 2021.....a new project!!

It seems everyday is the same here as far as the weather is concerned.... Around 9 am it starts to warm up and stay very sunny and about 76 ...