Friday, December 02, 2016

Friday 2nd December 2016.......a short road trip!!!

To the next state
The capitol of he state is also called Queretaro and I went there this afternoon to the bus station to pick up my friend Sara who was arriving from Vancouver island.....she has a house sit for 3 months in San Miguel and it was good to see her again!!

Queretaro is a huge metropolis and one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico...the traffic was horrendous..
so glad I don't live there........

Tonight I was invited to a small cocktail party and it was a lovely evening it turns out I knew quite a few of the people from tennis, hiking and from the Community church where my friend Linda used to attend......the home was another of the gorgeous homes that lie behind what we call 'The doors of San Miguel"....

I am amazed at how fast the weeks go by I have given myself a busy schedule but enjoying it all....

Yashi Kochi!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thursday 1st December 2016..Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits!!!!

This is what my Mum taught me to say every first of the month and I have been doing it for over 50 years!!!

Rabbit rabbit rabbit

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Rabbit rabbit rabbit" is one variant of a superstition found in Britain and North America that states that a person should say or repeat the word "rabbit" or "rabbits", or "white rabbits", or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck for the duration of that month.

Origins and history[edit]

The exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it was recorded in Notes and Queries as being said by children in 1909:
"My two daughters are in the habit of saying 'Rabbits!' on the first day of each month. The word must be spoken aloud, and be the first word said in the month. It brings luck for that month. Other children, I find, use the same formula."[1]
In response to this note another contributor said that his daughter believed that the outcome would be a present, and that the word must be spoken up the chimney to be most effective; another pointed out that the word rabbit was often used in expletives, and suggested that the superstition may be a survival of the ancient belief in swearing as a means of avoiding evil.[2] People continue to express curiosity about the origins of this superstition[3] and draw upon it for inspiration in making calendars[4] suggestive of the Labors of the Months, thus linking the rabbit rabbit superstition to seasonal fertility.
It appeared in a work of fiction in 1922:
"Why," the man in the brown hat laughed at him, "I thought everybody knew 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.' If you say 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit'—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you'll get a present before the end of the month."[5]
Chapter 1 of the Trixie Belden story The Mystery of the Emeralds (1962) is titled “Rabbit! Rabbit!” and discusses the tradition:
Trixie Belden awoke slowly, with the sound of a summer rain beating against her window. She half-opened her eyes, stretched her arms above her head, and then, catching sight of a large sign tied to the foot of her bed, yelled out, “Rabbit! Rabbit!” She bounced out of bed and ran out of her room and down the hall. “I’ve finally done it!” she cried [...] “Well, ever since I was Bobby’s age I’ve been trying to remember to say ‘Rabbit! Rabbit!’ and make a wish just before going to sleep on the last night of the month. If you say it again in the morning, before you’ve said another word, your wish comes true.” Trixie laughed."[6]
In the United States the tradition appears especially well-known in northern New England[7][8][9] although, like all folklore, determining its exact area of distribution is difficult. The superstition may be related to the broader belief in the rabbit or hare being a "lucky" animal, as exhibited in the practice of carrying a rabbit's foot for luck.[10]
During the mid-1990s, U.S. children's cable channel Nickelodeon helped popularize the superstition in the United States as part of its "Nick Days," where during commercial breaks it would show an ad about the significance of the current date, whether it be an actual holiday, a largely uncelebrated unofficial holiday, or a made-up day if nothing else is going on that specific day. (The latter would be identified as a "Nickelodeon holiday.") Nickelodeon would promote the last day of each month as "Rabbit Rabbit Day" and to remind kids to say it the next day, unless the last day of that specific month was an actual holiday, such as Halloween or New Year's Eve.[11] This practice stopped by the late 1990s.
Rabbits have not always been thought of as lucky, however. In the 19th century, for example, fishermen would not say the word while at sea,[12][13] in South Devon to see a white rabbit in one's village when a person was very ill was regarded as a sure sign that the person was about to die,[14] whilst on the Isle of Portland in Dorset to say 'rabbit' meant bad luck would befall the person.[citation needed]

Smoke Wind Direction[edit]

There is another folk tradition which may use a variation "Rabbit", "Bunny", "I hate/love Grey Rabbits" or "White Rabbit" to ward off smoke that the wind is directing into your face when gathered around a campfire.[15] It is thought that this tradition may be related to the tradition of invoking the rabbit on the first of the month. Others conjecture that it may originate with a North American First Nation story about smoke resembling rabbit fur.[16] This tradition may be more of a social tradition in a group setting than a genuine belief that certain words will change the wind direction, and may be more of a childhood tradition than an adult one. Children have sometimes adapted from Rabbit to "Pink Elephant" or other comical derivatives.[17] Because of this more mutable usage, historical record of this is even more scarce than other more static meanings.

Once in a while a person comes into your life and a bond of friendship is struck and the friendship grows into something truly beautiful!!!
I am blessed to have a few of these friendships in my life.
One of them is Heather who along with her husband Kirby and the three boys took me into their hearts and their gorgeous home. Over the years we have become family and although I am on the road many months of the year we remain close and tight.
Thank you Heather for all you have done for me and it is with great joy I wish you a very happy Birthday…Love you…


I wrote the above on last year’s blog for this date and nothing has changed!!!!

So this morning off to the courts two wonderful hours of solid games and fun and sunshine...came home and had some lunch before going off to see Joe at the gym for my 30 minute intensive workout I do feel I am getting stronger......



Did some chores around town before returning home and Bonnie arrived for my Spanish lesson..this was different today we went walking in the neighborhood I needed to find a laundry that could wash and dry my sheets as they are too heavy for the machine downstairs from the casita....I had wrote out what I needed to ask and the ladies understood me and they can wash and dry the sheets and get them back to me the same day....Then we went to a cycle repair shop I have a really slow leak in Little Blackie's rear tire and again in Spanish I asked the man if on Monday I could bring the bike in and I can..we just walked around and I was trying to converse in Spanish..it was a really good idea and I enjoyed and hopefully learned!!
Next it was time to get cleaned up and to go downtown to a small fish restaurant where I had been invited to attend the Birthday party of two of my students from 2 years ago!!!

What a lovely evening it was I took roses for the Birthday girls and we just sat and ate and talked about what we had done for the last two years so great to see them again they are special people!!
I must learn to smile and not show all my teeth..that is Ronnie she taught the same students after they left my grade...




 These are the two Birthday girls!!!

They were all so happy to see me it made me feel very humble and very special.....what a night!!

If you can believe this 10 years ago tonight I worked my last shift at the Granary restaurant in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island..I worked there for 14 years and enjoyed everyday BUT retirement was calling me!!!!
So I left the restaurant got into Ramona and drove to the ferry terminal and caught the ferry to Vancouver and started on my first drive south..this was the start of my Journey of a life time and so thrilled that 10 years later I am still going strong!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday 30th November 2016...kinda takes some beating!!!!!

I walked down to the main Jardin around 11.00 am and sat on the bench looking at these scenes


and thought to myself who would have thought a kid from the big steel city of Sheffield, England would finish up here on this bench and just how lucky, blessed and fortunate I am to be on this bench!!!!

Just over three hours of poker this afternoon and I must have had my best poker face on because I won 145 pesos!!!

Just had time to come home, eat and get cleaned up for my special English class tonight....
I told my students that I would be inviting 9 friends to class and I did and after introductions I paired them off one on one with my friends and just told them to talk and tell each other about themselves!!!
Then everyone took a turn coming to the front and telling of their new friend...and of course we finished up with chocolates!!
I knew they were nervous about this but after about 8 seconds they were all so wonderfully engaged it brought tears to my eyes!!!




Just a fabulous class thank you students and special thanks to my friends!!!

Walking back through the main Jardin there was a great concert taking place!!

A special day to end November blessings to all....

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday 29th November 2016....First order of the day

is to wish my one and only Aunt Rita a wonderful, happy and safe birthday!!!!!

It was lovely seeing you and Uncle Bram in October and you both look like Royalty!!!!

Love and blessings....

I am not going to tell you how young they are but they are amazing!!!

Tennis at 9.00 am the sun shone the whole two hours and another great mixed doubles games with two more very talented women, Barb and Jenny!!!



I came home had time for a light lunch and then off to my private workout session with Joe and another good 30 minute workout. from there I came home and decided to walk around my neighborhood.....all these shots are taken 300 yards of my casita...I love the fact I am in a Mexican hood!!!!

Tree in the middle of the road no problem just drive around it!!
 Does not look like much from the outside but this little store sells the most amazing strawberry cheesecake and YES today I did by myself a slice for my tea tonight!!!
 I was looking for a laundry as my Spanish teacher Bonnie is going to take me here on Thursday to practice more Spanish..will tell you why then!!

 70 pesos for a chicken!!!



 I passed by here and there was some sort of spiritual healing going on....
 My opinion the shot of the day...check out their faces!!!
 Christmas stuff!!!

Stopped by the fruit and veggie stall and bought these for 40 pesos!!



 This is looking up my street...
All those different stores so close by!!!

Relaxed out on the patio finished off my book and did myself a treat and ordered a pizza for supper


 and tonight just a quiet night doing some Spanish homework and some TV...life is good in San Miguel!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday 28th November 2016...Sometimes I don't know where the day goes!!!

So after a hectic week and a long hike yesterday today was a little easier day for me...I was able to relax over my breakfast and then at 10.00 am Bonnie came to the casita for my Spanish lesson..this hour goes by quite fast she has me trying to tell about my weekend and although I am primarily working in the present tense I am able to get through although my vocabulary is lacking.....she is a great teacher and I feel each week I get more knowledge.....I then went into town for some chores and then went to visit my friends Glenna and Rod, these are the folks I sold Little Blackie to when I left 18 months ago and as you know I have bought her back so today I needed to go and pay and have a visit and a catch up...always nice that I have so many friends in town!!

I was home in time to cook a dinner for tonight....I made pork chops in a mushroom sauce with a sweet potato and carrots and green beans......

It was by now almost time to go to the tennis courts for another two hours of wonderful tennis...my games on Monday and Tuesday mornings are mixed doubles and the other days men's doubles...there are some very talented women players in town and Debra and Carolyn who played today fit into that category....always fun on the courts....

I just got home in time to get cleaned up and then head up town for my English class...only 4 students tonight but for their homework I had them being the teacher for 7 minutes.....they did really well and obviously put a lot of thought into their work....they are wonderful students and women!!

Came home and I enjoyed my dinner, then a long hot shower and now after this just going to sit with some juice and read my book!!!

Sorry this was not a get you out of your seat blog!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday 27th November 2016...off to the hills!!!

OK hands up those of you who started your day at 7.30 am out on your patio with yogurt and peaches and seeing this????
At one point they came so close I was having a conversation with them!!!!!
I am saying look at that!!!
I then went to the meeting place for our usual Sunday morning hike...9 of us today and we drove about 20 minutes to the small Campo where I parked Little Bluey outside these gates
and we are heading into those hills!!!
Always plenty of animals in the surrounding tracks...
Part of the grouop or otherwise known as Pierre and his Harem!!!!
Looking back down on a water hole and the cattle...
and then looking back where we had come from as you can tell a lot of up hill!!!!
I like this shot below...
We at some point missed a turn and finished up on the wrong side of the canyon but no worries....we stopped here for lunch and although we do like to go to 9000 feet..today we only managed 8900....no one complaining!!!
Sometimes coming down in my opinion is harder than going up...it was lovely and sunny all day!!!
A bit blurry but a rushed shot of a family with baby....

I like this shot too...
Hope no one objects to a cool one on the steps of the church!!!
We were gone over 6 hours and hiked around 7 hard miles!!!!!

Came home and rested watching the Grey Cup from Canada and a pre recorded soccer game from England...and I will admit to being a tad tired tonight!!!

I do like this!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!