Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday 20th July 2019..final count down!!

Got lucky and the rain stayed away and he’d two great hours on the tennis court this morning.....


Afterwards drove the scooter to Carolyn and Parker’s house where they are kindly letting me keep her in their garage!!


They live in this beautiful gated community!!!









I then walked to where Little Bluey is parked and brought her back to my apartment...cleaned her up a little bit and got some things packed!


Then watched the final rounds of the Open Golf from Ireland!!!


This weekend in San Miguel is the GIFF


The GIFF – Guanajuato International Film Festival is positioned as the most important platform for young filmmakers in Latin America. Since 1998 in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, the GIFF offers an extensive program of screenings, workshops, conferences and concerts at no cost to the audience. The event is also an essential destination for professionals in the international film industry as they find a variety of networking opportunities.

Join us from July 20 to 29 in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, for the GIFF 2018 and be part of this celebration of cinema. More movies please!

We are a laboratory of ideas that encourages a healthy and stimulating relationship among filmmakers, all of whom find in the GIFF a sense of belonging, an environment of community and collaboration.

For the GIFF, it is essential that film projects materialize. Therefore, we encourage the development of film scripts, and other film and audiovisual projects, so that in the short term they obtain the necessary financial support from different instances.

The objective, besides the promotion and diffusion of the cinema of Mexico and the rest of the world, is to strengthen the film industry through mechanisms that facilitate production. With this impulse we have achieved, through our programs, the financing of 29 feature films.

Likewise, year after year we honor those who have contributed outstandingly in the construction of our cinematography, making possible the meeting of great national and international figures with our creators and the general public.


 and there are free movies at many locations through out town and at 5 pm Gracie picked me up and we went to see Birth War which was an excellent documentary about midwifes....doctors and how the indigenous women prefer having their babies at home...very thought provoking!!


Back home around 8 pm for my final check list!!


I may or may not have Internet at my hotel tomorrow night in Jimenez in the state of Chihuahua....so stay tuned!!!





Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday 19 th July 2019.....road trip.......

Just spent the day organizing myself and my stuff, paperwork and the likes for my trip.....I plan to leave at day light on Sunday morning....





This is an interesting article I saw on the Mexican Daily news!!!


Nursing jobs are available for Mexicans in Quebec.

Canadian development agency has jobs for 50 Mexican nurses

The jobs are being offered through a partnership between a Quebec agency and the Mexican government

Help wanted: 50 Mexican nurses sought to work in Canada for 46,900 pesos a month.

A Canadian social development agency is working with Mexico’s Labor and Social Welfare Secretariat (STPS) to match Mexican professionals with temporary jobs in the province of Quebec.

As part of its 2019 recruitment, Quebec International published 400 job openings for foreign workers in a variety of different industries. Many of the jobs have also been posted on the STPS website.

Among the postings is that of a company looking for 50 nurses to work with elderly patients. The company requests that applicants have a high level of English or French and a diploma in geriatric nursing or five years of experience in patient care.

The successful candidates will work 36 hours a week and will be paid 46,900 pesos (US $2,465) a month. The term of the contract is indefinite.

There are also jobs available in the information technology and manufacturing sectors and last week, job postings appeared for welders and grocery store workers on the STPS website.

Sara Tapia, international mobility director for Quebec International, told the newspaper El Pulso Laboral that foreign workers hired through the agency will receive the necessary permits to work legally in Canada.

“All of our initiatives are supported by Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion,” she said. “The working conditions are exactly the same as those of Canadian workers, as the law requires.”

Tapia added that Canadian companies are enthusiastic about hiring Mexican workers.

“Mexicans distinguish themselves as good workers, as high-level professionals with education, and also very interesting human qualities,” she said. “Their capacity to adapt is outstanding.”

The agency hopes to receive more applications from Mexicans this year than it has in the past. In 2018, only 300 of the 30,000 applications were from Mexico.

Tapia added that in addition to jobs, Quebec International is offering scholarships to foreign students to do postgraduate work in fields related to medicine or environmental science at Laval University or the University of Quebec in Rimouski.



Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019.....YES!!!!!

Joy at last!!!!


Back on the courts this morning!!!!









It was a great feeling to be smashing that little yellow ball around for two hours this morning!!


Spent the rest of the day relaxing and getting things really sorted for my trip....I did get some good news from one of my lovely friends in Nanaimo, Inga, she knows I am coming and that I shall not have a vehicle and has offered me her second car for the duration of my visit there...a very kind offer which I have accepted!!


I was going through some of my files and I found this photograph 





In yesterday’s blog I mentioned the last time I had seen a double rainbow was with my Mum....this was taken on that same trip where we saw the rainbows!!


Also found this one of my Dad and I at a friends ranch in Smoky Lake Alberta where I used to live this one would be around 1990!!





There is a new construction starting today...


This is across the street from me and I took this from the patio leading up to my roof top....will have to see how it develops whilst I am away!!





Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday 17th July 2019.....a nice ending!!!

An easy quiet morning at home puttering, I like that word!!!


Then José a handyman that was recommended to me came over to change over the televisions....the one that came with the casita is a 32 inch and I own a 42 inch, much better for seeing the ball!!


Jose checked it out and realized the bolts would not fit my tv but he said he had some at home..so off he went, he has a truck, and returned 15 minutes later.


Took him about 15 minutes to install my TV..

Before..






After...






....looks great and so much better with the big screen!!


He charged me 200 pesos just a ridiculous amount, he received a nice tip..it is always good to know a handyman, especially when you are totally inept like I am, who comes on time, speaks English and is a good worker!!


Then it was off to poker, we play at Ray’s house and it takes me on the scooter one minute to get there going through a field to his CASA.


I came away a winner again 175 pesos!!!


Straight from there to the gym where Aaron put me through it for my last session till I return in August!!!


Came home and relaxing with an OJ reading when I glanced out the window....


Enjoy these as much as I did...all taken from my patio!!











If you look really close you can see the double rainbow!!!



I remember the last time I saw a double rainbow was with my Mum on the west coast of Vancouver Island!!!








 Beautiful!!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tuesday 16th July 2019.... a quiet day!!

That bad storm last night was responsible for the tennis being cancelled this morning so I had an easy morning but then decided I needed to go to the gym as I had missed last nights session because of the rain.....


Had a good workout but much prefer when Aaron is there prodding me along.


Came home and took the afternoon off and did some reading before going out for the usual Tuesday night Mexican train.





Too cloudy to see the moon but I hope you got to see it where you are!!



Full Moon names date back to Native Americans of North America. Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Full Moon names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the full Moon names, but in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Here is the Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names

– The Full Buck Moon – July July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.


Yashi Kochi!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday 15 th July 2019....the simple life!!!

Woke up and immediate turned on the tv to watch tennis and realized it was all over....just kidding..


As you can  tell a gloomy kind of a day








But it does not stop the balloons...





These from one of my patios....







This from the other!!!





I do have a simple life and I like it that way..


This morning I went on the scooter to my favourite lady who has a small table outside a bakery and sells very fresh produce and fruits and this is where I buy my strawberries..80 Pesos for a very large bag!!


Next to another small bakery where I like their cereal bread, which they slice for me..another 60 pesos.


Then I went and took Little Bluey to the garage where I frequent for an oil change and check up and picked up her up three hours later and she is all ready for the long drive this weekend!!


On the way home on the scooter the heavens opened the hail came tumbling down luckily I did not have far to go as the hail was beginning to hurt me!!


I had to cancel my gym session no way I was going out in that kind of !!!


So did some reading, sorting out some clothes for my trip and just relaxing..I told you a simple life!!


I have many friends to whom this applies!!!!






Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019....the match!!!

Up at 8am to watch this thriller...had my strawberries and yogurt!!




Djokovic survives in classic Wimbledon Final against Federer



WIMBLEDON, England — For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final.

In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged victorious, coming back to edge Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) and become the first man in 71 years to take home the trophy from the All England Club after needing to erase championship points.



"Unfortunately in these kinds of matches, one of the players has to lose," Djokovic said. "It's quite unreal."

He claimed his fifth Wimbledon title and second in a row.

This triumph also earned Djokovic his 16th Grand Slam trophy overall, moving him closer to the only men ahead of him in tennis history: Federer owns 20, Rafael Nadal has 18.

"I gave it all I had," Federer said.

He has ruled grass courts since the early 2000s; he has won Wimbledon eight times dating to 2003, and this was his record 12th appearance in the title match. But Djokovic is now 3-0 against Federer in finals at the place and 4-0 against him in five-setters anywhere.

This one was unlike any other, though.

That's because, while it was reminiscent of Federer's 16-14 fifth-set victory over Andy Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon final, that score is no longer possible: The All England Club altered its rule this year to do away with never-ending matches and institute a tiebreaker at 12-all in a deciding set.

At one point during the final set Sunday, Djokovic asked chair umpire Damian Steiner whether the change called for the tiebreaker at 10-10. Later, when Djokovic held for an 11-10 lead, it was Steiner who got confused, beginning to call out the score as 11-9, before catching himself.

"I respect whatever the rule is," Federer said when asked what he thinks of the altered setup. "So really, it is what it is, you know?"

Federer and Djokovic pushed each other to the limit in what became as much a test of focus and stamina as it was about skill.

It is destined to be discussed for years.

"I'll try to forget," joked Federer, who is less than a month shy of his 38th birthday and would have been the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era.

"It was a great match. It was long. It had everything. I had my chances. So did he. I thought we played some great tennis. In a way, I'm very happy with my performance, as well," Federer said during the trophy ceremony. "But Novak, it's great. Congratulations, man. That was crazy. Well done."

First, it was Federer who kept falling behind, then coming back. He twice trailed by a set even though he came quite close to winning the match in three: Federer was two points from grabbing the opening set on seven occasions but couldn't do it; he was one point from seizing the third, but again came up short.

Then, Federer was down a break early in the crucible of the fifth. And then, after seemingly gaining the upper hand, standing a single point from winning while serving for the victory at 8-7, 40-15, he faltered.

He sent a forehand wide on the first championship point, and Djokovic produced a cross-court forehand winner on the next. Soon enough, the 32-year-old Djokovic had broken back and on they would play for another 45 minutes.

"Definitely tough to have those chances," Federer said.

Djokovic has done this to him before.

In the semifinals of the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Opens, Djokovic erased two match points each time before coming back to win.

Looking at the bigger picture, there's also this takeaway from Sunday: Nadal's status as Federer's principal nemesis has been well-documented and much-examined over the years — which is a small part of why Friday's semifinal victory for Federer was fraught with meaning. But it's now high time to discuss Djokovic's edge over Federer.

Djokovic has won their past five meetings and holds a 26-22 advantage overall head-to-head, including 10-6 at Grand Slam tournaments and 3-1 at Wimbledon.

By the reverberating sound of things around the old arena Sunday, a vast majority of the spectators were pulling for the popular Federer. Made it seem as though he might be British, not Swiss.

While one person cried out, "We love you both!" — a fitting sentiment, given the high quality and unceasing shifts in momentum — the "Come on, Roger!" count far outnumbered the shouts for his Serbian foe.

Yes, they roared for Federer's ace on the very first point and when he sent the final to a fifth set. They even applauded when he kicked a ball to a ball boy or when he brought his racket around his back to make meaningless contact after Djokovic served a let.

And then there were the "Awwwws." So many "Awwwws" — pained sighs of despair accompanying a missed backhand here, a double-fault there, by their guy.

It wasn't until the fourth set that Federer faced so much as one break point, no small accomplishment against Djokovic, considered by many to be the greatest returner of his, or perhaps any, generation. Still, even though Federer did get broken in that set, he won it to send this match to a fifth.

What already was fun to watch became completely riveting.

That's not to say the tennis was perfect, because both men showed signs of fatigue and perhaps nerves. Federer's mediocre approach shot provided Djokovic an opening for a backhand pass that earned a break and a 4-2 lead.

Djokovic's double-fault in the next game helped Federer break back, and the ensuing changeover was filled with a fugue of fans' voices chanting the first names of both.

As the newfangled tiebreaker carried the last set alone past the two-hour mark, it was Djokovic who was better. When Federer shanked a forehand off his racket frame, it was over, allowing Djokovic to renew his personal tradition of plucking some blades of Centre Court grass and chewing on them.

"We know how strong Novak is, and has been for many, many years, as well," Federer said. "Every win, every extra win, adds to the tally






It was an amazing match to watch.


Also if you are a sports fan England won an incredible cricket match today..Google to read about it....


Also Lewis Hamilton made history in Formula one..Google that one too if interested!!!

The bad news...I dropped my Tom Tom GPS....it is toast!!!!!!



Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday 20th July 2019..final count down!!

Got lucky and the rain stayed away and he’d two great hours on the tennis court this morning..... Afterwards drove the scooter to C...