Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday 25th September 2017...a magical hike!!!

One good thing about all this rain is that the best hike and my favorite would be flowing with water and I set out this afternoon on the hike...this is really amazing to have sights like this only 45 minutes away from the major grocery store the noise and fumes of the buses.....

First this lovely sight!!!!
 I  blessed when ever I do this hike I always seem to see this horse..I left him a few carrots!!!

This is the bottom of the canyon and this pool only gets filled in rainy season..
 Views on the way up...
 and after a steep climb the cross and the panoramic views of the Pressa!!!!

 Anothert 15 minute hike and we get to see the bridge over the canyon!!!

AND YES>>>>the waterfall!!!!

A few minutes away from this is another slot canyon and another waterfall this is where I like to sit and listen think and watch!!!!

Then just another short hop to where it all starts the water coming down from the mountains!!!!

and a similiar view to end the hike...I do love going there and wish everyone in town knew about it!!!
Had a great English class tonight....I printed off an article about President Trump and his clashes with North Korea...they were very interested...Love my students!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday 24th September 2017...Grand slam of tennis!!!!

Today was another one of the slams of tennis that I have organized for over the last 4 takes a bit of work to get it set up but I do not mind and we  12 avid players were ready at 1 pm for 4 hours of fun and tennis....NOT TO BE!!!!!!

On Friday evening we had a storm the likes of which I have never seen before..the streets became rivers....a small glimpse of what some of the States and the Islands have been going through.

Combine that storm with another one last night and the event had to be cancelled.....a shame because the theme of this slam was Mexican Independence and I know  the participants had worked hard on their red, white and green outfits......


Not is all lost the event is going to be re scheduled for 29th October........

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday 22nd September 2017...I could

show you a photo but I won't of my dirty, bruised and bloodied fingers after I did something today I have never done before!!!

Yes I had a flat this morning...I was coming back from driving my friend Karen to Costco..the tire blew on a bad part of the highway and it was a couple of hundred yards before I could get off on to the side......where with just a tad bit of help from a passing motorist I was able to change the tire!!!

Never done it before as my hands will attest!!!

After dropping Karen off I went to my tire guy and as I thought the tire was done, finished , totaled....he checked the tire I had put on, sold me a new tire and away I went 1400 pesos later.....great service in Mexico!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday 19th September 2017...what a 24 hour of weather!!!!!

My heart and thoughts go out to all my friends in places that are effected by the storms and earthquakes!!!!!

Mexico: Strong earthquake topples buildings, killing scores

Media captionThe strong quake was felt in the capital, Mexico City

A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 100 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City.
Rescue workers are searching for survivors buried under rubble and officials warn the death toll may rise.
The 7.1 magnitude quake caused damage in Morelos and Puebla states and in Mexico State.
It struck while many people took part in an earthquake drill exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands.
The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.
The epicentre of the latest quake was next to Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, the US Geological Survey said.
At least 54 people were killed in Morelos state alone, south of the capital, and 26 reported killed in Puebla state. Thirty are confirmed dead in Mexico City with another nine in Mexico State.

Close-up map of affected regions

About two million people in the capital were without electricity and phone lines were down. Officials also warned residents not to smoke on the streets as gas mains could have been ruptured.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told TV network Televisa that rescue services were dealing with collapsed or badly damaged buildings at 44 locations.
The earthquake drill was being held in Mexico City on the 32nd anniversary of a quake that killed up to 10,000 people.
Earthquake alarms did sound, correspondents say, but some residents apparently thought they were part of the day of drills.

Media captionPhone footage shows the damage caused by the earthquake in Mexico

The prolonged tremor hit at 13:14 local time (18:14 GMT) and sent thousands of residents into the streets.
Jennifer Swaddle, a teacher at the British International School in Mexico City, told the BBC that part of her classroom collapsed after the earthquake hit.
"Something that started as a tremor quickly escalated into something where the classroom shook," she said.
"As we were leaving, the outside of my classroom wall fell, so there was a big pile of rubble. Luckily, fantastically, nobody was hurt, but it was incredibly frightening."
President Enrique Peña Nieto urged people to avoid the streets so emergency services could reach the most affected areas.

Panic on the streets

By Juan Paullier, BBC News, Mexico City
Mexico City is a city all too used to earthquakes. But this tremor, on the anniversary of another one that left thousands dead in 1985, was especially powerful.
It sent thousands of people into the streets, trembling, shaking, crying, and trying to reach their loved ones by phone.
As time passes it is becoming clear that there are going to be many victims. In the capital alone, about 30 buildings collapsed.
In one of the worst-affected areas I saw dozens of people desperately removing rubble because they believed someone was trapped.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted his support following the "devastating news".

I am sure the death toll will rise, so sad!!!

I am blessed to be living in a part of the world that seems safe....

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday 18th September 2017 ....Foot!!!!!!

It has been a while since I talked about my foot, more specifically about my toes sit back grab a cuppa tea and enjoy hearing the latest!!!!!

I think you all know that for such a handsome and George Clooney look alike I have terrible toes, NO I won't subject you to photographs..just trust me on this one...

The gap between my big toe and the next toe on my left foot has given me problems as long as I can remember the second toe sort of overlaps the big toe causing a  callous to form at the base of my big toe and it needs to be treated and scraped down every so often.

It has started to get sore the last few days so a trip to the foot doctor was in order and I had been told of a great clinic close by and I stopped by this afternoon to make an appointment and to my surprise the young female practitioner saw me right away.....

She was very good examined my foot and said she could make a small bridge that would stop the toes from rubbing together and she cleaned my toe scraped away the callous and then made me a rubber type insert to place between my big toe and the next one and fitted it to my foot......

Very professional and the toe felt good and I have been walking with it for the rest of the day and it feels perfect.

The cost for all of this 380 pesos  work it out in your currency incredibly cheap and for good work I was impressed!!!

I  invited Linda to come to my English class tonight and it was a really good time the students loved hearing a new voice and it was a confidence boost for them to talk in front of a stranger...I even had a new person join the was great they are such a wonderful group and I feel honored to be there to help them a little.....

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday 16th September 2017....the weekend.....

This morning I got my first chance to watch Live soccer from England with my new Fire TV stick and new 43 inch television!!!

This shot is of the match at Bramall Lane Sheffield featuring my beloved Blades in the red shirts.....

Nothing special about this photo?

Well to me anyway!!!

This shot taken this morning...see the guy in the yellow vest, i know not very clear.....

OK this team was my team since I was three years old I had dreams of one day going out onto this field in the beautiful stadium..sadly I was never good enough but in 1968 I did indeed get to go out on the hallowed a Rookie Police Officer...

In those days we were there to assist crowd control and my very first time I was where that guy in the yellow vest was and I was so excited so much so that when my Blades scored a goal into that net I jumped up off my stool and threw my police helmet into the air I was so thrilled.....My sergeant was not so thrilled with my antics and I was given a good talking too......

A great game of tennis this morning under blue sunny skies and afterwards I stayed in town and saw the lovely parade...these people sure know hot to celebrate and have fun!!!

Viva Mexico!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday 15th September 2017...and so it begins!!!

Mexican Independence Day 2017
September 16, 2017 in Mexico
The 16th September 2017 is declared as the official Mexican Independence Day and is celebrated in Mexico every year. The Mexican Independence Day is also called Grito de Dolores, which is Spanish for Cry of Dolores. Dolores Hidalgo is a city in Guanajuato in Mexico where the Mexican War of Independence started in 1810. It is the Mexican president who heralds the start of the Mexican Independence Day at exactly 11pm on September 15 every year. It is a Mexican national public holiday.

After the speech of the Mexican president, which takes place on the balcony of his palace, the public starts to celebrate their country by screaming and singing the national Mexican anthem. The Mexicans celebrate the success of the revolt with fireworks and parties all over Mexico. Parades through the streets are organized and the Mexican flag is waved proudly. Families and friends spend the Mexican Independence Day together and enjoy the concerts and scream their “iViva!” together.

The date refers back to the speech of Miguel Hidalgo, a priest who was a member of the Guadalupanos, a secret organization with the aim to free Mexico from the Spanish government. Ignacio Allende and Juan Aldama, two Mexican rebels, formed the core of the insurgents but it was Miguel Hidalgo who finally called to the public to fight and start the revolution. He did that in front of his church and his last words were ¡Viva México! - an outcry that is repeated again and again during the modern festivities for the Mexican Independence Day. The text "Mexican Independence Day" has been taken from 

So as I write this bells are ringing, fireworks are setting the night skies alight with color and  the Mariachi's are serenading the hundreds who gather in the Jardin to celebrate this glorious country!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday 14th September 2017......a night to remember!!!

What does it Mean to Pay it Forward?

The “pay it forward” movement is not a new concept. According to Wikipedia, it dates all the way back to 317 BC where it was used as a key plot concept for a play in ancient Athens. There are small documented events of the “pay it forward” notion throughout history; however, it became a widely popular concept after the 2000 movie of the same name, which was based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
The simplest way to define “pay it forward” is that when someone does something for you, instead of paying that person back directly, you pass it on to another person instead. One of the easiest examples of this is buying a coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop and then they buy a coffee for the person behind them and so on.
What is the point of all this? Why do so many people live their lives according to the “pay it forward” principle? It has been proven that acts of kindness build exponentially in a community and because people believe that one good deed deserves another. “Paying it forward” can make the world a better place.
Paying it forward can even help in your professional life. By volunteering to help a manager or a supervisor from another department with a project, you might stay in the back of their mind when an opportunity for a promotion comes up. Even as you build your professional network, people who you’ve paid it forward to will certainly hold you in a higher light than individuals they’ve never met or even have had bad experiences with. So paying it forward shouldn’t just be reserved for your personal life but your professional life as well.

I introduced this concept to my first English class 4 years ago and I was totally amazed at how they took hold of it and every Wednesday they had to come to class and tell what they had done..the stories would astound you and make you cry....
Each new set of students I have I started the pay it forward and so it was with this new class that started just 10 days ago....
I have 5 students registered and one seems to have already dropped out and the first class I explained about pay it forward they had never heard about it but I explained how it started and what I wanted them to do...
So last night was the first time they came to class... came to the front and told what they had done.....

Jorge my 17 year old student who has very good command of the English language and is just a really great young man...told of going to school yesterday on the very crowded bus at one point a lady got on the bus carrying a baby and there was no where for her to he got up and offered his seat to the lady who accepted and thanked him.....he said he felt very good inside for doing this.
I told him that was the perfect example of paying it forward and he fully understood how the lady felt good but  he had good feelings also.
Next up was Belen whose husband owns a cattle ranch just outside of town....her story was that yesterday she was at one of the small stalls in the market that serves meals and as she was sitting there with her friend a blind man came and ordered a drink..she got up went to the man and told him she wanted to pay for his drink and she did.....the man told her that no one had ever done that before for him and he was really happy...  I asked how she felt about it and she said it made her feel good all day!!!

Finally was Maricris who cooks and sells meals out of her home.....yesterday she was outside her home at 7 am  in the morning when she saw a woman going through the trash on the corner of the street...she went to the woman and asked if she was hungry and she said she was and Maricris invited her into her home and cooked her breakfast....the woman looked cold so Maricris got a sweater from her closet and gave it to the woman who asked why are you doing this for me and she told her because I want to make someone else happy!!!
So what do you think did they grasp the concept of paying it forward?????

I cannot wait in the weeks to come to see what these beautiful people do to make small changes in this community.

I am humbled!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday 13th September 2017...soon the celebrations will begin!!

As I mentioned in a previous post a very busy time for San Miguel and the whole of Mexico celebrating Independence Day this weekend.......

Come take a walk with me and see the colors!!!!

Just about every third block is one of these stalls!!!

 The town gets into the act too....
 and the home owners...

 Even this crazy guy!!!
 and of course the taxi drivers!!!
 It is a delight to walk around town and absorb the culture and the colors and the happiness of the locals!!!!

So what do you do if a tree is growing in the middle of the road???

Real easy you drive around!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday 11th September 2017...second week of class!!

Before I start to tell you about the class just want to wish everyone well in Florida and the islands and of course remembering this special sad day in history!!!!!!!!!!!

So the second week of English class started today and I have 5 students registered and 4 showed up tonight......

There homework was to bring something, anything to class and talk about it....

Their English is quite good and what they lack is confidence so I follow the format I have used in the 3 prior years of teaching which is to get them to come to the front of the class, plant their feet firmly keep their hands still and just talk...last week when I had them do this you could see the concern on their faces tonight they were more confident and I started it off by bringing something of mine to class and talking about it.....

I think you can tell they enjoyed this part of the class....

This is Maricris

Young Jorge
and Belen....

After they had all talked I handed out a fact sheet I had printed out for them on hurricanes....we each took turns reading out loud a paragraph and then talked about the words they did not understand....the 90 minute class went by very quickly...

They are all so different but all very keen to learn and again as always I feel humble to be their friend and mentor!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Saturday 9th September 2017.....the weekend!!

Yesterday I took delivery of a 12 inch chicken pot tie....there is a Mexican lady that takes orders, makes the pies fresh and delivers them

 A great deal and the pie was delicious with some veggies tonight!!!!

This morning under cloudy skies we had a good two hours of tennis, some very witty banter the occasional good shot just fun...

This is the local church we can see from the courts...I like the flag!!!

This week is the start of the celebrations for Mexican Independence day next weekend and trust me when I say there are flags everywhere......the town looks wonderful!!!

Have a great safe weekend and my thoughts go to all the people in the Islands and also those in Florida!!!!  BE SAFE!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Friday 8th September 2017...Mother Nature at her worst!!!!

If Harvey and Irma were not enough!!!!!

Mexico's strongest quake in century strikes off southern coast

Media captionA bowling alley shakes in Tuxtla Gutierrez, 240km from the epicentre

An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 16 people.
The quake, which President Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.
A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.
Severe damage has been reported in Oaxaca and Chiapas states.
The quake, which struck at 23:50 local time on Thursday (04:50 GMT Friday), was felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to a minute.
President Peña Nieto said some 50 million Mexicans would have felt the tremor and that the death toll might rise.
Among the deaths were at least four in Chiapas. Two children were killed in Tabasco state, one a baby who died when power was cut to a respirator.
One person also died in Guatemala, its president has said.
Ten people are reported dead in Mexico's Oaxaca state.
Social media images showed collapsed buildings in Oaxaca, including in the city of the same name and in Juchitan, where the municipal palace and a number of other structures were levelled.


Local reports speak of a hospital in Juchitan also collapsing.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said that tsunami waves "reaching more than three metres above the tide level are possible along the coasts of Mexico". There is a coastal evacuation in Chiapas state, where a state of emergency has been declared.
The PTWC warned of tsunami threats for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, but at lower wave levels.

Panic on the streets

BBC's Lourdes Heredia
The earthquake has brought back memories of the tremor of 1985, which left massive destruction in Mexico City and a death toll of 10,000.
This explains the scenes of panic on the streets of the capital, more than 1,000km away from the epicentre. The government does not expect the same scale of physical destruction, as the states most affected are in the poorest and least-developed regions.
Chiapas is the southernmost state, along the Guatemalan border. It's a very mountainous, remote area, where 25% of the population belong to indigenous groups. It's also much visited by tourists seeking to explore some of the best and most well-preserved archaeological treasures, such as the ancient Mayan city of Palenque.

At magnitude 8.2, the quake outstrips the deadly 1985 tremor that hit close to Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths.
The US Geological Survey measured the latest quake slightly lower, at 8.1, saying it struck at a depth of 70km.

Damage in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, about 300km from the epicentreImage copyrightEPA
Image captionDamage in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, about 300km from the epicentre
A collapsed building in the town of Matias Romero in Oaxaca stateImage copyrightEPA
Image captionA collapsed building in the town of Matias Romero in Oaxaca state

More than a dozen aftershocks ranging from 4.3 to 5.7 in magnitude have been recorded closer to the Mexican coast.
Mr Peña Nieto warned there might be more.
He also said the Salina Cruz refinery on the southern coast had temporarily suspended operations.
Schools have been closed in 11 Mexican states.

Inevitable tremors

Jonathan Amos, BBC science correspondent
This is the biggest quake experienced anywhere in 2017. Going on the statistics, you would expect at least one magnitude 8 to occur somewhere on the planet each year.
It occurred where the Pacific ocean floor is drawn under Mexico and Guatemala. A great slab of rock, known as the Cocos tectonic plate, is driving towards the coast at a rate of 75mm per year. As it jerks downwards into the Earth's interior, about 200km offshore, large tremors are the inevitable outcome.
There have been three magnitude 7s in 2017, with a 7.9 recorded deep under Papua New Guinea back in January. This latest event, being an 8.2, is nearly three times as energetic. That tells you something about how the magnitude scale works.
Fortunately, this event was deep, too. The rupture, which will have ripped across more than 100km of fault line, was down at 70km. That will have limited some of the shaking, but as we've seen there is still extensive damage.

Some electricity cuts have been reported in the capital and social media video showed lampposts and the famous Angel of Independence statue swaying violently, but there are no reports of major damage there.
Journalist Franc Contreras, who is in Mexico City, told the BBC: "You could hear loud cracks in the concrete. It sounded like a giant wooden branch being just broken open violently.

Guatemala's Red Cross tweeted damage in the town of Tacana, close to the Mexican borderImage copyrightRED CROSS
Image captionGuatemala's Red Cross tweeted damage in the town of Tacana, close to the Mexican border

"People were streaming out of the hallways here. And everybody walking out single file into the streets, trying to avoid overhead high power lines."
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales appealed for calm on national television and in a Twitter post.
"We have reports of some damage and the death of one person, even though we still don't have exact details," Associated Press quoted Mr Morales as saying.
Cindy Lamothe, who is in the Guatemalan city of Antigua, told the BBC: "It was swaying so intensely it felt like we were in a boat and I heard neighbours screaming through the walls... it lasted almost three minutes."
No tsunami warning has been issued for the US west coast.
Mexico is currently also being threatened on its eastern coast by Hurricane Katia.
The category one hurricane is about 300km south-east of Tampico and has sustained winds of 140km/h the National Hurricane Center says.

Thoughts go out to all the people in all the countries suffering right now!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday 25th September 2017...a magical hike!!!

One good thing about all this rain is that the best hike and my favorite would be flowing with water and I set out this afternoon on the hik...