Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday 14th November 2018.... BRRRRRRR......

Well let me tell you it got really cold last night and riding the scooter, Pili, this morning I was bundled up but I realize I have to buy some warm clothes....

I met with Daniela this morning she is in charge of some library programs for schools in the campos and we have picked the schools where we will deliver the gifts for Three I just have to get all the numbers and ages and then I will have an agenda to work with.

I meet with people every day collecting donations and there are so many generous people around!!

Off to poker this afternoon and another fun and winning time I had.....another 300 pesos in the coffers for me...

My trainer Aaron had a presentation to make this afternoon and my usual session is moved to tomorrow I had time to eat before I went to my English class.....

Another great class we sat in a circle and each student had to talk for three was a great exercise for them..others asked them questions and before we knew it the time had passed..I handed out chocolates a usual Wednesday occurrence......

Walking home was a tad cool so for the first time I have the small electric heat on in the casita.....

Here is a little travel story to make you smile....

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone.  You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito.  I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane.  They don't have an airport; you have to be

driven there.  I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends,

family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt.  That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit

there too often. 

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!  It really gets the adrenalin

flowing and pumps up the old heart!  At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don't remember what country I was in.  It's an age thing.  They tell me it is very wet and damp there.

Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday 13 th November 2018....Paola!!!

This was taken from my blog in December 2008 and tells of my first meeting with Paola...

The next part of my day was incredible and so touching.  I had signed up to sponsor a child from a local home for disadvantaged  girls and to take the child Christmas shopping.  I was a little apprehensive as the instructions were very open,  an appointment was made for me to go to the home, CASA Hogar pick up the girl and take her shopping then bring her back home.  I went with an open mind and I was blown away.

First of all it was very difficult to find Casa Hogar


when I rang the bell the door was opened by the Madre, who greeted me and took me inside.  Madre then went to fetch the girl I was to take shopping.  Please meet Paola, she is 8 years old.

We introduced ourselves and then we left, as soon as we started to walk down the path so nonchalantly and lovingly Paola held my hand.  We walked about 300 yards till we found a taxi, we tried to talk to each other and she held my hand the whole time and looked at me with those eyes and kept smiling.

The instructions I had were to spend 500 pesos and Paola could pick what she wanted.  We went to a big store where we first bought some clothes that she picked out.

Paola chose a pink dress, a white sweater, gloves, hat and some sandals.  The next aisle we went into was the hair aisle where she picked a hair brush and clips for her hair and then some gel for her hair.

Now it was time for chocolates!!

Of course Paola had to have a toy…

We then went through the checkout

then went for a drink and a treat and then took the taxi back to the home.

Paola was so sweet and I was smitten with her and already decided that I was going to make an attempt to make a small difference in her life.  When I came home I checked the web site for the orphanage and found that it is possible to join a program called “Support a girl”.  For a monthly donation some of Paola’s needs will be meet.

This afternoon I spoke to Paola I called her on her cell has been three years since I have seen her so it was wonderful to talk with her.....obviously my Spanish is very limited and her English also but we have arranged to meet on Friday afternoon and Gracie is coming along and her Spanish is very good.....

Makes a nice Christmas surprise for me!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday 12 th November 2018.....great news!!!

Breaking news!!!!!

I just received a call from my friend Sara who is in SMA for the winter and she knows my relationship with Paola and Daniela from CASA Hogar all those years ago...

For new readers these two girls I sponsored for many years and took them to many places..even took Paola to the beach.......

I lost contact with Paola three years ago when there were some family issues going on for her........I always thought with this town being quite small I would bump into her on the street but I have not....

Well Sara DID today....saw her on the street and talked to her and she asked about me and I have her cell number and will call her tomorrow.

I often wondered what happened to her and I shall look forward to seeing her and hearing how she is...this makes me very happy!!!

Tonight Gracie and I went to a local hotel to listen to a speech given by ex Mexico President Vincente Fox.....he spoke to a packed house about 500 people it was very informative, entertaining and he is a great speaker!!

From the internet...

Alternative Titles: Quesada, Vicente Fox, Vicente Fox Quesada

Vicente Fox, in full Vicente Fox Quesada, (born July 2, 1942, Mexico City, Mexico), Mexican businessman and politician who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. His term in office marked the end of 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Fox, the second of nine children, was raised on a 1,100-acre (445-hectare) ranch in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. He earned a degree in business administration from the Ibero-American University in Mexico City and later became a route supervisor for the Mexican unit of the Coca-Cola Company. After a series of promotions, he served as the company’s chief executive in Mexico and then head of its Latin American operations. In 1979, however, he resigned and returned to Guanajuato.

As Mexico’s economy struggled in the 1980s, Fox became convinced that the country needed new leadership, and he turned to politics. He joined the National Action Party (PAN) in 1987 and the following year was elected to the national Chamber of Deputies. After losing a controversial gubernatorial election in Guanajuato in 1991, he ran again and was elected in 1995. In 2000 Fox ran for president on a platform that focused on ending government corruption and improving the economy. At the polls he easily defeated PRI candidate Francisco Labastida Ochoa, and on December 1, 2000, he succeeded Ernesto Zedillo as president of Mexico.

Fox focused his early efforts on improving trade relations with the United States, calming civil unrest in such areas as Chiapas, and reducing corruption, crime, and drug trafficking. In 2001 his administration introduced constitutional reforms that strengthened the rights of Mexico’s indigenous peoples. Although the measures were ratified by the necessary number of Mexican states, seven other states—including Chiapas, where more than half the indigenous population lives—rejected them. Advocates for indigenous rights objected to amendments that required indigenous peoples to act in accordance with the constitution and that reduced their autonomy in some spheres. Leaders of the Zapatista National Liberation Army in Chiapas—who had made constitutional reform a condition of their return to peace talks—also opposed the new law. In economic affairs, Fox’s proposals, particularly his plans to increase taxes as part of sweeping reforms to stabilize the Mexican economy and banking system, met fierce resistance in the Mexican legislature, where the PAN lacked a majority.

There was significant progress early in Fox’s term toward bilateral cooperation with the United States on drug trafficking and illegal immigration, but the U.S. administration was skeptical of Fox’s calls for open borders with the United States and for the protection of the rights of undocumented Mexican workers (Fox was later criticized for statements perceived as encouraging illegal immigration). At the same time, Fox’s opponents faulted him for aligning Mexico too closely with the United States, a sentiment reflected in the vote of the Mexican Senate in 2002 to block a planned visit by Fox to the United States. The PAN’s lack of a majority in the Mexican legislature hampered Fox’s ability to secure enactment of his reform proposals. Although Fox’s personal popularity remained high, there was disillusionment with the slow pace of reforms, and farmers staged widespread protests over the perceived failure of the Mexican government to address agricultural inequities caused by the North American Free Trade Agreement. As a result, in the 2003 legislative elections the PAN suffered major losses to the PRI, further eroding Fox’s ability to push through his reforms. In 2004 Fox’s wife, Martha Sahagún de Fox, briefly considered seeking the Mexican presidency (Fox was constitutionally ineligible for a second term), but her potential candidacy aroused considerable hostility in the public as well as among political leaders. In 2006 Fox left office, succeeded by Felipe Calderón of the PAN

it is raining as I write and I fear the 🎾 will be cancelled manana!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday 11th November 2018......THANK YOU!!!!

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

Why the poppy?

The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.

During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.

The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.

The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921.

Today the volunteer donations from the distribution of millions of poppies is an important source of revenue for the Royal Canadian Legion that goes toward helping ex-servicemen and women buy food, and obtain shelter and medical attention.

At public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.


Also known as Veterans Day in the U.S.,

Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, a year earlier.

It isn't a national holiday across Canada, but employees in federally regulated employees do get the day off. Several provinces and territories — including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon — do observe a statutory holiday.

Canada's military and the First World War

Two minutes before the armistice went into effect, at 10:58 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, Pte. George Lawrence Price was felled by a bullet. Price would become the final Commonwealth soldier — and the last of more than 66,000 Canadians — to be killed in the First World War

They died fighting at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele and Ypres — battles remembered for atrocious conditions and Canadian valour. In Ypres, Canadian soldiers were exposed to German gas attacks, yet continued to fight, showing amazing tenacity and courage in the face of danger.

In many ways, the identity of the young country was forged on those bloody battlefields.

About 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders (the province then still a colony of Britain) had served during the war, beginning in 1914. The last Canadian veteran of the conflict — John Babcock — died in February 2010 at the age of 109.

After Babcock's passing, the federal government announced that it would hold a national commemorative ceremony on April 9 to honour all Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served during the First World War.

Second World War


Between the declaration of the Second World War in September 1939 and the conflict's end in 1945, Canadians fought in Dieppe, Normandy, the North Atlantic, Hong Kong, during the liberation of Italy, and in many other important air, sea and land campaigns.

In total, more than one million men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in the army, air force and navy. More than 47,000 did not come home.

Canadian troops played a crucial role — and made a mighty sacrifice — in the 1944 D-Day invasion and the Battle of Normandy, a major turning point in the war's Atlantic campaign. More than 5,000 were killed in the land invasion in France.

The Canadian Army went on to play a significant part in the liberation of the Netherlands, which ended in 1945. The Dutch, having suffered through an extremely harsh winter, enthusiastically greeted the Canadians and forged a strong friendship between the two countries that lasts to this day.

Thank you to all the women, men and children who lost their lives in the wars of this century......

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday 10th November 2018....a fun day!!!

A great two hours on the courts this morning followed by a visit to the grocery store..way easier to get around on Pili....

Tonight Gracie and I went to the local playhouse to see the play Calendar girls...the story below..

The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the death of Angela Baker's husband John Richard Baker, an Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, who died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness Angela's friends began to raise money, initially with the aim of purchasing a sofa for the visitors' lounge in the hospital where John was treated. Nothing could have prepared them for the way their original calendar took off. To date they have raised over £3 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the UK's leading blood cancer charity. [10] The photos for the 2000 Alternative WI Calendar, as it was named, were taken by Terry Logan, a former professional photographer who was married to one of the models. It was released on 12 April 1999 and became a runaway success, selling out in the first week. 10,000 additional copies were printed, all of which were sold within three weeks. Nine months after its launch, the calendar had sold 88,000 copies.[11] It then was adapted for an American version covering June 2000 - December 2001. The ladies were invited to appear with Jay Leno and Rosie O'Donnell on their respective talk shows. That year the calendar sold 202,000 copies.

Proceeds from the 2000 calendar were used to fund lymphoma and leukaemia research in new laboratories at the University of Leeds. A plaque dedicated to John Baker reads, "The work in this laboratory is dedicated to the memory of John Baker in recognition of the exceptional fundraising achievements of the 'Calendar Girls' of the Rylstone & District Women's Institute."[11]

Since 2000, the Calendar Girls have produced calendars for 2004, 2005, 2007 and a recipe calendar for 2008 with their favourite Yorkshire recipes on the back of each month.

Ten years on, the Calendar Girls launched a 2010 calendar with a new set of full colour images and the aim of raising £2 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The Calendar Girls are still strong supporters of Leukaemia Research and have a range of merchandise in aid of the charity including calendars, greetings cards a range of three jams made by Brackenhill Fine Foods, York, and chocolates produced by Yorkshire chocolatier Whitaker's, twelve squares with the original calendar images on the wrappers. They are available online and in selected outlets.

Of the project, Angela Baker has said, "We are constantly amazed at the response we had, and still get, to our calendar. I cannot believe that we were able to raise so much money and I am delighted that it is being spent on such worthwhile research. I know that John would be tremendously honoured to know that we have achieved so much in his name.

This is the area where I grew up and the play was really well performed to a full audience....a great night out!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Friday 9th November 2018.... a step up!!!

I was invited this morning to play tennis at the prestigious Golf and Tennis club Malequin just outside of town.....

My tennis partner, Carolyn invited me to play with a couple that live on Salt Spring Island a small island off Vancouver Island and very close to where I used to live.

I met Erica and Colin three years ago and we played tennis then and two years ago I visited them at their home on Salt Spring.

The club and facilities are really top drawer....very nice!!

One of the perks of playing there is that each court is allotted a ball first I found this very hard having an 11 year old kid running around picking up my balls but I came to realize that after the game we all chip in and give him a tip and little Angel walked off with 120 pesos this morning for two hours work...when you compare that with the road workers who work an 8 hour day for the same pay.......I just hope he only works at the courts in the mornings and goes to school in the afternoon!!!

Really enjoying the new scooter and going against all the names submitted..she is going to be named Pili!!!!!!

Have a great weekend...

Yashi Kochi!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Thursday 8th November 2018......patience is a virtue!!!!

I will not bore you with the news about the four hour wait at the registration office to get a plate for the scooter🤨😏😒😞😔😟

Long story short everything is completed and the scooter is home....

There is not room here in the garage for both car and scooter so for the time being Gracie has a tenant that rents her condo in a gated community where there is an outside parking spot and Little Bluey is going to spend the winter there and the scooter here with me......and when ever I want to use the car I can just do a switch!!

It was lovely to drive the scooter away I have not ridden for a while but it all came back and a much better way of getting around the town than by car!!!

I still need to get a name for this scooter..come on suggestions!!!!

So I am mobile but still intend to do a lot of walking!!!

I want to wish Malc, my Brother a great birthday today!!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Wednesday 7th November and class!!!

Would like to wish my nephew Andy a Happy birthday today....won’t say how old he is..but his uncle Les wishes him a happy birthday....also tomorrow is my Brother Malc’s Birthday...he is really old!!!!!!!

This is Andy and Malc doing what all dignified Englishmen do on a Saturday afternoon.....

Drininking tea at the local football game!!!!

A busy day starting out with going to the Honda dealership in town and paying for my scooter....

This is exactly the same as Little Blackie which I enjoyed so all we need to do is get a name...any suggestions??????

Afterwards walked into town for some chores and then to the restaurant for an afternoon of poker... seven of us had a great time lots of laughs and I managed to keep the winning streak alive winning 150 pesos!!!

I steady walk to the gym where I met Aaron and my one hour very hard workout!!!

I just about have time to cool a banana and walk across the street to my English class....

Tonight I had invited my good friend Kristen to class she has been before and is a very delightful and gifted young lady...

After introductions were made the students all told of their pay it forward act and it is so great to hear they all did something!!!!

Then I handed over the class to Kristen and she had them making their own poppy!!!

You can see they are all very artistic......

I am teaching again tomorrow night and for that class I will print out an information sheet of the importance of the poppy especially this weekend..

They all seemed thrilled to take home their poppy!!

Thank you so much Kristen!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday 14th November 2018.... BRRRRRRR......

Well let me tell you it got really cold last night and riding the scooter, Pili, this morning I was bundled up but I realize I have to buy s...