Thursday, June 30, 2022

Thursday 30 th June 2022…last day of the month!!


Started my day with a great two hours of tennis very competitive and fun and played in full sunshine.

This  afternoon I returned to my family doctor and she went over all my blood and lab test results and I was delighted when she told me that everything is perfect and I am extremely healthy!!

To finish off my yearly check up I have an appointment with my cardiologist in two weeks.

Wordle took me a long time today!!

This is an amazing story!!

Today, she's studying two careers online—Industrial engineering in mathematics at UNITEC and systems engineering at CNCI. The University of Arizona has offered her a scholarship. Pérez was invited to study there personally by the university's president, Robert C. Robbins, who sent her a letter with the news.Jan 2, 2022. 

IQ 162. Spectacularly shattering widespread misconceptions about individuals with developmental disorders by proving her incredible intellectual capabilities

A Brown Skinned Native Mexican Girl is the most intelligent human alive 


When Adhara Pérez was three, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. She experienced severe bullying by her peers but in therapy, her parents learned she had a higher IQ than Albert Einstein. With her intelligence, Adhara graduated elementary school at five years of age, middle school by six, and high school at eight. Not even ten years old and Adhara is in the process of earning two degrees at once.

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Wednesday 29 th June 2022…a bit of this and that!!

 My day started at 11 am with my gym training session….I must admit I do not enjoy going to these sessions and whilst I am there I find it hard but when I am finished and on my way home I am happy I went and my trainer, Jessica, is very good and pushes me to my limit.

From there I went straight to poker and celebrated with another win, this time 200 pesos…..

Frida is still at the doggie camp all week so I miss seeing her but the neighbor’s cat likes to come over and sit on my steps…I am trying to make friends but she is very skittish……

Enjoying watching Wimbledon again and did not do very well with Wordle today!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tuesday 28 th June 2022….too good not to post!!

 As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.

It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around.."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper That he got from a grocery bag Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume.. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to." After the children left, she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets.."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling* her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer.... The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for* believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

(For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. I love this story so very much, I cry every time I read it. Just try to make a difference in someone's life today? tomorrow? Just "do it".

Random acts of kindness, I think they call it?

 "Believe in Angels, then return the favor

Stay safe and healthy!!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Monday, June 27, 2022

Monday 27 th June 2022….just a day!!

 Not really a newsworthy day but it started out by going to the medical lab at 7.30am to get my blood work for my Doctor’s perusal after my check up last week.

I then went to the first of my new yoga classes from 8.30 am to 10am…..I have wanted to go to a class for a long time now and this class is well suited for me, I like the teacher and her studio is three minutes walk from my casita!

Next I picked up my poker buddy Mort and we did our monthly trip to Queretaro to go to Costco….Mort likes to go and I do not mind driving him and I picked up a couple of things… was a good day out…

Now going to settle in for the evening and catch up on day one of Wimbledon!!

Struggled with Wordle today…

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday 26 th June 2022……really only for tennis enthusiasts!!!

 My next two weeks….

A stellar cast of ageing greats has assembled for what could be one of the final times at Wimbledon as the jewel of the British sporting summer returns.

Many of the world's biggest names are set to take part at the All England Club, led by Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Emerging stars like Emma Raducanu, Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz are also playing.

However, it will be another SW19 tournament which has a different feel because of a major global crisis.

There are no ranking points available for the players because Wimbledon, unlike its Grand Slam partners at the French Open and US Open, decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing because of the invasion of Ukraine.

Daniil Medvedev, the Russian who is the men's world number one, is the biggest absentee because of the move.

Can Nadal battle the pain to continue his clean sweep?

Despite thinking last year his career was over because of a chronic foot injury, 36-year-old Nadal has battled back to win the Australian Open and French Open titles this year.

Shortly after winning a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam men's singles title in Paris, attention quickly turned to Wimbledon and whether Nadal would be able to play.

The Spaniard needed anaesthetic injections to numb the pain at Roland Garros, saying he "could not and did not want to" continue playing under those circumstances.

But after having radiofrequency ablation treatment - which uses heat on the nerve to quell long-term pain - he decided to travel to London.

"It's obvious that, if I am here, it's because things are going better," said second seed Nadal.

"If not, I would not be here. I'm quite happy about the things, how they evolved. I can't be super happy because I don't know what can happen."

After playing an exhibition at the Hurlingham Club, Nadal headed to the All England Club and took part in the first practice session allowed on Centre Court.

Nadal hit with Italy's Matteo Berrettini, last year's runner-up, on Centre Court and was followed on to the famous court by Djokovic, who practised with Croatia's Marin Cilic

Top seed Djokovic, 35, remains the favourite to retain the men's singles and win a seventh title which would move him alongside Pete Sampras and one behind Roger Federer's record.

"I didn't have any lead-up tournaments to Wimbledon, but I've had success in the past without having any official matches and tournaments," said Djokovic.

"Over the years, I had success with adapting quickly to the surface, so there is no reason not to believe that I can do it again."

Federer is not playing as he recovers from a knee injury which needed a third surgery in August.

The 40-year-old Swiss has not played since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year but plans to make a comeback at the Laver Cup and Swiss Indoors tournament later this year.

Serbia's Djokovic is tied with Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles and is aiming to close the gap on Nadal in the continuing battle to finish with the most majors.

Shortly after winning a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam men's singles title in Paris, attention quickly turned to Wimbledon and whether Nadal would be able to play.

The Spaniard needed anaesthetic injections to numb the pain at Roland Garros, saying he "could not and did not want to" continue playing under those circumstances.

But after having radiofrequency ablation treatment - which uses heat on the nerve to quell long-term pain - he decided to travel to London.

"It's obvious that, if I am here, it's because things are going better," said second seed Nadal.

"If not, I would not be here. I'm quite happy about the things, how they evolved. I can't be super happy because I don't know what can happen."

After playing an exhibition at the Hurlingham Club, Nadal headed to the All England Club and took part in the first practice session allowed on Centre Court.

Is this a comeback or farewell for Williams?

The plan is for the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion to play in the singles at the All England Club.

Williams, 40, has been given a wildcard for the tournament where she has won seven of her major titles, but has not played singles since she retired injured during her first-round match at Wimbledon last year.

The American made her comeback to the WTA Tour at Eastbourne this week, playing in the doubles alongside Tunisia's Ons Jabeur.

After the pair won their opening match on Tuesday, she said she did not know if this was the start of a longer comeback or a farewell tour.

"You know what, I'm literally taking it one day at a time," she said.

Dubbed 'Onsrena', the team won again on Wednesday before pulling out of their semi-final match, citing a knee injury for Jabeur.

How fit are Britain's biggest two stars?

As the centrepiece of the British sporting summer, Wimbledon thrives even more with the presence of some strong home hopes.

The biggest stars are, of course, Murray and Raducanu. But both have seen their preparations disrupted for their home Grand Slam event by injury.

Two-time champion Murray, 35, has been left frustrated by an abdominal injury which he picked up in the Stuttgart final on 12 June.

England's Raducanu, 19, is short of grass-court preparation after pulling out of Eastbourne with a side problem.

But both players were upbeat in their pre-Wimbledon news conferences, with Murray saying training over the past few days had been "really positive" and Raducanu insisting she was "ready to go".

Who are the emerging stars to succeed the old guard?

Poland's Swiatek is the dominant player on the WTA Tour this year, having won her sixth tournament in a row at the recent French Open. A 35-match winning streak has taken her into a huge lead at the top of the world rankings.

The 21-year-old has filled the void left by Australia's Ashleigh Barty, who retired shortly after winning her home major, in some style.

Barty, 25, also won the Wimbledon ladies singles title last year, meaning it is still to be decided who opens play on Centre Court on Tuesday - an honour given to the reigning women's champion.

Despite her injury concern, Jabeur is among the favourites behind Swiatek.

The 27-year-old won the Berlin grass-court title recently.

"I love grass," she said. "My game suits it very well.

"You can really disturb a lot of players with the slices, the drop shot. You can never know if I'm hitting or changing the rhythm so I think that's a big advantage for me."

American teenager Coco Gauff famously reached the fourth round as a 15-year-old in 2019 and, three weeks after losing to Swiatek in her first major final, is tipped to go far again.

Estonia's Anett Kontaveit is seeded second, but has only won back-to-back matches once since reaching the Doha final in February.

The 26-year-old has never progressed past the third round at Wimbledon and lost in the first round last year.

Brazilian 23rd seed Beatriz Haddad Maia is a name to watch after an incredible grass-court season which has seen her win the titles in Nottingham and Birmingham, and reach the last four at Eastbourne.

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Saturday 25th June 2022…..doggie day!!

 With Frida off to doggie camp for ten days I got my doggie fix after tennis this morning as I was invited to take Gracie’s dogs, Scout and Negrita on a hike…

We went down to the Pressa and parked and walked for two hours, they loved it….

See the guy on the far right of this photo he is actually throwing out a fish net…

 The Pressa is filled with invasive Lillies that are periodically removed by machine…..always animals around…

They had a big drink of water back at the car and look tired and happy!!!

Not a bad Wordle day!!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thursday 23 rd June 2022….Memory lane!!!

 This This is what I did seven years ago today!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday 23rd June 2015….off to the mainland!!!

This was the day to go to Vancouver for the soccer game and I spent the morning doing some shopping and then Zach drove me down to the ferry terminal and I bought a ticket as a foot passenger on the ferry because I am a slightly old man I get 50% off so a good deal………the journey is about 90 minutes and this is the mainland where the ship comes in to dock… 



Walked right out of the terminal and the express bus into down town Vancouver is right there


Another discount for being old…I love it…….about a 35 minute ride in a packed bus


and I was down town…just a few shots on the walk to the stadium!!!



This was really impressive…

I am not use to seeing high rises!!!




It was very easy to get to the stadium but I was two hours early but right across the street I saw a YWCA with a nice patio with chairs out front…there was no sitting there so I went in and asked if I could and the lady told me of course do you want the internet password….so I sat in this nice chair on the street looking out over the stadium, did a few e mails, read my book, ate the sandwich and snack I had brought for myself as you cannot take food or drink into the stadium instead you have to buy their 10 dollar hot dog or 4 dollar drink(no thank you) and then watched the fans arrive…




A very festive and happy time and I think the number of fans were split evenly….out side the stadium is this wonderful tribute to Terry Fox…if you are not Canadian you may not know of him and his story and I beg you to Google him and read about inspirational life……seeing this statue made me smile because in my class in San Miguel when I was teaching English I remember printing off an article about him and bringing it to class and we talked about him..they were so thrilled to learn of him!!!!!


I also love this shot below


I used to enjoy taking shots like this of Daniela and Paola when they were younger because this is how they walked down the streets!!!!

I have the same seat as last time, a good seat and got ready for the game!!!





The celebration of the first goal!!!


The second half was more entertaining but the Netherlands never looked like they could win and in the end Japan move on with a 2-1 victory.

After the game I had directions to the apartment I had booked for the night and it took me about 40 minutes to walk…


Views from one of the bridges that I crossed…


Michelle my hostess is very nice as is my room..



I am going to explore a little tomorrow before taking the ferry back to the island….

Happy Birthday to Ben, Heather and Kirby’s oldest son, 23 years today!!!!!

Yashi Kochi

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wednesday 22 nd June 2022..a very quiet day!!

 Sorry not much to post about today even the weather is nothing to talk about cool and windy all day……did some chores this morning before going off to poker whee I continue to win, this time 200 pesos.

After poker went and picked up Frida and took her on her final walk for ten days as she is off to dog camp in the campo again… I shall miss her.

Wordle was a struggle again…this time in 4 attempts….

So there you have it a summary of my day…

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Tuesday 21 st June 2022..a bit of everything!!

 Joy to be back on the tennis courts again this morning……..

Walked Frida this afternoon and I found a place where she can run off lease so I have been taking her there she loves it!!!

Had a bit of a problem with Wordle  today but managed to do it in four.

Also did some cooking today made a Shepherds pie and it made a tasty meal with left overs for mañana….

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Monday, June 20, 2022

Monday 20 th June 2022…..a new week!!

 Yoga Day 2022: Yoga is a practice that brings joy, health, and peace from within, and it deepens a sense of continuous connection between an individual's inner consciousness and the external world. Every year, on June 21, people across the globe celebrate the International Day of Yoga. This year, the 8th edition of the International Day of Yoga will be observed. Ahead of the big day, know about, history, significance and IYD 2022 theme. 

What is the theme of Yoga Day 2022?

The 8th edition of IDY will be organised in India and across the globe on the theme of 'Yoga for Humanity' which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address and will focus on 'Brand India at Global Stage' while showcasing its iconic places. The IDY observation is based on a harmonious mass yoga demonstration of a custom made 45-minute protocol namely, Common Yoga Protocol (CYP). 

This year, the major attraction of the IDY observation will be the 'Guardian Ring', whereby the yoga celebrations happening across the world will be relayed throughout the Yoga Day. 'The Guardian Ring' underlines 'One Sun, One earth' concept and showcases the unifying power of Yoga.

Why is June 21 celebrated as Yoga Day?

June 21 which is also known as the summer solstice was chosen as the International Yoga Day because it is the longest day of the year. 

History and Significance of Yoga Day

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. The United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2014 at the initiative of India with the support of 177 countries. 

I have been wanting to get into a yoga class and because of the above a lot of studios are offering a free class this week and I went to one this morning and it is just around the corner from my casita……immediately liked the teacher and the way she was and the way she helped me… I have signed up for eight classes…..

So I have my activities planned the way I want them…here is my schedule for each week…

Monday yoga

Tuesday tennis

Wednesday private training gym session

Thursday tennis

Friday private training gym session

Saturday tennis and an afternoon massage

Sunday sleep all day🤩

Enjoyed my afternoon walk with FRIDA and we both had a little treat…

I got my Wordle mojo back this morning!!

Stay safe and healthy!!

Yashi Kochi!!

Thursday 5 th January 2023…it was a great run!!!

 This was my first ever blog post back in November of 2006!!! With just a couple of days off I have written a blog every day since and I hav...