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  • Kidney Stones, Lily the Mouse and Doo-Wop Music to Soothe the Beast.

    Babs wrote: As I start this post this morning, you might get photos and you might not. Google is running rampant today and no matter how hard I have tried to upload photos, it is not willing to participate.

    Just one of life's little aggravations.

    Speaking of aggravations, last week at about 1AM on Monday night, I had a BIG aggravation with excruciating pain each time I took a breath. What the heck was my first thought? Covid was my next thought and pain reliever was the last thought.

    I made it through the night with no sleep and had little pain during the day Tuesday. ...

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  • Traveling around San Miguel - back streets, hillsides and more!

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    Babs wrote: Believe it or not, the above photo is within the boundaries of San Miguel. It is a hillside across from the Hotel Atascadero. On the other side of the hill is the Luciergana Mall and, as you can see the mountains in the background, one is an extinct volcano! ...

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  • Lessons Learned from COVID in San Miguel de Allende

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    Babs wrote: The past five months have been a learning experience. To put it mildly. It isn't a new lesson, but I have realized that hugs from family is an all important thing! John, Matilda and Sebastian come over every now and then, but, still we are so careful. However, since I haven't been leaving the house, we have our masks on, turn our faces away from each other now..........and HUG!!!! I mean LONG hugs.

    That lasts us for about ten days and then we get together and have a picnic outside or play with frisbees or something and then HUG! It works, big time. Can you believe they are growing up so much? ...

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  • A Time Without Touch.

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    Babs wrote: This is a photo of my sister, Marilyn and my brother-in-law Don Truckenbrod. I don't know when this photo was taken but it is a good likeness of them. My sister and brother-in-law passed on
    in June and July. Marilyn, who was eleven years older then I, died on June 20th and then Don
    passed on July 21st. Two shocking events for me as I did not realize that both were in such ill health.
    No, it was not Covid. But, because of Covid, they were not together when Marilyn passed. And then I guess after 68 years of an absolutely great marriage of love, family and fun, Don passed as well.

    My sister was like a second mother to me, much to her consternation!. But, she WAS always there for me from the beginning, for sure. In fact, often when she was going out on a date, I got to tag along. She was Class Beauty and our house was always, always full of her friends. My brother, Bob, who passed in 2003 was only one year younger then her and so you can imagine, our house was the "meet up" place during my childhood. ...

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  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - 1955!

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    Babs wrote: It is astounding to see this photo and to become aware of how much this village has grown in sixty-five years! Truly a small village at the time.

    I saved this photo to write a blog on the 18th of June. Finally, today I feel like writing again. Somehow all the joy of writing has not been around much lately.

    I've noticed a change in attitude and energy in the last few days with a desire to garden more, cook more and to move around more.........good news for me. Hope you are experiencing this feeling as well. Being energetic has always been part of the joy of my life. Maybe I have been trying to compensate for the fact that there is not so much to do so I have taken it really, really easy. Who knows? Least of all me.

    The sounds of the egrets clacking and squawking in the eucalyptus trees across the cobbled stone road from my house are a welcome sound. The new fledglings are trying to get their bearings. I presume that is what all the noise is about.........

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  • Walking down the Path of Life!

    Babs wrote: It is more like "stumbling" down the path of life! The above photo was the path at the house on the hill. The round stepping stones are the grandchildren's hand prints or foot prints made for me by the children and my daughter Julie many years ago. Of course, I treasure them.

    There has been some construction going on this property with the owners putting in a ground level cistern with a wall around it. They removed a gorgeous stand of bamboo to accomplish their goal and now I'm trying to figure out how to camouflage another white wall! The stepping stones used to be in front of the stand of bamboo but are now stacked up waiting for the coast to clear before I decide to relocate them someplace else.

    As I mentioned in the last post, I offered three large oleanders to help hide the white wall. One got planted two weeks ago but no one has returned to plant the other two or to put in grass where they dug holes. I just try not to look that way, ha.

    Invitations have started coming via email for birthdays and other activities. The first arrival stopped me dead in my tracks. ...

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  • COVID 19 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Day 80 of Stay at Home. Hard to believe!

    Babs wrote: These hand made faces from Tzinzunzan make me smile each day as I walk past them in the garden. I have had each and every one of those expressions on my face in the last eighty days including horror, sadness and disbelief. I have not reached resignation, yet.

    Although I haven't been anywhere, there has been lots going on here on the homefront. None of it at my instigation, but by the person that I rent my first floor house from here in SMA.

    Since the upstairs tenant returned to Minneapolis after twenty-four years here in Mexico, the owner decided this was the time not only to paint and fix things, but to remodel the kitchen and bath! In Mexico, remodel is synonymous with the sound "chip, chip, chip". As they chip plaster, tile and heaven only knows what else, my ideal quiet abode has been accosted by workers, people in and out, and the noise of construction. ...

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  • An Endurance Test

    Babs wrote: Don't laugh. I give up! I have tried for days to figure out how the changes that Adobe Photoshop have made prevent me from enlarging this photo. Jennifer is left, me in the middle and Jewels to the right. Maybe it was Mother's Day.

    It's a photo that I found recently attached to something else! It is one of the few photos of my two daughters and I together! It was taken in the 80's at Applebee's where Julie worked on the weekends while going to college in Nacogdoches at Stephen F. Austin. Yes, she would drive all the way home because the tips were good, food at home was good, and she got to see her friends. Jennifer lived in Houston at the time and we tried to get together as often as possible. Heaven only knows where John was at that time!

    I want to have this photo restored, enlarged and framed. It reminds me of good times! You see, today is the 16th anniversary of Jennifer's passing. Not a day goes by that something or someone reminds me of a memory that makes me smile or chokes me up. Rainbows, butterflies are very significant for all of us in the family. ...

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  • DAY 54..........But, who is counting?

    Babs wrote: I'm amazed to write that it has been fifty-four days since I have left my home! Some days it seems like forever and other days seem to pass quickly. On Friday it will be eight weeks since I made the decision, based on all I was reading, to STAY HOME!

    Stocking up on essentials was done on the morning of Day 1 with the idea it might be for three weeks. Au contraire, it has been much longer, as we all know.

    The Universe doesn't let us see the future, thankfully. If it did and I had known that I wouldn't be leaving for eight weeks, it may have caused a mini meltdown. But, taking it "one day at a time", for me, has been the best way to press on. ...

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  • Batten Down The Hatches!

    Babs: This photo of the jacaranda and other flowers blooming denotes a time of calm and serenity. Spring. On the outside, and if walking the streets, it seems that way. But, inside, in our hearts and minds, we all are slightly tied in knots wondering what is coming next.

    The only thing I can equate this to is when living on the Gulf Coast for close to fifty years, hurricane season came. First they would announce that "maybe" something was going to come into the Gulf. My ears would perk up for further details and listening carefully was always important if it was heading our way.

    Often, however, there wasn't great forewarning and once, one morning there was nothing but a little tropical depression but by the next day, in the Bay area south of Houston, we had had 42 inches of rain in 24 hours. No planning for that other then trying to get everything off the floors in case there was flooding. For me and my children, there was not, but, for others who lived right on the shore lines, their homes were inundated.

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  • Frontier Airlines - Great Customer Service

    Babs: Something happened way back around the holidays. I am finally getting around to writing about it.

    Frontier Airlines went above and beyond to find something very special for my granddaughter, Hannah who lives in Colorado.

    Here is the backstory. Hannah had her 22nd birthday in November. Her parents, my daughter Julie and son--in-law Rich gave her a ticket to fly to Houston during the holidays to spend time with family and friends. Hannah was so excited as she had only flown alone one time previously.

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  • REEL DOCS - An experience not to be missed in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Babs: For someone like me who doesn't even go to the movie theater to see movies, it was quite an interesting experience to head to the Bibliotecha two weeks ago to see RAISE HELL.

    At the time, it could only be seen through Reel Docs which is a group who present diverse documentaries concerning people and places from around the world.

    What a delightful experience it was to sit in the theater and be surrounded by people who were laughing and giggling and thoroughly enjoying a documentary about Molly and politics! Indeed.

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  • AND a Twelfth Birthday! Happy Birthday Mati............

    Babs: Indeed, that little Gypsy kid you used to read about when she was a baby is now becoming a young lady. A very accomplished one at that!

    Matilda is accomplished as a highwire trapeze person and also using the ribbons for all kinds of aerial activities. In addition to that, back on the ground, she is taking dressage lessons while loving each and every animal that she comes into contact with these days.

    From horses to cats to anything or anyone who needs a helping hand, she has a BIG heart! As you can tell I'm so proud of the person she has become and will continue to be.

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  • A Surprising Thirteenth Anniversary

    Babs: I humbly write this post today. It is one of more then 1700 posts that have been written in the last thirteen years. No way would it ever have occurred to me that what started out as a way to let my family know about my life in Mexico, would turn into something that expanded my life in a very exciting and enriching way.

    Many of you know that my dear friend Billie Mercer, a fellow blogger for many years, encouraged me to start this actually back in 2006. I wrote one post on 9/11/06 but was intimidated by what I thought was a lack of technical knowledge on how to post photos etc. But Billie said to keep it up and how wonderful that she did.

    From that encouragement, not only have there been over 1700 posts, but there have now been one million readers! I realize that to many important bloggers that is not that much but to me it is astounding.

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  • Happy Birthday Sebastian Woodrow...........A Tornado of Joy!

    Babs: Ten years ago tonight, I was on the beach of Calachosa, a little known spot in the road, on the Bay of Cuestacomate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sunsets are my thing and very few are ever missed.

    Little did I know that in less then twenty-four hours, a new person, a precious baby, was coming into the world who would be my seventh grandchild along with being a very unique and special human being.

    Born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the picture below was taken there. It is among hundreds that I have, but has always been a favorite. Sebastian and Matilda........

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  • Life is Like a Box of Chocolates..........

    Some sad news today from Babs of San Miguel / BabsBlog. We have never met in person although we did almost meet for dinner once and we have corresponded a little via email. I have been reading her blog since 2016 and I have come to know her and her family a little through her excellent slice-of-life writings. Before the shocking news, this post started like many of hers with a simple joy of life and family.

    Babs: "You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump

    Prior to Christmas, Sebastian asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said "You"! He laughed and said, "No really Grammy". So I answered that anything chocolate, like Hershey kisses or something, would be just fine. I saw his eyes light up and I knew he was thinking of something.

    Christmas morning, before the kids had even opened all their gifts, they wanted their Dad and I to open one present each. Mine was, of course, from Sebastian. It is a box of Ferrero chocolates. The headquarter factory for these candies is about 1 1/2 hours from here but I had never eaten them before, much to Seb's shocked expression.

    So, I said to him, "You know life is like a box of chocolates." To which he asked what does that mean And I answered. He contemplated that for quite a while.

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  • Reminiscing in December

    Babs: Yesterday was the day to start getting the decorations out to put up around my little house. In the past, it was a weeklong escapade. Now it will take this afternoon for a couple of hours. Life changes.

    We always started putting our decorations up at this time of December in the past. Right around the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Having been raised Catholic, now a former Catholic, I never forget this date.

    You see, not only was it a Holy Day in the Catholic church and a day off from school, but it was my Mother's birthday. She was a "converted" Catholic. This happened after she married my Dad. "Converted" Catholics are very strict about following the teachings of the church. Hence, we said the Rosary every night, on our knees, to pray for people we knew but mostly for those we didn't. I often thought as a child that surely some day this would not be needed anymore. Oh, the innocence of youth.

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  • Notes from November

    Babs: It IS the middle of November already and two weeks since I last posted! How can that be? I actually got the calendar out of the drawer to see what I have been doing this past two weeks to see what has made the time go by so fast and there is nothing to report, other then daily life! How can that be? Well it just is.

    The first week of November was all the festivities of Dia de los Muertos. What once was simply families going to the cemetery and cleaning and decorating graves, has now turned into a major commercial enterprise with catrina parades, parties and at least one hundred (I'm not exaggerating) other activities going on during that time. It draws tens of thousands of people into our little town. Our population here in SMA, not the municipality, is a little over 60,000 but surges amazingly during activities like this. Needless to say, participating is no longer something that I do. Even trying to get to the little cemetery in San Juan de Dios is overwhelming with tourists, so I live on all the memories from the last twenty years and let others deal with the traffic and people.

    One of the festivities was the Art Walk at La Aurora which is the first Saturday of the month. ...

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  • Riding High

    Babs: She's eleven years old now. Forming her own interests. Two of them are dressage and high wire trapeze and other activities like Cirque de Soleil performs.

    Yes, Matilda is becoming her own person. It is a joy to observe.

    A few weeks ago we all went out to watch her practice somewhere near Cineaguita, outside of San Miguel at an amazing training facility. Here are the photos from the hour long practice.

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  • Surprises Abound!

    Babs: Surprise, surprise. An orchid that I bought at Home Depot or Costco has rebloomed! When they are bare sticks, I put them outside with hope. In all the years that I have had orchids, NEVER, have I had one rebloom. I truly was shocked and did not believe my eyes.

    When I brought this in from outside last Saturday it had one pod with a bloom about to open. This bloom is what opened. Now there are many pods and many blooms.

    Each time I walk by this little nook at the entrance to the kitchen and see it, I mentally shake my head in surprise and delight. What a gift!

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  • When the "Light" is Good!

    Babs: It's been a while, almost a month, since my last post! Time flies........ It hasn't been for any reason other then I have been busy with this and that. What? Heck a lot of "that" is just daily stuff that no one really wants to hear about.

    But, the "this" things were deciding to organize all the stuff that was put into the storage shelves behind the curtain in the bedroom. When I moved in, I just wanted to get everything out of boxes and things were not that well organized initially. But, this time, I definitely went through each and everything. The "Tidying Up" lady from Netflix would be impressed. Quite a few things got thrown away or given away too. I think I have less now then ever before. Believe it or not, it is a GOOD feeling.

    Working in the garden was something else that gives me great pleasure. Friday afternoon the gardener came to turn the sprinklers on. It was about 5:30, his usual time to arrive. But the LIGHT, oh the light was incredible. Quickly I grabbed the camera, stepped out the front door and took a few photos of the water backlit by the sun. Those yellow balls are not tennis balls lying on the grass! They are lemons. The tree limbs are bending over filled with lemons.
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  • Time flies - Two Birthdays This Week! Christopher and Jessica

    Babs: It is so true that time flies. It seems like just yesterday, but it was twenty eight (28) years ago that Jessica was born. In addition, it was twenty one years ago (21)! that Christopher was born. I do remember both in exquisite detail.

    Christopher's birthday is tomorrow, the third of September. It is an important time for him as he makes decisions and changes in his life. We all stand by to hear what they will be and where he will be living. He now lives in Clear Lake City which is a place near NASA that he spent a lot of his growing up years and graduated from high school.

    Christopher is the son of my daughter Jennifer, who passed on when Chris was 5 1/2 years old. Life has had its challenges for him but he has that soft temperament and inherent kindness of his Mom. I know whatever his choices, they will be correct for him/

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  • Whoosh! Summer Is Over in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Babs: The kids have gone back to school, the decorations for all the Independence festivities are up on the streets of San Miguel and so, it's time to look forward to Fall.

    We have had lush rain..........the gardens are exquisitely emerald green along with colorful flowers galore.

    The hummingbirds love the blooming salvia and zip around so busy! While the bees are busy in the lavender that stretches across the flower bed in front of the house. Always something to see.

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  • The Worst Meal in FIFTY Years!

    Babs: I did not feel like going through old Picasa files to post photos of many of the outstanding and delicious meals that I have had in San Miguel and other places over the last fifty years. Suffice to say, I don't miss too many meals, especially good ones.

    Ninety-nine percent of the time I'm easy to please. Besides, often I go to my favorite restaurants and know what I like the most on the menu of that particular restaurant.

    Back in the day, in my culinary world in the USA, I had many la-de-da meals and can't remember one that wasn't delicious. But, you can give me a good breakfast or delicious reuben and I'm happy too.

    Fast forward to last week. I was invited to lunch at ...

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  • The Consequences of Inaction

    Babs: When life gets to be too much I attempt to become a hermit and immerse myself in nature, good books and lovely music.

    This past ten days have been that and more with the world situation and a couple of personal things as well.

    I'm like an old turtle, ducking my head in my shell, when there are too many emotional things to deal with on a day to day basis.

    Yes, the massacres in Dayton and El Paso had a direct affect on my physche as I'm sure it did on most people. ...

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