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  • Babs Blog: Seven NEW Hotels - Seven HUNDRED Rooms!

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    Babs wrote: The times they are a'changing! It has been announced in the last few months the names of the major hotel groups who will be opening new properties in San Miguel.

    It is quite a list! Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Pueblo Bonito, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn are just a few of the seven hotels.

    Here is the information I gleaned from articles that I have read. If you know San Miguel, the description of the locations will make sense. Otherwise, they will all be within twenty minutes of the main jardin and the Parroquia. ...

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  • A New Chapter of Life

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    Babs wrote: It has happened! The Gypsy Kids, Matilda and Sebastian along with their Dad, John are now in Colorado! They were so thrilled at the first big snow right after they arrived that I received videos of snow ball fights, sledding and snowboarding. What fun! The kids were ecstatic as were my daughter and son-in-law along with the kids' cousins, Hannah and Andrew!

    To say it is very quiet around here would be an understatement. What has thrilled me is to hear from the kids about their new school, going to the zoo, and seeing a black bear in the yard next store! Oh my...........The slight giggle in their voices tells me how happy they are to be there. Relief!

    Typically this time of year I would be busy gathering all the necessary ingredients for Easter baskets, dyeing eggs and decorating the house. None of that is happening which has thrown me into a sort of funk this week. I'm not usually grumpy but woke up that way Tuesday. It took me a day or two to figure out why I was out of sorts and, of course, it is because I miss the fun of the surprise of Easter and the fun with the kids of dyeing and baking a bunny cake. ...

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  • Heading On Down The Road!

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    Babs wrote: One thing that is always true, life changes. A major one has happened this past week as Matilda, Sebastian and my son John headed for the USA. The USA is a place totally foreign to the children as they were three years old (Matilda) and one year old (Sebastian) when they came to San Miguel! It will definitely be a time for discovery for them. For John it will be a better opportunity to make a living to take care of his family.

    They have headed for Colorado as of Friday morning at "o dark thirty". Their arrival in Laredo was a relief as all their possessions, including the leash trained cats, were traveling along. After a night in Laredo with my trusty and wonderful son-in-law Rich, who drove from Colorado to get them, they headed for Colorado again at "o dark thirty".

    Obviously they made a food stop in Texas. This photo of Sebastian with a container of french fries from a WHAT A BURGER is the evidence. The funniest part of this photo though is one of the cats peeking over the back seat and eyeing the food! It made me laugh to see how intent both Sebastian and the cat both were on the french fries. ...

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  • It's GIRL SCOUT COOKIE Time!

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    Babs wrote: I have already ordered Girl Scout cookies for this year from a delightful granddaughter of a friend.

    I had done this long before I found my daughter Jennifer's sash from back in the 70's yesterday. It was just a serendipitous experience. I went in the container that holds all her treasures to fine her tiara from being Homecoming Queen. I wanted to give it to Matilda for her 13th birthday which is coming up soon but, alas, it was not in there. ...

    I could go on and on. But, I digress. Here's the information for you to order Girl Scout cookies to help Hanna to sell enough to be able to go to camp this summer or whenever it is possible for free!

    https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/hanna855955

    It is the easiest ordering form that I have ever used. I know it would be more fun to have Hanna coming to your door with her uniform on and wearing her sash proudly. But, in this time of covid that is not possible, so, go for it. Get those Thin Mints or any of the others that you love. Buy lots because you can freeze them!

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  • Moving sale in san miguel de allende starting today

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    Babs wrote: No, it is not me moving but my son John.

    If you are looking for unique, well made and fine furniture and accesories, please look at the photos attached which is just SOME of all that is for sale.

    To see and purchase, please send message to WHAT'S App 415 124-4755.

    I don't have the information on appointments or pricing so please call the above phone number for appointment. Everything must sell!

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  • The Roller Coaster of Life!

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    Babs wrote: Hopefully this will post! Obviously in the last three months, Google has decided to fool around with changing Blogpost and the format is completely different

    Well we'll see what happens - it is the fitting end to 2020 where nothing was the same, Ha.

    Wowza, it has been quite a while since I sat here. Composed my thought for ya'll and hoped you would enjoy reading my ramblings. Again, it has been a good thing that we can't see the future and have to take it "one day at a time". Cause otherwise, I would have said, "Stop, I want off of this roller coaster ride!"

    When I last wrote I had reached acceptance that it was going to be a long haul and so best to enjoy the ride by being patient, finding things that enhanced life and staying in touch with those I care about via electronic means. All of that was done ...

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  • Rounding the Corner of Covid

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    Babs wrote: Acceptance has finally arrived! Lethargy has finally gone! Thankful for both. It seems I have accomplished more in the last two weeks then I have in the last six months. It is astonishing.

    Tackling projects like going through business files and discarding 80% of things that I moved down here twenty years ago. I have a two drawer lateral file that was crammed full. As I discarded items like the sale of my businesses and my home twenty years ago, I wondered why I had not discarded them earlier. Obviously I did not have as much time on my hands and so now was a perfect time to do so.

    I also discovered my little pocket calendars for all the past twenty years. It was shocking to see each day had something to do or a place to go or someone to join for lunch. No wonder the last six months have been a shock to the system. Life may not be as exciting but it sure is relaxing. ...

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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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  • Brief News and Views July 24, 2019

    July 24, 2019:
    • Taxi driver sexually abuses foreigners,
    • The Kindness Diaries,
    • Switching Parties,
    • Cartel Takedown Won’t Solve Mexico’s Oil Theft Problem,
    • New Gas Station Scam Technique,
    • Economic Development in SMA (Presentation).

    Taxi driver sexually abuses foreigners
    A retired foreigner was raped by a taxi driver last week, the man offered her service in the heart of the city and then abused her.

    The testimony of the woman was released through More Security in San Miguel de Allende (Facebook; see post July 22, 11:22 pm):

    “I don't have much information. He was about 5'8 ″, black hair, spoke English with a Spanish accent. He was very kind, so I trusted him. He hit me on my right temple, knocked me out, I assume he's left handed. He knew exactly how to knock me out, so I guess he has done it before. Approximately 30-35 years old. It was a green taxi. I was parked in the street and asked if I needed to be taken. I don't know what my attacker's name was. He picked me up at 11:45 pm at the corner of Hernández Macias and Umaran in the Center ”
    Noticias Con Valor Taxi driver sexually abuses foreigners (sp)

    The Kindness Diaries
    Traveling on "roads less traveled" has always been a passion of mine. The above photo was the "road", I use that term loosely, from Creel to Batopilas. It was a six hour trip to go ninety miles.

    Believe me, midway through it was apparent to me that I should have believed all that I had read in the past about the danger and length of this trip. Add to that, once one reached Batopilas, the thought struck that one had to go back up that road!

    Imagine, though if you started out in a yellow 1971 Volkswagen Beetle convertible? From Anchorage to Argentina! That was the beginning of a series that I just finished watching on Netflix called "The Kindness Diaries".
    #BabsBlog The Kindness Diaries

    Switching Parties
    If a topic cannot be discussed with goodwill and humor, it will usually not show up on Mexpatriate.

    That is one reason politics is not a regular discussion point on Mexpatriate. Today will be an exception. Sorta.

    Winston Churchill has the reputation of being a party-switcher -- even though he only switched twice. From Conservative to Liberal back to Conservative.

    I have taken the same route in my own party-switching. On the topic of iguanas.
    mexpatriate — in the key of steve switching parties. More #mexpatriate.

    Cartel Takedown Won’t Solve Mexico’s Oil Theft Problem
    Authorities in Mexico have cracked down on the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, touted as the nation’s leading oil theft gang, but this vast criminal economy will not be undone by scapegoating one crime group.

    Since March 2019, Mexico’s financial intelligence unit has frozen 35 million pesos (around $1.8 million) in bank accounts associated with a Guanajuato-based oil theft gang known as the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and its leader, José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias “El Marro.” Meanwhile, police in the central state of Guanajuato, where the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel operates, have arrested or killed 62 suspected cartel collaborators and seized 14 properties, 129 vehicles and a wide array of weaponry, Milenio reported.

    The targeting of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been a key strategy of the war on oil theft, which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has made his top national security priority since taking office in December 2018.
    InSight Crime Cartel Takedown Won’t Solve Mexico’s Oil Theft Problem

    New Gas Station Scam Technique
    No matter where you are in Mexico, the advice is the same when visiting a gas station — watch the attendants carefully. The reason is that scams and frauds at gas stations are very common, and if you’re not paying attention, you might end up paying way too much for that gas.

    Last year, I wrote an article about some of the common gas station scams to watch out for and how to avoid them. If you missed it, you can check it out later by clicking HERE.

    Well, last night I encountered a scam that I had never seen before so I thought I would share the information with our readers.
    Qroo Paul Mexico: A Failed Attempt to Scam Me at a Gas Station Reveals a New Technique. More #QrooPaul.

    Economic Development in SMA (Presentation)
    Expats living in San Miguel de Allende can always get answers from the Office of Customer Service to the Expat Community and Nongovernmental Organizations. That’s a long name, but it’s a short way to get help. And, perhaps best of all is that the employees are bilingual with many speaking English.

    Francisco Garay Russo heads the Office of Economic Development and International Affairs and he will be this week’s guest speaker at the Mid Day Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende. Better known as Paco, Garay Russo, and his staff have opened the doors to help expats and the NGO community.

    Join us Tuesday, July 30th. We’re located at Los Arcos, next to the yellow caboose on Sterling Dickenson. Doors open at 9 AM with the presentation commencing at 9:30 and is free.
    San Miguel Times Economic Development in SMA (Presentation)

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  • SUMMER is Here!

    Babs: The rains cause the grass to turn green, the birdbath to be full all the time for the birds, the possum, and the butterflies. The flowers are blooming in profusion which makes all right with the world.

    Add to that, if you look at this limb of the peach tree, there are enough peaches for a gazillion cobblers and pies. Anyone have a ladder? You are welcome to come and get some before the birds have eaten them all. There are two peach trees. The other one is so full of peaches the limb is leaning toward the ground! Yes, they are ripe and ready.


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  • Fourth of July Family Fun

    Babs: It was a harrowing week! Truly. I won't bore you with all the details as it was enough to just get through it. The BEST part of the week was spending the 4th of July with John, Mati and Seb in their backyard. Two additions to the family, Corazon and Simba joined us as well.

    John had cooked yummy things like arrachera, Eckrich sausage, both on the grill, along with grilled onions and mushrooms. I had cooked the ever favorite mac and cheese along with a cherry cobbler.


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  • HAIL to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!

    Babs: Not only hail, but deluges of rain, mud and signs floating by down the streets! It all happened Sunday night/early Monday morning while I blissfully slept through the whole thing. ... As we approached the mall, on the hillside, it was covered with white stuff. ... When we arrived at the nail salon, it was more of "I can't believe my eyes".

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  • Rainy Days and Sundays

    Babs: Even though we had rain on May 3rd this year, it was not "officially" the rainy season as yet. Usually that starts around the second week of June.

    What is so funny about this is that when I lived in hot, humid and tropical Houston, rain was ever present. The only thing we thought about it was "Gosh I hope it doesn't flood!" Which it did often since Houston is on flat land with drainage issues since as long as I can remember. ... it will be interesting to see if the gently sloping streets in Los Frailes slope enough to carry the water to the huge reservoir at the bottom of this area."


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  • One Acre Estate in Centro

    "Movie-set magnificence can be your special hideaway in San Miguel if you stay at the beautiful Villa Glenville, complete with four bedroom suites, an acre of lush gardens and one of the largest pools in town!

    Just a 10-min walk from the Jardin, this elegant estate once belonged to the late British film and theatrical producer Peter Glenville. The house and gardens comprise more than an acre of private retreat, including main house, guest house, pool cabana, outdoor living room and numerous outdoor lounging and dining areas. The mature gardens are truly one-of-a-kind in San Miguel!

    Both the main house and guesthouse are furnished with a mixture of European antiques with Spanish Colonial influences. This well-known property has been featured in House and Garden, Elle Decor, Mexico's Casa Gente and Kelly Klein's book, "Pools." "

    All above quoted from the website for the house. They provide weekly and monthly rental pricing. For more information and special pricing see BabsBlog at Romantic and Historical Villa Glenville - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. More #BabsBlog.
  • Just When You Think Nothing New Can Happen...

    "After living in San Miguel for almost nineteen years, it would seem that dealing with electricity, gas and water delivery would be down to a science. Yes, I know how to call the gas company for propane, although I no longer have to do that, as my landlord does! But, I do call for the large water bottles when I'm almost out. Electricity either works or not. When not, one dials 071 and reports the address and issue to CFE and then you wait.

    But, yesterday morning about 9:30AM, I heard strange sounds. Beeps, whistles and more beeps. The beeps were my microwave making a sound and the electric fence box that is stored in the laundry building on the property was beeping AND whistling. The ceiling fans started going slower and the lights were dimmer when I checked them. Uh oh! In addition, my computer was on but would not go through the whole process to connect with Firefox. Double uh oh."


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