Saturday, 28 January 2023

This is What a Bad Day in Mexico Looks Like

WHERE ARE WE? La Penita, Mexico

This morning Normand had his mechanic over to change out a part on his turbo air intake.  The thing is like an air filter but it has broken the seal along the top and it gives him a fault on his dash so he changed it.  It is an expensive item and Normand thinks maybe it will fail again before he sells the motorhome, so we welded the crack shut on the old one and he will keep it for a spare in case the new one ever fails.


My friend Rick would not approve of this weld job!!

Danny, Jackie and Miena headed out today to complete more of their trip to Belize.  They are just taking it slow on their way there and seeing all there is to see along the way.  Have a safe trip guys.  There is now a hole across from us again!!!


This is the crappiest day we have had since we got here to Mexico.  Now in saying that, it was 27c and it did rain about 7 1/2 drops during the day.  All that was different from every other day was lots of big puffy clouds around.  




Normand built Alla a nice little swing in the palapa for her to enjoy.  She was sure happy with it and I'm sure there will be lots of little people who will use it.


For supper I walked down to a little bar known as Hinde y Jamies (pronounce inde and hymies).  I met some friends there and we had a great supper of spaghetti and meat sauce.  It was funny because I actually had gone down town in search of that very thing.  I was so hungry that I forgot a picture, but I did take one of the Malicon which was busy already. 


I then headed over to Kenia's for a frappe for dessert.  She was freezing tonight and had her favourite Cj's hoodie on.  She was helping Oscar with some homework as well.   That was my day.  Good Nite.




Friday, 27 January 2023

Nothing Like a Pool for Kids

WHERE ARE WE? La Penita, Mexico

I think the circus is coming to town!!!  On the way to Kenias today I saw this big tent down by abuela's casa.  There are a lot of trailers around and it looks a lot like a circus.  Apparently they have outlawed the wild animal acts now, so it would be trapeze stuff I would imagine.  I must keep my eye out for whats happening.


I was invited to Kenia's for a while because all of the kids were going there for a swim.  Kenia, Carol, Diago, Oscar, Danny and Donte were all there along with Anayele and abuela.  The kids sure had fun splashing each other.  I didn't go in because it is quite cold yet.




I went up on the roof top to take some pictures of the surrounding country side and also looking down on the pool.  I love the roof tops and could spend all day up there.






I headed for home about 3 and spent a little bit of time with Blair and Joanne on the beach.  It was quite a warm day today.  Good for the suntan.  A couple games this evening and off to bed!!  Good Nite!!



Thursday, 26 January 2023

Out for Supper with Friends

WHERE ARE WE? La Penita, Mexico

I got a message from Kenia that her truck wouldn't start so she wanted me to come and maybe give it a boost.  When I went out to get in my Jeep I saw that one of the banana stems that had banana's on it had fallen down.  Apparently when the fruit is ready, that part of the tree dies and because the stems are sort of mushy, it doesn't take much for them to fall over.  Joel the gardener will be along to chop it all down and they are going to put the banana's out for everyone to share.


Kenia and Jose have decided to part ways for a while, so Kenia rented this lovely little duplex out by the Baha Market.  It is pretty much at the end of a bumpy dirt road up toward the mountain.  It is surrounded by a marsh and trees and all sorts of tropical stuff so the greenery is beautiful.


So I pulled up beside the truck to have a look and it seems like the battery is fine.  The lights all work and the gauges all come to life but there is nothing happening when you turn the key all the way.  Hmm I'm thinking this is something a little more electrical.  So I told Kenia to call her mechanic friend to come check it out. 



While I was there I took a little tour of the house to show you,  It is really cute and comes with a small swimming pool that she shares with the neighbour!!  It has a huge bathroom as well as one in the pool area so the house doesn't get all wet if you need the bathroom.  Archie checked out the pool water and approved.





A quick shop at the local grocery store on the way home.  I love all the things that you can buy that are bagged in the store.  Their sugar is to die for and is like a mix of white and brown sugar with a touch of molasses. 


Then it was supper time.  I got invited to join our Polish and Mexican friends for supper at Las Koritas.  Sergio had what he calls Moms shrimp.  It is jumbo shrimp with cheese stuffing wrapped in bacon.  Is your mouth watering yet?  And this is not the shrimp you buy in a shrimp ring, but big juicy yummy fresh shrimp.  Any way Magic, Kasia, Alla, Anna, and Juan  (name spellings are probably not even close!) were the perfect people to spend the evening with.  We all enjoyed our suppers to the max and no one left hungry.  We meet such a wide variety of people here and for these youngins to include me in their outing was special for me.  Thank you guys!!!





After supper I headed down the the Cafecito to check on Kenia.  She did not open tonight because the mechanics had her truck until just before I got there.  All her stuff is in the truck so she had nothing to work with.  She was not very happy about that and even less happy when she got the bill to fix the truck.  They fixed it Mexican style!!!  They showed me the starter and the drive was broke in half.  It must have hit a rock or something.  It didn't actually fail yet but would have very soon.  The problem she had was in the ignition wiring in the steering column and could have been very expensive.  So being an old truck they did what was best and installed a starter button.  It works like a charm and reminds me of my old 1949 Ford which had a starter button!   Including the starter and the button and all the labour it cost her 3500 peso's!   Actually quite cheap in Canadian repairs but for her it was a bit of hit.  But she needs the truck in her business so she paid the piper!!  Good Nite!!!

the button







Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Bananas

WHERE ARE WE? La Penita, Mexico

Sometimes I feel a little guilty enjoying the nice warm weather here in Mexico while my family is all doing what needs to be done to keep from being overtaken by snow.  Grace has been helping gramma at home to clean off the cars so they can see where they are going.


I on the other hand am eating Enchalada's and enjoying banana's from our very own banana tree behind the motorhome.





No matter where you are right now and what you are doing the secret to life is happiness.  Good Nite!



Tuesday, 24 January 2023

In Search of Ice Cream

WHERE ARE WE? La Penita, Mexico

I was just enjoying my coffee when I heard "Bread man!!!".   The bread and pastry truck comes twice a week because we need the calories!!  I love the pineapple turnovers, and the croissants are pretty good too.  And just in time to go with my coffee!!  There were lots from the park buying today!!




Today I promised to take the neighbours Danny, Jackie and Miena for a ride in the Jeep to El Monteon.  We have never driven into the town before so were interested what there is there.  It is only about a 10 mile drive to get there so we set off about 10:30.  We at first thought it was a beach town, but it is a few miles to the beach from there.  Like I said yesterday, every little town is getting a nice new sign for the square.



The Jeep ride was fun and the wind in our hair was nice on a warm day like it was.




We drove all the way down the main street and it turned into a country road.  So we just kept on driving for a while. 


There was lots of pineapple growing everywhere and we learned a little about how it is done just by looking.  It seems to be a multi part process where they grow the big stalks of pineapple that bear no fruit, then they cut it and pull it out of one field and place the plant upside down on some other growing plants.  It is like they are pollinating it or something.  Maybe not.  I don't know!!  Apparently it is a long process to grow pineapple and I don't ever plan on doing it so here are some pictures.  Interpret the process as you will!!

Netting prevents sunburn and maybe birds


Note all the cut plants upside down on the growing ones I think for shade maybe!!

And some pineapples probably the size of a softball.

On our trip we went across a bridge and there were turtles all over the place.  They were about a foot across in size.  Neat to see.


We went back through town to try to find some ice cream to no avail so we headed over to Lo De Marcos where we knew there was a shop.



Yup we found it and Miena sure enjoyed her chocolate cone.



Then we headed back home just in time for a swim.  After supper Kenia and I headed down to her friends restaurant in La Colonia.  Christoff works for his parents in the daytime at a restaurant in Guayabitos and in the evening he comes here to sell frappes and coffee drinks.  He has a nice little place.  Christoff and Kenia have been friends for over 10 years and share the same passion for making neat drinks.  Everything was quite tasty.  That ended the day on a good note!  Good Nite!