Month: December 2018

Angela took this picture…

Angela took this picture of Gary and Liz and Lilly. Awww. It’s true, I cut my huge looming huge-headed body out of the picture.

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…a mural by José…

…a mural by José Clemente Orozco, ““The People and Its Leaders” mural is found above the main staircase and depicts the revolutionary leader wielding a flaming torch to ignite the independence movement.”

We walked a mile…

We walked a mile or so to this one-day-a-week market with blocks and blocks of stalls selling everything a household would need. No handcrafts though.

And you can’t see the ground very well but it is made of large rocks and dirt. A person could use some hiking books when shopping here.

…and the Lake Chapala…

…and the Lake Chapala Society, the Lake Chapala Gringo Gulch. In this town it is not necessary at all to speak Spanish. Every shopkeeper, restaurant worker, everyone around town speaks English, and it’s a little odd.

I’ve been here for…

Multiple Trips so watch for the year change.

December 23, 2018

I’ve been here for a couple of days already and basically hung around the house since I was STILL not feeling 100%, but this morning I was ready to Go Out.

From the back porch, that’s Cynthia and Kai having a walk in the new snow.

Here comes many pictures…

Here comes many pictures of the church in Chapala, a small church for a small town, decked out in preparation for the Guadalupe Day celebrations.

There she is, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe​ also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, other names for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Patron Saint of Mexico.

I was even able…

I was even able to make the dog park outing today. It was 25, downright balmy compared to last winter’s visit when the high was often 0.

There was a nice crowd out and all the dogs were in dog park heaven. The people were standing around visiting like the good sports they are.

Note the arrow in the lower left. Kai likes to run out to join one of the racing packs of big dogs and when he’s ready for a break he bolts for the legs of the nearest people who without exception go AWWWW and bend down to pet him.

We have been cooking…

We have been cooking every meal here in Cynthia’s new and FABulous kitchen.

From bare walls she made the design and every choice. What a splendid kitchen and what a good time we’re having!

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In the end it…

In the end it was so crowded all these folks were standing outside. Then the singing began. They had no choir, no organ even, but everyone knew all the words. I think there are special songs for this day that are as much patriotic as religious.

From the bed looking…

From the bed looking to the closet and then out the door, kitchen to the far right, bathroom to the right, and dining room-living room-second bedroom straight ahead.

Pictures of the dining room-living room-second bedroom coming soon.

We needed a bit…

We needed a bit of this and that at the grocery store for all that cooking so we went to the very excellent Kowalski’s where Santa too was picking up a few things. Ho ho ho!

Cynthia! and Kai!…

December 24, 2018

Cynthia! and Kai! YAY!! Kai was good for three clicks and then he needed to take a break. We took maybe 15 pictures, 3 pictures 5 times and he looked absolutely exactly the same in every one of them. He’d look at me just like this, and then we’d click-click-click and without variation Kai at the third click he’d be OUTTA here.

I’m standing in the…

I’m standing in the door that separates the kitchen-back bedroom-bathroom behind me (pictures yesterday) from the dining room-living room-front bedroom in front of me.

Look at all those windows!

The door on the…

The door on the far left is the front door, next to it is the coat closet next to that is more of the so-cool leaded built-ins.

I took the bus…

December 13

I took the bus from Chapala this morning into Guadalajara to catch a few sights I was sorry to have missed the first day at the beginning of the week.

Here’s how my day went: walk to the Chapala bus station for the 1 hour ride into Guadalajara.

A) walk from the bus station to the largest market I have ever ever seen. I do say that every time I’m in a gigantic market because I can’t see from one end to the other so who knows.
B) visit the Hospicio Cabañas | Instituto Cultural Cabañas which was indeed all that and a bag of chips.
C) walk over to the heart of the Centro Historico again to catch the Christmas displays.
D) stroll down to the hotel I stayed at before and enjoyed so well to catch an uber for a ride…
E) to the town of Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-ke-Pa-ke), once a town standing on its own but now surrounded by Guadalajara.

Me sitting in my…

Me sitting in my chair, looking to the panel of windows in the front bedroom at the street side of the house. From here I can turn my head to the left for the panel of windows in the living room, and then further to the left for the panel of windows in the dining room. So many windows, and all this light is a real blessing.

Instituto Cultural Cabañas, a…

Instituto Cultural Cabañas, a UNESCO World Heritage building and totally worth the bus trip into Guadalajara.

I’m copying from wiki:

‘The Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, a World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest and largest hospital complexes in the Americas.’

We went to a…

We went to a new dog park, just to check it out. There were fewer dogs but the place did have a nice feeling…

‘The complex was founded…

‘The complex was founded in 1791 by the Bishop of Guadalajara in order to combine the functions of a workhouse, hospital, orphanage, and almshouse. It owes its name to Juan Ruiz de Cabañas who was appointed to the Holy See of Guadalajara in 1796 and engaged Manuel Tolsá, a renowned architect from Mexico City, to design the structure.’

There are maybe 20 of these courtyards throughout the complex each with its own decorations and personality.

There were several shows…

There were several shows on as well as the highlight of the Orozco frescoes. Notice the door and the height of the ceilings.

It was a splendid venue for these tapestries, created from the original murals painted by José de Almada Negreiros in Lisbon.

…even Kai, who opened…

…even Kai, who opened all his packages all by himself!

Cynthia made scrumptious Eggs Benedict for brunch and then we ordered Chinese food for dinner, as is the way.

The big gun. …

The big gun. It was huge and very disarming and totally awesome, and not pleasant At All.

‘Following the death of Cabañas in 1823, construction continued until 1829. Although it served for a time as barracks in the mid-19th century, the hospital lasted well into the 20th century and continued to function until 1980, when the Cabañas Cultural Institute, with affiliated schools for arts and crafts, moved in.

‘The highlight of the interior decoration is a series of monumental frescoes by José Clemente Orozco, including one of his most famed creations, the allegory of The Man of Fire (1936–39).’

Look what Santa brought,…

Look what Santa brought, all snug in their hand-made stocking.

A neat-o coin purse, two nylon packing and laundry bags, yummy dark chocolate salted caramels, classic Pockys, a cool watercolor desktop succulent calendar, a bent and straight washable straw, toothpicks for the permanent food catcher in my mouth, an emersion blender that I’ve been wanting and that is on its way to my house, and a choice of dinner at the restaurant of my choice. Wow, right?!

Kai was always going…

December 26, 2018

Kai was always going to be super-small for his breed, Cynthia knew that when she got him, but check it out, that’s Bodhi, Kieran’s full-sized Mini Australian Shepherd.

Kai has the same weight as a Toy Australian Shepherd but he has papers and both his parents are the size of Bodhi.

The nativity scene in…

The nativity scene in the Plaza de Armas, containing camels and elephants and goats. All the nativity scenes I’ve seen so far look like this without a baby Jesus. They must put the baby in the cradle on Christmas Day.

Taking advantage of my…

December 16, late arrival

Taking advantage of my window seat to watch the amazing expanse of Southern California. Arriving from the south flying north along the coast this is the view for about an hour, nonstop. I love the mystery…who Are all these people?

I ate here at…

I ate here at Chata on my first day because it was a well reviewed local joint and because there was a line. I didn’t use a picture before but look, there’s still a line.

I walked this way to stop off at the Hotel Morales to use their wifi to call for an uber.

We went to a…

December 27, 2018

We went to a store that specializes in making orthotics to get a new set for Cynthia. Here’s their store dog, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Tolling is the right word ‘the name “toller” is derived from their ability to lure waterfowl within gunshot range.’ ‘The definition of the term tolling derives from the Middle English word “tollen” which means to draw or entice.’

It all went smoothly…

It all went smoothly although the traffic was as insanely bad as anywhere in a congested big city.

I just looked it up – Tlaquepaque is now totally absorbed into Guadalajara but it still has its own borders with a population of 600,000 in 2010. I’m shocked. In 2017 Santa Monica had a population less than 100,000.

Here we have a model taking pictures for donations.

I came in to…

December 9, 2018

I came in to Guadalajara on the late side and went right to bed but not before admiring the lovely Hotel Morales in the heart of the Centro Histórico. I would gladly stay here again.

We visited the Minneapolis…

We visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see a big traveling exhibit called Egypt’s Sunken Cities with objects from the recently discovered Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus.

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So obviously I saw…

So obviously I saw only the tiniest corner of Tlaquepaque which included the tourist streets of SHOPPING. You cannot believe all the high-end arty-stuff there. Here’s an example.

Lordy is right.

There were several of…

There were several of these vegetable carts around. Wow. You could get a huge bowl of steamed vegetables, a rare treat. I had it with salt, chili, and lime. The local people filled the bowl with a mixture of mayo and cream until it was a vegetable soup. Everyone was happy.

Then we had dinner…

Then we had dinner at a cool ramen place as one of my Christmas presents from Cynthia. It was fun, and it snowed too which was exciting.

I still had some…

December 17-19

I still had some Mexico pictures to put in but I got so busy with holiday events and with watching every episode of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel that I didn’t finish the pictures, and I want to get ready to go to Cynthia’s tomorrow…as soon as this last episode is over.

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