Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday 18th September 2017 ....Foot!!!!!!

It has been a while since I talked about my foot, more specifically about my toes ...so sit back grab a cuppa tea and enjoy hearing the latest!!!!!

I think you all know that for such a handsome and George Clooney look alike I have terrible toes, NO I won't subject you to photographs..just trust me on this one...

The gap between my big toe and the next toe on my left foot has given me problems as long as I can remember the second toe sort of overlaps the big toe causing a  callous to form at the base of my big toe and it needs to be treated and scraped down every so often.

It has started to get sore the last few days so a trip to the foot doctor was in order and I had been told of a great clinic close by and I stopped by this afternoon to make an appointment and to my surprise the young female practitioner saw me right away.....

She was very good examined my foot and said she could make a small bridge that would stop the toes from rubbing together and she cleaned my toe scraped away the callous and then made me a rubber type insert to place between my big toe and the next one and fitted it to my foot......

Very professional and the toe felt good and I have been walking with it for the rest of the day and it feels perfect.

The cost for all of this 380 pesos  work it out in your currency incredibly cheap and for good work I was impressed!!!

I  invited Linda to come to my English class tonight and it was a really good time the students loved hearing a new voice and it was a confidence boost for them to talk in front of a stranger...I even had a new person join the class.....it was great they are such a wonderful group and I feel honored to be there to help them a little.....

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday 16th September 2017....the weekend.....

This morning I got my first chance to watch Live soccer from England with my new Fire TV stick and new 43 inch television!!!

This shot is of the match at Bramall Lane Sheffield featuring my beloved Blades in the red shirts.....



Nothing special about this photo?
 WRONG!!!

Well to me anyway!!!

This shot taken this morning...see the guy in the yellow vest, i know not very clear.....

OK this team was my team since I was three years old I had dreams of one day going out onto this field in the beautiful stadium..sadly I was never good enough but in 1968 I did indeed get to go out on the hallowed turf...as a Rookie Police Officer...

In those days we were there to assist crowd control and my very first time I was where that guy in the yellow vest was and I was so excited so much so that when my Blades scored a goal into that net I jumped up off my stool and threw my police helmet into the air I was so thrilled.....My sergeant was not so thrilled with my antics and I was given a good talking too......


A great game of tennis this morning under blue sunny skies and afterwards I stayed in town and saw the lovely parade...these people sure know hot to celebrate and have fun!!!







Viva Mexico!!!!



Yashi Kochi!!!!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday 15th September 2017...and so it begins!!!








Mexican Independence Day 2017
September 16, 2017 in Mexico
The 16th September 2017 is declared as the official Mexican Independence Day and is celebrated in Mexico every year. The Mexican Independence Day is also called Grito de Dolores, which is Spanish for Cry of Dolores. Dolores Hidalgo is a city in Guanajuato in Mexico where the Mexican War of Independence started in 1810. It is the Mexican president who heralds the start of the Mexican Independence Day at exactly 11pm on September 15 every year. It is a Mexican national public holiday.

After the speech of the Mexican president, which takes place on the balcony of his palace, the public starts to celebrate their country by screaming and singing the national Mexican anthem. The Mexicans celebrate the success of the revolt with fireworks and parties all over Mexico. Parades through the streets are organized and the Mexican flag is waved proudly. Families and friends spend the Mexican Independence Day together and enjoy the concerts and scream their “iViva!” together.

The date refers back to the speech of Miguel Hidalgo, a priest who was a member of the Guadalupanos, a secret organization with the aim to free Mexico from the Spanish government. Ignacio Allende and Juan Aldama, two Mexican rebels, formed the core of the insurgents but it was Miguel Hidalgo who finally called to the public to fight and start the revolution. He did that in front of his church and his last words were ¡Viva México! - an outcry that is repeated again and again during the modern festivities for the Mexican Independence Day. The text "Mexican Independence Day" has been taken from 


So as I write this bells are ringing, fireworks are setting the night skies alight with color and  the Mariachi's are serenading the hundreds who gather in the Jardin to celebrate this glorious country!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday 14th September 2017......a night to remember!!!



What does it Mean to Pay it Forward?

The “pay it forward” movement is not a new concept. According to Wikipedia, it dates all the way back to 317 BC where it was used as a key plot concept for a play in ancient Athens. There are small documented events of the “pay it forward” notion throughout history; however, it became a widely popular concept after the 2000 movie of the same name, which was based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
The simplest way to define “pay it forward” is that when someone does something for you, instead of paying that person back directly, you pass it on to another person instead. One of the easiest examples of this is buying a coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop and then they buy a coffee for the person behind them and so on.
What is the point of all this? Why do so many people live their lives according to the “pay it forward” principle? It has been proven that acts of kindness build exponentially in a community and because people believe that one good deed deserves another. “Paying it forward” can make the world a better place.
Paying it forward can even help in your professional life. By volunteering to help a manager or a supervisor from another department with a project, you might stay in the back of their mind when an opportunity for a promotion comes up. Even as you build your professional network, people who you’ve paid it forward to will certainly hold you in a higher light than individuals they’ve never met or even have had bad experiences with. So paying it forward shouldn’t just be reserved for your personal life but your professional life as well.

I introduced this concept to my first English class 4 years ago and I was totally amazed at how they took hold of it and every Wednesday they had to come to class and tell what they had done..the stories would astound you and make you cry....
Each new set of students I have I started the pay it forward and so it was with this new class that started just 10 days ago....
I have 5 students registered and one seems to have already dropped out and the first class I explained about pay it forward they had never heard about it but I explained how it started and what I wanted them to do...
So last night was the first time they came to class... came to the front and told what they had done.....

Jorge my 17 year old student who has very good command of the English language and is just a really great young man...told of going to school yesterday on the very crowded bus at one point a lady got on the bus carrying a baby and there was no where for her to sit....so he got up and offered his seat to the lady who accepted and thanked him.....he said he felt very good inside for doing this.
I told him that was the perfect example of paying it forward and he fully understood how the lady felt good but  he had good feelings also.
Next up was Belen whose husband owns a cattle ranch just outside of town....her story was that yesterday she was at one of the small stalls in the market that serves meals and as she was sitting there with her friend a blind man came and ordered a drink..she got up went to the man and told him she wanted to pay for his drink and she did.....the man told her that no one had ever done that before for him and he was really happy...  I asked how she felt about it and she said it made her feel good all day!!!

Finally was Maricris who cooks and sells meals out of her home.....yesterday she was outside her home at 7 am  in the morning when she saw a woman going through the trash on the corner of the street...she went to the woman and asked if she was hungry and she said she was and Maricris invited her into her home and cooked her breakfast....the woman looked cold so Maricris got a sweater from her closet and gave it to the woman who asked why are you doing this for me and she told her because I want to make someone else happy!!!
So what do you think did they grasp the concept of paying it forward?????

I cannot wait in the weeks to come to see what these beautiful people do to make small changes in this community.

I am humbled!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday 13th September 2017...soon the celebrations will begin!!

As I mentioned in a previous post a very busy time for San Miguel and the whole of Mexico celebrating Independence Day this weekend.......

Come take a walk with me and see the colors!!!!

Just about every third block is one of these stalls!!!


 The town gets into the act too....
 and the home owners...


 Even this crazy guy!!!
 and of course the taxi drivers!!!
 It is a delight to walk around town and absorb the culture and the colors and the happiness of the locals!!!!

So what do you do if a tree is growing in the middle of the road???


Real easy you drive around!!!!


Yashi Kochi!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday 11th September 2017...second week of class!!

Before I start to tell you about the class just want to wish everyone well in Florida and the islands and of course remembering this special sad day in history!!!!!!!!!!!

So the second week of English class started today and I have 5 students registered and 4 showed up tonight......

There homework was to bring something, anything to class and talk about it....

Their English is quite good and what they lack is confidence so I follow the format I have used in the 3 prior years of teaching which is to get them to come to the front of the class, plant their feet firmly keep their hands still and just talk...last week when I had them do this you could see the concern on their faces tonight they were more confident and I started it off by bringing something of mine to class and talking about it.....

I think you can tell they enjoyed this part of the class....


This is Maricris
  Bere


Young Jorge
and Belen....

After they had all talked I handed out a fact sheet I had printed out for them on hurricanes....we each took turns reading out loud a paragraph and then talked about the words they did not understand....the 90 minute class went by very quickly...

They are all so different but all very keen to learn and again as always I feel humble to be their friend and mentor!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!


Saturday, September 09, 2017

Saturday 9th September 2017.....the weekend!!

Yesterday I took delivery of a 12 inch chicken pot tie....there is a Mexican lady that takes orders, makes the pies fresh and delivers them

 A great deal and the pie was delicious with some veggies tonight!!!!

This morning under cloudy skies we had a good two hours of tennis, some very witty banter the occasional good shot just fun...

This is the local church we can see from the courts...I like the flag!!!


This week is the start of the celebrations for Mexican Independence day next weekend and trust me when I say there are flags everywhere......the town looks wonderful!!!

Have a great safe weekend and my thoughts go to all the people in the Islands and also those in Florida!!!!  BE SAFE!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!!

Monday 18th September 2017 ....Foot!!!!!!

It has been a while since I talked about my foot, more specifically about my toes ...so sit back grab a cuppa tea and enjoy hearing the late...