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 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 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?

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 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 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

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!!!!!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Friday 8th September 2017...Mother Nature at her worst!!!!

If Harvey and Irma were not enough!!!!!

Mexico's strongest quake in century strikes off southern coast

Media captionA bowling alley shakes in Tuxtla Gutierrez, 240km from the epicentre

An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 16 people.
The quake, which President Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.
A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.
Severe damage has been reported in Oaxaca and Chiapas states.
The quake, which struck at 23:50 local time on Thursday (04:50 GMT Friday), was felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to a minute.
President Peña Nieto said some 50 million Mexicans would have felt the tremor and that the death toll might rise.
Among the deaths were at least four in Chiapas. Two children were killed in Tabasco state, one a baby who died when power was cut to a respirator.
One person also died in Guatemala, its president has said.
Ten people are reported dead in Mexico's Oaxaca state.
Social media images showed collapsed buildings in Oaxaca, including in the city of the same name and in Juchitan, where the municipal palace and a number of other structures were levelled.


Local reports speak of a hospital in Juchitan also collapsing.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said that tsunami waves "reaching more than three metres above the tide level are possible along the coasts of Mexico". There is a coastal evacuation in Chiapas state, where a state of emergency has been declared.
The PTWC warned of tsunami threats for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, but at lower wave levels.

Panic on the streets

BBC's Lourdes Heredia
The earthquake has brought back memories of the tremor of 1985, which left massive destruction in Mexico City and a death toll of 10,000.
This explains the scenes of panic on the streets of the capital, more than 1,000km away from the epicentre. The government does not expect the same scale of physical destruction, as the states most affected are in the poorest and least-developed regions.
Chiapas is the southernmost state, along the Guatemalan border. It's a very mountainous, remote area, where 25% of the population belong to indigenous groups. It's also much visited by tourists seeking to explore some of the best and most well-preserved archaeological treasures, such as the ancient Mayan city of Palenque.

At magnitude 8.2, the quake outstrips the deadly 1985 tremor that hit close to Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths.
The US Geological Survey measured the latest quake slightly lower, at 8.1, saying it struck at a depth of 70km.

Damage in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, about 300km from the epicentreImage copyrightEPA
Image captionDamage in the Mexican city of Oaxaca, about 300km from the epicentre
A collapsed building in the town of Matias Romero in Oaxaca stateImage copyrightEPA
Image captionA collapsed building in the town of Matias Romero in Oaxaca state

More than a dozen aftershocks ranging from 4.3 to 5.7 in magnitude have been recorded closer to the Mexican coast.
Mr Peña Nieto warned there might be more.
He also said the Salina Cruz refinery on the southern coast had temporarily suspended operations.
Schools have been closed in 11 Mexican states.

Inevitable tremors

Jonathan Amos, BBC science correspondent
This is the biggest quake experienced anywhere in 2017. Going on the statistics, you would expect at least one magnitude 8 to occur somewhere on the planet each year.
It occurred where the Pacific ocean floor is drawn under Mexico and Guatemala. A great slab of rock, known as the Cocos tectonic plate, is driving towards the coast at a rate of 75mm per year. As it jerks downwards into the Earth's interior, about 200km offshore, large tremors are the inevitable outcome.
There have been three magnitude 7s in 2017, with a 7.9 recorded deep under Papua New Guinea back in January. This latest event, being an 8.2, is nearly three times as energetic. That tells you something about how the magnitude scale works.
Fortunately, this event was deep, too. The rupture, which will have ripped across more than 100km of fault line, was down at 70km. That will have limited some of the shaking, but as we've seen there is still extensive damage.

Some electricity cuts have been reported in the capital and social media video showed lampposts and the famous Angel of Independence statue swaying violently, but there are no reports of major damage there.
Journalist Franc Contreras, who is in Mexico City, told the BBC: "You could hear loud cracks in the concrete. It sounded like a giant wooden branch being just broken open violently.

Guatemala's Red Cross tweeted damage in the town of Tacana, close to the Mexican borderImage copyrightRED CROSS
Image captionGuatemala's Red Cross tweeted damage in the town of Tacana, close to the Mexican border

"People were streaming out of the hallways here. And everybody walking out single file into the streets, trying to avoid overhead high power lines."
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales appealed for calm on national television and in a Twitter post.
"We have reports of some damage and the death of one person, even though we still don't have exact details," Associated Press quoted Mr Morales as saying.
Cindy Lamothe, who is in the Guatemalan city of Antigua, told the BBC: "It was swaying so intensely it felt like we were in a boat and I heard neighbours screaming through the walls... it lasted almost three minutes."
No tsunami warning has been issued for the US west coast.
Mexico is currently also being threatened on its eastern coast by Hurricane Katia.
The category one hurricane is about 300km south-east of Tampico and has sustained winds of 140km/h the National Hurricane Center says.

Thoughts go out to all the people in all the countries suffering right now!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Thursday 7th September 2017...on Mexican time!!

I think after spending many years in and around Mexico I do understand Mexican time and live with it......

Let me tell you how it works........

Last Wednesday I went to a carpenter shop 5 blocks away and ordered a small table to put my new 43 inch TV on was a simple design but I did want it on rollers so I could use it in the bedroom or the living room.

I gave the dimensions to the owner of the shop,  Phillipe and made sure he had them written down correctly..he told me the cost would be 700 pesos, use your own conversion rate, and I paid him half the cost of the table and he told me it would be ready 4 pm on Monday afternoon....

Now on Mexican time I knew that there would be no way it would be ready for pick up at that time BUT I still went there shortly after 4pm on Monday and P told me sorry tomorrow morning he would have it....

Now I knew on Mexican time it would not be ready when I went there Tuesday morning and it was not BUT P told me for sure I could get it any time on Wednesday....

So when I went there yesterday I pretty much knew it would be ready .....but it was not and he smiled and told me it would be ready today!!!.

So after my session with my trainer I went to the shop and sure enough the finished table is ready.....what you do now is pay him the balance of the money and thank him profusely for making such a great piece of art and for having it ready....shake his hand and wish him a great day!!!

Now you know about Mexican time...

If you can grasp this and work with it your time in Mexico will be awesome!!

yes the table is a perfect fit!!!!

A little I was waiting outside the workshop with the table waiting for a taxi another customer was there talking to the owner and I could not understand any of their conversation except I did understand him say there was an American waiting for a taxi........I smiled at him and said to him in Spanish...."Sir I am not American I am Canadian" was like someone turned a switch he smiled at me immediately put his hand out to shake mine and said welcome!!!!!!!!   Just saying!!!

Poker yesterday afternoon was a return to my winning ways with 175 pesos!!!

My class last night was good but only 3 of the 5 registered students showed up...we had a good class and now they know the concept of paying it forward.....I can tell that after years of grammar and conjugations they are happy to talk and listen and learn...they are a lovely small group!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Tuesday 5th September 2017.........rain!!

When I first met Linda and Guy it was about 15 years ago in the small tourist town of Peurto Penasco in Sonora Mexico...they owned a lovely restaurant that specialized in all you can eat fish and chips(say no more)......

I had dinner and we talked and became very good friends very quickly.  At that time Linda was doing what I now know she does all the time, Pay it forward...and was distributing Christmas gifts for  at a school for children with disabilities....I offered to help and did and it seems ever since where ever we are in the world this is what we have continued to do......

A few years ago Linda and Guy got involved with a cancer hospital for children in Celaya, a town about 40 minute drive away.  The hospital is run almost completely on donations and it serves the whole State and children with cancer come for treatments during the day......Linda met the volunteer coordinator a lovely Mexican lady called Rosalee and they formed a friendship and over the years Linda introduce me into the program and we have both been visiting when we can and bringing items for the children.....we used to be able to go into the clinic and visit with the children who were having treatment and this was a humbling experience and a joy to behold.....things have changed a little now and we tend just to bring items to the clinic for the kids.

So yesterday I drove to the clinic where we brought a dozen soccer balls, interestingly enough the numbers of boys with cancer far out weighs the number of girls!!!!  Linda purchased fruit coloring books and pastries for the kids....

Whilst we were in the office a young kid and his Mum came in and the look on his face when Linda gave him a soccer ball and a book were priceless!!!!!

Linda treated us to a lovely lunch

Rosalee and Linda!!!

It was a perfect way to spend a day!!!

Last night was the first night of my English teaching class there was a huge downpour in the late afternoon and lasted most of the night and I do not know if that effected turn out but I only had three students.

One very talented young man of 17 years attending his last year of high school....another young woman or 22 who works in a clothing store and a married lady with 4 kids who cooks and sell food from her home...they are very lovely and keen to learn and their English is very good...we all introduced ourselves and I had them each come to the front of the class and talk, something they always find hard to do but by the end of the month as I told them they will find it very easy...

I also introduced them to the Pay it forward scheme and that is their home work for Wednesday doing a small act of kindness for someone they don't know.

So the rain put the dampers on my tennis this morning so i am taking the morning to do some cooking before I go to Joe's for my work out this afternoon...

I sure hope that Irma does not cause damage like Harvey!!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Sunday 3rd September 2017.......what were you doing 8 years ago today????

Do I hear you say you cannot remember?????


If you had a blog you would!!!!

This is my post then and I remember the walk very clearly!!!!

Thursday 3rd September 2009..The Great Lake walk training day

The Great Lake walk is less than 16 days away you can read all about the walk here….
so I thought it was about time I put some miles on these old feet.
Here I am before I left
walking 003and here I am afterwards!!!!!!walking 004
walking 005
and these are my ugly but amazing feet!!!!walking 006
I walked 22kms and it took me three and a half hours I felt pretty good until I realized I have to walk the same distance two and a half times!!!!!
Just a little hint it is a pledged walk so if anyone wants to sponsor me let me know in the comments section, all money raised goes towards the home where my girls live Casa Hogar in San Miguel de Allende!!!!
Had lots of time to think about lots of things and I realize what a huge difference two small girls have made to my life.  This is my favourite photo of Paola and me.
and I also love this one of my Bro and Janet and Paola and Daniela!!!IMG_2636[4]
I think it is full moon tonight the sky sure looks wonderful…..Pura Vida!!!

Good sometimes to look back....Happy long weekends to my Canadian and US friends!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

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

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