Well, the heat seems to have arrived early this year. It’s been in the 90’s most every afternoon, so it’s a good time to stay inside under the ceiling fans with plenty of cool water to sip. This isn’t actually much of a problem for us now, since our schedule seems to have eased so we can enjoy those lazy afternoons. Of course, now we have access to a pool as well. The humidity is creeping up a bit, perhaps to 35 or 40%, so it’s not like the Maine heat and humidity, but it’s hot, and the sun is more intense, of course.
We haven’t been doing too much exciting. I finally completed my first two crowns with our young, kind dentist, and I have one more to go. I’ll start that process next week. Here is a photo of Dr. Alberto Garcia in his office, which may be small in size, but large in competence, kindness and interesting conversation.
Because I am part of the Ajijic Writers’ Group, we often have occasion to attend events to celebrate one of my friend’s new books. This week, Judy Dykstra-Brown, hosted such an event. She is one of the co-authors of the book, Maria Agaves, with whom I shared a book reading/signing event last year with my second book, Agave Blood. You may recall we named the event, Two Agaves, No Tequila. At any rate, Judy just published her book of photography and poetry, Prairie Moths. Judy grew up in South Dakota where her father had a farm, and where rural life was tough and lonely. He poetry captures these South Dakota days in her life. I think the book is one of the best published here by a local author. She also displayed some wonderful and unique sculptures she created form “found objects.” Here are some photos of the event. From the top, Judy with a poet friend of mine, Rob Mohr; some of Judy's sculptures, and another poet friend of mine, Michael Warren with his partner, Joan:
From the local newspaper this week, an article relates the good news that the number of cases of the mosquito-borne illness, dengue fever, has dropped by 96% over the same period last year. Let’s hope it keeps up!
Some readers may be wondering about the incidence of drug-related violence in the area. I am very happy to report that, as far as I know, there has been no more of this type of violence since I reported on some incidents in Guadalajara last January. We are grateful for that and continue to feel quite safe here at Lake Chapala.
This week is Holy Week, or Semana Santa, and so the lakeside area is inundated with Tapitos (people from Guadalajara) relaxing with their families. This is the biggest vacation week of the year. Restaurants are busier, the price of fish at the markets is higher, and Ajijic is getting ready for its annual reenactment of the crucifixion at the base of the mountains. There are many celebrations going on and, as usual, I don’t know what each one is for. We usually stay home and avoid the crowds and the traffic!
We’re still enjoying our “meatless” diet and are experimenting with many vegan dishes. I eat sardines for lunch several times a week to get some omega-3 oil in my diet, and we often enjoy seafood when we eat out, so we’re not vegan, but we are trying to eat healthy foods! I am walking up the mountainside with Chuy each morning, and Pixie is back in her regular yoga class.
We’re planning our annual trip to Maine in July. We will be staying in the same condo in Kennebunk for most of that time, but it looks like we may make another visit to Philadelphia as well, as well as to Gloucester to see my brothers, Brackley and Fred, and their families. Eric, Crystal, and Isabelle are planning to come for a week, again, and we are looking forward to that, obviously. We will be going online to find a house sitter to look after Chuy when we're gone.