Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pastel y Pozole

Yari turned 13 on Sunday and we had a great party. A yard full of kids and a huge pot of Pozole. She got the face in the cake treatment again but it was dark and nothing like last year. Most of her school friends couldn't come to the party so they had a second party on the Melaque Plaza last night after school.

She wanted chocolate this year

My Pozole

Kid stuff

Yari and friends doing Facebook

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Costalegre in 1955

According to this map there was only a primitive road as far north as Chamela and nothing south from Vallarta. I'm sure Tomatlan and El Tuito were there but possibly very difficult to get to. I found this interactive map (link at bottom) years ago on a site that lets you store lots of data free. I snagged the graphics and the web page (HTML) that makes it work thinking the site may go away ... which it did.

This old Pemex map reminds me when Texaco and other gas stations in the US would give away maps  free. We always needed them about 1950 as we cruised around eastern Oregon and northern California in the old 1949 Studebaker.

Caminos De Mexico
Mapas Pemex

Aerial view of Melaque - 1955

Full Mexico Map - Caminos De Mexico -1955

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lot's of Wasps

Had three of these in the last week and always one every couple of months. I found the first in the palapa when I was putting a tarp over it. Too far embedded inside to do anything but spray one more in a small palm in the yard and one in the palm on the street. If they are accessible Hugo puts a plastic bag around them and has a small fire in the lot next door. I have a flowering Palm that is full of feeding Wasps so probably another nest soon.

Wasp Nest
Nido de avispas

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This should be fun

Not sure where I got the idea to try this except that the fresh Ginger (jengibre in Spanish) (hen-hebrey) I buy at Parisani has little "eyes" similar to potatoes. I had not read about the plant (annual or perennial), flowers or not, climate, soil, ornamental only or amount of sun.

Turns out it is a hardy plant that likes heat, humidity, water and fertilizer. I'll see how it does in the pot but  it may end up in the garden because plants with rhizomes spread (put it where it can be controlled I read). Interesting to read about the history and origin of Ginger and how it got to the Americas. Haven't yet figured out the difference between common and ornamental. Ginger in Mexican cooking -- I heard in a certain Mole but nothing more. A continuing story I'm sure.

Tropical gingers, whether common or ornamental, require at least one year of undisturbed growth to bloom. Generally, the flower stems grow directly from a mature rhizome, although shell ginger's flowers grow directly from leaf stems. When growing new ginger plants from seeds or transplanted plantlets, they may require up to three years of growth before producing flowers. Planting ginger in a large, wide flowerpot and taking it indoors during winter gives the rhizome time to fully mature.

Sprouts from both ends of tuber

Think it's in a number of gardens around here

Wikipedia on Ginger

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tribute to a great one

Great musician that I thought I saw at Winterland in San Francisco ..... but it was Muddy Waters I was thinking of. Some of this new music we are left with really turns my stomach and it's so sad to see old timers go. 

B.B. King passed away

Clapton has been known to use his platform and large fanbase to promote King, whom he believed didn't sustain the recognition the blues legend deserved in the twilight of his career. "If you're not familiar with his work, I would encourage you get an album called B.B. King Live at the Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player," Clapton says in his tribute. 
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February 18. 2015

Euriel is ready to register for Prepa (Highschool) this month for the following August classes. We find that there is a one time registration fee of 595 pesos plus a few small start up fees. That is a big chunk for the family now and school supplies will wait a few months.

Euriel has a number of disabilities but number one is motor control making it impossible for him to walk 2 miles to school in Melaque. I have been his school bus driver this last 3 years because his parents can't afford a car or motor bike.

His oldest sister is doing fine in Secondary and the youngest will start kindergarten both needing uniforms

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