Feb 18, 2019

Would you believe it, if I told you about another party?

Yes that makes for four days in a row.  February is turning into a very social month.  I also wanted to mention that at the fundraiser this last Saturday for the special needs children, 52,420.36pesos /$2720.00USD was raised.  That will go a long way here on the Isla.

Sunday afternoon, we were invited to a birthday party for a friend we have known for nine winters now.  It was at El Velero, a lovely place to have a special gathering.

This fellow just happened to there at the same time.  Those of us invited for the occasion were given a wrist band to identify us when we went up to the generous fish taco buffet as the restaurant and their beach front patio were full.

Robin the birthday boy and his new love Deborah, were having a birthday bash.  It was his 74th and her 64th.  Yes they were born on the same day but ten years apart.

The only thing we had to pay for were our beverages.  Who had the margaritas and who had the limonda?

After our very filling and delicious meal some dancing was involved.  Good thing I sat this one out and let Bonnie take my place.  My energy level has been low the last few days.  I wonder why?  But we did have a few dances a bit later.

Tequila shots for the birthday duo.

…and a special cake.

We slipped out a few hours early for some relaxation back at the RV.  Colin of course was on one of the four guitars that he has here while I sat with a glass of wine trying to finish a novel.  Just as the sun was close to setting we had some special visitors.

Alan decided he wanted to learn how to really swivel his hips.  Colin took the photos, Laura was the encouraging audience and Alan and I were the hip snivelers.  What fun.

As I got up to join Alan I threw my hat off my head and behind me over my shoulder.   How very fortunate that it landed right around my wine glass.  Amazing, right?

Yet another cruise ship heading out.

Time for some campfire discussion.

A great way to end the day.




Feb 17, 2019

The Scouts and Umm a mini party

Yesterday Colin and I saw this group about a mile out from the RV park.  They were hiking up the beach.  We expected they were going to camp for at least one night.

Yes that is still another spot ( well it was there before)  on the camera lens.  Not only that but the camera is no longer functioning  properly, perhaps it has been taken apart too many times.

These were the youngest.

Once we got back to Tres Amigos we found out that Laura and Alan  ( and Ferne, I think ) had come down to the beach to see the group.  They were Scouts, both male and female.

They were marching up to where we were had been walking.

About 2PM we drove around over the causeway to Chivos.

There was a fundraiser going on for the disabled children here on the Isla.

Both silent and live auctions as well as raffles were used to raise funds.

Many items were donated including this CBD Oil.

Your 200 peso entry got you either two shrimp or two cheese quesadillas with side of guacamole.  Drinks were extra.

There was some live music and overall it was a fun few hours in the sun.  Still no indication of how much was raised.  I am confident that it was a large amount.

On our beach walk early this morning we saw the scouts set up.  Very precise location of each tent.  Later in the day they were walking back down the beach.  Mission accomplished.

Yesterday was yet another full day for us.



Feb 16, 2019

Another day, another party

Yesterday the day passed very quickly, between our beach walk and my research.  Suddenly it was time to head out for dinner with Carol and Gary.  We headed into Mazatlan and the Plazuela Machado…

…where Carnaval was making an appearance.  No large paper mache statues this year but a thin looking butterfly with color just on the one side.  The colored side is facing the Italian restaurant and Gaia.  It you look carefully at the lady in white almost center of the butterfly, you can see thin black steps in front of her face.  The idea is for people to climb up and get a photo taken of themselves up there.  Certainly not as grand as the giant monigotes of years past.

Colin and I were in Centro a few days ago doing errands when we discovered that Johnny O was playing Friday night solo.  So we made a reservation.

We were at La Bohemia where he usually plays with a band but last night he was on his own.

Instead of an electric guitar he was playing an acoustic electric guitar.  His song choices were varied and a different mix than we have heard before.  Such a privilege to be there and enjoy his music.  Have a wee listen here…..

Dinner was excellent as always and the margaritas were the best I have had since we got to Mexico this year.

We shared a wonderful evening with Carol and Gary.   Not sure when we will be seeing them again but we know that we will see Johnny O soon.

Yesterday was the election of the two Queens of the 2019 Carnaval.  You can read about that by clicking here.  One of the Princesses was from Isla de la Piedra.

As we returned from Mazatlan late last night, there was a party complete with band in the central square on the Isla near the embarcadero.  Sadly Daiana Sánchez was not elected to be a Queen but she makes for a very beautiful Princesa.

I have no idea when I wake up in the morning what my day will hold but of late it certainly is exciting.


Feb 15, 2019

A very special & fun party

I had no idea what to expect when Sofia my massage therapist invited us to a Valentine’s Day party.  She is Mexican and her partner is American and they live 6 months here and 6 months in Washington State every spring and summer.   Sofia’s family and most of her friends don’t speak English and Brad doesn’t speak Spanish so it is a real mix when they have a party.  We had the best time ever.

Sophia went all out on decorations.  She does love to throw a party.

They are renting a lovely house in Playa Sur.

There were six of us from the RV park and several friends of Brad’s from back in the US.  We actually knew two other couples.

There were so many small perfect party touches.  Event the tablecloths had hearts on them.

Brad did most of the cooking for the dinner but these cupcakes were purchased and were so fun with their heart decorations.  As you can see Sofia was having a great time as well as being a great hostess.  She even had a party favor bag for each of us as we left, full of yummy chocolates.

I lost count count at 26 people.  After the meal, dance music was put on and guess who was dancing?  Can you see me in the pink?

As you can see everyone had a great time.

I was so busy living in the moment that I did not take many photos.

Sofia started a jump jive with Colin, then I took over…

…and Laura finished the song with Colin.  Colin has magical feet and does love to jump jive. It always take three women to complete a song with him.  Yes it is that exhausting. What a work out.  Not to mention fun!

We had a lovely time meeting Sophia’s family, sharing a bit of conversation and some dances.  I sure hope that we get invited back another time.  It was a privilege to be included in such a special evening.

And yes my repaired camera worked and there appear to be no spots but there is a new problem.  Something with the actual function of the camera.  The programming seems to be off, so yet another visit to the camera guy.


Feb 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone

It is a great day for me.  I just got my red colored camera back from the repair shop which is now actually in his home.  Yes this is the third repair this season but they do say that the third time is the charm.  I certainly hope so.  The prices have been extremely reasonable considering what he does.  First time it was 300 pesos, the 250 pesos and today only 150 pesos.  I think he felt badly that I still had spots when I got it back January 10th.

He took some photos to show us how detailed the cleaning is.

The sensor is smaller than a fingernail.

So this is what a point and shoot camera looks like.  Bear in mind that only in Mexico will you find someone willing to take this type of camera apart.

There was dust on the sensor and also on a filter which mounts behind the lens.  There are gaskets around the lens barrel which keep the dust out as the lens zooms. One of the gaskets was curled so there was a space. He straightened it out so the seal is good.  Hopefully we will not have a dust problem again. There is one problem though.  Some of the function controls do not work so this may mean another trip back.  We are going out tonight so I will put the camera through its paces.


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