Jan 15, 2020

Musical interlude

It came to Colin’s attention late Sunday evening and again early Monday morning that Tom and Mandy from RV2 were looking for a site to host some international musicians who are currently playing here in Mazatlan.  Or course Colin offered our site.  Tom and Mandy did all the work, purchasing and preparing the food.  Colin set up our site, added chairs & small tables as well as an extra shade umbrella.  I decided that we needed to add at least a salad which I made along with a bowl of fresh cut sweet pineapple and cookies for dessert.

We had no idea show many were coming nor how long they would be here.  Turns out they arrived around 1:30 PM and were gone by 6PM.  They were here for a short time but it was intended and a good deal of music and jamming was involved.

Good thing that Colin is traveling with five guitars this winter. They were well used.

Mandy cooked the shrimp  and lobster.  She did all she could do so that I did not have to be involved or moving about too much.

Long time blog readers Linda and Russell just happened to drop by to visit and were treated to some special music.

I hope that you enjoy the following two minute video which includes Colin playing with the best of the best. The bio of the players….
Eugene Hideaway Bridges, songwriter, guitarist, band leader, released 7 albums, entertains globally. Has played with the greatest including BB King.
Rick Reed, Bassist, guitarist, has played with Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Canned Heat.
Benito Meschoulam, band leader of SantanaWays, a Santana tribute band in San Diego.
Colin Jewall – who’s that? Guitarist -Classical, Blues, Rock, Photographer, Traveller.

Quite fun as all of the guitars belong to Colin.  The full screen option also is working.

Great end to a special day.

Sadly I did just a bit too much moving about, taking photos, fetching serving spoons and dishes, serving wine and beer, etc.  My knee was not very happy Tuesday morning when Octvavio my physio guy came for my ultrasound treatment.  Oops, I did too much and had some swelling due to too much movement and just maybe a bit of ligament stretching.  Colin really thought that I would just stay put and do nothing.  You would think that after 33 years he would realize that it would be impossible for me to stay still and do nothing and watch people enjoying my lovely site here.  I love to be sure that my guests have everything that they need plus more. He said that he would look after everything but there was no way that I was going to disturb him while he had the opportunity to play with these extraordinary special musicians.  No worries, here I am 48 hours later and after being back on bedrest I am much better.

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Jan 14, 2020

First happy hour

I was going stir crazy so invited a few friends over for my first happy since my surgery.

This was this past Sunday.

However we had unexpected competition.  This banda group was so loud that we could barely hear each other talk.

We did have a lovely sunset. I have no idea what those two tall things are to the left of the palm tree.  Something new that we will have to investigate as I won’t be walking for at least 4 -6 weeks.

If you enjoy music please take a moment to enjoy this exceptional 3 minute You Tube Video sent to me by blog reader Michael Herrmann.   I then listened to the next video of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  This duo is very talented.  We saw a fellow play similar glasses while in Naples in 2018 but these two are beyond amazing.

 

 

 

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Jan 12, 2020

We had to pass on the symphony

Today was a most special symphony performance.  Of the entire series this was the one I most wanted to attend.  But I just was not ready to go out yet.  Soon I hope.

This is what we missed. Fortunately I was able to re sell our tickets.

Three flowers on one hibiscus plant. Lovely.

I have begun walking the length of RV1 to get some exercise.  Not very far but after the first time I needed to go back home and nap.  Yesterday I did it twice and will do so again today.  Bit by bit.  I continue with my cryotherapy, only 23 more times to go!  Octavio, my physiotherapist  came for the second time Friday.  The plan is for him to come twice per week as long as I need him. I am doing my upper strength exercises three times per day, 10 reps each.  I know that in another week or so, once I see the doctor on the 17th that I will be starting the hard part of rebuilding my knee muscle, etc.

Last night I made us what I call a shrimp stir fry.  Lots of veggie chopping involved.

All veggies plus one of these packages of sauce. I got these at Superstore.

Once the veggies are done I add the sauce and the shrimp.  The trick is to not overcook the shrimp.

Dinner was beyond tasty. Fortunately we have enough left for a second meal.

Sadly the shrimp industry here in Mazatlan is on the decline.

These shrimp boats are waiting to come into port.

Sadly the shrimp industry is suffering.  It was difficult last season but has become much worse this year. Please take a moment to read this article. It explains the cost of taking a shrimper out and the difficulties that the fleet is experiencing this season. Very sadly only 10% of the fleet is still out attempting to catch shrimp. I wonder how much longer we will be able to get fresh shrimp here in Mazatlan.

 

 

 

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Jan 10, 2020

I sat outside for a bit

One of the RVers in the back row taking his coffee and dog out for a paddle.  Shortly after this was taken he stood and paddled off.

This beautiful Fuchsia plant was waiting for me when I got back from the hospital six days ago.  Mucho gracias A & D.

It was lovely sitting outside for a few hours.  Colin kept coming to check on me every 15 – 20 minutes to see if I needed anything.

Another gorgeous sunset yesterday ( Thursday ).  Love those cotton candy clouds.

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Jan 09, 2020

Spectacular Sunset Yesterday

We have had an unusual number of pelicans feeding just off shore this past week.  Entertaining to watch.

The start of the spectacular sunset.

The Norwegian Joy heading into the sunset.

A subtle change in color.

Sadly I could only see the sunset from inside.  Colin indulges me each time I ask him to go out and take a photo for me.

Yesterday Colin had an appointment for the second time within the past month with an eye specialist.  He has what he describes as a constant irritation in his left eye.  It is a tiny bump on the inner part of the eyelid.  He has been using prescription eyedrops which helped for a short period of time but the irritation is still there. Yesterday the eye doctor told Colin that his next suggestion would be to freeze Colin’s eye then he would invert his eyelid and give him some shots of cortisone for the irritation.  The doctor said that the irritation is a type of conjunctivitis caused by perspiration.  Colin said no thank you to the two needles.  Today he is in correspondence with our eye doctor back in Canada.  What a pair we are!  He stopped at the mercado on his way back and returned with some fresh dorado for dinner as well as one half kilo of shrimp which he had them peel and I quickly deveined them before freezing the shrimp for a future meal.

This time we dipped the dorado fillets in egg and then in Italian breadcrumbs which stuck perfectly.  Colin grilled the fish on the BBQ mat and it was melt in your mouth perfect. We are managing to eat well.

 

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