Wednesday, December 28, 2005

8AM - Our Front Yard.
Just a couple feet in front of MsTioga’s front door is a big bunch of cutoff tree limbs and branches dumped here by our next door neighbor, Chito. We want to make this place our front yard. So we have been tossing this stuff down over the side of the hill to clear out a space. Many of these limbs and branches have sharp thorns, so we have to be really careful with them.

This morning enough of this stuff was cleared out to put out our chair and enjoy the view. We like our front yard better than where we were sitting before, about 30 yards away near the power pole. It is very steep there, and little Victor plays too close to the edge when he visits us. We are leaving a pile of these thorny branches at the edge of the hill, to make a fence for safety.

We have more plans for our front yard. We want to buy some flowers to plant here. And maybe make a little rock bordered path. So far we've not found a place that sells flowers!

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First time enjoying our new front yard.



The bacon was great!
Yesterday we bought a one pound pack of bacon at Super Mercado Cachania. We wondered about buying bacon here in Mexico. Would it be safe? Have a good flavor? We were soooo happy to find bacon made in the USA at Mercado Cachania. Packed in Missoula, Montana! Hardwood smoked and cured with natural honey. Our kind of bacon.

This morning we cooked up some bacon for breakfast, and it was soooooo good. $2.75US for one pound.

10AM - Gas Propano.
Remember last Friday that MsTioga drove up to the huge propane gas tank north of Santa Rosalia? The tank was out of gas, no propane for MsTioga. We need to return today, but this time checked at the Gaspasa office in El Centro to make sure that propane was available. They assured me that there was plenty of gas today.

Visiting Poncho.
My friend Poncho who lives on the road midway up the hill to our Camp has been sick, so I stopped in to see him. He was sitting in the sun doing crossword puzzles.

Poncho had a surprise for me. A book titled, Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Boleo Copper District. In English no less. This book is filled with info about the mines, and especially interesting, about cumengite minerals found at the Amelia Mine. Poncho loaned me the book and I hope to make copies of the pics inside for you to see.

1PM - Heading for the Gaspasa place.
As we went down our hill toward Gaspasa, we heard the branches from Chito’s tree scraping MsTioga’s roof. Twice we have stopped to cut back some of these branches. Now we have removed almost all the limbs that reach out for MsTioga.

The Gaspasa place is out in the desert, and alongside Highway No1. Our tank took 33 liters, and cost us $167.31 pesos. $5.07/liter. We have stopped converting some things to $US, and propane is one of them. We want to think like the Mexicanos think. When we exercise in the morning, we even count reps in Spanish.

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MsTioga at Gaspasa.



2PM - Water at the Pemex.
We went to the Pemex to fill up MsTioga's fresh water tank. The hose for the water is along the side wall, and sitting on the wall was the station's guard. I started a conversation with this young man, whose name is Rodmiro. He lives with his family. His father is dead and his mother is sick. He and his brother who is a policeman here in Santa Rosalia both work and support their household.

Rodmiro comes to work in the morning at 7AM and goes home in the evening at 7PM. For these 12 hours, Rodmiro earns $100 pesos, $8.33/pesos per hour. That's about 83 cents per hour US.

When MsTioga's tank was filled, I asked Rodmiro if he wanted a refresco (soft drink). He said yes, and I handed him $10 pesos and wished him good luck. I have soooooo much and Rodmiro has so very little.

3PM - Shopping for flowers to plant in my new garden.
I walked every single street in El Centro, and some in Rancheria. I must have asked 30 people where to buy live flowers. Many people gave me directions to a store to buy flowers, but when I got there no flowers were being sold.

The last person that I asked was an older man who was sitting on a bench on Calle Obregon, the main street in El Centro. He said to me, "If you want to grow something in Santa Rosalia, it better be cactus." Wow!

5PM - Paquita's Taco Stand.
My search for flowers had made me so tired and hungry, that I decided to buy something to eat. There is a taco stand that never seems to close on the corner of Calle Obregon and Calle Playa. I went there and ordered two fish tacos and a Fanta orange soda.

I introduced myself to the lady owner of the taco stand, and she told me that her name is Paquita Larrios. Paquita told me that only her family works at her taco stand, and that she never closes. Her home is attached to the taco stand. I will come to Paquita’s again!

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Paquita's taco stand which never closes.

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6PM - Cleaning our garden when the sky went red.
The sun had set as I was cleaning the garden. Mr. Mavica saw the sky go red, and captured the view.

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