Thursday, May 31, 2012

Planting Spanish

7AM - Planting in Spanish!
Yesterday at the Soriana, we bought planting stuff: soil & pots-to begin growing the seeds that were purchased from the veterinary store a couple of days ago. Of course, all of the sowing/planting instructions are in Spanish. So we combine this fun job of planting with studying for today's Spanish lesson!

There is more to the studying then just the Spanish. The sowing instructions are in millimeters and centimeters. So, those dimensions are studied too in order to get an idea of how deep to sow and how far apart the plants should be.
Our gardening stuff

10AM - Camping on streets of Mexico
HoneyBee8888 posted in ShoutBox:
"George, I notice you setting down "roots" with your little cactus garden and the dog. Is it really true that in Mexico you can become a semi-permanent "resident" at the end of a dead end street and no one will bother you or expect you to move? For me (in NJ) this is almost unimaginable."

I would like to address the differences between the American and Mexican culture from my perspective. However! Whenever I've approached this subject before, some reader(s) get their backs up. Some readers take what I write as criticism of the United States. I receive email suggesting I am un-patriotic, that I should never come back to the USA, etc. Please know that I love the United States.

With that said, here is my take on Mexico: [Some of which I've written before]
When I first entered Mexico with MsTioga in 2003, we were in the City of Tijuana, very close to San Diego, California. I went to a super-market to shop and was pushing my shopping cart up an aisle. Ahead of me there were five woman blocking my path. They were chatting. As I approached them, I expected the group to step aside and allow me to pass. But these woman did not even appear to notice me. They just kept on chatting. So, I turned my cart around and walked back down the aisle. This was my first encounter with the cultural attitude in Mexico: "You do what you do and take responsibility for that. And I do what I do, and take responsibility for that".

You as an American reading what I just wrote, may interpret what happened as being discourteous. But this interpretation is not accurate. Because each culture has its own definition of courtesy. And, as an American, your interpretation of courtesy may be unique, and not shared by others.

In 2007 I decided to finally explore mainland Mexico. I recall first entering the City of Guaymas on the Pacific Coast. I found a nice Nite Camp above the city, and asked a neighbor across the street for permission to stay the nite. She told me, "This is Mexico! It is not necessary to ask permission".

Contrast and comparison:  Many, many times when I made Nite Camps on the streets of California [or other states in the USA], my neighbors called the police on me. People in the USA do not care to see an unknown RV staying the nite on their street. People in the USA believe that it is their right to enforce their beliefs, their wants and needs, their dislikes on everybody else. 

Here in Mexico, it is unthinkable to phone the police on your neighbor! For example, if  your neighbor is having a party and playing music very loud until 3am, nobody complains or phones the cops. Neighbors may not like the loud music. But that music is the responsibility of the homeowner who is playing the music. And in the Mexican culture, to assume responsibility for another's actions, is not even on the horizon of a Mexican person's thinking.

3PM - Cactus hiding from the Sun!
We wrote about some of our new cactus turning brown in spots. A very helpful email arrived from Reader Deb:

"Hi George, 
The brown spot on your cactus might be sunburn. The plant may have been indoors for a period of time prior to your purchase or kept in a location with in-direct sunlight. Placing the plant in full sunlight could be the cause of browning.....
If this is the cause, try moving the plants to a different location and introduce them to the sunlight for short periods of time, gradually increasing over a couple of weeks to avoid further browning. When you see new healthy growth without browning, you should be safe to put them back in your rock bed.
Hope this helps!

As you may see in the pic below, we have taken Deb's advice. Two of our new cactus our now shaded from full Sun by a nearby bush!
Cactus hiding from the Sun

10PM - We sure eat good on the TiogaRV Team!
Just finished supper. We never pre-plan our menu. Stuff just seems to come together. Have to admit though, we love to cook!
We eat supper late too!

Blue sky