A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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May 26, 2005 — Today I spent much of the morning cleaning and organizing things in our little Toyota Dolphin motorhome which we call Cando, in preparation for heading back to Colorado for a while. Tomorrow will be yet another trip to Queretaro to see if our Mexican FM-3 visas are ready, and we are optimistic enough that we plan to take our camera to get a picture or two of the great moment, if that’s permitted in government offices… and if it occurs!

The visas might have been ready this past Monday but they weren’t, and Kelly has used the time since then to work on getting his office further along. He used a variety of colored whitewashes after drawing the design on the walls:

He found company in his office first thing this morning… this scorpion was right in the middle of the ceiling. It’s about an inch and a half from end to end, pretty good sized. My immediate reaction was not “Yikes!” but instead “Get a picture of it for my blog!” So Kelly kindly did, getting much closer to it than I would have.

On one of my trips up the street to the lot where we park the motorhome, I saw some of the neighbors decorating their house with white and yellow things. “Good afternoon, a birthday?” I asked. No, they said, there is going to be a procession from the church for Corpus Christi. They explained a little more that I didn’t follow.

It was getting on toward dusk when the procession came by. I stood in our doorway to watch and sure got stared at. One man I know smiled at me, and a young woman did, but for once smiles were not the main expression. The singing was lovely. I recognized a friendly woman who lives up the street.

Kelly was hanging out the upstairs office window with the camera, and he said he got stared at too. Here are some pictures of the event:

Just now, someone knocked on our door. I went down and it was that friendly woman who lives up the street. I don’t know her much at all, don’t know her name. She was coming by to invite us to a “terceda edad” event which happens every Friday afternoon. The “third stage” begins at age 60. She isn’t that old but said it’s so much fun that she goes… practicing up, she grinned! “We sing, we exercise, we play…” I explained that we are going back to the U.S. for a few months but that I would be delighted to do it when we get back. Kelly just told me that he walked by the meeting last week and this lady waved him in, but he had other things on his mind.

In our conversation, I mentioned that I am over 60, and she immediately asked if I had gotten the card that enables me to get discounts on all sorts of things. I had read something about that a few months ago, but it had completely slipped my mind. So that is something else to do when we get back. I’d better start a list!

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