Listen to the birds…..









January 8, 2009

My daughter Cecily and her husband left reluctantly for Vancouver last Sunday. The weather in Vancouver didn’t help much. I think she is already planning her trip back in April. We went boogie boarding in Rancho Banderas which is the perfect beach for this activity. It has big enough waves to push you to the long flat sandy beaches. They call me the BBQBB (Boogie Board Queen of Banderas Bay) LOL!!!!. On their last night, we went to the Malecon in PV and had dinner at the Bubba Gump Restaurant. It was okay and touristy. Then we headed to the Cuban place, La Bodega. It was so packed that it was hard to breathe inside so we decided to take a stroll on the Malecon. It was very lively and busy that evening as it is the last weekend of the Christmas holidays. We stopped for coffee and desert at Roberto’s overlooking the boardwalk and the Xiutla dancers sculpture. It was a great spot for people watching, watching the fireworks and just listening to the waves. It was a very enjoyable evening.

The evenings and early mornings are getting cooler that you almost need a light cardigan. The days are always gorgeous and warm. Yesterday, we visited friends staying at the Grand Mayan and we had a great time floating on the “Lazy River”. They have this manmade pool/river around the complex and you float around in an inner tube. John and Brian had the most fun. Yes, our friend Brian is here with his wife Diane. They love Bucerias and can’t wait to explore it. Diane loves cats so she is the most popular person in our neighborhood. The cats follow her around because she bought tons of cat food and a dish with four compartments. It’s like serving smorgasbord to the cats.

This morning, I was peeling a ripe papaya grown locally while the sunshine is peeking through my kitchen window. I couldn’t resist but admire the orange color of the flesh and when I bite into it, it was so sweet and busting with flavor, it was like tasting sunshine. I closed my eyes while savoring the taste and feeling the warmth of the sun on my face and I could hear birds chirping from my window. God loves me! My poinsettias are healthy and thriving well, they almost look like fake ones. They are indigenous to Mexico and locally called “Noche Buena”.

People ask me what I do all day. And I tell them, I’m always busy. It seems that I spend a lot of my time waiting. Like this morning. I am sitting by the pool doing some computer work and waiting for the maid to finish cleaning the house. I am also waiting for a couple of friends who are visiting from Minnesota and I’m also waiting for the Telmex guy to hook up my phone. The waiting for the telephone guy is another thing, just like waiting for the plumber or the carpenter. The Telmex office told me that they are sending somebody today so I should be home. If the guy doesn’t show up today, he will show up tomorrow. That means I have to be prepared to wait for two days for the telephone guy to show up at my house. So I wait, wait ,wait. In the meantime, I can do some laundry, study some songs, sort my charts and make some salsa and guacamole.

We are playing at Adriatico Ristorante on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 10 pm and we are starting to see old friends and regular “snowbirds”.

Cheers!
Armi

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