I try to live as local as possible, I do shop every 2 weeks or so at the Megga Soriana grocery store which is similar, but still quite different from our supermarkets. In between I pick up, any forgotten necessities at any of the local mom and pop “miscelleneas” for my eggs, fruits, veggies and fish I prefer the large individual stall type mercado. A week or so ago I bought some dried hibiscus (jimica) flowers and boiled them to a concentrate to dilute and sweeten to taste and you have a delicious refreshing drink called jimica. It very healthful like cranberry juice.
At the little Saturday market I bought fresh flower petals, the center parts have been removed, and boiled them into the concentrate. I may have over sweetened it as the sweetener I used said 2-1 tsp which I did, good thing I like thinks sweet.
I am taking Spanish classes again, this is a real luxury for me on my new budget but I enjoy the classes and our new teacher this year keeps class moving and fun. I can read and understand much more than I can verbalize, and mentally composing then speaking is very difficult for me. But I have no fear of going anywhere, I can read all the signage, menus, cooking directions on food products or ingredients. This class they say is the hardest we are learning the
past tense of verbs, everything gets easier after this, supposedly.
I let my landlord know the hot water side of my shower was dripping and he said manana his friend would be by to fix, manana came 4 days later and the plummer spent hours working on it, lots of banging and clanging leaving bring more tools back. Well the
end result was the back wall of the shower will need to be removed to get to the piping and fix the issue. It was going to be two to three days work and my land lord wanted to move me to the hotel across the street while the work was being done. My first thought was wait till I leave in the Spring. I have just gotten all cozy and really comfortable I don’t want to leave. Then I remembered I am going home for 10 days over Christmas and I told him he can have the work done then. This made us both very happy, especially as I know 3-4 days can easily stretch into a week. The only issue is I will have no hot water in my shower until it is fixed. In this warm weather it isn’t really a problem, just a minor inconvenience. Signing off KO