Spanish Class, Growing Tomatoes and Other Unrelated Stuff

I signed up to take some Spanish classes at the English Plus school here in Zihuatanejo . I’ve been very impressed with how they teach Spanish. Of all the Spanish classes I have taken this is the best. We are learning how to use the language correctly but with out a lot of drills in conjugation of verbs and learning of rules.  Lots of conversation and frankly being put on the spot. I know I’m progressing, but certainly not a star student.  I do much better with the written word than the spoken one. I have a lot of trouble hearing what a native speaker says.  I will continue with the classes during our entire stay as any progress is good.

Tomato plant seed from home

Last year the Senor grew a couple of tomato plants and they were full of yummy tomatoes before we left in March. It was helpful that our balcony had full sun all day.  This year  he brought a few seeds from home in our luggage and planted them about mid November.  They took forever to germination so he bought more

Tomato plants from Mexican seeds

seeds at the Bodega and planted them in a different container,  I think we have one plant growing from the roll out mat of seeds from home and the packet of seeds we bought here are thriving.  He is still worried that they may not produce as our balcony this year is shaded.

I woke up Wednesday with a bite on the calf of my leg.  Hurts doesn’t itch. Over the years  I have had this kinds of reaction several times from bug bites .I have always been a

Bug bite

veritable smorgas-bord for mosquitoes, they are attracted to me and completely ignore the Senor. At first this looked like any old bite, but the area around the bite is becoming more inflamed at bit swollen and warm to the touch.  Thinking I may need to go to the doctor, after all Sharkfest is tomorrow.

The vacant lot next door is no longer vacant, but a hub of construction. Rumor is it is going to be restaurant. One day we watched a huge dump truck maneuver its way down our alley, jockeying back and forth between the gates to the lot and the

Holes being filled with rock all placed by hand

driveway on the opposite side of the alley so he could dump a full load of BIG rocks into the first deep hole that had been dug previously.  Then by hand the workmen broke the big rocks into  smaller rocks and again by hand moved them into the rest of the holes.  Then using what appears to be a jack hammer they added dirt and tamped them all down.  Sounded like a helicopter getting ready to take off.

working on re-bar

Yesterday they created vertical towers of re bar and are all wired in place.  I swear I never saw a single level being used, just eyeballed into proper position.  They work so hard, with so few of the tools that we would expect to see on a construction site.  This is real manual labor.  It will be interesting to watch the progress.

Re bar towers in place

As I write this it is 4:30 in the morning, my balcony door is open, I see the restaurant across the street is still open, with only one or two patrons left.  They will be closing  soon.  From down the street I hear singing, no music. just one voice reverberating up and down the narrow Pazole Alley.  Some day I will get dressed and check it out.  My guess is he is just returning from one of the many all night bars and enjoys the sound of his own voice.  I hear no others, no laughter, no talking, just one melancholy voice. Signing off KO

Bienvenido 2019

img_1141When I was a child, about 8 years old, my parents explained to me that it would be 2000 before we had a new century.  I got to figuring it out and I was going to be in my 60’s and flatly stated that was terrible, I would be too old to have any fun on New Years.  Well we aren’t quite the party animals we were at the turn of the century put we still went out with friends, ate , drank, saw the New Year in with our toes in the sand watching the fire work all around Zihuatanejo Bay.  Little did the 8 year old me know, it’s 19 years past the turn of the century and I’m still not to old to have fun and celebrate.

The Senor went fishing with his friend Dave both of them caught a dorado.  They are really good eating.  I put up enough fish in our freezer for at least 12 meals. img_0976 While the Senor went fishing my friend and I went shopping, but first a stop at “Fishers” at the Ixtapa marina for breakfast.  They have the most delicious breakfast cocktails where I indulged in a Pepinillo a mix of liquid cucumbers, lemon and lime soda and Tangarey and a fantastic poblano enchilada and egg dish. Then on to the shopping at the MicMac shop which specializes in very cool clothes made of img_1144very cool cotton.  It’s hard to say who enjoyed the day more, the Senor and I.

This morning when I arrived at the swimming pool for my morning laps there was no one in the pool.  There usually are two or three other folks enjoying the pool, but this morning I had the entire Olympic size pool entirely to my self for a full 45 minutes. Great way to start a day. My ” Sharkfest” swim is just a week away. Signing off KO



On the best of days it is difficult  for me to disembark the water taxi  on the Zihuatanejo side. The pier is way to high, it takes 3 men and a small boy to haul me up from the boat.  Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the help. But this year due to the very recent knee replacement my knee just isn’t bending properly yet. And the thought of having someone yank me up to the pier causing my knee to bend more than it wants to is terrifying.  But I love Las Gattas , swimming to there was out of the question as I have a great fear of twirling propellers and  I decided the best way to go was to was to paddle there.

My friend Bonny thought it would be great fun, so we rented two kayaks and set sail.  The Senior, not up for such an adventure, took the water taxi and he met us there. The beach at La Madera had big waves that day but  Andreas took us out and showed us

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Bonny paddling

when to start paddling to get over the waves and it was easy going from there. It was a beautiful sunny day, while the water was not flat it wasn’t too choppy either.  About 40 minutes later we were pulling up in front of Gloria del Mar and my favorite waiter Jose pulled us in and stored the kayaks out of the way.

IMG_0570It wasn’t long after the Senior arrived and we had a lovely lunch of red snapper, I tried out my new full face snorkel mask. I think I’m really going to like it.  I’m great in the water, but I can’t back onto the beach. Between the waves pulling me back, sand moving under my feet and stiff knees I feel a bit  like a beached whale and needed the senior to come haul me up to a standing position.



With Jose’s help we relaunched the kayaks and paddled our way back to Playa La Madera. Here again we had breaking waves to deal with and I have to admit that Bonnie made a perfect landing, whereas I came in a little to much sideways causing my back pack to get a bit wet, but no harm.  Next year I’ll remember to bring a dry sack.  Signing off KO


SAIL FEST: concert, chill cook off, auctions

M- Dock Band name came from the dock where their boats were parked

Wednesday night was concert with M-Dock, a Michigan based band that we have heard many times over the last few years. While we have always enjoyed the concert the venue was only so so. Food not very good and service extremely slow as probably a couple of hundred people show up. This year the venue was excellent at the Casa de Cultura but the food that a vendor was to provide was MIA and Sail fest was doing the bar and unfortunately it was running out of supplies by 9:00

Dancing to M-Dock

pm. But by that time with no

dinner and we had been enjoying wine and beer since 6:30 and even though we were dancing, it was time to leave and get food. Next year they will have the bugs worked out.

Thursday was much looked forward to chili cook off and silent auction. They had a live auction Tuesday evening, but it is a little too rich for our blood so we skip that event.

The Senor danced to much at the concert and was nursing aches and (he hasn’t moved that much and that quickly in the last year) said he wasn’t up to going out and handed me a fist of money and said enjoy the silent auction. So I did!

Friends Paul and Faye at Chili cook off and silent auction

I managed to get 6 dinners and one breakfast and a 2 hour ocean kayak adventure for me.   Had 2 mango margaritas, and with the tip went back to the apartment without a single peso, but happy. This guarantees the Senor will take me out to dinner at some new and interesting places and the money goes to a great cause, the poor children of Zihuatanejo.

As the Senor was feeling a bit better today we headed out to Playa Las Gatas. In a drawing I won tickets for the water

Me hiding under one of my many sun hats at the auction, note my nails match my ring and my straw.
Playa Las Gatas, wonderful as always.  Signing off KO

taxi so we took advantage of them today. As always we go to Gloria en Mar and visit with Jose our favorite waiter and friend. I tried the go pr again to catch some under water life, but it is a complicated camera for a non techie like me. But as always the beach and the swimming was wonderful, we ate a different type of fish today, good, but not a favorite.


After 2 week here in Zihuatanejo I am settling into a bit of a routine. I’m an early riser, I like to enjoy the sunrise from the balcony, take my morning supplements and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA swim 4-5 laps out and around the blue sailboat anchored there.It’s not as long as I  swim at home but I  feel  the walk makes up for it.  On my way back I stop for coffee at La Tregua. Why do I do this.  Fear!  Fear of gaining weight and fear of feeling old.  Now I don’t  mind being old, for that matter I rather enjoy the many privileges of being old, one of which is being semi retired giving me the luxury of time to be able be here.  But let me tell you I  don’t want to feel old, I would prefer not to look old, but I can handle that, I just don’t want to feel old. So I’ll  swim, I’ll dance and participate in life rather than being a spectator for as long as I can.

After my swim i  find a place to stop for coffee, this past week it has been La Tregua where the kind staff pours coffee from beautiful pitcher. As I return”a la casa” the Senor is rising and is ready to cook my breakfast.  In 18 years I OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhave never cooked his breakfast, he cooks for me.  .  After showering and dressing I’m ready for the day. Today I need to go to the fish market and get a white fish fillet for a fish dish I have mastered at home.  This is a big deal as I’m not much of a cook.  I’m supposed to have “cananelli beans” per recipe, but I’m using some white beans I found in El Mercado.  If it turns out poorly, I guess I’ll blame the beans.

It’s also manicure day, I should have had my nails cut at the first manicure, but vanity prevailed and I thought I could let them be long as I’m not working or gardening.  Big mistake!  Include a short siesta , fixing dinner and that will just about take care of this day.image

I’s just amazing how busy a vacation day can be.  Signing off KO