Week in Review 1/12/13

It’s been a great week here in Mexico, once I was prepared and then  dealt with the border and we got settled and started meeting people here at Bahia de Kino.   The rains and winds caught up with us, but we managed our way thru.  As much as we might not enjoy particular moments or days/nights, overall we continue to be thankful that we aren’t in rainy and cold BC, closed up in a house away from the weather.  Having a choice, we’d much rather be here.  (Although there would have a hot bath available.  Hmmm.)

We had the most delightful invite by Tavi and Sheila to come have a pancake breakfast at their place last Sunday morning, treating us to hot showers and a load of fresh laundry.  We nearly ate them out of house and home, but if you had tasted their banana-walnut pancakes with coconut nectar syrup, you’d have done the same thing!  And delectable truffle for breakfast dessert.  Who could say “I’m done, thanks.”  Obviously, none of us.  We’ve heard rumours about our bottomless pits have been making the rounds through gringo circles this week.  Thanks, Tavi!

Unfortunately, I don’t have pics to share from that great morning with these folks from back home (near Port Alberni, BC) but I’m positive we’ll be seeing them again before we pull out of town, so maybe something will transpire from that and I can ‘share’ these great folks with you.

The reason Tavi scouted us out down at the beach was simply because he had heard about us from a 60th Birthday Party he had attended where he met Rob and Dee whom we had traveled down with.  Tavi thought we were adventurous at heart like he and his wife, so he tracked us down, shared a scrumptious watermelon and honeydew with us the day before inviting us to his place.  Having sailed/traveled a lot in his own life he’s been another person to speak into our traveling hearts and minds, and to give tips to Mitchell about his boat, Girlfriend, who has finally made her maiden voyage and survived.  She brings great joy to the kids and many fish to our frying pan.

The Birthday fellow spoken of was none other than Jeff, who warmly opened his home to our gang to share a special Thanksgiving Dinner with us this past week.  You’ll likely hear more about Jeff and Marlayna in the upcoming week.

Rob & Dee have headed back to the USA but not out of our lives.  They have been a wonderful addition to our traveling friends, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the kids stole some of Rob’s heart in particular.  So, they’ll have to be coming to visit us sometime in the future.

Instead of Goodbye’s we got So Longs.  Until next time.

Stopped by for So Longs and to bless us with foods they didn't want to travel with.  What a great couple.

Stopped by for So Longs and to bless us with foods they didn’t want to travel with. What a great couple.

First Thanksgiving for the Frenchman & Over-stuffing For Us Canadians

Rob & Dee, the ones we crossed into Mexico with, had introduced us to their friends from back home in Colorado and who then invited us over to share Thanksgiving Dinner with them.

Mitch and Dee

Mitch and Dee

Rob

Rob

Helping prep dinnerHelping prep dinner

Marlayna with some of the kitchen help

Marlayna with some of the kitchen help

Jeff, whose house we intruded

Jeff, whose house we intruded

It was an extra special treat when one discovers that Marlayna doesn’t cook any longer, yet she slaved in her delightful kitchen (with Dee’s help) to put on a feast for the ravenous travellers.

Basically means, "I have a kitchen because it came with the house."

Basically means, “I have a kitchen because it came with the house.”

A Gathering of Travellers

A Gathering of Travellers

Marlayna & Jeff’s house is a feast for the eyes of anybody who enjoys colour, playfulness and art.  Our family loved it.

Peppers painted on the pantry door

Peppers painted on the pantry door

The Fat Mexican Fisherman

The Fat Mexican Fisherman out on the back patio overlooking the Sea of Cortez

The Crab & His Tecate (beer)

The Crab & His Tecate (beer)

Patio with Palm Trees that light up

Patio with Palm Trees that light up

We had to explain to Matt, the French motorcyclist whose been camping alongside of us since Monday & was invited to this meal, also, what Thanksgiving was all about.  We explained the beginnings of it, how European colonists survived because of the help of the natives of the land, and how in return they/descendants basically stole and raped both lands and people.  Not something to be so Thankful for.

Gaelyn & Matt

Gaelyn & Matt

But like us, Matt enjoyed stuffing himself with scrumptious food until his belly looked pregnant, and we could talk about all the things we are Thankful for today:

for travel

for health

for an incredible family

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for great friends old and new

for adventure

and for big dreams.

Laars (& other kids) came bearing artsy gifts for Marlayna and Jeff

Laars (& other kids) came bearing artsy gifts for Marlayna and Jeff

These are the things we think of on more days than just a designated date on the calendar.  Even when we ‘celebrate’ both with Canada in October and the USA in November.

Every day we ought to have Thanksgiving in our Hearts.

Sunset from the patio

Sunset from the patio

Line of Slow-Cookers Produces Thanksgiving Feast

This morning's sunrise, a beautiful autumn day with slush frozen on the ground.

This morning’s sunrise, a beautiful autumn day with slush frozen on the ground.

You have to make do with what you have, and when you are traveling & living  on the road you don’t have all the comforts and conveniences of back home.  So you do with what you have and actually learn to appreciate any small effort put forth to make a fancy meal.

Our little flag flying from the rack atop of our van.

Our little flag flying from the rack atop of our van.

For example, our Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner.

We had 2 slow-cookers (one borrowed for the day) filled with stuffing, our smaller slow-cooker bubbling with pumpkin pie filling, a roasted turkey via City Market, canned cranberries and a treat of dark chocolate almond milk.

We have plastic plates on our colourful Mexican tablecloth, an extra-long saw horse for butts to rest.

Stuffing about ready to consume.

Stuffing about ready to consume.

Simple meal

Simple meal

pumpkin pudding looks messy but was delicious!

pumpkin pudding looks messy but was delicious!

 

Excited kids ready to dive in!

Excited kids ready to dive in!

 

Happy line of cheeks

Happy line of cheeks

 

Dinner table nestled near the garage and protected from the wind by the van parked right beside us.

Dinner table nestled near the garage and protected from the wind by the van parked right beside us.

And we are tickled pink (or orange, for the season)!

So much to be Thankful for.

 

 

Beaches, Stuffing and Thanksgiving

I don’t have pictures of our fantastic turkey dinner which was a main reason my brother Brian and his son came over from the mainland.  Afterall, Bri says “The main part of Thanksgiving IS the Turkey!!” and we’ve enjoyed the several turkey dinners he’s cooked for us at our house over the last year or so.

It was worthy of a few pictures, but I was far too busy sneaking steaming mouthfuls of stuffing from its caverns and deservedly ended up with a burnt tongue and mouth. His yummy stuffing consists of the typical dried bread, seasonings blah blah blah but he also adds in dried cranberries and pecans, in just the right measure.  YUMMY!!

 

Everette did take photos of most of the family down at French Beach taking in the autumn sunshine, the coastline and the company.  Don’t know the next time we’ll be doing these sort of outings.  Enjoying them while we have them.

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