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Friday, July 28, 2017



The rare perfect day on the beach
EVEN MORE CATCHING UP!

A week with an old friend
The ice cream store next to Orlando's in Loreto is a welcome treat.

At the end of February, my friend of long standing (ever since we were freshmen in college), came to Baja to stay with me for a week.

    On a lovely, warm day, we went for a pedal in the
Hobie without the mast on it.  We enjoyed the pedal
along Coyote Beach, but I had a definite feeling that
I was pedaling more than Doni!! Oh well, we were
both a little sore the next day.  


Doni and me


We had a fun week! Among our activities during the week, Doni went with me to craft class and created a very pretty
gourd; went to an art show at Sr Gecko's, and she learned how to play "31" one
afternoon at Bertha's.


This is not Doni's gourd but is
representative of what we make in class.

These gourds have seagrass collars.



We met some friends at Punta Chivato and enjoyed a lovely lunch at a small local hotel.






At the end of her week's visit, we spent a
night in Loreto, sight seeing and window-shopping.



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The latest in beautiful sunrises!


CATCHING UP

A Hodgepodge of Photos




Bob got a spinnaker for the boat this season and has had much fun going out and practicing how to use it.


On Christmas Eve, we went to a party at KG
and Swanee's palapa at the north end of Coyote Beach. The food was good and the company even better.


These are some of the paintings that KG paints and sells.



Bano Bill built the larger than life representative
of Coyote Beach and etched some interesting
mazes and designs around it.  On March 11, many people gathered for the first annual burning
of the Coyote signaling the end of the season.














Tuesday, January 24, 2017



NEW YEAR UPDATES

What's New with the Rock and other Minutia!



Last spring, Barb and I finished the season with the Belly Button Rock
completely covered on the top with button shells.





This is how the rock looked at the beginning of our gluing.


Before I left for the season at the end of April, 2016, I strewed many
belly buttons on the ground around the rock. My thinking was that people
would pick up those shells instead of prying them off the rock.


This fall, we were delighted to see the shells intact on top of the rock with very few missing.
We decided to cover the smaller rock in front and you can
see we've glued quite a few on so far!

We decorated a starfish donated by Tom and Pat. Although we glued it fairly high up on the cliff face,
it disappeared after a couple days.



Here is Barb, Glue Queen Extraordanaire, adding more shells
to the rock. She could also be called "Sticky Fingers".

Here is how the rock looks today and we're not finished.

Thursday, December 29, 2016



CHRISTMAS SEASON

The Baja is Different!

Me, Barb, and Pat out for our early morning walk.


Dody, Joel and Oregon Gary
These are just a few of the people we meet on our morning walks.






Mike and Nancy had a palapa-warming happy hour!

Ted, Irene, and Debbie


This is our compound on the beach. At far right is the palapa, then the new market tent, and
then the lanai with the RV behind it. What I couldn't get in the picture is the boat, the boat
trailer and the car.  Beach folk are calling our site the Taj Mahal.  What you can't see inside
the tent is the wood floor Bob built with partitions that divide the space into a cooking
area, the bano(bathroom), and a bedroom. We call it The Annex.  This way, we don't have
to buy a bigger RV.


Cooking area
         
Bob's bedroom
The bano








Bob enjoying some time out on the water.

Trying out the new spinnaker.

Friday, November 11, 2016


KARIN VOLKMANN       

The Exercise Lady  
              


I first met Karin in the early 2000s when she worked for Ballys and
I went there for my workouts.
As the weeks and years went by,
I watched her train various clients and
was impressed with her work with
older clients.








Karin with Tucker and Callie (her "children")
About 10 years ago, I realized I wasn't pushing myself hard enough, I signed on to be trained by Karin. We have become
good friends over the years.  About 3
years ago, I told her I need to get ready
for knee replacement surgery. I wanted
to lose weight and get my leg muscles
stronger. She was very instrumental in
helping me reach my goals. I ended up
having two knee replacements and 
Karin was right there aiding in my recovery.


My knee with replacement part












Both knees now look like the X-ray on
the right here.  Because of these metal
parts, I have to be specially scanned at
the airport to make sure I'm not hiding
a bomb.







Friends forever  (we're often taken for sisters)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

Learning a new Device!


This summer I bought a 10-inch fire tablet with a
keyboard that I can attach or not, depending on
how I want to use it. I have engaged the help of
friends (thanks, Karin) and strangers (thanks guy
working at frozen yogurt place).



The above picture of a shell garden has nothing to do
with the text but I felt a photo was needed.  Unfortunately
I don't have my photos available to this device yet.  I shall
have to venture out and rely on the kindness of strangers
to get them synced somehow.










I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and
partaking in beach-type activities: crafting,
shelling, pot lucking, etc.



These "flowers" were fashioned from gourds
by Gwen of the Jamaican accent.



I love the turquoise-colored water of Coyote beach 
with the deeper blue water out further.






And then we have many whale sharks in our bay as
they cruise back and forth feeding.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LET'S FINISH THESE CRAFTS!

You Knew It Was Coming!!

This is an art piece of strung shells and beads created by Philli who is from Holland.







Our project here was to make a birdhouse by twinning 
seagrass.  We started with a big knot, then twinned
around the strands from the knot.








Anne's birdhouse
ended up looking more like a pufferfish.                                                     My birdhouse.





My basket

Round reed baskets~~seagrass twinned around spokes of
round reeds.

Nan, Kay, Deb, Anne and our lovely baskets!




My basket


The flat reed baskets are pretty much the same as the round
reed baskets.  They look very different because of the difference
in the reed spokes.