"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Magpie Tales #248 Rotten to the Core!

 borrowed from All Around Artsy Blog

There once was an odd couple caught stealing
Some apples from a pig who was squealing 
Their excuse was so lame
Saying the snake was to blame
They were rude and totally unappealing

Bond of Union, 1956, by M.C.Escher
Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this splendid image!
Click here for more....

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows! November 29, 2014

Let's call this weekend 
"Leftovers Weekend"
Forget about "Black Friday" That's just retail madness!
Hug your friends and family and just have fun!

Kitchen shadows on Thanksgiving morning 2014

I was having lots of fun in the kitchen.....
Homemade apple pie, cranberry sauce, foccacia bread 
with delicious triple cream brie.

Sending you all a virtual hug- and
here are the links for Six Word Saturdays
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's Feline Friday! 11-28-2014

We love Lucy!!!

Some of you might have wondered how we came up
with the name of Lucy for our rescue stray kitty.....
Well.....she's actually named after one of
our favorite TV stars of the 1950's!

And here's the link to the top 10 Episodes for your enjoyment! 
And for heavens sake don't forget to thank
Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday! Cheers!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Magpie Tales #247 Waiting for Snow

Snowstorm by  Maurice Vlaminck

Eyes skyward
Scan the arid mountains
Waiting for snow
Many thanks to Tess Kincaid for
her wonderful Magpie Tales!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Six Words and Sunday Shadows....November 22-23, 2014

Our wild turkeys have no fear

However this bird will be dinner
While vacationing in Mexico we rode a little
bus with a family and their Christmas dinner.
This wild bird is a Cachalaca. They are taking
it home to feed it corn, bread and bananas
until Christmas eve.  I felt sorry for it, however
there's really no difference to our Thanksgiving Turkey 
or a traditional English Christmas Goose. Other than
this family truly knows where their dinner comes from. 
Here's more INFO about this bird.
And here are the links to Six Words
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's Feline Friday November 21,2014

Elephant tries to help kitten...
 (In reality this image was photo-shopped. Not a "true story".)
Thanks to Steve of Burnt Food Dude for Feline Friday!
Drop in to see more Feline Fridays!

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Awww Monday November 17, 2014

On our last day at the Catalina 
in Zihuatanejo we were joined 
for breakfast by the three resident cats....

Later on while having a snack before 
leaving for the airport one of the sisters
came by for a personal visit. 
Usually the other two don't let her get close
to us....but they weren't there.

So she got oodles of skritches
and she was quite happy.
Til we got up to go.....

Here she is as we said goodbye...
I really wanted to tuck her under my arm 
and bring her home with us....but 
you know who ( Lucy ) would have been furious.
Her little face was so sad....made me sad too.
I hate goodbyes....

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Six Words and Shadowy Shots November 15-16, 2014

One more day before we leave.....
Saunter Here or There for more
Shadowy Shots of Six Words...
and for heavens sake have a great day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's Feline Friday Plus a Visit to La Barra! November 14, 2014

Here's Lola- in her favorite dining room chair!

On our way to Barra La Potosi- our annual
"Field trip". This time our transportation
had a vast improvement. We got to the bus station
and the nine of us got to ride in a comfy new van!

Complete with on demand AC!

Here's Russell, Bob, Judy and John.... 

Ted's at the head of the table....

Ron, Jeff and Chris 
and our waiter in the background...

This was our view!

Men watching food being prepared...

La Senora cooking tasty dishes!

Russell had Guacamole 
( for our missing buddies Wynn and Roberto)

And I had Avocados stuffed with shrimp...

Some of us had very good Marguerita's
and you can spot a few cervezas in the background...

Earlier this fall a hurricane did an enormous amount
of damage to this little place. They lost considerable
beachfront and are just beginning to rebuild.
We had a very enjoyable day.
Our van driver returned to pick us up right at 2:30pm
and took us all the way to our hotel! Woo hoo!

A perfect sunset for our perfect day!
Go Here to see more Feline Fridays
and be sure to thank Steve!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One day on the playa....


West Mexican Chachalaca

Mexican Tanager

There are about 7 crocodiles living in a small river
that empties into Zihuatanejo's bay.

This bird has to be a Green Heron...

Three Sandpipers...

Mexican Grackle
Probably my favorite to watch since they
are so intelligent and gregarious. 

Minimalist photo of the day...
It was only 3:30pm...but seemed
later as the weather was so dark.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Magie Tales #245 It's a Wrap

Image provided by Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales

There once was a flag named Old Glory
Whose past was more than a short story
Battles were fought
Life lessons were taught
Our flag is more than just an accessory.
Want to see what others made of this image?
March right over Here

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's Awww Monday November 10, 2014

It's raining???? Awwww...phooey!
Actually it's quite refreshing and tomorrow
the weather will have improved!
No beach time today...
So I will just go draw and read for now!

Right before the rain began!
We were all headed for the part
of the restaurant that is covered.

You can see how hard it was raining...
But now today it is clearing and
hopefully tomorrow we will be taking
a short bus trip to Barra la Potosi. Ole!

Bahia Zihuatanejo - looking
towards the marina and downtown.
Thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sunday in Zihhuatanejo November 9, 2014

A Day on Playa la Ropa

On occasion we will see Jorge painting
on the beach- yesterday was so windy he
had to hold onto his umbrella while painting
with his other hand. Yikes. 
He paints amazing landscapes with his fingers. 
I blogged years ago about him and you can 
go to this link Here to see more!
And here's one of my drawings made a few days ago..

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Finally I can share my photos!

Six Words and Shadowy Shots!
Plus a slightly tardy Feline Friday !! 

Early morning and the moon is still up...

Last nights sunset...

Breakfast with cats...

Our maid makes a towel cat...

And breakfast always begins with fresh fruit!
Here's a link to our  Hotel Catalina 
And the link for Saturday Six Words
Plus the link for Sunday Shadow Shots

So I finally got on the internet after repairs were
done to the hotels three towers. But I am going to
follow Stephen Hayes advice and live in the moment!
So off I go to have breakfast and draw on the beach!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Ta Dah! We're in Zihuatanejo, Guerro!!!

Let the relaxation and
fun with friends begin!!

We have been here since Wednesday- and I have
had a bodacious amount of irritation with the
%#@^&*! internet service here. So I have "borrowed"
a computer so I can write-but no pics yet. The repair
guy is supposed to be here later today. Sigh.
Guess I'll just have to go lay on the chaise under a palapa
and draw inbetween swimming and having a
Pina Colada....rough huh?
If you go here:
You can see what I wrote the last time
we were in Zihuatanejo!
And Sandee if you can possibly link
me to Feline Friday that would be terrific!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Uruapan and the Botanical Garden....a National Park.

We arrived and checked into
the Maison del Cupatitzio. 
It is named for the Cupatitzio river that
runs through the park and also provides
electricity to the city.

There are so many water features and
the sound of water permeates the entire park
The Federal Government bought the park and the
surrounding mountain area ( 1315 acres ) in 1938.
In 1979 about 44 acres were transferred to the city
to protect and preserve the atmosphere, the climate
and the Cupatitzio river itself.

Numerous bridges span the river.

No two fountains are the same. 

Lush greenery everywhere.
It's amazing to recognize the little plants we
grow inside our homes becoming huge
plants in their natural environment.

The river dominates the park.

Fabulous and imaginative designs for water.

Someone was kind enough to take our photo.

I wondered why an altar would be on a tree...

Then we watched several men dive into pools... 

Bird of Paradise in a watery paradise.

Lunchtime at the mercado...

Russell had Enchiladas with chicken and mole sauce.
Now we are off on another bus to Zihuatanejo in Guerro.
More photos etc tomorrow! Ole!