I’m Back

Leaf Footed Nymphs on pomegranate.
Leaf Footed Nymphs on pomegranate.

I spent the weekend sickly. Not eating, not moving, kinda queasy and nothing else. I started to despair that something serious was going on and had a plan of action for professional care on Sunday night. Monday I woke up and knew I was on the other side. I wasn’t well but I was better. I ate. I walked around. Now that’s behind me. Now you know why there was radio silence.

Today, Wednesday, I went to Mexico with my dear friend and blog follower, Pat. Pat wanted to see a dentist in Mexico. She hadn’t been in a while. Agua Prieta has seen better days and its reputation has been tarnished by border trouble. Medical tourism has been greatly reduced in the last decade. The need for some new dental work at a reasonable price motivated Pat to reconsider going. When she mentioned it to me I volunteered to go as body guard and translator. I have been wanting to see AP and I miss Mexico. A new adventure beckoned.

We headed out this morning in Willis’s smooth riding pickup. Pat picked out a parking spot just north of the border and we headed out on foot towards the crossing. Walking in and out of Mexico is much faster than getting your car inspected. Also, if you drive in Mexico you need Mexican car insurance. The dentist was only about a mile from the border so it was easier to walk. At the border we found a neat stockpile of Walmart shopping carts. The Douglas Walmart was about a mile from the crossing. Mexicans cross the border everyday to spend billions annually in US border communities. To make travel easier, the Walmart in Douglas, AZ has a place to leave their shopping carts at the border before Mexican customers return home.

As always, crossing the border is not a gradual transition. One moment all is tidy and organized and in English. The next you are in a country of irregular sidewalks, dangling wires, and  Spanish. There is no grey zone area to get yourself ready. We got a little misdirected in Mexico but found the Dentist’s office pretty quickly. Pat went in for her two new fillings and I read a magazine while a ginormous Mona Lisa kept watch. I found the supersized enigmatic one humorous because the original DaVinci portrait is about the size of a piece of writing paper. Maybe smaller. Afterwards the dentist drove us to a great seafood restaurant and we had fish tacos and hibiscus tea (jamaica). Seafood might seem a funny choice but the Sea of Cortez is not far away. Pat had never had either and she claimed to enjoy both. I was glad since I made the meal choices.

After lunch we hit some farmacias looking for Latisse for a friend. Total bust. The lack of tourism has impacted the pharmaceutical trade. Latisse enhances eyelash growth. Not much demand in Mexico, I guess. I picked up some Retin A for me and a friend. It was just $3 a tube. Super deal. Then we easily walked back to the border, showed our passports, and returned to the truck. Some more stateside chores and we were on our way home. I had a lovely time with Pat and I was pleased to see Mexico.

Mimi gives Edward Snowdon her full attention.
Mimi gives Edward Snowdon her full attention.
New easy climb stairs and deck for our client.
New easy climb stairs and deck for our client.
Water lily
Water lily
Walmart shopping carts on the Mexican border.
Walmart shopping carts on the Mexican border.
Mona Lisa has my back.
Mona Lisa has my back.
Metal art by the dentist's wife.
Metal art by the dentist’s wife.
Pat enjoying her first jamaica. Hibiscus flower tea.
Pat enjoying her first jamaica. Hibiscus flower tea.
These were as good as any in Baja.
These fish tacos were as good as any in Baja.
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More nature

Girasol/Sunflower
Girasol/Sunflower

Last year my friends Jaimie and Ricardo gave us a bag of sunflower seeds to eat. They had grown the flowers and cooked the seeds themselves. Burt and I ate those seeds the entire way up the peninsula. Since the seeds were still hulled it was a way to distract ourselves from the drive with a hard to manage snack. When we crossed the border and got to the US the almost but not quite empty bag was lost in the detritus of the road trip. Months later I found the bag while driving cross-country to South Carolina. We finished them then. I was never a fan of the hulled sunflower seed before but now I am starting to see the attraction. I still can’t pop a seed in my mouth and crack it open and spit out the hull. I have a lot more studying to do.

This year I might be able to practice eating hulled seeds with my own homegrown sunflowers. Jaimie gave me a packet of seeds last year. These luminous beauties have grown in the spot where our shower water drains. I am not sure they will be ready for harvest in 3 weeks. They just opened. Time will tell. Meanwhile I can enjoy waking up to Burt’s happy proclamations about how much he loves the flowers. His appreciation makes my enjoyment sweeter.

The Spanish word for sunflower is girasol. It means revolve with the sun. Speaking of Spanish, I taught yoga in Spanish today. Weird. Matching prepositions to the body parts was the hardest part.  All Spanish nouns have an assigned gender (They are more rigid that Facebook). Male or female. The chair is feminine. The floor is masculine….El brazo derecho. La pierna izquierda. La frente al piso. Las manos hacia atras. Telling left from right in English is trouble. Add to the general directional confusion gender and new words and somebody might get hurt. I stumbled a bit over the word derecha without a body part. DerechO means straight ahead. DerechA means to the right. But a right arm is brazo derecho. And a right leg is pierna derecha. I think. Someone tell me if I’m mistaken. I guess I did a good job because the students teased me that I was a very bad teacher for making them work too hard and nobody made a malformed pretzel of themselves. On the walk home I spotted two iguanas.

I hope we get good seeds.
I hope we get good seeds.
Iguana #1
Iguana #1
Iguana #2
Iguana #2
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