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Monday, February 12, 2018

February 2018 News From Baja

Dental Work in Mexico - mmm????

I know, I know....WHY do we go to Mexico when there are drug cartels everywhere, you can die from drinking the water, you probably will get food poisoning, and people are risking their health by doing cheap dental work here?

1.  We haven't gotten robbed yet or shot.  BUT....two policemen did stop us on Friday while Rich had just turned right on a red light in the middle of the big city of La Paz.  They told Rich he wasn't supposed to turn on stop lights.  Rich was pretty sure that was not the law.  They told him he would have to go into the station and pay a big fine.  He asked for their identification which they promptly showed.  Then he asked me to get a paper and pencil and copy their names down.  OOHHH!  They got so upset.  Then one proceeded to tell Rich he better realize he was in MX no, not the USA and he'd better respect the police.  Then they said GO and be on our way.  It is common around here for the police to want to be paid off and bribed if they tell us we will go to jail.  Whew - a little frightening, but we've yet to see any drug dealings or problems that way.

2.  Water and food.  YES, it's true, you may get sick if you drink the water so we buy water.  The food is just fine and we wash our vegetables that we buy, but we have a beautiful garden that we know is organic and safe.
Greens, Greens, nothing but Greens!
Cute momma hummingbird on her nest of two tiny eggs.
 So beautiful!

3.  Dental Work.  YES, I have succumbed to get my cleaning down here every year.  It costs $40 and  is the most amazing cleaning.  She takes nearly an hour and you go through four different processes.  If you'll remember, I lost my crown in August due to a cracked tooth underneath, I guess.  SO....I had 3 different estimates and consultations in Idaho Falls about what to do.  It would be from $3,500-$5,000 to get an implant and crown.  After her telling me I would probably get an infection and my bite would change and I was too young to have a missing tooth when I smiled, I made an appointment with her oral surgeon.  The cost: $1,500 for extraction of the rest of the tooth, sinus lift, bone graft, implant, and a crown next November after I'm healed.  
So - I'm healing, resting, eating soft foods, NOT eating hot or spicy foods, nuts, seeds, or anything like that.  I'm on pain meds and antibiotics.  I get stitches out on Friday and wait til November while the bone grafts into the socket.  OH BOY!  Not the worse thing I've gone through, for sure!

NO PHOTOS as I don't look too hot!

Work-Away Friends - We have a couple our age staying with us this year from Canada.  They are so fun, knowledgeable and WORK HARD!  The gal in the middle is from Columbia and she is teaching us all better Spanish.  She is so energetic and LOVES life!
Randy, Ingrid, and Gail
 THE CASITA next to the Sea of Cortez
Front view looking to the north.

Everyone works 25 hours a week in exchange for room and board.  This couple sleeps in an old trailer that is sufficient for their needs.  We have a little outhouse (with flushing toilet) close by as the bathroom in the trailer doesn't work.
View to Isla Cerralvo to the northeast and our beach

Ingrid is helping lay tile with Rich.  They are learning how to do it together.

 I know the colors are bright, but it's MEXICO - right?  The pink is in the kitchen and the blue is in the bedroom.  Originally, it was supposed to be more of a red, but that's okay - I actually really like it!

The bathroom is yellow with a laundry room beside it.
A view of the bathroom area
Kitchen with a big picture window

Large bedrooom/office area with walk-in closet
Top of the casita - Sunrise spot where I stretch each morning
Gail & Ingrid with their big smiles after doing dishes!

Dancing, Singing, Laughing, Washing Dishes, Cooking, and Working together sums up each of our days. 
Then we have the occasional hikes on our days off.

Trip to the Cardon Forest
Beautiful, majestic cacti that are hundreds of years old

Can you see the chamber orchestra of cactus with the giant snake cactus coming to get them?


Beautiful cloudy day for our hike

I climbed up into this one (actually Rich lifted me up on his shoulders!)

This is my favorite - the Palo San Juan tree

 Have you ever seen a Sun Halo?  I hadn't.  On our hike this day, there was a little rain and a lot of clouds, but when they finally subsided, the sun had a beautiful rainbow-like circle around it. 
 Halos around the sun or moon happen when high, thin cirrus clouds are drifting high above your head. Tiny ice crystals in Earth’s atmosphere cause the halos. They do this by refracting and reflecting the light.
I captured the previous photo, but here is one I copied off the internet from Sweden that is very cool!

To La Paz for our bi-weekly shopping trip, we often times see cows in the middle of the row.  WATCH OUT!!

Wouldn't want to tangle with this one!
On our way home after a movie and shopping all day, we see more cows.  This one is close to home and he knows that trash pick up day is tomorrow!

UH-OH!  I'm caught!
Ahi Tuna is the BEST!  Freshly caught at the market.....Time for Randy to prepare it as he is the BEST COOK!
$11 in Mexico - Randy says it would be $100 any place else!
Add some steamed Swiss Chard from our garden

Curried rice and a tomato side dish - YUM!  What a feast!

CELEBRATE!  CELEBRATE!  In our garage dining room!

There was BLUE, BLOOD, SUPER Moon a couple of weeks ago that I hope you all saw.  We had a very cloudy streak for three days, so we never saw the moon.  VERY sad!  But, I loved this photo of it with one of my favorite hymns.  Have an AWESOME month all of you!

Grandma Visits All the Grandchildren - Dec. 2017

ID to UT to AZ to CO

I'm experienced with Blogger because I made a blog for my Europe and Jerusalem trips (I actually still have a couple of days to finish for Jerusalem, which I'm working on now.)

Hailey - thanks for getting this going.  It's not hard everyone, to post a photo.  Just go to "new post" at the top RH corner.  You can type something, then add photos or videos and even make captions underneath them.  Go for it!

THANKSGIVING - with the Schreiners and the Despains.....My photos are on Rich's computer, so I'll have to insert them here later!
A beautiful snow in Woodville before I ventured out to see all the grandkids.  It made for a cold time in the loft, however, by myself since Rich had already left for Baja.  Good thing I have a nice friend I could stay with sometimes.

Remember the Fuhriman's?  I'm teaching Ben's children.  Lori is on the right side.  She is an aunt of Andrew who learned Suzuki Book one in five months.  His sister takes violin from me.  Oh boy!
Andrew's Book 1 Recital in December

First stop is in Springville, UT to stay with Carlene and Sam.  I loved visiting everyone during the holiday season.
Eliza and Emmet and I build cute little Olafs - it was their first snow, so LOTS of fun, but it melted quickly.

Carlene is reading to the kids from their scripture storybook.  They are so intrigued and cute!
LOVE playing with Eliza, 5 1/2 and Emmet, 3 with baby girl coming in February
We went to Eliza's dance performance at a retirement center.  She is one of the candies with Mother Ginger standing close by.

Dahl Family Photo 
WOW!  Lots of presents and in their Sunday best!

Fly to Phoenix, then to Janelle's Family in Buckeye
Ready for bed and a sleepover with Madison and Kaitlynn
 Their house is so cute and Janelle and Jason have done a great job of decorating.  I didn't take many photos here with my camera.  There are some on my iphone if I can figure out how to download them to this blog???
3 Generations - do we look alike?

Drive up to Sierra Vista and to the Chadwick Family House

Cute photo op with Zaylia, 12  and Melayna, 8 months
 Christmas Eve 2017 after church with the Chadwick Family.  Toby, Kyli, and I played "O Come Emmanuel" in church.  So many remarks and such a fun experience!

Grandma is loving it!
CHRISTMAS morning!~  So fun for me with the kids and Santa even filled my stocking and gave me presents!

Toby's 40th....we surprised him so when he got home from work, we threw black confetti everywhere, which we found all over the house for days!  We dressed up in black and put black balloons up marking the BIG ONE!
This is an example of one of the girl's signs and cute little Jazilyn, age 9
Flight to DENVER to the Sloan's residence

Dress up time with Hailey, 14, Dallin, almost 12, and Elliana, almost 7

Us pirates gotta stick together!
4 of the 6 families moved this past year!  WOW!  I should have taken more photos of all their homes, but they are all so beautiful!

We won't tell our ages, but look at Danae's nice tan after their Hawaii trip!

 While in Denver we always get together with Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Norval and their families.  This year we went to see Uncle Pinky, my mom's brother in-law, who recently went into a care center.  We also went out to eat at a wonderful restaurant in the Flatirons shopping center.

Isn't Breanna cute with her husband, Daniel.  She is expecting in late January.  Boy or girl?  We don't know!

More photos later when I learn to upload them from my iphone!  Maybe they're all lost in the clouds, however!  HELP!