Oddly Grateful

Today I read a blog called oddly grateful in which a blogger started a list of things he (she?) was grateful and then tagged another blogger to continue the list. I wasn’t tagged to continue the list, but I absolutely loved reading it. It also inspired me to create my own list. Here goes.

1. Good decaf. Yes, I know that is offensive to some who say there is no such thing as good decaf. But there is. And because I can no longer drink coffee due to a strange  heart thing I have going, I gotta say I’m oddly grateful for the good decaf I have found. Thank you, Seth! Um, I do sneak some real stuff now and again. Sorry Dr. Gonzalez.

2. Living just a few blocks from Mexico. If you love to travel to Mexico, you understand this. If you don’t love it, come for a visit and I will take you there, and you will love it. Some things that make this location particularly wonderful are the sound of the train a few blocks south (in Mexico), hearing the Sunday anuncios (announcements)  (from Mexico), and developing an odd liking for the Customs guys who work at our port of entry. And I think they have an odd liking for me, too. Oh, and my affordable dentist (in Mexico).

3. The peacocks that roam the neighborhood.

4. The burros about eight blocks away that I can hear in the mornings, sometimes along with coyote calls.

5. My roommate Debbie and her wonderful doggie Nellie because they take care of my house and my wonderful doggie Chloe when I am gone. And Debbie has turquoise hair that I love.

6. Chloe.

7. The cranes at Whitewater Draw who are back for the winter!

8. Summer, because that’s when the sun gets up as early as I do. And because of the monsoons. And because it’s not cold like it is here today.

9. Islandia Marina in Bahia Kino. In Mexico, of course (see #2). Where I am headed on Wednesday!

10. My book groups and the women in them.

11. My women friends, who overlap with my book groups (see #10 above). Without them, there are times I would not have made it.

12. My boyfriend Alfredo who has the most zany sense of humor and makes a mean taco. He also does dishes and vacuums.

13. Cool mornings by my fire pit.

14. Moonrise.

15. Sunset.

16. Wine on summer evenings with Lori and David and sometimes Alfredo (see #12) watching the sunset (see #15), sometimes seeing moonrise (see # 14), hearing the burros (see #4), or mornings with them enjoying my decaf (see#1). Chloe (see #6) often joins us. And all of this is very, very close to Mexico (see #2). (Mexico! Where I am headed on Wednesday!) 

17. My camera, which feels oddly left out of this post, and my computer, which feels well loved right now.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Thank you Ann Koplow for your fabulous post this morning on your wonderful blog, The Years(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally. You inspire me daily!

What are you grateful for?

wonderful blog, The Years(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally. You inspire me daily!

What are you grateful for?

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Bisbee’s Day of the Dead

Bisbee loves holidays.

The most favored is probably Halloween, but because of our proximity to Mexico and relationships with our friends just across the border, a strong runner up is Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

An altar at the Bisbee Woman's Club a few days before Día de los Muertos. Photo by Carol Loy

An altar at the Bisbee Woman’s Club a few days before Día de los Muertos.
Photo by Carol Loy

This year the main celebration was at Central School Project, an old primary school turned artists cooperative. And it was fabulous.

A taco stand was set up outside Central School Project.

A taco stand was set up outside Central School Project.

We were welcomed by ten-foot-tall skeletons.

Outside greeter.

Outside greeter.

Another outside greeter.

Another outside greeter.

And the inside greeter at the top of the stairs.

And the inside greeter at the top of the stairs.

There was quite a crowd.

crowd

There was a lot of artwork, mostly paintings and photographs.

art1

More art.

Lovers

Lovers

glass by Rich

And of course, there were altars to the dead.

Several of the altars were created by representatives of the Mexican Consulate in Douglas.

One of the altars by the Mexican Consulate in Douglas.

One of the altars by the Mexican Consulate.

Another from the Mexican Consulate, this one to Pancho Villa.

Another from the Mexican Consulate, this one to Pancho Villa.

This altar was left open for people to place dedications to loved ones. Mine was to all my animalitos.

Woman adding a message to her departed loved ones.

Woman adding a message to her departed loved ones.

Others (unlike me) planned ahead and honored their deceased pets with altars.

To a cat.

To a cat.

To a dog.

To a dog.

birds

There were a few tables selling food and jewelry or art items.

Irene selling jewelry.

Irene selling jewelry.

Kelly selling Día de los Muertos items.

Barbara selling pan de muertos, a special bread made for Día de los Muertos. 

Vicky sells Día de los Muertos items.

Vicky sells Día de los Muertos items.

And members of the local Boys and Girls Club provided entertainment.

Kids performing. NOTE: faces are blurred a bit.

Kids performing.
NOTE: faces are blurred a bit.

And I found out that even the dead can text and take selfies!

dead text

In all, a fabuloso Día de los Muertos celebration!