Morning Surprise in my Merida Mexico Garden


A year ago I purchase this tiny plant and the seller told me to make sure it got lots of light in a warm sunny location. In one year it has grown into a beautiful tree. It is my Orchid tree. It started blooming a few days ago and is in full swing. There are hundreds of buds to open, so I know for the next few weeks I will be greeted with blooms each morning in my garden walk. I love living in the tropics, the warm tropical breezes and warm rain help the plants to grow at record speed. Now I get to share these with you. I hope you enjoy sharing my morning with me.

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American Thanksgiving at the Hyatt, Merida, Mexico


It all started out about 6 years ago with a few friend going to the Hyatt to celebrate Thanksgiving together. This year there were 31 of us at the table. All age, all walks of like and from all over  the world. The states, Canada, France, Africa, Europe and the list goes on and on. All eager with one thought in mind…Thanksgiving turkey. The Hyatt has a buffet all the time that reminds me of a cruise ships buffet. But for Thanksgiving they add even another section, this time for the expats living here in Merida, Mexico. Not only was there the vast selection they usually have like steak, salmon, chicken, and pork, the now 7 huge turkeys. At least that is how many I saw them bring out. The salad bar, bread bar and cheese bar were yummy, the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy were a taste of home. The dessert bar, well that was over the edge. The chocolate cake with orange sauce was like eating a Whitman Sampler chocolate.  Needless to say, I need to head to the gym next week. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I did sampling all the goodies. Since I am too tired and full the move….I will just stop here and post the photo so you can share my misery…..HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2011.

Xmatkuil…Yucatan’s State Fair


I got up early this morning and headed outside of the city limits to Merida’s yearly state fair, Xmatkuil. I love going to the state fair here in the Yucatan, it reminds me of the fairs when I was young. It is like stepping back in time. I hope you will enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them for you. The different smell, taste. The candied pecans were out of this world. I love the Mexican pottery and seem to find away to buy another pot each year for my kitchen. If you have never cooked in a clay pot, you are missing out. The cows and bulls are one of the main highlight of the fair each year. Sometimes a bull or cow is all that a family may own, and to be able to have it shown in the state fair is a really big deal. But what I want you to notice the most is the colors…it is a feast for your eyes…colors everywhere. In the candy, the clothes and hand made crafts. Mexico is a country of bright colors and no place better to see that than at the state fair.