Summer in the City

July 9th, 2012

Caprese on a stick

It has been so long since I’ve posted! Many of you are friends on Facebook, so know a little about what I’m up to, but for those who count on the blog- everything’s OK! No, it’s better than ok, it’s fantastic.

This year, I’m visiting in Toronto, and using it as a base for explorations with TMIML. That’s “The man in my life” who did not sign up to star in my blog, so I’m respecting his privacy.

This last wkend, we went to the Mariposa Folk Festival, which was terrific. The weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday and the performers were top notch. Two things I liked especially were Al Simmons’s act- total goofy genius- and a presentation about a new bio of Steve Goodman, by Clay Eels. (Steve Goodman is the guy who wrote “City of New Orleans” among other songs.)

I’m really enjoying the hot weather. Unlike Port Townsend, there is air conditioning most places. But it’s so nice to be able to wear summer clothes… instead of just the lighter-weight polar fleece.

We’ve spent several weekends in cottage country north of Toronto, and are going up again this wkend, to a camp. It’s quite common for kids to spend a good part of the summer at camp. That seems to be more of a tradition in the East. At any rate, it should be a good time. Maybe I’ll bring some Peeps to roast over the campfire…

That’s all for now!

It was very quiet in Pt Townsend…

February 6th, 2012

Because all the usual suspects were partying in San Miguel de Allende, at RB’s casita. For such a small town, Pt Townsend contributes a lot to the winter migration to San Miguel.

It makes sense, because both are small towns with a high percentage of what they call “cultural creatives.” (I recommend that book highly, and yes, I read the whole thing.)

We (all of the above, plus other cultural creatives, including TMIML- the man in my life) had a terrific lunch, and then the pattern shifted, as it always does. Someone comes to town, someone leaves town.

Our next adventure was to Guadalajara, Sayulita & Tlacqepacque. Now we’re back in San Miguel, and not only the cast, but the weather has changed. Last night and tonight, we’re having major thunderstorms, which I love (once all the computers are unplugged.)

And we’re getting ready for visitors… My sister from NH has a friend coming down, and TMIML’s musical partner arrives Thurs for a few days. In the meantime, I’m going to try to make lemon curd. Stay tuned!

* Oh, mom update! She’s back to almost normal, just using a cane until her muscle mass is back. But she can drive & cook & do all the things she did before. ¬†(Still can’t play the violin.) Hooray!

Welcome, Parker James!

January 15th, 2012

So, as of last night, I’m a grandma! Here’s the scoop, from Parker’s dad who is a PR guy- of course a very tired and excited one, but he works well under pressure.

Isn’t this a great picture of the new family? They are all three so beautiful. I’m feeling so fortunate that I was able to share in the excitement thru the miracle of internet/skype/and all that.

As much as I love Mexico, my heart is in Seattle right now. Welcome to the world, Parker James, and I’ll be there to hold you in April. XOXO

View from the Ancha

January 11th, 2012
View from the Ancha

View from the Ancha

So, I’m in San Miguel (as of 12/28.) Mom is doing much better; she’s got lots of support in place, and home visits by a nurse & PT guy, so we decided it would be ok for me to leave. I still check in almost daily, and things seem to be going well.

I usually get to San Miguel before the crowds, but this time I arrived with the crowd. The season is in full swing, with parties, plays, concerts, films, benefits… way too much for one person to do.

One funny note… My former landlady from Pt Townsend is down this year, with another friend from PT. We all went to “Women’s Night Out” last night (the best networking event in SMA) & were laughing about how well PT was represented. It turned out that sitting next to us was ANOTHER PT woman, whom none of us had met. I know of about 8 PT people here right now, and that’s from a town of about 8,000.

I’m heading for a day spa this afternoon & dinner w/friends followed by a production of ¬†Inherit the Wind at the Biblioteca. Had to miss knitting group at St Paul’s to wait for the internet guy… (yes, this is a typical sort of day… except for the day spa.)

Tomorrow, after Bodega de Sorpresas (little shop of surprises) at the Biblioteca, (weekly thrift shop), I’m hoping to head for El Charco del Ingenio, the botanical garden.