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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Monday, February 21, 2011
The other day we were walking the long way back from a moving sale (more on that below) and passing through an area we usually don't trek to. We stopped at a little store called something like Fred's Deli, obviously designed for the Gringos, just to see what it might offer. Well,a pickle pimento loaf jumped out and grabbed me! Now, normally at home I avoid such things as that; you know non-nutritious stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love a good baloney sandwich once in a while, but you won't find a loaf of white bread or lunch meat in my frig as a rule!

Anyhow, I indulged in a quarter kilo of pickle pimento loaf and we made sandwiches out of some nice whole wheat bread we had. Yum, yum, that was good! Alan said we needed potato chips to go along with the sandwich! So, next trip to the grocery, that's what we got. Chips is another thing I don't keep on hand. If you have 'em ya eat 'em! But boy, they tasted good. It must be that we've been here for seven weeks now and are starting to miss things that remind us of home.

A lady who is moving out of country and has lived in many countries including Thailand and China had the garage sale we went to. I was not really in buying mode, but was interested in seeing the Catrinas that were advertised as signed by the artist.

Jose Guadalupe Posada was the first to depict Catrina as a "dapper skeleton" in his 1910 engraving.
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Artists have been inspired since by this mix of typical Mexican sources: Indian Heritage (skulls, death goddesses) and Spanish Heritage (death orientation of manastic orders and dances of death)blended with the Mexicans' far from humorless view of death. They can be anything from brides to musicians to a group playing cards!

I did come away with a little treasure, however, a bag of "milagros" (tiny charms that are used in the Catholic Church with prayers). A special little silver Virgin charm was a surprised tucked in the bag that I didn't know about. It still had the price tag on which was more than I had paid for the lot. Yay, sweet success!

The 37th Annual Chill Cook-off happened this past weekend. Proceeds benefit Ninos Incapacitados (handicapped children) and other charities. Beginning with a parade starting from Six Corners,

it is a very festive event held at the water park on the edge of time and boy, it brings out the people. Kind of like a county fair or tiny Taste of Chicago, many of the local organizations promote themeselves and there is an art show along with food from many restaurants and tasting-to-vote for the chilli winners.
The best part for me was seeing a silver jeweler from Argentina who did exquisite and artistic work, for a price! Having lived in Mexico for two years in the late 80s and basically having spent my time on a shopping spree, I am pretty much done with buying small souveniers.

The Huichol Indians still hold a fascination with me,though, partly due to their shyness and reticence to be photographed. These pics cost me a dollar!
The man in teal color appears to have a better haircut than my husband! Go figure!



Oh, and the fact that our precious granddaughter, Chloe, began to walk over the weekend could be the absence that promted the theme this week! Thank goodness for our hi-tech daughter and the adorable video she sent us of the moment!


Each seed bead is painstakingly placed with tweezers onto wax to hold it.
I love their unique attire and they do incredible art. Their traders are known for their colorful yarn paintings and beadwork. You know how I like beads!

There are still some 50,000 Huichol Indians living in small villages in the Sierra Madre Occidental. They are known also for their secret religious rites which involves the hallucinogenic peyote cactus!

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