Judd and I don’t make a big deal about Christmas. To avoid conflict and competition from other families we traditionally hosted a Solstice party in Minneapolis, instead of trying to gather our kids and grandkids on Christmas or Christmas Eve.
This year, of course, we are in Mexico, so our holiday greetings to family and friends were mostly on the phone or via Facebook, etc. We will be bringing presents from Mexico when we return on one of our summer trips.
We have done some holiday celebrating in Puerto Vallarta, however. We went with our neighbor Betsy to a Hanukah dinner at El Bohemio Café on the last Saturday of Hanukah. Neither one of us is actually Jewish though it is prevalent in my ancestry, so no one there was none the wiser. It rained all day and night, so it was a very wet celebration, but the food and company were excellent. Sol, the owner, was an entertaining delight as always.
For our Solstice dinner, we went to Hacienda Aleman, the German restaurant in town. Our meals were delicious, and I wanted to continue the evening with a pleasant walk. Judd was not game for that, so instead I decided to order a dessert coffee and enjoy the live classical guitar music.
Have you ever ordered a dessert coffee in Mexico? Well, if you ever do, make sure you are wearing flame retardant clothing or prepare to sit back quickly. It involves a lot of flames and is rather theatrical, but yum (nam-nam), it is well worth the drama. Judd seemed quite disgusted and possibly frightened by the whole process and looked at me like I had ordered flaming puppy for dessert.
I ended up visiting one of my Christmas babies in San Diego over Christmas. My son Jon was born on Christmas Day in 1978 and 9 years later Dominic came along, also on Christmas Day. Samuel was born on 12/26/81. Who knew March could be such an exciting month? Dominic showed me the sites of San Diego (I had only been there once before for work). It was great to see him and experience the cooler temps for a few days.
Our Whale Watching trip canceled due to high waves, but we did watch It’s a Wonderful Life that night and here prepared some tasty salmon. The next day was more sight- seeing, and we ended our visit with going to the new Star Wars movie.
All in all, it was a good holiday season. But I have yet to get out on a boat since we arrived…I’m thinking whale watching New Year’s Day, perhaps.
As always, I’m happy “the holidays” have passed…now only New Year’s remains: ten hours of fire-crackers, cherry-bombs, and celebratory gun fire with some impressive, organized fireworks sandwiched in at midnight.
As essentially sensible seniors, I’m thinking we’ll stay home. Even in Minnesota, I stopped going out to “do” New year’s Eve long ago…too many drunken amateurs on the road, and here (where it’s warm), there will be crowds, cabs will be tough or impossible to get, and my instincts tell me the risk of street crimes will also surely rise. I’m sure we’ll end up doing something New Year’s Day; I am grasping for an acceptable alternative to whale watching.
Marcia’s difficulties with our many insect friends persist. I seem to be largely undesirable to them, but she continues to be brutally assaulted by mosquitoes and “no see ems”(chiggers or who knows what). Repellent isn’t solving the problem for her. It’s a jungle out there.
Anyway, I remain hopeful that things will improve and stabilize as we plow into 2016. This morning, the U.S. dollar was exchanging at a value of 17.25 pesos, something positive to focus on!