A Mexican Tribute to Bonita

If you’ve read this blog for any time, you are aware that I walk along the malecon almost every day. I love the walk and the sheer beauty of the lake.

I live just one block from the lake.

Along the way, I pass a number of typical Mexican homes, one of which is owned by ex-pats that I’ve come to know over the past year. We’re friendly enough to chat a little and even pick up items for each other on our occasional trips to Costco in Guadalajara.

One day, passing by their property, I saw some men working on the sidewalk wall of their place. They were taking down and replacing some tiles and generally cleaning up.

I wasn’t quite sure what exactly they were doing, but a day or so later I passed by again and there was a tile frame around a bright white blank wall.

Something was afoot.

Then over the course of a few more days and weeks, I passed by several women who were slowly filling in the blank with more tiles, creating a large work of art, in a bright Mexican style.

One day, I stopped to talk with the ladies. They showed me various specific tiles and told me about the art and the pattern. They even invited me to donate a tile or something small to honor a loved one that would be added to the wall.

Now, that was a perfect invitation.

So I looked through some of Bonnie’s possessions for an appropriate item and I came across an earring that she had worn on and off during our time together. She always insisted on having earrings on whenever we went out, even if it was just around the block.

So I gave one of them to the ladies.

And sure enough, up it went in the wall.

Hopefully you can see it here in this close-up. It’s the wooden patterned wheel and it now sits happily in this art near the lake in Chapala.

I think Bonnie would be pleased.

Rainy Season in Chapala 2020

We’re deep into the rainy season. Yes, we have had some rain during the early mornings and evenings several times so far. More likely are deeply impressive thunderstorms that roll across the lake from West to East during the nights.

The lake has risen five inches so far and we’ve got a couple of more months of rain. Nice!

We’ve got a lone sentry keeping watch on the lake. Every day I walk by and usually a bird is there, watching.

It’s also a pretty lazy time here too.

It appears too that the cats insist that I take some time off, leave the computer alone, and chill.

Good advice!

Nothing has changed covidwise here. We’re still in maskland. Gotta say, I do feel weird walking into a bank with a mask on. I also always want to put my hands in the air.

There’s no word yet when movies and sports and concerts might resume and under what conditions. Apparently, the government here is deciding how to re-open schools. Businesses remain open.

So it seems that we’re really in a holding pattern.

We’re okay and seem to be handling it all well.

Hopefully you are too.

All the best, Bob