From Missoula, MT to El Pescadero, Baja
Cookie was great on her first flight! She became friends with the entire airport in Cabo and both planes we were on. Oops, she did have a little accident in the Denver airport. It was all cleaned and on our way we went. We had visited the dog relief room there but she did not take advantage of it. This snow stuff is foreign to her and she doesn’t like it on her paws. Starting Monday, we will be pet sitting for 2 other dogs. She made follow the lead there and become a snow dog like they are. We will see.
It feels good to be here. I stayed up late watching TV late because I could. It’s been 3 months since I’ve watched TV. Yes, some netflix here and there but that’s it. After a bath, only showers down in Baja, I’m off to pick up my mail, take care of some things today and make plans to connect with my Missoula peeps during the next few weeks. Oh so glad to be here.
Cookie’s first flight
Last night, Paty and I went to a reading of Alan Watts letters. He wrote The Way of Zen and several other philosophy books. His granddaughter lives here in Todos Santos. 2 daughters of Alan’s compiled a book of his letters. There are many. It’s a 600 page book. Heard one he wrote to Carl Jung at age 21. Fascinating and I’m compelled to read him. Paty says he was one who changed her life. There is always something lovely going on in town. (A little bit like Missoula that way). This weekend I will miss the local storytelling event they hold here. (FYI, Mark Moss) It is a lovely place, it’s just been too chaotic to fully enjoy. That could change. So for now headed to another place I love.
I’m off to the airport in about an hour. Better get going. Excited to see some of you soon. Lot’s of love. Frances
For $20 pesos, that’s $1.07 the best carnitas taco.
Every time, I get out and about, there is always some connection made. People are so open and conversations start up easily. Of course, Cookie is a big draw and good conversation starter. Today I went to Todos Santos Cafe for lunch. (Had a great hamburger) The couple next to me started a conversation due to how cute, sweet and smart Cookie is! Well they are from Colorado. Then we figured out that Terry had sold his building to my nephew, Bubba, several years ago in Carbondale, CO! My nephew then later sold the building. When I called Bubba, he told me that is what got him the money to invest in the property down here. It’s just such a small world. Terry and his partner, Helen, are already thinking of coming to rent out our place once it is finished.
Later in the afternoon, I had a massage from my chiropractor’s wife, Dulce. I’m feeling a lovely to connection them already after 3 visits. They are very caring and good at what they do. They have 2 precious small girls, 1 and 3 who have stolen my heart. Dulce and I had a long converstation after the massage. She discussed the need for childcare for several families in the area. The idea of me have a “mother’s morning out” at some point came from our talk. Once I’m all settled, I would love to make that happen. It would fulfill the longing for a kid connection while building community and friendships. So we will see, maybe it will happen down the road. Today I feel lighter and more present which may have come from the connections from the day, along with a little self care. Plan on some more of the same tomorrow. Then Wednesday, I’ve been invited to join a group, the Silver Singles, a group of women who meet monthly as support for each other.
. Hamburger from Todos Santos Cafe
I dreamt last night that I was living in the Poverello Center in Missoula (the homeless shelter). Makes sense, I don’t really have a home, a shelter to call my own. Home is where your heart is. My heart’s in many places, Missoula, Eugene, Baja, Mississippi… In a week, I’ll be home in Missoula. Looking forward to seeing friends, a movie, trees, rivers, American food and maybe snow. And I’m looking forward to going to the doctor to find out the cause of my ankle pain. There is arthritis but there is something more, making it hard to walk for too long. There is a chiropractor here, Dr. Mark Waters, that I got to visit. He comes highly recommended. He recommended staying off my ankle and keep it elevated as much as possible.
The construction crew will show up bright and early tomorrow. Cookie and I will make our way to Todos Santos for the day. Go to the coffee shop and hang for long as possible then maybe find a spot to rest on the beach. Each day until I leave it will go something like that. Staying away from construction and keeping my foot up as much as possible. Tuesday, Antonio, the cute young gardener, and I may go to La Paz to shop for flowering plants, herbs and the like. He and I are designing a corner garden and sitting area. It is shaded most of the day and is the perfect spot to sit and read or visit or just take a break from it all. The garden will have color, textures, yummy smells and edibles. That is my hope.
My constant and most loved companion, Cookie
Construction pic of Savannah’s Hacienda, named after my great-niece. The trailer downstairs will be moved away. There will be a bedroom added and the kitchen enclosed. When all done there will be 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. I think the dining area will remain open air. The upstairs bedroom will have a deck added out back with a beautiful view of the mountains to the east. The west side upstairs has a view of the ocean and sunsets. The property has a garden in progress, tons of passion fruit, mango, avocado and banana trees to name a few edibles on site. Off to the left in the back a dog kennel is getting finished for Cookie. The pump house has washer and dryer with a room upstairs with bed, desk and toilet. It will be a great rental property!
Sidenote, excited to be going to a movie tomorrow night. There is a pizza restaurant the shows movies on Tuesday nights. Tomorrow’s film is The Post. Going to the movies is one of those activities I miss. No movie theaters around here.
Thank you everyone for your words and other forms of communication that came my way. I felt your love through this virtual world we live in. The day ended on a sweet note. My friend, Paty and I attended an art benefit for the local up and coming hospice, Comfort Care at Jardin Alquimia Paty is such a gift. She knows just about everyone and makes sure that I get introduced to all the good people around here. There is a strong art and music community. Several folks I’ve meet are involved in contributing to the community here, be it rescuing animals, holding spay and neuter clinics, recycling, or helping locals in their own individual ways. I am seeing many opportunities to volunteer and look forward to trying some of them out.
I’m enjoying my 2nd night of a 10 day house/pet sit. Cookie and I are in the company of 9 month old dog, Frances and Lyka. Cookie is in heaven with the other dogs and huge fenced in yard. My nephew’s house is in full remodel/construction mode. It’s fortunate that I got this gig. The house should be ready sometime in April. It will be nice to get the house listed and rented on Airbnb and get this ball rolling. A steady purpose and income will be welcome. Plus being the host of the house, I’ll probably get to meet some fun travelers. A few stores here are buying my greeting cards and they are selling. In my usual fashion, I’m bring in a little money here and there doing this and that. Mid February I am flying into Missoula for about a month, another opportunity to be away for construction and take care of a few things that are easier to take care of in the states.
Once the house is finished, consider a visit! Flights to Cabo can be cheap and I can come pick you up.
Non-alcoholic drink custom made with charcoal