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Nov 15th, 2016 by David

David is now selling signed, hand-made prints of his wonderful flower photographs at ElegantFlowerPhotographs.com. They’ve been featured in several art shows around the country. I think you’ll enjoy them!

2012
Dec 18th, 2012 by David

“A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.” John Priestly

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They most be felt with the heart.”  Helen Keller

Why be limited by logic?  Seriously, I’ve reached the age when life stops giving me things and starts taking things away…like my memory for instance.  How frustrating it is to get up from the kitchen table, head down the hall, come to a dead stop mid-way to who knows where and lament…what was I going to get?

We have not been in Newberry South Carolina for that long.  We are still comparing life here to the life we led in Mexico.  Sentences still begin with, this would have cost that in Ajijic, and it costs this here.  Traffic would have been like this in Guadalajara– chaotic (a topic of continuous conversation among ex-pats who live in Mexico) and is now like this in Newberry – tranquil to the point of boredom.  If someone had told me I would long for the rush of adrenalin I got whenever we went for a drive in Mexico, I’d have thought them crazy.  There is a part of me, the lunatic within if you will, that has overcome me at times here and prompts me to change lanes without blinker engaged and mind at the ready…just move.  I don’t give in but the thought still startles the heck out of me!

Driving is calmer here.  I do remind myself  Newberry is not a booming metropolis and is certainly not comparable to Guadalajara except that both places are beautiful in their own way and have automobiles.  Choices in the type of fuel we put in our mobile unit are abundant…not so in Mexico.  Prices change daily here and I find myself straining my neck to see where the price is the least.  In Mexico, you simply pulled into the only gas station available, Pemex, and bought the only fuel for whatever price it was.  Life made simpler.

Shopping for groceries does not take on the same sense of adventure it did in Chapala.  While there are certainly far more items to choose from, the excitement of wondering  just what a product is does not present itself here…basically we know.  I can remember walking down aisle after aisle in Soriana’s thinking…my heavens what is this….it looks interesting…could I use it somewhere…should I take a chance.  Here I’ve gone back to grab and drop (into cart) as my shopping behavior.  No excitement there though I often find things at check out that make absolutely no sense…it is me not the object…you know, the whole “sense” thing.  Let’s face it, how often do I make sense….again I digress.

And then there’s the walking….walking without boundaries.  David has, upon more then one occasion mentioned…I don’t have to look at my feet anymore.  I can actually walk and look around without fear of upending myself and having three to four gracious amigos try to set me aright.  I no longer feel like I am living the life of a giant with Lilliputians running interference.

There is beauty here as there is beauty in Mexico.  This place is rift with the history of a young America not unlike the history that can be seen in every village in Mexico.  There are fabulous structures showing the heritage of the deep south here, as there are architecturally magnificent buildings including entire sections of prehispanic and colonial cities in Mexico.

And the people.  The people are warm and welcoming here…southern hospitality in abundance as were the Mexican people and their graciousness and good humor.  Children of both countries with their shy smiles and sweetness abound and bring a smile to your face and touch your heart with happiness.

As this holiday season brings joy and hope to many and the new year fast approaches, David and I look back on the many things that made Mexico our home for three years and look forward to life in small town USA.

May we take this opportunity as 2013 approaches to wish you a gentle heart, good health in abundance, the sweetness of love, gratitude born of experience, caring for those less fortunate and a peace which transcends hope and gives great joy. Let yourself go and explore the child within…laugh heartily and do something crazy…it does lift the spirits and makes you laugh from your gut.  It has been a pleasure sharing with all of you our exploits in Mexico.  Your comments have touched us and we are thankful for your presence in our lives and the opportunity to share David’s wonderful photography and my absurd and often irrational outlook on life ala Mexico.

May your hair flourish, your pimples diminish, your abs harden, your heart soften, your teeth whiten, your skin darken, your stocks rise, your cholesterol fall, your happiness increase, and your mortgage decrease, as you will be in serious trouble if everything is in the reverse.

Viva the United States of Mexico and Viva the United States of America!

Christmas in Mexico

 

Lighted Garden

 

Child in Manger Scene – Ajijic

 

Downtown Newberry

 

A Building on the Square
Beautifully decorated building in downtown Newberry

Our Friend Em

Best Wishes and the Happiest of New Years

David and Les

This and That and Lolita’s
Nov 3rd, 2012 by Les

Milton Berle once said: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”.

Graham Greene said: “There’s always one moment in life when the door opens and lets the future in.”

We are currently working on our new South Carolina blog.  An opportunity has presented itself and I thought I’d share it with all of you.  I’ve missed some opportunities in life.  Had they come in as temptations it would have only required one knock…as it was even pounding me over the head with a rubber mallet didn’t work.  Consequently, while our SC blog is under construction I will continue to write here.

Our friends, Steve and Lana Coffman own Lolita’s Inn/Gallery/Healing Center located not far from the plaza in Ajijic Jalisco Mexico.  If you are thinking about Mexico, I would like to suggest you visit their web site www.LolitasInnAjijic.com .  We’ve talked so much about considering Mexico and all it has to offer.  We’ve also commented on visiting first to get a feel for the area and if it is right for you.

This is a rare opportunity to not only see the area, stay in the well appointed luxury of a gorgeous inn, but to purchase a business that is already up and running successfully..if you are of the mind to do so.  This is what Steve and Lana write:

We are a new property having moved in October 2012.  Our first year has been a resounding success.  The high seasons are booked in advance (mostly snow birds from the US and Canada) and our summer season is starting to become popular for the getting out of the heat and humidity crowds in the southern US.  People living in Guadalajara often use our inn as a weekend retreat and that market is growing.

We never dreamed it would be this enjoyable and easy.  We built Lolita’s Inn with the idea of selling it.  Once sold we intend to stay in Ajijic and start our next adventure.  Our sights are set on finding the perfect people who want to retire and have some income or simply don’t want to stop their life after retirement. 

Lolita’s is small, for easy management, cozy, comfortable with an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness you’ll utterly enjoy.  It is also within walking distance of other galleries, restaurants, boutique shops and the beautiful Ajijic Malacon…boardwalk.

David at Lolita’s Inn Gallery and Healing Center

David had a gallery showing at Lolita’s and it was a simply wonderful place to show off his work as well as meet and greet the absolutely interesting people who live in or visit the area.

If you simply want to get away…spend some time…or are looking for a business opportunity…please visit www.LolitasInnAjijic.com or email Lola@LolitasInnAjijic.com.

On with another thought as I try not to clutter my brain with too many thoughts at one time.  The filter that keeps all my thoughts from pouring out of my mouth hasn’t been changed for some time…I guarantee nothing.  I will continue to post on the BoomerstoMexico website until we have finished constructing our new South Carolina website.  Once it is completed, we will have a grand opening.

Please consider this a taste of what’s to come.

Our good friend Emmie took us on a tour of downtown Newberry.  Since we live two blocks from most everything…we walked from our house to the tour.  Below you will find pictures of one of the oldest hardware stores around these parts. 

Bill Shull runs this hardware store.  His great grandparents opened it in 1884.  Many of the antiques in the store were placed there before they became antiques.  Bill has everything from the traditional chain, rope, cabinet hardware and wood screws to a copy of his father’s 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics, which isn’t for sale.

Upon entering the store and hidden among ALL of the STUFF a lone anachronistic voice called out: “oh, no…don’t tell me you are moving here. No offense…we don’t need more old people (author’s comment…we aren’t that OLD) we need new blood.”   Ah ha…the legendary Mr. Shull.  I started to say something when he interrupted again with: “well, shut my mouth (which didn’t happen I might add)…don’t tell me you’re a Yankee!?”  To which I replied:  “Let me guess …  you must be on the Newberry Welcoming Committee…am I right?”  All was said in good humor though I believe Mr. Shull must be one of Newberry’s resident curmudgeons extraordinaire.

I’ve been told growing old is mandatory.  Okay….since it appears remaining a child is optional…I choose that option…thank you very much.  Newberry is a college town.  Home to Newberry College (go figure) which is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Piedmont Technical College among other schools of higher education, they tell me.  The place is hopping with lots to do and opportunity to nurture the child within to the extreme.  I am excited about sharing with you via word and David’s photographs what we may encounter on my first foray into living in the true south.

Beside the photographs of the hardware store…you will also find a small church we found after taking a trip down a street that simply looked inviting and the cotton fields (I’ve never seen a cotton field other than in photographs and David hadn’t seen any in years) that surrounded the church.  What fun!!

Enjoy…there will be more to come.

 

Yup…you guessed it…a window display!

 

 

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