We’re Not Hosting an Intergalactic Kegger Down Here…
June 27th, 2011 by David

“Being a “certain” in a world that is uncertain is like sunshine turning the buttercup’s head brightly illuminating the shadows and bringing laughter to the world.”

“And God said, Let there be light and there was light, but the CFE (Mexican Electric Company) said He would have to wait until Monday to be connected…around 11:00 a.m.”

We’re simply enjoying the sunshine!  I was standing in our Mexican colonial


kitchen (read “old” here) the other day and my eyes drifted to the glass art hanging atop our kitchen windows. My daughter and son are both talented in the art department.  Trust me there is absolutely no fertile soil when it comes to art in any bone in my body. Consequently, when I look at pieces of art they’ve created or David’s photography it is with amazement and awe.  Any who, she is a glass artist among many other things and created this circle of warmth for me some time ago. 

Sunshine and Hummingbirds

There gamboled playfully in the breeze among tiffany lamps, laptop computer, pens, pencils and the almost ever-present Mexican sunshine sat a beacon to what the sun’s rays add to our lives.

Sunshine is like finding a good dictionary with a detailed etymology.  Sunshine allows you to study the origin of all that it illuminates setting the mind free to wonder, for instance, how did the long

Copper - Black and White Long Hair

haired guinea pig (not indigenous to Mexico) end up in our backyard?

Copper and Peaches

The humorous part of this diatribe is it is the rainy season here in Ajijic.  Consequently it rains fairly often, mostly at night and, yet, the sunshine usually manages to appear, in a peek-a-boo fashion each day.  It is not like my native Wisconsin where, even if the sun might be shining, it sometimes gets cold enough to freeze the balls off a pool table.  Again, I digress.

We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet a myriad of people while living in our tiny little village in the middle of Mexico.  People from all over the world and, I suspect, some from off planet (such as myself) who are more attuned to the universe and beyond.  Gotta love um!

The sunshine that literally leaps from the smiling faces of nationals and visitors, snowbirds, expats and the like give warmth to the body and sustenance to the soul.  There are times when a smile can cause me to run up the door, close the stairs, said my jamies and put on my prayers, turn off the bed and hop in the light, all because their smile said have a good night.  Do I, dear reader, detect a fulminating stare, whilst what I have said leaves you flustered, flummoxed and flabbergasted all the while a smile gently begins to caresses your lips?  If so, my work here is done….don’t you wish??!!

Let’s face it life is like a grapefruit.  It’s yellow or red, squishy and has a few pips in it.  My thought, the pips are the people who bring sunshine into the room every time they enter therein.

We have a group of people who have lived here varying lengths of time from a couple of months to over ten years.  Each time one of our blog readers contacts me to say: “we are going to be in town” I round up this eclectic group of wonderful people up and we get together to welcome these travelers into our midsts.  The travelers are not seekers of esoteric knowledge … they simply want to know things like:

What brought you here?

Why did you stay?

Why do the roosters crow all night long?

What’s with the firecrackers?

And things of that sort.  The current residents bring with them copies of instructions on what has to be done, for instance, to get your pets into Mexico to copies of business cards of people who they have used and have been very helpful to them.  They also bring their smiles, warm handshakes, laughter and enthusiasm tempered with “having been there and done that”.

Is this the best place in the world to be?  Probably not.  It is a small village in central Mexico on the country’s largest lake where many people still live in adobe houses, celebrate just about anything by setting off firecrackers, building bonfires in the street as daylight ends sitting around small street vendors carts filled with local delights drinking the ever-present tequila and having a raucous good time.  It is not perfect.  It is not, in many ways, different from where we all come from in the sense that there is both good and bad.  However, in these uncertain times it is a place of almost constant sunshine, temperate weather, a huge number of artists from all over the world, a temperament of welcome, joy, possibilities, inspiration and, yes, lots of laughter.  I’m reminded of my mother’s comment to me about laughter…it’s bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down to your hips.  Consequently, I’m literally laughing my …well you get my drift!  Viva Mexico!

Below are some more of David’s wonderful walk about photography.  Enjoy!


Rainy Season Clouds and Mountains

Malecon and Clouds

Amphitheatre Mountains and Clouds

Clouds Boat Etc.

Hummingbird and New Feeder

7 Responses  
  • Laurel writes:
    July 4th, 201112:31 pmat

    Ditto to all of the above. I hope you make available your caalendar to all of your readers when it comes out.

    “Thanks for the memories”, of when I was there last Christmas.



  • nancy king writes:
    June 28th, 20119:48 amat

    Enjoyed your post as it gave me a chuckle. You must be reading my mind because the questions that you and your friends get are the same questions i have on my question list! 🙂 So glad that you have lots of patience and don’t mind answering the same questions over and over again. I will see you on July 11 and will try to come up with some different questions between now and then. As always, i enjoy your blog and always look forward to your writing and David’s photos.


  • Melissa writes:
    June 28th, 201112:54 amat

    Les, You may not be an artist like David and your kids but you are a very creative and talented writer. It’s such a pleasure to read your blog as always!! All the best during rainy season!

  • Jan Ritchie writes:
    June 27th, 20114:57 pmat

    Thanks for the laughs and the beautiful photography.


  • Marion Blackmer writes:
    June 27th, 20112:37 pmat

    Thanks for more welcome wit and wisdom. David’s photos of the mountains reminds me how like Hawaii it is here–with a lake instead of an ocean.

  • Susie writes:
    June 27th, 20112:18 pmat

    How can you say so many funny things in one sitting? You sure do make us smile! Thanks.

  • Donna Rizzo writes:
    June 27th, 20111:33 pmat

    This post is just the best!!! You describe the reason why I am intrigued with the Lake Chapala area and am researching the possibility of retiring there (although retiring is a relative concept). I am kinda at that point in my life where I am asking “Is this all there is” I feel I have lived a life caring too much what others think and not being true to myself (I know, sounds trite). I am ready for a change and life adventure….not worry about following the rules and doing what everying else thinks I should. I will be coming down in October by myself or with friends and would love to meet your wonderful group.
    BTW…..I really enjoy Davids pictures. I do some amateur photography and recognize that he has an excelloent eye.


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