Saturday, July 25, 2015

it's getting better all the time

it's been almost a month now. a month without him, a month re inventing myself, days filled with getting aquainted with my new environs, new neighbors, new everything. well, almost. 
tigo is here 
and so is jon,
 a short two week visit while claire is in north carolina. soon, the brother and sister in law will visit, bernardita too and then hopefully tatiana. in the meantime, reaching out to the community on facebook and instagram.
the place is quite breathtaking
and the weather ideal for a free spirit like me who loves to walk barefoot and scantily clad. 
i have begun to put the tuny house together, in layers, upstairs, downstairs and a little on the rooftop terrace. 
there is a prevalence of aqua and light blues; mexicans love color.
so i have tried to decorate around those colors
the mint green being a little trickier in the living room/dining room.
but i am one of those birds that must build a nest before i even begin. the lighting has to be right, the litchen inviting, the bathrooms spotless.
and i must have flowers. i've even thought of adopting a couple if budgies. i remember when in oaxaca how lovely jane's casa was with the bird cages; a couple of parrots and different colored budgies. they kind of fit here too. 
and then there's all that inspiration
cobblestone streets and restaurants at pueblo plaza to really get you going

but to be honest, most of my time has been spent outdoors, mostly on the beach

and discovering all the bays and beaches down the pacific coast
night and day

endless beauty in such a culture driven country
where hope springs eternal
i've even begun to apply the dress code as with this rebozo i improvised from a scarf i brought with me
this guy making me laugh hysterically
he's loving it soooooo much, my little beach bum
relishing the seafood bonanza

thankful, with an open heart even though my legs are still wobbly

and to think so many more adventures await 
as with this poetry summit coming up in 2026 where indigenous poets from all over the world will converge to honor our endangered planet
imagine that for starters

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Baja California

guess where life brought me? after much debating over my future financial situation, i decided on baja california so i could be close to my children who live in california. it was either go home to chile where i loathe the cold winters and smoggy santiago, or the southern tip of the world in chiles patagonia where i have a piece of land but no built house yet. i remembered spending many holidays in baja when my children were small and recalled how i loved it. 

so here i am, tigo by my side, 
the whole gang came with me to get me settled in and say their goodbyes and celebrate jon's birthday.

we found this amazing restaurant in "puerto nuevo" , four stories of exquisite decirating

so it's pretty clear with my aesthetic tastes that i couldn't have been more right about my choice of moving here.
i rented a small, narrow, tri-level townhouse overlooking the ocean in "brisas del mar" for a third of what it would cost me in the usa or chile.
view from the terrace
bits of the streets in san antonio del mar

i have always loved mexico! my trips to oaxaca left a deep mark in my heart of hearts. i plan on going again for dia de los muertos come october.
so i know i will find so much to fill me up here and my puppykins loves the beach life.
the sunsets are out of this world
a roadtrip down the road yesterday took me back to "la misión" where i visited my friends pedro and carmen who have a house worthy of the mediterranean. i wasblown  away with their view.
me, looking down on that view
i spend more time outdoors than in, taking time to acquaint myself with the periphery.
i brought very few things with me; most was left in a pod since the houses here are rented furnished. i only brought my essentials: art supplies, books, and a few collectibles.
i am slow in unpacking since the weather has been so splendid and i needed the time to rest and grieve and embrace what richard has granted. 
i've begun little by little though. 

to make this place my own
making use of the vivid colors already here

picking wild flowers
and, overall, starting to get inspired for embroidering. 
thank you my love, for making all this possible. i carry you in my heart and by my side. two months without you but surrounded by beauty and graces showering down from wherever you are.