Letters from Lorraine XII
Greetings from Mexico, everyone!
This is a short letter, though one with lots of photos! It is brief for several reasons ─ I am spending most of my writing time working on my book’s third draft, but also because my friend Pat, the amazing woman who edits everything I write, is on a fabulous vacation in Italy!
She and several of her friends, had planned a tour of Italy, pre-pandemic, but only now, are able make the trip, post-pandemic. Yay Pat!
Besides spending most of my days writing, taking care of my four fabulous dogs, keeping my house and gardens together, I’ve squeezed in Audubon bird watching excursions one Saturday a month. And every other Monday evening, get this ─ Gringo Bingo with neighborhood friends at a beautiful outdoor restaurant. And if any of you out there, think Gringo Bingo is a dorky, thing to do, it is not, it is fun!
I recently had an acquaintance, Scott (now a friend) from Martha’s Vineyard, visit San Miguel to cat sit for his Aunt Joann who moved here in September. He and I had a wonderful time the few days we spent together. I took him on my second Audubon bird watch out in the country where the organizers had made arrangements for local Mexican women to cook an amazing lunch for us. The women cooking had also grown all the food we were eating and the little outdoor eating area was gorgeous!
I’ve included lots of photos of mine and Scott’s bird watching day in the country, but the most spectacular day we had, was spent at the pyramid, Cañada de la Virgen built by the Tolteca-Chichimecas Indians.
The ruin itself, though a small one, not large like Chichen Itza, was a sight to behold. One thing that made this day so special ─ I hired a man I know, Lino, who does adventure excursions in SMA, to give us a private tour of the pyramid and the ruins around it.
What was so extraordinary, not only did Scott and I have the most fabulous guide for this incredible place, for some strange reason, there were no other tourists there that day. We had the entire pyramid and its surrounding ruins, all to ourselves! It was an amazing way to explore the area ─ totally alone for over three hours. Wow, was the word uttered the most that morning. It was a day I’ll never forget.
I was so smitten with the ruin’s energy and spiritual vibe, that Lino and I are going to spent an entire night under the stars at an unexcavated pyramid site he has access to. Not sure when, but soon, and definitely before the rainy season kicks in and the grass and greenery cover too much of the amazing, unexplored archeological rubble scattered around.
I want to say this before I go, the day at the pyramid and the serenity of us being alone in such an incredible place, did wonders for me mentally and spiritually. My time at this sacred, mystical place, lifted me up and I have felt more like myself ever since.
Miss you all!
Lorraine and her pals,
Pearl the Magnificent, Ruby-Tuby, and the M&M’s, Mike and Molly.