"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, November 28, 2016

Awwwsome Monday Enchiladas for your leftover turkey! November 28, 2016

Photo credit to Once Upon a Chef
Recipe thanks to James Beard!
Yummy Swiss Enchiladas
(called Swiss because of the cream!)

1 onion chopped
cooking oil
1 garlic clove crushed
2 cups tomato puree
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken ( or turkey!)
2 green chilies chopped ( I use a small can of diced Ortega chilies)
1 dozen corn tortillas
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup concentrated chicken broth ( I use better than Boullion)
1/2 # grated or sliced Monterey Jack cheese
sliced avocado optional garnish
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
2. Prepare the stuffing: saute the onion in 2T oil for 2 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, chicken and chilies and salt to tasteand simmer for about 10 minutes. Briefly heat the tortillas, one at a time in about 1 inch of oil- do not let them crisp as you will be rolling them up. Drain on paper towels
3. Heat the cream and add the chicken stock. Dip each tortilla into the cream mixture, place a generous portion of the filling on it ( basically 1/12th of filling ) and roll it up. Arrange the rolls in a baking pan seam side down ( 9"x13" ) and pour the remaining cream mixture over them. Top with cheese and bake for about 30 minutes. 
4. Garnish with avocado or do what I do and serve this dish with a side salad that has avocado, orange slices and a bit of red onion in it. Serves 4-6       

Many thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays !!!! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Chubby Chatterbox's Giveaway ! Plus Six Words and Sunday Shadows November 26-27, 2016

Weekends arrive too quickly these days....
The Famous Chubby Chatterbox Giveaway! 
Only two weeks remain for his holiday giveaway!
Check out the details on winning this painting
by clicking HERE!
I have been following his blog now for years and
I highly recommend you all take a peek and
you will not be disappointed. Stephen's sense of humor
coupled with his hilarious stories will keep you
laughing and returning to read more!
Have a great weekend!
Oops..before I forget here's my Shadow Shot for this week....
Edinburgh Scotland's Portrait Gallery
September 2016 
Do have fun visiting Six Words and Sunday Shadows!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Feline Friday November 25, 2016

Have a great day!
And do thank Sandee for Feline Friday!
Steve has taken the day off!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday November 23, 2016

 September 20, 2016
Seen while driving to Kinlochewe via Glen Docherty
Many thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus
for Wordless Wednesday!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Awww Monday is here! November 21, 2016

Yesterdays snow flurry....
only a little bit and no trouble at all!
Our snow only lasted a bit-
but the mountain has lots more fresh snow!
Meanwhile....it's that time of year for
the bucks to be chasing the does....
and the fawns stay far, far away....
Good morning!

Ahah! There she is!


The does keep their distance... 

and the buck follows his nose.

It's fascinating- nature right outside our windows.
Have a lovely day today and a great
Thanksgiving later this week!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Six Words and Sunday Shadows November 19, 2016

The tenacity of plants amazes me!
Stubborn seeds will take root!
Have a lovely weekend and
if you live in the USA have
a lovely and Happy Thanksgiving!
Meanwhile, do check out 6 Words

Friday, November 18, 2016

Feline Friday November 18, 2016

While visiting our dear friends on their little farm
outside of Inverness we got to enjoy a lovely time
and got to cuddle with Morgie the Cat!!

Morgie is a sweetheart!
Snoozin' time!

Lots of sheep in Scotland!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wordless Wednesday or Is It? November 16, 2016

Sunset while flying from Zihuatanejo Mexico to Los Angeles California
November 10, 2016
Definitely not wordless....

Monday, November 14, 2016

AWWW MONDAY! November 14, 2016

Queen of the Dining Room Window!
We got home late Friday and picked up Lucy
from Kitty Kamp the next morning.
She's happy to be home and is making
sure we know our place in keeping her happy!
(Oh noooo she's not spoiled....hahah)
Thanks Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Shadows November 13, 2016

Adios Mexico....
Hello Shasta....
Home Again!!!
Last sunrise in Zihuatenejo...until next year!
Our first glimpse of Mt. Shasta.  
We love to see fresh snow on Mt Shasta!
Please do scamper over to
Sunday Shadows and have a lovely day!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Feline Friday! November 11, 2016

Thanks to Youtube here's
a darling cat video!
Today is Veterans Day- let us never forget
the heroes who have sacrificed themselves
to protect us and preserve our freedom . 
And many thanks Steve for Feline Friday!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Going Home Today! November 10, 2016

Yesterday was our last full day and we were totally
surprised by the overcast skies that turned into
a full on rainy day! Not fun for some of the hotel guests,
 but it gave us time to pack and spend time just
visiting with long time friends made from all our
years coming here.   
Grackle looking for something to eat!

Abandoned beach...

Stormy view from our deck...

Out beyond the surf you can see the water
is discolored - most likely from muddy water
 being washed down the hillsides.

It will be great to be back home and
get to snuggle with our favorite cat Lucy!
Thanks for traveling along with us
and for all  your nice comments!
Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Wordless Wednesday November 9, 2016

A stellar day on Playa la Ropa
can lead to a lovely rainy evening at
We have had two nights of torrential
rain and wind. Especially Monday night!
Actually very refreshing !

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Awww Monday November 7, 2016

I had this post already to go, but came down with
a nasty cold late the night before. I woke yesterday early morning feeling even worse. So the hotel
called the doctor who takes care of visiting travelers
and after he came to my room, checked me out for BP.
temp, respiration, listened to my lungs etc, he prescribed some meds that the pharmacy delivered and I am now almost 100%.
We should be so lucky to have this sort of care
at home! He even used his smart phone to translate his comments to me and  to make sure I understood him
completely. I did understand his Spanish- but was impressed
with him and the care I received. The cost? $50 for his visit
and less than $50 for all the meds!  
The women who fluff and buff our rooms also
create fanciful towel arrangements!
Very fun to see what they make each day!

A basket of flowers...

An elephant...

A monkey...

A mermaid...
Not sure exactly what this is...
and a turtle...!
Thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus
for Awww Mondays!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Feline Friday,Six Words and Sunday Shadows! November 4-6, 2016

Only Five Days Left to Play....
Manchita....my sweet bacon eating amiga!
She loves bacon- and I allow her to mooch
some of my bacon every morning!

A very small lizard with very long toes....
Our hotel is in the middle of a jungle...
Small gray squirrels here have very little fur-
it's too hot....

The Spanish word for umbrella is paraguas.
Translated : "for wáter".
It could also be parasol.
Translated: "for sun".
Have a great day rain or shine!


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Day of the Dead November 2, 2016

Many families create altars for members
of their family who have passed on.... 
some are quite elaborate and others very simple.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Wordless Wednesday November 2, 2016 Breakfast Time!

Yummy papaya!



Some of us prefer to eat alone!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Crocodiles, Turtles and Iguanas ...oh my! November 1, 2016

Just another day in paradise....
We always can spot lots of sandpipers..... 

But one has to walk down Playa la Ropa a bit
to spot the crocodiles, turtles and iguanas...

There were oodles of turtles swimming amongst
the five or so crocodiles....evidently turtles are not
on the crocs menu...?

At the same place we spotted about 7 iguanas
sunbathing on the hotel's roof....

and the resident parrot was enjoying the beach... 

Everyday I draw with watercolor pencils ...
amusing myself and relaxing while under the palapa!


On our way to dinner downtown I spotted this kitty...

Note the comment on the bottom of the menu...
"Gourmet food in white plastic chairs"

We might be sitting in white plastic chairs,
but the food is very tasty and they serve
some of the best Margueritas ever!

Another night....another sunset!

And this morning?
Tah dah! Our hotel's pool!
Have a great day!
Besos y embrasos a todos!