Mazatlan Trip, Part 9

After a thoroughly relaxing day yesterday…

…mainly due to being relegated to the Resort because of the hurricane, we are glad we’ve gotten so much done this week. Dick and I have gathered so much information, that today we just might relax and enjoy ourselves!

I slept in until 9:30 a.m. and awoke fully refreshed, after having a good night’s sleep – much quieter last night – as compared to the night before, with all the thunder and lightning!

I walked down our hall and into our beautiful front room where Dick was already sitting at the table, enjoying the beautiful view of the gray ocean and sky which is now looking quite a bit lighter than yesterday. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of muffins and coffee and then decide to stroll around the grounds of our resort.

This resort is so magnificent, I can’t help but take a couple more pictures.  We took several from a rooftop, which was just in front of our windows and just before you get to the pool, which is oceanfront. Strolling the ground, we took pictures of the flamingos, who today are trying to preen themselves, but they still were looking a bit wet and miserable. Still they add beautiful color to the gardens. There are lots of fronds and pieces of various plants laying around, and pieces of things that were blown around the last couple of days.Flamingo, birds, statue drying off after the rain and a coconut tree

We decided to have lunch at Candalliera,

the beautiful restaurant right on the premises. Our lunch consisted of delicious cold cream of asparagus soup, (which I’ve made at home since having it there – it’s really easy and quick.  I love it, but I have to admit, Dick has never really enjoyed any cold soup – “soup should be hot”.), a club sandwich which we shared, two shrimp cocktails and salsa, sin cebolla (without onion) with chips. I just decided to add my recipe for the soup I make at home – it’s at the bottom – it’s so easy.

Back to our room… it is so hot and humid… Dick decides to take a rest in the cool of the room, so I curled up on the couch and watched a couple of movies on television.

After quite a long rest, we feel like a bit of exercise and don our swimsuits and hike to the pool. The pool is lovely… calm, cool, and magnificent… really quite cool after all the rain. My plan had been to go into the pool and walk over to the invisible wall partition and claim a spot to watch for the green blip. But after just a few tries – by the time the water gets up to my butt – I decide it’s really not worth it – the water is really cool. Dick didn’t even get in.  He was still sitting on a lounge chair laughing at my attempts. I got out of the pool, wrapped up in a towel, and we headed back to the room to change into warmer clothes. Bye-bye to the beautiful pool.Pool at PBEB

After going to the room and changing, we walked down to the little deli and decided on what snacks we wanted to take on the plane with us tomorrow. Then we headed down to Kelly’s so we could use our last two free drink coupons. I also ordered a flan, hoping to bring our food bill up to $100, so we don’t waste the “funny money” we were given when we checked in. We enjoy the ambience of Kelly’s and played a game of backgammon… Dick’s second game ever. We decided we will eat breakfast on our last morning in the restaurant there and that should add more than enough charges to cover the funny money, plus we will have a good meal to start the trip home.

Back in our room we gathered our belongings and packed.

We have a lot of dirty clothes to take home. Bob and Lee called again to make sure we were okay, and we wished each other well until we meet again. We dropped into bed at a decent hour, happy to be heading home, but so sorry to be leaving Mazatlan already.

Part 10 will be coming to you soon.  Watch for my email.

My recipe for the cold asparagus soup:

Clean one bunch of asparagus- about 15 stalks.  Remove the hard white bottoms.  Put the tops into a skillet with about 2 tablespoons of butter and cook them just until barely cooked. Let cool, then put the asparagus into your blender, along with 1/2 can chicken broth.  Blend until really smooth.  Then, add the rest of the chicken broth, a pinch of pepper (white is nice, or cracked black, but plain old pepper is fine)  and a pinch of salt.  Blend it another minute, just to mix.  Put in a bowl and place in the refrigerator until it’s nice and cold…it can sit in the fridge for hours if you want.  When you’re ready to serve, add from 2 to 4 ounces heavy cream and mix (just depends on how rich you want it).  This will make two large bowls of soup, or 4 nice sized appetizer-size bowls.  Sometimes I top it with a little dollop of sour cream.  I think it’s great… but, honestly, Dick would rather have a bowl of chili :)   Do taste it, and add salt and pepper to your taste.

Now, you can also cook the bottom, tougher pieces – cook them just a bit longer than the tender tops, and then, let them cool and thinly slice them and put those in the bowl of soup – just depends on how much time you have, and how much you want to play around that day.  Enjoy.

An Email for You:

“Hello Barbie:
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”Every January I insist on making a change to my hair.
”One January I went from Blonde to Red.
”Another January I went from long hair to very short hair and on it went. Every December “I started thinking about the “new” change.
”When people asked me about it I told them that my husband once said “I think I need a new woman – someone fresher”. He was kidding of course but that started the whole thing.
”Now I say…..when I need a change – I change my hair. It’s certainly better than some of the alternatives out there. Sam needs a new woman – every January he gets a new woman.
”We’ve also decided when we were married 10 years that we were going on a “year to year”. Every anniversary we decide if we want to renew or not.
”All in good fun but it keeps a little vibrancy in the marriage. We’ve been married 27 years now and a couple of those years were “shaky”. I didn’t renew for a few weeks after the anniversary….keeps him on his toes.  Ramona”

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5 Responses to Mazatlan Trip, Part 9

  1. Susan

    August 15, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Hello Barbie,
    I’ve been a fan of yours since the beginning stages of your fabulous website, newsletter, book, etc. And you and I have communicated multiple times over these many years as you’ve advised me regarding my retirement planning. I so appreciate all you do! I have a concern about a posted comment and wondered if you could please email me about it so I can give you more detail. I’d appreciate it.
    Susan

  2. Barbie

    Barbie

    August 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Susan, could you please send me the comment again? Then I can answer. Best to you, Barbie

  3. Donna

    September 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Barbie,

    My husband and I are planning on a move to Masatlan in the near future. My big concern is we have to bring my mother who is 89 and is in need of a care center for living, as a nurshing home or some type of 24 hour watch with activities. She has some dementia and compulsive obsessivness, but is able to do things for herself, but needs to be watched over not to wonder off. She is very active in mind and body. Do you have any suggestion of any places and prices? Thank you for an info. Donna

  4. Barbie

    Barbie

    September 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    The Melville used to be in Mazatlan – it has become a bed and breakfast. In the Ajijic area – The towns around Lake Chapala have at maybe 5 small retirement homes. http://www.aliciaconvalescent.net.mx is one of the large ones there. 011-52-376-766-0721 . or 011-52-376-766-3152 is, I think, the current phone number for Alicia’s.
    Back to Mazatlan – any chance of perhaps hiring someone to take care of your mother, in your home?
    I think this will give you the info you need: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-08-15-mexnursinghome_N.htm
    It does at least tell of three locations that have nursing homes – Mazatlan is not one – but: In the Baja Peninsula town of Ensenada, the Residencia Lourdes opened in 2003, offering care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia.
    Looks as though you may need to review your plans and make some adjustments – but, well, that’s what life is about. Best to you, Barbie

  5. Donna

    September 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you ever so much Barbie. Blessings, Donna

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