December 16, 2010 - I'm Baaaack!

Back from the "drug run" to Mexico, and back..........hold on to your hats........ON LINE! Yes, the RV park across the street finally got their WiFi up and running, and it's only $10 a month now. Last year they had iffy internet connections and were charging $35. Today is my first day back on line, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I haven't even checked my Google Reader to see how many unread blogs I have. OMG, I just did. Not quite as bad as I thought, only 221 to get me caught up.

The Mexico trip went well. Marge, Alverna and I left at 6 a.m. yesterday morning, stopped for a quick McDonald's breakfast when we got to Yuma, and hit the border around 8:30.


Marge and Alverna entering Mexico.


No guns allowed. They already have more than they need down there [sarcasm].


Marge had a nine o'clock dental appointment, so Alverna and I spent the entire morning shopping for our medications and getting accosted by the many vendors who were trying to rip us off sell their wares. We stopped for coffee, and I gave in and purchased a purse from the nicest man. He wasn't pushy, but fun to dicker with on price. He started at $40, and I ended up paying $19 for it. That was five bucks more than one I bought a few years back, that was identical except for color, but I'm sure prices have gone up a bit since then and I love my old one.....except it's bright red, so doesn't get much use. I had to laugh when the man said it was kangaroo leather, and I kidded him as to why it kept saying "baaaaa-baaaaa".


You'd have to feel it to appreciate it. The leather is softer than a baby's bottom.

Alverna went on without me, to get her teeth cleaned. I didn't have an appointment to get my work done, as I'll be getting a bridge that will have to be made in a lab, and the lab will be closing for the holidays. I went ahead and made my appointment for January 3, assuming I wouldn't have a problem reentering the States, like I did on the last trip. While I was waiting for the girls to finish with their dental appointments, I sat and watched the guys with their spray cans, painting unbelievable intricate scenes on rocks, lamps, mailboxes, satellite antennas, and just about any surface that could hold a painting. I had quite a long wait, and the fumes were getting to me by the time Alverna returned, so we wandered around and begged to be accosted by more vendors. I really hate that aspect of being in Los Algadones. I refuse to buy anything from the really pushy ones.

I swear I was looking at the paintings. Yes I was. I didn't even notice that cute young hunk who was selling them.


Rocks, lanterns, vases, milk cans, mail boxes, satellite dishes, boxes.....if they can spray paint it, they will.


Masks protect the artists from the fumes from spray paint cans. Unfortunately, I had no mask, and it didn't take long to get me a bit high, LOL! I finally moved to a bench further away.


It's hard to believe such intricate paintings can come from a can of spray paint.


If you need dental work, glasses or prescription (or OTC) meds, Los Algadones is the place to go. Even though the vendors are annoying, the professionals are quite good at what they do....and really cheap compared to the same services in the States!


A typical vendor. The sidewalks are full of people selling jewelry, clothing, leather goods and food.



Around noon, the three of us finally got together for our exit from Mexico. Those around us in the line out were curious about my lack of passport, and laying odds I'd be detained by the border patrol. None of them had ever heard of an "enhanced driver's license", as not many states issue them. They are only good for land travel from Mexico or Canada, and serve the duel purpose as a license to drive. They are much cheaper and faster to obtain than a passport, and when I presented mine, it was scanned and I was immediately sent across the border and back into the good old US of A.

Quick as you could say "slot machine", we headed for the Quechan Casino, just a few miles down the highway. We were ready for a couple hours of fun and a good lunch. We each went our own way, and spent the next two hours playing slot machines. We had arranged to meet at two o'clock for lunch, but I got so engrossed with winning (for once) that I did keep them waiting for a bit. I made up for it by buying their lunch, which they appreciated. The losers. ;-)

The Quechan Casino.

After a nice buffet lunch, that put me back thirty bucks, we headed back to Yuma and "The Peanut Patch". It's a local tourist trap, with inflated prices on everything, but Alverna was determined to buy some fresh peanuts and natural peanut butter, and I had a yearning for some of their jalapeno peanut brittle. I got my brittle, and bought Mr. Granny a big bag of salted-in-the-shell peanuts, and we headed for home.


It always looks like spring in Yuma. I love the fields of lettuces, onions and cole crops.


It makes me wish it were spring in Washington, and that I was there planting my garden.


The sun was setting as we neared Bouse.


The day that had begun at six in the morning, ended at six in the evening.

Thanks to the lucky slot machine I found, I returned home with as much money as I'd left with. So I went into town today and spent it on groceries! Oh, I did buy myself a new crockpot to replace the one I broke last week, and a new wallet to go inside my new Mexican purse. And best of all, I spent $10 on internet service so that I can be here with all of you again!

It feels good to be back.




26 comments:

  1. Glad you are back online! Sounds like you had a very busy day in Mexico.

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  2. Welcome back to the web, Granny! You got some great pics of your trip to Mexico. I was just looking at the painted stuff too, didn't even notice the hunk standing there till you pointed him out....hehe

    Glad your enhanced license worked. Congrats on actually leaving the casino with money!

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  3. Well it is nice to know you got home without incident this year. And Whoohoo for the internet access. I think I'd die without internet. Or I'd just cook way too much and get fat.

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  4. GrafixMuse, I'm so happy to be back on! Fingers crossed it stays that way for the next 2 1/2 months.

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    Thanks, Alison! Yeah, sure...just like I didn't notice the hunk. Granny might be old, but she's not dead, LOL! I love spending the casino's money. I get grumpy when they take mine.

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    Oh, Daphne, keep your fingers crossed. The kid who's keeping the wifi/router working is sick, so I hope he can manage to keep it up and running. I haven't even been cooking much, just pouting a lot.

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  5. Damn, I've missed you, Granny.

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  6. Welcome back! I really miss reading your posts.

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  7. Liisa, thank you! I really missed you guys, too. I tried to download a few blogs for off line reading whenever I got the chance, but I never could quite keep up with them, and never got much chance to comment or answer comments to my blog. Now I have no excuses, LOL!

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  8. What a fun day--good looking men, getting high on fumes, what more does a gal need!
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    Glad you've got your internet back. Honestly, I couldn't live without it--I love to start my morning with a few good reads and my coffee. Welcome back!!

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  9. YAY!!!!! So happy your are 'back'!!!

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  10. Well, it sounds like you ladies had a very good day!! Nice pictures Granny. I'm so happy to hear that you finally have internet access...I think that we have all missed reading your posts..I know that I have!!

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  11. Granny's Mexican drug run....LOL!...I love it! That should be the title for next summer's blockbuster movie. Buying leather bags, getting high on paint funs, visiting casinos and lettuce fields...I can't believe boring my life is compared to yours!

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  12. Sue, coffee and internet reading as we speak. Mr. Granny and the dogs are still asleep....it's just me and the computer!

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    Kelly, me too! I think depression was taking over without it. I need my morning blog reading fix.

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    Robin, not only that, but my email was stacking up most days. I hated composing my emails at home, then having to drive to the library to push the send button!

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    Oh, Thomas, your garden has more excitement than my entire life! I'd rather look at a fresh leek than a Mexican hunk any day ;-)

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  13. YIPPEEE!!! I'm so excited to hear you have internet access again. If nothing else to know you are out there. It was strange knowing you weren't around.

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  14. Good to see you're back in the land of the interweb.

    Did you get any horse transquilisers on your trip across the border?

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  15. Barbie, I've already lost this connection for an hour this morning, but intermittent is still better than having to drive to the library!

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    TIG, no horsey pills, just synthroid and pee pills. Old lady stuff to keep my body thermostat on an even keel and to keep my ankles from swelling in the heat. It's hell getting old ;-)

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  16. All those wares and pushy people remind me of going to Tijuana or Mexicali! SO GLAD you are back on line!!!

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  17. Great news and just in time for Christmas! Those sunsets are amazing. Diane

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  18. Hi Gran, so I see you're back at it.
    Great evening photos and happy your friends got their teeth fixed and that you all made it back safely.

    I wanted to mention that there is a new low cost 1-appointment crown that has just gotten FDA approval here in the states; it should be about half the cost of what a normal crown costs. If you would like to know more about it let me know.

    If I don't see you before Christmas ;)... many blessings to you and Mr Granny! It has been wonderful to share with you this past year.

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  19. Welcome Back. Happy Blogging :) Good to hear about your trip.

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  20. Woohoo, it must be early Christmas for all of us now that Granny's back! :) Thanks for sharing the tales of your Mexican Drug Run. I gotta hand it to you for keeping things interesting even without your WA garden.

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  21. Woohoo...Internet! Welcome back to fulltime cyber service. I'm very interested in Mexico and dental/drug services and would like to hear more. How did you find a service that was good quality?

    Nomgardening for us here in eastern Oregon...fresh snow this morning. I'm ready to join you in Arizona!

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  22. Erin, when I took granddaughter Alicia with me a few years back, she hated it. She's tell them "You don't touch my Grandma!". They weren't too scared of a 10 year old, though!

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    Diane, it was off again and on again. Let's hope it's now on for good.

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    Di, the bridge will involve four teeth with 8 crowns. I can have it all done, complete, for $1400 down there, I know it would cost a lot more than that here in the states. I'd go for implants, but that would mean bone grafts so I opted out of that procedure. The price actually went up a couple hundred dollars from last year, when I was going to have the work done.

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    Thank you, Sarada!

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    LOL, Thyme, I'm feeling very bored this year, with nothing to do. It's hard to blog about sitting in the rocking chair watching TV most days.

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    #1Nana, I'll shoot you an email, or if you're in no hurry, maybe we can do lunch when I get back home.

    My daughter called yesterday morning, complaining about the snow. You sure got more than your share this year, huh? I sometimes wonder if I'm crazy to have the AZ property up for sale. If it sells, I'll spend long winters in front of the fireplace....with a reliable internet connection!

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  23. Good to know that the enhanced drivers licenses really do work so well. I have a passport so I do not need one at the moment, but next time I renew my drivers license I may opt to get the enhanced license.

    Sounds like you had a productive and fun day south of the border.

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  24. Kitsap, the license is only good for land travel, remember.

    I did have a fun day, but I was the only one who didn't have to go to the dentist!

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  25. Wow great, so big field for lettuce.

    Just like to share with you a beautiful quote...

    "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life" - Albert Camus

    You can get more happiness quotes at http://www.quotelandia.com/category/Happiness

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