Seis de Mayo Hodgepodge

1.  Question day this week lands on Cinco de Mayo. Are/were tacos on your Tuesday night menu? Hard shell, soft shell or just gimme all the tacos? Are you even a fan of Mexican food? Do you like your salsa mild, spicy, or somewhere in between? Margaritas-Frozen, on the rocks, or no thank you? Have you ever been to Mexico?.

No tacos on Taco Tuesday/Cinco de Mayo this year! I enjoy Street tacos (soft shell) but I would eat any taco. Mexican Food is my comfort food, so yes, I am a fan. Spicy salsa or in between not mild. Cadillac Margarita on the rocks please, no salt.

Yes we have been to Mexico before we had children and while we were living in Southern California. We drove to some little village just outside of Tecate, Mexico to pick up tile for the house my cousin was having built. After we got the tile safely back to the U.S. side of the border in a panel van that belonged to Dear’s father we went back into Tijuana (I forget how we got into Tijuana without the van, maybe a taxi) to do some shopping and then we decided we could walk back to the border but the police pulled up and thought we were nuts so we got escorted back to the Border by the local police who befriended us instead of arresting us when they found out my cousin was a Huntington Beach Policeman. It was hilarious to see my cousin sitting between the two policemen in the front seat and Dear, myself and Jeanie were in the back seat of the cruiser.

2. What’s something you may do this month?

Since we are still on stay at home orders I may just finish Jaymison’s First year scrapebook. 

3. Tell us what’s happening in your state or town as far as restaurants/salons/parks/beaches/businesses opening up.

Our beaches and parks and golf courses are opened up but other businesses are still on hold until our county can convince the governor that we are an area of our state that has only had one death and our medical facilities have not been stretched so maybe he will okay more services to open up.

How do you feel about it?

I feel that we could be at the stage 2 reopening at this time instead of stage 1.

Are you out and about or hunkered down? Do you wear a mask?

We go to the grocery store about once a week. We do wear masks. Another thing I’m doing is taking the very minimum with me when I go out. A license, credit card, keys and my phone. No purse. I’m using my pockets for my stuff. When I get home I take off the clothes I wore, wash my hands thoroughly, and put on fresh clothing.

4. Mother nature, everybody and their mother, mom jeans, like mother like daughter, soccer mom, mother hen, mother lode, necessity is the mother of invention, stay-at-home mom…pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

Having to come up with meals everyday has made me more of the mother of invention. Although Mother nature is calling me outside a lot to weed and mow. 

5. April showers bring May flowers…what’s blooming in your yard or garden today?

A lot of plants are ready to burst forth but these are showing their color first.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We’re still lighting our star of hope each evening. This star is for our earthly hopes. Our eternal hope is set!

We hope that we can gather together again with our church family and have Communion together again.

We are in a stage that we are seeing and hugging our grandchildren again and that brings us such joy that is hard to explain. Post coming soon.

We hope we can travel to see our “Coast” kids again, soon.

We really miss not being able to go out for Cinco de Mayo or other times when we want to enjoy Mexican food. The two photos above of Katie and Andrew were taken at two different Mexican Restaurants that we have been regulars at. La Corona in Kirkland, Washington close to our Kenmore home was our weekly Tuesday date for early dinner. Our favorite waitress, Liliana, would see us drive up and have our Cadillac Margaritas ready for us. Now that we live in Colville our Mexican restaurant of choice is El Ranchito in Chewelah. We enjoy the friendship we are developing with Hector and Sergio. The photo of Andrew in the birthday hat was taken at El Ranchito. We hope for a time when we can comfortably go out to eat again.

Thank you to Joyce for coming up with the questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Seis de Mayo Hodgepodge

  1. Ellen do you remember when we were driving back from Tecate and crossing the dam on that very narrow road? There was a fully loaded bus with people hanging out and we all thought we were going to die! How we passed without hitting each other I never remembered because I close my eyes. I haven’t thought of that till you mentioned coming back from Tecate. One thing I wished I had done with those two police officers was given a big tip. They saved our bucket and they are so poorly paid. WHAT MEMORIES COME BACK WITH A LITTLE SENTANCE.
    Thanks for the memories. Jim

    • Jim, how could I forget that terrifying adventure on that bridge. I’m sure I closed my eyes, too. Oye! And you remember we needed air in the tires because of the load of tile. We finally found air somewhere along the way…

  2. When we visit our NV family, we love eating at the taco stand outside the Mexican grocery store!

    Great post today, Ellen, I love your star of hope and I am beyond thrilled for you that you can hug your grandchildren again!

  3. I like your star for earthy hopes, your eternal ones secure. It must be comforting and make you smile. I have not seen my grands for two plus months. I envy you the hugs. 😊

    Love, Vee

  4. Lana and I thought we would go to Descanso, so we called in an order and left a message on the answering machine with the order. When we got the crowd outside was at least 50 people. I went inside and asked how long a call in order would be. They asked if I talked to a person or left a message. They said since I left a message, they did not process it because they were sold out. Every other Mexican drive through had lines too long, so we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with food from The Habit. No line.

  5. I go out grocery shopping exactly like how you prepare yourself! No purse, just credit cards and driver’s license in my pocket. Love your lighted star of hope. Indeed, the eternal one is all set. Thank God. 🙂

  6. That’s an interesting story on Mexico. I like what you do when you go grocery shopping, I agree with you on changing clothes and taking only a few items with you. I always said I would do a scrap book for a grandchild only I didn’t realize I would have to wait until I was 67 years old. So now it’s just photos put into a photo book binder. Your flowers are lovely and the star is beautiful.

  7. We actually did have tacos yesterday for supper.
    Everything still closed around here. We’ve only had 4 cases of the virus here in our county and no deaths and that was a month ago.
    Nice to see your spring flowers blooming.

  8. I do the same thing — putting credit cards, keys and ID in my jeans pockets. Always worried I’ll forget and accidentally throw them in the washing machine, but whew! Hasn’t happened yet. LOVE your Star of Hope. Did you make it?

    • Myra, I bought the handmade star at a craft fair several years ago. It’s thin round stock shaped and then it was covered in burlap. I added the lights.Thanks for your visit and comment!

  9. In another week churches are opening up here with a lot of restrictions, but it’s happening. I feel like going to my salon is less risky, but I’m not in charge : ) Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  10. I love your star of hope! Our daughter, who lives next door, has a cross that she still lights up. It will be nice when we can go and worship in an actual church building again. I’ve missed everyone.

  11. Ellen – we are also big fans of Mexican food. Our restaurants opened on May 4, but under very strong restrictions, and we aren’t so bold to try it yet. So hubby made guacamole, pico de gallo and fajitas for the meal, and of course I had margaritas. So good! Hoping some of your restrictions get lifted soon, if it is medically prudent!

  12. Your star is lovely and glad to hear you can hug your grandchildren again. We’re still locked down tight here in London but the number of cases and deaths have been very high. Things are gradually improving though and we may see some easing of the restrictions after the weekend.

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