Monthly Archives: October 2011

Woo – woo – woo… Halloween !!!

Last night the International Women’s Club of Mérida (IWC) hosted  a party that many will long remember…  Seasonably “cool” weather, great decorations, yummy food, abundant drink, and  best of all… wonderful music made for an evening of fun.

Vic Jorgenson is to be thanked again and again for his excellent choice of music and his very animated DJ style.  He fretted because he had not included a couple of my requests (Wild Thing, Satisfaction and The Monster Mash) But hey!!!  Everyone got up and boogied like 16 year-olds to the Village People’s  Y.M.C.A., Marvin Gaye’s Soul Train, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. (I bet there are many sore knees, backs and hips this morning!)

We were encouraged to wear costumes and most people did.  One plain clothes guest told me. “I came as myself… that’s scary enough!”  Prizes for best get-ups were given:  Beth and Jack Knepp with Theresa Gray won for “most original.” Jack made an excellent Sheik of Arable, while Beth and Theresa looked most fetching as his harem girls.  I wish I’d got a photo of LG as a refrigerator and “most elaborate ensemble” went to Britta, the ice queen. Another picture I missed was of Nancy Walters dressed as Cleopatra.

The club’s special awards were also handed out to Roberta Fertel for service, Beth Knepp for leadership and Vilma   Morey for lifetime achievement. Three very deserving recipients for sure!

If you missed out on last night’s fun, here are a few upcoming events you might enjoy:


7 pm on Halloween night, Monday the 31st :

  • Free Halloween -themed botanas and a cash bar just like at MELLO nights.
  •  Costumes and fun games for children.


Sunday November 6

A fun and important fundraiser for AIDS awareness

For more info or tickets, contact Nancy:


(Amigos de Artistas/Artesanos Nuevos de Yucatan)

Mark your calendars for holiday shopping!

Saturday, December 3rd, and Sunday, December 4th

10AM to 9PM

Location: CANACO, Avenida Itzaes X Calle 31, three blocks south of Clinica de Mérida The entrance and free parking are on Calle 31

BUT, getting back to last night’s party… IWC President Marianne Kehoe and her team can be very proud of have earned the top post- IWC event accolade ever bestowed by my hubby.  Jorge thought it was the club’s best party ever!

I hope you all enjoy the photos… Click on the thumbnails to enlarge them


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A Happy Accident

Last night I had a happy accident… while channel surfing, I came upon “Sweet Land,” a delightful movie based on the short story, “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver.

“Sweet Land” now ranks up with my favorite films about goodness… right alongside “Cinema Paraiso” , “Enchanted April”  and “Billy Elliot”

In part, the story examines the fate of destitute Europeans during post World War I. Among the thousands who joined the migration from the conflict-ravaged continent to America was Inge Altenberg. The parents of a Norwegian immigrant farmer named Olaf Torvik, worked out an agreement whereby she would be allowed to immigrate for the purpose of marrying their son. But Inge was not warmly received in the Minnesota farming village of Audubon where Torvik lived. A German with no identity documents was not a welcome addition to the community…

One of the many charming scenes of the film shows the town’s skeptical Lutheran minister trying to speak with Inge. She cannot understand English and in an effort to communicate, he reads to her from a book of poetry. She is drawn into the lyricism of John Keats’ “A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.”

However the minister, and in fact the whole town soon shun her and the county clerk refuses to marry her and Olaf.

They are forced to openly live together, and are judged as pariahs by the community. No one will help them harvest their huge field. So they set about doing so on their own, completely by hand. The film does an excellent job of showing how they are able to force their bodies to superhuman effort until the crop is completely in. Despite the disapproval of Inge and Olaf, the townspeople are impressed.

The neighbors are further moved by the young couple when they defend a family with nine children who the bank is evicting from their farm. “Agriculture and banking do not mix,” says Olaf.

The short story and DVD are both available on Amazon… Christmas is coming up and either would make a lovely gift for someone you love.


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If this is Thursday… this must be Mérida

A week ago, Wednesday… I boarded the bus to Cancun, saw my friend Joanne for dinner and called it an early night… no Coco Bongo, you can be sure! Next morning at 3:00 am, I headed for the airport, flew through Miami and Dallas, then into Vancouver. The ensuing 120 hours of wining and dining at some great restaurants, attending my 40th high school reunion, shopping to the point of dropping, and chat-chat-chatting with friends, sisters and my 94 year old uncle went by so fast…

I figured that I’d have one final day to relax, make phone calls, eat a famous White Spot hamburger and pack, but on Tuesday night the airline called to say my Thursday flight from Dallas to Cancun would be cancelled… at the time, Hurricane Rina looked as though it would be a major storm.  I was told I had to leave the next morning!

Rush, rush, rush! Speed packing and only enough time for a couple of quick phone calls… somehow with my friend Mary’s help, I got ready and she had me at YVR in time for the crack of dawn departure. An uneventful but very l-o-n-g day in the air and on the ground ended with Jorge picking me up at 1:30 am at the Fiesta Americana bus depot.

There have been times in my life when I have felt like I am “running on empty” but the way I’m dragging around today goes so beyond that… I am exhausted!  And yet my mind is still full of wonderful memories of the whirlwind visit.

Vancouver in the fall cannot be compared. The colors of the maples, the fading glory of the summer flowers, the nip in the air, and the smell of winter lurking just beyond the mountains… I took a lot of photos and will share a few with you today, and then it’s back to bed, to rest up…



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