Monthly Archives: November 2011

The International Women’s Club: Still (crazy?) after all these years…

IWC Fund raising trip to Chiapas and Campeche

Well yes it is! NOT in the negative sense of the word… but yes, as in crazy-good and crazy-fun.

For me it felt like déjà vu, as I stood in front of 50 ladies at the November meeting of Merida’s IWC.  In 1984, I was the first president and 6 months pregnant with my daughter. Now, 27 years later, the club is a vital part of our international community and Maggie is just 3 weeks away from her wedding day. Crazy how quickly time passes!

For many women like me, the club has been an incredible resource…

This month, the speakers at the meeting: Brent and Stan from Remixto Catering spoke about how they use local ingredients, as well as traditional ones in their recipes. In fact Brent made a naranja agria (sour orange) pie right on the spot… a delicious alternative to lemon! A break followed with lots more animated conversation… and then a very full agenda was covered during the business part of the meeting.

One of the aims of the IWC is community service and we heard about the group’s most recent achievements.

The scholarship committee reported that:

  •  One of our club’s recipients received her MD license last week.
  • Another of the young women will complete her law degree in the next months
  • And we met a new beneficiary for the first time; she told us that she wants to honor her deceased mother by becoming a nurse and helping others.

Funding was made available to other groups of clubwomen sponsoring:                                                                                                 

  •  a neonatal vitamin program
  • the purchase of activity books for child cancer patients
  • providing a Christmas party and gifts for primary-age girls at a local shelter

We also heard success stories about:

The group also talked about upcoming social events and opportunities for cultural enrichment…  If you’d like to learn more about the IWC, visit the website… membership is open to all English-speaking women. It’s an excellent place for newcomers to meet friends and for longtime residents to keep up with all the happenings in Merida’s international community

Photos: (Left)IWC members all dressed up for the Red Cross Carnaval dance , (Right) IWC monthly meeting


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And I am thankful for…

This morning, I have Internet. For some mysterious reason, it went out three days ago and just as mysteriously, it has returned. It would be nice to understand how the whole thing works but alas, that is not in the cards. I’m one of those people whose cyber knowledge is limited to “what I absolutely need to know.”  I am just thankful it’s back…

And on this day after Thanksgiving, I ask myself, what else am I thankful for? What makes me happy?  I think it’s good to take stock sometimes…

I’m thankful that I opened my mind to think about this in the first place

I’m thankful for all the decisive moments I’ve had over the years

I’m thankful that I’ve made some right decisions, and enjoyed the results

I’m thankful too for the wrong decisions I’ve made, and that I’ve learned from them

I’m thankful that I’ve learned to tell the difference

I’m thankful for all the good people in this world, and that I’ve met so many of them

I’m thankful, especially thankful… that I married the best of them

I’m thankful that we have two great kids, and that they in turn have found their best persons

I’m thankful for all the help I’ve received – even when I haven’t asked for it

I’m thankful that most people forgive my shortcomings

I’m thankful for the people I meet who humble me

I’m thankful that I can read and write. My mother read to me, and I believe much of my success started right there…

I’m thankful for my parents – I know they rest in peace

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to read so many books over the years

I’m thankful that I’m constantly learning

I’m thankful for my work

I’m thankful for my unlimited access to clean water and air.

I’m thankful for my comfortable home filled with things I treasure

I’m thankful that I’m physically and mentally healthy.

I’m thankful that there are artists who show me so much beauty

I’m thankful for all the free time that I have (when I have it)

I’m thankful that I have made a conscious decision to be happy

I’m thankful that I am who I am.

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28… 27… 26…

Maggie & Ricardo

Saturday night, the official countdown began: one lunar cycle… 4 weeks… 28 days until our only daughter’s wedding…

We began preparing a year and a half ago when Ricardo gave Maggie the ring.…  “Have the two of you decided what sort of wedding you want?” I asked Ricardo. “Whatever you and Maggie want,” he answered. Smart, smart boy that Ricardo…

Choosing the venue, booking the band, beginning negotiations with the archdiocese… To make a long story short, let’s just say we found out that getting married in the Church is a many-step procedure.

“What wedding colors do you think would be nice?” Maggie asked her beloved. “What do you mean? Weddings have a special color?”  Sapphire blue, white and silver were clearly the favorite combination. “¡Bello!” said Ricardo. As I’ve said, he’s a quick study indeed…

The ten bridesmaids chose their gowns, Maggie said “YES” to her gorgeous dress. Ada, “the other mother” and I also made our selections. Food, drink, cake, flowers, favors… tents, out-door heaters, table cloths, chairs, cutlery… invitations, music for the Mass…  the decisions have been endless.  Maggie, her maid-of-honor Ana Rosa, Ada and myself have become quite the authorities on all things related to weddings.

But, up until now, we have stressed very little. Actually, we’ve had a lot of fun. There have been two showers so far and two more to come, including the one I’ll throw… with A LOT OF HELP from my friends.

As we get closer to the date, I’ll be increasingly busy entertaining the many out-of-town family and friends, including our son Carlos and his wife Jeanette who are coming from Norway. Her family is also arriving in just a few days time. So if my posting gets sporadic… or even stops altogether… just keep checking in, I’ll be back soon enough.

Photos: The top one is of course, the happy couple. Maggie and Ana Rosa at an F & B tasting, our dressmaker Lidia hard at work, and a couple of photos from the shower last Saturday night…                                                                                                   


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