Giving Thanks

26 Nov

Having traveled home to Bacalar (seven hour bus ride and 1.5 hour flight), from Oaxaca the day before Thanksgiving, I was in no mood. Thanksgiving takes work, planning, shopping and cooking. Even a potluck has its own tasks and cleanup. Bacalar is not Merida or Oaxaca with it’s large US immigrant population, enough for a restaurant to put on a high-priced, reservation only feast. So we stayed home. Lisa watched no football and I didn’t even think about the Macy’s Day parade, a childhood tradition. Just another day in paradise.

Goddesses in acrylic.

Mind you, I am NOT complaining. We are home bodies and not attached to a particular day to be grateful. I don’t need Christmas or a birthday to buy someone a gift, nor Valentine’s Day to express my love. Everyday is a treasure and I do my best to remember it.

Tiny watercolor and ink sketches.


The concrete block planter on my roof. My Thanksgiving activity.

Oaxaca was a blast. I learned to step into MY style of painting, listening to what the work is telling me. I was glad for the feedback as I am my own worst critic. The plan is to keep painting and be grateful for what it teaches me. What is your life teaching you?



8 Responses to “Giving Thanks”

  1. LJones November 26, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    SO want to visit Oaxaca! Love to you both from Fes! We’ll be there mid January – blessings and love, Lorrie

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  2. Jack Scott November 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    As you know we don’t do Thanksgiving on this side of the pond. If only Christmas could be ignored so easily! 😉


    • afish25 November 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      Amen. Even here it’s getting worse.


  3. muklukstosombreros November 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Do you now cook Mexican dishes over the dishes from your previous life?


    • afish25 November 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      Some new additions. I lived in Mexico in the 1970s and began eating beans. Since then, they have made up a major part of my diet. So I’ve always used them as a major ingredient. I also lived in Texas for forty years.


  4. PJ November 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    Glad to see you made it home ok. Wasn’t that a fabulous week! I enjoyed meeting you and seeing your paintings unfold. In terms of thanksgiving I guess I’m lucky to have a neighbor who wanted to do up a big thanksgiving meal and I didn’t have to do anything but show up. Oh and bring the dog, because she missed him I think more than she missed me lol! Happy thanksgiving to you and Lisa!


    • afish25 December 10, 2017 at 11:37 am #

      What fun. Was great meeting you. Please stay in touch.


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