Cinco de Mayo

Last year, [2009], on the 5 May, I was in the USA with a newborn grandson and planning a wedding! Since I’m in the process of moving my blog from a local South African platform, I thought it a good time to read a few back entries. This is a partial repost of exactly 1 year ago.

Wed 5 May 2010, 22:475 May 2009

Today, 5th of May is Cinco de Mayo and no, it is not Mexican Independence Day, however, it should be! It’s not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence from Spain at midnight, 15 September, 1810. It took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.

Why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savour this day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862. And the celebrations abound throughout the USA.
Some of you will at least have heard about it, if you watch Ellen on the Series channel.

Below, Sage getting ready to go out this past Saturday. And next, later in the day, holding baby Jed. I snapped quickly, before he fell over. These kids think he’s a doll :) And she had a bad cold last week and has breathed all over the little pumpkin, so he’s now got a bad cold and very blocked nose.

Right is Zak.. he ADORES little Jed – even though Jed looks as though he’s about to cry. He’s really a “gassy” baby and although he’s good as gold, when he needs to burp, he tends to hurl it out.

My gadgets, some of which I realised I’d photographed on a table covered with a cloth that I’d painted many years ago as a gift for N, are pictured below. I love the Hibiscus design and I’m inspired to start planning my next painting project. Planning is a huge part of my vocab lately. Pity I don’t seem to finish anything.

So the first pic is my lemon squeezer which is so neat and simple it’s ridiculous (although the price is NOT). I should have opened it and photographed it but it’s merely a large ‘straining’ spoon joined to a lever of a solid spoon. Press the 2 sides together with the 1/2 lemon inserted and it squishes the juice out and keeps the pith and pits out of the juice. The egg timer is my new replacement. It’s the size of an egg – place it in the water with the eggs (cold water) and bring to the boil. The red goes dark when it’s at the required consistency (i.e. soft or medium… to extra hard). When the dark red line touches the 2nd last white line, it has the consistency of the egg written against that line.

And below is a T-bag squeezer. Open it up and it covers the cup opening as a lid and keeps the string of the T-bag in the centre while it continues brewing. Which is then lifted out and clipped over (folded) which in turn, squeezes out the T-bag. A mere $3.49. (Not a lot in dollar terms.. but multiply that by 10 which is the rate I got my dollars.)

I’ve been trying to post something since Saturday!! Believe me folks, this is not a holiday, for those of you think it is. I love it, but it’s really hard work. My child is exhausted and I’m not so young any more, so I’m not as helpful as I used to be. So many of you are sending me wonderful messages regarding my fun holiday. It’s fun, but I’m going to need a holiday by the time I go back to SA. In the interim, I hope my kids can have a few days break while I’m still here. They can take the baby and at least I can look after the 3 older ones. In the middle of it all we’re trying to get organised for the wedding. All wonderful celebrations and happenings and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But the amount of work is EXTREME. And Sage keeps me on my toes. Today I became her flavour of the month. Which means that I’m the one that can (is allowed) to do everything and not her mom or the 2x a week nanny. In fact so much so, that I had to sneak out the house to do grocery shopping this morning and that, only after I’d promised her a surprise. (And this is after I complained and said they have to stop giving the kids gifts for every little jaunt out of town. Seems like that’s my fault entirely – or almost! LOL). Even Daddy, the hero, only got a cursory hullo in passing when he came back from work.

Here are some arb  tweets which came up this afternoon (5 May 2009), in my 5 minutes I managed at the time. I have lots of other interesting breaking news, but NO more from me tonight… I can’t keep my eyes open.

  1. Michael Arrington TechCrunch Follow The Money: Bookies Favor Apple For A Twitter Buyout (I haven’t seen that happen yet.. have you? :) )

  2. ev Forgot to pack cuff links for black-tie event. Fortunately, wife is a majician and fashioned some out of things laying around the hotel  (ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF TWITTERcheck the spelling of magician! Just for fun LOL)
  3. Tips, Tools, Status Twitter_Tips Mistakes in Twitiquette: 5 of the least obvious errors: http://cli.gs/Pd64Tv
  4. grandparentscomgrandparentscom RT @ryan_gpcom: Any grandparents out there done something fun outside w/ ur grandkids lately? Please tell us about it: http://bit.ly/8n7Ty

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About d1nx

Techno-Gran living and working in Pretoria, South Africa and spending 3 months of the year with my 2 daughters and their husbands and 5 grandchildren on the East Bay, Northern Californa. Started blogging on my recovery from Spinal surgery in 2007 and have taken many twists and turns on my life's journey and varying chapters of my life.
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9 Responses to Cinco de Mayo

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    Thanks for the information about Cinco de Mayo.

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s a year already!

    I still ♥ the umbrella photo, I hope they took more. ;-) and yes the scrapbillites are still endless. Pink, Hello Kitty, umbrellas, etc.

    The tweets are a really wonderful idea, which should be included in our journaling and I haven’t thought of before.

    Take care,
    Here, there and everywhere.

    • d1nx says:

      Hello my love… amazing how time flies hey? So much water under the bridge.
      Now, let’s hope I have plenty of time to scrap when I’m in the US :)
      Hope your weather has warmed up? We had sun today.. yaaaaay :)
      HUGS and much love
      xxx

    • d1nx says:

      Toks.. tell me if you prefer this theme for me.. if you have a chance? I like the wider width.
      xxx

      • Tokeloshe says:

        Wow! That was quick, I thought it was something I did. ;-)

        I like it, the width. Can you use a custom header? I think it’s good to play around.

        I also had the wider themes in Blogger and WP, but apparently the narrow ones are easier to read, it takes getting used to.

        Starting another blog at WP made me look at the options again, it took time, but I found some neat stuff.

        1. You can publish your blog on Face book, Twitter, Etc. Go to your dashboard, My blogs and choose publicize.

        2. I made an archive: http://tiny.cc/6ue82

        3. Write a Book, I tried this, but gave up, you might like it. http://tiny.cc/vklh7

        4. Tried out the Typekit Fonts on the dash but got stuck with HTML and gave up. LOL

        Have fun.
        xxx

  2. d1nx says:

    Thanks for all the input – I do appreciate it.
    I think this width is too wide though. I’m going to see if there are other options o/w I’m going to go back to the previous.

    I wish I had time to fiddle, but I’m not getting very far :)
    xxx

  3. Tokeloshe says:

    Just an idea, you can set up another private WP blog and test themes, colors, etc. on it.

    Take care.
    xxx

  4. d1nx says:

    Oh.. that is a good idea.. I never thought about it! Thanks!!!
    For now though, I’ve gone back to the previous theme – it looks better than the wide.

    Have a super day my friend. Luvya xxx

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