So my daughter and her boyfriend visited before Christmas which was so exciting for us. They wanted to visit some of the places with cultural information and history on the Kumiai of Baja California Norte. One of the places we visited was Centro Ecoturístico Siñaw Kuatay. This is a small community in Valle de Guadalupe which includes a museum, restaurant which serves a traditional meal for larger groups, an area used for gatherings and events, a little store selling handmade crafts, and a nice campground.

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Well, it has been three years since the move to Baja and this is our fourth Christmas.  Each year, we have become more established and getting our own groove in life which includes the holidays.  

The first year I wouldn’t even call it much of a Christmas as we were an almost barren rental with a Telcel Moose decked out for the holiday as our decoration.  We at least went to the Christmas parade from the park to the church and the boat festival of lights along with always video chatting with family. [...]  Read More

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I thought I would try using pattern weights versus pins and decided to make them myself.  I bought larger washers and used two to three together.  Fabric, ribbon and yarn were used but as you can see I only made one with yarn.  Do you want to know why?  It took way too much time to make that one weight basically, I made all the others in the time I did the one!! 

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We have too many controls and I believe most of us do, so I decided to make some caddy’s for the living room and bedroom. 

For the bedroom caddy:

I utilized leftover material from the bedroom curtains, some scrapes from the backside and some batting.  I added two smaller pieces of material to create the pockets to hold items, the upper one is one large pocket while the other has three. 

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In the US, many celebrate Cinco de Mayo but this really is not Mexico’s Independence Day.  It is September 16th but the celebration starts on the evening of the 15th with “El Grito de Dolores”.

El Grito de Dolores is re-enacted by the current President of Mexico.  He rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City then recites a cry of patriotism, ending with ¡Viva Mexico! 

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