Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Fork in the Trail Jan 2011

It's Christmas Day.

I have four invitations to share sumptuous feasts with four different groups of friends.
I will not be able to eat at any of them.
I can't take the chance.

But I will visit, hang out, laugh, have fun, and deliver presents.
And eat later.

I'm barely 4 months into a gluten-free life (Celiac Disease) and the doctor
says not to eat anything that was not prepared by me
in my own gluten-clean kitchen for the first YEAR!

The Mexican Trailrunner has come to a fork in the trail!

It's been nearly 7 years since I crossed the US - Mexican border to
live out the rest of my life in the warmth of the Mexican sun
and its people.

I've never looked back.

But, things have changed, I've changed, life paths have changed!

I no longer hit the brakes and stare stunned every time
I pass a burro with a load of firewood on it's back
led by an ancient man chatting on his cell phone.

Know why?
It's now just everyday life.

Twelve people on one scooter?
Nothing new.  So what?  I didn't even notice.
Well, except to try not to run 'em over!

I've been thinking I would shut down the blog at the first of the year.

Time to move on.
The Mexican Trailrunner has become stale.
Quit while I'm ahead.

I don't want to write about narcos and Mexican politics,
you can read that on the news - just don't believe everything you read.
I am safe here.
We are safe here. 

Blogging is too demanding to keep up!
Who cares anyway . . .

Then I thought. . .wait!   I'll miss it!
I'll  miss you readers and your comments and emails.
And I'm addicted to my fellow bloggers.
I'll feel left-out when I read their blogs with my morning coffee.
 This won't work! 

So, the Mexican Trailrunner will continue to meander.

But, like life, the Mexican Trailrunner will take some new paths.
A twist here, a turn there, an unexpected detour, who knows what we'll find.

I will write about what it's like to explore, shop, prepare, cook, and eat
glorious gluten-free foods in Mexico!
Did you know there are an estimated 2 million Mexicans
with Celiac Disease?

I'll tell you about the small - but growing! - Buddhist
meditation sangha I've joined in Ajijic!

And I will continue to tell you stories about exploring, living in
- and loving -
this wondrous, magical country.

We will have fun, we will laugh, and WE WILL EAT!

¡Buen Provecho Amigos!  
¡Prospero Año Nuevo!


  1. Yep, keep it up. Regarding the affliction, jeez. I never heard of it. Take care.

  2. Love the video and reading your observations on life SOB -
    We appreciate the time you take -

    It's also interesting that there is something that Felipe doesn't know -

  3. Just another curve in life....Please keep writing, sharing information and visions of life from your perspective!
    Feliz Navidad.

  4. Awww, you guys are so sweet. Your blogs are 2 of the ones I'm addicted to!!! You 2 are the papayas with my coffee in the mornings. Hows that?

  5. PS:

    I packed up the car and headed out for Christmas visits. Then I turned around and came back home. I packed up a dinner from the fridge, took it to the party, and enjoyed my safe Christmas dinner with friends.

    It was a lovely Christmas.

  6. Hahaha, Rick, too funny. I know, I was surprised too. Hear that Felip? ;)
    Thanks for the nice comments.

  7. The garden posts, the house, the people you meet are all interesting. I read the Expat blogs to learn about the SOB culture, you do a good job of teaching. Take care and have a happy new year.

  8. Please be assured that your blog is enjoyable as well as educational to read. I have been exposed to experiences that otherwise would have never figured out living in Mexico which is where we plan to retire.
    Prosperous New Year.

  9. Thank you, Norm! Same to you.
    Thanks, also, for mentioning the things that make the blog interesting to you. I will keep that in mind as I search for interesting things to write about.
    Stay tuned!

  10. Lafontaine, thank you for your kind words and for saying what it is about the blog that you find interesting too.
    Stay tuned, we will learn more about life as an expat in Mexico.
    Feliz Año Nuevo

  11. I agree with everybody above, I am so glad you aren't quitting blogging! And I am looking forward to learning about the Gluten Free diet, and how you deal with all the speed bumps out there.

    I'm glad you went back for your meal and enjoyed sharing dinner with friends. That's what it's all about.

    Besos, Nancy

  12. C and G: Glad you liked it. Worked out well, thanks for being such a good sounding board!!! Don't know what I'd do without you. Seriously.

    Nancy: Thanks darlin'. I look at the pictures of your breads and WEEP!!! Oh, my. However, there are gluten-free alternatives. . .and I shall master them. Thanks for your kind words too. You're another papaya-with-my-coffee. ;)
    Prospero Año

  13. Marilyn, it was great meeting you!!! We'll be following along so keep writing!! Remember, Mexican Trailblazing may be old news to you, but it's all new to us :) Much love...

  14. Hey you guys! So cool that you took the piñata to the orphanage, kids must have been ecstatic.
    I put you on my blogroll so my readers can follow you too. . .ALL THE WAY TO ARGENTINA! woohoo
    Travel safe,

  15. Glad you decided to stay. I'd miss you. Eat well, and keep writing.