Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Keep on Keeping on

Well one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging too much is that it has been frustrating. I would compose some entire musings and then poof it woul d be gone. Drat. So I got smart(ha ha) and started to compose my thoughts on MS Word so I could save, stop, continue , edit or whatever and just save it. Then when I am ready to publish on the blog I cut and paste. What a concept! Sure save s a lot of wracked nerves. Now if I could only master the picture thing. Oh well one thing at a time… I ‘m glad I got this far.

Monday, October 09, 2006

"Dia de los Muertes"

I figure this is a good way to get back into the blogosphere. It’s been awhile for me, but here goes….

It’s that time of the year when outdoor chores are winding down and we get ready for “indoor season”, the holidays and such. For me, it is getting back into classes and setting up the “dia de los muertes” Altar. It has been a tradition for us for several years to set up remembrances of family, friends and even pets that have gone on to the other side. I remember reading somewhere that as long as you keep on remembering those that have passed, that their spirit will keep on living. In keeping with this thought, our tradition is to set an altar or two so that their spirits live on. One of my cousins, Beatrice, has also carried on the tradition by making paper cut outs by hand to be used for decorating. This tradition of setting up altars has gone on for many years and is celebrated on Oct 31 and Nov 1 in Mexico. Some of my earliest memories of Pablo were visiting his home and recall seeing an altar set up in the house. Here are some of the recent altars we have set up here at Rancho Relaxo…

Some of departed "family".

One of our earlier altars.

Last years Altar.