High Desert Life

by Miles Hutchins

Greetings once again from Mexico. Lots of things going on here, as there are in Central Oregon this time of year.

We recently attended a fundraiser for a nearby thespian group in a new location called Bravo! Mariachi music was played by a local group I felt was the best I’ve ever heard, plus a beginner children’s Mariachi group with outstanding talent.

Thinking back on the event reminded me of the Deschutes County Fair and especially the talent show we always watched. Especially the young talent discovered each year — and of course the Eberhard family sponsorship and assistance judging the performers.

Once again, you got to see kids and their animals, riding the Ferris wheel, eating too much good fair food, and slurping ice cream. Come to think of it, not much different from similar events here.

Flowers there are in full bloom. The Redmond Garden Club had its annual thing, and roses are showing up in many yards. We have been pleasantly surprised that roses are growing well for us here, making it feel a bit more like C.O.

We recently harvested our crop of bananas, freezing a couple dozen for future use, like banana nut bread production. To tell the truth, growing your own bananas is not as big a deal as you might think. It takes about a year, and then the plant is done producing. Lots easier to buy them at Safeway!

Other plants and flowers now dominate our backyard, along with five rose bushes.

Speaking of the fair, Bobbi is still painting rocks, just not entering them in fair competition, as she did before leaving Redmond. She has also enhanced locally purchased clay masks with her painter’s touch. Frankly, the one with a huge golden scorpion on the forehead scares me just a tad.

I can only imagine which category that painted mask might be designated for the fair.

We are about to apply for our Mexican driver’s licenses. Getting all the documents ready for copying and presentation to officials, like the old DMV you know and love. My Oregon license expires in November so I’d better get it right if I want to keep driving.

And driving here is more exciting than in Oregon, with motorcycles passing on the right and who knows when someone will merge into your lane without much notice. But I must say, not nearly as much road rage here as I recall in Oregon.

Enough already with the nostalgia stuff, and I am running out of news, so adios from Chapala. Be well and, as Ellen says, “Be kind to one another.”

— Miles Hutchins is a retired former Redmond resident who grew up in Central Oregon and now lives in Mexico. Contact him at milesredmond@gmail.com .