Miles Hutchins

When last we communicated, we were on our way to Bucerias, near Puerto Vallarta.

After a lengthy tour bus ride, we arrived at what is called an all-inclusive resort. This meant that all our food and drink was included in the stay and use of swimming pools. The bus ride was broken up about halfway there with a stop for goodies, stretching of the legs and other necessities. We took a few pictures of the bus, including one of me pretending to push the bus over the top of the hill on the way to our destination. This fake Herculean feat amused a local veteran who was asking for contributions to his well-being. Needless to say it amused Bobbi as well.

We spent a lot of time in the swimming pool and working on a tan. Took a good wade in the ocean with our friends and celebrated our last night there with our friends at a Mexican fiesta night. Bobbi scored a couple of outstanding garments from local beach vendors. All in all, a nice vacation from our permanent vacation down here.

Once back home, we began our planned attendance at musical events in the area. Since Christmas was fast approaching, many of the events available to us featured Christmas themes. Our annual church Christmas sing-along was among the events we attended. We are also in the season of college and professional football playoff gatherings.

It is also the season of contagious illnesses. We have caught the instant pot, or as we call it IP disease. Both of us are enjoying new culinary treats that are so easy to fix in an IP. I made plum jelly and Bobbi has created Mongolian chicken, a roast and meatloaf just as examples. There is nothing like an IP to make fantastic mashed potatoes, which is one of Bobbi‘s top priorities. Not to say that I don’t enjoy them just as much as she does.

We are still puzzling over the growth of roses. At this time of year in Central Oregon, we would be cutting those bushes down to about a foot high, as they do in the Portland area. But here we’ve grown some roses in our backyard that have gotten well over my head in height. We are a little cautious about cutting them back down too low. So I am looking at some that are about 3-feet high, after trimming, and one that is still over 6-feet high with a rose bud on the very tip top.

Our next improvement to the house will happen very soon. It will be a large roof over our back patio. Our next travel adventure is still in the planning stages. Will keep you posted. Happy New Year to all, and to all good reading.

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.

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