Hope House Home for Boys

The cards that I sell here in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico benefit the dental program for the boys at Hope House in the nearby village of Ixlahuacan. There are close to 30 boys at the home and many of them come to the home having received no dental treatment. If you live here at Lakeside and would like to order a quality, hand crafted card for a special occasion and help me contribute to this worthy cause, please e-mail me at bettyinchapala@yahoo.com Card price is 50 pesos; the entire sales price is donated to Hope House.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monday Market

I'd like to take you on a little trip to the Monday Market with me today (even though it's Thursday!). First of all I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Ruthie who got me started in this enterprise. She is such a fun gal, we go to church together, and she is so excited about her work with the boy's orphanage, Hope House. I love how she designs her table each week (I do the same thing each time -- lazy me!) and she always dresses to coordinate with the colors of her table! Here she is on March 12.....

And here she is this past Monday, all decked out in black and white to celebrate Oreo's 100th birthday!

Next is me -- a collage of me and my table, and a closeup of the table and sign. My tablecloth is a batik piece from Indonesia.

Here is another friend from church; her name is Betty too!

This is DH's favorite booth; Larry doesn't carry any extra weight right now but after spending too many $ at this booth, he may begin to look a little like Big Daddy!

The lady who has the table next to me sells Chiles en nogada which is a dish from Mexican cuisine. The name comes from the Spanish word for the walnut tree, nogal.[1] It consists of poblano chiles filled with picadillo (a mixture usually containing shredded meat, aromatics, fruits and spices) topped with a walnut-based cream sauce, called nogada, and pomegranate seeds, giving it the three colors of the Mexican flag: green for the chili, white for the nut sauce and red for the pomegranate.
(Thanks to wikipedia for the definition and photo!)

Monday was a holiday here in Mexico (Benito Juarez' birthday) and I was able to meet her husband, daughter and son.

Next, is a lady who makes the MOST delicious black bean soup -- talk about lip smackin' good! That is the only thing I've bought from her but I'm sure the rest of her stuff is delicious too!

The next ladies make the most delicious looking quiches and sweets -- I guess you can tell by now that food is the best seller at our market. It is funny -- I sit at an entrance to the market area and some people walk in with a definite purpose -- they head for their favorite food table, looking neither left nor right, and get lunch to go!

Hope you enjoyed the visit to the Monday Market. That was just a sampling of the interesting things you can find for sale there.

I had planned to post this yesterday but we received word early yesterday morning that Larry's mom had passed away. We had been expecting it for the last week because she stopped eating solid food and was only having little tastes of Ensure mixed with ice cream. Last November she had a bladder infection and starting having delusions; she just never came back from that, even after the infection cleared. We are thankful that she wasn't in any pain at the end of her life and are so grateful to everyone at the assisted living home where she lived; we have never seen such caring attendants!

I'll be a guest designer for Challenge #101 at A La Card Monkey -- hope you'll you be able play along with us. Check back with me on Saturday to see my card; it's a great sketch -- a little different from most and I think you'll like it!



Myrna said...

So sorry about Larry's mom. It is always comforting to know they didn't suffer.
Now I would have a hard time saying "NO" to all that wonderful looking food.

The Other Patti Sue said...

I am so sorry about Larry's Mom. You are in my prayers! Looks like a great group of friends... fun pictures!

Janice M said...

So sorry to hear about your MIL. Loved seeing the pics of the Market. Looks like a fun place to shop and eat!

Colleen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Larry's mom. Knowing there was no suffering always helps. Your market looks like a bunch of fun. If I were you I would just tackle those people on their way in with kindness of course!

Sandy said...

So sorry about Larry's mother.

Oh how I would love to go to this market. The food looks incredible and the good Lords knows how much I love food!

Patti J said...

Oh, Betty, I am so sorry about Larry's mom. It's never easy to lose our mothers. Thanks for sharing your market Monday. I'm ready to move to your neighborhood! Goodness, what a hard time having to choose between all that goodness. I'd say that yours is best as it has the least calories! lol... Hugs and prayers to you and Larry. Are you traveling home now for the services?

Payne Holler Cards said...

Very sorry to hear about your MIL, heart goes out to larry Tough losing your mom
Thanks so much for sharing your Monday market , love seeing everything! This move was such a blessing!