Archive for October, 2015

Mondays with Melitas – October 26, 2015

CHANGES WITH THE MENU                                   OCTOBER 26, 2015


By now, you all know I have been under the weather for a few months here, lolly-gagging around because I just didn’t have the strength to do anything. The old body was on shut-down, and it would be the worst when the brain wasn’t keeping up with itself.

I sorta came to a little, and realized the Warden was fooling around with our food. First thing I noticed was that were only 4 olives in my lentil dish for breakfast. I know she is on a “watching the pennies” kick, but 4 olives?? Come on, give the old lady 8 or 9 if it makes her happy. So, no wonder I have been feeling like a shadow of my former self. You gotta eat things that are fattening and have lots of protein to keep the muscles from getting flabby. I had been weighing in at 112 for the past several years, and now here I was hitting the 100# marker.

The olives weren’t the only thing – suddenly I am being asked if I would like an omelet. An omelet???? I said, “Yes, that would be wonderful.” Except, she can’t cook eggs — the yolk always breaks before it lands in the pan. But then, she reminded me that when Tammy was here the first of the year, she had taught the Aztec Princess how to toss an omelet together. I have to admit she can make them now to perfection. With the lentil menu, or the omelet, there is always a little sauce dish of some fruit: banana, papaya, grapes, or mango with a big dollop of cottage cheese (good protein.)

We do have another choice: she likes Cheerios, and I can have Rice Crispies, but they have to have cream. I don’t do milk.

Now this meal may be served anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM. It depends when my body can get out of bed. That means it’s breakfast. We exist on only 2 meals a day. My cocktail arrives around 4, then supper may arrive anytime between 5 PM and 7PM. Snacks are sometimes rounded up about 3 or 4 PM, and that throws the supper off a little. About half hour or more after dinner, a big dish of ice cream is put in front of me.

Now this little tale has come out differently than what I started with. I had it in mind about being half starved to death, but it isn’t that way at all. I think it was when I mentioned the 100 pounds that the plates were piled higher, and here I am tipping the scales (no, not the Tequila) at 105# this very morning.




MELITAS FORSTER                               MONDAYS WITH MELITAS




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Perro Caliente! Muy Deliciosa!

When I first moved to Baja 10 months ago I tried to learn about all the best places to eat.  I have always been a fan of where the locals eat, but not always brave enough to try it out.  Since I live in a mostly ex-pat community I tend to eat where they were eating. I do remember one of my friends telling me, “have you tried the hot dog stand yet?”

I thought hot dog stand?  On those times I was in Loreto in the evenings I always saw the little hot dog stand near the university with a small line around it.  I never really thought much of it and then it happened.

Just a few weeks ago after watching football in town one of my friends said, “let’s get a hot dog at the hot dog stand!”

I said, “hot dog?  They are really THAT good?”

Her eyes, lit up, “oh yea, I can’t believe you have been here 10 months and have never been!”

With those words the challenge was on, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

I learned that the hot dog stand is only open after 7:30 at night and weeknights they are open until around 11 or whenever they sell out.  During the weekend they stay open until 2 or 3 am…unless they sell out first!

They sell around 275 hot dogs every night (oh and hamburgers too on their outdoor grill).

When we arrived there was a line of people waiting for their bun of deliciousness.

We were the only gringos in line but they all smiled as we walked up.

When it was our turn we got it the way the locals get it…everything on it, even the mayonnaise type liquid he squirted on it.

The buns are steamed and the hot dog came wrapped in bacon. Then he loads it up with tomatoes, onions and jalapeno relish before squirting on the mustard (two types) and the mayonnaise.

As I took the first bite I think I heard angels singing from on high.  Oh wow, talk about delicious!

I have to admit, I talked about it all week and thought about it, and salivated about it.  I thought to myself that I couldn’t wait to take all my friends here!

I learned that the hot dog assembler’s name is George, but he said…”not George Bush!”  We both laughed together when he said that!

At the other end was Oswaldo  who is in charge of the hamburgers….oh wait…I didn’t mention the hamburgers yet?

Last night I talked 3 friends into driving to town for a hot dog at 1o pm at night on a quest to do research on the hamburger.

Now I am in a pickle, or should I say relish?  That hamburger would beat out In N Out burger any day.

So what does this mean to me?

I better plan on upping my laps at the lap pool since I have found this deliciousness….and guess what?

A hot dog costs only 17 pesos and the hamburger a mere 35 pesos.

I am ready to move to Loreto just to be close to my favorite “restaurant”….

I hope they don’t think I am stalking them now if I happen to just “show up” each night….

mi amigo...George, not George Bush!

mi amigo…George, not George Bush!

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Next time I will show you what they look like after finished…we just took a pic of the hot dog and bun….

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Oswaldo makes the best burgers


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Mondays with Melitas – October 19, 2015

LATEST HEALTH REPORT                                   OCTOBER 19, 2015


Several weeks ago, our living (well, barely,) 97 year old new author was making the trek day after day to the Wound Center at Eisenhower Medical Center. She was swathed in gauze bandages on both legs, one with more than one wound; both forearms and one hand also sporting good-looking white as snow coverings. The Doctor would take one look, then count the injury sites to see if any more had popped up since the previous visit. This sort of thing did happen on occasion. She finally announced that she didn’t want to see the Patient for 2 weeks; in the meantime the Visiting Nurses group would take over the frequent bandage changes. They would be winding miles and miles of gauze all over the Patient, and Doctor would have a 2-week respite. Of course, she had plenty of old folks to take care of. Somebody is always bumping into the ground, or falling off a bar stool, or they may be trying to play the “Humpty-Dumpty” scenario.

And there is something about seeing someone take a tumble out in public. It is so ignominious for that person, but so sad for me to watch.

So here is the latest report on the condition of our Patient. This comes from the Wound Center and Traveling Nurse Outfit: The Patient is down to one pesky wound on right leg. The others are just scars reminding her to just stay on the straight and narrow……   Her outlook on life has taken a turn for the better, and the Medical Community is breathing a sigh of relief   — as is The Warden.




 Nurse Sarah very influential in making the "owies" all better. Patient has just been to Beauty Salon for manicure and hair cut & STYLED.

Nurse Sarah very influential in making the “owies” all better. Patient has just been to Beauty Salon for manicure and hair cut & STYLED.

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Reason #13,297 of why I love living in Loreto…

IMG_0240 IMG_0241 Last month I was getting ready to fly out of Loreto to LAX where I would be traveling for 3 weeks. The day before my flight I was feeling a deep pressure in my ears and was worried about flying. I had been living in Baja for 9 months but never really needed a doctor. Well, actually, I did have to see a doctor once before I moved here because I was dizzy, she was wonderful, but didn’t speak English. Luckily my friend accompanied me to the doctor and she spoke Spanish so she translated for me. I did understand one word she spoke “Zumba.” Translation = she wanted me to lose weight!

So here I am on a Sunday afternoon wondering what to do. I asked a friend her advice and she said, “oh you should call Dr. Fernando. He is our family physician and he is wonderful!” After explaining I didn’t have a Mexican cell, she said, “no worries, I will send you an email with his email address.”

Later that afternoon I get the message and I send an email to Dr. Fernando explaining that I fly out the next day and was wondering what I should do. Within 15 minutes I get an email back letting me know that if I was in pain he would meet me at the hospital or if I wanted to wait he would meet me in his office at 9 am. I chose to meet him the next morning since the pain wasn’t severe.

The next morning I followed his directions and made it to his office in Loreto. I waited in his waiting room talking with his receptionist. I should use the word “talking” loosely because I was trying to speak Spanish and she was trying to speak English, but we made it work.

I saw an older “Baja” type car pull up across the street and a gentleman smoking a cigarette and a walker slowly walk up to the door. I stood to open the door for the patient, thinking he should probably put the cigarette out before the doctor sees him or he may get a lecture on smoking.

As I opened the door the gentleman with the sweet smile and big dimples said, “Tammy?”

I said, “ummm, doctor?”

He smiled largely and said, “yes, give me just a minute and I will have you come with me to my office.”

I was still smiling as I walked into his office a few minutes later. He sat across from me at his desk and asked me questions about my ear and myself and got to know me.

After several questions he came across the room and checked my ear and let me know that I had a middle ear infection. He even drew a picture of my ear and explained what was happening inside.

He wrote out a few prescriptions and sent me on my way.

Now normally in the “real” world that would be the end of the story. You pay, you leave.

Not with Dr. Fernando. By the time I arrived back at my villa, after stopping at the pharmacia I had already received an email from him telling me again the way to take the pills and not to hesitate to contact him if I needed anything.

Now having lived all my life in the United States, I can’t recall such a pleasant experience.

Oh and did I mention, doctor visit and all prescriptions all for under $40.00 U.S.

Since that appointment I have sent several friends to Dr. Fernando and they have all had amazing experiences as well.

Now just yesterday I had a friend come visit and within an hour of her landing in Loreto she got dizzy and started throwing up. I emailed Dr. Fernando and he told me what to give her and that he would like to see her tomorrow, oh and if she was still feeling dizzy, not to worry, he will come by my villa and check her.

Did you read that? Read it again…a doctor that makes house calls and it is not the 1950’s anymore!

The next morning, she was still dizzy, I emailed Dr. Fernando and he said, “I will be there by 10:30.”

This story ends with a happy ending of course – hence the title…” Reason #13,297 of why I love living in Loreto…”

Dr. Fernando made the house call, gave her a shot, gave her a prescription and again all of this service for under $50.00.

So when people say to me that are in the states, “oh but what if you get sick???”

Do I worry about that? No way, I have Dr. Fernando. One of my greatest discoveries since moving to Loreto, I put this up there with Mari’s apple pie dessert’s at Sabor.

And just as I was finishing this blog, I checked my email and there was a message from Dr. Fernando asking how my friend was feeling.

I have a feeling Dr. Fernando is the real Superman! Move over Baja Bruce, time to let the real Superman wear that cape!




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Introducing the Online Writing Club

For those of you who have missed writing with me in Palm Springs I have come up with a way for us to still learn and write together. At the beginning of each month I will send you a lesson on writing and then give you an assignment. At the end of the month, you will send me your piece and I will email out everyone’s piece so we can all learn from each other. This will start out as a lesson via newsletter but eventually I hope to do some online lessons with you or have some video lessons that you can look at. To become a charter member you will get extra special bonuses!

There will be a yearly fee of $240.00 per year (that is $20.00 per month and you will get a lesson and get a chance to share your piece with the club and read other club member’s pieces).

Charter Members are those members who sign up before the end of October. Not only will I take $40.00 off (You just pay $200.00), you will get two free bonus months – November and December and then you will get all of the 2016 lessons. So you will get 14 lessons for $200.00 which breaks down to less than $15.00 per month!

Another bonus for club members is that you will get $150.00 off your next TLC Writing Retreat, so that means your club membership, should you choose to go on a retreat brings your price down to $50.00.

To join it is very simple!

Mail in your check to TLC

712 E Vista Chino

Palm Springs, CA 92262

I will give you lessons on memoir, descriptive writing, dialogue, building characters, etc.

Plus you will get to know your fellow club members by reading their words.

Remember bonus price lasts until November 1st, 2015. Then price will be $240.00 for the 2016 year.

This is especially great if you have been to one of my retreats or workshops. It is a great way to have a reason to write each month!

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