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Flavors of Mexico

Life is full of the most natural of flavors...open your eyesand take a momentto savor them.

When we first arrived in Mexico, my senses were overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, and tastes of my new home.  I was willing to try just about anything. I even managed to choke down the unpleasant bits in the name of experience.  Everything was incredible. Everything was fascinating.  It was a lot like falling in love.

As I’ve passed the 10-year mark here in Mexico, that initial euphoria has taken a nosedive.  I am no longer willing to gag on my life experiences for the greater good.  That doesn’t mean that Mexico still doesn’t inspire me to heights of great passion.  It does, but it’s not the same as when I first fell in love.

There’s a word in Spanish that I think foodies would understand.  Saborear.  Literally translated, it means to savor.  Saborear goes beyond that brief moment that the food actually touches your tongue.  To saborear something is to hold it in your mouth and experience the flavor and texture of the food, to enjoy the act of eating.  To seek out the individual nuances of the ingredients and ponder them separately and in conjunction with the other flavors.  It’s not a sandwich cramming type of lifestyle.

I’ve learned to saborear my life in Mexico, which means making more deliberate choices, now and in the future. Unfortunately, living here in Mexico is often much like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jellybeans of the wizarding world.  Sometimes you think you’ve chosen a nice toffee flavor and it turns out to be nothing more than ear wax. Alas!

Because of this alteration in life choices, my lifestyle over the past year has been undergoing some drastic changes.  (See A room of her own) I’m still in the transition process. I’ve made some headway as you’ll see in my Mid-year Goals update, but there are still some aspects I’m working on.  Meanwhile, I’ll saborear the moment I am in.

How do you saborear your life?

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A to Z Challenge Reflections

 

Whew!  We made it!  Now you know that the best bug out location is found in central Mexico.  Let me know when you are ready to make the move.

Posting every day was an exhausting experience.  I have to be honest here.  I worked on these posts for about 6 months prior to the challenge.  Yep.  Sure enough. Even after having a draft ready to post for each of the 26-day challenge, it was a lot of work.  Some of the links I included no longer existed.  There were some typographical errors to fix.  Sometimes new information had come to light since I had written the draft (like that volcano crater forming just minutes from my home).   And then sometimes I just wasn’t happy with the draft and redid the post completely.  Facebook decided it would rather share my disclaimer image than any of the photos and graphics in my posts, so that was annoying.  Then I had some additional obligations and blog posts I had to SQUEEEEZE in during the month.  Well, I made it!

I expect reading daily posts was a bit overwhelming for you as well.  Did you miss any? I’ll post links at the end for you.

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Part of the A to Z Blogging ChallengeA to Z Blogging Challenge was to read and comment on other participants’ blogs.  This year there was a Bingo board to help with the motivation.  Although I worked diligently at finding the Bingo squares (and sharing them on Twitter) I wasn’t able to get a Bingo.  Darnit!  I hate to lose!  I did read a number of good blog posts though in the process, so I guess it wasn’t a total waste.

Right now, I’m not sure that I will participate next year in the challenge.  I haven’t come up with a fabulous and relevant topic yet.  If you have any ideas, let me know, please!  I have determined to do a 31-day challenge sponsored by Writers Bra,  but don’t worry,  I plan on spacing the posts out over the course of several months.

Meanwhile…….

Here are the links to all 26 posts in the series A to Z Reasons Why La Yacata is the Place to be WTSHTF (when the sh*t hits the fan).

A-Apocalypse

B-blizzard

C-climate change

D-drought

E-EMP Attack

F-fire

G-global economic collapse

H-hail

I-impact of an asteroid

J-jawhole

K-kakistocracy

L-lightning strike

M-martial law

N-nuclear disaster

O-oil shortage

P-pandemic

Q-quake

R-revolution

S-solar storm

T-terrorism

U-UFO invasion

V-volcanic eruption

W-wind storm

X-toxic cloud

Y-years

Z-zombies

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Surviving the Zombie apocalypse in La Yacata

I have a love/hate relationship with zombies. I love to hate them. Really. So going into this post, I didn’t know much more about them other than they are resuscitated undead that can be stopped by a blow to the head. However, I did some zombie research and have discovered that the best way to survive a zombie apocalypse is to prevent from becoming a zombie because once you’ve been infected, well, that’s pretty much it for your higher thinking skills.

Therefore, as prevention is the key, I’ve listed the top 10 things that cause zombification, in no particular order, so that you can avoid them like the plague (no pun intended).

survive-zombie1. Pesticide use causes zombies. Do not breathe, touch or ingest anything with pesticides. Go organic.

For further research:

Movies :Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, Les Raisin de la Mort, Toxic Zombies, Warning Sign

Articles :Long-term Health Effects of Pesticides, The problem with pesticides, Exposure to pesticides linked to long-term brain damage, Brain and nervous system damaged by low-level exposure to pesticides , Massive New Study Suggests Pesticide the Cause of Microcephaly — NOT Zika Virus, Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in US, Breaking: Central Florida Aerial Spraying NALED on 20,000 Acres by Planes for Mosquitos!, Study: Class of Pesticides Sprayed Over Miami May Cause Neurological Disease , Maybe You Aren’t Gluten Intolerant. Maybe You’re Just Poison Intolerant, Illegal Spraying of Monsanto-Dupont Pesticide Causes Massive Crop Damage in Multiple States, Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds,  Class of Pesticides Sprayed Over Miami May Cause Neurological Disease, says study

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2. Steroid and synthetic drug use cause zombies. Do not use steroids or synthetic drugs. Find natural cures. Switch to marijuana. (I can’t believe I said that!)

For further research:

Movies: Goal of the Dead, Bath Salt Zombies, Ozone

Articles: Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction, Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse Neurological Effects, Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage, Effects of Cocaine, Steroids May Cause Brain Damage?, DrugFacts: Anabolic Steroids, FSU Student, Suspected to be High on Flakka, Allegedly Ate Victim’s Face After Stabbing Him and Wife to Death, World’s 10 Most Deadly Street Drugs that Will Quickly Tear Your Body Apart

Marijuana as beneficial substance:

Movies: The cabin in the woods

Articles: 23 Health Benefits Of Marijuana, All The Reasons Pot Is Good For You, Medical cannabisResearchers Finally Confirm that Marijuana DOES NOT Lower IQ in Adolescents

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3. Alcohol abuse causes zombies. Do not overindulge in fermented beverages. There is some research that suggests alcohol in moderation may be beneficial.

For further research:

Movies: Broken Springs, The Vineyard

Articles: Alcohol’s damaging effects on the brain, Alcohol related brain impairment, Alcohol-related brain damage, Long-term effects of alcohol consumption, Long-Term Effects Of Alcohol Impair Brain’s Pathways That Underlie Impulse Control

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Alcohol as beneficial substance:

Movies: Days of Darkness, Night of the Living Dorks

Articles: 11 Ways Alcohol Is Legitimately Healthy, 23 SURPRISING, HEALTHY BENEFITS OF ALCOHOL, 7 Health Benefits Of Drinking Alcohol

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4. Genetically modified animal or insect bites causes zombies. Avoid genetically modified creatures.

Movies: Black Sheep, Black Swarm, Quarantine 2 Terminal, A Little Bit Zombie , Zombeavers, Army of Darkness, Blood of the Beast, Braindead, REC 4 Apocalypse, Zombie Night 2 Awakening

Articles:Genetically Modified Animals , 8 Bizarre Examples of Genetic Engineering in Animals, Genetically Modified Animals, Genetically modified insect, Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against painful viral diseases

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5. Ingesting a contaminated or genetically modified product causes zombies. Avoid genetically modified food and drink. Coke is bad! Grown your own food!

For further research:

Movies: Wasting Away, Surf II, Bio Zombie, Poultrygeist–Night of the Chicken Dead, Zombieland

Articles: Does Soda Affect Your Brain?, 8 Negative Effects Of Soda On Your Brain , This Is Your Teenager’s Brain on Soda,  America’s soft drink addiction,  10 IRREFUTABLE evidence that GMO can harm you! , This is how GMOs damage your brain, Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods, GMOs/Nanofoods, Girl, 14, left brain-damaged after eating KFC chicken twister forced into new court battle as food giant appeals $8m payout, Mad Cow Disease What the Government Isn’t Telling You!, Farmed Salmon – One of The Most Toxic Foods in the World, 10 Reasons To Avoid Soy At All Costs… , 20 Practical Uses for Coca Cola… Proof That Coke Does Not Belong In the Human Body, 9 Toxic Fake Foods Made in China Contain Plastic, Pesticides and Cancer Causing Chemicals

6. Drinking from an infected water supply causes zombies.  Avoid water laced with chemicals such as fluoride or pesticides. (See #1) Collect and distil your own drinking water.

For further research:

Movies: City of Rott, Pathogen, Rise of the Zombies, Special Dead,

Articles: The Effects of Water Pollution 8 Significant Issues, Lead in water: What are the health effects and dangers?, Contaminated water caused long-term brain damage in Camelford, say doctors study, Brain damaged children: Water that meets federal heavy metals limit is still not safe to drink, Flouride’s direct effects on brain: Animal Studies, Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children, Cocktails Of Dozens Of Drugs In Our Water Supply Remain Unfiltered

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7. Watching TV causes zombies.  Get rid of your TV.  Media is a form of brainwashing.

For further research:

Movies: The Video Dead

Articles: Children who watch too much TV may have ‘damaged brain structures’, The effects of TV on the brain, Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain, 6 Brainwashing Techniques They’re Using On You Right Now, Research Study Explains How U.S. Media Brainwashes The Public , How We Are Brainwashed by the MediaTelevision is Turning Us Into Zombies

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8. Receiving chemical treatment for a disease or a vaccine for prevention of a disease causes zombies. Use natural cures. Do not get vaccinated.

For further research:

Movies: Autumn, Dead Meat, Zombieland, Flight of the Living Dead, I am Legend, REC, The Sky Has Fallen, Virus Undead, Zombie Apocalypse, Silent Night Zombie Night, Bone Sickness, Playground, Insanitarium, Necropolis Awakened, Zombie Planet, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Undead Pool, Resident Evil, The Returned, World War Z

Articles: 10 Shocking Facts About Mad Cow Disease, Malaria in pregnancy linked to brain damage in babies, Army units ordered to stop taking anti-malarial drug linked to brain damage, Chemotherapy ‘could cause brain damage’ in breast cancer patients, Researchers Detail Chemotherapy’s Damage to the Brain, TDAP VACCINATED MOTHERS GIVE BIRTH TO BRAIN DAMAGED BABIES, Subclinical Brain Injury Caused by H5N1 Influenza Virus Infection, Bird flu causes Alzheimer’s-like brain damage, study says, Pandemrix, FDA Approves Experimental H5N1 Bird Flu Vaccine with Reactive AS03 Adjuvant for U.S. Stockpile, Vaccines and Brain Damage, Rabies, Permanent brain damage and pertussis vaccination: is the end of the saga in sight?, Vaccines and Neurological Damage, CDC SAYS MMR AND PERTUSSIS VACCINES CAN CAUSE PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE, Boy Awarded $174,000 After Flu Vaccine Causes Permanent Brain Damage, What the flu shot can do to your brain, Monsanto’s Famous Herbicide Chemical Found In Childhood Vaccines And It’s Extremely Toxic, Independent Lab Discovers Glyphosate in Five Different Childhood Vaccines , Courts Quietly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism

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9. Being exposed to toxic, radioactive or nuclear waste in the air, soil or water, whether by accident or design, causes zombies. Stay away from test sites, nuclear reactors and leaking facilities. (See Surviving a toXic cloud and Surviving Nuclear disaster)

For further research:

Movies: Caustic Zombies, Eat Me!, Fido, The Horror of Party Beach, Night of the Living Dead Re-Animation, Nightmare City, Remains, Zombie Bloodbath, The children, Dead Air, Deathwatch, The Earth Dies Screaming, Forest of the Dead, Hell of the Living Dead, Miruthan, Planet Terror, The Return of the Living Dead, State of Emergency, Revenge of the Living Dead Girls, Tokyo Zombie, La Morte Vivante, 28 Weeks Later

Articles: Officials: Fukushima Has Now Contaminated 1/3 Of The Worlds Oceans , Coincidence: Kansas Kids Mysteriously Ill…In The Same Town As The Forthcoming DHS Bio-Safety Level 4 Lab, Tyson Foods Now Listed as Bigger Polluter than US Department of Defense, Koch Industries and Exxon Mobile, Massive Sinkhole Opens In Florida Releasing Millions Of Gallons Of “Slightly Radioactive” Water, The New Flint: Children Exposed To Lead And Arsenic In Soil For Years, Are Now Homeless

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10. Aliens and asteroids cause zombies. There isn’t much you can do about this one, folks. (See Surviving UFO invasion). Fortunately, it seems the least likely cause of zombies.

For further research:

Movies: Gangs of the Dead, Hide and Creep, I was a Zombie for the FBI, Invisible Invaders, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Zombie Self-Defense Force, Alien Dead, Battle Girl: The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay, Brain Dead, Days of Darkness, The Dead and the Damned, Germ Z, Night of the Comet, Slither, They Walk, Undead, Wyrmwood

Articles: Poisonous Effects of Asteroid Impacts or Nuclear Explosions in the Western Regions of the Black Sea, Toxic Shock, Global Effects

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Certain groups of people are especially at risk to becoming zombies. If you belong to one of these groups, it behooves you to take special precautions against becoming a zombie.

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1–Being in prison places you at a higher risk of becoming a zombie. Stay out of prison.

For further research:

Movies: Dead Men Walking, Raiders of the Living Dead, Garden of the Dead, Dead Riot, Re-Animator

Articles: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons, Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons and Jails: An Unrecognized Problem, Traumatic brain injury in a prison population: prevalence and risk for re-offending, Brain Injury Rate 7 Times Greater among U.S. Prisoners, Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons: A Review

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2–Being a college student places you at a higher risk of becoming a zombie. Don’t go to college. Self-educate.

For further research:

Movies: Brain Blockers, Dorm of the Dead, House of the Dead 2, Night of the Creeps, Re-animator, Voodoo

Articles: 9 Ways Going to College Affects Your Health, Is a College Education Worth It? , 6 Disadvantages Of Going To College, 10 Disadvantages of College

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3–Being a high school student places you at a higher risk of becoming a zombie. Unschool.

For further research:

Movies: Detention of the Dead, Night Life, One Dark Night, Scouts guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Tormented, Trailer Park Terror, Zombie High, Automaton Transfusion, Biohazardous, Stacy

Articles: Issues Schools Face that Negatively Impacts Student Learning, Negative Impacts of Modern Education – Self Centrism, Public schools do cause negative effects on a person’s education and psychological behavior

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4–Being in the military places you at a higher risk of becoming a zombie. Do not join the armed forces of any country.

For further research:

Movies: Uncle Sam, War of the Dead, Wasting Away, Zombie Strippers, Zone of the Dead, The Dead Next Door, Zombi 3

Articles: Malaria drug causes brain damage that mimics PTSD: case study, Traumatic Brain Injury Overview, Military-related traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration, TBI and PTSD: Navigating the Perfect Storm, Brain-damaging Side Effects Force Army to Pull Mefloquine

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La Yacata is the best place to survive a zombie apocalypse. We collect our own water, grow our own food, do not have a television, choose natural health options, do not use pesticides, believe in self-education, live far from nuclear facilities, and have a rooftop sniper vantage point, should worse come to worst. Yes, it would be easier to give in and become a zombie, drink coke and eat hot dogs, but where would the fun be in that? When you see the danger you are in living in modern society, we’ll see you in La Yacata!

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Surviving Years in La Yacata

La Yacata is more than a bug-out location for our family. It’s our home. Our quest to become self-sufficient is more than a temporary fix. It’s our lifestyle.

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At times, it’s irksome, inconvenient and downright agonizing. Sometimes, we want to just throw in the towel. We’ve had more than our fair share of disasters living here in Mexico, and most probably will experience even more disasters in the future.

So what enables us to continue this life which we’ve been attempting for 10 years now?

Here are some tips.

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Having hobbies. Each of us has our favorite pastime. My son and I love to read. We have a pretty good library of actual books and our Kindles.  My son has taken up the guitar. He’s taken some classes, but for the most part been self-taught. My husband’s main pastime involves caring for our ever changing livestock selection. Sometimes it’s chickens and rabbits, other times, goats and sheep. We’ve had horses, donkeys, turkeys, quail, ducks and even a cow for a time. We all like to watch movies on our rechargeable DVD players. We like to go on day adventures. There are so many beautiful places here to visit. I knit and sew. Having hobbies keeps us sane. (See also Finding your Passion)

Being flexible about our income sources. You name it, we’ve probably tried it. We are not yet self-sufficient and as such find it necessary to supplement our income with outside work. We’ve sharecropped, taught classes, done bricklaying, baked bread, sold fruits and vegetables, had a store, worked in a store, and even collected and sold aluminum cans and rusty metal. All of these have been learning experiences for us. And while some jobs pay better than others, we never consider ourselves too good for any work. It certainly adds variety to our daily routines. (See also Finding your Passion)

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Doing it ourselves. My husband built our house from scratch. It’s still quite a work in progress. It’s nearly an organic entity, growing and changing as our needs change. We’ve had plumbers, carpenters, and metalworkers come and do the things that are beyond my husband’s skill, but the bulk of the work he has done himself. We grow some of our own food, although that too is a work in progress. We collect most of our own water. Doing it ourselves keeps us from becoming too dependent on governmental agencies. (See also Homesteading and Prepping)

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Having goals. We have both short and long term goals. Getting solar panels is something we hope to be able to do in the next few years. Becoming totally self-sufficient is something that will take longer.  (See also Homesteading and Prepping) My son finishes formal schooling next year. Finding an apprentice type position with a carpenter or mariachi band is his next goal. My husband’s goal is to finish the second floor of our house. My goal is to move away from teaching in the Mexican school system and do more freelancing. Having goals helps us keep our focus on the bigger picture when day-to-day challenges present themselves.

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Being adaptable. The key to making this lifestyle work is the ability to be adaptable to whatever comes our way. It’s either feast or famine sometimes. It has taken some re-orientation on our part to prepare for the worst while things are going well. It’s taken some attitude adjustment to get through the times when things don’t go quite so well. Being adaptable gives us the incentive to grin and bear it in gratitude.

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I’d like to say that we’ve mastered the art of survival, but that simply isn’t true. We do the best we can with what we have at the moment and so far have been lucky. As you’ve seen in this month’s posts, there are things that are impossible to prepare for. So if and when they do present themselves, we will give it our best shot and hope for the best. If we survive life in La Yacata, well, great! If not, at least we tried.

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