Digital Learning Day

Did you know that today is Digital Learning Day? With our rapidly changing technology, digital learning has become integrated into our lives even here in Mexico. Digital learning has made higher learning accessible to many who live in rural areas here in Mexico at the secondary, preparatory and even university level.

My son is currently enrolled in UVEG’s preparatory courses for his high school diploma. He’s doing well although Algebra has been giving him problems. He’s 49% through his course of study. He will finish just a little bit before his classmates who are studying in the traditional way and he doesn’t have to get up at 5 am. It works for us!

While the emphasis on technology promoted by the official Digital Learning Day in the classroom is intended for K-12 learning, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of my favorite online courses I’ve enjoyed over the years.

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The Science of Happiness by far takes the cake. It’s free. It’s just like being in a classroom with assignments and stuff. And I learned a LOT. You can read my review here.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfilment with Dr. Raj was entertaining but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Science of Happiness. Dr. Raj is quite a character and definitely adds to the fun aspect of this course.

I also took Oregon State University’s free course Intro to Permaculture. Even as an intro course, I think it was a little beyond me, but I did learn oodles of information about permaculture. Getting my husband to implement these “new” ideas hasn’t happened completely yet, but we are getting there.  You can read my review here.

Another class I enjoyed was The Challenges of Global Poverty at Class Central. Although most of the research was based on data collected in India, I found poverty in Mexico to be very similar. Here’s my review.
Herbalism Courses for all levelsHerbal Academy’s courses are wonderful! I’ve taken several courses which have expanded my understanding of herbs considerably.

Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course

And the one that started it all, the Herbal Medica Course.

I haven’t had the same quality of classes at Udemy, but then maybe I’ve just been taking different sorts of classes, practical rather than life learning in nature.

I’ve taken and completed 30 Day Blog Transformation Challenge and shared the helpful information with my SOTB Bloggers Group so that we all can improve. I’ve begun but not finished, Lifestyle Upgrades for Busy Adults, maybe because I’m too busy. I’m currently enrolled in Linked in Basics for FreelancersMarketing on Linkedin, and Pinterest Marketing. Social media still baffles me. I’m hoping to make some headway on understanding how these platforms work with these classes.

Of course, I have my own digital learning course to offer.course cover square Surviving Voluntary Exile: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Making a Successful Life Transition is available at Coursecraft. You can enroll today for 25% less in honor of Digital Learning Day here.

So that’s my contribution to Digital Learning Day #DLDay because you are never too old to learn something new!

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Counting Sheep

These days I have no idea what my husband wants to raise, sheep or goats because we certainly do not have the space to raise both species. Nor the patience. When the herd/flock are taken out to graze, they segregate themselves and the work to keep them safe from roving wild dogs, snakes, and poisonous plants is doubled.

So one Sunday my husband comes back from the grazing and says he’s sold the sheep to the neighbor. Zombie, Fuzzy and the others are gone in a few minutes, leaving us with just the Borrega boys and Zombeta.

With the cash in his hot sweaty hands, we head to Cerano that very afternoon to find a macho for our goat herd. We have lots of boys, but nothing close enough in maturity to fulfill any husbandly duties when the next heat cycle comes around later this month.

We happen across two herds of about 200 goats grazing in a recently harvested corn field. My husband does some tough negotiation and buys this young buck, quite a looker, for our fair ladies back home.

Having some extra cash, he haggles for yet another pregnant goat. He wanted a third, but just didn’t have the cash to complete the deal, so home again, home again jiggidy, jig we went with Macho and Prego.img_20190123_142958 (2)The three little sheep, Borega Boys and Zombeta, were allowed free run of the patio area, even had their own little feed box, so that they could grow up healthy and fat. Of course, this meant that the patio was full of sheep pellets as a result of their ample diet. Fun right?

I thought we were done with sheep acquisition, but NO! Since my motorcycle has been on the fritz and there hasn’t been any gas anyway to fill to the tank,  my husband found a buyer willing to trade sheep for it. So in addition to the three little sheep, we now have one pregnant ewe, and one who had recently given birth to twins, so 4 sheep with one on the way, making our grand total 7 sheep (and a half).img_20190115_120457 (2) The poop pellets on the patio were getting out of hand, so my husband went to work at revamping Miss Piggy’s bungalow in the back. The first attempt failed utterly. These are Mexican sheep after all and no little wall was going to keep them from the promised land (in this case, my backyard full of tasty plants). So he had to install barbed wire around the perimeter and that seems to have done the trick.

To keep them shaded, he rigged a wire/branch roof which in a few weeks will be covered in chayote leaves, making a nice little palapa for everyone in the sheep compound. Of course, I’m hoping in a few weeks, we won’t have any more sheep, but you can see how this sheep thing keeps going and going.img_20190118_110133 The mama sheep with the twins has been sickly since we’ve gotten her. Malnourishment and a rough delivery are the probable causes. My husband, Papa Chivo, has been bottle feeding the twins goat milk to supplement their diet and they are more lively. The mama gave us quite a scare when she stopped eating for a few days, but some tempting greens and some olive oil brought back her appetite and she seems to be getting stronger as well.img_20190123_142837So here we are being overwhelmed with goats and sheep. I actually had to go out and count again how many we have. 2 eves, 3 baby lambs, 8 baby kids, one goat macho, 5 nanny goats and 2 (one sheep/one goat) still on the way. Good grief!

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Día de la Bandera Flag Day in Mexico

Flag Day in Mexico is celebrated on February 24 and has been since 1937. This particular date was selected because in 1821, the Plan de Iguala was devised based on the three principles of “Religion, Independence, and Unity” which Jose Magdaleno Ocampo personified with the three colors of the Mexican flag “white, green, and red” in that order.

The flag has undergone several modifications since then, most notably the rearrangement of the colors (green, white, red), their supposed significance (Hope, Unity, Blood of National Heroes) and the addition of an eagle devouring a serpent on a cactus over a lake. The national emblem found on the most recent design of the flag was designed by  Pedro Moctezuma Díaz Infante y Francisco Eppens Helguera in 1968.  This image is commonly credited as having been inspired by the myth of the wandering Mexicas.  This nomadic tribe was given a sign from Huitzilopochtli that when they discovered the place where the eagle was feasting on the serpent, they should build their city.  And build it they did. According to legend, the city that they founded is now known as the mighty metropolis of Mexico City.

There are some saluting customs that relate to the Mexican flag.  While the escolta (honor guard) bring the flag into position, usually accompanied by the playing of the national anthem, spectators are to place their right hands at heart level, palm parallel to the ground and elbow sharply out.  As the national anthem is a tad long, it’s a very tiring position to hold.

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Then when the pledge of allegiance (el juramento) is recited the right arm is extended forward in the direction of the flag in what is known as the Bellamy Salute but looks a lot like Heil Hitler. This is always the right arm, never the left.  Extending the left arm is a no-no, probably going back to the belief that the left was the side of the devil. The hand is always opened palm down, never fisted.

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Government offices and required and civilians are encouraged to fly the flag at full mast in commemoration of significant events in the history of Mexico.21 January Birth of Ignacio Allende (1779).5 February Adoption of the Constitutions of 1857 and 1917.19 February Día del Ejército Mexicano (Day of the Mexican Army).24 February Día de Other days require the flag to be flown at half-mast as a sign of national mourning. In addition to those listed, the president of the republic can decree the flag be flown half-mast for other events such as in honor of the death of an important figure in Mexico, the head of state of another country or a major tragedy where loss of life is recognized, like an earthquake.21 January Birth of Ignacio Allende (1779).5 February Adoption of the Constitutions of 1857 and 1917.19 February Día del Ejército Mexicano (Day of the Mexican Army).24 February Día de This would be a good place to list the verses of the national anthem of Mexico, but it is long and the story certainly merits its own post.

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Puppy Love

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February certainly is the month to show how much you love your pets. Not only was February 20, Love Your Pet Day, but also today, February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day.

Furthermore, February is Dog Training Education Month, National Prevent a Litter Month, and Responsible Pet Owner Month. This month also hosts Have a Heart for a Chained Dog Week and National Justice for Animals Week.

While we have been a cat/dog hiatus, one of each is more than enough, recently we added to our pet number. Neither Puppy nor Kitty is happy about it though.

My father-in-law’s dog had a litter of 8 pups. Once they were up and at’em, he said he was going to take them to the basurera (dump) because he couldn’t possibly feed them all. In addition to the momma dog, her 8 offspring, he also has another dog, making his canine population a grand total of 10.

My son came back from a visit and asked if we could adopt one. So we went up the hill and came back with 4. My husband carried on the entire time. 4 puppies! What were we going to do with those?

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He and my son gave them a flea bath however and settled them in a box in the backyard. In the next few days, my husband found homes for the other 2. He wanted to get rid of them all, but my son was now attached to Fred and George or as my husband calls them Ojos and Junior. However, he was able to adopt out the remaining 4 pups, greatly reducing the expense for my father-in-law.

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Fred and George are also very attached to my son as well. They love being carried about like babies, getting milk left over from the sheep/goat baby feedings and eating dog food. They couldn’t be happier!

So how are we celebrating all these doggy holidays this month? Well, we are heading to the vet to find out about the shot given to prevent my father-in-law’s dog from going into heat again. My son is in charge of the puppy training making him the responsible pet owner. We don’t chain any of our dogs although they are inside the Flores compound after dark for their own protection. And today, we will reward all the puppies, Puppy and Kitty (because she just can’t be left out) with a special biscuit treat. And they will reward us with LOVE or in Kitty’s case, a little less disdain. Now, this is my kind of celebration!

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