Tuesday, January 6Only one vegetable store in all of Carlos Paz carries cilantro. How sad is that?! And it's in the old part of downtown where we rarely go, and he doesn't always have it, so when we do manage to snag a bunch, I'm one happy camper. And when, on the very rare occasion, we actually manage to have cilantro AND tortilla chips at the same time? Bliss! Because that means I can make some homemade salsa to go with the chips. YUM!
Finding tortilla chips is even more of a challenge than snagging cilantro. None of the stores in our town carry them, and we hadn't seen any at the Walmart in Cordoba for almost a year. Then suddenly they were there again, and I did the happy dance right in the chips aisle.
However, once we got home and I opened a bag -- Hmmmmm. The bags carry considerably less weight than they formerly did. In fact, I'd say the bag was mostly full of air. What do you think?
Friday/Saturday, January 9-10Went to Sta. Rosa to mow the lawn and take care of some other business. Because of all the rain we've been getting, the grass was really high. Poor Ivan had to take the carburetor on the mower apart four times, clean it out, and put it back together before he'd finished the whole lawn. It took most of Friday and a bit on Saturday. He would have finished on Friday but another thunderstorm rolled in when he was almost done. I don't think I've ever seen the lawn so thick and green. Normally by this time in January things have gone from green to slightly yellow because we lack rain. Not so this year! The grass wasn't the only thing that was overgrown. You can see we need to cut back the bushes and other plants, too. But not this trip.
We headed home early afternoon, stopping for a bit in Belgrano on the way. The town was packed as it always is in January (their busiest month since this is when most Argentines take their vacation) and we had to park on a side street. As we walked into town, we passed this beauty:
Sunday, January 11In the evening we went to visit our friends, Julio and Magdalena, who are staying with other friends out in the country over the summer. Julio has designed and built a number of planes over the years (he's in his 80s) and his host, Cachi, is another aviation buff. In fact, he and his son own a number of aircraft and have an airstrip and several hangers on their farm.
Monday, January 12Ivan was up all night with a stomach virus (which meant I was, too) so I didn't get much done beyond a little housekeeping and catching up on laundry. I managed to get three loads washed and dried on the line before yet another storm hit.
Late afternoon I did get started on some plum jam. My friend, Silvia, gave me a big bag of plums from her tree and also told me how to make jam the Argentine way (without pectin). Should be interesting to see how it turns out. It's a multi-day process which is kind of nice, since I don't have to spend a whole day on it, but rather spread it out over four days. First up: cutting the fruit into small wedges and taking out the pits (no need to peel):