The battle between global warming believers and deniers heats up during times like this and the social media is so full of it people are losing friends over arguments for which probably 90% don't have the in-depth scientific knowledge to be arguing either side. Each side is entrenched in their arguments and getting into a showdown online isn't going to change beliefs. Nor will it change the science. Most of the climate change scientists are staying out of the fray. They are looking at what is happening they are doing their studies, and they will opine in due time but for right now, this scenario we're experiencing is an anomaly not a pattern. Not yet anyway, but time will tell, yes?
My sausage hobby is slowly but surely ramping up what with two commercial accounts and expanding awareness. One problem with sausages here is when you say 'Salchichas" people think one of three things: chorizo, Argentinian Sausage (rather bland, commercial stuff), or, most frequently, hot dogs. Mexicans are not adventurous eaters - at least not down here around Chetumal. So my current market is small and upscale - tourists and gringos.
But what they do have all over Mexico is empanadas - of all kinds. An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries of Latin America and in Spain. The name comes from the Spanish verb 'empanar', meaning to wrap or coat in bread. It's a sort of meat pie but can be filled with seafood or meat depending on locale.
So meat pies aren't too weird for them and I could capture an audience who, though surprised, just might like the flavor of sausages or sausage meat wrapped in dough. When I lived in France I enjoyed something similar, a "pain au saucisse". An inexpensive "pain feuillete" or layered dough like a croissant with some nice sausage meat inside. In the USofA there's the appetizer of hot dogs in dinner roll bread one often sees. Mine would definitely be a step up from that, tasty as they are. Anyway, something to think about down the road.
We had a very pleasant visit from our friend Barry who came bearing gifts...AND BOOKS! One of which is called "Sea Power" by Admiral Stavridis. Full report when I've finished it. We have a few books that we brought with us, a number received from friends that were tired of reading the same things over and over, and many that we've exchanged over time. But English-language books are hard to get down here. Thank goodness for Kindle. I use the Kindle for PC even if we have a handheld Kindle. I like the larger screen - not so many page turns. But even with that, it's hard to read on a computer. I like the feel and smell of a book. The computer age can't replicate that. When I was young, libraries were my sanctuary. We had wonderful libraries everywhere we lived and I was a regular at most. Places that didn't have libraries usually had book stores but it took me a while before I felt comfortable using a book store like a library and doing a quick read then putting the books back on the shelf. But I got over it. Especially once they put coffee shops inside...
September is celebration month in Mexico - Independence Day celebrations - so public areas are being spruced up with fresh paint, flags are sold on every corner, and people are hoarding their hard-earned pesos to be able to celebrate 'con mucho gusto' next weekend to celebrate the "Cry of Dolores" in 1810. Interestingly, Mexico's true independence from Spain didn't happen until more than 11 years later on 28 September 1821! Wikipedia
We've been getting a bit more rain lately. Simon, our cat, knows when the cleaver comes out he's in for a treat of some sort of raw meat. The two dogs, Roscoe and his little mother, Joey, are finding whatever cover is possible to keep out of the sun or the rain as the case may be. After today's delicious breakfast, I'm out of breakfast sausage so it's time to make more.
If you're still in Florida, hunker down and stay safe as best you can.