In an ongoing series, our writer Tina reflects on her life lessons as an expat in Mexico. Here are lessons 31 – 33. Check out the others here.

Well, I said I would try to post last week and it didn’t happen… What can I say? Life is so very busy for this mom of four!

This month my mom-in-law is visiting from Kentucky, USA. Next week we go to the beach near Ixtapa and I can’t wait to get away! Don’t expect a post that weekend… I am relaxing!

Here are my life lessons directly from Mexico to you, including rats, strawberries, and learning to write Spanish.

Life Lessons 31: Catching a cat with a rat is great exercise. 

Astro, our cat, caught a baby rat a few weeks ago. He was playing with it. The rat was scared stiff. I was afraid Astro might catch some sort of disease from it. I decided to put the rat in a bucket and take it to a field down the street. It took the help of my three oldest kids to corral the cat and bucket the rat. I got a great workout in my robe that morning 🙂

UPDATE: Last week, I tried visiting a friend in a dusty neighborhood outside of the city. No one was home except for two rats playing on the concrete patio. I was a little shocked how bold they were even though I was standing at the front gate.

In our last home, I found a baby rat in my bathtub. We were able to get it outside with a broom and a little yelling. Brad insisted it was a mouse. It wasn’t a mouse! It was a baby rat!

Life Lessons 32: Fresa con crema is my new favorite treat! 

Fresh strawberries with cream are heavenly! They sell a large cup of it for 25 pesos at a few local street vendors. It contains strawberries, marmalade, cream, sugar, and sweet condensed milk, all mixed together. They make it for you on the spot. I ate the whole cup then got a tummy ache. After eating this delicious dessert I need creative workouts like trying to catch a cat with a rat.

UPDATE: I haven’t been able to find these in Uruapan, our current city, and it is very disappointing! They are so delicious and in order to enjoy them, I have to drive an hour and a half to Morelia 🙁 Oh well. Uruapan makes up for it in many other ways. I love this city!

Life Lessons 33: I need a Spanish spell-checker for my blog posts. 

Last week I talked about eating hot food and getting the hiccups. I used the word pico for hot when I should have used the word pica! A friend corrected me and told me that pico means the mouth of a bird or a tool for digging. I guess it goes without saying that I still have a lot to learn about the Spanish language 🙂

UPDATE: Still applies!! Hahaha!

Well, that is all I have for this week folks! What have you learned in your part of the world? Anything you care to share? If so drop it below! Signing off in Mexico, Tina