In Defense of Vampires

For a couple of months while working for a company that was busy setting up a manufacturing facility in Nogales, Mexico, I studied some business Spanish. I don’t remember much from those classes but to this day when I think of speaking Spanish, I think of my favorite textbook story, ‘En Defensa de los Vampiros’. The story begins, “Soy un vampiro.” From there, it goes on to tell a tale that loosely translates as follows:

“I am a vampire. What do we eat? No hamburgers. No fried chicken. No french fries. We don’t take vitamins. We drink blood. It is very nutritious. It is the reason we live for so many years, have such beautiful white teeth and can see so well. Also, blood does not contain a lot of calories. You don’t see any fat vampires!”

You have to wonder why this story was even part of a business Spanish class, right?! I was working for a company that made office products after all!

Braid of Garlic, Fresh from the Ground

Braid of Garlic, Fresh from the Ground

Over the weekend, Chuck and I harvested our latest crop of garlic. There are few things you can plant that yield such an abundant return for so little effort.

Back in December, we split apart the cloves from one head of garlic and put them in the ground. In a matter of weeks, they were growing profusely. Last week all the leaves started to turn brown and fall over telling us it was time to dig them up. Dig them we did and today we have 25 heads hanging to dry out in the garage.

As I was braiding the stalks together to dry, it got me to thinking about ‘los vampiros’. Whether they are skinny or fat, it is said that vampires in hiding can be spotted by their lack of  willingness to eat garlic. Well, to all the secret vampires out there, you had best keep away from our house for a while. With all the garlic we now have on hand, your secret won’t last for long if you stop by here for dinner! 😉





About CatTail Studio Arts

I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!
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