Saturday, April 30, 2011
crunchy Cheetos (Dick's rolling his eyes at this moment. He says Cheetos have an unnatural color, but I think the color is pretty close to the natural color of carrots and oranges),
lots of hot pressured water for a shower,
the ability to put toilet paper IN the toilet for flushing,
seeing what new toys Justin has,taking down the tile from the last time I was here, and putting up the next one,
getting "Welcome home" emails from cousin Phyl in Rio Linda and from Glenn in Regina Saskatchewan,
having two cards from BFF Paula in Foley Alabama,
putting out the Ibarra's pottery bowl I bought in La Paz,
toasted bread for breakfast with real butter and Saskatoonberry jam. (Sadly, Mexico doesn't have very good butter. I tried them all, thankfully you can buy one stick at a time, but there was not a brand that compares to USA butter. Dick is rolling his eyes again. After he once suggested that butter was one of those things in life that was unnecessary, I replied earnestly, "Oh no, butter's important!")
talking to Justin getting, and
getting the wonderful news that Thais and Lenin are expecting a baby due in mid-October!
It's good to be home again.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
A few hours later, I will board a bus for a 24-hour ride to Sacramento. Stayed tuned for family updates from California and Dick's progress on his Pacific crossing.
Monday, April 25, 2011
It took ALL day today to learn the following lessons:
1. Don't lose your debit card, especially when you're almost ready to leave the country.
2. Beware! The bank may block your other debit card if it receives a report from a merchant that the card "has been compromised." The only way you will discover this is after you've been denied a purchase and made a phone call to the bank.
3. A bank will send a replacement debit card anywhere in the world and give you a specific date of arrival, but that doesn't mean it will arrive before you leave. On-time delivery in Mexico is considered a miracle.
4. Know the PIN numbers for your back-up credit cards because . . .
5. The ONLY way to get cash in Mexico is from an ATM machine.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Before we left for the day, Dick went through one of the hatches to get what we needed.
We've been housesitting for Roberto while he's been in Sierra Vista. Our condolences to Roberto and his entire family in the passing of his sister Rosa a few days ago.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We're leaving the trampolines in place for as long as possible as a safety precaution while we complete the bow sections. The fabric is Stamoid, woven polyester coated on both sides with vinyl. It's heavy, the finished cover will weigh about 100 pounds, however it will be in 2-3 sections and velcro-ed together.
Let me just say, "Buggers, it's hot!" (Darren's Aussie slang has invaded my vocabulary.) Working under the boat is much cooler. Here I'm adding cone-shaped collars at designated points to go around the stanchions, then adding a placket to one side of the opening below the collar so the sections can be velcro-ed closed.
We begin the day's work around 7:30 and stop for the day around 4:30. Mostly I'm sewing while Dick is cutting or marking the fabric. Dick isn't getting his afternoon siesta these days and I'm so exhausted by day's end. The fabric is so heavy and the pieces so long that my arms are getting a workout. Dick has also taken over the cooking and laundry which I appreciate.