Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 7 years. Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Life is so Good

 Hola. I know, last post was in July. 
I have been getting facebook messages from followers asking for an update.
 You can always follow good2go2mexico on facebook at glasspondstudio. 
But I am going to try and get back into blogging.
 I haven't been sure where the blog was going.
 Maybe I will figure it out.
Maybe I just needed a long break.

Well, the guys have been roofing and plastering all summer.
 Everything is roofed in and we have one coat of plaster in the main sala.
We will be doing two coats. That will leave it kind of rough. I like that. 
 The niche above the window has been made especially for a very old wooden train that belonged in Senor's family for a long, long time and below that in front of the window will be the baby grand.

 We don't have the piano in the house yet.
 It is coming from a friend in November and I am really looking forward to playing again. 

Behind the black and yellow painting which in the lower left has a large pink and white trillium painted on sculpted cheesecloth, is a doorway to the bath and what will be the library/guest room.
 Below is the plastered kitchen and the doorway to the game room and more sala photos.

 The arugula self seeded and we have daikon radishes coming up. The birds got everything else Senor planted this year. The cayenne pepper bushes are loaded.
 Senor planted his sweet corn three different times and each time the thrashers ate all the seed, so he devised this little covering and planted again. He discovered a family of thrashers trapped one morning under the chicken wire top, so after pulling it off and helping them get out, he planted again. No luck, they must be staking out the seed and going in at night to get it. He just can't figure out how they are getting inside and under the chicken wire.
 But, now he is out of seed. 

 Still green and lush here, after 31.5 inches of rain this year.
 But fall is here and the hillside trees are changing colors.
 We were given two beautiful old Leclerc weaving looms. Senor developed quite a friendship with a ninety nine year old weaver, and while he does not weave, yet, he has a background in weaving and knows quite a lot about it.
 Someday when we have the right location we will set them up and he and I will both get to work.
Maybe we will make a rug for the floor.
 We were also given her beautiful spinning wheels when she passed away several months ago.
 We also have table looms and an old loom from India and enough yarn to wrap our casa completely.
 We have moved the front door and widened it. I think someday we will actually have a door there.
 And one last photo of the kitchen. The island will be above where you see the bucket. The copper tubing to the stove is under the bucket, safely sleeping until it is put to work.
 We are still around. 
We are still working on the casa.
 I am still working with glass and other assorted things when there is time.
Tomorrow we will head north for the otra lado which is what our Mexican friends call the USA, and plan to fly to Colorado on Friday for a much needed break with our daughter.
Beautiful, beautiful Colorado. 
And on the shopping list?
Life is so Good.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stuff Update

There you have it.
The last section of the concrete sub floor under the portal is being poured.
 The larger floor space against the wall in the 1st photo is for the fireplace.
I am ready to have the top floor put in, but Senor says that is about the last thing we will do.
In last posts comment section Mr Gill, an Arizona reader, said, "It must be about done."
Well, you would certainly think so, but, it's not.

We were at a fiesta the other night and Senor was talking to someone about............'how in 2 years when the casa is done, blah, bah, blah'. I just about went ballistic, but kept my mouth shut.

TWO years..............i repeated on the drive home.........i heard you say that! way, this casa will be done way before then if I have any say about it...... He said..................i was just trying to give a time frame, it did not really mean it will still take two years..............two years sounded better to say than one year because it might really take one and a half years. 
I just let it all go. It is not gonna take two more years.

Things  overall are great though, especially with the sala completely roofed in. We have so much more space that is nice and dry and free from the the sun. It is possible to walk from one end of the casa to the other without frying like an egg on a hot sidewalk. The sala stays nice and cool, and while Senor likes his air conditioning in the bedroom, after working outside all morning, I like lounging on the couch underneath the sala fans.
It's a wonderful life!

 They are working on the parapet roof. They are laying the last of the sub floor. They are plastering the outside of the house. They are planting bouganvillea. They are hammering iron pieces. We still need windows and doors. We need the inside plastered. We need the fireplaces done.
 There is a long list. 

I am making glass window panes now. Eight by eight beautiful pieces of fused color that will go into some iron windows we will have made.

To date we have had eighteen inches of rain in our yard. Three of those were prior to May, and fifteen since June. That is quite a lot. 
I should apologize about the 'Rain Contest'. I decided a little late to have it and during it I took off for a trip to Texas and relied entirely on Senor to monitor things for me. The rain monsoon actually began on Dia de San Juan Bautista and while I missed it, Senor was here and says it was a wonderful electrical storm with plenty of rain.
Most of the rains have come during outdoor events we have attended. No one seems to mind at all. You just get a little wet.

That is the stuff update..........hasta pronto, Linda Lou

Friday, June 19, 2015


Hola! Buenas tardes!

Okay, we are having a 'little storm' here in Alamos, rain and thunder and lightning.

 It has prompted me to begin the RAIN CONTEST. 

The actual day of rain is June 24th, that is Dia de San Juan Bautista.

 Here are the rules: just send me your guess. 

Your guess must be for the 24th and any date thereafter.

 Any date you hope the BIG RAIN will come so you can win the prize.

 You have to include the date, and the time, pm or am. 

You have to make your guess by June 22nd. 

It's a QUICK CONTEST this year and here is the prize!

Linda Lou

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Yes, Rain Contest, No, Rain Contest?

Buenas tardes.

I think today is the first day of summer.
And that means brilliant sunsets, more humidity, more crickets, new baby frogs, kittens over the wall, damn, more fiestas at Ivan's which used to be new old Jesus's tiny casa behind us, more fiestas in las calles, more Friday night weddings, less water from the city, but you could stick a popsicle stick in the ground and grow popsicles, the sweet delicate smell of the limon blossoms, billowing clouds in the east, blue streak lightning over the Copper Canyon and then, before we know it, Rain.

So, the point I am working up to is this, do we want to do the rain contest?
Just let me know and we will get it going.

hasta manana. Linda Lou

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who's Your Boss?


Aren't these pretty?
A friend brought them by the other day and I am so excited to have them. When he describes the flowers these cacti put out, I simply cannot wait to see them. But I also cannot decide where to plant them.
So, I am on the look out constantly in the jardin to find the right spot. 
Evidently they will trail and get pretty big.

Now there is some rumor going around this house that I am not the boss of much, but I do generally get my way when it comes to el jardin.
 I am also looking for a location for two beautiful pink mandevilla I have. I thought I had the perfect spot and I set them on the the ground in those places. I had not even stood up and Senor was right there..................there is a drain pipe under that one.........oh, i didn't know that...... so does that mean i can't plant it there............
He just gave me the look and walked off.
So, I am looking for a better spot. Do they need sun or shade?

Senor is doing a fine job around here because if I were the boss I would be doing just exactly what he is doing.
And that is putting in the rest of the portal sub floor in before I go crazy because of the dirt floor and the horrible rebar out there.

If he were not doing the floor I might have him deported, so it is a good thing he knows without even asking me what to do next.
And look, if you can see, there are only four more column sections to go and it will be done.
I love this story I am going to tell you now.
 Whenever things are not moving as fast I want them to or I think I should tell Senor that I should be the boss for awhile I think of this.
Once, a tourist from the states dropped by to say hello. I did not know her and we had only met that morning at one of the campgrounds where we both happened to be taking a walk. Well, I was actually there taking a hot shower. Remember those days, when I used to take my showers at the campground because we did not have hot water?
Well that afternoon she came to visit and she said,
"I am so sorry for you, that you have to live here like this."
This is royal camping at its best, I tried to explain to her.
She would have none of it.
 I thought she might cry, very emotional woman she was. 
But, she said she had to leave and go back to the campground and try and think of something to cook for her husband's dinner because he was sick and tired of tortillas and tacos and beans and what a shame that's all you can find to cook in this town.

Now, doesn't that just make you laugh? I am practically choking on my giggles!
Any minute I will be rolling on the floor. It is my favorite story in the whole wide world.

Okay now, so gotta go and make sure Senor is on track with the floor. 
Then I gotta find something besides tortillas and tacos and beans to cook for dinner.
we all know who the real boss around here is, don't we.......notice that is not even a question.
Linda Lou

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Creative Dreaming

Buen dia!
I cannot believe this weather. Never have we had an April or May like this since we have been here. When I go for my 5am walk, the temperature is hovering around 58 degrees. The days warm up into the 80's, there are steady breezes, often slightly overcast days. I should be sweating hot bullets by now and I should have been in my shorts back in April, very uncommon stuff going on. And it is not, I repeat, not humid, and that is probably the most unique aspect of this weather. 
We are enjoying it while we have it.

I have taken advantage of the cooler weather and fired my kiln over and over. I am supposed to be making the windows for our bedroom and bathroom. I am firing 8x10 fused glass transparent panels that will then go into iron frames. But I got distracted and decided to make wind chimes instead. 

Here are four of the wind chimes I put together in April and May. I have a total of eight now and made the mistake of using up too much glass.
 So, the window panes are on hold now until we go to the states in June and I can resupply.

I just have a terrible, terrible glass habit. 
I thought about firing the beer bottles that party people leave in the streets and I have done that before,the blue Sky vodka bottles fire really well, but instead I got out my lampworking boxes.
Lamp working, if you don't know, is basically heating glass rods in a hot torch and then hopefully turning the result into something that is either pretty to look at or useful in some way or other.

If you have been to FAOT, there is a sweet little man in a booth on the street who has a nice torch and he uses white glass rods, then paints them with acrylics and fires them in his torch, turning them into animals, birds, boats, all kinds of stuff. At the local mall in the states, you have probably seen it. Swans are big with those artisans.
So, I am kinda doing that, but with colored glass rods and no paint.
But I am not into swans or other creatures. I am not even into making glass beads which is what most lamp workers create.   I don't really know what I will be making. I spent 2 hours pulling what is called stringers, very thin, long pieces of glass that are used for decoration. I just do not know what I will decorate.

This lamp working requires equipment and tools. I brought to Alamos most of my stuff, regulators, flash arrestors, a minor Nortel torch, hundreds of glass rods and all kinds of cool tools to shape glass with.
 Getting an oxygen and propane tank proposed the biggest problem
A friend in Alamos gave me a small oxygen tank and Senor bought me a small propane tank and helped me set up everything. The oxygen tank actually had oxygen in it, so that's when I took advantage and pulled stringer. Then, poof, it was all used up.

There is a hardware store in Alamos that sells oxygen bottles and acetylene and propane, and other gasses, all used mostly by the hundreds of talented iron workers here in Alamos. I attempted to get the small tank filled and quickly discovered that the oxygen for an empty tank comes from Guaymas and can take a month to get here. I am not allowed to transport the tank inside a car. Imagine that! And they are very, very strict. And it was costly to buy a large filled oxygen tank.

I ended up asking an iron worker friend to go to the hardware store and buy it for me. It didn't cost him as much as it would cost a gringa and he had a truck in which to transport it.

So, here I am, at the end of the portal, with all this set up and no idea what I want to make.

This is not really any kind of dilemma.
 And I am in no hurry.
 I actually hoped that writing about it might suddenly give me a brain 'pop' and I would then say, oh, that's what I want to make. 
But, that did not happen. 
I am hoping to have a creative dream tonight. 
Sometimes, but not often, that happens to me and I can see what I will be making. 
It was in a dream that I saw our bedroom windows, with the early morning sunlight streaming through the colorful glass.
I also saw a wind chime in a dream, but it wasn't made out of glass. 
It was made out of copper nuts and bolts and hanging from a wooden toilet seat.
 Not too odd, because that dream came after hours of following Senor around Home Depot in Obregon.
 He bought a lot of copper nuts and bolts and tubing, but not a toilet seat.
 I hope you are having as great a day as I am, and as always,
Que le vaya bien!
Linda Lou

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Feliz Dia de Madre

Feliz Dia de Madre!
The serenading truck finally made it onto our street!
 I have been waiting for years for it to come up or down Calle Durango and finally it did........... this morning at 3am!

Each year, on Mother's Day, around midnight, a band loads up onto a flat bed and drives through the barrios, playing a variety of music to greet all the mothers of Alamos and wish them a happy day. 
There are a lot of drums, cymbals and cow bells and it is a huge loud fiesta on wheels.
  Each Mother's Day, I can hear the band as it moves with a caravan of trucks and people through the streets, but never our street.

I could hear them last night and I thought......maybe, maybe, maybe. And they did.
Of course I know they were not coming to just serenade me, but I was afraid they would just pass me by very quickly.
So I rushed out to the gate and saw them coming up the street and started waving frantically in the hopes they would stop and serenade me. And they did.
And it was very special.

The very first year we lived here, I was serenaded on Mother's Day by guitar players and singers, a very soft serenade, right outside the casa, on the street. At the time I did not know what it was and I laid in bed, listening to the music. 
The following morning I realized that this group of musicians went around town serenading mothers, who probably like me were laying in bed listening.
Traditionally, in the old days, the mothers would go to their windows and look out and give the young men smiles or roses.
Last year I talked to a few of my Mexicana friends about it and they said they usually sleep right through the music. How they can do that I don't know. It is very loud.

So, now that they have been on my street and have seen how I rush to the gate and jump up and down and wave like a totally insane gringa at something so simple, I hope they will remember me next year.

After going to the tiangus for my traditional Mother's Day mango and papaya, I spent the day bird watching and that did not disappoint me. Our portal has become a flyway that goes from our large mesquite tree to the big mesquite in Minnie's yard. The orioles have built their 'sock' nest over there, but spend much of their time in our yard.  They seem to love wind chimes as much as I do.
Feliz Dia de Madre to everyone out there and que le vaya bien!
Linda Lou