At the top of the large open grills on each door you can see the smaller grills on the top. We are still waiting for the small chino wood inserts that will go in the smaller openings. Daniel, our gate maker, had to go and buy another tree up in the mountains in order to get the 2 pieces of wood. We do not have to buy the whole tree. He has lots of other customers....
TODAY WE ARE IN TUCSON......we will get more things out of the storage unit tomorrow morning and head south for Nogales and the dreaded border crossing.
You will not believe this. We don't even have the canopy on our truck. Bill says we can get more stuff in the truck if we just keep piling stuff on top of other stuff and put blue tarps over it and strap it all down.
Good grief.....we will look like an IKEA truck with Washington state plates. I am nervous about this, but trying not to think about it at all...sort of...I mean, I have to get the list together (please, no comments, I AM serious about this list) and organize what we will take and what we will leave behind.
I am in charge of the visas, (the FM3's), the passports, the Mexican car permit, the Mexican auto insurance, the US auto insurance, blah blah blah..I am a nervous wreck, but I am not thinking about it.....
So, I am going to tell you about some other things.
KD and Ian came down to visit. It was extremely hot and humid and buggy (not a single raindrop at the casa) and we still had a remarkable time. It was great for them to see our casa in such primitive shape. Bill stressed to them that if they ever think they have problems, remember this......
I do think they developed an appreciation of our situation by the time they left, but they really seemed to enjoy the overnight we made in San Carlos with an air-conditioned hotel room and Charlie's Reef across the street where they shot golf balls off the deck of the restaurant.
Alamos is not easy to get to.
KD had 3 flights from Denver and Ian had 4 from Seattle. They flew in and out of Hermosillio (4 hours from Alamos) and we picked them up there and returned them there. It was returning them that prompted us to decide to keep going north to Tucson and so here we are.....today I shopped at the Foothills and La Encantada Malls and replenished my CD collection; we both got hair cuts at Supercuts, then I went and bought silver shampoo which is designed for gray hair which I seem to have more of now that I have a haircut.You know what? I think these are the first photos of me on the blog.
See me blog. My face is soooo shiny...
Okay, now on to a day in my life in Alamos.......
Every morning I wake up at 5:30 am. It is day break at 4:30, but I pretend it isn't and try and doze for awhile. But at 5:30 (I know it is always 5:30 because a 7 year old tortilla driver comes by daily at that time on his motorcycle) I am out of bed and on my walk to the soccer field and track which is about 1/2 mile away. After 5 times around the track I go into the free fitness center which is located near the field. The equipment is rusted and most of the weight pulleys don't pull. All I do is ride one of the 3 stationery bikes. Two bikes don't have pedals and if I get stuck with one of those, I have to keep lifting my foot to stay on the metal where the pedal should be. There are usually only 16, 17, and 18 year old boys in the fitness center. I think they are laughing at me but no problemos. I ride for 10 minutes, tell the guy in charge gracias, bueno, manana??? I almost think he will tell me NO GRINGAS MANANA !!!! But he doesn't, so I keep going back.
When I get home I usually take a shower which is cold because we don't have any hot water and then I sit in my chair for awhile and think about what I need or want to do.
On this day we took KD and Ian to the Internet cafe. That is something I need to do more often because it seems that I am not blogging enough. But the computers there are difficult to use; I know I can somehow change them to function in English, but I just don't want anyone to be able to see anything I do online..... We are still trying to get our phone and internet at our casa, but our phone jack is on our roof and we haven't figured out how to use it yet. I am not inclined to climb up on the roof to make a phone call.
Anyways, 8 pesos for KD and Ian to use the internet cafe for 1 and 1/2 hours.....Ian is the one wearing the cap that looks out of place in a small internet cafe in a small Mexican town.
On this particular day, after shopping alone at the Mercado I went to the Plaza de Armas (the plaza near the church) and took photos. Once in awhile I will then go to the Terracotta (where a man has an espresso machine and baked treats in a small cafe) and ask him for a mocha. Then I sit for awhile and read a Martha Stewart magazine from 1995 and drink his mocha which is honestly more delicious that anything I ever made or had at Starbucks.
Some of the grounds at Plaza de Armas in the photo above and the gazebo below.
The roof of the gazebo is above and below is the alley I walk through to get on the street to head home. It is called the Kissing Alley.
When I get home I put away my groceries and check out what Bill is up to. Sometimes I will help him with a project or I will begin an ant killing project of my own or I will make the bed or start sweeping the rooms and then, the dirt outside. I will make sure the cats feel good and know we still love them even if we are crazy. I might talk to my neighbor for a few minutes as she rides by on her horse. Or I might yell to Bill that the bulls are loose and we might run out to the gate and look at the bulls as they mosy up the street to a new pasture.
Back home I got bored trimming the weeds after an hour and Bill took over. After awhile he said we had a new mower...
It was very entertaining. We think one of the gate workers let her in and then, Bill took a break from chasing her and suddenly, she was gone.
Around 10 or 11am, I will reluctantly do the dishes. The blue bin holds the soap and then comes the rinse and lastly, in the black stock pot, the bleach rinse. Very, very boring.. I don't have enough light to do the dishes the evening before, so basically, I am doing dishes that we will use later that evening. There is a dove nest in the mesquite tree over the dishwashing area and sometimes things I don't like the things that fall on me, but this is where the faucet is so it's not like I have a choice.
Just another lovely shot of the dishwashing area. Now if we are grilling that evening, dishes are clean and good to go. But most often, we are slow cooking in the crock pot. So, by now I will get that going. And I will say we have had some incredible crock pot meals. In addition, we also have a small electric hot plate. When I get back home I will give you the title of the crock pot cookbook we use. I bought it in the Denver airport years ago and it is a vital part of our Alamos living. All southwest cooking recipes by a couple of ladies who studied crock pot cooking in Mexico, it is a fantastic book!