Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 8 years. Okay, okay, now it's been 9 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.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Feeling hot, hot, hot

Isn't that a tune from The Little Mermaid?

I should know.... one summer KD and Ian watched The Little Mermaid 37 times. Sometimes they watched it with Lisa, from across the street, sometimes with Xan and Wes, from next door, but I always seemed to get sucked in..... it was one of my favorites...

One Disneyworld vacation highlight was seeing the live version of The Little Mermaid. I brought this up recently.....KD said she did not remember the show......Ian said he hated that show....

Am I a terrible mother for letting them watch it 37 times, and yes, we did keep track and 37 is accurate....maybe we only watched it because I liked it, I can't remember now. In fact, that really sounds strange, that I would even allow my children to watch anything that many times.......
The movie obviously made different, but hopefully harmless impacts on them. I mean, they both like the ocean, they like fish, they aren't scared of ursula monsters or dogs or storms....

So, anyways, it is hot here.

It is much hotter, I think, than it was in June, July or August. I am very surprised. It was hot and humid during the other months, but I was still able to get to the soccer field and the gym and even later in the morning, to the mercado. In these 8 days of September, I have only been able to get to the track if I am up and on my feet by 5am. Then I am under a fan by 7am, reading or getting something ready for the crockpot, again under a fan. We cannot get far from a fan.

And it brings up discussions of air conditioning. I am not a fan of air conditioning. However, Bill is. He is pushing for one room with air conditioning. I will see how the rest of September goes. Fortunately we have 2 overhead fans in the outdoor living room area. Bill installed these and they are fabulous. Each of the bedrooms has a ceiling fan, which Bill was able to get spinning, so we are fairly comfortable in those rooms. But, if we are not under the fans, we are dealing with the heat in a variety of ways......mostly by getting in the truck and going somewhere.

So, that has precipitated another trip to Tucson to the storage unit and then, to Home Depot to buy a chain saw which would cost us over $400 in Mexico......
What this means is that we will make some purchases and get things from the unit in all this heat and once the weather changes and cools down, we will be tackling the roof of our casa and putting on a new one.

We were just in Tucson around the 1st of September and we made that 3rd border crossing. Honestly, there is nothing exciting about that crossing to report. HOWEVER, aduana actually walked over to our truck.......do you have any guns, he asked...no, no, no guns, just household things, Bill answered......and he waved us through. That was it. Before we crossed, we had been sitting in a US supermarket parking lot near the Mariposa border for an hour so I could translate the list into Spanish. Bill was very impatient, it was early afternoon and we needed to get to San Carlos by dark. He said that I could work on the list as we drove to the border. I said, what if we get there too soon and the list isn't complete. He said, does it matter...well, you can only imagine what I said.

Below are a few photos of the border crossing at Mariposa, which is called the truck route crossing. It is the alternative to crossing the border at Nogales centro (downtown).





We never follow the arrow to the left, we just keep going straight. Sometimes we wonder if we ARE supposed to turn left...but we only wonder.....
In the photo above Bill is checking the IKEA load after we have gone through the crossing. While the load doesn't look huge, we actually brought alot of things back with us. The truck cab is stuffed to the ceiling. In the photo below, the road curves downhill into a spectacular view of the Mexico mountain range, the Sierra Madre Occidental. And, just like that, we are across the border and heading back home.....

1 comment:

jmack said...

Highly recommend having your bedroom air conditioned. Makes sleeping more pleasant during the monsoon months.

We set ours to 82 degrees and it keeps us from perspiring all night.

Enjoy!