Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 10 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, May 17, 2010

Slowly Using up the Rubble Pile

Buen dia! Here is one of our lovely plumerias, covered in cinnamon sweet pink flowers and Christmas tree lights.

I was not a happy person on crutches. On Sunday evening I decided I had had enough. My ankle is still very swollen, bruised and tender, but I can walk on it and more importantly, I can get to work on a few things in the yard.
In case you are curious about how I spent my sedentary days, look below. I went into my talavera paint mode. Weeks ago I bought a napkin holder at the Navajoa market. It was plain wood, so I painted it. I am planning to paint the white box as well, but that is on hold as I am on the move again. The candlestick is a work in progress. Senor continues to believe it is something he would have done in kindergarten, but I am inspired and think it will come together.
Notice the chosen drink to work with, also found at the market in Navajoa.

So, I am thrilled to be slowly back to doing some things outside.
We have a new worker, Chuey, a young kid who is busy diminishing the size of the rubble pile while Senor and Umberto work on the roof beams.
Chuey is cleaning cement off the old ladrillos in the pile and moving them to the location below. We will be using these old bricks to make our raised winter garden bed. Did you believe me when I said we are trying to reuse everything?
He is also making a stack for me and I am then breaking them apart into smaller pieces and creating borders around some of the plant beds.

Yesterday I was getting bored with doing that and I suddenly realized I had not gone anywhere in almost a week. So Senor kindly drove us to Navajoa and we came home with three new palms.

In the evenings we are still finding ourselves outside. The West Wing will be used more, I think, when the rains come. For now, we enjoy the view and light the citronella candles and spray ourselves with mosquito repellant and rub gnat lotion all over our faces. Fortunately, we are having nice breezes and neither of the two insects are attacking us on a regular basis.

You can see the rubble pile of old adobes is still being moved below where it will continue to be broken down and used for the portal floor foundation.

It is still quite early in the morning and the sun is not too hot, so I think I will go out and make certain we are still using up rubble in as many ways as possible.


~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

SO glad you are better girl! And looks like your injury made you get super creative -- I love the napkin holder AND the candlestick! SO colorful! And too neat that you still have your outdoor table & didn't completely give up the garden room - I wish I were sitting at it with you right this minute! Miss you!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back to moving around!! It is horrible to be unable to do the things that you want/need to do.
I got bored on Sunday too and my husband drove us to Alamos to buy some honey ;)

Chrissy y Keith said...

good for you! I love re-using stuff.

Brenda said...

Glad you are back on your feet again. Take care not to slip again.

Jonna said...

I'm so impressed with how nicely your home is coming along. It's really going to be a gorgeous place. Those columns are wonderful!

Glad you are moving around again. It's so irritating to want to do something and not be able to get there.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

kax! it is still nice out in the evenings but this afternoon i spent a few hours in the west wing.

nikki! you have to stop by next time, durango 9.

for sure, chrissy, we hope to reuse as much as possible, no run to the landfill yet.

Thanks, Brenda, I am soooo glad to be able to move around!

JONNA!!! senor made the wood forms for those and i think they are great, too. WOW! did you get rain! love your photos! anyone want to see amazing mexico rain photos? go to Jonna's blog, just click on her name.

Jacqui said...

Re-cycling is good. We do it too. Glad you are mobile again, just be careful walking iver the rubble.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

I am having difficulty connecting to your site or blog. Any idea where I can purchase the traditional iron furniture in Navajoa? I cannot seem to find it in Alamos. Thanks, LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Jacqui, no kidding about the rubble and I am being very careful!