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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 trouble again!

Buen dia.

We are in Tucson and it is very cold. My trip to Starbucks this morning at 7 am was done in 26 degree temperatures. The sprinklers at the hotel must have come on during the night and ice covered the parking lot, but after a quick trip up the road, I had a hot peppermint mocha in hand. By noon, after completing all my errands, it was 36 degrees.

We had planned to head south today, cross the border and get close to home. But it looks like we will be staying another night here in Tucson in order to load up and completely close out the storage unit. That means we will look like an IKEA truck once we get on the road. Mexicanos driving IKEA trucks is perfectly acceptable, Americanos? Suspicious.

Our Thanksgiving in Texas was wonderful. It was great to be with my family and the weather covered all of its bases, hot and cold, sunny and rainy, windy and calm.

But, Senor is in trouble.................again. He broke a few of my mother's favorite plates.
Here is the last remaining plate below. My parents are in love with loons.
You may have seen my post several years ago, showing my father carving loons. Here are a few in a box below. He sells these all over the country. Maybe you have one?They love loons; carved loons, stuffed loons, loon towels, loon napkins, loon shirts, loon watercolors, loon cups, loon trivets and................. loon plates.

As Senor was loading up his plate one afternoon with left over Thanksgiving Day goodies, he accidentally hit the shelf the microwave sits on. That caused him to jump, which caused him to drop his plate and the chain reaction sent his plate down on another plate and that one on another, all to the tune of 3 broken loon plates.

My mom is so sweet. She didn't say anything, just dropped them casually in the trash.

You can imagine how Senor felt. I think he went and took a nap.

I went online to look for the plates even though my mom insisted it was not neccessary. Of course, it was neccessary, and I discovered the plates come from Loon lake, Minnesota, a place that is very dear to my parents. They have spent a lot of time at that lake!

The plates come with the loons facing left, they come with them facing right, they come with a duck in the background. They come in 3 different sizes, with 3 different trims on the plate rim and with 3 different backgrounds. It was an interesting search for 3 matching plates, 8 1/2 inches, blue rim, gray background and loons facing right.

I now belong to 6 auction houses, 3 dish replacement companies and a restoration dinnerware company. But, I found 3 plates and as I speak they are on their way to a new shelf in my mother's house.

It made me think of a time when Senor and I took KD to a friend's house for an elegant dinner. KD was all of 3 months and one of her little swinging feet knocked over a beautiful stemmed crystal glass that was used at the hostesses mother's wedding dinner. I offered to pay for it, I offered to replace it. I could never find a match and our friend would never accept any amount of money for it. I later discovered the glass was probably worth several hundred dollars and I can't help but wonder why we had our small daughter at such an elegant event?

This morning Senor handed me a $50 and said he hoped that covered it. I gave him a nickel in change..........................

Ah me, what a nice sunny afternoon. adios, linda lou


~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Poor poor senor. I know mom will love her new loon plates. I can't believe Thanksgiving & YOU have already come & gone. I miss you :-( What a wonderful visit! Write me when you are back so I know you are safe & sound at home with the IKEA truck! Love ya! kax

Tancho said...

Lucky that you were able to find a few, My grandmother had a complete set of the original Franciscan Apple pattern, less one cookie and ginger jar. I think it was after a Christmas dinner.....
That was before Replacements Inc or Internet searches..
I inherited the set less even more few items. You feel so bad when something like that happens, but hopefully getting replacements will sooth both parties.
Hopefully you will get the green light at KM27, just watch the topes through Magdalena. Last time my attention didn't catch one, and we lost a few items.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hi girlie! Miss you, too. We just loaded up the truck, but could not get it all...bahabababa..
Tancho, you are so right about the new topes, they are there when least suspected! And yes, we will just hope for a bright green light. gracias! LL

judysquiltsandthings said...

Give El Senor a hug, we have all been there. You were very lucky to find replacements. Hope you get a green light. I would hate to have to unload the entire truck for an inspection.

Ian Huntington said...

I can so sympathize as I've been there and done that too, as well as, had collectibles broken (like a 1400 year old Anasazi pot). In the end, it's just stuff. The important thing is the good character, love and thoughtfulness of everyone involved.
Can't wait for next blog to see how the trip, the topes and the toll nazies work out.

Jacqui said...

Pobre Señor.

I had to Google 'Loons'. In the UK - they are called 'divers'

I had to Google 'Topes' and apart from there being lots of restaurants in the UK called Topes, the online dictionary told me it's - To drink (liquor) habitually and excessively or engage in such drinking - I can see how that would make it a problem keeping the furniture on the truck!

Then I found a photo of a 'tope' warning sign.

My education for today is complete.

Have a safe trip.