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.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Little House

Buen dia! Good grief, blogger is being in complete control today as I cannot move any photos.
So just go with the flow.

I thought maybe I could get through this post without mentioning the W word, water that is. But, nope, sorry, no can do. The W word is always on my mind. We are getting 3 hours of water at a fine tiny trickle. We got more water in an hour and a half three weeks ago than we are getting now.

I went down to the Palacio and took a risk................we have muy poco agua in mi casa I said with a big smile on my face.

I have been hearing all kinds of stories about people in water distress, unhappy people who really need their water. Apparently if you pay your bill, and you can prove you are not getting water, the city is obligated to deliver water. Unfortunately we don't fall in that category because we are getting a few inches every day. But I thought I would just politely mention that there is a problem at my house, too. You know, conversational stuff, oh, by the way............

The lady at the cashier's window gave me a huge smile, she is always very nice, but she seemed truly surprised that we were not getting much water. She called in the boss from the next room. The boss looked at my bill and said (and I am translating here) are not getting any, i am getting some water, not should be getting lots of water, he said....well, i am not, i said with a really big smile.......he left the small room and returned will get a lot of water on the fifteenth or the twentieth of the month, he smiled and she smiled and i smiled and i said gracias and que la vaya bien and they smiled even bigger and said...........a usted. And I left. I am not the confrontational sort.

So we will just see what all that was about. Does it mean we will get a lot of water on one of those days or a lot of water, all the time, starting on one of those days. Or does it just mean, ahh, gringa is not getting the amount of water she wants, let's just tell her she will get more to make her happy. Well, they did smile a lot and that made me happy.

All right enough about the W word even though I walk, eat and sleep it.

Take a look again at the photo above and I will fill you in. You can see the unfinished portal in the foreground, the ladrillo wall of the 'kitchen to be' behind that. The white wall of the existing casa behind that will be coming down (with the exception of the far right door) and will all be the one big room. Is that clear? The completed portal ends where the ladder is leaning against the portal.
You can also see how DRY everything looks.

This morning Senor and Umberto are up on the roof trying to create one of these things you will see in the photo below. I call these little houses, but they are the top of the chimney. This one belongs to our neighbor.

Now Senor is very creative and so is Umberto and Senor tried to explain to Umberto that this is what he wants, but he wants a different roof. Then Senor made the mistake of letting Umberto work for awhile alone while he cut bricks and when he went back up on the roof he discovered Umberto had gotten a little too creative.

So Senor made him tear down the little house (it had not been set in concrete yet) and they got in the car and drove around town looking for the kind of little house Senor wants. Now Umberto is back on the roof and Senor is cutting more bricks. I asked Senor if he knew what he was doing and he said no. I asked him if Umberto had a clue and he said no, but they were more confident after their drive through town.

This is the little house before the drive. Look at that beautiful, DRY, mountain.
Later today I will get up there and take a better photo of what the little house looks like now. Then the following two photos are just of the completed section of the portal. I think it will give you a good perspective of where construction is.

Some days blogger seems to cooperate and others, there is practically no controlling it and it does just what it wants. In fact I just previewed this post and it's all in Spanish. Good grief again. Usually when it does this I find it always post in English, but I guess you never know.

This afternoon I am off to a music practice, working on some new songs with my good mandolin playing friend. One of the COBASH students, who is a excellent guitarist, will join us and hopefully before too long we will have a music fest.

I suppose Senor would like to get on the internet and research the little houses because I just went out to check up on the progress. He is walking around up there, shaking his head, and I think they have taken down the whole little house now.

Funny how Senor has no problem constructing a big house but when it comes to a little house.........

que tengas buen dia! linda lou


Jacqui said...

I bet you felt good having a little conversation in Spanish? Think how good you will feel if water does arrive as they say.

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Manana is the 15th so I will keep my fingers crossed that tons of agua will come flowing in! Can't wait to see the "little house" :-) love ya!

Nancy said...

I have my fingers crossed for you, too. When does your rainy season normally start?

The house is looking wonderful, though... just might need that well dug to be totally comfortable, right, señor? (Like you all need more work to do, ha ha!)

All the old timers here are saying it will be a stormy summer, hopefully that means rain.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Girls, thanks for the comments. Jacqui, you always look on the bright side!Thank you! so what if there isn't much water, you are right, I got to have a good coversation in Spanish!
Kaks, girlie, I just posted again today and yes, my fingers are crossed. I will let you know. And nancy, I asked Senor why he thoughtt hey would have filled that well in, especially since many of our neighbors have wells full of water. He said, maybe we don't want to know, but I am so curious, I can hardly stand it.
Dia St Juan, I guess the rain saint, is june 26th and on our Mexico calendar as the beginning of the rainy season. yep we will hope for a good stormy rainy season. LL