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, June 21, 2011

Working Right Along

Buenos tardes.

Sorry, I have left you in the dark for a week, haven't I? I have been busy and so has Senor.
I have been very busy napping a lot. In fact, I just woke up from a two hour nap. Lately this has been the pattern and I am vowing to break the habit soon. It's just so darn hot in the afternoon. I start out with a nice book and think to myself..............i will read for an hour and then post to the blog....................soon, I am out like a light. Then it will take me an hour to actually wake up and snap back to life.

We had a good trip to Guaymas last Monday. Once there, it took them about thirty minutes to decide our Visas were ready. Only they were not really ready because it took another hour for them to do all the paperwork and copy all the paperwork and stamp all the paperwork and get our fingerprints and get our signatures, and attach our photos to the Visas and laminate them.
But, they were the nicest people we have dealt with yet in an immigration office, so we will go back next year and hope to have another nice experience.

Senor and Umberto spent this last week extending the beams of the portal. I hope you can tell by the photos how much progress they made. You can also see, I hope, what a gorgeous portal this is going to be. Long, long, long, sixty five feet long and twelve and a half feet deep. Lots of room for lots of stuff. Lots of places to stay dry when it rains and they even put in the foundation for the fireplace when it is cold.....nice, really nice.

Beyond where they are working, (and looking north) there is still about twenty five feet to finish. Looking to the south in the second photo, you can see the concrete sections (that will eventually become the floor) have been finished and filled in with dirt. Much easier to walk on now.

I have been busy in the mornings. Etsy has taken up a lot of my time and I now have over one hundred glass pieces listed in the shop. I keep saying I need to cut and fire again, but the room warms up pretty quickly in the mornings. I may temporarily move all my glass to another room and get some work done and then, fire at night.

I tackled the recovering of an old bench that I bought at a bazaar here in town. I paid about fifty pesos for it (less than four dollars). The fabric is old and torn and the wood is scraped and scuffed. The seat is a little crunchy when you sit down, but the wire underneath is heavy and strong.I added new fabric which was actually a roller shade I bought up in Tucson at Goodwill. I used my favorite tool, my heavy duty glue gun, to do the work.

I think it is an old bench and written on one of the boards when I ripped off some fabric was a signature and a date. As I worked I told myself, I have to go get a pencil and write this information down. Then something happened, and I forgot about it. I covered it right up. But still visible is a faded old tag with the number of the job order, the product order and a line for naming the finish is blank. So at least I have that.

I have yet another bench and am trying to decide what to do with it. I will show it to you soon and maybe you will have an idea.

In the meantime, I plan to finish up two pillows this afternoon as soon as my dead head wakes up and yes, the glue gun is heating up. I sewed three sides on each pillow and then decided it would be easier to finish it off with the glue gun. I am sure it will work fine.

Surely Senor shakes his head in disbelief as he toils out in the hot sun with heavy hot cement while I work away inside with nothing more important than a glue gun.....hmmmmm.

There are clouds billowing on the horizon and it is fairly windy, but otherwise we are getting nothing from the hurricane south near La Manzanillo. The mornings are cool and fresh around five when I go out on new old bike or for a walk, but it heats up fast.

Speaking of heating up, the glue pistola is ready and it is cool enough under the finished portal section to get to work on the pillows.

We are working right along, linda lou


Yennifer said...

OMG!!!!! the portal looks fantastic as does your recovered bench. This is all very exciting. Can't wait to see the other piece you're working on. Speaking of pillows - remember when I had the trunk full of those pillow covers in Tucson and Senor and el Hermano Viejo said it looked like I was having a trunk sale.:-)

Trinidad said...

Your Portol is just dreamy. It looks like part of an ol Hacienda. I am sure you will enjoy many many hours out there rain or shine!

Seeing that cute bench you found gives me hope that you can get great finds in Mexico for cheap! You did a great job on recovering it.

Steve Cotton said...

Good news on the FM3s. I like the new process. Well, new last year. We will see what new next year means.

And I am with you on the naps. The siesta is one of the mediterranean's greatest gifts.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

I was just thinking about your covers because I saw Zocala's advertisement in a magazine. I was remembering how you opened the trunk there in the parking lot to show me! Where did you end up putting them? They are so gorgeous!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Yes, yes, you can find some good stuff around. Especially at the bigger tiangus and bazaars on Saturdays. Thanks, I think we will like the bench and the portal a lot!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Yep, Steve, the process was the easiest yet, so we will hope next year might even be better!

Lisa n Javi said...

I am so jealous of that beautiful portal. It is going to be gorgeous when its done.