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, July 25, 2011

Gracias, Thank You For Coming, and Adios


I feel like I am living in a jungle here. The coyote fence is covered with thick green vines. I did finally get the yard mowed and the weed eater devoured what I could not cut. I slashed one of Senor's bouganvillea, so that is what I get for calling him a name under my breath. I will try not to do that again. Now I have to baby this little plant and try and convince it to live.

Talk about feeling guilty, whooo-wheeee. I should have been more careful.

When I told him about it, and believe me, I pondered that one..............tell, do not tell, tell, do not tell.................he looked so sad. He inspects those vines daily, in the evening. I don't watch him, but I suspect he pets them and talks to them.

All this rain, and I calculate by my gauge slightly over twelve inches, continues to bring out all the wildlife. We are seeing so many birds, many of them babies, like the little male cardinal below. I even saw a small covey of baby quail yesterday morning, running under the portal. They were on a mission and scurried through before I could grab the camera. Cookies was quickly on their tail, but they made the highway crossing easily. Now I do think I would have really felt guilt had he caught one and I had not tried to prevent that. Here is the little guy again against the backdrop of Senor's socks on the line. The laundry was there for three days. I now have a lot of photos of birds and socks.

Yellow bellied sapsuckers were around Sunday morning as well as the Gila woodpeckers, warblers, mockingbirds, house sparrows, flycatchers and magpies. Hummingbirds, a couple of frogs. I saw all of these yesterday.

But, come with me. I want to take you somewhere...............

We are going out to the big palm.

I was out here the other day and standing near the palm I heard what sounded like a rushing stream. Certain that one of Senor's drippers had broken and was gushing water, I checked the hoses and found nothing. I stood under the palm. Stand under it with me. Can you hear that noise? Rushing water, swooshing sounds, rustling.

Now look straight up into the palm branches. That is the sound of hundreds of baby birds, chirping, hopping, rustling, fluttering, flittering, cooing, shooing. They sound like a rushing stream. I have never heard anything like it.

The monkey man comes around once in awhile. He cuts the palms in town so they look nice and pretty like the one below.

A few people have asked us why we don't cut our palm. And indeed, we did have Monkey Man cut it our first year here.

Look below.

In the middle and right half of the photo are three gray -white objects. Two are along the tree line and a third is right in the middle of that bushy business in the center. Multiply those three objects many, many times and you will have hundreds of bats that come out of that palm at dusk. It is fascinating and a little frightening at the same time. But we know they are eating all of our mosquitoes.

I just make sure the bedroom doors are closed and try and sit very still. The air is thick with them. For around half an hour, they fly under the portal and in and out of the columns and right around our chairs.

I am getting more and more used to their neighborly visits, and they are good neighbors because they keep their visits short.
Of course, there is a lot more going on at night. Thankfully, most of it I do not see. I found what look like raccoon prints the other morning. A snake was rustling in the grass between our place and new old Jesus'. I know there are skunks and opossums next door.

And we are seeing tarantulas and scorpions as they have again taken to their well travelled highway under the portal. Now these guys are my least favorite and I have made many posts about them. I just cannot seem to get used to them coming around to visit. And I especially do not like it when they just come right on in and don't even take the time to announce their arrival. They are really just bad neighbors. They come and sit and hang around, look at your stuff, eat your food and blow their nose in your bathroom.

Senor has adjusted quite well, with his feet over the rebar bridge. I drag my chair as far away from the route as possible. I want Senor to keep the shovel close by. I just don't know if I can be neighborly toward them and leave them alone.

Cookies on the other hand, the perfect host, comes out from under the chair only after the bats go home to the palm and if a fast moving tarantula or scorpion comes along, he turns his back on it and walks away. He is a very smart cat.....oh, did we have guests?..............gracias, thank you for coming and adios is his attitude.

Last night he could have cared less about any creatures on the little highway, as he had knocked himself out earlier in the day by first eating the little mouse and then, the lizard for dessert.

Several months ago, two men came by, one with an important red metal box and the other with a hook with a noose on one end. They were giving rabies shots to animals. After much hesitation, and discussion about their jobs and equipment for doing their jobs, we finally caught Cookies, who had seen them coming, and allowed them to give him the shot. Cookies was not happy, but it was over quickly. Before he jetted around the corner of the casa, Cookies turned and glared at them and then, us...........gracias, adios and now, get the %#*^ out of here, is what he said in cat language. True to himself, again a nice host.

I am glad we let them shot needle him. Sometimes I think I need to grab him and get him away from the little things he likes to chew up and eat, and sometimes after the feast, he looks pretty drained for hours. But I never do. That's his thing. Besides, some day, he may protect us from something really, really big.

So now that I have whet your appetite with Cookies' delectable menu, I will show you those crab cakes. On top is sour cream mixed with a little sugar and Sonoran hot sauce and huge caperberries. Martha Stewart oven fries and Navajoa grapes add some crunch.

Oh me, oh my, it is almost three-thirty and Senor and Humberto are still pouring cement into the first viga that will go across the space outside the West Wing. I might show you that tomorrow.

I feel kind of guilty that I did not remember that Humberto's water jug went empty and he came to ask me twice for water and I did not remember to fill it for two hours after he asked. I had an ice cold topochico.

Senor is just drenched with sweat, my t shirt is all nice and clean and smells like Suave soap. The tamale kid did not show up this morning and I don't think either of them has eaten anything. I had a nice bowl of rice mixed with salsa verde and red tomato.

It's only ninety-six degrees out there, but they have been up on the roof all morning. I should feel guilt, but cannot make up my mind if I do or not, it is just so nice and cool in the bedroom where Cookies and I are. I really need to take a siesta and wake up all refreshed so I can decide just how neighborly I will be tonight.............gracias, thank you for coming and adios. linda lou


Chrissy y Keith said...

I am considering leaving one or 2 of our palms natural for the birds and bats. Plus it would save us $20.00 for each tree and we have 28 of them. I love the Caperberries. They make a good Martini garnish as well. But mostly I just eat them out of the jar.

Taos Sunflower said...

I'm with you on the bugs! Great that you have so many bats...that must help with some of the bug population.

Jacqui said...

What a great post, a real flavour of your world.

Ian Huntington said...

With all that daily wildlife, I have to remind myself that you live in town. The properties I like most in Alamos tend to be in the country. As a confirmed city boy, I wonder what rambles out of country bushes at night?

I can see my future - "Green Acres goes Tropical Mexico."

The bats are kind of cool. I can handle tarantulas and scorpians in moderation. It will be the first slithering snake in the house that has me checking into a hotel, or at bravest, spend a terrified night locked in my car.

Thanks! Your fair and accurate reporting has me re-evaluating my future plans! (LOL's)

Ter'e said...

Oh LL!!!!
I feel, as I read each post, that I am walking right beside you, visualizing each critter you see. Such an interesting life you lead......

I could not handle some of your neighborly critters however. I am a wimp with spiders and such!!!! If I saw a tarachula in the wild, I would wee my pants!!!!!!!

Cookies lives up to his name......he is certainly not hurting for "treats" is he????? What a love. The big blown up photo of him and the mouse, is priceless.

Lovely post girlfriend..........lovely. Thank you for sharing your corner of the universe.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

C y K, Wow, is that right $20 for a palm haircut? That doesn't seem bad at all. I also eat those caperberiies right out of the jar. Fortunately, they are easy to buy here! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hey M, yes, the bats help a lot. Far less mosquitoes in our yard than that year we cut the palm!LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Thanks, Jacqui, appreciate the comment! How are the doggies?

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Glenn Ian, LOLOL, you know there are lots of critters up around Las Palmas! A friend of ours up there had a huge monitor lizard last year, several feet long, ours are at least tiny guys! But, oh, what gorgeous views! Every critter would be worth it!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Thanks, Ter'e, I think you get used to these critters after awhile. Thank goodness, if you get bitten you can just go over to the hospital and get a shot needle and be okay. I tell you I would rather get bitten by a scorpion than one of your Florida alligators! Jajajaja! LL

Taos Sunflower said...

I'm with you on the alligators, LL. It must be some primal thing...very few things I fear, but they're on the top of the list. Give me an iguana anytime!

Anonymous said...

your title led me to believe maybe you had decided to stop blogging. so glad that wasn`t the case. i really enjoyed this post, very entertaining.

i love birds but haven`t seen too many varieties here as we are in the city. what we do hear are thousands of cicadas in the trees-i love the sound they make. there are many parks in japan, even in the big cities. there are lots of tree lined blvds. here-yes, i have thing about trees :-)

we arrived in nagoya on sun. night and are staying at the hilton. they really spoil us here. it looks like we will be moving into our house next week! i am looking forward to getting the unpacking over with, but until, i will enjoy the hilton.

teresa in nagoya

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

theresa! i am so glad to hear from you. Glad you are now safe and sound in japan. how exciting to be moving onto your home. And, can't remember who I heard it from, but I understand you are being encouraged to start blogging about you new adventure! can't wait for the first post, be sure to send me a link!

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