Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 8 years. Okay, okay, now it's been 9 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 28, 2012

That is Love for Sure


Buenas tardes!

Senor and I spent the morning at Modi, the fabric and notion shop in Navajoa. This is where it is happening; the chiffons, the satins, the lace and jerseys; swiss dot, taffeta, seersucker, organza and net, you name it, they have it.

Silk flowers, crafts for making gifts, threads, glue guns, beads, sequins, pillow inserts, foam, yarn, I could go on and on.

Twenty shades of every color, every transparency, every opaqueness, thickness, pipe cleaners, crepe paper, shoe clips for quincienera shoes, feathers and rhinestones and crystals. I could live in this shop. I would have an orange bed, rose colored rug, lavender curtains and a yellow table top and a crystal vase filled with blue flowers. It is better than a candy shop and they play good music over the intercom, too.

Senor was just really fantastic. I told him we are in charge of the ribbon and some fabric for the wedding, which just happens to be in 6 weeks. So we have to go to Modi and check it out.

Modi has over fifty lace wedding fabrics. I just want you to see a few of the choices and if you recall, KD's dress was taken care of back in January, in Denver, so we are not after wedding fabric. These range, in price from ( and I am converting for you into USD) ten dollars to thirty dollars for a meter, slightly more than a yard and they are almost two meters wide.



I touched every single one and Senor picked out his favorite, and even though we were not buying any, we both agreed the prices were incredibly inexpensive and the embroidery, exquisite.

We moved on to the ribbon section, where Senor held up different ribbons so I could photograph them and send the pictures to KD for inspection.Here is Senor with a beautiful cream satin one and one-half wide ribbon. KD and Darin will have a large tent along the river for the reception and from the edges of the tent we will be hanging origami paper cranes and ribbons and whatever else we decide will look good hanging from the edges of a large cream colored tent. Underneath will be aglow with paper pinwheels, hanging flowers, more origami birds and tiny white lights.
Senor has been in the store now for about twenty minutes. Look how happy he is. He is a good helper. In fact, he says................look, KD! i like this ribbon.................!




I told Senor we need to make sure the cream satin fabric (converting again, USD, 25 cents for over a yard) matches some of the cream fabric we have looked at. I start to go back to the fabric. Now I am looking for him, but he has wandered off.

Below is some beautiful soft georgette fabric, beautiful, beautiful...................hold this out, will you, i want to photograph how opaque it is, smooth............we could cover the arbor with it or cover the backs of chairs, whatever she wants, it is so soft and pretty............i need to send her a photo of this, she might really like it...........but hold out that other one, wow, it is waaaaaay too transparent, i don't think she would want that, but well, i don't know, maybe, what do you think....................okay, I think we need to go back to the ribbon section..............

I whistle for Senor. Oh, there he is over by the organza.............okay, let's go back to the ribbons..........he says, there are only four fabrics in here with stripes................that's nice, let's go to the ribbons.............wait, this would be a nice stripe for upholstery........hmm, well, maybe we can get one chair just for you out of that, i guess, these are the better colors over here.....these are more our colors...........we have colors?.......but that is just solid, he says, i like the stripes.................we'll think about that, okay...............maybe somewhere..............


would you hold up the satin ribbon again......okay, he says.............now wouldn't that look cute with other widths of ribbons as well......................okay, sure, he says................oh, hey, look at that gorgeous blue gown up on the window ledge..................uhm, gorgeous, he says, ............did you even look................wait, don't move, i think i had the camera on portrait, okay, hold that up again will you..................oh, no, i think this battery is going dead, wait, we have to get the coral ribbon first, no, put back the satin, we are through with the wide satin one.....................



quick, hold up the coral one, no, not that one, the other one...............yeh, that one, hold that one up, but hurry...............

i LOve that small coral ribbon, it would look great with the wide cream satin, but it's kinda tiny, do you think..............sure, it's tiny..............what about another mid wide size coral......................sure, he says, looks great..............well, we have to find one first, silly, can you look...........................sure, he says, i am looking................when do i get to have lunch........................

Okay, end of Modi trip, but what a fun morning and lots of photos to send KD. Maybe manana I will show you some of the things I have been making for the wedding.


And speaking of other fun trips, last week we went to Guaymas to renew our FM3 visas. For those of you who read the blog and need to renew soon, nothing has changed here in Sonora. A few folks have been wondering about the new law written and signed by President Calderon last May, in 2011. I won't go into all the details but that law has not gone into effect, at least not here in Sonora, so everything we took last year to renew was what we needed again this year. The only difference was that when I put our names into the Immigration network to begin the online renewal process, our names popped right up and we were already in the system and I did not need to fill out all of the paperwork.

We did our trip in one day, leaving at five am and getting to the Guaymas office in three hours. The office opens at eight and our renewal took about ten minutes until we got to the money part. The bank does not open until nine am, so we went and had breakfast and then paid for our visas at nine and returned to the office where they promptly told us to come back in two weeks to pick up the visas. That did not surprise us at all. Even though there were four workers at the desk and even though three of them were just leaning back in their chairs talking about food, we were sure they did not have time to give us our visas right then.

We scooted over the back road to San Carlos to JJ's for shrimp tacos. This is a small taco stand on the boulevard that always seems to be full of Americans, just like the rest of San Carlos, which is not meant as an insult or a negative, it is just a matter of fact. There was a group of around twenty young people there. We talked with a young lady who turned out to be the twenty four year old bride from Denver whose parents live in San Carlos and the entire wedding party had flown in to Guaymas. They were giddy and excited and sunburned.

Below is a photo I took from the San Carlos Mirador, beautiful.
So lately my thoughts have often been about KD, twenty four, and soon to embark on this wondrous and amazing adventure called marriage. Seems, of course, like yesterday when she rolled over in July for the first time, and at fourteen months finally decided to walk on her own. Now she is grown up, has traveled a lot of steps and is about to be married.

I will certainly have a lot of wishes for her.

One of them will be that she will also experience a wonderful day just like mine today, when her husband will say...............yes, I love you so much that I want to go to the Modi with you and hold up ribbons and fabrics and look at lace', well, maybe not in so many words, but sometimes the experience is enough to help you remember why you married who you did..............because that is love for sure.

11 comments:

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

There are no words for this post.....it is PRICELESS!!!!! Loved reading it, loved seeing this fabric store OMG, that LACE!!! all that beautiful FABRIC!!...I wanna be there!....love you, love your love for Senor! Just lovely! xoxoxo

mermaid gallery said...

I'm smiling now....hope Senor is too!....what a fun outing....and that grumpy shot is priceless!Looks like good shopping to be done....do you think he will be willing to return?....oh ya , the fish tacos will get him there!....enjoy all the wedding pomp....it's a good one!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

mil gracias, girlies for your comments. kaks, you would go wild in there, we would really need to keep you on a leash!
Mermaid Susan, yes, that is a good grumpy shot!

Jacqui said...

Wow, I'm glad I don't need to choose - so many beautiful fabrics and ribbons. What a fun way to spend time together.

KD said...

great. now i am crying at work. this was a great blog post mom:) love you! ps i'm 25 in 2 weeks

Taos Sunflower said...

WOW, Modi looks glorious. I'd be in heaven. Oh...and your experience with the understaffed Visa office (LOL) sounds rather like the Motor Vehicle Division in NM. Just sayin.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Oh, Kada, love you too and yes, lots of stuff happening for you soon!

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Wow, cool fabric store. I love wedding decorations.
I think, I'm not sure but I think the renewals have to go to Mexico (DF) to be approved before they can issue them. However, I don't want to ask because that may be construed as me questioning them regarding their efficiency. I rather like out local INM office so I don't ever want to cause waves and change the vibe there.
regards,
Theresa

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hola Theresa, I have asked. They SAY ours go to Hermosillo, our Sonora state capitol, but who really knows.......

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

jacqui and Martie,
Good to hear from you both. YES! Lots of colors and gorgeous fabrics and a great afternoon. LL

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