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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Clean and Sweet Smelling New Old Car



Buenas tardes.
I keep threatening to cut down this jumble of cactus vines. Straggly, and part yellow, part green, and a little hairy, it entertwines around and up the mesquite tree, and does nothing else.
A Mexican friend said...................... be patient, it really will bloom, for one night out of the year. 
 And finally, it did, around midnight. I knew it was happening. I kept running outside in the dark to take photos as the blossom unfolded, and then, much to my surprise, it lasted into day break but by 8am, it had closed back up and shriveled into nothing. Maybe I'll keep it.
 I have decided to keep Senor, too.

One of his Mexican friends asked him to go fishing up at the Mocusarit on Sunday. Senor went to pick up his friend early Sunday, and there were other friends of his friend waiting to go as well. Each of the friends had a six pack of Tecate and aluminum cans wrapped in fishing line with a hook. Senor had a coca cola, a bottle of water and his fly rod. Instead of driving to the lake, the friends decided Senor should drive over two hours to the river on the back road to Queriego where they caught six little tilapia fish and most of those were caught by hand when some of the friends of the friend walked out into the river after much Tecate and not much luck on their lines.

When Senor finally got home he went directly into the bedroom, turned on the fake mini split and laid down on the bed. I followed him and this was when he said he was so pooped because they drove to the river instead of the lake. So he had a little nap.

The next day I had to drive all the way across town, which is all of about five minutes, to visit a friend. New old car smelled strongly suspicious, a combination of beer, fish and muddy, slimy river water. There was so much mud on the windshield I could barely see. I pointed this out to Senor when I got home and tried not to act too unhappy about it all, but it was annoying to think my friend may have thought I had been drinking beer at nine in the morning because certainly the smell had permeated my body in those five minutes. It was then that he told me about the friend and friends and their Tecate, much of which spilled on the floor during the bumpy, rough ride out on the back road, the slimy river water and the fish. I smiled and went and looked under the seat for any left over fish.  I did see Senor's empty coke can sitting nice and proper there in the cup holder.

Overnight Senor left all the car windows open and I noticed when I left for a short while the next morning, which by the way just happened to be our anniversary, that the fish smell was gone, but the beer and dirty water were lingering on. I took out the floor mats and sprayed them down and left them in the sun to dry.

Later I was looking around for Senor and I found him outside with soap and water and rags and he scrubbed that car inside and outside for hours. It even has a little coconut smelly tree thingy on the dashboard and well, that's the story........., after thirty-six years he is still a keeper............. and now new old car is beer, fish and stinky water free, sweet smelling and sparkling clean and ready for a road trip to Texas on Thursday.
 YeeHah! Look out Texas, new old car is coming to town!!!!!!!!!!


19 comments:

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Oh my! What a good story! I am so happy that new old car is all clean & ready to head to TX & I can't wait for it to arrive. And can't wait to see YOU!! And wow - what a beautiful cactus even if only for a day :-) See you SOON!!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

that flower is (was) gorgeous!

happy belated anniversary. you have us beat by 5 years. yes, senor does sound like a keeper.

teresa in nagoya

Anonymous said...

The flower looks like it is a night blooming cereus. When I was a kid, the neighbors used to have them in their yard. When they were about to bloom, the neighbors would make a big pot of menudo and have a party. People would wait all night for them to bloom. Sounds silly, but it was something to do on hot nights in small town Phoenix.

Bob Gill

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hey girl, see you soon and read below, Bob Gill is right about the cactus and do you have one?

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

hi girl, read what Bob Gill says aboutt he cactus, do you have one?

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

hi teresa, so nice to hear from you. how is japan and yes, he is a keeper!

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Bob, you are so right. I could not think of the English name for it and now, well, I can' think of the Spanish name either. They do that here also, have a big party when they think it will bloom, and you really can tell, on that day, but I guess you might have to have several parties leading up to it. Now I see that I have 3 of these cereus in the yard. Are they always summer bloomers?

Anonymous said...

In Arizona the night blooming cereus is a legally protected plant. Only the real old neighborhoods have them.
Sadly when the house was sold, a bulldozer made short work of the adobe and all of the plants.

There is a bulb or a camote under the plant, so sometimes they grow back.

Bob Go;;

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Erwin Calverley said...

It's good to know that the smell of the fish disappeared, but what's better to know is that the car wasn't stolen, Linda. Leaving your car windows open is like leaving your house with your windows open - it's catnip for carnappers. To remove unpleasant smells such as fish, I suggest you buy a heavy-duty auto-upholstery cleaner which is available at an auto-parts store.

Ed said...

Are they always summer bloomers?

Linda Lou,

Yes, in Southern Arizona they usually bloom in July. If my memory is correct it is when the night time temperature reaches a certain level.

Anonymous said...

Google says it is called sarramatraca or jarramatraca. But we always called it reina de la noche. Some people called it huele la noche or perfumes the night. That term was also applied to a certain Jasmine type plant. I guess everyone gets to pick the term they like best.

Do you have pitayas there?

Bob Gill

Tyra Shortino said...

Aww. Kudos for Senor! :) And that’s the right way to do it! Even if the car is already old, good maintenance would make up for it. Also, it would help in lengthening the car’s service life. Always have a safe trip! :)

Tyra Shortino

Jacqui said...

Fabulous flower, glad it flowered before your trip!

Stelle said...

Arriba, Senor! There's no doubt as to why he is called Senor: because he's trustworthy, and you can always count on him! Car odors are always a discomfort, but Senor managed to get it done! :)

P.S. That's a very lovely flower! :)

Regards,
Stelle

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