I had a lovely birthday, courtesy of Carl and some friends. First we went to the spice store, which makes me unaccountable happy.
Then we spent some time at Pinky's, the pool bar.
Rosie bought us dinner at Capones.
And then Carl built a fire and we enjoyed our patio.
Our neighbours are a constant in our lives. They are a large family, and I only know some of them. There is Leila the grandmother (or as Carl terms her, Leila the abuela). She is the matriarch and takes care of the whole family. This consists of her two daughters who are baby-making machines, Julia and ...can't remember the other one. They don't seem to have men in the picture. Leila also takes care of various grandkids, cousins, uncles and apparently anyone who happens by.
The kids are the oldest boy, Lalo (Lalo the niño to distinguish him from Leila the abuela), Christian who is just at the cute perma-smile age, Pablo the littlest, and of course Diana. Diana's my pal.
Diana gives me little gifts, like a couple of seahorses; every time she sees Shadow, she says, "dog." But she pronounces it in the Spanish way, so it comes out sounding kind of like rogue. Dooog.
She came by the other day with her cellphone, asking if she could charge it. That seemed odd because I know she has electricity at her place. Then she looked around and innocently asked if she could use the computer. Aha! Thought I, that's what she came for. Tricky. Little girl tricky.
Then yesterday she came by to "charge the phone" but we were headed out. So I said, sure! And plugged the phone in, then told her we were leaving. The look on her face said, "Oh, this isn't going the way I wanted at all!" Never one to leave an opportunity unappropriated she asked for a soda (I still call them pops, I'm not that Americanized, but Mexicans call them sodas).
When we got back, she decided to just come over and ask to use the computer. Much simpler really. After she finished, (we had cooked a ham and the house smelled great), she said, um Melody can I make a sandwich? I said sure, and gave her enough ham for a thick sandwich. She asked for mayonesa and a tomato. I went back to the kitchen a few minutes later to help her clean up, and she had two sandwiches about 2" thick. She stacked them up, barely able to hold them in two hands, said thanks and left. I don't know how she made sandwiches that thick out of what I gave her, but she seemed happy.
The other member of the household who makes an appearance often is Andreas. Or that's what we call him, they call him Che-che and his name is Jose. How we got Andreas I'm not sure. He speaks English pretty well. He had been asking for money too often, and he's 22 years old, so a while ago I gave him the "you're 22, you have to start being a man and make your own money" speech.
He didn't show up for months. Then out of the blue he showed up on Thursday. He wanted money for a skateboard. He was all clean-shaven and dressed nice, so I told him I'd give him some work to earn the money. He sullenly helped Carl trim the palm tree, then Andreas and I drove off to find the guy with the skateboard. He wasn't there, so I gave Andreas the generous amount I was paying him to work for us, and told him to find a good deal.
The next day he came by and said he needed more money to buy a skateboard, he had wasted all the money I gave him. I told him NO. He may or may not be back, but if he does come back he's going to get the 'be responsible for yourself and your life' lecture.
Here is an arch Carl spotted at a segunda(yard sale). I think we got a good deal on the arch and bench, about 1380 pesos or about $110. Canadians, is that a good deal?
It's going to go against the house wall, then there will be lattice from the house to the garage, effectively giving us a second private yard area by the guesthouse, with an arch entry.
A few shots from our beach walk this morning.
Two American Oystercatchers. Cool birds.
My boy. Handsome fella.
We found this Taz remnant.
This is what our office looks like now. We bought red energy saving curtains which block out a lot of the light and make our office into a cozy red cave.