Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bits and bytes

Morning everyone, a little insomnia is a good reason for a blog. I want to quickly tell you about a supplement I came across that has performed a little miracle. Short version- my friend Susan came to me about a year ago to tell me that her one-year-old bull mastiff Jasper had bone cancer. He'd been limping and had a lump on his right leg.

She had that diagnosis confirmed in the states, and they wanted to amputate. She told me that relative of hers had had stage four lung cancer, started taking this compound and the cancer was gone in a short time.

Now you know me folks, I was more than a little skeptical. But she started giving him the supplement and the next time I saw him a few months later, the one tumour had disappeared. He got a little worse again later on because he's a big dog and she couldn't force him to take it every day. At one point she had him at the vet for a week getting it via intravenous. Now she has a big syringe and just shoots it down his throat twice a day.

OK, here's the miracle part- Jasper is absolutely fine, running around like the puppy he is. OK, that's it, here's the supplement, it's inexpensive and I just figure everyone should know about it because it's worth a shot if someone you know has cancer:

Carl and I had our first beach day yesterday, what fun! Our new canopy is perfect, goes up easily, is strong and lightweight and withstands a pretty good wind.

Osvaldo has been working on our place all week. He covered up the AC ducting, has patched and painted holes and cracks on the house, took off all the screens and cleaned them and the windows, put an access door in the back of the house where the tub plumbing is, & took off the front door and painted it (Boy, did it need it!!)

Now the place is ready for Wayne and Jen, who arrive next Saturday!!

 While we were on the beach, we saw this guy go back and forth a few times, he follows the pack of horses that walk the beach with thier owners selling rides.

My photo project theme last week was chaos. I picked the center one below, but I like all three.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Cheryl is in a photography group, and she asked if I wanted to join. I don't have talent like the rest of the group, but I think I'll learn a bit and have fun doing it. Here is the shot I've submitted so far, on the theme simplicity. This is Christian from next door after I gave him some watermelon and whistled at him to get his attention.
I tried this one too, but I didn't like the blue cast. This is shells I've collected at the beach. I had fun making the flower.

Big news of the week of course is that Carl is home. He's happy to be here and we're happy to see him. He's watching CFL on TV right now, which he's also pretty darn happy about.

Saturday I went to help bag some food for the poor parts of town, donated by various people and run by Blanca:

It's a pretty easy business, one group loads a bag of beans, one of rice, 2 cans of tuna and a jar of peanut butter into a bag. Others take that bag, walk down a line to get potatoes, onions, carrots, a cabbage and some oranges. Then they tie that bag and add it to the rapidly growing heap. After about an hour when all the bags are full, there's a fast cleanup and the bags get loaded into a truck for distribution.

That's it for now, we're busy and happy and I'm going down to Pinky's for a swim! Hope to see you all soon.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

For Sale

It seems like all of Las Conchas (the shells) is for sale. This is called "Millionaires' Row", but the houses are much cheaper now. Here is where it is- Andreas says hi, I guess he was using my camera:

This place is going for 395,000. Here's the virtual tour: VirtualTour

Same Place

Love the gates! $225,000. VirtualTour

$269,000 - VirtualTour

This one above is interesting. The realtor is Fabian, who we have met. When I was taking the picture, Alison, who I've done some work for and lives out there, saw me. She tracked down my phone number and called because she wanted me to know that although it's kind of plain outside, the inside is amazing contemporary architecture and it was well worth looking at.

This one is right on the beach

Cute little place, couldn't find it online.
These places are side by side.

Meh- Plain Jane.
I couldn't find this place either- these realtors need help with their websites!

I like the landscaping.

Big enough garage?

and most of the house down on the water.

quite the driveway

Little guesthouse on the left

garage, and then the main house on the beach

$135,000, right on the beach. Unbelievable.
Later note: $135,000 is for an 1/8 share. That makes more sense.

Casa del mar. More Pictures

The Greek's Hacienda II - don't know where #1 is.

I can't track this one down either, but I like it.
That's it, I took a few more but they were boring. Have fun on your tour through Las Conchas. If you like it, I'll do another neighborhood.