Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Painting RV

Tuesday morning already and I'm just writing about Saturday and Sunday. So easy to get behind. Just lazy yesterday. 
Saturday afternoon and Sunday were eventful days. From strange to interesting to fun.
They have started to clean up the bulldozed brush behind us. I could hear him but it took a while to find him. Loading up truck after truck load. 
While I was watching them this little guy showed up. Looking through the fence at us. 
There are a lot of different animals living out there. Wonder what they think of their home being disturbed. 
And then the painter showed up. Bill has always hated it that the cab of the RV was white while the body was a cream color. It is hard to see in pictures but the cab is bright white. 

So fist thing was to remove the decals on cab and prepare it for painting. The painter putting tape on newspaper sheets. 

 Decals are off and taping paper has begun. The painters truck with his compressor in the back of it. 
 Big piece of plastic over the cab over. 
Painting the black stripe, then it was taped off and covered. 
Mixing the paint for the cab. No computer to do it. All done by hand and eye. 
Drop by drop. Mix - hold sample up to body of RV - add a few more drops. 
Finger painting. Paints match. Cleaning the paint off Bills finger. I told them I was taking a picture of them holding hands - how cute. 
Getting ready to paint.
The back of the painters truck. Everything he needs. 
First coat of paint.
Took three coats of paint. 
Checking things out. 
Three coats of clear coat. 
The final polishing.
This is the best picture I could get - doesn't really show the paint. 
 After the first of the year Bill plans on having some more work done on the graphics on the whole RV. No idea what.
Come evening we went over to the Plazuela Machado for dinner and to listen to Raphael. But saw this as we were leaving the parking lot. No idea...
A beautiful evening. Ate at a new, to us restaurant, the Gala Bistro. Everyone was happy with their food. As always music was great. Weather was perfect. 
And look who got up to dance. 
Good day and great evening.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Got 1 and 1/2 errands done/

As I write this I can hear the machines working on the used to be jungle behind us. These were taken with the drone. This is the area to the south of us where they are not clearing. Thick jungle look. See the waterway.
 Right behind us where they have cleared out the brush. Now they have equipment in there picking up  the piles of dead brush.
I was asked yesterday if we planned on spending the whole winter here or if we were going to go to Aticama for a bit. Before we left home we'd talked about going to Guadalajara, Guanajuato and Hidalgo. We haven't been that far south in quite some time. And let's face it we aren't getting younger. But it seems like we get here, get settled in and plans to travel just kind of slip away. So guess we'll take it day by day. 
Much to my surprise when I looked at my memory card from the camera this morning I discovered it took more pictures from yesterday's performance by the children then I thought. So here they are. The opening number - the whole group singing Feliz Navidad. 
 I think this was introduced as the Rooster Dance. Very good dancing by these girls. 
 Waiting for their turn.
 Lining up to do the Pumpkin Dance.
 With their partners.
 Forget what this one was called, the older children performed it. And then my battery died. 
Sat out in the sunshine to warm up and watch the birds eat Saturday morning. Not the way I'd want to eat my breakfast - upside down!
The chakalakas waiting for me to leave so they can steal all the bread. 
 Eating in peace for now.
 And then we set out to do errands. Get money from ATM, pick up Bill's watches [haha] and pay for yesterday's lunch. First stop the ATM machine. It had money and it gave us money. One done. Then to Centro - 1st parking lot full, 2nd parking lot not open, So back to 1st lot, got okay to park here if we left keys. No prob.
 Outside of parking lot were men digging up the BRAND NEW sidewalk! WHAT?
I just like the colors of the buildings. Actually the rose colored one is just walls, it is the parking lot. So many of the buildings and shells of buildings are getting new paint jobs.
Walking through the Plazuela Machado we saw this group of dancers. They were going to do a video.

We continued on following Bill to the watchmaker - 2nd errand. But of course stopped to talk to the man up on the scaffolding replacing the coving on this old building. Can't wait to see it finished.

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On thee way to the watchmakers I noticed this home has been completely been redone, Looks great.
The watch repair man was open, but only one watch was ready to be picked up. Well one is better than none.
Heading back to the plaza we stopped to watch the old parking lot - that is now closed for good - being repainted. Some of the loose plaster had been taken off, but no undercoat or patching. Just painting. 
Back at the plaza Bill tried to pay for the meal we had the day before. Still couldn't as the cash drawer was still locked. Will try again next time we go there. 
The dancers were now in the gazebo getting ready to dance. No music though, just the choreographer counting the beat. 

On home for the rest of the day.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Mexican kind of day

Thursday night I decided I wanted to cook dinner - managed to go 45 days without cooking dinner. Well, except for some Italian Sausage that I did cook, so we'd have sandwich snacks. I wanted to bread the chicken breasts but for the life of me I couldn't find the three containers of bread crumbs I know we have. Also discovered even though the RV is level the stove is not. All the oil ran to the very back of the pan no matter which burner I put it on. 
So Friday morning I got busy and rearranged all the cupboards so hopefully now I can find things. Put them in more logical places and put some of the extra canned goods and coffee under the seats. Also discovered the sugar I had in the canister was powdered sugar not regular - huh? When did I ever buy powdered sugar. And why didn't I notice it when I put it in the canister? On the grocery list.
While I was doing that Bill was leveling the cook top. Should be much better now. 
Also did some cleaning and we got propane when the truck came through. And I figured out how to fix a glitch in my travel database. Yippee! That was a hair puller. I knew how I messed it up but couldn't figure out how to fix it easily. When all this was done it was only 9:30! Going to need a nap later today. 
Sunrise Thursday morning. Quite a bit cooler here now as there is a wind out of the north. Bill even has on jeans today, Friday. 
On Thursday we drove up to El Quelite with friends from the RV park for breakfast.
 This little rooster sat there almost our whole meal, complaining that we weren't feeding him 
 Got to pet the baby goat, so sweet. 
 Thought I'd check out the new upstairs dining area. Nice tile stairs.
 Looking down at our table. 
 Just part of the new dining area. 
 Across the street from the restaurant. In the spring this little street was blocked off and the center divider put in and landscaped. We were told they were remodeling the building and turning it into a hotel. Looks nice but no signs or open doors.
 I guess this is why not. The outside is pretty but the inside not so much. Long ways to go and no one was working on it.
 Isn't this pretty
Friday after all our work around home we headed to Centro, Bill wanted to pick up his watches. We parked in regular lot so Willie could also get a wash. 
Walked to the watchmaker it was 10:30 - he wasn't open. Sign said open at 9:00. Knocked on the door of his home right next to the shop, no answer. We couldn't pick the car up yet as it takes a while to get it washed so we strolled up towards the central market. Walked around in there for a while. Saw a fellow RVer from our park and talked to him for a bit. Then headed back to watchmaker. Still closed. So we continued on to the Mercado Culinary to buy cinnamon rolls. Got two. Then we decided we should eat lunch while out. Over to the Plazuela Machado to the Machado Grill. I decided to cross one thing off  my list of  'things to do this year" and ordered tacos. That's right, I've never eaten a taco. Bill ordered a hamburger. While we were sitting waiting Bill saw the cook leave the restaurant and go next door to another restaurant. He called the waiter over and asked where the cook was going. "To get the meat for your hamburger." was the answer. Well okay. Our meals were served, we both enjoyed them and it came time to pay the bill. Nope we couldn't pay. Only the waiter and cook had shown up for work - no manager. The credit card reader and the cash drawer were locked up. He told us to pay next time we came to the plaza.  Hum...wonder what he did about the other two tables that had people eating at them? They know we are always around there so no big deal letting us go without paying. 
Back to a clean Willie and on home. At least I got some walking in. 
Didn't take any pictures while downtown.
In the afternoon the Salvation Army brought over some of the children from their home to put on a show. Beautiful children and wonderful dancing. I did take my camera, but hadn't checked it - the battery died as I took the first picture. The Christmas shows are how they raise money to support the home. The children have been taken from abusive or neglectful homes. Most stay until they are 17 or 18. 
It got downright cold here last night, had the little electric heater running all night and I've got on long sleeves and pants as I write this. Bill won't get up cause it is too cold. 
Thank everyone who  commented on my last blog. The most comments I've ever had. I personally like to put in the pictures. The blog for me is more about life in Mexico then about us. Pictures are the best way to share.