Friday, April 13, 2018

I Want to Go Back

We arrived home yesterday around noon and by 1:00 we knew we were in for a long episode with our water. The sump pump had quit working [must have just happened before we walked in the door] and there was water rushing into the pit, just as if someone had opened a garden hose.

Fred replaced the sump pump immediately hoping it was just a high water table, but when that didn't work we had to call the town crew in at 9:30 at night.

They tried to turn off the outside water at the street, but the valve sheered off so we were stuck with this running water all night. Luckily the sump pump was able to keep it at bay, even if it meant running every 60 seconds.

This morning the town brought in a huge hydro vac truck to dig out the shut off valve to keep the water out of our house. Success! The town had to pay for that work, but now our part starts at $280/hour.

Fred and I had to remove part of our front deck so the hydro vac would fit and they could start trenching.

We have the crew digging under the deck right now trying to locate the water line, but so far no luck! Will keep you posted!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Travelling Quickly

We are in Havre, Montana with the intention of getting home tomorrow afternoon. This is approximately two weeks earlier than usual so we are seeing a lot more white stuff than we would like.

The drive has been relatively easy with no delays or slow downs. The weather was extremely hot until after Laughlin, Nevada and it has kept going down each and every day. Today it was +6C when we left Helena at 8:30. Shorts and sandals no more!

We stopped briefly in Las Vegas on Sunday to have brunch with Diane....muffins and mimosas!!

The Prius has held out just fine this winter...maybe a few more nicks and dents than when we started out in October, but great gas mileage. We did have to put new tires on in Laughlin and get a wheel alignment....maybe tope damage and maybe not!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Not as Many

This year the crowds at Semana Santa seem to be down a bit so the traffic is manageable. Even so, we went for a long walk today to check out the partying and to see what was happening on the only road into San Carlos.

We ended up at one of the few bars that stayed open and had a really great time with the Mexicans and even a few Americans. We really do more than go to the beach! The band was pretty good, but I'm not so sure about their equipment.

The police were manning the turn arounds...usually they are barricaded, but not this year!

Dennis and Fred found a friend...even if she didn't want to talk to them.

We did have fun but were home by 4:30, just to make sure we weren't out and about when the real partying starts! Walking amongst 100,000 to 150,000 partiers doesn't appeal to anyone of us!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

More and More

For some reason Gloria and I just can't stop making our candied JalapeƱos...we did it again yesterday! This time we bought 14 kilos of peppers, the most ever! I ended up with 24 jars, Gloria kept 12 jars and we gave away 10 large jars.

I think I might need an intervention!

My expression tells how we really felt about this process after two hours of cutting. We still had the processing ahead of us and we were contemplating throwing the darn things in the garbage!

Anyone want jars and jars of candied peppers? They will be in Eatonia on April 12th!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Little Scare

Garbage collection in San Carlos has always been an issue and this year it is even more so. The city of Guaymas, in all its wisdom, has decided that because Tecalai [our park] is a horizontal condominium we will no longer be receiving city collection. And, yes, we are wondering where our taxes are going!

We are to hire our own private collectors and we are willing to do so if we could find a reliable company....Sonoran garbage collection is not really a refined system.

Enough of my rant and on to today's scare for Fred. We had to drive into Guaymas to pay our trust this morning and decided to take one small bag of garbage to leave in one of the city dumpsters.

Fred was just approaching the dumpster and was throwing the bag into it when a homeless man popped up. He was right in the dumpster collecting food scraps and was startled when Fred more so than Fred when the guy suddenly appeared! I thoroughly enjoyed the scene from the safety of the car!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Back Home

We arrived in San Carlos on Friday and haven't had a chance to catch our breath yet. This is one busy little town.

Last night our backyard neighbour picked me up to go to play bingo...she drives a golf cart and wanted to give me a ride. She is so proud of the vehicle and her ability to drive it around Tecalai!

And she should be proud...she is 96 years young and still going strong!!

She is celebrating with other neighbours after her victory in bingo.

Saskatoon you recognize the gentleman in the picture?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

From Coast to Coast

We are settled into Morelia tonight and are enjoying the fact that the busiest part of the drive is over. The drive from Villahermosa to Tula is the toughest by far...lots of trucks carrying oil from Veracruz to various parts of Mexico.

While driving we usually have a system that works for both of us. I do the look out part and Fred does the driving, but today wasn't one of those days. Fred decided that the GPS system was completely out to lunch and went into Morelia on his own. Needless to say, I disagreed and I won't bother you with what transpired between us!! We did make it without incident and we are still talking, so that is good!

Tomorrow we have a short four drive to the town of Tequila. We plan on doing a tour of the Jose Cuervo distillery, which is strange since neither of us like tequila. Maybe we will learn tomorrow.