Nov 19th, 2009 by Les

“A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”  Dutch Proverb

Since I’ve never been burdened with a bushel (or any other measurement) of brains, I use my patience often.

As you’ve heard me lament many times already, our furniture and belongings have not yet arrived.  However, our patience has supposedly paid off.

They tell us our furniture has made it to Ajijic.  They tell us this, though I have no proof except for two phone calls David has had with our movers over the course of the last few hours.

We received a message, after an email inquiry I made yesterday, that our belongings had arrived and we needed to contact the movers for delivery.  David called immediately and was asked, when would he like to take delivery?  His response, how about now was greeted with, how about Monday.

Okay, we can make it through one more weekend.  I’m wondering if it would be possible to go and visit our stuff?  You know maybe pull out a few hundred things we are dying to get our hands on?  Perhaps, gaze upon a few items that hold special meaning – like, maybe, our toaster.   I guess that isn’t going to happen as they are still in their crates.

Life is full of ups and downs, a few steps forward and ten steps back.  For now, we march as one into the weekend knowing – though we have sustained yet another slow leak in our air mattress, our time is near its end and we will simply bound joyously into four more days of adventures in sleeping.

Pass the bottle of sleeping pills; I think I’m ready for a quick nap before the bed hits the floor!

(The pictures accompanying this post are a view of our blow up mattress and of Lumpel-Still-Skin – our cat – sequestered within said blow up mattress.)

The Blow UP

The Blow UP

Lumpel Still Skin

Lumpel Still Skin

A local insurance agent came calling today…
Nov 15th, 2009 by David

Fortunately, Les noticed him on the roof before he could make his pitch for liability insurance, presumably by falling off of it.

OK–you don’t need to tell me this isn’t a gecko. I can tell the difference between ordinary lizards and geckos. Geckos wear glasses.

A local insurance agent

A local insurance agent

Someone Oughta Shoot That Rooster!
Nov 6th, 2009 by Les

Somewhere in Ajijic a Rooster Cackles
Somewhere in Ajijic a Rooster Cackles

A Russian Proverb goes…”Rooster today, feather duster tomorrow”.

You would think, being a girl raised in Wisconsin, I’d have heard a rooster cackle before.  That is not the case, however, the first rooster I heard cock-a-doodle-doo was at 2:30 in the morning on our first morning in Ajijic.

Yes folks, you’ve got that correct…2:30 a.m.!  As far as either of us could tell – there wasn’t a blink of sunlight available for this audacious bird to begin to “sing”.

Now, before anyone takes offense I hold Gilbert up as point – we love birds.  One has only to meet our dear Gilbert to know we love birds.  Why do I say this, Gilbert – though beautiful and intelligent was, might I say it, a bit on the cranky side.  Once we purchased his mirror – he became a little less cranky and a LOT more vain – you want to hear a bird make nose – try to take a mirror away from a cockatiel (ask Johnice and Josh).

Anyway, I digress…yet again.

This rooster or, for all I know, every rooster in this village, decides to cackle most of the night until the first light of dawn which, trust me, is around 4:35 a.m. give or take a few hours!  Though we have gotten used to the nightly chorus of roosters cackling, dogs barking and the occasional lilt of Mexican music bouncing through the streets at odd hours, it is still humorous to both of us….thus David’s comment above.

We take for granted the noises of the city or the countryside, so often melodious in nature, because we are so busy doing whatever it is we do each day.  Now that our life has slowed down….WAY DOWN… here in this little village in Mexico, we have found ourselves marveling at the things that catch our eye, ping our ears or flit through our minds as we travel by foot or auto down this road to adventure.

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