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Published: June 27th 2009
Time is a strange thing here in Bucerias. In the morning, I wake up and make breakfast for Ronnie and myself while the "boys" go for a walk on the beach. We have breakfast then take a dip in the pool and oh my gosh! It's only 11:00am. Then in the afternoon, we do freelance work, draw and read and then oh my gosh! It's only 2:00pm! Next we have lunch, watch a movie or work on art and oh my gosh it's only 4:00! So I start to think about what to make for dinner...make it and watch a show and oh my gosh! Conan is over and we are watching Jimmy Kimmel and it is 11:30pm! How did that happen?
That pretty much describes every day for us here in Bucerias. We haven't been going out very much as we are really trying to save our pesos for the grand return to the motherland. Also, as sad as it is to say, we aren't really fond of walking around the town. It is much more tourist-based than we thought and everyone tries to sell us things at almost all times. We know times are tough here in Mexico
but we are just not used to that kind of attention. We have found a couple gems that we adore: an Italian Restaurant on the beach, two Irish bars and a homey little Mexican Restaurant that we like to go to for lunch once in awhile. And so, we are pretty much homebodies.
Since we are spending so much time at home and because the rainy season is just about here, we have had a fair share of "Animal Encounters" in our little paradise.
First off, there are many little lizards that run up and down the walls. They even find a way to get in sometimes, but I don't mind them too much. I know that they eat the bugs that I don't want to be in the house. I grew up with lizards being around when I would go camping every year with my family. Ronnie on the other hand is a little weirded out by them. And so, I have named them a single name to make them less scary. We named them Giles. (Yes to all you Buffy fans...because they are watchers). When ever we see one now we say, "Hi Giles!"
morning, before we jump in the pool, we have to look for crabs. Apparently, it is crab mating season, and so all the female crabs come off the mountains and make a migration to the beach to lay their eggs. They get side-tracked in people's yards, especially those with pools. The first time they showed up in our pool, Ronnie was swimming alone and came upon one standing on the side of the pool and another near Byron. They are unable to climb out of the pool on their own because of the little ledge and so they just park them selves on the side. As you can imagine, this freaked Ronnie out and he quickly got out of the pool. The Gardner laughed when he was told the story and quickly disposed of the crabs by taking a shovel and launching them into the empty lot next to our place. Well, we feel bad for these little crabs and so when we find them, we do things a bit differently. I get them using a racket and put them in an orange bucket. Then Ronnie takes them to the beach to set them free. Now, it has become pretty
Another visitor we have had, was a 3 foot iguana climbing our palm tree. Byron barked like the dickens as he watched the iguana climb the tree. We have also seen several large monitor lizards making their way across the road or over our fence. There is a neighbor who feeds stray cats and these cats like to use our grass as kitty liter. Byron likes to chase them away and will sit and stare at the wall they climb over for hours on end, hoping for a visit.
A not so fun visitor came the other morning. Ronnie was rubbing Byron's ear when he noticed a bump. He asked me to take a look and when I flipped his ear over, there was a quarter inch, engorged tick attached to our little man. We got our tweezers and removed him. It was the first time I have ever seen a tick let alone remove one, and I have to say they are one of the grossest little creatures to crawl on this earth. I mean what good purpose do they serve? Yuck!
On a more fun note, our cleaning lady named Lupe, come over one
morning and teach me how to make chilaquiles. She even taught me a bit about chiles and which ones are the best. I am planning on making chilaquiles this weekend on my own as practice before Ronnie's folks visit us over the fourth of July.
This evening, we went to a beach side restaurant, drank Pacifico and split an order of seafood nachos while Byron played in the sand...a great Friday night.
Being raised in the suburbs of San Francisco, it would be a lie to say that dealing with these new creepy-crawlies is easy. Sometimes I feel really fed up with finding huge dead bugs in the pool or on our door. I imagine it will only get a bit worse when the REAL rainy season comes for a couple months. Wish us city-folk luck on that one!
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