Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What's new?

I survived the noise of the August Festival, but, have decided to move out of Centro. Realized Christmas and New Years are right around the corner, and then in February is Carnival...yep, time to move. I have chosen an apartment in the town to the north, San Clemente, and since they have their annual festival in September, I will wait until its over, and move on the 8th. It is a bitter sweet decision to leave my beloved San Jacinto, but I have friends and clients in that neck of the woods, and a new chapter will do me good.

Last week Perry and I were house sitting, so a bunch of crazy ladies could go to Quito and Banos for a much needed vacation. I was watching three dogs and a cat! Made me realize just how easy Perry is to take care of!

This is Dallas, the Min Pin and Chloe some sort of terrier. Super loving when they want to be, but also VERY demanding...demanding breakfast at 5AM! The other dog, Senor Guapo, who can not be left alone, and I had to take everywhere I went...was a street dog, but I guess not all street dogs are as easy as Perry.

I finished another paint project before I left for pet sitting, and now just need to make a cushion. I also had a minor catasrophe when the metal fittings for my bed rusted completly, but I got to looking at the bits and pieces and decided I could make a bench. Need to finish painting it, and varnish and Voila, a bench to match my chair. Will be nice in my new apartment.

While house sitting I finished a sign for a friend Patricia, and also a birthday gift for one of the ladies I was sitting for.

I will see Mike today, he has been painting and got back into his clay recently. Im sure he is glad the town has quieted down too. His lease is up in December, and will also look to move out of Centro. We did it, enjoyed it, now time to change. So, stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Friday, August 18, 2017

August festival in San Jacinto

My little town has been a buzz of activity getting ready for the annual festival. Painting projects on street curbs, houses and lots of mad dashes to get construction projects finished. At my end of the street the old lighthouse was getting a facelift, it was two weeks of cement mixer right outside starting at 7am! But the finished product turned out very nice.

Here is what it used to be.

Then they started busting up rocks, and adding cement...

At first I thought they were adding stairs down to the ocean, and thought...thats not a good idea, but no.

Then they filled in the "moat" for what I thought was going to be planters, but no...

There are colored lights in the "waves" and they really made the background so they can have performances on the stage and not get splashed from high tide. They used this stage on Saturday night for their "night of culture" which turned out to be Karaoke! Great! Right outside my door!

Sunday was another boat parade, and in town was a food festival with games, like this one a "de-cobbing corn" race. (Im sure there is a real word, just could NOT think of it, schucking?)

By Monday I had had enough, and went to San Clemente for a couple nights. Wednesday night there was one last hooray in town and they partied and danced til the wee hours of the morning. So glad everyone had a good time, but made me realize... living in town, well is a little noisy. So, stay tuned, the adventure continues!