June has to start with dogs. I love dogs and we had three at the start of June. Three dogs and a cat -- only Talley has been with us from the start of this adventure. She spent 10 days in a very stuffed car to come to Mexico. She loved being an only child, but she has adapted to the three newbies.
Then on a fateful day, I saw a starving, near death dog on the street up from us. It was still there hours later and I couldn't resist helping it. The sick, dog crawled to my hand and let me pick him up. We couldn't find a vet due to the late hour, so we had to hold him and fix his wounds that night. Next morning, he was still alive. So, it was off to our vet who thought there was a chance that he would live. Two days later, Lazarus was sent home with us.
Turned out that this dog was a Pit Bull who liked Gary and me a lot, but hated the cat and wanted to have his way with the girl dogs. It took all the energy and strength we had to keep them all separated, loved, and exercised.
We had Lazarus until he was well enough for his neutering operation. Then we made a deal with a local shelter to trade him for a quieter girl dog.
We became Bonnie's parents and are working to make a very nervous, but sweet, border collie our fourth dog child. She is doesn't mind the cat, loves the terrier, is afraid of the white tiled floors, and wants to be with us all. So, it all turned out to be a Bonnie Good Deal!
I have so much free time that I end up focusing on projects. One that we are still trying to finish is the windows in the living room area. My problem is that the metal bars were placed right next to the glass; this made it really difficult to clean the spider webs between. So I decided to have the bars cut away and new ones put on that were further away. Seemed simple, but when two iron workers refused the job I should have known that it wasn't going to be. Turned out that the guy who agreed to do it was moving out of town the next day.
He did it, but without the precautions necessary. I have a few tiny burnt spots on the tile floor, had to repaint part of the arches, and I had to replace 7 windows which cracked.
But the windows can be cleaned much more easily!
Gary's face as he watches the flames on the ceiling!
The Westenders Garden Group has embarked on a project to assist an local orphanage, La Ola, with their gardening needs. I have enjoyed meeting the staff and the children. It's nice to have a hobby that can benefit others. Plus it has helped me connect more strongly with a few of the garden group members. It's important to have good connections when you are so far from home.
Carolyn and Rose have been especially important to me.