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Melissa & Dave - Adventures at Sea

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Does a big iguana live here?

Dave tells Melissa that there is a big iguana that lives in the trees around the pool.  Uh huh.  Right.  Sure thing.  Somehow that lizard is always MIA when Dave tries to show it to Melissa.  This afternoon Dave claimed to have seen it poking its nose out checking out the street out front.  Melissa …

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New outlet

While Bob was here, he tried to repair the exterior deck outlet behind the BBQ on the lower deck.  What he discovered was that the area behind the outlet was so deteriorated that we couldn’t screw in a new outlet plate because there was nothing to hold the screws.  The plate fell to pieces in his ha…

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Pots galore

Melissa has been working on replacement of the deck pots.  Turns out that clay pots down here deteriorate over the years.  To the point where they turn back into dirt.  These two are so bad that if you poke at them with your finger they just fall apart.  The remaining dozen pots are in somewhat bett…

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Rack of Lamb Cooking Lesson

While Bob and Patty are here, Melissa has been doing a bit of cooking.  Cuz, ya know, guests and food.  They go together!  It was fried fish and giant onion rings a few nights ago.  Tonight, a rack of lamb.  Simple as can be – roasted in the oven with rosemary and garlic, with lemon green beans.  An…

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Bob gets new teeth

When Bob and Patty arrived, Patty (a heart surgeon’s assistant) was curious about health care down here.  She asked whether we try to take care of all our medical appointments, dentist appointments, and so forth before we came down here.  Quite the opposite we explained.  Melissa had just been to ha…

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Sunrise and Sunset over Bahia De Bandaras

Bob and Patty have been up before dawn watching the sunrise over the mountains to the east.

And then watching the sunsets to the west.

And look, the iguana that Dave swears lives by the pool, but mysteriously is never present when Melissa is around, allowed Patty to take his photo!

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Whales with Bob

Since today is one of two full days we will all have free while Bob is here, we decided to rent a boat and head out to the Mariettas islands.  We pack up a lunch, the snorkel gear, and towels in anticipation of an afternoon out.  In the end, we should have just taken our sunglasses and towels.  It w…

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Bob arrives

Melissa has not spent any length of time with her cousin Bob since we were kids.  A wedding here, a dinner there when we pass through Minneapolis, sure.  But not like a “get to know you as an adult” vacation time.  When we bought the condo here, Melissa reached out to her Aunt to invite her (she cou…

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We’ve been together a long time.  Dave knows Melissa’s screeches.  There is the “ick what is this gooey mess?” screech.  Then at a somewhat higher volume there is the “I found a GIANT spider and I am sure he is going to eat me” screech.  At the top end of the squeal-o-meter is the “boat is tipped ov…

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Breakfast before Valentina departs

Today Valentina heads home.  But not before taking us out for breakfast and some very large Bloody Mary’s!

Valentia buys Art

Valentina has had a great week hanging out with us.  We have cooked a ton of great food, Valentina has had a swim in the pool every day.  And is feeling refreshed.  She is also on the hunt for artwork for her newly decorated living room.  So we head over to M8 gallery – owned and operated by Mar…

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Litibu with Valentina

Today we headed over to Litibu Grill.  A new favorite over on the Pacific Ocean side of the point.  They have nice big couches right on the beach and great food and drinks.  A lovely spot to spend the afternoon.


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Valentina Arrives

Dave was supposed to fly home for two weeks for work.  Alas the testing he was supposed to do got canceled due to project delays. Meanwhile, Melissa had invited Valentina to come visit so that we could hang out and have some girl fun.  But Valentina decided to head to Mexico anyway – having been ful…

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Condo Homeowners Dinner

Having gotten settled in these past few weeks, we wanted to meet the neighbors.  Nearly all of whom have now been vaccinated.  First party we have thrown in a very long time.  Pulled pork shoulder with homemade BBQ sauce and homemade pineapple sauce.  And everyone brought salads.  We had way too muc…

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Saturday we attended a children’s charity event.  The local ex-pats here have a number of children’s charities.  Right now there is a big focus on trying to educate the kids despite the schools being closed.  The event on Saturday was a children’s art auction.  The children were given paints and can…

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Setting up Office in Mexico

We have been working on getting our offices all set up here in Mexico.  We have lots more space here than in our condo in Seattle and we are taking full advantage of it.  We bought desk stands - the type that go from sitting to standing at the touch of a button.  But getting desk tops here is somewh…

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Sunrise on Bandaras Bay

Melissa was up working early this morning.  She got out the good camera to capture the sunrise over the ocean.

Batteries and Solar Lecture

Dave did another lecture for the La Cruz marina today.  This one on batteries and solar.  It was very well received and was the biggest crowd yet!  Though with everyone spaced out such that they were nice and safe.  Copy of the presentation is here.

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Air Conditioning Repairs

We have not been using the AC at all since we arrived.  Mostly we just open up the windows and doors and let the breeze cool us off.  At night, we turn on the fan in the bedroom and that is enough to keep us cool.  But we know its going to get warmer.  There are two air conditioning units that don’t…

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What happened to that quart of teak oil?

There is a lovely breakfast table outside the kitchen on the deck.  We have breakfast there every morning.  Problem is that the poor thing was very sun worn.  So we bought a quart of teak oil.  That only got us through one coat on the table and two of the chairs!  That was one thirsty table!

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