Thursday, January 2, 2014

watching paint dry/Venados

Operation refurbish broken table  and chairs is ongoing, it was to be "brother's" job but he suddenly had to have his appendix removed. I am given a list and I head to the mainland. I love Mexico. When I ask the dude at the paint store for paint thinner he asks "how much you want?".  Oh....1/2 a litre I say, he pours 1/2 a litre into an empty coke bottle. I love that you can go to a store and buy 1 pamper, 1 garbage bag, 4 tablets of Imodium, 2 paper clips, 1 needle, 1 egg, 1 cigarette (not that I smoke), as much garden hose as you want (or as little as you want) 1 piece of cake, any length of string/rope that you want, as many or as little staples as you want, 1 get the idea. I think of all the times at home I've bought a box of 100 of something and when time comes to use them (whatever it may be) and it's either expired, gone bad, I can't find it in my shed because I have so much "extra" stuff in there, or now it's one size too small or the wrong color and  I end up going to the store again to buy another box of 100 only to use 2 and store it in my shed again because I will need the other 98 someday. 
This is how we end up owning gi-normous houses with huge garages, huge sheds, and basements and attics full of stuff.....stuff that we have been trained to think we will need some day and we have been lead to believe that ..... get this "it's cheaper". I laugh at myself now, I bought into that too. "It's cheaper"....I laugh. When I get back to Canada I will open up a new store, the opposite of a bulk store....I will call it "Unbulk". I will sell you 4 Imodium tablets (because if you need more than that you have a different problem), I will sell you 2 tooth picks, a cup of paint thinner, 1 sheet of paper, 1 shoelace, 6 red beads, 2 pampers, 1 light bulb,  and 1 white sock...single socks will be a good seller I think. Look out Costco you have been brainwashing people for too long."Unbulk" is where it's at now.

Anyway....that was my little rant there. Back to my table and chairs, turns out watching paint dry is not nearly as fun as watching laundry dry .... I was surprised too. It takes a long time for paint to dry here (the humidity), making this project sloooooow. Then I find out I missed a step, I was supposed to mix the paint thinner with the paint which makes it dry faster. Ops.

Kitchen cupboards have also been painted, ,slooooooowly, and dude was going to come to hang them a week of mananas ago....he'll come, yet. I still owe him some money. ..... I thought that was smart of me to hold back money to insure fast and speedy work, turns out money is not the motivation to work here, yeah....that is a different story, but i have to go and watch the sunrise now. 

watching paint dry, I did not go with doors because I would have wanted glass ones and the running back and forth into the mainland and having the glass guy there work with the carpenter guy here on the Island would have slowed this whole  thing down even more. I can always make cute little curtains if I want too......and who doesn't need another reason to visit the fabric store. Love love love Mexican fabric stores. 

Venados baseball game

The Mazatlan Venados didn't make the playoffs (again) so for the last game of the season they were giving away free bleacher and lateral tickets. The stadium was almost full, they surprised us by winning. It was a fun night. 


Brenda Maas said...

How to get your cupboard hung 101.
-throw a party and invite the person supposed to hang them
-ask him to bring his tools as the cupboard is in the way of the party

You never know it could work lol.

The curtains I have on my cupboards work pretty good and besides you can then change them whenever you get a re-decorating urge lol. I love the fabric stores also and the notions stores are a blast as well.

Contessa said...

Thank God you get up early enough to take photos of the sunrise otherwise I would never seen one on the Isla.
Happy New Year and wishing you hung cabinets and more :)