As I write this, it is still the weekend, the house is quiet from construction workers and aaaaaaaah does it feel good. To rest my back, to lay my legs, to cream my hands and just do nothing. This week was too much and we ended burned out. It is 630pm and BF has been sound asleep for over an hour. That’s how tired we are.
Bye bye black plastic roof cover (crossing fingers for no rain)
The car was making a strange noise and we had to take it to the mechanic. Here with a piece of plastic and another little rubber, they fix cars, which is awesome. You have to learn how to make mend do when the car dealer is 300 miles away and everything takes weeks to ship. The guy said it would take 30 minutes, it took about 4 hours…
New plastic roof
In the meanwhile, I went to shop for some plastic tiles for the roof, and a couple of doors for the future guest rooms. I managed to forget my checkbook there but didn’t realize that for another couple of days. Or it may have been the workers inside the house… I’ll stay with the lost theory or will start doubting every worker that came inside. It cost an additional trip to the bank and a couple of hours lost to learn that thankfully no check had been used, but we couldn’t withdraw money without a checkbook in spite of having our ID and even fingerprints check into the bank system. And since it is a company account, no debit card is allowed either so we have to write personal checks to the workers in the meanwhile and complicate a bit more the company’s accounting.
Shower with plastic roof
The work started early this week to build a wall that will separate the living space into two guest rooms. Since half of that space is still our bedroom, we had to limit our living quarters to just a little more than the size of the bed, until the wall was up. The bathroom door would be in the second room, so we had to take it off, close the hole, and make a new hole for the door to be in the newly created corridor.
That means noise, and dust, more dust than you can imagine. From the deck it looked like the house was chain smoking cigarettes.
Kitchen with lots of light
We hadn’t planned to change the roof just yet, but a retired American expat came by saying he was interested in buying our plastic roof cover. He just moved into a leaking house and was in a hurry, so we were happy to sell our plastic, that covered one third of the new plastic tiles expenses.
The second bedroom is being built
As the thatched roof continued to rot in some parts, a lot of dust and crap would fall off, making it a nightmare to clean the house. Those rotten parts are where insects and bats nest too, so we got rid of it all, kept the healthy part, and put on the plastic roof. It is like camping under the stars, I like it. We put it ourselves, because five workers were already on the room building and new room excavation project.
The house being painted white. Insects don’t like lime
We also painted the house white with lime wash, and dug a new septic tank because the old one was the dry toilet that has been taken off to excavate the new room. Busy week, I’m telling you.
Digging the septic tank
I talked a couple of weeks back about how happy I was with my deep freezer and that I had a full lamb inside. Turns out the lamb had sharp bones cut with machete and made a hole at the bottom of the freezer. When its temperature started to increase, we knew something was wrong. The store told us a technician could come in 2 weeks, and there was no way I was wasting a lamb and about $200 of food so we called in a guy, who said the bone hole had nothing to do with the leak, the freezer was faulty. Now we are fighting with the store to get the reparation money, and they say they don’t cover the 1 year guarantee because of the bone hole.
There are a few good news.
1.We were able to save the palm trees that were uprooted to leave room for the new room, they are planted on the beach and will define a line for the petanque (French bowls) field. The field is a nice addition, it is also a way to get rid of all the excavated ground.
2.We found those rests of Mayan clay artifacts while excavating.
Future petanque field, the saved palm tree to the right, the mountain of sand to the left will be used for the field
3.The hens have welcomed two little sisters and we have found a second egg! I thought they were traumatized and not laying, turns out they don’t lay in the lovely nests we made inside the cage, but into the wild. Now it looks like Easter looking for the eggs everywhere before another animal eats them. A hen makes a lot of noise before she is about to lay so we know which one to look closely.
4.I just love the color of wet concrete and am looking into ways to keep the walls this way, with a coat of burned oil or something. Otherwise the concrete will dry and look gray and sad.
5.Finally, the cuteness overdose of the week, the very first little plant from the herb garden has started to sprout! Not even a week, I am quite impressed. Guatemala is known for the amazing quality of its soils, and things that are growing at twice the pace than other place because of a perfect climate. I hope then hens won’t eat the plants!
I hope your week is going well! Have you written to Santa yet? Remember you can win $100 on the giveaway that I am co-hosting!
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