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restyling a recliner sofa – part 1

When I was asked at Saturday’s IWC meeting   “What have you been up to?” my automatic answer was “Not much.” Then I thought to add, “I’m crocheting a baby blanket, oh and I am taking a sofa apart.” I have no idea why that totally slipped my mind. It all started when I was cleaning our microfiber recliner loveseat, again. Microfiber wears like iron but in this climate it gets so dirty. I am a bit embarrassed to show you what it looked like! The worse part is that you can see where I habitually sat. All that black is from me. I guess even little delicate flowers like I imagine myself to be,sweat in the Yucatan. Forget the about the saying, horses sweat, men perspire, woman glow, here everyone sweats,especially on microfiber.  As I started to scrub, the idea of making a throw cover came to me. I discarded that idea, but decided to slip cover it instead. I ...

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When all else fails use duct tape

Held together with spit and baling wire probably has a Mexican equivalent somewhere. I’ve certainly seen enough ingenious fixes in our Merida sojourn. I’ve even done more than my share of them. Once when my Buick blew a hose outside of Buttonwillow, my traveling companion and I used a plastic pencil case and some duct tape to make emergency repairs. The mechanic didn’t have the right hose, but he had one that worked so that’s the one we used. The mechanic said that he couldn’t charge me labor because it wasn’t the right part.  At that time Buttonwillow was just a wide spot in the road offering a couple of gas stations, a Motel 6 and your choice of burgers, my friend and I were probably the cutest things he’d seen in awhile and that may have had more to do with the discount than the suitability of the hose. That hose was still in that ‘73 Skylark in ‘79 ...

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where’s the heat?

“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” is a phrase I remember from my childhood. Winter in our part of Northern California meant monsoon like rain rather than snow. Here March and spring means heat and the beginning of the warm months. Last week the weather was just perfect, warm enough to swim during the day but cool enough to sleep under a blanket (or at least under a sheet). I almost envied those Merida natives who had flocked to the beach for semana santa. Monday, a new frente frio came in. I’m glad that I was slow in putting away my winter woolies or what passes for winter woolies for me. As I type this I am wearing a long sleeve button down shirt and have a (light weight) sweater draped around my neck, preppy style. I was wearing the sweater earlier but felt too warm after awhile. Using it as a scarf seems to ...

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A little side trip

It’s not exactly a newsflash when I say that I’m easily side tracked. It’s the dark side of being interested in a lot of stuff. When something new comes along, it’s always more interesting than the same old thing. One of my guidelines that I am following i s to complete a project before going on to another one. That doesn’t mean that I can’t have more than one thing happening because even I can’t crochet non-stop. In this instance I’m talking about the home redecorating project. While I have made great strides in the dining room, building a farmhouse style table, repainting the china cabinet and framing some art, I’m only about 70% done. One of the things about having a plan, it’s okay to deviate from it, a long as there is a good reason. A couple of months back, I bought a king size head board and foot board. I was concerned that it would be a ...

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Just moving along

Friday morning I woke up with a horrible headache. I’m pretty sure that it was sinuses because it got better when I pressed the corresponding acupressure points.  Either way it was a totally wasted day for me. We’ve been doing saline nasal washes twice a day but I am no way as diligent as Husband so I paid the price. He has also been adding a few drops of tea tree oil to his neti pot. Being a bit of a woos, I declined the additive, but I’m now a believer.  I am also feeling like a normal human today, so it was only a 24 hour thing. I want to thank everyone who came to the Book Signing. It was a lot of fun. Joanna blogged about it and posted some great photos from the event. We’re talking about doing another one but in Merida this time. My funk has dissipated. I really appreciate the advice and nice comments ...

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Ya’ll come! Book Signing! March 13th!

I got so deep into my mope that I forgot about some exciting news! The Merida Writers’ Group is having a book signing at the beach! Our Yucatan: Tales and Poems, Mostly True, But Laced With Artistic License , will be available at a special price of $120 mxn (normally $150mxn). I hope that you will come to say hello and buy a copy or two of our book. It’s a perfect present to take back to your pet sitter, in-laws and who ever else you want to buy a gift. In this case, one size does fit all and since it’s an anthology there is a story for everyone’s tastes. “This book is sure to become a classic !” – C.M. Mayo BOOK SIGNING MEET THE AUTHORS WEDNESDAY,MAR. 13, 1 TO 3 PM COSTA BRAVA CONDOS CALLE 19 #194, CHICXULUB INFO: lg5050 at hotmail dot com Go into Progresso heading toward the malecon. At Calle 27, turn right and ...

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Scattered to the winds

I feel scattered a lot of the time. Afraid to start a new project but not motivated to complete old ones. I have started writing at least two different books and abandoned them. I’ve got piles of fabric that I bought intending to make clothes and, well, you get the idea. My blog lacks focus, it’s not a living abroad informational blog, nor a DIY blog nor an informational blog. Yeah I have the food/cooking blog, but as you can see I haven’t blogged there since December of 2012. I’m thinking of just posting what we eat every day as a way to ease back into the food blog. What I need is to get some sort of structure and form to my life. I also think that I am too cold right now, I hate being cold and it makes me want to eat and hibernate. The funny thing is that once I get going I am just fine. ...

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Cabinet post

Emboldened by table building success I decided to raise up our hutch. I thought that would make it look more interesting. Off I went to the Madería Villalobos. Heavy provincial legs completely fit the bill, they looked sturdy enough that the breakfront wouldn’t look like a stilt walker, they were a little taller than I wanted but I thought that it would still be okay. Unfortunately, there were only three left. Why is someone going to all the lumberyards and buying only one leg? After much deliberating, I finally decided on some shorter, sturdier and more practical legs. As in many of my great ideas, this one crashed when confronted with reality. After consulting with my team of advisors, I came to the conclusion that while it was a feasible project, it was going to involve more than just slapping a set of feet onto the bottom. Words like cross bracing and weight bearing were bandied about. The legs are ...

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My apprenticeship continues

Now that I had my key element for the table, A.M. and I walked  five houses down the street to buy the rest of the lumber and have the legs cut shorter. A.M. had expressed concern that the legs looked too long, but I measured them against my body and I thought that they hit my hip in exactly the same place as our current table. As my husband tells me, if it’s possible to mess something up, an apprentice will find the most creative way to do it. With that sage advice in mind, I compared the legs to the table. I was correct, they were the same height, but I had forgotten that the table top would add another inch. Since the table was already on the tall side, another inch would have made it too high for comfortable dining. So as a neophyte, I decided to follow the plans as given. I like to be open to new experiences. ...

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Looking for paws

Orderly, organized and planned, not the words often used to describe my endevours. Vowing that this project would be different, I started a Pinterest board, titled Dining Room Redo (I’m prone to obvious clever names like that, I also named my gray mare Silver and an orange tom, Rusty). My first stop was Ana White’s amazing website of free and easy building plans, I found a couple of  farmhouse style tables that I liked. Not being certain that they were easy enough, I found this blog post after several hours of wandering the net eventually. It was exactly what I wanted. First order of business was to buy four legs in the appropriate style. Table legs in Spanish are called patas, this actually doesn’t feature into my story, but I thought you might like to know that little tidbit. There is an excellent lumber yard a 100 yards from our home. There I found the perfect turned leg, the price ridiculously ...

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