In memory of Laura

11659331_623182334488359_6442858276703133883_n

12/03/2015 The crud is gone, we are both still coughing and Bill still overheats anytime he does anything but we are better.

Last Sunday I met a new friend who found me through my blog. She was on the island looking at land because she and her husband have decided to retire from Canada to Roatan. She invited me over to Media Luna where she was staying so we could talk. I couldn’t stay very long because we were taking the cupboard doors to Jeanie so I invited Diane to ride along to Camp Bay. We drove over here, loaded the doors in my car and headed out to Jeanies. It didn’t take Bill as long as he thought it would to hang the doors, once hung, we headed back home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The view out into Neverstain Bight from Media Luna resort. We can see this bight from our house quite well but we can’t see the resort, it’s tucked back in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Stunning, all inclusive. Mainly French Canadians I believe as the people don’t arrive through the US on Saturdays.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Amazing vistas at every turn

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An unusual way to shade a beach area..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Looking towards mainland Honduras

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The inside of the dining hall. Have heard food is typical buffet food, nothing spectacular but adequate.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is the new nightclub being built near Oak Ridge, thankfully not close to us. It’s going to be a big boat. It looks much more “boat like” now, will get some updated pics

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The view from the road to Media Luna. It’s a good distance from the road, most of the road you drive on is newly paved so it’s quite nice.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

X marks the spot of our friends home. It’s on Caribe Point Bight, lovely place and a nice kayak to the reef from there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View of the bight and Jonesville to the right

On Wednesday my friends Mike and Liza came for 11 days. They flew in on Avianca from the mainland. We met Mike and Liza when KP was here and we were visiting La Sirena in Camp Bay. Then Mike found my blog via my friend Amanda Walkins blog, his wife emailed me and the rest is history. After being in contact for months via FB and email, it’s like we were best friends already. I offered to pick them up at the airport at 10 on Wed. morning. Once we got the car loaded with their stuff (Orlando was sweet and went and got their bags for them and took them out to the car) we went to the Re-Max office so they could get their property deed. Yes, they are land owners on Roatan!! After that we went to Eldon’s and got some food and drink stuff, then I took them to Cabana Lana, the place they are staying in West Bay for 4 days, then they moved down to a place by Infinity Bay. A little variety this trip.

Thursday was Thanksgiving and we were meeting Mike and Liza at the Beach Grill at 3:30. I had to meet Cristiana (our lawyer) in French Harbor to pay her for our residency papers, then I met Sam to pay the balance on the roof job. When I was done with that I ran into Lady Lee for the big Black Friday sale that started on a Wednesday. I spent $180.00 and got over $350.00 worth of toys. Thank you Beth and Aaron and Walt and Judy, Ginny, Cathilee and Ralphie! Another friend of mine from Williamsport sent me money for the kids, thank you Rick, I donated all of your $$ to Because We Care and Nidia is buying toys for over 1000 kids with the money we are able to raise. When my errands were completed, I hustled back home and got ready for turkey dinner.

12307525_927097450702989_7375211726570978235_o

Photo by Lisa Blythe, mama to 2 of our puppies, she and Rob own the Beach Grill. Mike and Liza and Bill and I, 11/26/2015

12291856_927098014036266_2498180992050158032_o

The only girl of the litter, Sable. I adore this dog.

12308033_927097670702967_6701750989928995920_o

Bill with Bandit & Sable. I am so blessed that Rob and Lisa took these 2, they were meant to be together, they have been inseparable since birth.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sweet boy Bandit, biting my arm exactly like Barrio does. He and Barrio look like twins.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beautiful and oh so loved pups, Sable and Bandit.

On Thanksgiving @ the Beach Grill, I introduced myself to Madison Keith, the owner of Roatan’s radio station, Blue Wave Radio, 101.1 FM. We have been friends on FB and comment back and forth. I had tuned in earlier in the day while running errands and he was playing Alice’s Restaurant. IT MADE MY DAY. Today after we chatted and I met his lady Greta,  he had me say on air, “Hi this is Deb, broadcasting on 101.1 FM, Blue Wave Radio, Roatan”. It’s a fab station, he plays music that makes me go, “wow, it’s been years since I have heard that song”. That’s what good radio stations do.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sable has a girl crush on Jefferson, one of the wait staff at the Beach Grill. He seems like a really cool guy and I can tell he really loves the dogs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Handsome Bandit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Liza getting kisses from the pups

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View from the Beach Grill

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is where we had our fantastic turkey dinner with no clean up for me!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our friends Rob and Lisa own this place. It’s very popular with tourists but mainly it’s an ex-pat hang out. Olivia and I stayed at the resort attached to the restaurant, Blue Bahia, in 2010. It had different owners back then.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love this photo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Driving down the beach after turkey dinner

Friday and yay!! BJ’s. Mike and Liza came over around 11 and we headed to Oak Ridge for our Spanish lessons at noon. They wandered around Oak Ridge while we learned about conjugating verbs. When class was over we all (as in the whole class) went to BJ’s and hung out for a few hours. After we left there, we came back here for toilet break and then went to Cal’s for dinner. Yummy as usual! Mike and Liza headed back to the other end of the island after dinner. Mike said the headlights of their rental were both pointed in the ditch along the side of the road, makes for a challenging drive because the roads here are pitch black.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Banditos

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bill and Dennis. Dennis and Marcia have another one of our pups, Duke.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My BFF Jeanie standing in the background, and L to R, Kathy, Mike and Liza

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

L to R, Llyn, Betty, Gail and Kathy, fun loving ladies..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our friends Keri and Doug’s boat. They just moved here permanently from Snohomish, WA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Love the boat name, Calabash Biter..

Saturday we cleaned around la casa. (I had Melissa over on Tuesday and she did all the windows and the tracks, it took her 5 hours to do the windows. And guess what?? They’re dirty already. It freaking rains dirt here.) Alexi came over and helped Bill clean up outside and I swept and dusted inside because friends were coming for pizza and they were bringing another one of our puppies, Tank, the big handsome brute that I had a terrible time parting with. Kevin and Claire own Blue Reef Properties . We had a fabulous evening with them, and the boys and Lola got along quite well by the end of the evening. Except Highway, who was a total freak and was banished to the bedroom with the cat.

I met another guy on FB via my blog, via Amanda’s blog. He contacted me on FB also. Sean and I have been emailing and FB’ing for a few months. He and his wife decided to come down again this Dec. from Canada and he asked me for info on where to stay; I hooked him up with Kevin and Claire and he is thrilled to be renting from them and will be here the 7th. I’m looking forward to meeting him and his wife and friends. Sounds like Sean travels like Bill used to, with my 2 girlfriends..his wife is also bringing 2 friends. My friends Mike and Liza travel with 2 other ladies, they call them the sister wives, what do you think Teri B and Olivia?? You 2 into being called sister wives??

Sunday morning we went down to Oceano to get my new couch and then made another trip to pick up one I got for my friend.  We had to get Alexi to help us because they are too heavy for me to even begin to help, they are sleeper sofas and obviously well made. We also brought home the new dog bed. Well, it’s not really a dog bed but a floor pillow, however, the dogs love it and we bought it for them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It matches the pillows on the new couch that we can’t get upstairs.

I had a fretful Sunday afternoon. I was really nervous because we were both flying to the mainland the next day and what if something happened, who would take care of the dogs, what would happen to them? would they be fed and spoiled and loved. And the boys, who would contact them? I frantically was making arrangements the night before thinking to myself how damn unprepared I really am. The Queen of Preparedness, the ex Girl Scout, the person who separated their rubber bands by size AND thickness. SO unprepared. I have made it a priority to do this by the end of the month. There, I’ve said it..out loud to the world, I have to do it. And girlfriend, you know who you are, let’s get on this..

Monday morning we arose at some flipping ungodly hour to ALARM CLOCKS. I hate alarm clocks. We had to get to the Roatan airport by 6. Bill sucks with airport arrival times, we were there before THEY OPENED THE DAMN PARKING LOT. And I forgot my book. Boohoo. (reading the Glass Castle) We were bound for the mainland, La Ceiba and it was currently (almost) cheaper to fly than to take the 1 hour plus Ferry. Bill is not a boat fan to begin with. We flew. I fell asleep probably before take off and I woke when the gear went down to land in Ceiba. We had 3 empty suitcases for shopping after we did our residency. Our lawyer had gotten all the papers for us and a letter from the Chamber of Commerce and we had a cabbie who spoke English (and was referred by many friends) pick us up right on time and whisked us off to the residency office. He took us in, told us what line to go to, talked to the ladies there, he had it down. I had the temporary residency papers for 4 of our friends also so Pablo took them and got their cards for me! We got our card stuff done and then we hit WALMART. Yes, a brand spanking new store too. However, it was a huge let down for me. Let me say right off the bat, I am not a Walmart woman, B U T, they do have good prices on so many things like shampoo and paper towels and soap, necessities that are so expensive here I thought I could stock up. I got a few things, like new heavy rubber floor mats for my car. Bill said they are so heavy they will decrease my mileage. hah. We left there and went to DIUNSA. They were having a big sale and we ended up buying a mattress and box springs for the guest room downstairs (Robby and Julie, Merry Christmas) and Bill got his outdoor cooktop.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It will be nice to not have to heat up the kitchen cooking dog food and other stuff. Really, why not use it all the time?

It’s easy to get stuff shipped over, our stuff came the next day. Our driver in La Ceiba could not have been any nicer and should the need arise to go to the mainland again, we’ll be hanging with Pablo. Thanks Joe and Betty, Cindy and John and Heather and Ron.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Brand spanking new

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is something I’ve not seen in Roatan. Yet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pablos’ seat belt lacks a hook to fasten into the part alongside the seat so he just loops it over his head.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He got his wife Poinsettias @ Walmart

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was a rainy drizzly gray day in Ceiba but Pablo took us to the waterfront. It looks like they have a nice Malécon too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Right next to the beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The walkway to the beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The benches and trash cans (and there were a lot of trash cans, unlike Roa where there are NONE) all looked very Fred Flinstoneish to me,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They definitely decorate their trees differently, it was really pretty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pablo said this place is owned by a cajun and he makes some mean gumbo.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nothing but the best when it comes to a boarding pass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cayman Airways at the La Ceiba airport

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Good sized mountains along the runway

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yep, that’s a John Deere

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Flying over Ceiba, almost to the coastline

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cayos Cochinos in the distance.

When we were coming in to Roa, I could see the runway and thought there is no way in hell he’s going to land, he’ll have to go around and get lower. Nope. This guy dropped the plane from a good altitude and set it down nice and smoothly on the runway. Blew my mind. He’s done this MANY times before. When we finally got home the dogs were very happy to see us, Bill ran Alexi home and I loved on the pups.

I had been dying to go to Mega Paca the last few days but they had been closed down by the DEI. They are like the IRS on steroids with flak vests and machine guns and a Terminator demeanor. I was going to write a whole blurb about it but my friend Jeanette Gartner already did so here is her link,  check it out, it’s amazing what they have done and are still doing on the island. We do not feel threatened, it just shows how very corrupt and backward this country is. However, we do NOT have mass shootings like the US is experiencing on a daily basis (it seems). People think Roatan is an unsafe place to live and some have even left because of that. Honestly, I do not feel unsafe here at any time. I use precautions just like I would in the US, I drive all over the island, alone. Are there places I won’t go? Yep. Were there places I didn’t go in Bellingham or Seattle? Yep.

Rumor was Mega Paca would be open Tuesday and to my utter delight, it was. I strolled through the housewares and my favorite color of green caught my eye. I ran around to the other side of the shelf and grabbed it. I immediately flipped it over and it is a brand spanking new green Chantal baking dish. It was $10.00. It was also going to be mine!! Score.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So excited, the color is actually brighter, more of a lime green.

The next few weeks are going to be busy, BJ’s, Mondays Don’t Suck, a gift wrapping party and then 3 Christmas parties for the kids on various locations on the island, plus friends come in on a cruise for the day and I am picking them up and hanging out with them. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the month. Tomorrow is Spanish class, then BJ’s, Sat we are taking our friends to West Bay to get a mattress they bought then going to meet Liza and Mike, maybe snorkel, have lunch on the beach and visit with them before they head back to Oregon.

We have been dealing with foot issues with the dogs. Gringo has a sore between his toes, he was limping, Lola has her back feet licked raw and Highway’s one paw was swollen to twice it’s normal size. They are on a variety of meds right now. My concern is the meds are a band-aid because we don’t know the cause of any of this. If we stop the meds, the issues return. We may end up taking all 3 to ProVets and that will be super expensive. They come once a month from the mainland and they do testing, skin scrapings, etc.,but they charge just like the vets in the US. OUCH! 3 dogs at once..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Highway’s foot

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lola’s paw

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Maxillicious

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Gringo, my love..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio, Bandit’s twin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lola, the dog without a brain

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All of them playing on the newly fiberglassed roof. Now we have to repaint the sides of the walls because they fiberglassed part way up to keep any water from getting underneath.

I need to get something accomplished today besides organizing my closet. I have too many clothes and don’t wear half of them. I gave Melissa, my cleaning girl, a big bag of stuff and I have more for her.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dresses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Skirts and tops

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sleeveless tops and more skirts. I really am a skirt girl, I prefer them over shorts any day..

This time of year is hard down here, I miss my boys a lot. I wish I could be with them and my parents and brother and sister and Bill’s sisters for the holidays but I can’t. I get involved in so much stuff down here trying to help the kids on the island that it’s difficult for me to leave now, I’ve already committed to these things and I want to be a part of them so here is where I’ll be.

As I was surfing the net I came across this hysterical story. It’s about a man who borrowed his son’s GoPro camera to take a trip to Vegas. His son didn’t give him any lessons on how to use the GoPro, so the poor guy used it the whole vacation but had it backwards on the selfie stick. His vacation photos of Vegas are actually photos of him with some of Vegas behind him. Check it out, it’s pretty funny. Definitely a blonde thing, in other words, I could have done that.

I’ll attempt to do a better job at blogging, when I don’t have a lot of readers it almost seems like a waste of time and I get discouraged and grumpy. If there are subjects you would be interested in knowing about, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fill you in with the down and dirty truth.

This photo is my cover pic on FB. I did not take it, it was taken by a friend of my friend, Laura Osterloh. I got to know Laura because her husband worked at Grizzly. Bill and I were the first people to visit their first 2 children when they were born. Jack is the oldest, then Ellie, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis and then sweet Ava. Early September Laura got sick and was sent down to Seattle where they discovered she had pancreatic cancer. She was not able to eat or to go to the bathroom due to blockages. They put stents in, did procedures that were very painful, all in an attempt to get her ready for chemo. The first few rounds of chemo did not go well and after her condition worsened the doctors decided there was not much they could do for her. She wanted to go home and be with her children so Hospice was set up in their home on the Bellingham waterfront. Her multitude of friends in Bellingham knew she loved Glassybaby candles so they made this tribute to Laura on the dock outside of the window where her bed was set up.
laura

Her husband posted today that she passed away this morning, she was 45 years old and leaves 3 children behind. My heart is broken. Please say a prayer for her family. Rest in peace Laura.

Advertisements

Tickalicious

 

dignity

11/09/2015  I know why I missed my left knee when I shaved. The thing is NUMB. No feeling. I either skim over top of the knee hair or slice a divet in my knee, no feeling. Well, except for the blood, that would be a give away that something was screwed up. So yeah, maybe I need to shave with Nair.. Ugh, leg hair, when does it go away?

This past week didn’t turn out to be as busy as I thought it would be. Nidia had her weeks mixed up. Renee came Saturday and is leaving this Wednesday. She is here working on the sewing machine project. I offered to help on Sunday but they are not doing anything until Monday and I have plans Monday and Tuesday, so I am no help at all.  This past Monday I went to West Bay beach, despite the fact that everyone else went to Barbon (Camp Bay) beach. I had a nice day on deserted West Bay with Lauren. It was D E A D. and stunningly gorgeous.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

our view

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

West Bay Beach, in all it’s glory and gorgeousness.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Their new lights, want these for the roof

Lauren and I were in the water most of the 4 hours we were at West Bay and I have peeling skin on my forehead to prove it. I saw my friends Celeste and Milos, they own West Bay Lodge, while we were there. We stayed @ WBL the first 2 times we visited Roatan in 2007 & 2008, in fact, we were sitting on the front porch of their office waiting for our realtor to come. When he got there he shared the news that our offer was accepted and we were going to be property owners!! First visit ever to the island and we bought land. Yeah, I know, insane.

Lauren and I had lunch at Bananarama and then floated some more. As Lauren and I walked back to my car I recognized Shawn Jackson, a local photographer and his wife Maggie and their son. I stopped him and introduced myself (we have been FB friends for over a year but never met). I was so giddy after meeting them, it was like meeting royalty. Check out his work in the link on his name, he is phenomenal!!It was 2:15 when we left West Bay. I took Lauren home and went in and saw her apartment (the cat scratch post Bill made was sitting front and center), she’s pretty nestled in the jungle. When I left there and walked down to my car my phone was ringing, it was Lisa, Sable and Bandit’s mother. She wanted me to stop by and see the pups so I jumped on that opportunity. Sable is doing great, she looks good, her eyes are nice and clear and bright and she is all spunky again. Lisa said Bandit was beyond excited to have his sister back. I love these 2 puppies so much and I think they love me too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bandit, oh so handsome.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He looks like Barrio but Barrio has floppy ears.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The initial attack

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It gets a little more serious

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He wasn’t humping me, honest!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The only girl in our litter of 7, Sable. And this girl kicks ass.

We are still picking ticks off of our dogs. I gave the boys Heartgard (with the advice of a vet ) 10 days after I used the Frontline Plus, which clearly did not work. De-ticking since last Friday. Fun shit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I hate ticks..however, I can pull them off with my fingers and squish them with a fingernail. I am an island girl. Gross huh?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An Anole in the dog food dish??

On Tuesday morning we picked up Nidia (Because We Care) at the entrance to Mud Hole Rd. From there we went to the school in Corazol. Our friend  Linda and her daughter Brittany were being filmed by House Hunters International and Nidia wanted us to go with her to help out. Linda brought school supplies for the kids and supply bags for all of the teachers, along with 4 new swings for the school. Bill came along too and helped with removing the old swings and hanging the new.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The school yard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Boys in class

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Curly headed cutie in Kindergarten

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These kids love the camera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Boy on top of swing set helping Bill

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Corozal school. The classrooms in this school were some of the neatest and most organized I’ve seen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The windows were in bad shape

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Well, that’s one way to do it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For some strange reason the top of the toilet tank was laying in the yard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pretty obvious the refrigerator doesn’t work, except for a place to hang a garbage bag

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is where they wash their hands, it’s a mudhole..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

House Hunters van on the left, Linda and Brittany with Bill checking out the new swings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Camera gear

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2 of the boys

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Linda always brings stuff for the kids and she thought incorporating some of this into her HHI show would encourage others to do so too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nidia (in the white dress) jumping rope with the kids.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A truck bed is a kid magnet

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tug of war

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Take my picture…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yes, the boys were on the peak of the roof. This would never happen in the US..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Glad we had the truck, it helped reach the sky high swing set top.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cute boy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He’s a ham..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nice bright clean classroom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Brittany passing out bags of school supplies

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kids swinging on the new swings. Bill has some modifications to do on them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Balancing act on the tire fence

Nidia and Linda getting hugs

It was super hot and humid that day, I would have killed to jump in a crystal clear blue body of water. We hustled home, took care of the dogs, I took a nap and at 3:30 we were at our friends home. We were introducing some friends who recently bought a home in Politilly, very close to our friends who just returned from the states for 3 months. We were there until after dark. We came home to barking (of course) hungry (double of course) dogs.

Wednesday we planned to get the remaining 2 dogs neutered but I just didn’t have the energy. Instead I went to Mega Paca and wandered  shopped for a few hours and found some great deals. Having this store to shop in is the best thing ever, I’ll need to be heavily medicated if they ever close. On Thursday I drove to French Harbor to get Bethany. She is our vet’s assistant and she and I have become good friends. She came out and hung out with the dogs and I. She hasn’t seen any of them except Max when he was so sick.

Friday morning we took the pups swimming again at Big Bight.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They run and jump right in

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

See how murky it is??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Playing chase on the little key

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

tres’ hermanos

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They get in the water and then climb on each other.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio and Gringo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio in the back

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio, Max swimming and Gringo.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love these boys so much!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio strikes a pose

There was a dead bird in the sand but they didn’t even drop and roll on it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It is really pretty but the murky muddy water freaks me out. I don’t think we’ll take the dogs back there.

They had a good time there but I got really nervous because something kept blowing bubble circles in the water and the clarity is worse than murky there (decayed mangrove). I got all freaked out and thought it was a crocodile so we left. The pups were tired anyhow, 15 minutes of swimming and running non stop will do that. We brought them home, all 3 got showers, a huge brunch and they passed out.

Friday afternoon we went to BJ’s, of course. Rosalie and Bob are back on the island, it was so great to see them! I had 2 glasses of wine and some downright delicious french fries (addicted after one order) before we came home. Saturday I was back at the airport. They changed things up there and it went so much faster for the guests coming in, however Daine and I were discussing the fact that the new way doesn’t allow us as much time to visit and chat with the people. What a difference a small change can make though, they whizzed through everyone, the wait was minimal. Many of our friends returned today so I am really looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Nelson, our mechanic, came for pizza brunch. He is the one who gave me Lola, I’m not sure how she will react when she sees him, she is such a space case, it’s hard to tell. Sometimes she barks at Bill or me when we come upstairs. She acts like she has no idea who we are, weird. Maybe that fall she took off the roof as a puppy made her brain come loose in her head, maybe she never had a brain. She’s a beauty but dumb as a stump.. Oh well, can’t have beauty and brains..

Here it is, Monday again and I’m headed to Camp Bay beach (Barbon) with the Mondays Don’t Suck gang. Looking forward to visiting and floating in the sea. Just another day in Paradise!

 

A quickie before I go

smile06/05/2015 Our fourth July 4th spent on Roatan. We were very low key. All the dogs watched except Lucky, he barked. The pups sat on the steps staring at the sky, I’m glad we were here for their first night of explosions. Bill worked at home all day and I did my airport gig all day. I was also a greeter last Saturday and while making my way through the lines chatting to people someone said my name and then said, “you’re Mermaid On a Raft.” I have NEVER BEEN SO FLATTERED IN MY LIFE. She introduced herself as Lizeth so I kind of followed them through the line and chatted with them (her husband and friends) for a bit. Yesterday as I was getting ready to go into the immigration area I saw them again, they were heading home. Then I recently got a comment on an older blog post from a gal that we met at La Sirena. Her husband just happened to find my blog and remembered talking to us at Jimmy’s. A few of them had on Akumal shirts and we have been to Akumal so naturally conversation ensued. Strong rum punches also encourage conversation..Liza and I have been in touch by email recently and are making plans to get together when they return this fall. Liza, hope you are recovering! (bicycle crash)

It sure is a small damn world.

Being a greeter at the airport is tiring but I LOVE IT! I especially love that I finally got to see my boy Tank yesterday. Kevin and Claire have made him the Blue Reef Properties official mascot and greeter. I saw Kevin come in the airport and he pointed over his shoulder to Claire and Tank in the parking lot. I went right out to see him and once he smelled me he knew exactly who I was. I was so happy to see him that Claire said to me, “are you crying?” Yep!! so happy Tank has a good home, they really adore him, which makes me feel good. I got to see him a second time during our break waiting for the 2:45 United flight to arrive. Sure love that boy!

I really enjoy welcoming all the people coming to the island and talking with them about their visit, answering questions and meeting the whole family. A girl asked me yesterday how I got the gig and did it pay well. I told her I volunteered and no it doesn’t pay at all. It’s just a good thing that we are doing and according to the feedback we get, people really like being greeted by someone with a big smile on their face saying, Welcome To Roatan!

And YAY, Lizeth (from the airport) just friended me on FB!! Thank you so much for introducing yourself, look forward to meeting up with you next time!

I met Nidia from Because We Care again this past week in Pandy Town. She was wood burning names on the backs of the desks and I went to take photos and for moral support. There are 2 classrooms but only 1 teacher showed up. The room next to us was being loud so Nidia went in and had a chat with them. I followed her in with my camera and that instigated a whole other experience. I started taking photos and they got crazy funny laughing at their pics..I’m getting them developed and taking them back to the students when I return from my escapade in the states.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Shy or silly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Brilliant smile

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

making faces

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

cutie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Her hair must have taken hours. She is so pretty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Another beauty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Camera shy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

She was too

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

such pretty young girls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He kind of loves the camera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

pretty pretty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not my picture, then he got hysterical when he saw it

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This was pretty funny too. Hope I can recognize him by the back of his head to give him this picture

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nidia, AKA Wonder Woman, etching the names into the backs of the desks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Schoolyard dog, thankfully he wasn’t injured..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

recess and time to eat some mango

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

or drink some sugar syrup stuff, like Kool Aid but probably worse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Playing hopscotch, it was drawn in the dirt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This little boy was adorable. Instead of tossing a stone, they were using a piece of glass. No joke.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

glass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is the snack bar at the school

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He asked me to take his picture

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So did these sweet girls. There was a man and a young boy at the school when I arrived. They were in the other room passing out school supplies and stuffed animals to everyone.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Had to photograph these 2 also!

I leave on Wednesday for the US for 5 days + 2 days of travel.  I SUCK at packing. I totally am the worst packer ever.  I am physically and mentally incapable of packing  just a few things. My issue is, I can’t just “assign” outfits for a day b/c I may not be in the mood for the outfit of the day and I may not want to wear that option EVER AGAIN. I just put 1 more skirt and 2 more tops in the travel bag and am going to try my damnest to not add  another frigging thing. I am however, taking 2 huge bags and a huge duffle.  Actually, one big suitcase is for my 2 complete headlight assemblies for my car. The ones that were in it were the wrong ones and incorrect voltage. When I  put new bulbs in they exploded, seriously, into little pieces. An electrician here told us in 5 min. time what the problem was and by damn, he was right. We have spent the last 2.5 months trying to get ones here and gave up. I’ll transport them home and I will FINALLY be able to drive after dark! So, I’ll have a few (sic) clothes, ALL THE STUFF I’VE ORDERED ON AMAZON and my headlights and anything I buy to lug home. Yay for shopping in the USA. Happy it doesn’t happen often.

Today we ran down to the Beach Grill to get some stuff from Rob and then went to Rob and Lisa’s homes to see our former puppies, Bandit and Sable.  We took Barrio with us. He puked once all over the floor mat, then I stupidly gave him some water and he puked again. Lola used to get carsick too, guess he needs to travel more. Bandit and Sable remembered both of us but Barrio was a little apprehensive. I actually think it was mostly because he had been car sick. I let him off his leash and he started running around and playing with them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Driving on the beach from the Beach Grill

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It is a road. Sort of.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dock at Tranquil Seas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sandy Bay

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cool plant but I didn’t really get to examine it so I’m confused..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio meets his brother Bandit (R) again

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sable and Bandit both checking out Barrio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Is Bandit not adorable??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sable and Barrio, she was the only female pup so she is a tough one!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You can tell Barrio and Bandit are brothers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lisa and Rob’s cat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sable chewing Barrio’s ear

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Little Miss Feisty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The neighbor dog w/ Bandit and Sable

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barrio was very timid

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Standing on the dock on the bay. His feet were going between the boards, he didn’t like that.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rob and Lisa’s restaurant, The Beach Grill. A really good restaurant with a gorgeous view!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sacked out on my foot until I gave him the last little bite of Bill’s burger, he was hungry after throwing up all of his breakfast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just a quick pose, first restaurant visit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beach Grill is attached to the Blue Bahia resort, separate owners. Olivia and I stayed at Blue Bahia in 2010.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Boys fishing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It really is a sucky place for a hammock…NOT.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My 3 boys sit until I put their food down. I don’t even have to say a word, they know.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are still sharing out of the lasagna pan. Maybe it will teach them not to fight over food.

Handsome Highway..he and Lola guard the dish while the boys eat. Never know when a piece will find it’s way into their mouths!

This morning while cleaning up the kitchen I threw something in the trash can. EEWWW. There was a good sized dead lizard in there. I asked Bill, “why is there a dead lizard in the trash.” His response, was, “I didn’t think you would want it laying on the floor.”  My cat does not eat them, only slays them. Although, that statement doesn’t explain the gross lizard tail in my last post.

Life in the jungle.

P.S. I lied when I said this was a quickie..once I start talking, well, you know.

****Thanks Lizeth and Liza for reaching out, hope to see you on the island again soon.****

 

Final note, I promise. We changed Brindles’ name (Bill hated it) to Gringo..

 

It’s been awhile

vit sea06/22/2015 Our much anticipated guests have come and gone, we wish they had stayed longer than a week. We had semi decent weather while they were here so that was a bonus. Their flight was delayed arriving, then all 3 flights landed {American, Delta and United} within minutes of each other which turns the small immigration room into a virtual circus. Luckily Kathy was old enough to get in the resident line and she took Jen with her; then my friends at the airport grabbed them and put them in the front of the line. Perks…

We, unfortunately had to take a puppy with us to the airport. Max was sick all day Friday with a variety of symptoms. I managed to get in touch with some vets who came from Tegus for a weekend to set up shop here. We had an 11:30 appointment. Max was sick beyond sick on Friday all day and into the night but we gave him a little Pepto Bismol and in about 45 minutes he rallied. We still planned to go to the vet to get to the bottom of this. They were busy and behind schedule and with the plane being late and 3 planes arriving at once we made it to the airport in time to see them get taken to the front of the line. Our friends Kevin and Claire were there. Claire has wanted to see the pups for weeks but Kevin kept saying no more dogs. He saw me with Max, grabbed him and went down to where Claire was standing. When he came back he asked if Max was the biggest, we said no Tank is at home. He said we’ll probably take him. Happy, but so sad.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These are all that are left 😦

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Before Tank left

We came back here and got Jen and Kathy situated then went up on the roof for awhile. After dinner it was early to bed for everyone.

Sunday morning looked ugly, it rained, then cleared then rained some more. We had planned to have Alexi dog sit while we were entertaining our company so Bill went to get him. I’m not sure what good it is even having him here because all he does is surf the web on the Kindle I gave him. This too confuses me because he barely can read or write..

We left for Camp Bay around noon, final destination La Sirena. Right before we left we got a call from a friend who wanted to give us some mangoes. We stopped by on the way and got a BOX of yummy fragrant delicious fresh picked mangoes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OMY OHMYYUMMY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I also was given a loofah filled with seeds. I shook the seeds out, peeled off the rind and have 2 new shower sponges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So big I cut it in half! Can’t get more natural than that.

After that we made a detour through Punta Gorda and then to Oak Ridge where we pointed out the highlights on the way. We then headed to Heaven. Well, that’s what the sign says and I think we’ve been there many times.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If there’s a sign, it must be close by

Jen and Kathy could not believe the condition of “the road” to get to Camp Bay. I guess I’m just used to deplorable roads. We had a great time at La Sirena, had some lunch and the waiter thought I ordered a Port Royal AND a rum punch so I didn’t want to hurt his feelings and drank both.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

La Sirena

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On the dock, we should have planked.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bill and his sister Kathy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Me and Jen, love this girl. She is studying for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Such a sweetheart

Jimmy was there so we talked to him for quite awhile, always interesting conversation.  By the time we got home everyone was tired and not hungry for a big dinner. We picked at food, ate some mangoes and went to bed.

Monday was a semi sunny day and I thought we should head west, all the way west, to West Bay beach. We took the scenic route through Coxen Hole and made it to West Bay in under 40 minutes, not bad. We settled ourselves at Banarama and went in the water to float on the rafts. It felt so good and has been too long. DAMMIT, I live here…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So stunningly gorgeous

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jen and Kathy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

beautiful

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jen

Jen and I walked down past Infinity Bay  to snorkel. She said she was cool with deep water so we went for a swim and saw some pretty cool stuff.

white sea urchin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Brain coral with polyps of some sort

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ribbon coral??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yellowtail Damselfish Intermediate

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Parrotfish

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

First time snorkeling for Jen, this girl has no qualms, no fears, just, “let’s do it.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Some kind of coral

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More Christmas tree worms

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jen the fish

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lunch @ Banarama

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Swinging on the beach

After lunch we floated for a bit more, then headed home. Bill was making pizza tonight so I had to get veggies cut up. That night we gorged ourselves on grilled pizzas. It was (and has been) so windy it blew the pepperoni right off the pizza into the waiting mouths of 8 dogs. Luckily we had more pepperoni, damn wind.

The pizza was yummy as usual and we were stuffed. Being at the beach in the fresh air, water and wind PLUS snorkeling for awhile is tiring stuff. I think we watched some “Whose Line is it Anyway” and went to bed.

We realized on Tuesday that Max was sick again, same symptoms but getting worse. He was throwing up but there was nothing there, just stomach bile. I messaged my friend to see if Doc was coming on the ferry that evening. She said he was and I said we would pick him up at the ferry for an emergency visit Tuesday eve. Normally he doesn’t start work here until Wed. morn.

Earlier in the day Kathy, Jen and I went to Parrot Tree to float in the pool for awhile. It was empty, we were the only people there. I came home a few times to check on Max so Bill went and picked up Kathy and Jen around 4.

We left for the ferry terminal at 5:30 to pick Doc up and take him to his clinic. Bethany was there waiting to help and translate for us. Max was so dehydrated they couldn’t find a vein for the IV. After about half a dozen times I was pleading saying I could make him drink, don’t stick him anymore. Just about that time they got a vein, they taped it to keep it in place and then administered some shots via the IV. We let him get a good bit of the fluid and then left to take Doc to Brick Bay where he stays while on island. After we dropped him off we had to get gas and realized that Max had gotten the full amount so we took the IV needle out at the gas station.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IV to go

Only in Honduras. We took Bethany home and got back to the house around 8. Kathy and Jen had to fend for themselves but made out just fine. Max seemed lively and he was hungry again so we fed him a light meal. He had to be on Metronidazol for 2 more days.

Wednesday was deemed a West End shopping day. We got a good start on the day and sauntered around West End, checking all my usual haunts. When we were done there we were off to Umbul Umbul, it’s just somewhere I always take company. For lunch we were going to the Beach Grill to see Lisa and Rob and of course my babies, Sable and Bandit. When Lisa and Rob pulled up I couldn’t wait, I had to go see the pups. Lisa said they are doing really good, they are spoiled and sleep on the couch and they even get in the shower on their own when Lisa is in there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bandit and Sable

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View from Beach Grill, Blue Bahia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

She wasn’t sure of me but then she recognized my smell and gave me kisses galore.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oh I love this sweet boy. Sable and Bandit really get around. They go with Lisa and Rob to Tranquil Seas on music night..

After we left there we went to the Iguana Farm to see all of the iguana’s. They were surprised that there were so many running loose..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are everywhere

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jen feeding them

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In the trees

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

close up

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mani/pedi anyone??

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Amazing creatures

We were going to Cal’s that night for dinner and we were hungry!! Cal’s wasn’t too busy, food was fabulous as always.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Group shot at Cal’s

I’ll finish this post another day, too many more photos to post and my mind is fried. I drove into Coxen Hole today to inquire about my NON EXISTANT license plate for my car. Three weeks ago I was told 2 weeks and THEY WOULD CALL ME. hahahahahahaha! Today they told me to “keep checking back.” Sure I will, it’s real convenient to drive all the way to Coxen Hole and try to find a spot to park, just makes my day. So, no license plate yet, it was made May 19th, why the hell it hasn’t gotten here yet from the mainland 36 miles away I’ll never know.

One thing I do know is that come hell or high water I am going to go to the beach at least once a week from now on, I NEED IT..It does wonders for my soul..

Vitamin Sea, I love you….