Thursday, January 10, 2013

The View from the Generator Shed


I went to the generator shed this morning to turn the generator off and was struck by view.  It speaks for itself.
Hard to beat this view. 
I have spent the last couple of days painting inside the cabana.  Our interior walls are finished with bead board made of tropical yellow pine instead of the sheet rock we were familiar with in the states.  You can get sheet rock here, but I have visions of it melting into a pile of mildew with all the humidity.  That is why we chose the bead board instead.  The biggest drawback to the bead board, aside from its cost, is that it doesn’t have a smooth finish. The finish is rough, with many saw marks showing.  It soaks up a lot of paint.  And my biggest complaint about its installation is that even though it is tongue-in-groove, it was nailed up with the nails showing!  Big nails with big nail heads.  L  Oh well, that is what happens when you have things built in your absence.  I think we will do better when we get to the expansion we will add soon.  It looks better already with a more even application of paint.  I made a deal with Dennis; if he would prep the walls by removing things mounted to the walls and filling in the holes, I would do the actual painting.  Nothing elaborate, just oil-based white paint put on with a brush.  A roller might be easier, but we can’t find a roller cover with a thick nap to get into the grooves of the beading.

A few days ago, Dennis looked out the window and saw a huge flock of tree swallows careening around just in front of the cabana.  They were feasting on a swarm of mosquitoes, chittering maniacally as they barely avoided colliding with each other.  It lasted for about 20 minutes and then was over, just like that. Yea for swallows!  Today I saw another flock flying with purpose to some spot just north of us. But it made us wonder, how do they know where to the latest mosquito hatch is?   Check out my “small stone” about the swallows on my other blog.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Wilma,

    Judging by the extremely enviable view above I take it that you are not missing the snow back at your previous home just yet then.
    Good luck in 2013 to the both of yoU.

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  2. Thats a view Wilma. The water colour is amazing.

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    1. One of my favorite things is to watch the water as it changes color depending on cloud cover, time of day, and direction of the current. I find it endlessly fascinating.

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  3. Hmmmmmm............you said mosquitoes? That'd be one thing that would spoil paradise a touch for me!

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    1. Usually the breeze keeps the mosquitoes away; we normally are not bothered by them. But sometimes conditions are just right for them. DEET is my perfume of choice on those days. ;-)

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    1. I agree. Thanks for stopping by, Keith.

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  5. The View
    Takes my breath away.
    Is the sand like MN lake sand or finer in texture?

    I'd sleep underneath the house just to be closer to the view and the water. Do you get any parrots coming to your trees?

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  6. The sand is quite fine and feels lovely under bare feet. We don't have parrots stop in very often, but they fly over almost every morning on their way to the citrus orchards. A hammock under the house wouldn't be too bad.

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  7. It looks like paradise and the weather will always be warm, you have fulfilled your dream.

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    1. We are still pinching ourselves to make sure this is real.

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