Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Today has been a pretty mellow day. Erik got up again with the kids, and I was able to sleep in again. There are about twelve hours of light and twelve of darkness here, and they seem to like to be up with the sun! When I got up I made some banana pancakes with overripe bananas that needed to be used. We drizzled sweetened condensed milk on them and called it a "very special" breakfast. (And, of course, I thought of Grams!) Erik got a small can of condensed milk in hopes it might be good in his coffee as so far we've been unable to find plain cream. Peregrine has long wanted "a tin of condensed milk" after hearing it on Winnie-the-Pooh, so it really was a special breakfast!
Erik rode the bicycle and bought some fresh tortillas and a roast chicken to eat later for our lunch. A little before noon Jim took us to where we boarded the "Paula Rubi", a glass bottom boat. The sun was shining brightly, and we headed out to the reef with our captian, Fabian. The salty spray felt nice on our sun-warmed skin, and the kids delighted in it. I'd expected Poppy to be apprehensive but she loved it and said to me in a happy voice "I love riding on a boat!" We drifted slowly over the coral, and while it was beautiful I was a bit disappointed not to see many fish. Nevertheless, we had a nice time, and the kids loved being on the boat and sat nicely together on a tiny "bench" up at the front.
Fabian dropped us off at the beach closest to our casa and we walked back home in the hot sun. A new water pump was being installed at our place today, so we didn't have water to take showers, wash hands, flush the toilet, etc. Of course, it was only supposed to take "an hour" and took all day! We ate our chicken lunch and cleaned our hands with baby wipes.I lay on the couch and fell asleep, and Poppy actually slept during rest time too. By the time we were all up and going and had made a smoothie it was too late to go swimming again, so we got ready and walked into town for dinner. We planned to eat at Triny's again but had forgotten that Wednesday is their day off, so we walked around the square to find somewhere else to eat. We found John and Renie sitting out front of a little cafe, and they joined us for dinner at Hola Asia, an Asian place. Once again we enjoyed visiting with them. On Saturday or Sunday they're going to take us out to their jungle home and then for a picnic and swim in a cenote.
When we got back home Erik took Peregrine for a swim while Poppy and I showered and I worked on the pile of dishes that hadn't been done all day due to lack of water. Now, it's just time for settling down. Erik is reading from The Coral Island and the mail character has been captured by pirates so they could hardly stop reading now!
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving day! Tomorrow we'll head inland where we'll stay overnight and visit some more Mayan ruins on Friday. Until then! May your hearts all be filled with thanks for all the blessings you've received.

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