We got up this morning with full intentions of leaving Santa Cruz so we could arrive at home at a decent hour. One of our goals for the trip was to acquire some of the Santa Cruz stone for a patio at our house. The stone in Santa Cruz is famous for its clarity of color; white, light purple and red. We want to fill in the space between the kitchen and the master suite with the stone. We checked with Wilmer, who had talked with the stone mason, and he wanted to meet at about 10:30. So, we waited around and went out to the cemetery with Luis and Wilmer to meet with the stone mason. The maestro showed us what he had available and what he could get. We negotiated and decided on a price. The maestro would prepare the stone, and come to El Ñuro to install it for S/.140 a square meter. (That´s about $35 a square meter). He wouldn´t give us a time frame because we were ¨Americans.¨ In Peru, if someone tells you two weeks; it might be close to that time frame, but could also vary one way or the other by two or three weeks. We will keep in touch with him through Wilmer; and go with whatever time frame happens.
Another great find in Santa Cruz was their cheese. I didn´t realize that their cheese is renowned throughout Peru. We bought 2 rounds of the queso fresco and 1 round of Swiss. Both are excellent! I think the Swiss is the best I have ever had. Magali, our hostess, took us to the market early on Wednesday morning specifically to get some cheese. I had to smile when we got home and the first question Juana asked was if we brought back any cheese!
Today (Monday the 22nd), we went to Talara for truck service. This usually entails a full day. We drop the truck off at 8:00 in the morning and it is usually ready by 1:00 in the afternoon. I had several things on my list to buy while there. We had our local carpenter build us some lounge chairs for around the pool. I wanted to make some cushions for them and was able to find the material in the open market in Talara. The shop owner is a woman who is so sweet. She has helped me several times in several visits and she remembers us when we come in. She is so patient with my spanish (or lack of) and we always seem to work things out. One time she told me to calm down, that we could figure it out. So, I found some vinyl to make the covers and then some terry cloth to make fitted ¨sheets¨ to go over the top. I also found some material to fill out my collection for the next quilt. She didn´t have the elastic or the foam rubber; but directed me to other stalls where these were available. All in all, we were able to get the foam rubber, the fabric to cover the cushions, the terry cloth to cover the cushions, and some fabric for my next quilt. Quite a successful morning.
We also stopped by the vets office to see about getting Chairman Meow spayed. It isn´t every vet in Peru that will do this procedure….but this one will. Sometime in the next month or so we will have to take her in. The last thing we need is kittens!
Another project finished! I knit this sweater for my neice´s baby; Adora Rosalie. (Adora is a name that has been in my family for many generations; thanks to Maggie, it continues.) The stuffed dog also has a matching sweater.
It is a full moon….and we are NOT moving. It is so beautiful…the moon shining and reflecting off of the ocean and the pool. Our camera just doesn´t pick it up.