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Friday, January 29, 2016

Tiles, menus, and cakes OH MY - things available in Mazatlan

Well a little sunshine came through. Paulino the air conditioning repairman came yesterday and fixed the problem plus gave the whole unit a checkup.

Today it is running muy frio – very cold. The solenoids were weak not putting out enough amps. So the system overheated, causing the compressors to get hot and the wires got hot and burned. One wire touched the mother board and caused a short circuit. He replaced the burnt wiring, put in two new solenoids and fixed the mother board. 
see the black streak where it got burnt - he bridged it.
Cost was US $66.00. Took him a couple of hours.
The caravaners took a city tour yesterday – leaving in their Safaris.
This morning they left early in a big bus to visit some of the little towns around here. Tomorrow morning they leave.
I want Bill to build some flower boxes under the front windows [and maybe side windows] of our house in Vegas. He is thinking of trimming them with Mexican tiles. So we went hunting for some. Stopped first at a shop in the Golden Zone [actually right across the street from the hospital Bill was in for so long a couple of years ago.] We saw several we kind of liked. Only a small sample here.

They are 4 x 4 and all hand painted.
Then we went to a couple of companies that sold tiles for bathrooms and kitchens. Not at all what we want but interesting nonetheless. Some of the decorative tiles you could buy.
More accent tiles. Better selection then we’ve seen at home.
Used like this.
And some beautiful floor tile.
So we headed back to the first shop – where Bill bought me my truck. Got out from behind this guy as soon as we could. The stuff was swaying every time he went over a bump.
We got lucky and found a parking right on the street almost in front of the store. 
Actually they sell lots of intricately painted ceramic knick knack type stuff. I love this guitar player. He is about 4 feet tall sitting down. Doesn’t really show but his bones on his leg and knee are showing.
This is a bird bath about 3 feet high and the bowl is about 2 ½ feet across. It is a VERY expensive bird bath. Every thing in the store is painted by hand then baked.
Some of the pieces for sale. You can see through the skirts of the dresses. The butterflies are individual.
Here are their escorts. Very dapper.
And this piece was utterly amazing. About 14 inches tall and 18 inches across – it is a bull ring. With spectators, a brass band, the matador and the bull.
A closer look at some of the people in the seats. Some are eating, some are holding beer or tequila bottles. All kinds of detail.

The band is on the far side. The tuba, cymbals, and horns. Many, many pesos.
Yesterday afternoon I could hear shouting from outside so I went out to look. There is a TALL communications tower next to the RV park.
There was a guy working at the very top of it. At least this year he seems to be wearing a harness. He has to climb a real narrow ladder to get up there. Not my kind of job. 
Went out to dinner at the Italian restaurant with Doug and Nancy last evening and went to breakfast with them this morning at La Iguana Sana [The Healthy Iguana]. The restaurant has new menus.
Check out the titles of the sections.

After we finished breakfast the owner brought Nancy a special treat. A gordita stuffed with sliced strawberries and dulce de leche. He says he is putting it on the menu and calling it Nancy’s Gordita. Neither of us thought to take a picture of  them. 
Doug and Nancy are spending the next week in a hotel with their family so we took them and their “stuff” over there then we went to Soriana. Bill getting another small cake from Emilio. And Bill says he doesn’t have a sweet tooth.
Kind of an ishy day today. No breeze and either overcast or smoggy out. At least the humidity is down. According to the Mexico news this is the coldest year throughout Mexico since they started keeping records over 100 years ago. 


  1. So many pretty tiles, it will be hard to choose. We brought tiles and a sink for our bathroom in our Washington home. We loved it.
    I can't believe all the colorful and interesting things you are finding in Mazatlan.

    1. And I only post about just a few of the pictures I take. Always see or find something interesting here.

  2. I am wondering if that RV caravan will be the one that we will be leading next week in Guanajuato for the next 4 weeks?

    Love all those ceramics!


    1. Yes this is the caravan you will be meeting up with. They are leaving for Durango this a.m. Saw on the news last night that the Durango Hwy has snow and ice on it.

  3. It certainly is cold here in SMA!!! Lovely during the day but then!!!