Thursday, 17 July 2008

You don't want to see pictures...

O my Bloggies and O my Friends! The weather here sucks. You can stop feeling jealous right now. All yesterday and last night the wind howled, blowing things over with a crash and rattling this old wooden house. The sea is brown and filled with all of the moss and detritus of the flooded Orinocco Delta and the Caroni River: Floating "Islands" of Water hyacinths, mangrove pens, branches, clumps of moss, garbage and whole trees with confused and agitated anacondas wrapped around them are floating around, and the Gulf tastes almost fresh with river water. (um, I licked my underwater camera to see if it needed rinsing off.) (Olympus Stylus 790 SW, Shock and Waterproof and Boy Proof. Indestructable. I recommend.) The waves are big and choppy, splooshing up through the jetty and making everything clammy. There isn't a dry towel in the house.

And the Happy Hooker has BROKEN DOWN! Sean and Mikael took the boys tarpon fishing yesterday evening, and they were towed back. Drive shaft problem. Sean and Chas spent the whole morning today with their heads down in the engine, tossing on the choppy water, inhaling gas fumes. They are feeling sad and blue (and a little green) at not being able to fix it immediately, but Sean is getting a tow to the mainland for parts as we speak.

The kids have been indoors mostly, playing Connect Four and cards and Scrabble, painting, snacking, and admiring Theresa's baby girl who is Totally Gorgeous! She is cool with being surrounded by noisy admirers and passed from Auntie to Auntie. She smiles all day and never cries, just makes a Complaining Noise when necessary. What a sweet baby! One of those chubby, curly-haired, long-eyelashed, happy-gurgly types that makes you think "Aww... I gotta get me one of those!" And your ovaries start to percolate furiously and you have to keep your husband at arm's length until the next new moon.

The neighbourhood Dog has been hanging out with us, keeping warm and dry in the house. I wrote about him last year, I think, back in July. We call him Scuba Dog or Ghost Dog, but apparently his real name is Danger. He is part Lab, so of course I love him. He eats the kids' bait when they are fishing, and jumps on to the kayak and stands in front like a ... What do you call those things? He thinks he is a mermaid, and he hasn't got a brain cell to his name. But he puts his head on your feet and says "Humph" just right.

I haven't been keeping up with reading my favorite Blogs, I am sorry to say! With eight kids and real live friends here, life has been pretty busy. Huge vats of stew don't cook themselves, y'know. So don't y'all do anything interesting that I might not want to miss out on! I will catch up soon.

We are all hoping for better weather once this system has passed. Come on sunshine! We have to get these boys out of the house! Is anyone having a nice sunshiny time? I bet you are. We are keeping a close eye on the hurricane reports and have everything ship-shape here just in case. But the sun will shine tomorrow! It will! It will!


EDITED: it is! It is! It's so beeooteeful!

6 comments:

Tash said...

Awh Nan. Was thinking of you lot down there just this afternoon as I walked out of the office. Shame I haven't made it back down, bigger shame about the weather. There's only so much you can take when every towel , t-shirt and pair of baggies is wet, isn't there?

With fingers crossed for you here that tomorrow brings a brighter, drier day.

BlueBella said...

Hold on Nan and don't get washed away!
We suddenly got the terrible weather tonight after days and days of hot sun. Now we, too, are blowing about with lots of thunder, lightening and rain!
Luckily everyone is tucked in tight and my household kid count tops at 2.5:) Mom is here, too, keeping us safe and well fed.
Now hoping things dry out for you and your good weather and clear seas return. Take care til then and enjoy your house full of friends!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Just your descriptions make it okay that there's no photos. Keep having fun!

LceeL said...

Any day 'down the islands' is a good day. Y'all live in Paradise.

Matt Jaworski said...

I haven't been keeping up with reading my favorite Blogs, I am sorry to say! With eight kids and real live friends here, life has been pretty busy. Huge vats of stew don't cook themselves, y'know. So don't y'all do anything interesting that I might not want to miss out on! I will catch up soon.

Theresa said...

My BELOVED friend Nan.

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

It was just too beautiful for words, and I am beyond grateful for you and your wonderful hubby and beautiful, amazing, hilarious children.

I really don't think that I can 'splain how much fun I had this week with you guys, even when it was raining.

And Danger Dog thinks he's King of the World!