Four days later while waiting for Ernesto to pick us up by boat to go to Isla Borracho we noticed bees again buzzing around the top of the mast. This can’t be. As Sid went down below some two dozen bees flew around his ears, he placed his ear on the mast and heard the same buzzing sound. He fumigated them again several times. Ernesto showed up and we had to leave, but when we got back, bees were still buzzing the mast. Sid fumigated some more and even got up at to blast them one more time at night as they all are sleeping that should do the trick. But as he checked at there were already bees buzzing the top of the mast again. Now he took the air-compressor out, hooked it up so that it would blast a steady blow up the mast and as of now we’re not sure yet if it worked. What makes them so attracted to
Sid did an incredible job on painting the foredeck a better job
than the professional painter in the yard did, amazing hey? He already re-placed the port holes too. After 30 years they were pretty cracked and needed to be re-placed. He was not sure how
well it would go to get them out without breaking the teak O-ring around the glass but fortunately he figures out a way to get them out in one piece. Now comes the varnish and sewing of the new interior and we’re pretty much done. While Sid has been busy with the boat I’ve been sewing up a storm. I made new covers for the dinghy jerry jugs with pocket for oil, new bag under boom vang and foredeck for lines and also with pockets for winch handles. All the bags in cockpit are replaced with upgraded bags. The one behind the steering wheel used to hold 6 bottles of water, now it’s just 4 and in the middle a pocket to hold the binoculars with a little flashlight pocket on top. Since all the marinas here are med tie we have to climb on the boat on the bow and doing so we hold on to the jib and staysail for balance, result a very dirty sail, so I made dirt covers for that. Sid mounted the new sun awning I built which is now one foot wider on both sides, so naturally I had to make the storage bag bigger as well. I still have to make the shade covers for the sides. Made new covers for dinghy wheels. Covers for the cockpit cushions, until now I always made just slip covers, this is the first time we have full covers and they look great. Seat and backrest on steering box are new too. New shade cover for the hull where the refrigerator is, it keeps the fridge cool for an extra 4 hours before it has to pump down again. New seat cover on top of life raft case. Unfortunately I ran out of sunbrella and haven’t been able to find our color yet as I like to re-place all the lee cloths in the cockpit as well. For the cockpit cushions and all the covers I’ve made so far I used a Texaline. Get this I bought a roll of 34 meters and paid a whole $ 27.29, just amazing, so no sweat if I cut out a piece to small. So everything on the boat is covered, just good the cat is not sitting still for any length of time or she’d be covered too.
Ever since we arrive in Puerto La Cruz we had to say “NO” over and over had to adopt a feral cat that needed a home. There are a lot of feral cats, of course not spayed and cruisers find the abandoned or injured kittens all the time. We declined so many times. Once Tika is gone we don’t’ want any more pets, especially since we’re planning to travel to countries where they have quarantine laws. So by now everybody knows how serious we are about that. Well, I think everybody including us is in shock as we ended up with a new kitten. She is 4 maybe 5 weeks old and was crying in the bushes. Sid managed to get her out. She was so hungry, poor little thing. Everybody that was playing Mississippi Marbles that night had a turn holding her; we gave her milk and spoiled her with our love, she didn’t even know how to lick milk out of the bowl yet, so we fed her with a syringe. Nobody of course wanted to take her home. Out of the two of us Sid’s the one with the strongest “NO we don’t need another cat”. Don’t’ know what happened to him, my guess is the rum. We’re still trying to justify why we took her home. How can you not take a cute abandoned 4 week old kitten. So we took her home, plan is to pep her up, get her spayed and then look for a good home for her. But seriously I don’t think that will happen, I think she found herself a loving home, by the time we can spay her we’ll be attached to her. Tika is not sure about it yet, although she lets the kitten attack her tail and play with it, but she still hisses at her. I catch her all the time watching the little hyper kitten. She does not have a name yet, but we figured it should be a Spanish name. I came up with several names, two that I really like, Gitana for Gypsy and my favorite Paloma for (white) Dove. Are we suckers or what? Amazing the minute we took her into the house she domesticated instantly, used the litter box immediately and second morning ate up a lot of Tika’s food. She slept cuttled up with but played for most of the time. She follows me all around already and since she is so tiny and I’m afraid to step on her I made her a pouch out of my sheep skin house shoes, never wear those again anyway in tropical weather, that I can hang around my neck and carry her along. She loves it. I made another bag out of the texaline which we can take her along; she’ll be able to see through it but we cannot see inside. Does that sound we’ll be looking for a home for her in a few months. Look how tiny she is! Did you notice the white tip on her tail and the freckles on her nose?
So Ernesto my English student took us on a boat trip to the near by Isla Borracho. What a beautiful place, we swam, snorkeled, cooled off and had lunch on the beach. We had the cove to ourselves for about 30 minutes then one boat after another came in, all around 25 to 30 feet, all anchored close to shore or right by the beach and next to each other, some rafted. Ernesto said that this was the least boats he’s ever seen usually it’s packed. It was really funny to watch how they anchor. Some brought the
bow right to the surf line while the wife jumps off with the anchor in her hands, she walks a few steps up the beach and drops it in the sand, while he just drops it off the back. We laughed so hard watching all this, just amazing.
Not much on politics this week except El Presidente is ruining his
country. Our grocery store was closed already again for tax reasons and two days later it closed again for 120 hours, so today is the first day open again, I bet it’s going to be a mob.