As their 10 days here unfolded, the McDowell's shadowed us on many errands, taking the local busses, learning where the most economical places were to eat, drink, and be merry! In general, getting a feel for what it's really like to live here.
The stars aligned for him finally after several false attempts by us. A post came on FB that presented a perfect opportunity! After speaking with the owners several times, they came to bring Zsa Zsa to our home for Rueben to meet her and for them to meet him.
All I can say is that it was love at first sight for Rueben. Zsa Zsa not so much except she did eat out of his hand a couple of times before snarling and barking at him. Little miss is a very spoiled, one owner dog. All others stay away until she gets to know you.
But it was agreed that Rueben was a good person and he would take her home to see how things would go. Suffice it to say, there is now lots of love going around. They are both smitten with each other and Zsa Zsa has control of the bed. It's absolutely endearing to see Rueben's face light up when talking about her and, as you can see, Zsa Zsa is one happy dog!! We are thrilled to have a part in this pairing.
We then quickly grabbed a bus and headed to the dentist's office for Mike to get his permanent crown on the tooth that broke. To get to the office, we must take a bus to the Costco stop and then walk about 2/3 mile. We've really gotten used to these walks and believe, even in the heat, that they are good for us.
That evening, we met up with other FB friends, Linda & Manuel Orozco, who were on vacation in PV. Linda and I had been fb friends for quite awhile and they are also from WA. They, too, have been following my blog and are making plans to move here when the time is right for them.
Again, we have been delighted to meet such wonderful people who we now call "friends"!!! Sharing good places to eat, drink, and be merry plus having them visit us in our home is tremendously fulfilling for us. It's going to be awhile before they're ready for the move but we know we'll see them on their return visits, hopefully, every year.
Mike needed to go back to the dentist for a minor adjustment last Thursday, so we decided to use the opportunity to go to the movies. Albeit, a little bit of a hike at the height of the day's heat especially when you walk about 8 blocks out of your way trying to find a shortcut. It put a strain on my patience. But, oh so worth it in the end!! We saw The 100 Foot Journey with Helen Mirren and it was exquisite!! Highly recommend it to all.
BUT, the most wonderful thing that happened a week ago was that we FINALLY and successfully received our security deposit back from our previous landlord!!! This was 7 months of being persistent, a pain in the butt to anyone we could find, and just stubborn gringos!! It took us finally finding the "right" person to talk to that had a real connection to the true owner of the property. I can't tell you how incredibly satisfying it feels to WIN !!
In addition to getting our security deposit back, which was a full month's rent of $1,050, I also received out of the blue a couple of commission checks from my real estate business that I left in the hands of other REALTORS 2 years ago!!
With these few extra pay checks, we decided to buy 4 Mexican Talavera dinner plates and a serving platter, that we use as a wall decoration also. We had been wanting them but just couldn't justify the cost even though they were truly quite inexpensive considering.
It's been a great month all around and it's not over! So looking forward to Halloween this coming Friday, which is highly celebrated here along with Day of the Dead on November 1. Plus, our good friends Shauna and Rob will be returning from their month in the states. And, we have more people coming to visit PV wanting to meet up with us that have been reading my blog.
Of course, we continue to enjoy the beautiful sunsets!!