The window treatment

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The “Before” shot.

WE HAVE THIS window, you see, from the dining room out to the garden. It provides a nice view in the morning while we’re enjoying biscuits, honey and café Americano negro.

But for some reason it’s the window that attracts far more rain in the monsoon months and sun in the sunny months than any other window. Both elements play havoc with the wood, which we must refinish with an unholy frequency.

A refinishing was done just a few weeks ago during other paint work.

Plus, there are a few weeks of the year when the sun sits just so in the morning sky, aiming its rays directly into my eyes while I’m trying to enjoy those biscuits and honey at the dining room table. It forces me to sit in odd positions, seeking comfort.

For years, I’ve been saying: Something must be done.

At last, I have done it.

install
Nico does his magic.

The man known as Nico, who custom made and installed the canvas curtains around the upstairs terraza last spring, came to the rescue. We now have an awning.

Didn’t cost much either. Should have done this years ago.

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The “After” shot.

It looks quite spiffy, I think, and will go a long way to protect the wood from rain and rays all year, plus my eyes during those certain months at breakfast.

Speaking of changes, I have also installed a new photo in the website header, replacing the ancient church that’s held that spot of honor for quite a spell. I took this new photo myself downtown yesterday, a mural in an interior patio.

The entire photo does not fit in the header. To see it all in lovely color, click here.

I am fond of skulls. Bones in general. They remind me of mortality.

20 thoughts on “The window treatment

  1. Yes, nicely appointed window and attractive shade. The color version of the wall mural for the header is very pretty.

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    1. Carole; Thanks. We like it. Just hope it won’t reduce light into the kitchen too much. It’s a trade-off. As for the mural, it’s brand new. That building used to house City Hall, but City Hall moved about three long blocks away and is not on the Plaza Grande anymore. The former building has been undergoing a renovation for months, and they finally finished. There’s an art gallery in there, plus a bookstore and a few other things. Nice.

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    1. Señor Lanier: Yes, it is super nice, in spite of the frequent complaints of my child bride. Too big. Lousy neighborhood, etc., etc. She’s always wanting to sell it, so we can move into the far-smaller downtown casita, which has parking for just one car among many other drawbacks.

      Salmon it is then. I have no idea what the official shade (no pun intended) is, but I like it too.

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      1. Your hacienda is just the right size for a couple of people. And it’s decorated perfectly. While your downtown townhouse is nice, there would be no room for all of your stuff, no place to escape, and no Jesus patio. Stay put.

        The color of your house is an excellent color, too, but not as good as mine, which is so good that the neighbors across the street painted theirs the same color, because they have good taste.

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        1. Ms. Shoes: My spouse would argue your belief that the Hacienda is just the right size for two people, and I might too. There are not many rooms, but the rooms are very large. But you are quite right that the downtown casita would be too small since we’ve become accustomed to this place. But there is no chance of our moving there. She can do it after I’m promoted to Glory, but I’m staying put.

          Your house is that color you recommended, Gaudi? That is what I’m going to paint the exterior of the downtown casita in a few weeks after we get a circular stairwell installed from the balcony to the roof. We’ll be stylin’.

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          1. Yes, Gaudi is the color I recommended. Since Comex changes the names every so often, it goes by a different name now. As I compare the color in the photo of your exterior with mine, they look like a dead match. I can’t get enough of this color. In fact, I’ve painted my own house this color two times in a row.

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            1. Ms. Shoes: I saw Gaudi at Comex about a month ago. I liked it a lot. It was quite different from Rojo Costamar. Gaudi is a good bit darker. I find it hard to believe that Comex moves its names around to different colors. That would be really dumb.

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              1. What is sold as Gaudi now, more rose and less salmon, is not the Gaudi that I bought several years ago. Since I didn’t have the label the second time around, I went through the color samples from prior years at the store until I found the old Gaudi. Yes, Comex does change the color names. Believe me on this.

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                1. Ms. Shoes: Okay, I believe you, but that does not change the fact that it’s a dumb thing for Comex to do. How about send me a photo of your wall, so I can see. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Ray: Got no clue, but we’ll find out for sure. I am confident it won’t happen anytime soon. But when it gets ugly, I’ll just replace it. As I said, it did not cost all that much, and I’ll just need to replace the canvas, not the steel mechanism.

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  2. Your new header shot is lovely. And felicidades por tu nuevo toldo. Se ve muy bonito!

    And yes, I’ll add my vote to the “changing color names is exceptionally stupid” camp.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Ajijic, Jal
    Where there are some lovely paint jobs that were done decades and decades ago.

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  3. With the awning, the hacienda looks as if John-Paul Sartre and Raymond Aron might stop by for a Parisian sip. Very snazzy.

    As for the mural photo, you failed to mention the best connection between your site and the mural — the moon. But, then, being a person of the night, I am most familiar with its face. It goes without saying (though I will), it is a great shot,

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    1. Señor Cotton: I had noticed that moon, but didn’t mention it. There’s a sun too, of course.

      As for Sartre and Aron, heard of the former but not the latter. In any event, we would not have opened the front gate for them unless they had previously announced their intention to visit.

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