Sunday, March 15, 2009
The housekeeper just left, now all is quiet. Puppies are beat and resting, and I am on my way to the hammock with about six issues of Coastal Living I borrowed from Z-Touch Salon! There is something working so hard that makes even 1/2 day of rest the most rewarding. We will go back to the beach in an hour and soak up some sun and play with the dogs in the water. Swim, read...yes, another day in paradise I guess.
Last week was a doozy though! 125 cases of wine arrived in Belize City and John had the lucky fortune of having to pick it all up. He road with Norman the Baker. 4:30 am departure, clearly Norman did not have time to tame his afro. So, they hit the road and arrived back at Rumfish about 20 hours later- seeing one new battery, about 15 stops to shop for restaurant stuff, and 2 breakdowns on the Hummingbird Highway along the way. By 2 am Norman (who's fro was now about a foot in circumference and had collected some particles along the way), and John lugged all 125 cases into the house.
The next day, Friday the 13th, was John's birthday! He was given a schedule in the morning that included a hair appointment (desperately wanted by John) a massage, some nap time, little cozy time with the wife...etc. Dinner at French Connection was wonderful- pork chop and duck- and at 9 pm a DJ and bday party at Rumfish. We sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed cake among throngs of friends- it was a good one.
Saturday we had our second LARGE order for Peckish Provisioning. Scurrying around picking up last minute things- we loaded onto the boat around 5pm, just as we finished the guests arrived. Happy, and a job well done.
Got the wines loaded into the restaurant, inventoried, updated the wine list, and now we can actually take a minute to breathe today and enjoy our life in the Caribbean.
Rumfish y vino is featured in GQ magazine this month
Turn to page 110 and see a picture of our ceviche (although they misspell and call it Seviche! We have 2 nice mentions, one is the photo caption, the other is in the article itself- "for a more upscale evening...try Rumfish y vino where the special is usually what was caught that morning..."
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Kind of hard to start from the beginning...it goes back some distance to get us to this point. So I figure since I am way behind on this blogging thing, I will use today as a starting point. As the past- LA, NYC, The Wedding, The Dog, our journey to Belize comes up- I will reflect on it. But for today, I can only see ahead!
Today...ah, but today. Today I had a cucumber in the foot of a pair of nylon's (who knew they even had nylon's here!) hanging between my legs attempting to push a potato forward and towards my husband.
Only in Belize, and only at a Rotary Meeting.
What day is it anyway?
I sit here at the desk at home. Rain pours on and off- "unseasonal" for this time of year I am told. And our new puppy, Milo, sits curled up on my lap. I sip a glass of Montepulciano and field calls from John, who is at Rumfish, about the development of some new menu ideas we've been working on and that are coming out of the kitchen.
Puppy and Ojai can be seen to the left.
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Remember this day?
It's been a whirlwind...the hardest thing I've even done. EVER! But worth every minute. Below is an email I sent to my F's & F's within the first couple of weeks of being here...soooooo funny for me to reread NOW!
So, it's Sunday morning and our little buddy just suffered through another tick removal massacre. About five ticks I think this morning, one eventually loses count. We have started him on Amoxicillin for it seems he may have contracted Tick fever. This is one of many possible diagnosis's, could be he licked a type frog that has hallucinogenic properties...or ate a yellow iguana (although we've heard if this were the case he would be dead by now), or perhaps a scorpion. But on 'googling' Tick Fever, that seems to have the most similar symptoms to Ojai's recent behavior. Some examples would be the 'fantom fly', in which he snaps and chases imaginary flies, or 'drunk paranoid dog' who bangs into walls, then catches his own shadow and runs into the corner whimpering. Other symptoms include chewing his skin, rashes on his legs, lethargy, dehydration...and so on. Two days on the antibiotics though have seemed to have knocked it! If you're wondering how we got Amoxicillin...we walked into a pharmacy and said, "My dog has Tick Fever" and he handed us 10 days of it for about $6 US. We decided to get ourselves antibiotics as well, just in case we contract something... we were like kids in a pharmaceutical candy store!!!
Last night after John went up to bed, and I was attempting to stay up for a little SNL comic relief, a little scorpion crawled towards me at warp speed. I screamed and leapt off the couch as it's tail curled and it shimmied closer and closer. John came down from the loft with what small measure of valiance he could muster, but mostly panic! We jumped around the room for a while not sure what to do. There is no 'sense-memory' defensive reaction for a scorpion attack. No specific behavior pops into your mind on instinct. No survivalist thought like, "Oh, right, I remember when I was 6 my Dad killed a scorpion by snapping it's head off" kind of thing is triggered. This is not stored in our "Subconscious Critter 'How to' Mental Archives" like spiders, moths, roaches, even bats are. So we jumped and danced and sprayed an entire can of bug spray which was NO match for our formidable friend. Under the couch he scurried. Now what?? Not to worry, he then lunged out towards John's barefoot who then proceeded to smack the hell out of it with his flip flop. That's what you do. Smack it. Smoosh it. Flush it. And go to bed.
Another day in paradise.
I would like to mention that earlier in the evening John and I were at the beach during a beautiful sunset with the dogs. I say 'dogs' plural, because it seems that Ojai is like the Pied Piper of puppies. They follow him down to the sea where they play and swim and run. As Ojai, Ringo, and
We spent two days in
So we get dropped off at the "bus station" in
More to come!