Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weird Superstitions I heard about last night

Robert, the caretaker here on the farm, has some very odd superstitions that he swears are true.

When I was talking about my concern for Sugar, my clawless cat, he told me what I should do is get a stick of butter and draw the Sign of the Cross all over the cats body and she will never leave the house again.... When I google that, all that comes up are articles about rubbing butter on your cats paws so they dont bolt right out of the door when you move them to a new house. I found nothing about drawing the Sign of the Cross in butter all over their body to make them stay inside forever.

Last night, we somehow got to talking about Jade. (I think we had been talking about the caves here in Belize and all the Maya ruins, and Robert brought up the Jade mountain found in Guatemala - and I think this is the link to what he was talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_de_las_Minas#Jade_Reserve)
Anyway - he went on to tell me that if you want to find out of a piece of Jade is real or not, you take a strand of your hair and wrap it around the Jade a bunch of times, and then try to set the hair on fire. If the hair does not burn - it's real Jade.
I googled that, too - and I actually found an article about it - http://www.jadedragon.com/travel/china/handicraft3.html


I definately want to find some Jade and try the hair test on it to see if it's real.... but I dont know how I feel about greasing up Sugar with a stick of butter to see if she stays home.

After dinner tonight, while we're playing Dominoes, I'll try to remember to ask him about more "superstitions" that he's heard of and look them up, too.

Monday, February 13, 2012

So far, so.... good?

Well, I've been living on the mainland with Trip for almost 2 weeks now and I *mostly* love it. We have great views, tons of birds flying around, peace and quiet, fresh air, and we're growing just about everything - from onions and cucumbers to pineapples and wild bananas, plus we have chickens for our free-range organic eggs. (I named the four of them after characters from Pulp Fiction - Mia, Esmeralda, Fabian and Honeybunny... and the rooster is Rooster Cogburn)

What I don't like is that the house is unfinished, and living in an unfinished house is like camping... and I do not camp. I'm not a high maintenance girl - even though I'd enjoy a nice facial, pedicure and massage, I will not bitch about not getting them. I don't need to go to a salon to get my hair done, I don't need clean clothes or even a shower every day - but what I DO need is to be able to wash my hair at least twice a week, and that just isn't happening at our home yet.... and it's already driving me crazy and making me wonder if I should have stayed in San Pedro for another month or two.

About a week ago we spent a night at the Yim Saan Hotel in Belmopan (the capital of Belize) so I could take a tubby... they had amazing water pressure and if anyone wants to know where they can take a good shower in Belmopan, that is the place to go. (The drain didn't work as fast as I would have liked, I was left standing in a puddle at the end of my shower, but it was still amazing. There's also a really good restaurant downstairs, which is very convenient.)

I'm at the Macaroni Hill View Hotel right now - Trip dropped me off so I can enjoy the comforts of a finished place and a shower for the night... which I tried to do, but the water turned off just as I was conditioning, and now I'm half showered and kind of pissy. I just want to wash my damn hair, is that too much to ask???

Arrrg. Crankypants.

Anyway... I'll have a new laptop soon so hopefully I'll be posting more regularly again, and I'll finally be able to include pictures!!!
I'll have a new Kindle, too, and I'm always looking for book recommendations...