|The perfect day on a perfect island|
And you thought I was referring to a tequila shooter, with lime and salt, but no, I am referring to living on the windward side of an island in the Caribbean.
We live on Isla Mujeres a small island just off the coast of Mexico near Cancun. It is paradise with its sunny warm weather, gentle breezes, turquoise waters, friendly people and cheap, cold beer. However we have discovered there is a price to pay for living in such a beautiful location. It’s called salt!
The beautiful spume rising off the surf coats everything with a salty residue. Our ocean front windows are currently caked with a week’s worth of salt – it makes the ocean look a bit fuzzy when viewed through the grime. Every bit of metal corrodes, yes, eventually even stainless steel. You should check out our cutlery drawer –rusted corkscrews, knives, and utensils. Plastic is my new favourite!
|My personal handyman fixing icemaker|
|Francisco and Juan with cushions for new concrete sofa|
On our monthly list of chores, we spend a day lubricating every door lock, hinge, plus window and sliding door security locks with WD40. Then we polish twenty stainless steel kitchen cabinet drawer pulls with Bar Keepers Friend and treat with a light coating of WD40. Next chore is to polish the rust off of the stainless steel cook top, and wipe down the stainless steel front on both the dishwasher and the refrigerator with WD40. (WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement 40th Attempt". The inventor Norm Larsen was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion in nuclear missiles. He claims he arrived at a successful formula on his 40th attempt.) For more interesting uses of WD40 check their website: http://www.wd40.com/uses-tips/
|Repairing a friend's gate - hinges corroded|
If you think we are grumbling about the cost of replacing items damaged by the salt, we're not. The way we look at is very simple. In Canada our annual property taxes on a lakefront lot with a 2000 square foot house cost $8000.00. Here on Isla an oceanfront lot with a similarly sized house the annual property taxes are less than $100.00. It’s a small price to pay for living in paradise.
After completing all of these repairs my personal handyman - Lawrie - needs a cold beer, or two. Jeez, the bottle opener needs some WD40 too!