Out of necessity and the fact that it is summer travel time, Ashley has been away busting her tail working in the States. Her working a lot in the summer is not new but this year seems a bit more than usual. This leaves the kids and I here on our own a lot more and for longer stretches. July has been exceptionally dry and hot this year, and I sit here each morning drinking coffee with sweat rolling down my back starting before 8am. We have been hiding from the sun most of the time rather than cooking on the beach since there is no relief to be found in the ocean. In other words, hot, lazy and long days. Many other parents who are still in town are also already wondering "when does school start"?
In addition to the lack of summer activity is that we were given notice by our tenants in Park City that they would be leaving at the end of August. Re-renting our house has unfortunately become a yearly event and a financial drain when you add up having the house empty for a time, travel back to Park City, maintenance items and cleaning just to get someone in there for another 12 months and then do it all over again. Any money we gain on the rent evaporates at the end of the year when I need to go back and fix things up again. A bad cycle. It's a great mountain house but not a new place and needs consistent TLC to keep it working well and looking reasonably good. I am trying to rent the place from here but I am at the mercy of the current tenant to show the home and have missed out on potential new tenants since I cannot be there in person to open the house up and show people around.
We have also been given notice by our landlords here that he will want our space here at Casa Estrella when he returns in November. Our days at our sweet set up with the million dollar view are now numbered. This has set us scrambling to find new place to call out own. Like any popular destination, housing is mostly tied up in the rental market so full time rentals are few, priced high and you are in competition with many others in the same situation. So, in addition to finding a new tenant in PC, I have been trying to find a new place for us here...and doing this without Ashley's stamp of approval. Scary to think about. I have been hovering at my computer for weeks sending out inquiries, making contacts and responding to housing questions for both houses. I hate sitting here waiting for something to be resolved in either location. Having a rental in this town would potentially be a very good investment. Just point me to the local money tree and I'll get right on that.
July a has also been a time where some friends have concocted what has been called "Dry July". Kicking back each day with some tequila, a few mixed drinks or a few cold cervezas is easy to do here since life on the beach just lends itself to that kind of lifestyle more than it did in Park City. So easy in fact that sometimes you just have to say "I need a break". So, many of us decided to call this month "Dry July" and not have any alcohol during the entire month. Not an easy task when 5pm Happy Hour rolls around I assure you especially when I have been here sweating all day alone with the kids. Some friends who were also having a "Dry July" just came back from Tequila, Mexico where they brought back some goodies to help celebrate the end of "Dry July".
|10 Liters of Anejo Goodness-Phone for size reference|
|Fire At Pajaro De Fuego|
Ashley had two weeks of vacation in August so we decided to get out of town, try to beat the odds flying stand by on Ashley's flight benefits and meet up with her see some things Stateside. More on that in Part II.