The shelves in our fridge are made of plastic. About two years ago, a small crack developed on the lower shelf. Since we noticed it, we have been careful not to overload that shelf with anything too heavy, gingerly placing thing as far from the crack as possible. Over time, the crack has expanded little by little. Then, last week, as Kevin put the milk jug on the upper shelf as usual, there was a big cracking sound. And this fracture was a doozy... from the front to the very back. This was not good. Two shelves out of commission is just not useful, you know?
I suggested pieces of wood to replace these broken shelves, and maybe wrapping them with plastic wrap to keep them hygienic. Kevin wasn't crazy with this idea. So off he went to see what scraps he had that might do the trick. If you're not familiar with MacGyver, it was a TV show in the mid to late 80s about a government agent who problem solved and escaped impossible situations with paper clips and other household items. Kevin is my MacGyver: he can fix pretty much anything with everyday items, and it's often better than before it was broken. This time is no exception. Check this out... Kevin found steel rods that fit perfectly in the grooves underneath the plastic shelves. Then he applied silicone to seal the rods into place. He added rods to the front and the back to both shelves for added strength. By strengthening the frame the way he did, there was no need to fuss with the actual cracks. Brilliant!
It was also Art Festival week, and the school kids invited us to come see their artwork and performances. I can't believe how big these kids are getting. When we first arrived in 2012, I joined these kids at school to learn Spanish. These girls were in grades 1 and 2 back then... now they're in grades 5 and 6!!!
Sharon, Nicole and Tamara performed two dance routines and the spectators had to choose which routine they should do in front at the municipal level next week. Both routines were great, but it was unanimous... routine #2 won. There were songs (supported by a karaoke machine) storytelling and artwork, too. It's always fun to be invited and included in our community activities... on a Tuesday morning no less.
Oh... and here are some pictures of Martin's two baby bulls he brought to join our gang in the pasture. We're not sure what Martin calls them, but we're calling the bigger of the two "Cruise" because he just cruises with the others nicely... follows the big guys around. The littlest one, we're calling Rain Man, because although he's really dozy (he keeps his head down, eats and eats and eat)... when he finally takes a break and looks up and he's alone, the gang has moved on to graze elsewhere. And man is he ever vocal!! He moooos loudly. He's so funny. He just can't believe they just left him there. And this happens a lot... several times a day that we've witnessed. So we don't know if he's slow or a brilliant savant (pretending not to notice they've all left, leaving him to graze all that pasture in that one spot on his own).
This is Cruise
And this is Rain Man (you have no idea how long it took to get a picture of him looking up! This is a rarity).
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