Monthly Archives: January 2013

Winter Flowers In My Garden

Here are a few photos of flowers in my garden in San Felipe Baja, MX. I just love the vibrant colors and the continuous blooms of these plants. I plan to keep planting them all over my garden so I have a continual supply of beauty to share with anyone coming into my garden.

Today I got my Temporary Resident’s Visa good till Dec 2015 when I apply for my Permanent Resident’s Visa. I thought it was interesting that as soon as I walked into the Immigration Office I was greeted with “Hi Julia, did you bring your passport?” I guess I am getting known in this small Pueblo 🙂

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Julia’s Adventure

I had dropped my mexican red car off at the mechanic’s to get two rear shocks installed the ones on the vehicle were way past due to be replaced. I walked over to my favorite restaurant and sat with the local gringos and had breakfast with them while passing the time of day with chit-chat. I waited a while before leaving to do some errands as I wanted the bank to be open when I arrived instead of waiting in line. I left the restaurant about 9:30 am and walked to the bank about four blocks away and up hill so I must have been there at 10:15 am and I had to wait for the lady who takes care of gringos to take care of the gringos in front of me. My little business was to make sure that my Mexican account had a high enough balance to pay my electric bill. I have my electric bill automatically deducted every month from my account at the bank. Sure enough there was more than enough money in the account and I proceeded to return to the restaurant the same way I came. As I passed a restaurant/ taco stand a large man was standing in the doorway and he said something to me and I replied in spanish “Buenos Dias” and kept walking. Suddenly there were two huge hands on my shoulders, these things were like hams, and he spun me around like I was on ice! I was surprised and thinking the worst when he asked his friend to take our picture together. I was about to pull out my pepper spray when his friend clicked the photo and he let me go ! He appeared drunk to me but I didn’t smell any alcohol on him and there I was free to go! Bewildered, I made a hasty departure and returned to the restaurant. All the gringos had departed so there was no one to talk to there, across the street there is a business owned by a couple that I have bought things for the house from, they are Americans who have lived here for a long time so I went in and told them my story.

We discussed the man at length and they seemed know about him and his behavior and most likely he was still drunk from the night before and that with my blond hair, sparkly hat, yellow jacket, shiny purse he thought he would get a trophy photo. It was a good thing I didn’t pepper spray him as the police were sure to get involved and as the couple explained they wouldn’t understand my problem because to the police he was giving me a compliment ! Well, it didn’t feel like a compliment to me. No harm was done so I guess I ought to be more alert to drunks in doorways from now on. I was a bit upset with myself for not being more aware of my I sure didn’t expect to get such a compliment at this age! Now I know !

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Love the Warm Weather

Airstream trailer in Saskatoon, SK, summer 2008

Airstream trailer in Saskatoon, SK, summer 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a few days now the weather has been nice; the temperature has been in the low 70’s and the wind has been reasonable not the howling norther it was last week. I got caught up on my gardening and today I planted a few new flowers. I hope they live and grow. I started my motor home and ran the generator for a while. I was surprised when the generator started on the second try usually it is not so willing to start. Everything ran well and after the motor got to operating temperature I shut everything down. I have to run the motor and generator  for a while to get everything lubricated and loose so when the day comes to motor out of here I can without incident. In a few weeks I’ll need to drive the motor home over to the gasoline station and top the gas tank off to keep the moisture from building up in the tank. I’ll put some additive in the tank first, like stabil or dry gas to help with any potential moisture problems.

Speaking of motor homes I’m thinking of trading in this one for something else. I would like a nice used Airstream trailer but even used ones are expensive if they are in good shape. So I may have to find something else to replace this motor home with and my preference is to go with a trailer of some sort. Trading in the motor home for a trailer would mean buying a truck to pull it which adds to the cost. Getting another motor home is a whole other story as motor homes have their problems and issues as well as trailers do. My favorite motor home is the Lazy Daze with the Mid-bath and king bed in the back. I think the rear lounge that has all the windows and the two sofas that turn into a king bed is a very nice configuration and at 24′ would be small enough to be accommodated in many camp sites where as a class A over 30′ would be not allowed. The odd thing is the miles per gallon for both a class A and a class C are not all that different till you get to the new diesel-powered class C’s and they are very high-priced. So what to do ? Buy a trailer and truck or buy a motor home? I guess I’ll keep on looking until I find something that works for me 🙂

I don’t know what television has become but I turned it on a few minutes ago and panned through the channels and I didn’t find anything that interested me. Usually I can be amused by the news but lately I don’t find that interesting either. One of the news stories that should be playing is about people being accidentally shot at gun shows this weekend and yet very little is said about that. I guess it just isn’t that interesting to the news programmers. The movies that are on are ridiculous, the only good thing about them is that some people who make movies got a job for a while and that means they paid into the system, which is a good thing we need more people paying into the system. I suppose I’ll watch PBS tonight there is an English Drama series on called Downton Abby about an aristocratic english family and their servants and all the goings on there. The story takes place prior to and after World War I, and it is complicated and dramatic. Still I find it hard to be interested; the goings on of the rich and privileged don’t make me love the characters or story line. I’ve been treated ill by those who think they are privileged and because a story about them exposes their problems, ones they made themselves, doesn’t enamor me of their class.

My this has been a long post and still I could go on, but I won’t, I have another story to tell later.

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Nice day

The temperature went up to 72º today a big change from yesterday ! The weather should be fine for the next week. Sure feels nice to be warm again.

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Brrrrr

Today the cold continued with a light breeze which made it seem even colder. Today was a memorial gathering for my friend Philip. I had to leave when they started talking about him as I didn’t want o make scene as I was getting emotional. Better to keep that to myself.

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Windy and cold this am.

Palm trees of unknown species. Identification ...

Palm trees of unknown species. Identification is appreciated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bird - Seagull enjoying the sunset

Bird – Seagull enjoying the sunset (Photo credit: blmiers2)

I got up about 0530 today as it was market day and the early bird gets her worm. I was on the look-out for a couple of things for the house and if someone showed up to sell them I wanted to be there and get it before another old bird did. So I was off into the early morning cold and wind. I didn’t find everything I wanted I did find two palm trees at a reasonable price, asparagus for dinner, tomatoes to go with the asparagus and some bird seed to entice the little birdies to my yard. I had a chat with some of the folks I know there and looked at the puppies for adoption. I didn’t find a puppy I fell in love with all they had were going to be big dogs and I am looking (sort of ) for a lap dog if I get one.

I have been thinking about doing laundry; 1) I have enough for almost two loads, 2) the Laundromat is a warm place today and would be nice to sit and read while the machines thrash my clothes clean. On the other hand I would have to go out into the cold and wind again and I don’t want to do that. Maybe I’ll do the laundry tomorrow instead-what’s the rush?

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Busy

The past few days I’ve been busy taking care of some business here; the first thing was to get my car insurance up to date; no problem $150 for liability insurance that covers me in both Mexico and the U.S. Then I checked on my Temporary Resident‘s Visa and the next was to pay for Mexican vehicle registration. I went to my Immigration facilitator’s office and there I found my application was approved and that I had to take it to the Mexican Immigration Office the following day for fingerprints and signature. The following morning I was at the Immigration office early and I was the first one in line. Processing was not complicated and the person processing my application spoke excellent english. After getting fingerprinted and signing several documents I was told it would be another month till I received my visa as it had to go to Mexico city and return.

Today I went to the local Division of Motor Vehicles and paid for my renewed registration and got my tabs for the license plates and a silver seal to place on the windshield. I had to present my Mexican driver’s license and Mexican auto insurance. The government here is getting more strict they even checked my car to make sure it was the right vehicle according to their records, 950 pesos ($76) later I was out the door with my renewed registration and I did it by myself and in Spanish, I didn’t understand every word, but enough to conduct my business. 🙂

Tomorrow I take my car to the mechanic (Juan) and have new shocks installed on my car. I’ll leave my car at his shop and walk over to a restaurant and have breakfast with some of the “Old Gringos” who meet there almost everyday. It seems several restaurants here have their “Old Gringos” that meet at a particular restaurant several times a week for a chat and gather information on living here and to “chew the fat”.

And so it goes.

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Sad news today

My neighbors came over this morning and told me the sad news that another neighbor had died suddenly at his home here in Pete’s Camp. I knew the man he was in his 80s his wife had died last year about this time and he had been, a bit lost and depressed. We were very friendly and shared many stories as we both had traveled to the same places but at different times. We both enjoyed europe and would tell each other of our travels and the places we liked to visit. I will miss him as he was a kind, gentleman, very well liked by all.

This is the third or fourth death here since I’ve been coming to San Felipe, that is only fourteen months ago. Seems that there are a lot of elderly people living here and they are passing on. Some die here suddenly like this gent, others have to leave for end of life care in the U.S.. Sad business to witness the passing of long time residents, some have been living here for decades. Of course this brings to mind that no one gets out of this life alive. This evening I had a private toast to this gentleman and let a tear or two wet my cheek  he was very kind to me. I  bid him a bon voyage to where ever we go after this life, if we go anywhere.

San Felipe, Baja California

San Felipe, Baja California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A visit to the “Old Country”

That is what I call the USA. I needed to go to the bank and I wanted to apply for the border crossing card passport too. I also needed / wanted to do some shopping. My left foot is sore from the shoes I’ve been wearing and I thought a different pair of shoes maybe a bit wider might relieve what ever is aggravating my foot and give me some peace. I think from wearing flip-flops and sandals all summer my feet have gotten wider. So, now I have some very ugly but wide shoes to wear.

I did put in for my passport card it was simple I just hope I did it right if all goes well I’ll have my new card and will be able to use the “Ready” lane at the new(er) border crossing at Calexico and maybe shorten my wait time to cross the border. At least that is the plan.

I did my shopping at Walmart and the first day it felt like I was in the christmas / holiday crowd. It seems I picked the wrong time to go shopping the first part of the month is the busiest time as many people get their checks and go shopping event the restaurants were full of people. I stayed over night at a local motel and the following day the crowds were gone. I got a lot on my list and still I didn’t get everything as Walmart either didn’t carry it or didn’t have it at the price I wanted. Also their garden center has not recovered from christmas yet so many garden things I wanted weren’t there.

I was pleased with the car or “Big Red” she did good on the road and the gas milage was very good somewhere around 15 mpg, for a big old car that isn’t bad. Big Red, is a 1997 Bravada by Olds mobile in her day she had some very nice features. I bought her new rear shocks today and will have my mechanic put them on next week or when he has the time.

How was it visiting the “Old Country”? Well, it is busy, lots of traffic, lots of people, the stores have a lot to look at and tempt you, I spoke as much spanish there as here-it was easier and fun. Lots of conveniences, at a price. I was glad to get back to my little house and garden.

So I’m back home in San Felipe, tomorrow is market day so I’ll be up early to go shopping at the saturday market …. yup shopping again 🙂

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