Daily Archives: September 13, 2014

New Project

I have decided to add on to the house in Mexico and the work has begun. I want a room to use for a living room and to be large enough to invite friends over. I also want a fireplace. At first I was just going to build a walled patio but then I thought about it and went for the room addition. The grey water tank had to be move so that took time and labor. The ditches for the footings have been dug and the cement, block and rebar have been delivered. next week the footings get poured and the beginning of laying up the block begins. It is getting exciting seeing a plan come together.

Here are some photos of how it looks at this stage.

Long view of the construction

Long view of the construction

Cement mixer and more blocks

Cement mixer and more blocks

Cement and more blocks

Cement and more blocks

Sand and gravel for the cement

Sand and gravel for the cement

Pile of blocks just delivered

Pile of blocks just delivered

During construction

During construction

Before construction

Before construction

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Fiesta!

I found out about a fiesta at the local Navy base and went to buy a ticket at the office that does my immigration application when I met the lady who was in charge of the event the Commandant’s wife. She was very nice and even asked for my email address so I could be included in other events at the base. The purpose of the fiesta was two fold one was to support the hospital at the base and the other was to celebrate Mexico’s Independence from Spain. This day like a lot of holidays in Mexico lasts for several days the actual day of Independence is the 16th of September but they start early.

The event was very well done lots of music, dancers that were very beautiful a really good singer singing the traditional songs and then a band for dancing afterwards. We also had food a pazole that is soup with hominy, meat and other goodies and side dishes of stuffed chiles, cheese and avocados.

I had difficulty in taking photos as my camera speed wasn’t up to the rapid pace of the dancers, but I got a few photos that give an idea of what the event was like.

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Shopping trip

Now and then I need to return to the old country to do some shopping get prescriptions filled and do some bank stuff in person. Such was the case the first week in September. A neighbor and I went to El Centro CA, on a shopping trip we both had long lists of thing to do and buy. As usual we spent the night at Vacation Inn in El Centro some nice things about the Inn are they know us, give us a discount, there’s a free hot breakfast, and a free drink at happy hour; also many of our neighbors stay there and it is like a reunion when we meet them.

We shop and then we bring stuff back to our room and then shop some more and leave more stuff in the room. Then we consolidate our stuff into less packages and load the truck with our buoty to cross the border back to our homes in San Felipe. We also enjoy dining out will visiting the “Old Country” and talking about our finds while crossing stuff off our shopping lists. It is both fun and work on these shopping trips and it is more pleasant when you have good company.

Here are some photos of our last trip. The room fills up with stuff rather quickly then it all has to go into the truck for the trip home.

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