Baja California MX

Update on life and projects

A few weeks ago I wasn’t feeling so good, I had pressure in the chest that would last about fifteen minutes and then go away. I got worried and drove back to the US and went to an ER to get checked out. As a prior heart patient I thought it was the prudent thing to do. The kind folks there checked me out and kept me overnight to be safe. In the AM my Cardiologist checked my tests out and made an appointment the following day for a consultation. Then I was scheduled for a stress test the next day. The results of the stress test didn’t come in until the following day. The results show I have some scaring that may be causing some problem with the arteries contracting therefore I’m another medication to help keep the arteries open. The medication seems to be working.

On another note; I had to have some work done on the house. The roof need to be recoated. Every five years the roof needs a new coat of roof sealant . While the men were here coating the roof I had some garden work done. I had trees planted and other trees and bushes pruned and the garden cleaned up. All day there was work being done on the house and garden. The garden looks neater now and I feel better after having the roof sealed. We don’t get much rain here, but when we do it is a gully washer and a leaky roof causes a lot of expensive damage.

Here are a few photos, nothing dramatic, about the work that was done. The truck was filled up with debris from the garden twice.

I am getting close to having lived full-time for six years in Mexico at the same address. I have never lived that long in one place in my life. I also have never been happier. Mexico isn’t for everyone there are lots of differences between Mexico and the USA some nice some not so nice. I am still learning the language, and finding out things about the culture yet my desire to remain here is as strong as ever. I’m an odd duck,  I am happier living in a country other than the one of my birth in a land who’s culture and language I don’t fully understand than in the country of my birth. I wear the label Expatriate with pride !

As an aside I’m writing this as my housekeeper is cleaning my house and we are chatting back and forth about the house who called what her children are doing and what I should buy in the store for cleaning supplies, all in Spanish! Which gives me a smidgen of satisfaction as I flunked Spanish and French in High School ! So take that you teachers in High School !

 

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My Guesthouse Project Continues

 

My guesthouse project is slowly coming together. I employed workers to build a Palapa over the Airstream to protect it from the weather and especially the Sun. The Sun here is very strong and made the inside of the Airstream very hot very quickly. Being an older unit I imagine that there are leaks somewhere and after the men walking on the roof I am certain of it. So a roof over the unit is called for, in keeping with the Mexican theme of my garden I chose a Palapa style. Palapas are made of palm leaves on a frame so thousands of palms had to be bought, trimmed and screwed to a frame built over the Airstream. Here a few photos of this project so far.

first the steel frame had to be built and welded into place sometimes four or five men had to work on it at a time. This took several days

 

 

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Then the palms had to be trimmed, cut to length and screwed to the frame which had wooden slats screwed to the steel frame work. This took several more days. Here are more photos of that procedure.

 

 

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Then the wall and steps had to be built.

Below is how the Airstream / Guesthouse is looking right now. More work to be done and more photos too.

 

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Two Projects at once

I wanted to upgrade the AC for the house and get a mini-split put in for the living/dinning  room and also get a mini-split put in the Airstream. I got the two ton unit for the house and the one ton for the RV. I could have gotten an RV AC for the Airstream but they aren’t as efficient as a mini-split. This RV isn’t going anywhere so the mini-split seemed like a good idea even if I almost cried when the installers cut into the skin of the Airstream. I’ll get over it and so will the Airstream. Later on there will be a roof built over the Airstream and a wall around the bottom with a patio and steps made of  brick and lots of plants to break up the austere look of metal and brick.

Still a long long ways to go on this project.

For those not familiar with the Mini Splits here is a link that tell all about it; https://learn.compactappliance.com/mini-splits/

Here are some photos of the work;

control head of the mini split inside the Airstream

Compressor on the tongue

The work still needs to be neatened up this is a work in progress photo.

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I got work started on the Airstream Trailer

Today I get working on the Airstream; taking trash to the dump removing the sofa and wiping down surfaces and clean out cabinets. There was a lot of dirt, dust and rodent droppings to clean up. There was an older generator inside too and I got that out of the rig. I made a couple of trips to the dumpster and still have work to do tomorrow cleaning the bathroom and cabinets. I’m happy to be working on this project. It will take a while to get everything done and I’m sure there will be problems as I go along.

Here are some photos;

Bath is next to be cleaned

The carpet has to go!

Cleaner counter and sink

Where the couch was

The couch cushions and other stuff is out

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Race time in San Felipe

This is the week of the big Baja 250 race and the town is getting full of people to watch and to participate in the race. Lots of folks dashing about in various vehicles in racing gear. The crowds of folks will be downtown for the festivities and ceremonies along with lots of police and support personnel. The big rigs have arrived with more on the way, some folks are flying into our little airport in their planes and helicopters to join in the race. Soon the Police helicopters will be hovering over the town keeping an eye on the crowds. All great fun for many of the folks who live here and enjoy the Races.

I don’t like crowds, I think it is because of my suspicious nature or maybe because I’m getting old, tired and cranky. I visit town for very short periods of time to get errands done and then leave the whole scene to the younger set.

I did go into town today because I wanted to have lunch with my friend Irene at a restaurant on the Malacon (the street in front of the beach). We had a lovely lunch of shrimp tacos with cheese and guacamole with chips and for drinks we had non-alcoholic margaritas. We made  quick trip along the Malacon to see what the vendors had for sale. Then home again as my housekeeper was there hard at work while I was living the life, having lunch with a friend.

17632442_10158562712820061_192973968877103291_oSometimes I feel like I’m living the life of a Grand Dame having breakfast with friends or lunch maybe dinner out or at a friend’s house, a house keeper doing the heavy work cleaning my house. Gardening in the morning after nice walk through the neighborhood and chatting with neighbors. In a way I do “Live The Life”.

 

Below are photos of Juana my housekeeper she cleans my house and teaches me Spanish too. She is a Doll!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

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Beach Bonfire

Sunday evening I joined the neighbors for a beach bonfire to celebrate the full moon. This has become a tradition for the neighbors to gather on the full moon to have a fire and share food and beverages on our beach while connecting and sharing our stories. The evening was warm and the fire large thanks to the men folk who had gathered lots of wood to burn. Here are some photos of the occasion. Life is good here 🙂

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New color for my Casita

I have a little one bedroom Casa (house) here in San Felipe now and then I change something just to give life a little boost. I got it in my head to paint one wall on the veranda, I love that word it sounds so grand, Mexican Pink. I went to a local paint store and looked at their color chart and there it was a very bright pink. When I told the man what I wanted even he called it Mexican Pink, in Spanish of course.

So I took some photos of the pink wall. I didn’t paint it pink I paid someone else to do the job if I had done it there would have been paint everywhere including the wall the floor and ceiling.

The photos also show the new iron work too, this adds a more Spanish touch to the house.

Here are some photos my now Mexican Pink veranda;

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From the entry looking down the veranda

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Looking towards the entry and living room

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Sitting area at the end of the veranda

 

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More House Improvements

I have wanted to make some changes to the house for some time and I contracted with a local artisan Steve Sherrod (Ironman Steve) to construct some Iron work for my house and construct walls around the house with another man all seems to be going as planed.

The Iron Work was installed today and the prep for the front wall started today too. I have a few photos of the progress to share.

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Blocks arrive

The truck arrives with the blocks and cement for the wall

The truck arrives with the blocks and cement for the wall

Prep work for wall mods

Prep work for wall mods

Prep for wall work

Prep for wall work

What the front looks like before wall mods

What the front looks like before wall mods

This is the Iron Work I had constructed and installed;

End piece going in

End piece going in

Long Shot

Long Shot

It's in

It’s in

Long view

Long view

Side view

Side view

Entrance View

Entrance View

Side view

Side view

Long view

Long view

Next the wall construction

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What I do all Week

Monday; Watered some plants and filled the fountain in the early morning, later went to breakfast in town (Chumpos).

On the way home I paid for my TV $50, checked my mail bought fuel for my car came home played on the computer until lunch went to lunch at Road Runner Cafe, had a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. Returned home took a nap for an hour and half. Later checked the computer and thought about going out for dinner, but changed my mind and stayed home and had a bowl of cereal for dinner. Watched TV and played on the computer till bed time.

Tuesday; Filled the fountain checked the garden had an english muffin and coffee for breakfast got ready to drive the ladies to yoga meditation. Washed dishes sprayed the house for mosquitos as I saw two in the living room. Started this blog. Noted that the sun is coming up much later now.

I stopped by a friend’s house to confirm that we were going to breakfast tomorrow and then visiting an immigration facilitator later that morning. All is good I’m driving tomorrow.

I then had lunch at the camp cantina; 13138764_10154144259548648_2372979228226720421_n

hamburger and fries with a soda I had the place to myself. This evening I stayed home and made dinner; mashed potatoes, peas and kielbasa with whole wheat bread. I am not fond of cooking for myself as I make a big a mess cooking for one as cooking for four.

Wednesday; I was wide awake at 4:30 am! There isn’t much to do at that hour. I made a pot of coffee took a shower got dressed made my bed, toasted an english muffin watched the news on TV and played on the computer. Oh, I hunted down the charging cord for my tablet, I hadn’t seen it in a few days since the housekeeper was here. I found it in with my other cables in a basket I think the housekeeper thought that was where it was supposed to be instead of plugged into the wall. After she has been cleaning I find things in different places than I expect, it is sort of a game-she has her places for things and I have mine.

I usually water my plants and trees on Wednesdays so I started that early this morning. I have a soaker hose around three sides of the lot and that saves a great deal of time however the rest of the garden needs to be watered by hose and I have to move the hoses ever 15 minutes to get all the trees bushes and flowers watered. The hoses are on timers so I don’t over water or waste any.

Wednesday night I went to dinner with a group of friends at a local restaurant there were about twenty or more people there and it was quite a lively group. I had the Mexican combination plate; taco, chili rellano, burrito, with rice and beans every thing was good love chili rellenos, a big green chili stuffed with cheese rolled in seasoned flour and fried, a slice of haven. After dinner some of us moved on to the Pets’s Camp Palapa Bar for drinks and a chin wag. I finally just had to leave as I had been awake since 4:30am.

Thursday I got out of bed late and had to rush around and get ready to go to town for breakfast at Chumpo’s Restaurant where I met another group of friends for breakfast and more chin wagging. I had the breakfast special modified to my liking; two eggs over easy, Mexican beans, whole wheat toast and decaf coffee. Here is a photo of the gang lovingly referred to as the Lizards;
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After breakfast and feeding the local kitty her breakfast I went across the street to the Tattoo/Beauty Parlor1410814_690738617625818_333634678_o and made an appointment for a hair cut. Then I went to the local water office and put some money on my account 500 pesos or about $25, which with what is still in the account will last me for a couple of months. Then I went to the local plant nursery and checked out their new stock didn’t buy anything. From there I went to the local supermarket and bought groceries and some pastries. By the time I got home it was almost 12 noon. As I was getting out of the car I noticed a dog running in my neighbors yard and then I heard her owner calling for her so I alerted her where her dog was and she got the cute little bugger and all is well. I unloaded the car put groceries away and enjoyed a cup of coffee and a muffin I just bought.

Pete’s Camp Annual Poker Run, a race that isn’t is this weekend and people come from all over for this event. This is a description of a Poker Run;

Poker run – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker_run
A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, horses, on foot or other means of transportation must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.

San Felipe has several Poker Runs sponsored by various organizations throughout the year usually the route is off road and bumpy I don’t participate as my back wouldn’t allow it.

Last night, thursday, I went for dinner at Padrino’s Italian Restaurant in town. I had a desire for one of their pizzas the Padrino’s Special. I met lots of friends there were tables full of them as usual there was lots of chit chat and pizza was delicious. 14601024_10157633800515061_616202711905055005_nThat’s the bartender Steve making the horns in the back he’s good bartender and looks out for us. As usual I left early and was home getting ready for bed my nine O’clock. Because it is race week we had some folks shooting off fireworks tonight, no big deal I just worry about my friends pets who get scared when they hear them. That all came to a stop about ten O’clock.

This morning friday, I got up a little later than usual made coffee and putzed around I have a hair cut appointment at noon and I have to go to Sunrunner Mail to mail off a letter today so I have plenty of time to putz about my house and garden. I went into town for my haircut and had lunch at the Taco Factory Restaurant1233596_470612633046333_1584807933_n they have these tacos made with shrimp and cheese that are delicious so I had two. I went home only to discover my cell phone was out of money so later I went back into town and paid some money to have time on my cell phone. I was across the street from Padrino’s Restaurant so I went over met couple of friends14522943_10157638345505061_5259438712859476203_n

and I had steamed clams for dinner they were perfect after a few non-alcoholic drinks  I went home and watched the news on TV and caught up on Face Book.

Saturday; I took a trip to the “Old Country” as I had to have my vehicle inspected by Customs and Border Protection as it is a new vehicle to me and it took months to get added to my Sentri Pass. Turned out to be a non-event everything went smoothly the officer there was very nice and I was on my way in just a few minutes. NOTE TO SELF; Denny’s is extremely busy on sundays go early or find some quieter place. Shopping and the trip back to San Felipe was uneventful.

This past week was a very busy week compared to the hot months of July and August as the winter visitors are coming in and the Mexican and American holidays are just beginning, but give you an idea of how I spend my time.

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October update

Health wise the bypass has been a success I don’t have much pain just very little in the sternum area must be a nerve that hasn’t healed yet. I have returned to my social schedule of meeting friends for breakfast four or five days a week. I go out for dinner twice a week unless there is something interesting in town then I go out for dinner again. I had a spate of dizziness a few times, that seems to have past. I also have been victimized by a by-product of the medications I took while in the hospital and I now take on a twice daily basis, hair loss. The meds interfere with the growth cycle of the hair and it falls out. Being a rather vain old lady I was distressed at this development so I purchased a couple of wigs to wear while I wait and see if the hair decides to grow again. The brown one is favored by my acquaintances over the white one I like them both.

Now, I mostly have the old age complaints; frequent potty runs at night and nagging heart burn on occasion. My back problem, the compressed fracture of T11, still gives me grief from time to time – I don’t think that will ever go away. So there I am repaired for now and getting on with my life.

I am content for now to remain in San Felipe until I get the itch again to move on so I’m going about my business of making the house here more comfortable. I just had a wall built to replace the wire fence between my lot and the lot to the north here are the photos;

I will be making some other changes to the house changing the front wall design, the a wall to the south of my lot then my house will be more protected from the wind. I have also ordered ornamental iron work for the veranda to dress that up a more make the house more secure. I’m looking for an RV trailer to park on the lot and use as a guest house. I would like a silver one that I can remodel and skirt so it would be updated, functional and comfortable. It is in the dream stage now, we’ll see if this comes to life as time goes on.

Today I went to the annual opening of Cowpatty’s a bar located about seventy miles south of San Felipe. The seasonal opening is the unofficial start of the “season” here for the Gringos that spend the winter in our fair village. There are some Gringos who live here year around like myself who enjoy this social bonding. Some people come from a great distance to be at this event in remote part of Baja Mexico. Lot’s of renewed friendships and catching up on who’s coming back this year and who did what while away and who couldn’t make it and why-quite the gabfest. Plus the quaffing of local beer and occasional other beverages of the adult variety was indulged in. I wasn’t driving today so I got in a few myself.

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Last night I got invited to a neighbor’s house to enjoy some drinks and nibbles with other neighbors it was a delightful time chatting away about the goings on of our neighbors and what they have been up to and their plans for the future. There were some dogs there too so I got my puppy love. The food was delicious and quite the hit. This same group meets on a regular basis for our Wednesday dinner out at a local restaurant. This is an energetic group that travel frequently to the US, Mexico and other lands so there are lots of stories.

I love my life here in Mexico more friends than I can count lots of things to do and good enough health to enjoy it! I’ll post again when I have something to say 🙂

 

 

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