Since the last post, I’ve been very preoccupied first with a family visit to my home in Punta Banda which is just south of Ensenada Baja Mexico. Then with health issues and my ongoing projects here in San Felipe about 120 miles south of Mexicali Baja Mexico.
First the visit with the family, I was on pins and needles as this was important to me that they have a good visit and learn to understand a little bit about why I live and love Mexico. Imagined all sorts of problems occurring like delays in their flight to San Diego and my missing their flight because I got lost in traffic or car trouble. Or, maybe some incident happening that would destroy their visit and their impression of Mexico. You see, I’m a champion worrier and prepare for the worst. As it was everything went smoothly with meeting the family; my son his wife and my grandson at the airport. We had made plans to stay at a motel in San Diego the first night because their flight arrived a bit later in the evening and I don’t like to drive at night.
The following day we drove to the border. Crossing any border these days can be a problem if you are not prepared. I’m always prepared and made sure the dear family was prepared also. It turned out to be a none event crossing into Mexico. We drove along the Pacific Coast and the sun was out showing us lovely beaches and surf; a lovely trip.
The drive is a little over two hours so when we got to my house I could tell they were tired of the ride. As soon as they saw the beach from the house they were delighted and ready for vacation mode. The family enjoyed the beach, horseback riding on it and flying a kite trying to use a kayak in the surf and just walking along the water’s edge collecting shells and other little bits that washed ashore. We dined out frequently and got to meet some of the people I know and seeing how friendly people are Americans and Mexicans. They got to ask a lot of questions about Mexico and my life in here. I was in teacher mode and loved it.
Too soon the vacation was over and we had to cross the border again this time back into the US from Mexico. Crossing through Tiajuana Mexico is arduous the wait times can be long for two hours or more. We endured a two-hour wait till we got to the Officer checking us in which we were passed through quite easily. Soon enough we were at the Airport saying our goodbyes and hugs all around. It was a nice interesting experience seeing Mexico through my family’s eyes.
I am having trouble uploading photos so that will come later in another post!
Friday night I went out to dinner at a place called Sharky’s. It was interesting to see so many people out for dinner after thursday’s feast. Of course it was Surf and Turf night; Steak and Lobster and from the looks of it and the way folks were eating it this is a big hit with the locals. I opted for something a little smaller breaded fillet of fish with rice and veggies. Well, I don’t like steak anymore and the lobster looked too big for me. The fish was good and filling especially because it came with corn soup.
I returned home to the Beach House and spent the evening on the computer while listening to soft music and watching the fire in the fireplace. Yes the fireplace works and I have bought some artificial logs to burn in it, looks pretty.
This morning I awoke and I heard the fog horn in the distance and sure enough the fog was rolling in, welcome to the Pacific Coast! Now I’m trying to decide to stay one more day or leave. Isn’t there a song about “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” ? Oh, here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1WwnEDWAM
Here is a picture of the fireplace in action;
Here is a photo of the fog about to roll in;
I’d post a Photo of the fog, but what’s the point?
I had to go to the US to my bank to transfer the money to purchase the house. I was concerned that somehow someway the money would go astray and cause me all kinds of grief. However my worries were all for naught as everything went smoothly the owners were paid the real estate agent was paid – I didn’t cry seeing my bank balance go tumbling down and now I own the house. Just have to pay the land lease and we’re good.
Of course I’ve been playing house in my head thinking of all the things I could do with the house. I’m sure once I have spent some time there I’ll find lots of things to spend money on. My next visit I’ll bring a note pad, and measuring tape to make notes and lists of things I want to do or have done.
New homes are like new clothes you feel good in them at least for a while they lift your spirits and give a little zip to your step. The feeling is short lived but enjoyable. I do want to spend the night sometime when the weather is clear to see the lights of the city and another time when it rains or storms to see where the water flows and if there are any issues with drainage. So, on to another adventure.
View of the beach
I got an infection in the kidneys and had to go to the doctor and get my blood tested an x-ray and urinalysis. The urinalysis came back that I had an infection in the kidneys; kidneys because of the lower back pain I suppose. I was on cipro for ten days I hope it worked I have to wait another three days to get another test to check if the infection is gone. I also found that my cholesterol has gone up to 165 not a good sign. I think I have reduced my Lipitor too much so I’m going back to my previous dosage and see what happens. My x-ray has given me some worry it seems that there is some damage do to my 27 years of smoking and even though I quit smoking in 1983 I still have evidence of the damage caused. Gives one pause to think this could be a problem in the future. More worrying than that is according to the x-ray my aorta is enlarged or aorta aneurism a swelling of the aorta that puts one at risk of a rupture and that is the end. The doctor didn’t seem to think mine was dangerous as I have my blood pressure under control at least the last time that it was checked. Needless to say this is giving me some worry and I plan to discuss this with my doctors when I see them next month in Tucson.
Saturday I felt well enough to do some social activities I went on an artists home tour. There are homes built on beaches south of town called the south campos. There are about six camps south of town they don’t have fresh water it has to be trucked in not unusual in Mexico. These camps are off the grid so they are on solar power. So solar is the source of electric power and some have back-up generators for those rare days the sun doesn’t shine strong enough to put enough electricity into the batteries they depend on to power the house lights and other electrical equipment. Their refrigeration is older Servel gas-powered refrigerators or RV fridges which work on both 120 ac and lp gas. The homeowners seemed to be doing fine with the arrangement and the homes, at least the ones I got to visit, were fabulous some extremely modern others like a hippy sort of thing out of the sixties, all quite imaginative.
The art was very good, very professional and well displayed. We got to see seven artist’s studios and their work it was quite an experience.
Tonight San Felipe is in the middle of a serious wind and sand storm. The winds are forty to sixty miles an hour and it is blowing sand and dust everywhere. The sand and dust are in my house as well as everyone else’s house leaving a layer of fine sand on every surface it will take hours to clean it all up. My biggest worry is my garden the wind is torturing my trees and plants just beating them up. I hope they survive. I have been outside bolstering the trees with more support from small ropes and even painter’s tape to keep the trees from being destroyed. The bushes are on their own-we’ll see how they fare in morning light. I had to go up to my roof garden and take down a chair as it was being thrown like a toy the noise would surely keep me awake all night if I didn’t bring it down from the roof.
I won’t have photos for a while as my camera broke, when I go north again I will buy another until then I’ll have to do without.
Those that follow my other blog know I have been through a trying time to read what that was about here is the address http://kayjulia.wordpress.com/ I hope I did it right sometimes I don’t.
I am still in Tucson waiting for a much-needed check to arrive from a title company on the aborted purchase of a house here in the “Old Pueblo” as they call it. I also have an item to pick up at Wal-Mart and then I can start packing my rig up to return to San Felipe MX. I worry about the hurricane that is molesting the peninsular as the rains may cause some problems there in San Felipe. I hope my little house does okay as I am not there to prepare it for the onslaught of rain water. Hopefully the damage will be slight if not well I’ll just have to get it fixed.
At any rate I should be back in my home in ten to fourteen days and getting back to my usual routine-I need that after what I have been through lately. It seems everything I touch has turned to brown smelly stuff! I need to get back to my usual, usual and recoup my losses and get on with living.
This trip has been one painful/upsetting thing after another and I need some tranquility and or what passes for normalcy in this crazy world. I need a few long walks on the beach listening to the waves come ashore, smell the salt air, have a cerveza or two or three, talk with some friends about nothing for a few hours and listen to their stories. I need to hear of other things other than what I have been hearing lately; doom and gloom, predictions of disaster, no and hell no, and all the rest of the crap that goes with America Inc.
That’s it for now it is late and I am exhausted from all the goings on lately. Maybe tonight I will sleep and not toss and turn …well I can hope right?
San Felipe, Baja California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Image via Wikipedia
I am in San Felipe Mexico in the Baja about 150 miles south of the border. It is a small town with two industries Tourists and Fishing. Fishing is doing well tourists not so much.
I like it here, it is small enough to be friendly big enough to have most of the services you need. Right on the Sea of Cortez with lots of beaches to walk with my dog Shelby who loves to roll in the sand. I like it so much I am spending the winter here and looking to buying into an RV camp so I will have my own RV site that I can develop to my taste and budget.
So here we are in Mexico at the beach having a good time 😀
Having a chat
Boats up on the beach waiting for the fisherman
The beach at sunrise
The hotel we stayed at in Progresso
Not far from Merida is the town of Progreso and near this town are beaches one or more on each side of the town. We decided to visit the beach this weekend and enjoy the beach and the town. It isn’t a long drive from Merida where our house is located to Progeso, maybe forty-five minutes or so on a nice four lane highway with little or no traffic coming or going. The town of Progeso is small and still has fishing port atmosphere. There is a long pier that goes way out in the water for cruise ships to dock. The cruise ships come in about two or three times a week filled with tourists which livens things up a bit for the folks involved in the tourist trade. While we were there we didn’t see any cruise ships. We went to a local hangout for expats called Buddy’s we had lunch there, fish tacos. A lady who was there told us about another place that that evening was going to have live music that night and a happy hour.
We took a little driving tour along the beach road going out of town, we drove for 28 kilometers and turned around and came back to Progreso and Buddy’s where we had dinner.
We decided to stay over night and got a hotel room at the Casa Izadora, we got one of the big rooms with its own patio, AC, and TV nice beds. We went shopping at the local super market where we got some pet food for our dogs and a few snack items for us and just looked around to see what they had for sale. I got a garden hose that I was looking for to wash the big dog.
Later that evening we went to the other hotel to listen to music and meet a few people. We got to meet some folks we had talked to on line and got to share lost in Merida stories. The music was oldies I guess they knew we were coming there that night. We got to try some of the snack items they put out for happy hour, but to soon we were tired and left the party vowing to come back again the next day for breakfast.
Sunday morning we got up got dressed and took the dogs for a walk on the beach, early in the morning on the beach was nice the sand was nice by the water line firm enough to make easy walking and soft enough for a pleasant walk. The big dog loved walking into the water and chasing the little shore birds she had a wonderful time our little shit-zu wasn’t thrilled with the waves and stayed out of the water.