Mexico

Two Projects at once

I wanted to upgrade the AC for the house and get a mini-split put in for the living/dinning ย 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 ย 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;ย 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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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Almost done

Tomorrow, friday, will be my last day of Spanish school today went by so fast it was over in a blink of an eye. I went to a different place for breakfast this morning. Here are some photos;

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Tomorrow I pack my stuff and get ready to go to Lake Chapala and more adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So ends the first week of Spanish School

This was a short week in Spanish class because of the holiday and I had it made because I was the only one in class, that came to end. Next week I’ll be the only one in class but the class day will be shorter. The school was only going to give me an hour and half a day with an instructor, but I didn’t think that was enough so I bought more time with the instructor so I’ll have two hours of personal instruction for everyday next week and I’ll attend a group conversation class for an hour a day; half of the time in english and half in Spanish as well as an hour or more in the language lab using their computers to practice things like verb conjugations and grammar. I will have a different instructor the one I had was very nice. I also had an exam today and I was told I did very well. As for the instruction so far has been excellent I enjoyed it and got to us Spanish a lot everyday, just what I wanted.

After class today I did a little browsing in the neighborhood of the school and there are so many bookstores some sell new books others sell used books and they are reasonably priced, I thought. I bought a Spanish version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin to try out one day when I know more Spanish. I also found a Chinese restaurant for lunch and it was inexpensive and good I had the buffet and a soda for 80 pesos. I was full after lunch and needed to rest when I got back to the hotel.

I took some photos of the school. This school has a lot of students learning English or Spanish most are foreign youngsters this term they are from Korea; a lively group of youngsters enjoying their experience living in Guadalajara Mexico.

Here are the photos;

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I am going to do some review this weekend and a couple of walking tours around the neighborhood and take some photos of things I find interesting here in this part of Guadalajara.

 

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Thanksgiving Day 2015

Four years ago I arrived in this little town on the coast of the Sea of Cortez San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. I was driving an older RV and had my two pets a Lab named Shelby and a Siamese cat named Pia. We got a space at Kiki’s RV Park just a short walk from the iconic symbol of the town the lighthouse. I enjoyed walking the beach several times a day with my dog and the camaraderie of the RV park so much I decided to look for a place of my own to spend the winters.

I, with the help of Darrel the real estate agent of Baja Sun Realty, found and purchased a lot in Pete’s Camp. First I had the lot cleared and an RV pad put in. Before I knew it I was making plans for a little house and planting trees and bushes. I was lucky to have such kind and thoughtful neighbors that I didn’t want to leave. To make a long story shorter I haven’t left, which is rather odd for me as I am usually a rolling stone never in one place more than two or three years and now here I am four years later.

Not all has been joy, I lost my pets to infirmities of age and miss them terribly. They were my constant companions for many years and my attachment to them was emotional and profound. From time to time I get the urge to move on as the vagabond life still has its pull. Yet, I haven’t left-dare I say I have put down roots like my plants and trees?

Today is a beautiful day sunny and calm there are workers building my neighbors a new house the same ones who built mine. The fountain in my garden is gurgling and splashing, now and then a bird drops by for a little nourishment and flies off. I watch the sunlight patterns slowly move over the veranda and I am content, for now.

This little town, San Felipe Baja, Mexico has a pull that none other has had for me. I enjoy its celebrations and contribute what I can to improve life here. I celebrate the Mexican holidays and the American holidays taking the best of both as my own. I have become an Expatriate and wear the label with pride. I have friends and acquaintances who also are Expatriates and those who are sometimes temporary visitors. There a few things I miss about the “Old Country” and there are things I don’t miss about it. I view the country of my birth with more skeptical eye these days.

Today I will share a meal with neighbors and friends we’ll talk and laugh and enjoy each other’s company just like in the USA. Tomorrow I’ll have breakfast with other expats in town and enjoy the Mexican menu there. My life has this regular calm enjoyable pace to it I’ve only dreamed of in my mind before. Sometime I become a tempest in teapot over some issue or other happening in the “Old Country”, but sooner more than later I calm down and gaze at the water and enjoy the peace here. The calms are getting longer and longer.

Here are few photos of San Felipe for your enjoyment;

 

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Mexican Independence Day

I had a wonderful Mexican Independence Day! I got a new dress for the occasion got to see the parade went to a performance of Mariaches with friends then went for dinner and dancing and more special holiday food that was superb. I was busy all day going from venue to venue and it isn’t over yet. This saturday there is big celebration at the Mexican Naval station and I and my neighbors have tickets. Last years Naval celebration was spectacular so I am looking forward to this years celebration.

Here are a few photos of the big day;

More school kids marching

More school kids marching

Raising the Flag

Raising the Flag

Navy patrol boat

Navy patrol boat

Navy Marching

Navy Marching

Marines Marching

Marines Marching

Very good marchers

Very good marchers

Little school kids are parading too

Little school kids are parading too

Here comes the parade

Here comes the parade

School kids marching

School kids marching

The interesting thing about the school children marching the ones in the front holding banners and flags are the ones with the highest grades. We have a lot of schools here in San Felipe so each school was represented.

My new dress for the holiday

My new dress for the holiday

I had the dress made in a local shop here and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it was sewn and the fit was great. I will wear it at the celebration at the Naval Station saturday night.

 The work continues at the new Cantina at Pete's Camp

The work continues at the new Cantina at Pete’s Camp

I have been looking for a house in town and I have seen a few but I haven’t found THE one just yet so still looking.

This is a typical for sale sign

This is a typical for sale sign

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Very small home on a very small lot very low price not for me 3 of 3 photos

Very small home on a very small lot very low price not for me 3 of 3 photos

Looking into the front yard of small house 2 of 3 photos

Looking into the front yard of small house 2 of 3 photos

Back yard of a small inexpensive house 1of 3 photos

Back yard of a small inexpensive house 1of 3 photos

So the search goes on looking for that one house with the right price, condition and space. Fun searching for the right house. Life is busy here with all the holidays both American and Mexican as well as the social events. The social scene is about to start and there will be dinners out and at homes, parties and lectures; all kinds of things to do and be part of. Not a bad life I would say.

One more photo of the dress with friends

One more photo of the dress with friends

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things I do in San Felipe

Here are a few things that I do in San Felipe Baja Mexico: I have lunch now and then with the ladies

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I have breakfast with the Lizards, that is what we call ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚

Here we are at Sharky's restaurant Punta Banda

Here I am at Sharky’s restaurant Punta Banda

 

Having a look at the Bufadora (blow-hole)

Travel; Here I am having a look at the Bufadora (blow-hole)

Getting an eyeful

Getting an eyeful in Ensenada

This tree still has some flowers from this Spring

Garden; This tree still has some flowers from this Spring

Photo at the Taco Factory during the fiesta

Attend local events photo at the Taco Factory during the fiesta

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Explore the area with friends and enjoy an adult beverage or two ๐Ÿ™‚

Very colorful sunset after an overcast day

enjoy beautiful sunsets; Very colorful sunset after an overcast day

I also do the mundane stuff like chores and shopping for groceries and getting fuel for the truck and cleaning house; I leave the heavy cleaning for my housekeeper that I have come in once or twice a month.

Yup, I’m living the life ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Patio Project

I am having a patio put in the garden because when I sit in my chairs on the gravel the chairs keep settling down and it is hard for me to get out of the chairs and walking on gravel is not pleasant with flip-flops. My contractor and I have had discussions about how big and where it will be and now how high the bricks will be sticking out of the ground. So far the top-level of gravel has been removed and more sand has been added to make the ground level. ย Today three men have worked on this project, seems there is more to laying bricks on the ground than meets the eye.

The plan includes space for a fire pit, I have one I have never used it uses real wood. I’m not fond of using real wood because of the smoke I may buy a portable camp fire from Camper’s World to use and avoid the whole smoke in the eyes thing.

Here are photos of the work so far;

Where the new patio is going in

Where the new patio is going in

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My next post will be when the work is done and I have put some furniture on the Patio.

 

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Deb’s Party at Pete’s Camp

Friend’s and neighbors gathered at Deb’s house which is across the street from my house for a house party friday night. There was a lot of food, good food too! The bar was tended by our local barman Juan. Everyone had a good time a few had even better of a time after some tequila was passed around ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess who got rabbit eared.

Guess who got rabbit eared.

Beautiful Bar !

Beautiful Bar !

Deb our lovely Hostess all smiles as it was a great party

Deb our lovely Hostess all smiles as it was a great party

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The fire pit got going a little later as there was a chill

The fire pit got going a little later as there was a chill

More neighbors enjoying a cigar and the party

More neighbors enjoying a cigar and the party

A little chit chat

A little chit chat

Craft beer being enjoyed

Craft beer being enjoyed

Juan the bartender for the evening took very good care of us.

Juan the bartender for the evening took very good care of us.

Lydia and Mario lovely neighbors

Lydia and Mario lovely neighbors

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The Ladies :-)

The Ladies ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Group of friends

Great Group of friends

Besides the lovely people at the bar notice the margarita machine :-)

Besides the lovely people at the bar notice the margarita machine ๐Ÿ™‚

Cindy

Cindy

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