San Felipe Baja MX

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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She’s home the Airstream that is :-)

The other night my friend brought my airstream trailer to my house and parked it for me.  It was almost dark when the trailer arrived. Since then I have been able to give it a good look-over and there are a lot of things to fix and replace. As I go through the rig I notice more and more things that have to be done. I found that the power cord is missing so for now I can’t use electricity and of course the house battery is long dead. A lot of the plastic handles and latches are disintegrating when touched so they will have to be replace as will a vent cover that is missing. The curtains, of course, are rotten and will have to be replaced. Some of the cabinet doors need repair or replacement and the couch will need to be reupholstered.

So the project begins and it will be interesting to see what happens when work is started and what other things will have to be repaired or replaced. I am happy that the trailer is now in my yard and I can get the renovation underway.

Here are some photos;

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Looking aft towards the Head (bathroom)

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Looking towards the lounge

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the lounge area

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front of the trailer

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Curbside of the trailer

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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.

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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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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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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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Update on health

Just short of two months post-op double by-pass and feeling well for the most part. I still have some occasional pain in the sternum area that is not debilitating. My energy seems to be improving as I can now walk (slowly) two miles a day and I don’t need long naps so much. I thought with the walking every day I would lose weight but that hasn’t happened. I have adjusted my diet to limit salt and fat as much as I can. So, not losing weight has frustrated me. I can drive myself to town and do my own shopping still don’t feel like driving to town at night for dinner. I think that I’ll feel better about driving to town soon as I’m getting more stamina every week. Tonight I’m going to the local Camp Cantina for dinner with neighbors it isn’t far from the house. I like their Taco Salads, they are very well done and tasty.

Next week I plan to drive myself to El Centro CA for a doctor’s appointment. My Cardiologist recommended that I have a GP locally and the appointment is next week. I’ll go up to the “Old Country” the day before and stay in a motel overnight so I’ll be rested for the appointment with the new doctor. After the appointment I’ll do a little shopping and return to San Felipe. Hopefully all will go smoothly.

Further update for the month of June;

I have been able to enjoy some social visits and now can drive long distances as long as I use my special belt to minimize my back pain. I have driven by myself to the “Old Country” several times including a visit to a new General Practice Doctor in El Centro CA. She sent me for a mammogram and a bone scan both are unnecessary and the lady at the mammogram clinic was so rude I got up and left. Long story but for some reason I seem to attract health care professionals who are either rude, uncaring, and or incompetent, my tolerance of such people has gotten shorter as I get older.

I have been more socially active going in town for breakfast, joining neighbors for the full moon gathering and dining out in town. This improves my spirits and give me an opportunity to socialize and feel more engaged with others. I still get tired from time to time and need to rest for a while a short rest and I’m almost back to normal. I have been tending my garden myself and it feels good to out in the early morning working on the garden.

I also have been taking care of myself by having my hair colored and a pedicure at a local salon. Getting these done improves my looks (I think) and my self-esteem. here is a photo of me and my friend Irene getting our pedicures.

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The ladies doing the pedicures were caught off guard they usually are smiling and joking while they work and they are very dear to me.

Now it is the fourth of July weekend there will be lots of parties and fireworks hopefully all pets will be kept safe so they don’t run away and get lost.

That’s all for now will chat later.

 

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Signed up for Spanish Immersion Class

I have, once again, committed myself to learn Spanish. I have signed up for a class in Guadalajara that is full immersion supposedly no english spoken. I just took a test for class placement and promptly failed it, so now I’m dropped down to a lower level. I’m supposed to receive another test in email and we’ll see how that goes. The plan I signed up for is a month long course at I. M. A. C.  a well known Spanish language school. I will be staying at a local inn four blocks from school in Guadalajara. My concerns are that I’ll be in over my head, in a class full of smart energetic college students or smart, sharp business professionals and I’ll be the only less than stellar student. I’ll write weekly posts on my experiences while at the school.

I also plan to spend a few weeks in Lake Chapala to get a feel for the place once again and see if it is a fit for me. I may look for a house to rent for the summer to look over the area at a more leisurely pace before committing to moving there. The weather is a big draw for me as it doesn’t have the cold winters like Baja has and it doesn’t have the hot humid summers that San Felipe has. Also San Felipe is close to the border and if I need anything up north or to visit family it is only a day’s drive. Also I have lots of friends in San Felipe and I would miss them dearly, there is a lot to consider between the two places before making a decision.

Today I spent a little personal time getting a manicure. Before I leave for Guadalajara I will get my hair and feet done so I’ll look and feel good for my new adventure. Here is a photo my me getting my nails done at my favorite shop in San Felipe.

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I’m Cold tengo frio :-(

The past week it has been cold here, at least by our standards, the temperature is in the sixties during the day and low fifties during the early morning and a few night lower into the forties, yikes that is cold for here. I have found that I need to dress in layers to be comfortable. I worry about my flowers but they seem to be doing okay so far.

Morning breakfast club has seen a drop in attendance because several members are out of town to visit family or to do some shopping in the “Old Country”. I don’t like crowds so I’ll put off my shopping till after the holidays.

I did get some needed work on my truck done. The truck was wearing out tires on the front at an alarming rate and after visiting the local Alignment shop I was given a list of parts to get while in the “Old Country” and now they are installed on the Green Beast. I have noticed a difference in how the truck feels driving on the highway. It seems to be more stable not wandering on the road. I just hope that the tire problem is cured. While it was in the shop the brake pads were changed as they were very low. I feel better that all this work has been done. I am keeping a watchful eye out for a car with Mexican plates to replace the truck with. I am going to be a permanent resident of Mexico in a month and the law states I can’t legally drive a foreign plated car. That law isn’t enforced here very strongly as there are to many foreigners driving around, but at the border when they check your visa, things could get dicey with Mexican Customs and I don’t need that aggravation.

I am glad I have the fireplace on these cold nights it may not give out a lot of heat but the fire its self gives the living room a cheery feel to it. I also have a portable heater to help keep temps reasonable as well as electric heat for those rooms that need a bit more heat like the bedroom. I also have an electric blanket and that keeps me warm too. I also have a portable electric heater in the bathroom that I turn on and heat that room before taking a shower, with the hot water and the heater it gets nice and warm in there.

I have been looking at other homes here in town and so far haven’t found anything that makes my heart go pitter-patter. I’ll keep looking as the homes for sale come and go.

 

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Travel Plans in the works

I have a house (double-wide) in Arizona that I am selling and after much to and fro the deal appears to be coming to a climax with signing of papers on or about 10 Dec 15. That means a trip to the “Old Country” I have to be present at the signing with ID in hand. Very old-fashioned and anal if you ask me, but we must comply to keep officialdom happy and close the sale.

I have been considering selling the house I have and buying another house. If I like it here why would I do that? The first reason or excuse, take your pick, is that I am by habit a vagabond moving from place to place never staying more than three years and often much less than that. I have been in this house for four years so I’m past my due date to move on. The second excuse is a bit more of a feeling than a reason (excuse); when I first moved here there were several other vacant lots adjacent to this lot which gave me the feeling of separateness and still a feeling of being in the social network. Now all the lots adjacent to mine are occupied mostly by nice people and some who I cherish their friendship. One more thing I find hard for me to get used to is paying a lease and HOA fee every year which tells me I don’t own this place I’m a renter. I know this sounds odd but when I look out my kitchen window directly into someone’s lot I don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling I get anxious. I feel surrounded and hemmed in like a bird in a cage. I am not comfortable with neighbors so close. I have owned property with some land to it(10-22 acres) and liked it that way. I like people, just not so close.

So I’ve been doing a local search of properties to see if something else might fit my idiosyncrasies better and haven’t come up with much. I did find one property that is interesting oddly enough to get me to take a second look, it is a house made of stone and here are some photos;

Roof garden or lookout Stairs to roof garden Livingroom & Fireplace Kitchen House front inside of front gate Front Door

Livingroom & Fireplace inside of front gate Bedroom & walk in closet

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