Monthly Archives: April 2013

How Can I Be So Busy?

I’m retired and have no special schedule, yet I’m busy doing; stuff. Today I went for my usual walk after a light breakfast that took less than an hour. When I returned to the house I watered the plants and trees; most are doing fine. I pruned a few bushes to help them grow taller and took the trimmings and the household trash to the dumpster. Then I gathered up the laundry and the returnable bottles and made a trip to the laundry and dropped off the dirty clothes to be washed and folded. Then I proceeded to the store to return the empty beer bottles and purchase another case of beer. Sounds like I’m a big beer drinker doesn’t it ? The last time I bought beer was a month ago so the brewery isn’t getting rich off of me. Then I drove to town and met with some old gringos at my favorite restaurant for some serious discussions for a couple of hours. Next was a visit to the grocery store to resupply my cupboards with bread, veggies and other supplies. Next was a trip to my postal box-it was empty. I then continued to a neighbor’s store to get some special tea and a chat about how to import a car into Mexico which turned into a chat about a lot of other things.

I returned home to discover that the ice chest that the beer was in had leaked in the cargo compartment and I hat to unload everything and pull out the mat so the carpet could dry. I put the groceries away and made a late lunch, a salad, sort of poor man’s taco salad-it tasted good. Then I got on the internet and checked my email, face book and other accounts. I watched a little CNN until it bored me and turned it off. Then a little while later I got a visit from the new neighbors next door. The had problems with their electricity and wanted to use a plug of mine so they could clean up their RV and do a little work on their place until the electric folks come out and fix the problem.

So the day is done and I’m trying to figure out what to have for dinner tonight. Where did the day go? Oh, well tomorrow is another day and more of the same and that day will fly by too. So, the saying is true: Life is like a roll of toilet paper the closer to the end the faster the roll spins. 🙂

Oh yes the weather was another perfect day here little wind and about 80 degrees clear and beautiful sunshine. 🙂

Now that I’ve replenished the beer supply I think I’ll sit on the veranda and enjoy a cold cerveza ……life is good !

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My life in Mexico

Has been very good and has met a lot of my expectations; life is good, life is interesting, life is challenging. I suppose with my life experience I’m quite suited to live in a foreign country. I spent most of my youth in a foreign land learning to get by in a different culture and language and found it fascinating. I suppose, maybe a little egotistical, that I could get along in most foreign environments at least for a while. The challenge is mostly in the mind and a little bit physical. I enjoy the challenge and look foreword to it. Weird huh? Well, that is who I am; an alien in an alien world enjoying the visit.

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My Ensenada Trip April 2013

Last friday I went on a trip to Ensenada and the locals close to it with a friend and her dog. The purpose of the trip was to investigate venues for my friend Diana to sell her Artisan jellies, jams and pickles which are very high quality and to locate a place for me to spend the summer instead of sweating it out in San Felipe. San Felipe gets very hot and humid which if I had to I could endure rather easily because I have air-conditioning in my little casita. However I have a bit of wander lust in my makeup and I thought if I could find a place to stay on the Pacific coast of Baja it would be more comfortable and more adventurous too. So off we went to Ensenada.

We had reservations at a small hotel/cantina on the recommendations of a friend here in San Felipe. One of the conditions of lodging is that they accept dogs with the guests and this place does. We shared a double room with Harold the Cocker Spaniel, he is the most darling dog very playful and a great traveling companion rarely barks or causes a problem and is just a love bug. The Cantina, Las Salinas, is right on the beach one can hear the waves pounding on the sand. The rooms are very basic, the view fabulous. I know some people would not stay there as it rates for amenities as about a one star but for us it was perfect. They took Harold the dog the food was inexpensive the drinks good and the beds clean and comfortable. So what if the floor was cement and the stairs steep ? We were fine with it as both of us are “Old Mexican Hands” and use to such things and take it in stride.

I was all agog at all the shops that had hand made furniture, iron work like doors, gates and animals yes animals huge animals horses, giraffes fountain, pigs and bulls! The furniture was rustic Mexican and looked well made, the art work went on and on. I did buy a fountain for my house in San Felipe it took four people to put it in my friend’s truck and three big men to take it out of the truck when I got it home.

Speaking of home we both were very tired after our trip and it is going to take a while to get back to our “normal”. We went to our local Cantina tonight and had the best Taco Salad ever and I’ve had a quite a few Taco Salads in my life and this is the tops! So if you’re ever in San Felipe and want a Taco Salad come to our Cantina and enjoy 🙂

We spent some time at the Rosarito Hotel in Resort Beach a famous place where Holly Wood Stars of long ago used to hang out many years ago and that was a different Holly Wood then today’s Movie making madness. Allegedly this is where the drink called Margarita was invented for fledging movie actress. There are alternate tales of the invention so Google and take your pick.

We visited the site of a blow hole called La Bufadora in a peninsula called Punta Banda. The scenery is quite dramatic and different from the coast of San Felipe. I also got to look at some houses for sale and rent and for one reason or another none were to my liking, being a cheap skate does cause some difficulty in committing to spending money without some good reason. We did have some lovely and satisfying meals on our trip and I got to know some traffic patterns that will help me in future trips to the area.

One adventure we had when we tried to purchase pickling cucumbers and thought we had found a source when we came across a young man that was selling some and he took us to his uncle who tried to get us a couple of boxes. Neither the young man nor the uncle spoke english and I had to use my limited spanish to get across what we needed. We had a long conversation in spanish about where he was from why he lived with his uncle and that his mother and family lived in Mexicale MX. I was thrilled to use what spanish I had at my disposal. I’m sure I made lots of mistakes but it seemed we communicated. We got some cukecumbers and all is well.

A house I was looking at it is for sale and I want to rent

A house I was looking at it is for sale and I want to rent

The entrance to the famous hotel Rosarita in Rosarita Beach MX

The entrance to the famous hotel Rosarita in Rosarita Beach MX

Another view of the coast along Punta Banda MX

Another view of the coast along Punta Banda MX

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Morning fog along the coast which happens frequently

Morning fog along the coast which happens frequently

View of beach where we had our room

View of beach where we had our room

Another view of the coast near Punta Banda

Another view of the coast near Punta Banda


Cook's Bay Punta Banda MX

Cook’s Bay Punta Banda MX

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A trailer in Rosarito Beach for sale

A trailer in Rosarito Beach for sale

Some of the vines growing on a restaurant in Punta Banda

Some of the vines growing on a restaurant in Punta Banda

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Did anyone miss me?

I have been off line for a few days. I took a trip with my friend and neighbor Diane to Ensenada MX, a very interesting trip. I just got in this evening and I’m tired my back hurts and I need an adult beverage. I will be going to bed early and will write a blog entry telling all about my trip later. Just thought I would let those inquiring minds know I’m back on line and enjoyed my trip to Ensenada and La Bufadora in Punta Banda MX.

English: The port of Ensenada, Baja California...

English: The port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Español: El puerto ensenadense. Français : Le port d’Ensenada, en Basse-Californie (Mexique). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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Lab Report Comes Back

Aneroid sphygmomanometer with stethoscope, use...

Aneroid sphygmomanometer with stethoscope, used for auscultatory blood pressure measurement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lab report came back yesterday afternoon and the doctor and I had a little chat about the results. Seems that the infection is gone, which is a very good thing indeed, my other results are in line with expected readings. My blood pressure has returned to its normal 119/67 and my cholesterol is getting better now 155 with the good cholesterol higher than the bad. My blood sugar reading is 103 which is very good. The white blood cell count has returned to normal and there is no sign of infection. I am much relieved after getting this report. Being ill is a bitch it puts your life on hold until you get back to good health and preoccupies your mind day and night till it is over.

Now if only I can stay healthy and fit. I walk almost every day for forty-five minutes and I plan to add to that as time goes on. I am going to stay on my vegetarian diet with an occasional bit of flesh such as eggs to add some fat to my diet. I am trying to keep the sweet foods at a minimum we don’t need the added calories or sugar.

My next door neighbors left for Canada this morning I went with them to the local cantina/restaurant for breakfast other neighbors went also and we had a nice farewell. These folks are so nice I am lucky to have such nice neighbors. After saying our good-byes they were off to British Columbia and I was off to town to get cash out of the ATM, do a little grocery shopping and check in with the “Old Gringos” at our favorite restaurant Chumpos in San Felipe.

Today the weather has been very nice, the wind is gone and so is the blowing dust and sand……. YAY 🙂

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Busy cleaning up after the haboob

All day today I was working on cleaning up the mess from the haboob (Sandstorm) the sand, dirt and dust is everywhere and it took hours to get it cleaned up. I know I’ll have to clean again several times to get it all. The window in my bathroom was not very tightly fitted and I had a pile of sandy dirt in my shower and dust all over the bathroom. Some of my plants have been smothered by sand and it will take me a while to uncover them and save them, I hope. Some of the neighbors lost some plants and trees and they were busy cleaning up like me.

Didn’t sleep well last night with the wind storm howling around the house and neighborhood. So I have been dragging around this afternoon as it seems my batteries are drained. Hopefully tonight I will get a good night’s sleep as I have a doctor’s appointment in the am to check whether the infection is gone or is still there. Hopefully the infection is gone.

I keep finding more dirt, damn, I hate spending time cleaning and then finding more dirt 😦

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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.


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