What the hey!?

Just this morning. Circle of hippie women and the green floral frog.

IT RAINED last night, which is against the rules.

Normally, February is clear, blue and cold at night, cool in the day. The last couple of days, however, have escaped the mold. It’s been overcast, cold and very windy.

This morning dawned overcast, but it’s mostly blue before 10 a.m., and the cursed wind has diminished.

Lots on the calendar. We will soon flee our hardscrabble barrio due to Carnival. We’ll go to San Miguel de Allende where, among other things, we’ll visit a friend of mine from high school. She and her husband are spending three months there.

They live in North Carolina.

She’ll be the first high school friend I’ve seen in over 40 years. She’s a retired professor of Chinese something-or-other. She’s very smart, which is why we were friends.

Shortly after returning, we’ll go to Mexico City for our twice-yearly airing of the condo. It’s highly likely that we will actually get our hands on the deed at last.

On returning from Mexico City, we’ll hire a crew to do stuff both here at the Hacienda and at our downtown Casita, mostly maintenance, but we’ll probably remove the grass, and plant stone and concrete in the yard’s semicircle.

Photo from a few years back. We sold that blue Chevy in 2014.

I’ve been wanting to reduce the grass for years. Maybe it will start this year with that semicircle. Depends on the price. But the peso-dollar exchange rate makes me feel rich.

I’ll keep you posted next month because I know you’re on the edge of your seat about this.

In the meantime, I’ve got to walk the plaza now, take a shower, get dressed, drive to an outdoor market, buy veggies for stir-fry, and fix lunch. Pork chops, pasta and that stir-fry.

I’m a very handy hubby.

17 thoughts on “What the hey!?

  1. Cold Morning to you,
    Won’t Mardi Gras/Carnival be crazy in San Miguel also?
    Another reason I am pleased to be living out in the country. We have our cohetes and loud music but nothing like what goes on at Lakeside.

    Don’t understand this weather at all. It is really cold here in the mornings but the afternoons warm up somewhat but that “cursed wind” is awful. Has blown the birds nests out of the trees..

    Enjoy your long lost friends!!


    1. Peggy: Got no idea what they’ll be doing in San Miguel, but it’s a big enough town that we can dodge it to a great extent if necessary. Here in our neighborhood, they go bat-shit crazy. Best to avoid.


    2. P.S. The wind has not died down here to the extent that I wish. As for my long-lost friend — just her. Don’t really know him — I was walking along the plaza here in town about four years ago, and ran into them out of the blue. They were part of a tour group. That was strange. She knew I lived here. She recognized me, but I did not notice her.


  2. I hate to see you remove the grass and replace with any kind of stone. The grass is so pretty. Where we live, there are many Winter Texans that do not want to pay for, or work on their grass lawns while they are here. They get in trouble with the park, if their lawns are not taken care of and rightly so. They replace it with various rocks. It is so unattractive, compared to grass. The grass and trees are so much healthier. I am not a tree hugger, but do like grass and trees. It is funny to see when the Winter Texans come back, they have to have all the rocks scraped out and cleaned! The dust and leaves make the rocks look bad. Just my opinion. I am sure you have good reason.


    1. Beverly: The grass is pretty, and it’s also lots of work. It also keeps us from traveling for more than a week during the rainy season which lasts five or six months. If we’re gone more than a week, we come back to grass up to our elbows. Well, that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the picture. During the rains, the grass grows loco and fast and high. Has to be cut. No, I’m not leaving my key with Abel the Deadpan Yardman. Leaving your keys with any of the locals that are not family is a crap shoot. Sometimes even if they are family. Not wise.

      There will be still lots of grass. To the left and right and far off the photo, there is grass. I’d love to get rid of it all. Maybe one day. There are many options here for patios constructed of all manner of material, stuff that does not grow. Also, I’ll install artwork, sculptures, etc., out there. It will be quite nice.


  3. Check out the NYT article this morning about the water problem in DF. Maybe it’s all fake news, like El Trumpo says. Have a good time.


    1. Señor Lanier: Thanks for pointing that out to me. Wouldn’t have seen it otherwise due to not being a NYT kind of guy. Water is only one of Mexico City’s many, many problems. Water, sewage, people, you name it. But the monster city chugs on. I was amused, but not surprised, at the paper’s citing “climate change” in the subhead. Lots of things create problems in Mexico City, but “climate change” ain’t one of them. Feel free to differ on that. I’m an inclusive fellow.

      And it’s not el D.F. anymore, of course. The Distrito Federal is a thing of the past. La Ciudad de México, CDMX. May it live long and healthier.


      1. When did D.F. become a thing of the past??  I still use that term and nobody has corrected me.  Maybe it is because I’m not a member of the “In Group” whoever they are…lol. Peggy



        1. Oh, Peggy, you are sooo behind the times. The Federal District disappeared, legally, a year or more ago. It is now just Mexico City, a sort of mini-state. Before the city was subdivided into “delegaciones,” huge zones with their own little governments. Delegaciones were made up of colonias, even smaller “neighborhoods.” They are not delegaciones anymore but are sort of like small towns in the mini-state of CDMX.

          The times they are a’changing.

          There is no more “el D.F.”



    2. PS: I see from the NYT graphic that our area supposedly sank five inches from 2014 to 2015. We’re on the fourth floor. Hope it doesn’t topple over, especially with us in it.

      Not a good idea to build a huge city on a former lake bed, it seems.


    1. Shelagh: The photo shows the grass in summertime. In winter it’s not nice and green. It’s dry and brown, all the more reason to get rid of it, or some of it.

      As for San Miguel, I’m not a big fan. It’s a good place to eat. I’ll give it that. But otherwise, I find it kind of meh … and laughable.


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