Glass, blooms & design

Easy does it, boys!

ABOUT TEN guys showed up at the front gate yesterday morning to unload more glass, lots more glass, about 35 huge, additional panes. It’s not trickling in anymore.

They brought just six last time.

This is the most exciting project that’s happened around here in years. The previous most exciting project was the construction of my child bride’s pastry kitchen. That was five years ago. They will both end up costing about the same thing, $10,000 U.S.

We could have purchased two decent used cars instead.

Doing the glass walk.
Both the fellow on the left and the far one on the right are standing directly atop the glass, They are braver than I, or they know something I don’t. Likely both.
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End of the day, almost finished. There’s more glass installed to the left.

Seven hours later, they left, eight panes shy up top, and eight smaller vertical ones elsewhere. You can see where those smaller ones go in the top photo. The crew won’t be back till some day next week, they said. Lordy, I hope so.

The next things on the to-do list are to install a ceiling fan and additional lighting. And some system to reduce drastically the force of the sun. We’ll almost certainly opt for a fabric screen on top. Home Depot sells various designs specifically for that purpose. We could install it atop or drape it below, but atop will help somewhat in avoiding hail damage.

It hails like Hell here at times.

We’ll also be installing canvas curtains in at least two areas to reduce the entrance of water from the side during the five-month monsoons.

And last of all, some nice, comfy furniture for the wild parties we’re planning.

All this work and expense is happening because of one tiny leak in the upstairs terraza that cropped up last year. I didn’t think the solution would be so humongous.

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Bye, bye, bougainvillea

Tried, convicted, condemned.

I’ve finally had it up to here with the monster bougainvillea.

Someone from the sex hotel next door rang our doorbell yesterday asking if I’d mind if they whacked back the large part of my bougainvillea that’s hanging over on their side, tossing red trash everywhere. Have at it, I replied.

Meanwhile, massive mounds of wind-blown fallen flowers accumulate in our yard and in our downstairs veranda. I’m sick of it! So, like the peach tree, the pear tree, the nopal, all garbage tossers, the bougainvillea is coming down. Not totally, but 95 percent of it. I’ll leave the fat trunk and a small bush on top, a bougainvillea bonsai.

It’ll be cute.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be hiring the same crew that removed the monster nopal to return for the bougainvillea. I can’t take it anymore.

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The Moon has a new look. Hope it suits you. I used the same theme when I updated the website last week for our Downtown Casita rental. Life is change.

23 thoughts on “Glass, blooms & design

    1. Ms. Shoes: Thanks, I like the look of both sites quite a bit too. As for my scorched-earth policy in the yard, we prisoners will have lots of clean, clear space to stroll about in. The bougainvillea is quite impressive and beautiful, but the trash it’s tossing out is growing yearly and has reached a tipping point. Perhaps if I had a gardener on staff, but I don’t. I don’t have any staff at all.


  1. Felipe: The design is good. Looked at the casita site too, and I have decided that you’re a closet interior designer.

    It takes investigation to discover the comments section though. For me, I have to click on the title three times until it goes to bold type, then the comment area appears at the bottom of the article. Is that to weed out the less investigative or curious?


    1. Kris: Many WordPress themes require you to have only the sole post on your screen to see comments, not the entire blog list. I assume you’re referring to The Moon, not the Downtown Casita website which has no comment section, just a “Contact” button.


    2. Kris, P.S.: There are two ways to get to comments. Click on the post title (It should take only one click, not three) or, if you’ve got the entire blog on your screen, click at the bottom of the post in question where it says “Comments.”


      1. Felipe: There isn’t a “Comments” area on the bottom where there was on the previous design. However, because I know you like to hear from me, I will find a way to keep you informed of my wandering and mostly frivolous thoughts.


        1. Kris: There likely is no “comments” at the bottom of a new post where there are no comments. I think, after the first comment, it appears there. And, of course, there’s always the option of clicking on the post headline to take you there. Many ways to skin that cat.


    1. Gerard: About yea so.

      I was trying to remember yesterday. It’s not written on the receipt. So you inspired me to go up on the roof and measure. It’s a quarter-inch thick.


      1. Well 1/4″ glass has some weight to it. I hope all that glass and steel is resting on bearing walls with a cimentación built to hold the extra weight.

        And looking at all that glass, the old proverb about throwing stones keeps popping into my head.

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        1. Gerard: Yep, it’s pretty hefty glass. As for what it’s all resting on, I put my faith in Mexican construction! Don’t worry. Be happy. That’s my motto.


  2. The roof project looks great, but you need to check in with a qualified mental-health professional about your apparent floraphobia; see Most Homo sapiens, even those who are only half-sapiens, would consider that old bougainvillea a beautiful centerpiece for a yard.

    Looks like the glass is translucent, which is an excellent idea too so you don’t get fried during the summer. Also it looks as if there’s enough steel on that sucker to build a midsize suspension bridge. It ain’t going to fall down or blow away. Home Depot in Querétaro sold sunscreens in different opacity. We got a mid-grade that shields half the sun.



    1. Señor Lanier: If the monster bougainvillea, which I confess is quite spectacular, would just sit there and look beautiful like my wife does, it would be a different story. But, alas, it does not. It tosses green/red garbage in MONUMENTAL amounts into the yard, and it must be picked up. I was out doing that just an hour ago. And I did the same thing about three days ago. And I’ll have to do the same in another three days, and so on and on and on. No, it’s gotta go or, as planned, cut back drastically where I will keep it manageable in the future. I have three others in the yard that I did not let get away from me as this one did. A life lesson.

      The domo glass is called satinado in Spanish. It’s opaque white. You cannot see through it. Time will tell if more protection is needed. I strongly suspect so, and there are methods, especially at Home Depot. I am very susceptible to sun, having had skin cancer over 40 times, and I want to be able to sit out there without worry. One can get a sunburn, for instance, on a completely overcast day. Clouds do not block the dangerous rays, and I doubt this glass does either. Stay tuned. It’s a work in progress, and has been since I got the idea in the first place.

      We were totally surprised by the size of the metal infrastructure. I was expecting something more humble. The glass honcho asked who constructed it. He said it was extremely well made.


      1. Yep. Keep a close watch on that melanoma business. We’ve lost a couple of friends to that stuff. It’s the indigenous people’s revenge against light-skinned folks. As a matter of fact, one dermatologist in town does nothing but melanoma check-ups and treatment.


        1. Señor Lanier: I’ve never had melanoma. Knock on wood. All of my cancers have been the relatively safe basal-cell carcinoma. Easily treated unless you ignore it for many years. And starting just about three years ago, I’ve had two instances of squamous-cell carcinoma right on my head beneath my hair. Again, not melanoma, but a bit more worrisome than basal-cell. I keep an eye on all of it.

          I think my troubles in this area were mostly due to my being a major-league sun-worshiper as a young man. Every summer there in the American Southeast where I spent most my life before coming to Mexico, I would run around shirt-less and in shorts on motorcycles or afoot. I looked like Sammy Davis Jr. very quickly. I worked nights, which left me free to absorb sunshine all freaking day long.

          Nobody much knew back then not to do that. And people thought Johnson’s Baby Oil would prevent sunburn!


          1. Maestro: I don’t know how high up is your Mountain Kingdom, but according to reliable sources here in La-La San Miguel, the increased danger of melanoma at our altitude, about 6,000 feet, is caused by greater exposure to ultraviolet radiation caused by the altitude, closeness to the equator and lack of cloud cover most of the year. The Weather Channel app on your phone, gives you UV reading and a bunch of other indices. The UV reading here right now, according to the Weather Channel, is 11 or “Extreme,” whatever that is. Humidity is 14 percent and temperature 87 F, and there’s a “high concern” for dry skin. Pátzcuaro is the same but a little cooler at 82 deg F.

            We’re all going to die one way or another, but I’ve known several people here who’ve died from melanoma, and it’s not a good way to exit. Have all those spots checked by a good dermatologist. And have a nice afternoon.


            1. Señor Lanier: My mountaintop town sits at 7,200 feet above sea level. So, higher than you. As for derm checkups, I have one scheduled just the week after next. As for nice afternoons, all mine are nice. Hope yours are too.


  3. I knew that bush was history when you complained about it several weeks ago.

    But…if a sex motel complains about anything next door it’s probably pretty bad.


    1. Ray: And I knew you were going to say this! As for the sex motel, the bougainvillea has two aspects. One, it offers a very pretty view from the room windows. Two, it tosses tons of green/red trash over there too, and they have to clean it up. They have yet to do what they asked permission to do. When they do their side, it will make considerably less work for the guys on my side. I’m not telling the hotel that, but I’m waiting for them to act first.

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      1. The answer to the yard debris is to invest in a shop vacuum and just suck it up instead of sweeping and picking the debris up.


        1. Carole: Well, that is an option, but what I have not shown here at all — photos or videos — is the absolutely incredible quantity of red and green trash this plant throws off. It ends up all over the yard and even in the downstairs veranda. Better option, I think, is just get rid of the culprit, and that’s what I’m gonna do.


  4. Señor Felipe, your life is a mishmash of good and evil, but you easily keep the two separated and controlled. We can all learn from you.


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