Looking to next year

Every second morning, more or less, after biscuits, honey and café Americano negro, I head outside to sweep and view the dawning day, which is most always a pleasant sensation. Today was no exception, cool, clear and blue.

I stood on the yard patio and looked up at the house, parts of which have not been painted in 17 years. The area up there, around the glass-brick windows, has the original paint, and it looks better in the photo than it does in real life.

The main reason that has not been repainted is its relative inaccessibility. You cannot walk up there without removing the clay tiles which, now that I think about it, also need to be taken up, cleaned and replaced. And some are broken, and they need replacing with new ones. This work would disturb the bats and the workmen who find them.

Renovation work here almost invariably takes place in December through May, which is to say when it is not raining every day, so I’m thinking about this now.

Perhaps even more than the paint and tile, I want to remove this section of grass below and replace it with concrete and something or other that has yet to be decided, anything but the grass and weeds currently in residence.

I really want to do this, but I really do not want the hassle and disorder it will require for a couple of weeks, guys coming every morning and hanging around most of the day.

But it will happen. Some things are inevitable.

Might even install a fountain there. That would look snappy.

I would keep the aloe vera and philodendron.

By the way, yesterday’s post about having to put comments into full moderation has been deleted because the problem has been solved. FYI.

16 thoughts on “Looking to next year

    1. Ms. Shoes: A pool would be a grand idea at a lower altitude. Unless it were heated, which would cost a fortune, it would be usable only for a brief spell in springtime each year.


  1. Hard to believe that the paint lasted 17 years.

    A fountain would look very good in that area, its amazing the size of that aloe vera.


    1. Kirk: I always buy Comex paint. It’s a Mexican outfit that makes very high-quality paint.

      Yes, the aloe vera is big, but it’s less big than a couple of months ago when I hired a crew to whack it back significantly, and it will continue growing.


  2. Getting 17 years on exterior paint at your altitude is exceptional. Does that wall get a lot of sun exposure? Or shade much of the time?


    1. Antonio: Comex makes superlative paint. And yes, that wall gets full sun except when it’s cloudy or the sun is on the other side of the house in the afternoons. I give most of the credit to Comex, however.


  3. The painters use COMEX on my house, but it is good for no more than four years. Of course, our climates are a bit different. “Cement ponds,” as our own Ellie Mae posted above, are perfect here.

    I see that WordPress once again thinks I am a stranger. But you told us why that is yesterday.


    1. Señor Cotton: Yes, we live in very different climates. Truth be told, on thinking of it more, it’s possible that area I referred to on my house has been touched up since it was first applied 17 years ago, but if it was it still was a long time ago, far more than four years back.

      The moderation problem was resolved, and I set it back to normal. Got no idea why your sage and safe feedback was sent to moderation. WP is flawed at times.


  4. One of the charms of Mexico is the old and faded paint on the buildings. You are currently presented with the opportunity to have some of that charm.

    Don’t blow it.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where our circa 2007 paint job does need redoing. But it’ll have to wait for next year as it’s too cold now.


  5. I for one, and most everyone I know, don’t really view faded paint as one of our country’s charms. Freshly painted walls are always enjoyed. And beyond the appearance, a good paint job helps protect our homes. Moisture can be very damaging to red clay brick. Those that can afford it prefer to keep the paint looking nice.


    1. Antonio: Right you are, but there are some folks who prefer the weathered look in whatever country they find themselves. Maintenance-wise, of course, fresh paint is preferable.


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