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The reality of renovating in Mexico…

We’ve done five big renovation projects at our house over the years and I have learned a lot along the way. At the top of the page is our finished sala fresca, with its seven new roof beams and new paint. Looks a bit better than it did in my previous post on the project, wouldn’t you say? Are you curious about what it’s like to renovate an older home in Mazatlán? Here are some of my observations, and a...

Grow your own Turmeric

I tried various times – unsuccessfully- to grow turmeric that I bought at the grocery store, and have finally figured out the secret. You should give it a try, you could even grow it in a pot if you want to – I have grown ginger that way as they are pretty shallow rooted. At the top is a picture of my turmeric bed. I buy fresh turmeric at Mega, the mercado, and Ley. For some reason they call it...

Hoping for a late rainy season

We are in the middle of a huge construction project at our house. I always get up on the roof before rainy season every year to inspect things and this year I noticed we had gaps too wide for me to caulk on the roof of our sala fresca. (Yes, I have to inspect things, I was a property manager for 25 years, I can’t help it!) When we had a chunk of concrete fall out of the roof it...