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We got our FM3’s and menaje approval on the same day we submitted for them! Crazy! I really, really, hope that there will never be a reason for anyone except customs people to take a close look at the pictures. They are pretty horrifying. At least I hope we don’t really look like that! We are heading out this morning to our son’s family in Bellingham. The air is crisp and there is fall in the air. I plan on...

One countdown done, one to go

This is a post from the usually silent member of the blog team. Those of you who read us regularly know that there has been a countdown clock on the upper right area of the screen for almost a year, tracking the days until my retirement. Well, there are no days left. I have just come home after my last day of full-time gainful employment ever. I am in a bit of a daze, but I feel great. I have...

Aw, Shucks!

  Paul and I missed the annual Key Peninsula News retreat this year because we were at our realtor’s office making a counter-offer to an offer to purchase our home! Look what showed up on our porch when we got back! (The wine is from a local winery)   Both of us have been the webmaster for several years for this local monthly paper. It was really fun to be involved with such a great bunch of people who are...

Wonderful

We just got back from a brisk early morning walk on the malecon. The air is fresh, the water and sky are blue. Fluffy clouds. Lots of people walking, smiling, greeting the morning. We aren’t ready to talk about our housing adventures – probably by tomorrow we will feel like we can, but not yet. I’m amazed that we slept last night. I am reading again, second book so far this trip. The last few weeks have been so busy...

What We’re Excited About

Paul and I are really looking forward to our new life in Mexico. Here are some of the things we are excited about: Warm, sunny weather A new house The change from a rural community to a city The adventure of learning a new language Time…with each other Meeting new people…making new friends Buying our fruits and vegies in the mercado Not working for the first time in 45 years (Paul) Long walks on the malecon before breakfast A healthy...

Emotions are Running High

Paul and I talk about our upcoming move pretty much all the time. But yesterday was a day for talking about Mexico, for sure! In the morning we had a visit from Lise and Ken and their girls. They are Seattle-ites who are planning a six-month move to Mexico and are trying to figure out where they’ll go. It is an exciting time for them, and even though they are planning a temporary move and we are planning a permanent...

I’m Trying to Live in the Present

Having made the decision to move to Mazatlan, we are able to focus our attention on what we need to do to make that happen. There is a lot to do, as anyone who has ever disassembled a household can attest! And to move out of the country adds a whole layer that complicates everything. I believe I have the tasks we need to accomplish pretty well lined out. Some of them are complicated – like refinishing our wood floors...

The door is open – come on in.

  Enter at your own risk…it’s kind of a mess here! The first picture is of me at my desk working on moving all our music from cds to the computer. We recently bought a Creative Zen 60 GB MP3 player as well as a 160 GB hard drive for backups. Our thinking is that all our music as well as our data will be on the new hard drive. Of course the new MP3 player will be a treat...

Our Last Snowy Winter

This is a picture of the front piece of our property. Kind of looks like a Christmas card, doesn’t it? We’ve had snow on the ground for the last week, and another snowstorm hit this morning. Paul is working from home…the weatherman says it will turn to rain by this afternoon. We really hope it does since we have to pick up Paul’s daughter at the airport this afternoon. It hardly seems possible that we could be hoping for rain!...

Hand-Me-Down Holidays

  If you’re one of the people on my gift list this year, don’t be surprised if you receive a gift from me that was lovingly selected from my own cupboards and shelves. We are moving next year, and I am in battle mode to deal with the incredible quantity of “stuff” that surrounds us. We’re not pack rats…our house isn’t messy – it’s just that we have lots of books and cherished objects that have been a part of...

Figuring Out What’s Important

  Paul and I are adults, and know our likes and dislikes pretty well. So why is it so hard to establish what our requirements are for a new Mexican home? Here are the things that are non-negotiable: It can’t be extremely hot and humid for long periods of time. But then again we don’t want it to get too cold in the winter, either! It needs to be a place where there are good places to walk. The city...

I’m Trying to Create a Plan

Planning a move is never a simple thing once you’ve accumulated more belongings than you can put in the trunk of a car. Unfortunately, we have accumulated way more than that! Since my job now is to get us ready for our big move, the first thing I decided to do is to think about our Mexico plan. We intend to sell our house here and move down there for a six month trial – taking nothing with us but...