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Salitre and the tropical household

Salitre is a fact of life in the tropics.  When we moved here we had very little idea what it takes to deal with salitre in a climate like ours. What is it?  It is the powdery stain that leaches through the paint – basically salts moving out of the mortar and concrete through moisture.  Sometimes the moisture is coming from a leak – and sometimes it is from the humidity, rain, or groundwater seeping up.   This patch isn’t...

In México, workers make good use of old buckets

Nothing goes to waste in México. Plastic pop bottles turn into small paint containers, musical instruments or a soapy water squirt bottle for a windshield washing business. Discarded cardboard is used for a door mat when it’s rainy.  I believe that the 5 gallon paint bucket is the most coveted item of all. At the top of this post you’ll see how the car wash man on our street locks up his buckets when he goes home for mid-day comida. They...

Too much choice sometimes…

Friends who aren’t retired or who haven’t been to México will ask “what do you do all day?” I think it’s a funny question because boredom has never ever been a problem for me.  I usually have way too many things going on, and some days I even have trouble deciding what to do because of it! Some days I just like to play in my office-workroom.  Above is a picture of my main work table.  I have bins below...

It’s a puzzle to me…

We live a few blocks from the main Cathedral here in Mazatlán, and we sleep with a window open.  I love the sound of the bells and I’ve gotten so I rely on them to tell me the time since I no longer wear a watch!  Here’s what I hear pretty much every day (and night): 2 AM:  A light wind-chime sound and then two gongs 3 AM:  A light wind-chime sound and then three gongs 4 AM:  A light...

The Boys

One street over from us is an apartment building.  For about a year a group of young men has been living in one of the second floor apartments, and I admit that they have provided us with a fair bit of entertainment. We guess that they came here for work, leaving their families at home.  We never see them with women or children, and they do seem to create most of their own entertainment. Their favorite pastime is hanging around...