Living On The Edge of the Jungle -breaking ground

Breaking GroundGoing back a few months when we were “breaking ground” I had no idea just how big of a project we were starting. Now It’s the middle of June and I find myself sitting in a camp chair on the edge of the jungle in the hills overlooking Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

It is early morning, a time for coffee as the day starts to unfold. Really?, does a day “unfold” and then we refold it when the sun goes down. We really have a quick cup of coffee because the chores all need to be completed before noon. (We try to be done by 11 a.m. but on a farm, there is always something unexpected that needs attention.

From about noon until 4:30 or 5 it is wise to be inside the house. The temperature will be in the high 80’s or low 90’s and the humidity will be almost the same. More importantly, the UV index tends to be a very high 8 or above. The house we are building has windows an all sides plus it is on the top of a hill so the wind often sweeps over the hill in the late afternoon. That makes if much cooler than outside.

We had to change builders a couple of weeks ago and wow what a difference. Things are getting done. Some advice – if you are going to build in Mexico – Just because a builder lives next door to where you are living before building and you have become friends with him and his wife does not mean he will be upfront with you at the building site. Money is one of the many Gods in Mexico and there are those that will fleese you if you let them.

With our new builder we are looking at getting into our new house within about 6 to 8 weeks. We will be living in part of the house while they continue working on the remainder. My wife and I have good friends that live in Nebraska that have lived like that for a couple of years. Brian and Amy have converted an old train depot into a very nice home on their farm. If you like the idea of your own small family farm but don’t want to move to Mexico, visit https:/ where she shares her prairie wisdom as well as some great recipes.

When we started building the mistro (contractor) asked if

Our Farm in Mexico

Breaking ground for the basement

we would like a basement. Of course, being from up north we said yes without asking a lot of questions. We had no idea that it would take up about a quarter of the mountain and cost about the same as what we had budgeted for the complete project.



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Living On The Edge of the Jungle in Mexico pt. One

 Driving North and East from Puerto Vallarta, you do not need to drive more than a few miles and you will be in the foothills of the Sierra Medre Occidental.

My Wife and I are in the process of building our home here and are living on the edge of the jungle in Mexico, at least this part of Mexico.

It has taken us a little over 15 years to purchase the land. We bought it in sections a little at a time and now we are actually living part time here as the building is being completed. So far, it has been an exciting journey. We started clearing the land so we could build our “Rancho” last November and started the actual building the same month.
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A Walk Along The Malecon

A Walk Along The MaleconYesterday my lovely wife took me for A Walk Along The Malecon here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where we live. The Malecon is a few miles long. The area we were walking along has shops on one side and the ocean on the other. A couple of miles downline is where all the food venders are and thus the crowds of visitors. 

Walking between 5 p.m. and 7 p,m, is the best time if you do not want to be overrun by visitors to the area. After about 7 p.m. the crowds start to thicken and it is harder to enjoy the walk. The area also becomes full of street vendors selling all kinds of things that you would never buy if you were not on vacation. Tes Leches cake and caramel flan were my downfall when I was on a vacation. Now that we live here, not so much….I once read that 1/4 of what we eat keeps us alive and 3/4 of what we eat keeps our doctor alive. I want to flip those numbers around.
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My Doctors Visit

My Doctors VisitToday I am writing a little about My Doctors Visit or should I say visits. Not something you might want to read about but good therapy for me by writing about them.

Some of you may know that I have a couple of other website blogs. being the main one. Then I also have, and a couple of others.   I had also been working on TheChefsKitchenTable which was to bring all the food information into one location, aimed at senior health and food. That remains unfinished because the tech. person working with me is busy on other projects. The thing is, I think I will reduce my blogging efforts to just this one for any time in the foreseeable future. Continue reading

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Mexico Vacations for Seniors To Enjoy

Mexico Vacations For Seniors

Mexico Vacations for Seniors to enjoy now.

All around the world, senior traveling is increasing in popularity. A large number of senior citizens are making the decision to get out and travel. If you are one of those individuals, you have likely examined a number of popular vacation destinations. If so, was Mexico on your list?

Mexico is an amazing place to vacation. It is ideal for individuals of all ages. A large number of senior citizens travel to Mexico, each year. Despite what many believe, the United States and Europe are not the only vacation destinations that are ideal for senior citizens. If you are able to take the time to examine what Mexico has to offer, you will likely want to schedule your next vacation there.

As with any other vacation destination, Mexico has a wide range of activities. Many of these activities are perfect for senior citizens. Just a few of the many activities found in Mexico include relaxing at the beach, taking a boat cruise, golf, or going on a guided tour. If you are only able to select a few of these activities, you will want to examine each activity and determine which one brings you the most excitement. Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

The Sounds of SilenceHave you ever thought about The Sound of Silence? Silence by the very definition implies the total lack of sound, so what is the sound of silence? Well, for me it is peace, a chance for me to think and enjoy. Some say it is empty, but I find it full, a place I like to travel to often.

What does this have to do with Mexico? A couple of nights ago, my wife and I both woke up at 3 a.m. because of The Sound of Silence. There was no roosters crowing, no dogs barking, not cars or motorcycles running up and Continue reading

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Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tropical Storms

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tropical StormsThe past month it has been Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tropical Storms in much of Mexico. While you see the rescues going on and it is in the news, our hearts are with those that lost everything. What about the lost dreams that many will live after the TV cameras and the news reporters have left. It is a sad and heart breaking story yet to unfold over the next few years.

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Visiting Bucerias

Visiting BuceriasA couple of weeks ago, after picking up family at the airport in Puerto Vallarta we drove to Bucerias where they live. Visiting Bucerias is usually always great but this time we made the mistake of eating at the wrong restaurant.

I don’t have the name of the restaurant but it is painted bright orange and is on the beach just to the right of the plaza when you get to the bottom of the hill.

I usually do not say anything bad about a restaurant but this time I want to point out that with all the beach front restaurants in Bucerias, you might want to move this one way down on your list of places to visit. Continue reading

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Mexico’s Low Season

Mexica's low SeasonI believe that I have mentioned Mexico’s Low Season in the past. In case you missed it, there are two seasons in this part of Mexico (Puerto Vallarta), The High season and the low season. The high season is when the afternoon weather is in the mid to upper 70’s, pushing into the low 80’s from time to time. It is very dry so the rivers fry up and if you have plants they need watering daily. The stores and restaurants are filled with visitors from around the world and the beaches are crowded. Continue reading

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Don’t Grow Old

Don't Grow OldDon’t Grow Old, It is ok to age but altogether a different story if we allow ourselves to grow old. Today I have been thinking about aging and how it affects each of us differently. Do you remember “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” That’s from George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist, and what a quote it is! I like it because it has a Ying Yang balanced feel to it, and it very concisely makes a point that prods an emotional response. Continue reading

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