The House We Never Built

The House We Never Built

Living the Dream

It has been a while but here is an update about The House We Never Built. As many of you know the plan was to build a house on the farm we own, over on the Playa Grande river just outside of Puerto Vallarta. Well, those plans have changed over the past 4 or 5 months. We have decided to continue to farm that land. I am listing a few of the reasons in this article because the blog is about Our Life In Mexico.

One of the things I have noticed is that there are two types of people that retire to Mexico. Continue reading

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Happy New Year From Mexico

Happy New Year From MexicoIt’s that time again, another year has slipped by and it’s time to wish everyone a Happy New Year From Mexico. It seems like the years are “slipping by” faster and faster, even though we did get that extra day in February. Continue reading

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Visiting Wisconsin Again

Visiting Wisconsin AgainWe are visiting Wisconsin Again and just finishing a very frigid week here in Wisconsin and winter hasn’t even officially arrived yet. It has been very cold and snowy but oh-so-beautiful just the same. It reminded us of how much we enjoy Mexico even with it’s hot weather.

We are visiting Wisconsin for a week and we are snowed in. We got up this morning to find the car covered with show, the sidewalk and driveway about a half foot deep with snow and no snow shovel. That has all the making of a long day. Lucky for us there is family about 30 miles from here that will bring a shovel and dig us out.

I wrote the above yesterday. Today we actually returned home to Mexico. Although both flights were a bit bumpy it was great to get home.

Two things stood out on the trip.

First, have you ever noticed the little boxes at McDonald’s requesting your change for the Ronald McDonald house? Well I ask that if you can spare the change please put it in that box. I had no idea of the good they do. One of our grand-daughters has been in Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee for 4 of the 5 months of her life. All during that time, The Ronald McDonald House has given an apartment to our daughter and her husband so they can stay next door to the hospital and be with their daughter almost around the clock. At night (every night except Fridays) volunteers come to the Ronald McDonald house and cook dinner for the many families that live there. Every so many apartments share a kitchen and in Milwaukee it is a five story structure right next to the Children’s Hospital.

The Second reason was on a happy note. We got to stop in Nebraska and visit with Amy Young Miller and her family. We really enjoyed our time there. The reason I am sharing this with you is because if you visit Amy’s blog right now, she has a great giveaway going with some very cool prizes that you could win. And you can discover all kind of neat things, like how to bake wonderful bread, how to make bullet proof coffee and how to plant a whole foods garden. Visit her at: and follow the instructions at the end of the article and perhaps you will be one of the lucky ones that win one of these items.

That is about all I have for you today, We will be Visiting Wisconsin Again in the spring. So have a wonderful holiday season.

bon provecho

Maria and Bill


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Eating Fish In Mexico

This past Sunday we were Eating Fish In Mexico as a way to relax before a lot of travel that starts on Thanksgiving day and continues thru December 13th. We have this one restaurant right in front of the ocean that we like to visit often. The trip there is interesting as well. You go a few miles down an unpaved, bumpy road and along the way you stop to see………..well in a minute I’ll show you what we stop to see.

Eating Fish In Mexico

Fried Fish Mexico Style

You actually go into the kitchen, pick your fish and they sell it by the kilo and cook it to order.

Eating Fish In Mexico

appetizers include sliced veggies and guacamole

Of course the ocean is the reason to drive 5 miles from the house. The tables are sitting in the sand. The view is of our Puerto Vallarta.

Eating Fish In Mexico

Vallarta is only a couple of miles away but it is hard to see from this spot.

Looking in the other direction is just as nice. We are actually about two miles from the airport so we watch as vacations end and planes full of people start to return to their world.

Eating Fish In Mexico

looking the other way

You can get beer, soda and of course fresh coconuts to enjoy with your meal.

Eating Fish In Mexico

Oh ya, before I forget, as if I could, I want to share a couple of pictures of a spot we stop at on the way to the restaurant.

Wating Fish In Mexico

look closely and you’ll see them

Eating Fish in Mexico

Anyone need a pair of boots?

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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You’re Thinking Of Moving To Mexico

This is reposted from our other website. The Election is over So You’re Are Thinking Of Moving To Mexico. That can be great if you have a plan and know what awaits you when you get here. It can be very stressful if you arrive without a plan and no real idea how or what to do once your here.

Moving To Mexico

It can be a much less stressful lifestyle

If Mexico is among your options, then the Puerto Vallarta area of Jalisco is perhaps one of the nicer areas along the coast but you should know that it can have it’s challenges until you have lived here and know your way around well.

My wife has written a great book, filled with information on retirement life here. It covers buying property, driving in Mexico where buses and taxes feel they own the road, where the churches are located. The addresses of government offices you might need to know and much much more.

A lot of the information in the book applies to all areas of Mexico and can be used as a general guideline on your new adventure. Some of it is about Puerto Vallarta and the 30 or so miles of coastline in the area.

It is on sale for the next few days but it is never more that $3.99 How TO Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico On A Limited Budget

If You’re Thinking Of Moving To Mexico you want to do a little research about the country ahead of the move. It is always a good idea to visit an area and live there for about six months before making the big move. This book is a good starting point for that research.

My wife and I spent years coming here on our vacations before we made up our minds to move. Two years ago we made the move and live here full time now. There are about half a million people from the United States and Canada that live here full time and about half that many again that live here from three to six months a year, so you can get by even if you do not speak Spanish.

So If you’re thinking of Moving to Mexico, grab the book, read it and come on down for a visit before all the good properties are bought up and the peso still has a great exchange rate.

Your are invited to take a moment and sigh up for our newsletter. You will get extra recipes and diet tips once you are signed up. And just for signing up you will receive a free copy of The Dark Side of Sugar and Wheat. The form is at the top right of this page. I’m looking forward to you joining us on our journey.

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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On The Road Again

On The Road again, yes my friends we are on the road again….now where have I heard that before. I wrote that above line last Sunday as we prepared to head for Wisconsin to visit our family and do a little shopping.

On The Road Again

We were planning on heading out this week, spending 5 days driving north, making a surprise visit to a friend that lives and farms in Nebraska. I have known her and her family on line for years but we have never met in person so the plan was to stop there for a day on our way north.

The biggest “concern” of these trips has always be the section from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Eagle Pass, Texas. You need to plan your days so that you only drive on tollways and during the daylight hours. That means that you need to be aware that there is a military checkpoint that can take from 10 minutes to 2 hours to pass through.

Now that the election in the States is over and we see and read about all the unrest up north we have decided to postpone the trip until December in hopes that things will have cooled down. This will change everything as it will be colder, with possible ice or snow on some areas. It will mean no side trip to Nebraska, and we will need to shorten our trip and miss spending any of the holidays with family.

We  look at the news and think “How Sad”. A few years ago we would see this in countries like Egypt, China or maybe Venezuela but I never pictured it happening in the United States. Welcome to our years of discontent…..

Everyone needs to take a look at what is happening in the very first week after Trump got elected. He is already put the building of a wall on the back burner, He has already said he wants to keep “some” of Obamacare. He has surrounded himself with a lot of the “Old School” republicans that have held power in the past. It looks like he is joining the system he promised to tear down…..As a Nation, we need to “wait and see”, Like any other president in the past, he must protect the elections that will take place in the next two years so that he does not loose his power base….

Making our country great again can only happen if we don’t burn it down before we start to rebuild…..I want to be On the Road again without worry that there are mobs going crazy on the streets of the cities of the country……We’re packed, gas in the car and ready to go,  we have family waiting……….

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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Building A House In Mexico Continues

Building a House in Mexico Continues with a couple of very important steps that you must take before you can actually start building. Once you have decided to build and have the property, all these steps seem to take forever, but you will be happy you did them later on as the project continues.

Building a house in Mexico continues

Our “Green Acres”

Mexico might not be up to date with other countries on a lot of things but they are good in many of them. One example is how the edge of a road or highway is not where the government property actually ends.

In Wisconsin, there are 12 feet on both sides of the road where our house is. Of course, I and my neighbors all have planted lawns on about 10 of those feet making our property look much larger than it is. The county likes it because we are maintaining their property at no cost to them.

The same laws apply in Mexico. Which means that before you build, you have the land surveyed and find out just where your property line is. We have been waiting for the survey guy to show up and do his thing. But this week he met us there and marked off all the property lines. The great news is our fence is between six inches and a foot inside our property line. No adjustments needed.

Building a house in Mexico continues

the architect brings “new” plans

Next our architect showed up with a “New and improved” set of plans. That is one thing you learn fast. The architect wants to keep charging so he keeps changing and he drives both your builder and yourself nuts. So you must make up your mind. Let him hang around and cost extra money or let him go and turn it over to the builder. We are letting our architect go. Our building budget does not have a place for him.

Next. we have hired a young man to clean our property. He is married with two children and unemployed at the moment. We could hire a big machine to come in and clean the property in two days, but time is not the consideration here. We will be in Wisconsin for the first two weeks of November so he can clean it while we are gone. Oh, he is family and living with my brother-in-law at the moment, so it’s money well spent.


The other reason for cleaning it this way is because the corn and the cactus needs to be harvested first. This will not take but a couple of days because it is harvest time. I have no desire to harvest the cactus so it is nice that there is family that will handle that step for us.

Building a house in Mexico continues

Building a house in Mexico part 2 is basic background work but it must be done before we can start to dig the foundation of the house so we thought we would share it with you.

But before we leave we would like to invite you to join our family of friends and watch as we build a house here in Mexico, using limited funds. My wife and I moved to Mexico after retirement and share our adventures and challenges on this website. We also share recipes from both of our blogs. The sign up form is at the top right of this article….We look forward to seeing you among our family of friends.

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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Another Day – Another Papaya

Here in Mexico it seems like another day – another papaya. We have maybe 10 or 12 papaya trees at the moment and they seem to produce fruit almost all year long. There are a few weeks here and there when there will be no papayas on the trees, but that is not often.


It’s a good thing that they don’t all ripen at the same time.

During those short time periods when there are no papayas, the mango’s and star fruit are in full swing and giving us more that the two of us could ever use. And there are the bananas. The yield never stops when you have a few banana trees in your back yard. We are lucky to have friends that do not have such trees so we have places to take them as they ripen.

The papayas ripen at a slower pace. You might have 10 or 12 papaya on one tree and harvest one every four or five days. Much easier to keep up with and we have a young boy that lives down the road a bit, that loves papaya so we have on outlet when there are more that we can eat.

We use them in smoothies along with peaches or bananas. I don’t drink these as often as the wife because I live a more restricted lower carb lifestyle but I do add papaya to cottage cheese along with some pecans for a dessert when my carb count allows me.

Papaya is a great source of vitamin C plus it does contain some vitamin A and some of the B vitamins as well as fiber, potassium, and magnesium. But a 4 ounce serving does contain about 10 net carbohydrates so if you are following a low carb lifestyle, be aware and plan accordingly.

We are in a lull when it comes to building the farm house because one of the key builders has been ill. We are waiting for him to get back so that we can continue. Once the building starts up again, I will update the progress as it happens.

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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Visiting Our Architect In Mexico

I am excited. Today among other things we have been Visiting Our Architect. We meet with him and the building contractor tomorrow at the building site to stake out the ground where we will build.

Visiting Our Architect

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Building a House in Mexico – Post 1

This article will be the first about Building a house in Mexico, on our farm. I will share some of the fun of building here in Mexico and some of the steps and challenges we face. First a little about the farm. It butts up against a river on one side and the country road on the other with other farms to the right and left of it. My wife bought it about 20 plus years ago, and has split it into 3 sections, giving one section to each of two brothers and keeping the middle section for us. Now that we are retired and living here in Mexico, we are going to build a small house and raise our produce and keep our chickens, dogs and cats where they have room to roam.

Building a house in Mexico

This is the building site

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