When rentng in Mexico, including San Miguel de Allende, it is expected that the tenant maintains everything and pays the bills agreed upon at the signing of the lease or the verbal agreement. The bills are usually the telephone, electricity, propane gas, water and anything else one wants for comfort in living.
I have abided by that agreement for eleven years! I love the houses. A few months ago the owners of the property and collectors of the rent from me on both houses stopped by to tell me that if I needed ANYTHING done I should call them. Imagine my surprise.
As the paint began its annual peel down the wall once the rains began, I wondered if I should follow up with them and have them handle repainting the wall. I've done it more times then I can count. When I have the painter here it is scraped and painted in a day.
After pondering, I thought, "What the heck, why not?"
It would save me quite a bit of money - materials and labor.
A week ago the owner came and we agreed "they", whoever that was, would be here to scrape on Saturday. In my mind it would be four or five guys and it would be done in hopefully two days.
Two people came with two little scrapers, about 2 inches wide. After the first day I went out and looked. I estimated at that rate it might be done by mid September. I didn't want to look a "gift horse" in the mouth but I felt that I probably should say something about the amount of manpower. In a polite and discreet way.
I suggested that rather then one or two people working a few hours that possibly more people for longer days needed to have larger scrapers. Actually that worked for a couple of days. The photo above and the photo below are five days of scraping and, oh yes, painting the gate.
At this rate, hopefully it will be finished by this time next week.
I figure its another lesson from the Universe on patience and letting go.
When do YOU think it will be finished?