Patience is absolutely necessary to live in Mexico! It had been a mission all my life to be so, but it never worked. Well, at least until I moved to Mexico. Within a year, patience was my middle name.
IF one is not patient about everything, one might as well get a big supply of TUMS or learn how to chant to get over one's frustrations. It is so much easier to realize that nothing is worth the previous path just mentioned. It's all small stuff.
Take the exterior of my house. The brick wall that faces north had never been stuccoed. There is no insulation or drywall or anything in the construction of these houses. The walls are one brick thick!
Therefore, dust, noise and even a trickle of water from a hard rain will soak into the brick.
Many times in the past, I could lay in my bed and hear a conversation at night on the other side of the wall where lovers park........
For about the last fifteen years, I've gently asked the people that I rent this house from to stucco the wall.
Finally at the end of 2015, I sent an email detailing the four things that really needed attention. Stuccoing the wall being #1. The first part of March the landlord appeared with his son to interpret and we went over the four things. He said they would start in two weeks. Last Tuesday, in April, he telephoned and said they would come with the scaffolding and materials to start the next day. I did not get too excited! But, they did show up....amazingly. Here is the result of three and a half days of work. Two of the four things are completed. There is hope.
In the meantime, when all is dry, I'll have the painter come to paint it the tropical green color that is in the covered seating area.
The flowers and shrubs and trees are really now starting to bloom. It has been a month since we had SNOW. But, we have also had two nice rains so the photos below show how things have returned to life.
By summer it will be lush and tropical up on this little roof of paradise.