After almost a year of not writing, I have decided, at the urging of several people to
catch you up with what has been going on since my last post in August of last year!
At that time I was in a "panic mode" trying to find a place to live and from March
until August it was only possible to see five places that were within my budget,
one story, unfurnished and hopefully had outdoor space. To me that doesn't seem like a lot
to ask, but indeed it was. The budget, the one story and outdoor space were the issue.
Also many places were furnished and even though I was ready to sign a multi-year lease,
most would not remove the furniture!
Sheesh, by the end of August with my need to move my the first of October, I was
definitely freaked out.
The end of September, a very astute and hard working realtor took me to see a one
story place in La Canada which is only about three minutes by car from where I
was currently living. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath but not as much square footage as
was in the current residence. But, it did have outdoor space and the owner was
willing to remove the furniture. No views, no yard, but the price was right and
it was only about three minutes from my son John and the grand kids.
So, even though it was/is dark and no views, I took the place. Moving in the first week
of October. Oy vey!
Several modifications were done by my "handy dandy" handyman who is worth his weight
in gold, truly! One was building two handrails and a step down into the "secret garden"
which is adjacent to the two bedrooms on the back of the house and not visible to anyone
but me. That area is my salvation!
After seven months of hating it, acceptance has finally been reached. The thought of moving
again is worse, ha.
Here are a few photos of the interior and garden area.
It's a little place but it is now semi-comfortable.
John and the kids live about three minutes away by car or five minutes if walking which they
do from time to time. BUT, now that Mati and Seb are growing up and have social lives,
I sure don't see them as often as I would like to..........
Here are a few photos of all of them!
John is still in real estate. And even though he has been at it a long time and San Miguel is
growing, there are now close to 300 real estate agents in SMA!!! He is still with CDR
San Miguel and if interested or looking for a house or investments, give him a call at
52 415 - 124-4755. The 52 is if calling from the USA. If local drop the 52.
Being a single Dad keeps John busy, busy, busy! I remember being a single Mom
with three teenagers and felt like I was running a taxi service. Add to that the cost
of private education and it is a roller coaster ride for him.
all love that he loves to do that meal and oh, my it is so good.!
No, I haven't been to the USA for five years now! A scheduled ride to Texas was
planned but "the best laid plans of mice and men" were torn asunder when I ended
up, amazingly, in the hospital with blood clots in my lungs! No one was more
amazed then I. It was a very expensive experience since Medicare doesn't cover
expenses outside the USA. Four thousand dollars for four days has knocked me for
a loop since it all had to be paid before I left the hospital.....Wowza!
Recovery from that shock plus different meds that are very expensive have led to
a four month recovery period, physically and financially. Hopefully it is nearly over - the meds
And hopefully it will be possible for me to go to Texas in the Fall for an extended
visit with family and friends.
It will be an interesting adventure as my means of transportation now are via walker,
wheelchair and/or cane. Yup, the Universe decided it was time to "slow me down".
Soooooo, I don't get out much and don't get to see friends very often but somehow,
thanks to the computer, the cellphone and intrepid friends who come to get me from
time to time, life is okay.
How about you? Many of you have read this blog from the very beginning. It's wonderful
to stay in touch with many of you but there are some I don't hear from. If you happen
to be reading this, hopefully, please let me hear from you.
To bring this to an end, I won't promise that I will write as frequently as I used to but
I do promise to write more often.
Take care........and hopefully I'll see you on down the road!