Home and Away

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

OK, what's going on here?  As many who have moved here say:  "This isn't what I signed up for!"  And yet, we are so fortunate.  One thing about having people come to stay at our guesthouse in Sayulita is that they are on holiday and they know they are in the tropics.  When, day after day, new guests arrive in the rain and I find myself apologizing for the weather (yes, I know, I have no control over the weather -- always a godmother, never a god) almost invariably the reply is "It was snowing when we left (fill in the blank) so this is great!" 

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

It seems I'm developing an unintended theme here.  My life as defined by song titles.  I'm hoping for a reason to write an article called "It's Raining Men" or perhaps "Must Be Talking To An Angel".  A few that won't be appearing anytime soon, though -- "Onward, Christian Soldiers", "I Shot the Sheriff" and almost anything by Billie Holiday.  But I digress...

Friday, February 5th, 2010

So The Husband headed back to Montreal for a few days of unexpected business.  Just at the same time as the sun decided to disappear for the week.  So he's up north where it's a high of -10C and sunny and I'm here where it's a high of 25C and rainy.  Oh, how I do love irony.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Some friends have just arrived to stay with us in Sayulita for a couple of weeks.  We have been inundated with friends ever since we built our home here.  I don't mind; in fact, I love seeing them, as we never have time to see them in Montreal, but it does seem at times as though we are like the proverbial family with the only pool on the block.  Suddenly, everyone wants to be our friend!  The fact that we do, in fact, have a pool here, as well as the magnificent Pacific, doesn't seem to hurt.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Today in Montreal it's a high of -3C, which isn't bad at all for mid-January. They say it's like Spring. Here in Sayulita, of course, it's only 10:00a.m. and already it's 25C. Do I gloat?  Damn right I do. We worked very hard to make this dream a reality. A lot of people up north don't understand that. They call us "lucky". They seem to think that going from fantasy to reality is just a matter of wishing it to happen. Let there be light, and there was light.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

A full Sayulita house is a blessing in these uncertain economic times.  A full house also means that we can't check on the different apartments until they are empty for a few hours between paying guests.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The first meeting with our prestanombre always leaves me gasping for breath. Part of it, of course, is the ever-increasing money it seems the Mexican government is determined to bleed out of us. Even if we wanted to sell our property, which we most definitely don’t

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Janus, the Roman god with two faces, one looking backward and one forward, gives the month of January as well as an excuse for self-indulgent wallowing in doubt and dreams of better things.

Last week I was looking at the snowdrift outside my house and cursing it, and the new shovel The Husband honestly thought I would like for my birthday.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
I was going to call this series of articles “A Tale of Two Cities” but Sayulita is far from being a city, and that’s why we all love and cherish it and want to protect it.  Getting too big to always be told what to do but sometimes still too small to learn from its mistakes.  From where I sit right now, looking out the window at the first snowstorm of the season in Montreal, Canada where we live half the year, that’s how I see Sayulita.  When I’m in Sayulita, thoug
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