Successful total eclipse day

How lucky we were that our RV was directly under the path of totally. The eclipse made its first landfall here in Mazatlan.

Sunday night there was a parade. Official or not,I don’t know, but what fun for all the visitors to this wonderful city.

Mazatlan was crowded with folks visiting from all over the world. Sadly many reservations were not honoured, including car rentals. Getting from the airport into Mazatlan on Sunday evening became a five hour nightmare. It will be interesting to get the estimate on the number of visitors we had.

Traffic from Culiacan came to a standstill on the autopista wth huge line ups at the toll booths.

From 6AM on this morning, we were aware of vehicle after vehicle heading to the point on Chivos facing east. Many were walking. Many had spent the night on the ground or on the sand around Casa Flor. We had neighbours a few doors down that were having an eclipse party with their family. The air around us was full of excitement and anticipation.

People had scouted out what was to them the best location. This was the top of El Faro. As you can see there was cloud but it cleared just at the right moment of totally.

Waiting for show to begin.

People were everywhere.

The eclipse started at the time expected. There on the top right of the sun the moon began to cover the light. Bit by bit the moon just kept covering the sun.

I do not know this location other than it was along the malacon. Cultura had set up music. A lovely touch. There actually were events all over the city including viewing telescopes for everyone to use.

We made sure that Ciela had the proper viewing glasses.

About 30 minutes in. Photo by Colin.

NASA was here in Mazatlan for this momentous event. In fact they were just a few miles down the road from us.

So glad that the Isla was not as crowded as the Malacon.

We didn’t experience the hippos but pretty much all of the following happened “the temperature quickly drops, the colors of shadows become tinny, day flips to darkness, stars precipitously appear, birds stop chirping, bees head back to their hives, hippos come out for their nightly grazing, and humans shout or hide or study or pray or take measurements until, seconds or minutes later, sunlight, and the familiar world, abruptly returns.”  Ciela was on my lap and began to whimper, Carlie was sleeping inside. The pelicans had disappeared, the few that we saw were heading to their roost for “the night”. It was both eerie and magical. Folks along the beach cheered once totality happened and then suddenly were very quiet. After four minutes and eighteen seconds the sun ever so slowly began to reappear. Yeah it was back 😎 Such a very extraordinary special day.

We were ready and watching.

Strange cloud formations.

The light was changing and the pelicans were flying home.

It was getting close to totality and the sky darkened. I think we had 14 or 15 boats in the bay.

Very close to the total eclipse. Photo by Colin.

Wow, just wow. It was almost too much to take in. Photo by Colin.

There will be hundreds of photos all over the internet. The better ones of course were taken through a very strong telescope.





Que pasa

I wish that our pets could speak. I have no idea how long Carlie has been suffering. Perhaps since before we left Canada, really hard to know. However in the past few days she has bounced back – like really back 😛 Neither of us can remember the last time she was so active. She is running around and not hesitating to use the ramp or the stools in the RV. She is full of love and keeps kissing her sister and us and both Joe and Genie. It is so wonderful to see her ‘almost back to normal’.

Monday vet appointment. Getting ready to take the xray. Both Colin and I asked the vet to draw blood and do a check but she said that Carlie was too small to take too much blood from??? Also too weak!

We had no choice but to bring her to that new vet back on March 22nd as our vet was gone for the day. We faithfully gave Carlie her meds for a full week ( over Semana Santa ) but she continued to have very little vitality and remained in pain. Being the Easter weekend there was nothing we could do so I gave her Gabapentin as required. Monday, April 1st Colin was ready to take her to our regular vet but again his office was closed. So we returned to the first vet. She was surprised that Carlie was not any better. She decided to do spinal and hip x rays as that could be the cause of her pain. Colin quietly said that the problem was in her gut which was irritated as she told him last week. She insisted on the x ray – when it’s your baby it matters not the price. However this was an unnecessary process. On the other hand we now have an x ray showing how perfect her hips and spine are.

So Colin and Carlie were sent home with another bottle of strong antibiotics and more Gabapentin for pain. She was a very good girl and did not make a fuss. But it was obvious she was not well.

Another long morning for Colin with no food. The mango smoothie was delicious. Carlie is exhausted.

The next morning was Tuesday, April 2nd and Colin was waiting at the door of our regular vets office when he arrived for work. I had to given her a pain pill that morning. Carlie was thoroughly examined. Dr. Rafael, who has been a vet for over 38 years asked about the x ray and said that it had nothing to do with Carlie’s problem but that it showed she was in good health in that regard. He also wondered why she was on antibiotics as she had no infection. He said that her problem was in her gut and it was some sort of irritation that at times caused her much pain. So he gave her a liquid dewormer and an injection of B12. He also checked her stool under a microscope.

Now Carlie is getting Magaldrato/Dimeticona, three times per day, this is a liquid gel that coats her gut to soothe any irritation or pain (Magaldrate is an aluminum-containing antacid. Magaldrate is used to treat heartburn, indigestion, or stomach upset ). She is also on Pantoprazol every 12 hours ( Pantoprazole reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes. It’s used for heartburn, acid reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – GORD is when you keep getting acid reflux. It’s also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers ). We could see an improvement within 24 hours and she has continued to improve every day since. What a relief. We will be seeing the vet yet again this Tuesday.

That same afternoon, our very special friend Mary, who was here for 3 days, came for a visit and dinner. I also saw her unexpectedly in Edmonton last fall. You can read about that by clicking here. The moment Mary arrived we never stopped chatting. Colin had Erik here that day to work on some small RV projects which he did even in the dark. Erik then came in for a sit down visit as well. Mary eventually asked when we would be having dinner and Erik left.  We had the best of visits and she left shortly after 11PM, back to Mazatlan and her Airbnb. Sadly there were no taxis, pulmonias, busses nor Ubers and she had to walk all the way back. We felt very bad about that. However my friend is a big girl who used to live here in Mazatlan and she knows the ropes. It was not dangerous but somewhat scary and nerve racking. It was so wonderful to see you Mary  😎

I made a shrimp stirfry with tons of veggies in a gingery sauce. No photo of the cooked meal but we were all hungry and busily eating.

I was doing some muscle testing.

Forgot to mention that the wife of the owner of the building next door ( Genie and Joe’s side of the compound) came by selling fresh caught tuna. Her husband just came off the boat the night before. Best tuna ever.

Since then I spent part of a day researching where to purchase Sympatico Trio for the girls. It is very expensive. I was lucky enough to find Discount Pet Medications. They each need one pill per month and it costs $27.00CAD per pill, each. Thanks to my research I am only going to pay $16.78CAD each pill. That is a savings of $20.44 Cad per month, just over $245.00CAD per year.

This past Wednesday was the day our Jeep got an extremely thorough cleaning ( over 2 hours of work ) on the inside for 500 MXN plus tip. A young couple has started a carpet cleaning business of the Isla. They are doing a wonderful job. So happy for them. They will be doing the inside of our RV next week.

The Jeep looks better than new.

Meanwhile we were going to be six for dinner Wednesday evening. Joe did the cooking and we ate inside our RV. Once again I neglected to take photos of how the seating worked out. Glenn and Amy provided the shrimp which Joe did a great job of cooking, creating a special pasta dish. I made salmon pate for happy hour and a large salad for dinner and Genie brought another salad. It was a very special evening.

Colin, Glenn and Joe.

Ciela sleeping on her godmother Genie.

Carlie begging for some attention from Colin.

Friday was an unexpectedly long day for us. Colin had found our second bank, Scotiabank. They actually have better interest rates than Intercam. There are only two branches in Mazatlan but they have ATM machines everywhere. We thought we had an appointment for noon but were not seen until 1:30PM. The bank was full and there were only 2 bank officers working that day. We had Octavio who was wonderful, answered all all of our questions and more. He was extremely efficient. While we were filling out paperwork he would go out to the waiting area and help a few who were patiently waiting. Then back to stand and then back and forth. It was amazing to watch his professionalism and his eagerness to help others. At one point I asked him if he got paid extra because he  spoke English – he did. He is certified bilingual and was the first to get extra pay in all of Sinaloa.

However as you all know things move slowly in Mexico and that means lot of waiting. We were tired but no where near upset but rather hungry. We left very satisfied with the service at about 4:45PM. Yes, were there 4 hours and 45 minutes. Fortunately Genie & Joe were able to let the girls out to pee and a bit later fed them. I would not have been so relaxed if the girls were alone all that time. Colin & I thought it would be quick in and out. There was tons of traffic along the malecon getting back to the embarcadero. Hmmm, the city was filling up as the eclipse is tomorrow.

Colin and I were exhausted and had a quiet Friday evening. I may have been in bed by 9:30PM. Saturday afternoon we had friends Dennis and Patricia (they travel further south than us ) over for an early and long happy hour. We had a marvellous time. Sad that it had to end. I may have been in bed at  9:30 that night as well.

The hours flew by during our visit with Dennis and Patricia.

Today Colin waxed the RV, polished the chrome bits and much more. I got my desktop organized and this post written. We have no plans to leave our compound until Tuesday. So many people coming to the Isla today, lots and lots of traffic. Many vehicles piled high with camping gear. Chivos will be busy tonight. Sadly it is unusually chilly for this time of year. I have worn a sweater for a few days now. Usually I can’t even be in the sun because of the heat. Sadly the climate is unsettled everywhere.

Phew, I do believe that I am caught up with my blog. Guess where I’ll be at 9:30PM tonight 🙄

Oops 🙁 I neglected to take a photo of our visit with Tris and Merle a week or so ago. Nor a photo of Nancy and Randy when they visited us on March 29th. We have known both these very special couples since 2009 when we  all RVed together at Tres Amigos. Now Colin and I have finally joined them here on the Isthmus. We are in a very special area here on the Isla, surrounded by many many friends.

We are on a slow merry – go – round

Sometimes it is spinning quickly and here and there is slows down a bit, but it never stops. I have tried to write a proper post with all the que pasa’s happening now.  Sometimes we just have to stop and eat. We have been particularly busy making decisions and researching a bit more here and there.

The one major thing that happened today is that we will be listing our home with a realtor on May 1st. If the house does not sell, it won’t charge our plans about moving here. One day someone will fall in love with it.

However Carlie has been our major concern. The vet on Monday was confusing.  A few X-rays were done but that is not her problem. Yesterday, Tuesday, Colin took our #1 girl into an another vet. This was with La Jungla, whom we have always used since 2009. However the day that Carlie was extremely sick and in pain we had to go to another vet as our vet now only works a few hours every morning and was already gone on March 22. Also on April 1st he was not working ( a holiday for some ) and we had notchoice but to take Miss Carlie back to the first vet.

She did not have a good day yesterday, However today she is a tiny bit better. Meanwhile Ciela is down in the dumps and refused to eat. I think she is upset with her sister being gone off and on and to her it must appear that she is being neglected. Colin had to carry Carlie in her bag most of yesterday, as she was having pain again and could not walk very well and her legs kept buckling. That is okay today.

I know that many of you are concerned so this is just a quick post with an update. Details as soon as I have an hour or more.

Your comments have helped so much. Right now it seems that we will be self insuring re health issues and likely joining IMSS. However we learned something very important yesterday but I have yet to find time to do the research.

Stay tuned.


Que Pasa and Good Friday on the Isla

The days continue to go by rather quickly. Carlie settled after a few days. However today she began to shake with pain once again. I ended up giving her Gabapetin and after a few hours she relaxed. Once she did, she came and found me and licked me all over 😥  They are so very helpless. She was once again shaking with pain with her tail tucked under. I don’t know if it was the correct thing to do but I could not leave her in pain.

Once Carlie settled ( she was so restless and moving around & around ) Ciela came to sniff her and kiss her a few times. Then she laid close to her sister, giving she some comfort.

This Easter weekend is called Semana Santa here in Mexico.Semana Santa translates to “Holy Week,” and it is the annual tribute of the passion of Christ, an event referring to the week of the crucifixion (execution) and resurrection (rebirth) of Jesus in the Bible. For many here in Mexico it’s a vacation, a time to travel, to hit the beach, like Spring Break. However, prices are inflated and roads are congested. You will pay double for a hotel and sit in traffic for hours. 

Chivos, to our left – facing the shipping channel. Their beach was full of umbrellas and of course people.

So very true even here on our tiny Isla. This year they made the main road a one way circular road  to try and help control traffic. Yet there were line ups from our road to to exit the community the last few evenings  All part of the fun. Those of us who live here know to stock up on pesos y liquidos y comida. We only leave our compounds for walks among the hordes. Some do crossover to Mazatlan via the lanchas. Most of the morning and from 5 pm on, there are long lines waiting to cross the shipping channel.

The following photos are from the Isla beach. SO very many banana boats out on the water.

Colin and I love the energy of the whole experience. We have had dense fog the past few mornings  but it usually clears by 10AM. Good news for the up coming eclipse 🙂

In other news, Colin and I visited our Mazatlan this past Monday, First we had to go pick up the results of all the tests we had done last Saturday. We are both in wonderful health. I can’t say perfect as I have a bit of high cholesterol – Colin as always is perfecto.

People were everywhere.

We both were shocked when our MD said that the medical insurance company we had chosen was not reputable. They often did not pay. I called the three main hospitals here in Mazatlan and only Alhma accepted the insurance company but the fellow who submits the claims told us that it took very very long and sometimes even much longer to settle a claim and many times, not due to a variety of issues 😳 Well that was the end of that company. You may recall that we have spent over a month doing medical health insurance. So back to the research. It just did not make sense.

Why would we pay on average pay an annual fee of $16,000.00CAD for the two of us to have a policy?  Then we would have to each pay a deductible of $13,500CAD for the first time we use the insurance. If you do the math it adds to a large pile of dollars. FYI this is the lower rate of the hundreds of insurance policies out there. If you manage to find a lower price, it turns out the once you read the VERY fine print that you won’t be covered for much. Such as an  accident, ie vehicular or just a fall, you must have multiple trauma. It took me several hours and phone calls to define that. It means not just a broken hip but also a wrist. The policy only covers two or more traumas per accident 😡  Severe burns need to be third degree and over 30% of your body!!!!

And then there is the sepsis clause. My Dad died because of sepsis 😥  The criteria to be covered for this condition is:

Sepsis can kill in less than 12 hours.


How long does sepsis take to cause death?
As the attack spins out of control, it can damage the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs. It can even be fatal. The disaster unfolds quickly. It can take as little as 12 hoursfrom the earliest signs of infection to organ failure and death.Aug 3, 2023
No way for this to be processed for an insurance claim.

Our home is to the left of this photo. We only saw two empty tables. So many people here to enjoy the Isla.

At this point Colin and I are thinking that It might be better for us to self insure. That means that we pay as we go for anything medical. As we are both healthy, why spend so much on an insurance policy for “just in case”. We are also considering joining IMSS so that if we have an accident or other trauma we can present ourselves and be able to be seen by a doctor. It is not ideal and certainly not a top hospital but you will get treatment.

At one point during the afternoon I counted 14 banana boats our on the water.

You may begin your application online or by visiting a local IMSS office in your community. Premiums depend on age. For those aged 50 to 59, IMSS currently costs about $63 per month per person.For people 60 to 69, it is $89 per month, and 70 to 79-year-olds pay $93 per month.Jan 6, 2024
So you have not heard from me because because we have been involved in all of the above. I did take yesterday, Good Friday off and Colin and I did a beach walk and I read half of a mystery novel. The photos in this post come from that wonderful walk. Colin will take Carlie to the vet on Monday. We have an extra special guest coming the 2nd of April ( we also have two wonderful friends arriving that day as well but we will see them on the 3rd).  We need to be back to normal by very soon.
I am trying to say up to date with my posts but as you can see life gets in the way. I hope that you stick with me as there is so much more to come.

Just a few things

First of all I am almost back to normal between my computer and the blog. However your comments are not reaching me via my inbox. At this point I can go to the post itself and see if I have any comments. But it really would be so nice to work properly for me. So be sure to leave comment as I will see it. Meanwhile there are folks behind the scenes working on this.

Sadly in other news Colin had to take Carlie to the vet this morning. She was spasming with pain and you could tell by her eyes that she really was suffering. So hard to see her in such distress. Carlie ate her breakfast and about 15 minutes later she was in agony.  We wondered if she had a blockage. Our regular vet was too far away. In the end it turned out that the vet Colin took her to had just moved and was even further away. About a 42 minute Didi ( like Uber ) ride. So the ride there and back was only 250MXN which is about $20.00 CAD. Plus it was much quicker than driving there ourselves.

Colin took Carlie in her carry bag, well padded with blankets so she did not bounce around. I had given her a pain pill about 90 minutes before she got to this vet. She was having a bit less pain. Within ten minutes the vet had it all sorted out. You can Google ‘bad absorption syndrome’. Not sure if that is the problem. We have her on 2 pain pills, antibiotics and Meloxicam. The latter is a great medicine for doxies who have back trouble. I refuse to travel without it. Thank goodness I have a full bottle with us. The main differences between meloxicam and ibuprofen are: Meloxicam is considered a stronger medicine than ibuprofen. Meloxicam is only available on prescription and ibuprofen is available over the counter as well as on prescription. Meloxicam is a long-acting medicine that only needs to be given once a day.

Long story short we have her on all these meds for a week. Some a bit less and one a few days longer if needed. Seven days after she stops the antibiotic ( very strong one ) we are to bring in a stool sample to a special lab in Centro. Based on that result, further tests will be done including blood work. This is putting us to almost a week before before we leave. One day a time, poco a poco.

Ciela was so very upset with her sister gone. She would not leave the gate where Colin walked out carrying Carlie. I gave Ciela a bed and made some shade for her. She was whimpering as to being separated from her sibling.

About ten minutes after Carlie was being examined by the vet, Ciela let out a loud shriek and crouched to the ground. She let out a sharp bark and then seemed normal again. Was that a twin thing? I think so. She was feeling Carlie’s pain at being physically manipulated.

Once home Carlie slept the day away. Ciela stayed pretty close to her. It was quite the day for us. Most unsettling. She is almost pain free tonight and of course they will both be in bed with us tonight. Updates tomorrow.

Stayed tuned for more news of our continued que pasa.



Holy toledo!

We has some special visitors near the end of February. So nice to see Dennis and Marilyn and their sweet pup Lea.m Our few hours together passed quickly.

I did publish a post on March 10th called Harsh Reality & Que Pasa.  Click this link to read that post. Despite writing blogs since 2010 I somehow managed to hit the wrong button or link or whatever. I actually rewrote the entire post via copy and paste but it still would not publish. I have recently been informed that I may have published this post twice. Time to move on with tonights post.

Last week we had nine boats in. The vessel 6th from the left has a red hull. They stopped in one day just to say hola. They have been sailing in that boat for 24 years and even brought up their children as they toured the world. They were stopped here for a few days waiting for the weather to clear so they could sail over to the Baja and up north.

My computer guru was occupied with work until Sunday. She graciously was able to sort out the problem. I still have no idea what I did wrong. But here I am once again.

This one is becoming a regular visitor. Should we give him/her a name?

The funny thing was that I finally got my computer working again to my satisfaction for the first time since February 8th. So I wrote the post and it all fell apart. Sorry for the inconvenience. I am back on track. If any of you have any issues with my post please send me an email.

Before Colin left for Culican I asked a friend in the ‘hood’ to use her washing machine. Between the two Isla lavenderias I am having issues. This time I wanted to wash several sundresses. It all worked out and I had a lovely visit with Nancy and Randy. I just may have to get my own machine next fall. As I walked back with my wet clothes I realized that Colin would be on the beach with the girls. However he so very thoughtfully set up the clothes line, the clothes pegs and a table to put my basket on. Oh and hangers as he knew I dried my dressed on them. I was overwhelm with his helpfulness.

We figured out a way to give Carlie shade as she surveys her kingdom. The girls so love being here. However I am unable to walk them on my own on the beach with all the various distractions. They missed two days of walking on the beach but they were fine with it.

The last seven days have been busy. Colin went to Culiacan last Wednesday to stay with Maestro Heriberto. He was back home by 9PM Friday. His bus was delayed 90 minutes in both directions. That is a first, in all the past years the bus has been one time. Regardless he got there and had a wonderful time. That left me with the girls which was fine except for the feral cats. We are constantly working on that and have different approach since Colin returned. Basically speaking to them quietly asking them to be quiet and if they don’t then spray them in the face with water. Thanks for that suggestion Russel. We would spray them but not in the face.

Last Wednesday, first night Colin was gone.

Instead they sat at this window waiting for a cat to walk past. Sunset thru the window but you first have to get past all of the dog nose prints:)

Last Thursday’s sunset. They don’t get much better than this. There was some moisture in a few of the clouds, hence the grey shades.

I used my iPhone for this one and I think it went rather over the top in the colours. Still dramatic and beautiful.

Hopefully you are all able to open this post. So sorry about any errors but Colin’s dinner is ready and it smells divine.



Glitch, glitch!

Test post. I did a post yesterday which appears to be out in the universe somewhere. Perhaps this will get things moving again.

This post replaces the glitch post published March 10th. This is the new correct March10th post. Thank for your comments on that non post!! Just to further confuse you, this was supposed to have been published March10th but I only published it today, March 13th. However as you can see it is not dated, March13th. Oh the magic of blogging.

Harsh Reality & Que Pasa!

This is the blog post that disappeared. I finally figured out how to redo the blog with a lot of cut and pasting and an extra hour. It was to have published March 10th. I wish I could’ve repaired it in the blink of an eye. But I will backdate this March 10th even though today is March 13th.

A daily event.

Sorrowfully, we only have 41 more sleeps here on the Isla before we head North. Will this be the last time? We definitely hope so but have many more things on the to do list once we get back to Canada. Regardless we will be back here before the end of October.

Three is our maximum.

Hope to see Kirsten and Randy somewhere along the road. Loved having you between us.

Colin has begun the task of sorting out the RV basement, figuring out what we will store here ( that means more room for “stuff” to come back with us ) and what will be discarded. That included bringing the rest of our wine out of the basement.

Early morning incoming.  We have had overcast skies and much wind the last few weeks.

..and the photographer. Unfortunately my Photos program is no longer working so I can’t crop any photos. Actually I can’t do anything in Photos at all. GRRR

The last of our wine has been brought up into the RV from below. It was my job to count the days until departure and the bottles of vino blanco remaining. This was the harsh reality. We have a departure date and we certainly won’t have enough wine until we get to the USA 😥 Very serious indeed.

We had four friends leave on this vessel this past Wednesday. Our almost next door neighbours and their neighbour’s. Going to spend a few weeks in the Baja enjoying the whales and other sites.

In the Que Pasa department, my computer issues remain unresolved. I am now upgraded to iMac OS Ventura but that has brought a few glitches. Such as not being able to have a newly opened tab connect to Safari. The worst issues are that my Time Machine will not work nor my Photos program. Jorge has sent me some suggestions of things to do but that is above both of our pay grades. Even with Goggling his suggestions we have no idea where to start. So now I have to wait until he can find a spare 30 minutes in the next two weeks 😮 Needless to say it is most frustrating and takes double the time to work on anything online.

Unfortunately my $35.00 worth of wild flower seeds from Canada that I had planted did not survive. It likely had something to do with some soil we were gifted from a parcela ( ejido piece of communal land ) that was full of horse manure and weeds. The tiny seedlings were suffocated. It was a dream that I had, to have wildflowers all over but then I had to go with Plan B.

We went to four viveros/nurseries and finally at the 5th one we found exactly what we were looking for. I have never had trouble growing bougainvillea here on the Isla. These are supposed to be short bush type plants, not like the tall ones I had back in the RV park.

Colin did the hard work while I cut the plastic covers off the plants. Of course I placed each plant in the exact perfect location as required. You can see Genie and I walking away. The very next day a herd of goats complete with a papa, some mammas and a baby were walking down the road to feast on my new plants. Joe chased them off. So now he can add rooster wrangler and goat herder to his resume. Fingers crossed that those critters stay away.

How many sets of sheets and towels do you travel with in your RV? Personally I always have a fresh set out and in use and another set at the lavanderia. Here on the Isla we have a laundry service off the Main Street at R’s. There is another lavanderia in the Colonia at A’s. We have used him since 2009. We have tried R off and on but there have been errors here and there. This year it is a new machine that is leaking oil into my clothes. Sadly the laundry in the Colonia is so popular that it can’t meet promised deadlines. Even with a full week to do our laundry we have been left 3 or 4 times since Christmas having to sleep directly on our mattress and use beach towels to have a shower with. He does a fabulous job but is too busy to follow through on his promised dates. Instead of Thursday noon we got our laundry back a full 48 hours later. Plus he will be retiring in December. Not sure yet how we will handle this. I do plan on now having 3 sets of linens.

We no longer have to deal with time change here in Mexico. But it would be lovely if the price of groceries decreased sooner than later.

We continue to navigate the complicated world of international health care insurance. Each company has something different to offer. It is not as easy as comparing apples to apples. In our case we have until Colin’s 75th birthday to settle on the company we will be using. Any suggestions you might have will be appreciated. Once we are out of Canada for seven months we will no longer be covered for health insurance. I have read that the US will cover their citizens no matter how long you have been out of country. We are not looking for international coverage but mostly for Mexico with the option to purchase a week or two in the US when we decide to travel there.

We have had some lovely sunsets in the past few days.


Still constipated!

Not me 😳 My computer is 🙄  The computer tech came out today and could not figure out what my “helper” had done on February 8th to bung it all up. After a few hours he decided to upload two files to Colin’s large hard drive in the hopes of saving all my photos from over the years.

It was going to take from 3 hours on one file to 71 days on the other file to upload.

Jorge went to help another client here on the Isla who turned out to be good friends of mine. By the time he got back the file update was still as slow as molasses in January. So he stopped the file uploads but then it turned out that it would take at least a few hours to stop the transfer to the hard drive. He was frustrated. No need to tell you that I was also. He left to deal with his other appointments.

After another few hours I had a computer that I could sort of work with. Jorge will be back Monday morning to try and get me running normally ( pun intended )  😎

A few weeks ago Colin was in a newly discovered ( well to him ) hardware store in Centro. Great place he says. As he walked down an aisle his eye picked up a pile of boxes of flea pills.

This is a great flea product and we have used it since day one with the girls. The price at our vet in Canada is $23.00 per pill – good for one month. That is for each dog. The price here in Mazatlan is 270 MXN which is $21.45 CAD. However that price is for six pills. Good for three months for both girls. Now that is a real savings. Click here to read about this product.

Then we had a pop up happy hour. One person was coming but he was over an hour late and then the others all arrived just as he was leaving. It was a fun way to end the long day. Then I came in and did last nights dinner dishes while Colin changed the sheets on the bed. Never had time during the day. We had about nine visitors today 😀 So here we are at 9:50PM about to make veggie burgers for dinner. I have tried for two days to make soup. Perhaps tomorrow I will be successful.

Another stunning sunset last evening.

I turned around and then saw we were having another 360 degree experience. This is facing east. Love the colour.

Lucky lucky us.


However did February zoom past so very quickly?

The next photos are from February 6th. These red billed birds were hangout on our rocks. I can’t remember their name but one of you will know.

Even with this extra leap year day I am way behind, yet again 😳  It is what it is! What a busy month is has been. Never ever did I expect all this research re moving here to take so much time. But then this is Mexico and many things happen slowly. And of course there are always glitches.

That same day we were invited to happy hour next door to us bu one lever up. Linda, a long term blog reader calls it her 2 million dollar view. It is a fabulous view.

The first main thing that we have accomplished was to find a doctor. One that comes very highly recommended and that we both like. I even told him that I was an RN years ago.  I usually don’t tell doctors that because of how they many think of my and my knowledge and huge variety of questions. Colin and I are very healthy and likely won’t see him until early 2025.

Linda always waves to the departing cruise ships.

Meanwhile the biggest time taker is finding International Medical health insurance. We really only need to be covered here in Mexico with the option of topping up if we travel to Tucson for a few things that we have yet to find here or head back to Canada. We spent several hours a week ago in a few of the larger stores here in Mazatlan and Sams Club. We walked every aisle and I made notes of what I could by here ( usually more expensive but that is okay ).  We really are woking to prepare for the move.

Great place to watch the sunset from.

We both really want to get back home ( April 30th ) and list and sell our home. Hopefully the people who were interested last spring are still interested. We are mentally ready now for the big change. Whether we sell or we don’t we plan to start cleaning out our home. Of course that includes selling everything from our white leather sofa to desks to china to teak and rosewood furniture and everything else. We have started to go thru cupboards here in the RV to discard what is no longer needed and to organize things better. We will be bring in a small amount of things for home. I already have 12 one glasses in the RV and I don’t need more. In fact 6 is enough. I probably have at least 20 more at home.

I also spent hours online the other day looking for a better way to store certain items, like my office files, even years of income tax stuff. I have never been happy with how my cups, glasses ( that includes wine ) and my plates and bowls are placed. We now have that figured out. So many many changes.

Looking down at our RV site. Love the sunset colour reflection.

However we are both ecstatic to be able to live here full time. When it gets too hot in the summer we will head inland and up in elevation to cooler temperatures. We are free to do what we want to and when we want to.

We seem to have many fishermen out there. Fun to watch. Many do catch a few.

The most important thing is to shut down our company. Likely it will take two years. We are trying to get it done sooner. Hopefully we will be able to complete the process from here in Mexico.

Love our view in this direction.

Finding a bank here has taken days and days of research. Last week we spent two days opening a two accounts, one for each of us. That way we can split our money and have it fully insured with the Mexican bank. Things did not go as smoothly as expected but we can handle the bit of disruption. By next December all will be fully functioning.

Did I tell you? We are now official with our veggie truck coming three times per week. These two have wonderfully fresh veggies and fruits.

We are trying to get as many details out of the way so that we can have a month off from researching before we have to return to Canada. Looking forward to that relaxation time.

Lucky Colin enjoying this vista everyday.

I am also in the midst of booking cataract surgery, my vein injections, dental care, etc for once we return home. If the house sells quickly who knows how the next few months will go.

Colin commissioned this heavy wood umbrella stand. Now I can get shade on my face while still sitting in the sun. It has never blown over. Perfecto.

So that is pretty much why I have not had time to post. Some days I don’t even get out of the RV.

We are starting to get our 360 degree sunsets. Feeding time for the pelicans.

Finally finally my computer is supposed to be repaired tomorrow. the tech was sick earlier and had to cancel. This means so much to me. As to the new computer colours, I chose the green and Colin says the red – but it is labeled as pink so that might change.

Thanks for hanging in with me. Not to worry as every moment/event will still be posted as I have all photos and need to record the memories.

Oops it is 9:30PM and Colin has held dinner for me so I could do this post. So no time to check for any errors. Let me know if I should change something.