We have no children, and no pets. The closest thing we have to offspring is a giant jade plant that started off as a tiny little sprout bought at Home Depot. Suffice it to say, it’s flourished under our parenting.
Yesterday we gave in to the cold. We brought in the house plants, including Mr. Jade, shattering any illusion that it’s still summer in New England. It really was a great summer. We spent more time on the deck and less time on weekend day trips and restaurants and more time lounging around the house. The weather cooperated better than we’ve ever remembered, too. It was grand.
Summer ended with an 11-day trip to Mérida, where I had said all along I wanted to be on my 50th birthday. Two weeks later came an obligatory trip to Frankfurt, Germany, and I’ve never been less prepared to enter a new country. I would normally buy a guide book and learn some language basics, but Mexico has me tied up in knots. Since I’d be spending four days in a conference, I never knew how much time I’d have to explore, anyway. Staying longer in Europe was out of the question. I’ve put all my eggs in that basket down in Yucatán.
For Casa Nana, we just bought beds for three of the four bedrooms, and completed new shelves and cabinets for the living room. Our designer is sourcing sofas, having talked us out of having an upholstered piece made, and will design and build end tables. After that, we are upgrading the ground wire that protects our electrical system, and we’ll work on getting solar panels on the roof. The house was done in May, but there’s still work to be done.
In 2015, we’re are committed to moving to Mérida. If Casa Nana adds up as an income property (weekly rentals will be more remunerative than long-term) we’ll have to find a second place to live. And I think we’re both champing at the bit to build a second property.
Time I would normally spend on this blog has been devoted, five-fold, to Yucatán Expat Life, where we’re now a team of three people, finding stories and hunting for advertisers. We dig for stories buried in local media and bring them to the surface, in English, usually with added context or commentary. And once a week, I’m interviewing an interesting person who’s making a mark in Yucatán. I’m learning as I’m going, but I’lll really look forward to doing this from a full-time office right in Mérida.
We still wish we could transport Mr. Jade to Mérida, where we’re sure he’d be happy, but you can’t pack houseplants, even one you nurtured from a little sapling.