Leslie and I are finally home. After two years of being vagabonds in Europe and The Americas, and 18 months of renting apartments and homes in the Lake Chapala area, we have moved into our house in Ajijic, Jalisco, México.
We have a lot of work to do. First, a complete kitchen remodel. It’s a bit small, so we’re moving the laundry to a space in the master bedroom closet that we don’t really need for clothes. We’ll get a new stackable pair for that location, then move the refrigerator into where the laundry is now. That will open up room for more cabinets and counter space. There’s painting to be done (way too much purple right now) and new plants to add in the garden, and maybe a facelift for the front. But all of that will have to wait until we believe it’s safe to have contractors working in and around the house.
As for the pandemic, our little corner of paradise is no longer virus-free. As of Monday, July 6, there are 32 confirmed and 10 suspected cases in the Chapala municipality (similar to a county in the U.S.), which includes Ajijic. There have been two deaths. The good news is no new cases have been reported to the government in the past few days. There are roughly 50,000 people in the Chapala municipality.
The state government has loosened restrictions somewhat, but face masks are required in grocery stores, banks and other local businesses. Restaurants are allowed to serve dine-in customers as along as there’s adequate separation. We’re still getting food delivered to our house, though.
We’re debating whether to start in-person church services again in August at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, but it sounds like most of our members are fine with waiting until later in the year. We’ve been doing a Morning Prayer service — Episcopalians will understand that — every Sunday morning on Zoom, and it’s getting better every week. We have anywhere from 30 to 40 people signing in, some from the U.S. and Canada.
The church is not wasting this time, though. We’ve already had big mirrors removed from the north wall of the sanctuary and the whole sanctuary painted. Instead of pews, we have moveable chairs, and until today they had brown upholstery that looked worn on most. Now they’re all a nice dark blue. We got 175 chairs recovered for 300 pesos each. That’s less than $15 USD each.
It’s rainy season here, so heavy thunderstorms roll through almost every night. If they hit before bedtime, we get to see the light show. If it’s 2 a.m., like many nights, then we roll over and go back to sleep.
I’ll leave you with more photos of our house.
8 thoughts on “We’re home”
Love your new place. It must be fun to eat out there every meal. Enjoy
Thanks, Elaine! Good to hear from you. Yes, eating on the patio is fun, partly because we get to watch hummingbirds zoom past!
BEAUTIFUL!!!! I’m so proud of both of you. I hope to walk in your footsteps in a few years and find my own little corner of paradise. I loved your whole process.
Thanks, Yolanda! We’re always here to give advice, but I know you’ll find a great spot like we did.
Love seeing your new home and glad that COVID is minimal where you are. We are doing fine, but its hard to stay cooped up. Miss our normal life, but blessed to have a comfortable home, plenty of food and each other. Our church is still online, but a few are opening up with limited reservations in our area. Stay safe friends. Joyce
Thanks, Joyce! We hope you and Jack can come down for a visit when things like that are allowed again. The good news is that by then all our renovations should be done!
Your new place is stunning. the view from patio is awesome. So very happy for the two of you!!
Thanks, Judy! Hope you can come for a visit — whenever that becomes possible again.