Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Heat, What Else!

Simply Magnificent!

Well I'm happy to report that I'm suffering from a head cold in 45C heat.  The temperature has remained above 40C now for over two weeks.   It's all those preschoolers that want to give me a hug, handshake and a kiss.  Yikes!

Still working on my pension.  There is an error in my name that has to be fixed.  When the system was first set up for the Mexican 401K, the field for names was not long enough.   Remember that we use both paternal and maternal last names and my passport and birth certificate has both Christopher and Michael.   The SS system just has Mi in the field and it doesn't match.  I went to this building below to make the change.   Literally, they estimated the day I went, there were over 800 people making some type of transaction be it birth certificate, name change, corrections, the list goes on.  I was there in a long line for only 20 minutes.   Amazing what technology has done.   Still not fixed, I found the problem and I have to fill out a two-page form and they will do it.   No big deal.  

Because I always worked for myself, I still have over 60 weeks pending to start my pension, or as they say in the U.S., quarters.   I can pay that last year and start my pension.  Once I have the name changed I can get more details.  Very exciting.  

I went to Saltillo recently to work in two schools.   I will return on the 30th for a training with teachers in a preschool.   I love working with little ones, they are so open to new things and pick them up so quickly.   Here is a picture coming off of the toll highway from Saltillo to Monterrey.  The publisher pays my expenses and requests I take the toll roads.

You're probably wondering how the palapa is going.   Since my last post nothing has changed.   Just as I had said, they came up with other projects which now have priority.   They did come today though, starting working on installing the roof when they discovered that the sheets of galvanized tile roofing did not match the four that they had installed.   Now we have a huge delay.   I hate to say it, but that's Mexico.  I hope we get it resolved this week.

My nephew will be here next Tuesday the 4th and we were hoping the palapa would be finished.  It's not going to happen.  Oh well.  I finished painting the spare bedroom, washing the miniblinds, windows and protectors on the windows.  I called a guy to come and finish the rest of the house.  I'm not doing it anymore.  I'm through with house and yard work.   

I took this picture of the presa near our house.   The lowest the water level has been in 25 years.  They are attempting to send 1 cm per day after evaporation to raise the level but at that rate it would take a year.   Believe it or not, as I write this blog post, it has started to rain.   A few days of relief from the heat.

I want to go to SMA for a few weeks and have Juan meet up with me and then go to Valle de Juarez for a couple of weeks.   I can't handle the heat anymore.   One of my readers, Barbara, has been kind enough to let me stay at her house and I may just take her up on her offer.   You all know me and I like to have company but I don't like to be company.   Weird I know.  


  1. Love your pictures of Monterrey and Cerro de la Silla (Saddleback Mountain). I remember them both well.

    I hope you get to Valle de Juarez, seeing that I don't think we will make it there this winter so I need some photos to get my fix of the place. :-)

    Nice to hear the rain has started, I know you really need some there.

  2. Come visit Valle De Juarez! If is lush and green and COOL. We ate lunch outside and had to get a light jacket after the rain breezed through. Now it is sunny again.

    We are on the Castle Road. You can't miss our 5th wheel. Email is rebeccabcope@gmail. Jerry and Becky