Life Returning to Normal – Whatever That Means

8 Mar

The Tortas have returned to Bacalar after two weeks in cold, drizzle and fog. We loved visiting with friends and family, but we didn’t get the usual lovely Austin early spring. The day after we left, the city was shut down with freezing temperatures and ice. Whew!

Travel is tiring no matter how well the trip goes. Even the young adults sitting behind us on the plane chanting “Cancun, Cancun!” didn’t put a damper on our mood. Earplugs helped.

The sunset leaving Tulum heading home to Bacalar.

The sunset leaving Tulum heading home to Bacalar.

Returning to our paradise means kicking our house construction into high gear. We have met with our architect and a three week deadline is ticking to complete the structural plans. It was fun to talk sky lights, niches and ceiling fan placement. We will walk the property on Tuesday with our builder to discuss house placement tweaks to optimize the view and air flow. While it seems that it has taken an inordinately long time to build this house, blessings can come in disguise. We are finally clear on what we want and the universe is getting onboard.

A built-in cabinet that we will incorporate into the house design.

A built-in cabinet that we will incorporate into the house design.

A huge blessing is the current dollar to peso exchange rate. As we prepare to transfer money to our Mexican bank account, the dollar is the strongest it’s been in 22 years. It means  that our cost to build will be less than when we arrived in 2013. Another blessing being showered on The Tortas.

Sunday morning sunrise over Laguna Bacalar.

Sunday morning sunrise over Laguna Bacalar.

We are happy to be settling back into our routine of exercise, meditation and our daily to-do list…make a dentist appointment, schedule maintenance on the truck, clean out the refrigerator, etc. It’s a simple life and extremely satisfying.


8 Responses to “Life Returning to Normal – Whatever That Means”

  1. Pets to Go March 8, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    After 3 years of planning, designing, building, travelling back and forth to Canada we are living our dream. Now the house is 99.99% done it is so worth it. Your dream is happening and let nothing take that away!


    • afish25 March 9, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      Congratulations! It’s good to go after a big dream and achieve it.


  2. emilievardaman March 8, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Glad is is finally happening! And glad you got out of Austin before the storm. Crazy, crazy weather all over this year.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 March 9, 2015 at 7:18 am #

      I know Emilie. The evening news is filled with the horrors of the weather. So glad to not listen to it in Mexico. Our life really is a world apart.


  3. Emily March 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    Love the built-in cabinet! How excited you must be to be seeing your dream take shape!


    • afish25 March 9, 2015 at 7:12 am #

      Welcome Emily. Loved reading your blog. We’ve been wanting to go to Puerto Morelos, especially after reading your post. I look forward to reading more of your posts.


  4. LJones March 9, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    So happy to hear your news of progress and loving life. I will see you this coming weekend or into the week. Delighted for you…w/love, L

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 March 9, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      You’re here?! Yeah. Lets plan to meet for a swim.


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