Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

5 Jul

Last night’s tormenta shook huge palm trees like feather dusters. The room lit up with flash after flash of lightning as a thunderstorm raged overhead. It was enough to wake the dead. Only Lisa slept through the whole thing. It goes to show how different two people can be. She’s a glass half empty kinda gal, whereas I seem to be the nauseating glass half full sort.

Palm trees are perfectly adapted to withstand heavy wind.

Palm trees are perfectly adapted to withstand heavy wind.

Having owned and operated a construction company, Lisa knows about all the work that goes on behind the scenes. There are electrical, water and gas lines. With a concrete house, they are imbedded in the wall. There is wood drying for doors that need to be built. Much is left to do. I am blissfully unaware and only see a house where there was none two months ago.

Orange tubes will hold electrical wiring.

Orange tubes will hold electrical wiring.

In a few days I am leaving for the U.S. to visit my daughter who is pregnant with her first baby. When I bought the ticket two months ago, we had no construction site and little faith in the process after two years of delays and promises. I am trading in one labor and delivery for another, although her baby is due in November, ours should be ready by August.

The roof goes on this week.

The roof goes on this week.

For the next three weeks I will watch the progress via Internet pictures and Skype. There is much structural work to complete. I will return in time for the finishing touches, tile, interior colors, lights, counters, etc. While I feel sad to miss this part, I have yet to perfect being in two places at one time. And the truth is, if you’re going to have a problem, you couldn’t get one any better than this.


13 Responses to “Glass Half Empty or Half Full?”

  1. Lisa July 5, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    I prefer to think of myself as a realist. But that is probably just an excuse. I am glad Alex talked me through where she wants things, before she leaves. But I suppose any decision I make can be lived with or changed when she returns. It’s my turn for the pictures and updates. Let me know if any of you want to see something specific. I do wish I also could be in two places. But hopefully our daughter and son-in-law know my heart is with them.

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    • afish25 July 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

      And I wish you were going with me.


  2. July 5, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Oh such happiness – the house progresses and Felice is pregnant! Wonderful. -alicia

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • afish25 July 5, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Besos mi amor.


      • Pets to Go July 5, 2015 at 11:45 am #

        Wow amazing progress good for you guys! Will wait to come visit until its all done. Remember if you do not stay at Karen’s you can always stay at our place too. Invite is open!

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  3. Karen July 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Construction in Mexico is indeed fascinating. What would take major tools and power is done by hand with amazing results. Tools crafted of wire and wood scraps, and no OSHA equivalent here, bare feet or flip flops take the place of steel toed boots, fueled by Coca Cola. These hard working people have all my respect. When I was in the US awhile back, I found construction there, with wood framing and cement trucks quite strange. I know you can make all good decisions Lisa. Have a great trip Alex.


  4. LJones July 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Love this – safe travels, Alex and all good wishes for construction. Bob and I are talking ‘retirement in Bacalar’…will be asking you both questions, I’m sure:) Love to you both


    • afish25 July 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      Any time L. Love you two. Love to have you in Bacalar.


  5. emilievardaman July 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Well, congratulations on TWO things. Seems to me like your glass is far more than half full.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pam July 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    This passage was particularly beautiful! So excited for your new home AND your new grandchild. Blessings all around! Save travels to see Felice… Looking forward to more pics!


    • afish25 July 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

      Thank you dear cousin. Glad for your visit. Be well.


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