Te Quedas En Casa (Stay Home)

12 Apr

The Adventures of Dos Tortas has been retired for a year and a half. Up until today, I had not seriously considered continuing our saga. I began the blog in 2012 with the intention of keeping family and friends apprised of our decision to retire and live in Mexico. I was tired of the endless questions all beginning with, “is it safe?”


The blog evolved from chronicling the move from Austin, Texas, to the building of our house on beautiful Lake Bacalar. 


The View From Our Yard


Our House Completed 2015

We continued with our world travels and day-to-day small town Mexico life. Everything felt new and exciting. Eventually we settled into a routine and the search for interesting stories grew tiresome. When I got few Comments or indicators of interest, I decided after six years to retire the blog. There were at least a gazillion blogs at that time offering how to retire and live in Mexico and I felt like mine offered nothing new. Little did I know that I would continue to meet people who had been devoted followers and related how they missed my weekly musings. Who knew?

So for some unknown reason, I feel compelled to share our new boring life in the time of a pandemic, social isolation and lockdown. I read somewhere that it is our responsibility to keep a record of this crazy experience caused by Covid19.

Lord how the world has changed.


In 2019 we lost our beloved Frida to a car accident.

and added Stella, a blind pug to the mix.


Stela is a Gift from the Goddess

I still share photos on Instagram at dos_tortas if you wish to catch up.


If you are new and stumbled onto Dos Tortas, know that there are no politics here. I am completely committed to living a happy life no matter what. So come along from wherever you are holed up and join us to wherever the hell we are going.

Comments encouraged. 



40 Responses to “Te Quedas En Casa (Stay Home)”

  1. laracoffer at 8:57 am #

    Alex, I love this blog and I’m so happy to see a new post this week. If it wasn’t for this blog, I would have never met your or Lisa, or fulfilled my life-long goal of volunteering in Mexico. Thank you so much. And I look forward to reading more!


    • afish25 at 10:12 am #

      Happy Easter Lara! We drop a pebble in a pond and the ripples go on and on, never knowing how they will affect the world. I’d forgotten how our meeting and friendship all started w you following my blog. #lifeisgood #miracles


  2. Pam Needham at 9:00 am #

    Nice to see your words again! Love your pictures, too. We’re well, so far. Trying to be patient. With the restrictions. With each other. Spring is coming, slowly. Teasing us. Ever so slowly. But we know that at any moment, the sun, rain and warm winds will be just right and she’ll arrive!

    On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 9:37 AM the adventures of dos tortas wrote:

    > afish25 posted: “The Adventures of Dos Tortas has been retired for a year > and a half. Up until today, I had not seriously considered continuing our > saga. I began the blog in 2012 with the intention of keeping family and > friends apprised of our decision to retire and live ” >


    • afish25 at 10:19 am #

      Hey, I think of you. Write if you are not already. Your words are poetic.


  3. Mary Durocher Hudson at 9:04 am #

    So glad you decided to return! Your sharing are really a ministry in these strange times.
    Thank you.


    • afish25 at 10:18 am #

      Why thank you. Your comment moved me. It’s so hard to feel like I’m doing something to help. Maybe this is it!


  4. emilys72016 at 9:09 am #

    How delighted I was to see this post pop up in my email today. I am a long-term reader of your beautiful blog and always enjoyed your musings, photographs, art, and the peek into your unique lives. I am so very sorry for your loss of beautiful Frida. I remember her coming into your hearts and falling in love with her vicariously myself. But muchas gracias for adopting a blind furbaby! Our Boston Terrier Paisley, now 12 years old, went blind this past year, and this has certainly added to our challenges, and hers. But we love her as much as ever and will keep her comfortable as long as she wants to stay on this earthly plane. We recently moved back to the US from Mexico to be closer to family and to find more peace and quiet than seemed to be possible in Mexico’s exuberant and festive culture. We will always love the country and her special people, no matter where we are.


    • afish25 at 10:16 am #

      Greetings friend. I completely understand the decision to return. It is one I’m sure you did not make lightly. We are here for the foreseeable future.


  5. Becky Engram at 9:10 am #

    Good to see you my friend.

    On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 8:38 AM the adventures of dos tortas wrote:

    > afish25 posted: “The Adventures of Dos Tortas has been retired for a year > and a half. Up until today, I had not seriously considered continuing our > saga. I began the blog in 2012 with the intention of keeping family and > friends apprised of our decision to retire and live ” >


    • afish25 at 10:15 am #

      Hey Becky, nice to hear from you. We are enjoying a peaceful albeit windy morning. I hope the Easter bunny was good to you. 🐰


  6. Bonita Childress at 10:40 am #

    Hey Alex, it’s great to see you blogging again. I too am an avid reader of your blog because I enjoyed working with you and because you are such a darn good writer. I’m sorry I never wrote you while you were blogging before. I am just not much of one to comment even though I am enjoying someone’s piece of work. Sorry about that. I retired from the state in January 2015 and have never looked back. Again, good to hear from you again and I’m very glad for you that you are happy in retirement and your new home.

    Sent from my iPad



    • afish25 at 10:46 am #

      Oh Bonita, how lovely to hear from you. I too am choosing to do things I don’t usually do, like connect w people. Blogging gave me a false sense of connection. These days I am picking up the phone to hear loved one’s voices and say I love you. Thank you for the compliment on my writing too. I got so I actually enjoyed grant writing 😂


  7. Tricia Jones at 10:42 am #

    Good Easter Morning! What a blessing to see your blog and your face today! I have been thinking especially hard about our public health family. Indeed this period of isolation may be the stimulus for many good changes, if we look for them and act thoughtfully. Happy to know you and Lisa are well and stilling enjoying your “home.” We are well. Still living in Canyon Lake and loving every day. I am thankful for retirement, a steady income and a safe and kind community to live in. I’ll look forward to seeing more of you!


    • afish25 at 10:56 am #

      Hey, happy Easter to you as well. What a team we were. I too feel that there is much to learn from this forced isolation. Lovely to connect.


  8. Rosemary Enright at 11:12 am #

    So happy to read your post! Living in Playa del Carmen, I always enjoyed your blog and was sad when you decided to stop posting. Welcome back and stay safe.


    • afish25 at 11:38 am #

      Nice to hear from you Rosemary. How is it in Playa? I haven’t been off the property in a couple of weeks, so I don’t know about Bacalar. I am getting homemade bread delivered to the gate, so life is good. 😆


  9. Pat Nadl at 12:05 pm #

    I’m so happy to have met you and Stella when we were staying in Teresa’s palapa, after the unfortunate robbery of the folks downstairs. Thank you, sincerely, for continuing your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 at 12:08 pm #

      Why thanks Pat, you definitely surprised me by having been a follower. It just might have been the kick I needed. Thanks for your support. Hopefully I continue to have something to contribute.


  10. Ted Garcia at 2:24 pm #

    Thanks for coming back! I have always enjoyed your Blog and your pictures.


    • afish25 at 2:34 pm #

      Thank you Ted, where are you from? I hope you are staying safe.


  11. Darrell Davies at 5:46 pm #

    Peace and love …. such a lovely note

    On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 7:37 AM the adventures of dos tortas wrote:

    > afish25 posted: “The Adventures of Dos Tortas has been retired for a year > and a half. Up until today, I had not seriously considered continuing our > saga. I began the blog in 2012 with the intention of keeping family and > friends apprised of our decision to retire and live ” >


  12. Emilie at 7:41 pm #

    So glad to see you back! I’m one of the many who’s missed you. I still, one day, hope to make it down to that part of Mexico. I’ve seen so much of it but so far not the Yucatan area. Please, please keep posting! Remember, your mundane isn’t mundane to us.


    • afish25 at 7:52 pm #

      Good to see you Em. I do hope you come. It would. Be lovely to meet you.


  13. Cheryl Pearson at 7:45 pm #

    Good to see you back blogging again. I live in a small fishing village called Chelem in the Yucatan. We love it here.


    • afish25 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Cheryl, I’ve heard of Chelem. I’ve been looking for people who live in the area who might like to come and visit Bacalar and get to know our dogs. Always looking for house sitters is a lot of work. Let me know if you’re interested.


  14. Gail Beyrle at 8:33 pm #

    What a nice surprise to see your post today. Have missed hearing about your life in Mexico. Keep us up to date when you feel like sharing.


    • afish25 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks Gail, the world is crazy and writing helps me, maybe it can help others.


  15. Jack Scott at 2:45 am #

    What a view!


    • afish25 at 8:19 am #

      Hey Jack, so glad to see you still blogging. Yes, the view is stunning and changes everyday. We love it.


  16. Kim Relph at 4:06 pm #

    I have been thinking a lot about you lately. So glad you sent an update. Sorry about Frida. We are doing okay considering! I am hoping you will still blog a bit about how all of this is going down in Mexico. Grocery shopping is about all we get out for and it is very different!


    • afish25 at 4:13 pm #

      Dear Kim, I’m glad you are well. How’s your husband? I will blog about how it’s going here. We are very privileged.


  17. Char at 7:54 pm #

    Missed your updates and was happy to hear/see your entry on your blog.💕💖 stay safe!


  18. Melissa Dunn at 8:57 am #

    What a wonderful surprise I just got when I opened my email and there you were. I have missed reading of your day to day life in Mexico and your beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for coming back.


    • afish25 at 9:09 am #

      Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the responses. Keep them coming 😁


  19. Karen Hodgens at 11:44 am #

    Happy to see you, although I’ve responded to lots of things you write since the blog. Hopefully, you will remain safe there in Bacalar.


  20. Andrea at 5:17 am #

    Hooray! So glad you are back! I’ve missed your blog so much, and have been wondering how you all are doing during the pandemic.


    • afish25 at 6:57 am #

      Hello Andrea, we are doing well. Stela is keeping us entertained.


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