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snapshots of my life

Rather than a normal blog post here are a few short thoughts on my life here.

  • Yesterday afternoon I was miserable because my feet were cold and I couldn’t put on socks. The absurdity of this struck me. The reason I couldn’t put on socks was that Socco had come to my house and given me a manicure and pedicure and I didn’t want to smear my polish. Such a difficult life! Right now the peso has fallen to $15.18 to the dollar so I spent only $7.90 plus tip. Actually it cost me more because we’d drawn the money out at a lower rate. The pesos that I have in my purse are worth less than when I exchanged them.
  • Our gas line leaks. Over time we’ve been smelling gas in our kitchen, but Husband had checked and there was no leak. Yesterday the smell became very strong. Husband explained to me that when you make up fittings you sometimes lubricate them so that they will join better. One of the exceptions to this practice is gas line, which is made to a more exacting standard. Apparently, our plumber/electrician (don’t even get me started on the 6 weeks to become a plumber and an electrician training course!) also used teflon tape which over time dissolved. So the gas is temporarily turned off. No hot water, no stove.
  • I bought a smoked turkey leg at the supermarket. I am able to cook it in my crockpot because the butcher cut the leg to fit on the little Styrofoam tray. All of them were like that. A little knob of bone about three inches long. I don’t understand the logic in that.
  • I have 9 followers now. I wish that google had come up with a differnent name for the service, it makes me alternatively feel like if I get four more I can start a new religion or one of those people with a sandwich board that says “Follow me to Theresa’s blog for a good read”. I like the second one best, I don’t feel particularly evangelical or charismatic.
  • Husband and I were discussing airfare to California with Wild Bill. He mentioned that right now airfare to Madrid is cheaper than airfare to San Francisco. I checked it out. It’s $337 to Madrid and $480 to San Francisco. I told Husband that it has always been my dream to go to Spain. Guess what? We are going to Spain. I may have to put off my California trip, but I am stunned. * we aren’t going after all. See the next post for the details of why…

I have to tell you my life is good.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Laurie, I don’t mind having followers but the whimsical side of me wonders about the name. Of course if you start thinking about any word too long, it starts to sound funny. I am flattered that people like my blog enough to sign up. I don’t follow any blogs because I like to go to the blogs and be pleasantly surprised when there is a post. Like a present from the blogger to me!

  2. I agree that it sounds like you have a good life. And I hope your toes are still lookin’ good even if you don’t go to Spain. And the followers thing cracked me up. I don’t want followers either, although 8 or 9 friends sounds like a good deal.

  3. Fned, I have to edit this post. We aren’t going after all. But we have decided that it is something that we want to do so are looking into it for another year.

  4. Awesome!!! Madrid is one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to! You and Husband will love it!


  5. Luis Fernando, those prices are plus tax! So it will probably be more like $500 usd than $300.

  6. Jonna, woohoo is right!We may not be able to do the other travel that we had planned for this year but it’s a great trade off.

    Ron, We are planning at least one ride, but I understand that overall the buses are cheaper and faster. Ah, but the romance of riding a train trumps the practicality of the bus.

    Luis Fernando, Iberia is the airline. I looked at fares at least 2 weeks out and for a trip of two to three weeks. I was looking at fares for April and May.


  7. HI Teresa,

    What Airline are you going to use?

    A friend of mine told me that a few days ago, but couldn’t find a cheap fare to Spain.


  8. Spain sounds great. I heard a story on NPR today about their high-speed trains. They have one from Madrid to Barcelona that gets there faster than you can get to the airport, through security and the same again at the destination.

    I would like ride on a high speed train in Spain mainly on the plain.

    Best wishes

    Ron and Kathy

  9. Woo Hoo! Spain!! That’s wonderful.

  10. Joanne, we spent some of those plummeting pesos today! Doing our part for the economy.

  11. Wow! Spain! You are so lucky – your life IS good.

    Yeah, I’ve got a bunch of pesos whose value is plummeting while I save them. Hmmm. Maybe I should go spend them.


  12. Norm, that is exactly what Husband did. He was a plumbing contractor once upon a time. He had to clean all the gunk out that the plumber/electrician put there. Thanks for the compliment. Leadership is a nice way of saying that I am pushy, LOL.

    Mikey, I’ll see what I can do.No promises though.

    Steve, we were checking rates and later in the year it goes up to over a grand so it’s May or nothing for us.Any advice?


  13. Theresa — Congratulations on the Spain plans. It is one of my favorite places to visit. You may inspire me to take another hop across the pond.

  14. Yes, life is good!

    Wow, Spain! Any chance you could bring me back a nice, young Flemenco dancer with a big red rose in her hair??? (I think I may have spelled Flemenco incorrectly?)

  15. Gas lines take a special kind of tape, your hardware store sells it, I am sure. The fix is very easy: turn off the gas, take two open ended wrenches, one for each side, take it apart. Take that old tape out of the threads. Wrap that new, proper tape, in the direction the threads go, it should be righty-tighty , and screw the ends back together. You can use liquid soap to check for leaks, bubbles are not good. Anyone who can make a dress can fix a gas line where it is only a leak in the seal.

    I like your blog. You seem to have leadership qualities. I see your name in many other blogs dealing with living in Mexico and Latin America.

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