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What do I do all day now?

January is fast approaching. One thing I know that I need to do is start some new routines.

Furgus is helping with that, he gets up at dawn and wakes me up too. He sleeps in my bedroom next to my bed, he’s just big enough to reach the edge of the mattress when he stands on his hind legs. Every morning I walk him for half an hour, my plan is to add an evening walk to our routine too. He is very energetic, attacking leaves in the garden, and demanding that I toss his toys for him to fetch. Not that he brings them back to me, he likes to taunt me, trying to get me to chase him. My solution has been to toss another toy, sometimes he doesn’t drop the first toy which stymies him, but usually he abandons the bird in the hand to go after the one in the bush.

Duke used to wake up early, he would brew up some espresso and bring me coffee every morning in bed. Lately, I’ve been drinking Nescafe. Just to change things up, when this jar is finished, I’ll switch to making coffee in the French press. Someday, I will probably go back to espresso but not yet.

Then there is kitchen cleanup, I cooked, Duke did the dishes, now I do both. Unfortunately, I have gotten out of the habit of cleaning up as I go. Nothing is more depressing than having to clean up the kitchen before you can start cooking. So doing dishes every night is on the agenda too.

The biggest thing on my to-do list is selling this house. We have talked about it off and on for years. It’s the largest house that I have ever owned and it’s really too big for one person. I want to downsize and move into a smaller place. The plan is to start getting rid of things, so the house can be ready to put on the market in August. I really love our house, we’ve lived here for ten years. The neighborhood is wonderful.

A very fine house

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. Hola Theresa!

    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Somehow I seem to miss a lot of your posts because your RSS feed doesn’t work. I guess I should check back here more often!

    I’m glad to hear that Fergus is keeping you up and active; that’s important at this time for so many reasons. As for selling your house, I like Norm’s idea, though I totally get your point about the a/c. That said, I’m totally mystified at how you manage to live in Mérida without it. When I was there almost two years ago, just after I left and went to Valladolid, it got INSANELY hot in the entire Yucatán. Even though my truck was airconditioned and I was staying in airconditioned hotels, I still felt like I was going to melt at any minute.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where I did live for the first year without a/c, but have since wimped out and now use it every summer.

    • Hi Kim,
      I have no idea how to make the RSS feed work. I messed up when I set it up and can’t figure out what I did. It would probably be a good idea to investigate it.

      LOL, for starters the house is about 10 degrees cooler inside due to the construction. There is a pool to jump in as needed. Sleeping on the roof is always an option, so is renting a hotel room (though we’ve never done that). Midday there is always going to a mall and “robbing air” as one of my Yucatecan friends puts it. Or going to a movie.

      When I spend too much time in a/c the contrast with the outdoors is literally stunning. I feel like I have been slammed with heat and humidity, my glasses fog up and it’s hard to breathe. However, when I go outside from a non-climate controlled environment, the difference is not as great. Oh, there is heat, but who walks in the sun mid day? Also I always have the option of taking a nap. A nap outside in the shade with a breeze is nice.

      Frankly, at this time in my life, I want to simplify things and being a landlord doesn’t seem like it goes with that plan.


  2. theresa, it sounds like you’re keeping quite busy which is good, but please don’t overdo it. you need to take good care of yourself. o. k. i know i’ve said that a bunch of times so maybe you’re tired of hearing it, but it really is important. please pace yourself so you can build up your energy and stamina.

    i pray that the new year will bring you peace of mind and good health, you certainly deserve both.

    teresa in nagoya

    • Trust me Teresa, I am not overdoing anything. I absolutely do not want to pop any stitches! I’ve learned to set a timer when I do stuff. My natural tendency is to become compulsive and I am know that isn’t good. I don’t have Duke around to point it out anymore, so I have to behave. I appreciate that you care enough to tell me to take it easy.


  3. You might consider renting the house and use the money to rent a smaller place. The difference could fund a trip north to your family now and then. You are pretty computer literate, speak Spanish and English, renting to the tourist market with its higher than local rents could put a little more money in your yearly budget. The current house contents could be divided between the house you would rent and the current abode. Your house looks like the type of house I have rented in Latin America over the years past.

    I like places in the colonial section. A typical rent that I’ve paid in Antigua Guatemala has been $400 for a simple three room place on a busy street to $800-900 for a two bedroom in a development. The last place I rented was $650 for a one bedroom. fast internet, a heavy steel door fronting the street and a windowed area facing the interior green space .
    The best places have a coach that converts to a bed so you can have short term visitors.

    Renting is a hassle. The internet has a few services that make it easier. A yearly fee and they take care of maintaining a web page. A template that one fills out and updates as the calendar gets filled with renters.

    Just a thought my friend.

    • Hi Norm,
      I’ve thought about renting out the house. I think to do it legally I would have to change my fidiecomiso into a corporation and that is another expense. Before I do anything like that I would have to consult an attorney. The rumors that I have heard is that the hacienda (Mexican version of the IRS) is cracking down on illegal rentals and that there are also people who delight in turning in scofflaws.

      Several of my friends have recommended that I turn the master bedroom into a separate rental, it has it’s own exit to the back yard and a bathroom.

      Most tourists want a/c which I don’t have, and don’t want to spend the money on installing.


      • I would think the folks on Yolisto could give you the pointers on renting out your space. Steve Fry should know what you would need to do to live within the law . Tierra Yucatan’s web site will give you some idea as to rental income. One’s home tends to be their biggest investment and your home is in a very nice location.

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