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  1. Real Lemon Tree

    Tree is about 5' and has many buds, flowers. It produced 3 lemons (yes lemons not limes) in it's first season, looks to be much more productive now. Potted in a very large clay pot. My gardener can move to Lakeside locations and assures me this pot is sufficient for another 4-5 years. I'm moving and prefer not to move it. Sell $1k pesos.

    Sorry, did none of you read the edit I posted 30 seconds after the original post. What is your hurry y'all?

    I had a similar situation and was told by an attorney here that even though my mother entered the country as a tourist no one would seek her out in assisted living. However, be mindful that not all assisted living facilities are equal, even though they may present well. Get references from those who use them. Most charge right around $1500pesos per month and that includes meals. Unless she is on high cost medications (do check before coming-some medicines are pricey here but not all) or some form of renewals, she should be able to buy meds/incidentals on $300 US per month. Good luck!
  4. Inversion Table

    Complete with instructions for back pain relief, muscle toning and other wonderful effects. This is the medium weight metal version (not the light weight ones on Mercado Libre) and is said to hold 400lb. although I haven't needed to test that premise yet. Relocation forces sale. $1800 pesos.
  5. The Five Year Plan

    You are the one! I did the paperwork and am still waiting, 9 months later.
  6. The Five Year Plan

    Other points. With a temporary resident permit you can bring your nearly dead car here (perfect for local driving so you won't cry when it's dinged) and keep it for 4 years without paying more than the duty they charge coming across the border. That amount (mine was around $200) is, in theory, refundable when you take it back out, although I've never met the person who managed to get that deposit back. I brought mine with a trailer containing things I really wanted, most of which proved to be irrelevant. However, don't count on the cost of replacement being lower here. The second hand stores often charge prices that are not consistent with US thrift stores. You need to look at your stuff, think, have I used this in the last 2-3 months and if the answer is no, give it to charity, sell it locally or gift a deserving relative. Most electronics are more expensive here. At the end of 4 years I took car and trailer NOB and donated them to charities. They cost me very little while here (you can buy new tags easily from South Dakota which is why there seem to be so many from that state) and the insurance was minimal. After 4 years, if you choose to stay and become a permanent resident you will need to buy a Mexican plated car. Driving down through Nogales from your location is simple and can even be enjoyable. Choose the time of year to avoid desert heat-even if you're used to it, your car will suffer as there's lots more desert in Sonora/Sinaloa. Then up through the mountains to Lake Chapala. Very nice and I'm sure I'll miss the lake when I move, but not the influx. Good luck!
  7. The Five Year Plan

    Two cents worth. I moved to the Lakeside area 5 years ago and lived, in sequence, in Jocotepec, Chapala and now Ajijic. In February I will relocate to the east side of Mexico, to Cuernavaca. It is a city with cheaper prices on rent than here and more access to the arts and science. And to the practice of Buddhism. Ajijic is so crowded now that the roads are congested, even in the rainy/hot seasons and as all the houses that were rentals are now sold, rents are going steadily up. For a new person, this will be problematic. I also urge you to apply for temporary visas while you're still working and have income in your bank accounts. That's what I did and even though I said, once I'm in Mexico I will only have SS, they issued me with that visa. After 4 years I applied for and was given permanent status. Lastly, it's lovely to think that you can walk and bus everywhere, it limits many things. Especially if you arrive without a rental that puts you in a location near shopping etc. And often those locations come with a premium for rent and proximity to noise. These are just considerations and experience. I wish you and your wife a great transition. Do try to learn the language now, it will help!
  8. Is it possible that the sight of you in kilt with pipe in hand simply overwhelmed them? Could I borrow them when I go to apply? Also, where did you apply? Does it make a difference?
  9. Thank you Sonia-your web page on IMSS and SP was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately I don't access FB due to years in the tech industry and knowledge of their underlying software. Yes, still trying to resist giving up my data! I am anticipating living in Cuernavaca but of course will need to learn the systems there. I will try to reach Beverly through the yahoo groups for Cuernavaca. I can't leave until Feb 1 to finish my lease here but asap after that. I always appreciate your answers which are professional and useful. A rare combination, especially on this board.

    If you haven't found someone, could you send your phone number to me in a pm and I will have my wonderful gardeners, who work as a service, contact you. They are reliable and very well recommended by all who use them, but one of the properties they service was just sold so I know they have an opening. They have a truck and all tools, plus years of knowledgeable experience.
  11. Sonia: Thanks for your always informative posts, I very much appreciate them. I am going to be moving from Lakeside to Cuernavaca soon and will need to sign up for either Seguro Popular or IMSS as I will be working with and around quake victims-some of them with communicable diseases. I am a relatively healthy 71 and have no idea which of the two plans would be best in that part of the country. I am currently uninsured. Any advice or direction to information would be helpful. Thanks again for your guidance.
  12. New residents driving tips

    While there is a comprehensive guide to Mexican laws and tips for Jalisco drivers from Spencer posted here, I want to suggest a very short list of points for new residents. This is a selfish post as I've nearly been hit 3 times in one week by cars with tags from WA & FL states, and one from Ontario. You know who you are! The lights on the carretera at La Floresta have a white and black sign hanging in both directions. On it is a diagram of a 'glorieta". That is a roundabout. It means that you cannot turn Left in front of me as I'm driving in either direction. Instead you need to turn Right, drive around the big tree, wait for the light and then cross over to your lower or upper La Floresta destination. If you would have hit me (great brakes on my car) you would have suffered a large degree of inconvenience and discomfort. If you want to turn against the traffic from the carretera, you are required by law to move over to the right (unless this is in a narrow passage that would prevent this), turn your left blinkers on and wait until traffic is clear in both directions. I have seen traffic backed up for kilometers because someone has stopped traffic while waiting to turn. Oh no no no. I'm not posting this as an invitation to malign other drivers, especially the Mexican ones. This is, after all, their country and if they choose to break the law, they will deal with the authorities in their own way and time. However, if you are not used to sitting in a Mexican jail for 24 hours, without your phone, water or food, then please, learn how to drive here. It's not the same as where you came from.
  13. The long chest in the photo was used as a bar on the terrace by the previous owner, I use it for linens. It's not pretty but it is solid, dry inside. 71"wx32"h. $2kpesos The upright storage belongs to a set of two identical wheeled lightweight units. Ideal for excess kitchen or tools, used one in my office. $425 each or $700 for the pair. Send me a note with your number and I'll call all who respond. Thanks.
  14. Inversion Table

    While I'm not tired of mine, I am moving to the other side of Mexico in a couple of months and planned to sell mine. Send me a pm with your number and I'll call you.
  15. Yes, far West Ajijic having intermittent outages. This has been the case since the last storm.