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  1. I’m an experienced, full-time, Lakeside house & pet sitter (since 2013), now considering requests for November through March. My partner & I had to return to the States last November in order to help family with health care needs but I returned to Ajijic in August to continue house sitting. My current sit runs until the end of October so my priority will be booking sits for November and/or December first and then considering assignments from January through March. It’s best to plan early because my schedule usually fills quickly. A little more about me and the details: I am a homeowner and property/rental manager in the U.S.. I worked for many years as a network administrator and I still sometimes take on remote/online work in IT support but am more often offering my services pro bono to local, non-profit organizations. I have extensive experience caring for homes and pets, speak Spanish, and am a residente permanente with many local references. I’m a member of HouseSitMexico.com and HouseCarers.com. I prefer sits of 4 weeks in length or longer but will sometimes consider shorter assignments if it fits in to my schedule &/or fills a gap between assignments. I also prefer to connect with homeowners who travel frequently, or the same time every year, and are looking for a reliable house sitter. Working repeatedly together over time makes things easier since we all know the “drill” and each other. It also provides the same caregiver for your home and/or pet, which builds trust and is comforting to everyone involved. Before committing to any assignment, I’ll want to meet you and your pets at your home in order to review mutual responsibilities. Then, if it feels like a good fit for everyone involved, will confirm the details and dates. For more info: https://www.housesittingbycycle.com/ If interested, please send me a private message with dates needed, number of pets, responsibilities/special needs, etc., and I'll be in touch. Thanks! [Note: I offer my sitting services for free because I feel it is a mutually beneficial exchange and because I make an income through other sources. I adore animals and sitting allows me to travel, live, and work in beautiful places around Mexico. I provide care and security for your home and/or pet(s) while you provide me a place to live and work remotely via the internet. I feel this is a win-win situation for everyone involved.]
  2. Hi Marlayne, We have phones w/dual slots in case we ever want to have a MX sim in one and a US (or whatever country we want) in the other. So you could find a plan that works and go that route. However, we have found that we rarely use this option since US sim cards and/or cell plans are usually pretty expensive. Instead we: 1. Use only one slot w/Telcel Amigo sin Limite plan which is our main plan for local MX calls & data use. Just before we travel to the US we go online and switch the account to a Sin Frontier plan so that we can use data & make calls in US, MX or Canada at a cheaper cost - we also usually purchase extra data at that time so we don't run out while travelling (because we spend more time looking up directions, using googlemaps, tethering to our laptop to work, etc). When we return to MX we switch back to our Amigo sin Limite. 2. Have a Skype number/subscription for a local US phone number which our friends, family, tenants, etc, use to call us. You can get a local number for anywhere in the world and people calling you from that area do not have to deal with any international calling, or to even know you don't live locally. Includes voice mail feature. Set up your Skype subscription/phone number, then install the Skype app on your smartphone and when someone calls it rings to your phone. Very affordable, easy and seamless. (There's also an option to forward all calls from your Skype number to ring through any other phone number - say to your MX cell number - if you wish. But we found that you can't see Contact/ID of caller or that the call is coming from the US Skype number; if that matters to someone. And we don't have voicemail set up for our MX cell numbers so no one can leave a message that way. We might use this feature if we're in transit or travelling so as to use less data via our regular cell account -- Skype calls do use your data if you're not connected to w-fi - but we don't prefer the forwarding option). COST Total Cost for Telcel use in 2017 for 2 people = $273 (or ~$11.38 USD per month per person) Total cost for Skype subscription/use of one phone number in 2017: $59.94 USD (or ~$5/mth) Links to more info: Telcel account options: https://www.telcel.com/personas/telefonia/amigo/tarifas-y-opciones#!amigo-sin-limite Skype Number: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA256/how-do-i-get-a-skype-number
  3. Thanks ficklepie & AjijicBound for the info. This is trajic! Translation for the article from Laguna link above for those who can't read Spanish: The fires in San Antonio Tlayacapan, home to more than a thousand birds. The fire within the lake of Chapala, in front of the place of sighting "Alexander von Humboldt" could have been intentionally set. Eighty percent of tuna and aquatic plants in the estuary where hundreds of birds were nesting in front of the "Alexander von Humboldt" sighting spot on the San Antonio Tlayacapan waterfront burned on the night of May 6 in a fire, apparently by the hand of man. The fire was reported to the Civil Protection and Fire Department of Chapala at 9:45 p.m. and was completely extinguished after six hours. There were seven municipal firefighters and citizen support groups who fought the fire until four in the morning, authorities said. Although official data has not come to light, firefighters have telephoned this Weekly that witnesses to the ecological disaster informed them, without evidence, that the fire within Lake Chapala, a Ramsar site since 2002 (Convention Relative To Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat) was set on purpose. Ironically, hours before the fire, the inauguration of the sixth Chapala Lake Bird Festival was held at the González Gallo Cultural Center (CCGG), which will be held in various venues throughout the municipality until May 14. Biologist Moctezuma Medina, in an interview last year for Laguna, estimated that about two thousand birds lived in the estuary. "In that pure area you can see about ten different species of birds and I think they must be there reproducing and taking refuge not less than a thousand or two thousand birds, because you hear all the will," he said on that occasion. This is not the first time they have 'vandalized' the San Antonio Tlayacapan boardwalk. On the morning of 10 January this year, 16 trees, 10 covers of public lighting registers, 'graffiti' roasters and completely destroyed the six signs that mark the site of the Alexander von Humboldt birdwatching were removed. , Placed and donated to the population by the institute Corazón de la Tierra, organizer of the Bird Festival of Lake Chapala.
  4. I saw a huge fire last night over by the peninsula jetting out between (I believe) San Antonio and Riberas. Noticed it around 10:30 when I took the dog out to go potty and it raged until at least 2:30 when I finally went to bed. I could see it clearly from my veranda in Rancho del Oro. It was immense and scary - the winds spreading the fire quickly. Anyone heard anything about it? I pray no one was hurt or killed. (Giving thanks this morning for firefighters.)
  5. Tried to pm but it wouldn't go through.  I need a  pet sitter and would like to talk.  Won't post time or number where others can see.  Pls contact me- Kitty

  6. We're so sorry for your loss, Bob. Barbara had an incredible spirit and I am imagining that spirit has only expanded outward and upward, now sharing the same space and energy as the stars she loved so much.
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