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  1. Zeb - be sure to ask questions about the oven.  I've been looking at ranges and went to Tio Sams.  Out of all their slide-in ranges, only two had ovens that had both  1) temperatures controlled by a thermostat, and 2) a broiler.

    What is pretty much standard NOB is not here.

  2. This looks a lot like a dog that was in the La Lucerna area (on the south side of the carretera in West Ajijic, west of the cemetery).  It was in that area for maybe 5 days, definitely waiting and looking for somone.  Very afraid, skittish and unapproachable, but people were leaving food out for it.  I then saw it a couple of days ago on Ocampo in central Ajijic.  But both times I saw it before it had a tattered halter on. (Could have also had the collar.)

  3. This is an interesting article about heritage DNA testing.  One of the takeaways is that different companies have different reference data sets - which essentially come from their customers.  So if your ancestors come from a part of the world where a particular company doesn't have many customers, the results may not be very accurate.  They aren't matching your DNA to some reference genome from the past, they show where your DNA is from today.  So, for example, if the results show you're part Italian, it is mostly matching your DNA to the paying customers from present-day Italy.


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  4. This beautiful, friendly, affectionate dog has had a hell of a day and needs help getting back home,   which is somewhere across the lake.  

    Apparently, a woman who lives "across the lake" picked up the dog from a field next to her house and brought her to a Chapala shelter. The woman left the dog there even though they said they were full and couldn't take it.  The dog was then brought by someone from the shelter to Dr. Ladron's clinic to be euthanized , but since she is healthy and obviously someone's pet, the clinic will hold on to her for a while until her home, or home, is found.

    This girl is about a year and a half old, healthy and very friendly.  She doesn't have a collar or a chip, but she was spayed 4-6 weeks ago. 

    Obviously the rescuer thought she was helping the dog by taking her to a shelter, but the result is that the dog is now miles away from home and no one else knows where that might be.  And the owners of   the dog, who loved her enough to spay her, would have no reason to look all the way over here for their  dog.

    The only way I can think of to help is to get the word out.  The best outcome would be if the rescuer  picked up the dog from Dr. Ladron's clinic and took her back to where she was found. Barring that, a   couple of things would help:  posting her picture on other dog-oriented area websites (are there any spanish-language ones used by the mexican community?), and taking her picture to any vets "across the lake" to  see if she's recognized.  I can email her picture to anyone - pm me.



  5. The nursing/home health care service I've used in the past (twice) is Lidia at lakeside Medical Supply (or something like that).  cell 333-156-9080.  She speaks English.  I've been very happy with the nurses from her service.  I didn't need anyone with serious nursing skills - just to care for a person with dementia. For short term (less than a week) and short notice, as I remember it cost roughly 50$US per 24 hours. (It's been a couple of years.)  That was for one nurse that stayed the whole time.  So your budget is probably fine, but talk to Lidia for up-to-date info/costs. 

    It would be easier to start with a service, and then after you get settled you could direct hire. 


  6. Here's a sample letter to use when applying for RT or RP. Worked for me a few years ago, but things change, so YMMV. I suggest you write out something and show it to them before you apply - they'll tell you if you have everything you need.

    Chapala, Jalisco, a 7 de Noviembre 2017
    Asunto: Solicitud de Condición de Estancia de Residente Temoral
    Delegado de Chapala
    Instituto Nacional de Migración Delegación Regional en ChapalaHidalgo #271Chapala, Jalisco, México

    Distinguido Delegado,
    Por medio de la presente, yo, Joe Blow, estadounidense de pasaporte #xxxxxx, solicito la calidad migratoria de Residente Temporal . Adjunto copias de los documentos solicitados para este trámite.

    No tengo actividades lucrativas en el pais de Mexico. Estoy en Mexico para "fill in something". I think I also had to add a sentence saying that I have sufficient funds to support me in Mexico and mention the source (pension, savings from the US, combination of ...)

    Le agradezco por anticipado la atención prestada a la presente solicitud, esperando contar con el otorgamiento del cambio de condición de estancia.

    Pieza: 000000xxxxxxx
    Bajo protesta de decir verdad.


    Joe Blow
    Your Address
    Chapala, Jal

  7. The people at INM Chapala are helpful and speak english and if you don't get an answer here don't worry. When I've gone there for renewing a residente temporal, they have provided me with printed instructions on what steps are needed to proceed. I suggest you just go there and ask what is needed. Doing it without a facilitator is not a hassle.

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