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  1. This web board was a huge resource for me before I movved 2 years ago.  Bongo the main forum on Lake Chapala an just read ,read, read through the posts, because all kinds of things are discussed.  Then you can ask more specific questions. You've posted in the section of the we board about a specific organization, the Lake Chapala Society. Very few people will ever see your post.

     

  2. On 1/16/2020 at 2:01 PM, chapalence said:

    Elisabeth- Carla from the Legion here- Don't delay, contact Ron from Go Solar ASAP.  We have a small house and no pool, but a simple and not very costly solar installation by STI is saving us an average of $3,000/mo.

    Other companies wanted to install twice the equipment at twice the cost, taking twice as long to recoup our installation costs! Ron is great to deal with, extremely knowledgeable, his crew was the best. Look at solar hot water, too. We love ours and again, the savings in gas start immediately and are substantial.

    Thanks to your and others' recommendations, I've been 8n touch with Ron who has been wonderfully responsive.

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  3. Thanks to all for great responses!  I just love that everything was on topic and not snarky.

    I wish we didn't love the house and location, but we do! We've looked at everything in our price range in San Antonio or Riberas that seems remotely suitable my husband needs a painting studio) and this house it he only one that ticks all the boxes for him.  So, pool or not, this is THE house if I think we can afford the pool expenses, which I didn't foresee.

    I checked into water aerobics costs and at most it would be about half the cost of the house's recent electric bills (I realize there's no way to separate out pool pump costs).

    The options I see are:

    wet suit while we try to get the casita and pool metered separately from the house (but the wetsuit won't affect the cost of running the pump)

    See if separate meter for the casita will hold costs down I think only if we can put either the pool or the laundry on the casita bill)

    Solar just for the pool, both heater and pump

    Whole house solar

    Again, many thanks to all.  Elisabeth

     

  4. We're looking at buying a house with a.pool. I've never had a pool so had.no idea what you have to do to maintain it. When I saw past electric bills I almost backed out straight away since.running the pool pump shoots the house.into high usage. Our realtor says you have to run the pump 4-5 hours per day and his bills are similar.  Water aerobics has been great for my health but i pool membership would be much less.

    Other than installing whole house solar, are there ways to keep electric costs down?  Have people had sucess metering the pool separately?  I'm told.we.can ask but I can't see any reason why the electric company would agree.  Any advice appreciated.

     

  5. On 4/13/2017 at 10:50 PM, bdlngton said:

    Add friends to that list of those irritated.  While I am sympathetic to those with hearing loss I do not understand why those who need hearing aids don't get them or why those who have them don't wear them.  If you know you have a hearing loss and can improve it (and afford to do so,) why wouldn't you?  And if you have hearing aids, why would you choose to not wear them in a social situation like having lunch with a friend or going to a concert?  To me it makes no sense and could even be interpreted as rude, but maybe I'm not understanding something about the use of hearing aids.

    Sorry to go off topic a little but the above is based on several personal situations I have experienced and am trying to understand.

    As a person with hearing loss, I am glad I read this.  If you've followed the comments here, you know that many people can't afford the kind of hearing aids that will really help them, and the cheap ones just amplify sound and won't help at all while having lunch out, since the background noises will increase also and your voice won't be more distinct.  Even expensive ones (like mine) don't help that much in these situations. 

    I think it would be helpful to your friends to ask them what you can do to help them hear you better. - if you are willing to be part of the solution.  I have told my husband many times that he needs to speak more distinctly, a little more slowly, and a little louder.  For some reason it's hard for him to do this.  He also persists in speaking to me when he's facing away and over loud background noises, without raising his voice. Five years after he first pointed out my hearing loss, he has finally realized that he uses an extra soft voice when talking to me, when he needs to use the same voice and way of speaking that he would use in a group or when making a presentation - because I can hear him fine if he does that.

    It can be hard to raise your voice without sounding like you're shouting, but it can be done with some practice.  Your comments (and you're hardly alone or atypical) made me think about our expectations of people with different abilities.  I don't expect friends in wheelchairs to meet me in places with lots of stairs - we choose places that are accessible.  That's an adaptation I make to have them as friends.  But with the hearing impaired, there seems to be  lot of anger on both sides  It's hard to talk about, but it can be done.

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  6. Tai Chi in Cristiania Park starts next Tuesday, October 10, at 1:00 in Cristiania Park.  Cost is 100 pesos, payable to the teacher.  The park also charges admission which I am told is under 10 pesos.  Please come early and have small change for admission -  we want to avoid everyone showing up at once needing change.  I just set this up because I didn't want to go to Ajijic for Tai Chi.  I can answer questions but will be in the US for a funeral over the weekend, and not monitoring constantly.

  7. Thank you for clarifying Spencer.  I have heard all kinds of irresponsible speculation on Facebook all day, but this actually makes sense.  And could we drop the issue of the information posted about the attack several years ago?  It was confusing but well meant.  I would be grateful if y'all could let it go; any further discussion of that is just confusing the present issue. 

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  8. Now that we don't have homeowner's or renter's insurance, I'd like to know what people do about liability insurance when renting a car in the US.  It appears to me that you can buy supplemental or extended liability insurance without buying the collision damage waiver.  I know I can get much cheaper insurance for damage to the vehicle if I buy third party - I just want to be sure that I won't have to buy collision damage from the rental company in order to buy their supplemental liability insurance.  Any experience with this?  TIA. 

  9. On 8/31/2018 at 10:22 AM, More Liana said:

    Look for a large dried bean called ayocote.  It's as close to kidney beans as you're going to get; I've lived in Mexico half my life and have never seen dried kidney beans for sale here.  IMHO you won't find them at any supermarket; El Granjero might have them in bulk.

    When I'm making American-style chili, I use La Costeña canned frijol bayo.  Works fine.
     

    Frijol Ayocote 1.jpg

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    Ayocotes it is!  Thanks so much. I really didn't want to just go randomly making chili with different kinds of beans.

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