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  1. Sorry, would you mind specifying which town we're talking about here? I'm up to 2 non-working printers now and extremely frustrated.
  2. Where can I buy good lard for frying, baking, etc., NOT the mongrel mixture from Walmart? Any brand suggestions?
  3. Thanks everyone. I looked on Amazon and I now understand why people don't sew anymore - who pays the equivalent of $10 (USD!) for a spool of thread? I guess I haven't price-checked for a while but need to have something on hand just for basic mending. I'm off to the papeleria...
  4. I'm running out of my basic colours and need to restock. Where are the mercerias in Ajijic and San Antonio, or is there another source? I used to get it at the tianguis, but I've been avoiding the crowds there and it's not the best quality anyway.
  5. Interested, but how to get to La Barca? Any suggestions?
  6. Thank you, everyone - very helpful. I've used Gualberto in the past for other things, and will see what he has to say. The last time, he condemned my washing machine, said it wasn't worth fixing. It's a problem; if you buy all your appliances at the same time, down the road they're also likely to die at the same time, which is hard on the budget. And as a renter, I'm not wanting to make a huge investment. Fridge is also showing its age these days, but one issue at a time...
  7. I think my little Acros gas stove needs help. Bought new in 2008 - what's their lifespan, anyway? Burners are carboned up and the oven control seems to have quit; heat just keeps climbing, no matter where it's set. Can anyone recommend a competent repair guy? Is "gasfitter" even a trade here? Everyone seems to do everything but I'm scared to death of gas and want someone who knows what he's doing...
  8. Rent! Hard on people with a fixed income. 14 years with the same landlord & got hit with a 70% increase last time the lease expired. It was that or move. Can't even blame the landlords when new people go around advertising how much they can pay without finding out what the going rates are. Who wouldn't take more?
  9. Would like to find a source for unbleached paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Is there anyone at Lakeside that sells?
  10. Thank you. Good to have a reminder.
  11. I bought an evaporative cooler last summer and it was a lifesaver, but just miserable to clean, as the water tray at the bottom cannot be completely removed. So many impurities in our water and if it sits in the cooler for long, it gets nasty. The instruction leaflet wasn't detailed but it did say not to add anything to the water, like a touch of bleach to keep things fresher. Is that an inviolable rule or has anyone used anything that helps with the problem without damaging the mechanism? It's early, but I need it already; it's going to be a looooong hot season!
  12. 21 years here, full time. Getting around is an exercise in frustration now; used to go from San Antonio to west Ajijic in 5 minutes but now can be anything up to an hour, depending day and time you're traveling. The lights are poorly distributed and tend to snarl rather than move the traffic. Not to mention the never ending construction and detours when you least expect them. It's definitely not the same town and I doubt I'd settle here now, as a newcomer. You can't help but wonder how much more the infrastructure will bear; there's only so much area between the mountains and the lake, so not
  13. Has anyone come across this locally, and if so where please?
  14. I've bought multiple flower seed packages from the Riberas Garden centre and so few produce even a single plant that I've given up trying. I did manage a baby Moringa tree from their seed tho. Successful plants are the best source, so mostly I gather my own where I can, roadside or from friends. Have a couple baby lychees from fresh fruit seeds and also a pomegranate.
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