OUR TOWN and our home are improving daily.
While I’ve shown you segments of our ongoing street and sidewalk renovations downtown on a few occasions, I’m going to show you yet another!
Two of the four street sides of our spectacular plaza — one of Mexico’s nicest — are finished. Above is the third, which is just curing before being opened too. The fourth and final, the street outside the family coffee shop, is about half done.
Sidewalk renovations will follow, both on the street above and then on our side, which will, at least temporarily, disrupt my child bride’s Saturday pastry sale.
But we’re also doing improvements here at the Hacienda.
Behold! A new stairwell. It goes to the roof of the dining room/kitchen, an area that has been accessible only by ladder for the past 15 years.
It’s necessary to go up there sometimes to unclog rain drains, plus other details, and I’m getting a little long in the tooth for the ladder routine.
A blacksmith made, painted and installed the stairwell for the peso equivalent of about $340 in Gringo cash.
So up I go via the new stairway to the roof of the dining room/kitchen:
It’s kinda grungy, but it provides a great view. Maybe a nice, ceramic floor would be a good addition, and then a table, chairs and umbrella. Party time!
The angled roof just beyond is the ceiling of the downstairs terraza. And in the distance, you see a freshly painted house, yellow, a new development. That place was built about 10 years ago, and it just sat there vacant with a façade of gray concrete till recently. But it’s still vacant.
More on that later. Our street is improving.
Life goes on.