Betterment, municipal and otherwise


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.

26 thoughts on “Betterment, municipal and otherwise

  1. I like this ladder much better than the concept of a spiral staircase. Much safer for old bones. And you can easily take needed equipment to your roof for the chores you speak of. Good choice and good price.


    1. Leisa: Funny thing happened. We ordered the spiral staircase, but he showed up with this! Dunno why. He says he thought we wanted this, but he was lying his head off. However, we’ve decided this is better, so we’re happy. It is easier to get up and down.

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  2. Wow. $340 would be the price for someone to look at and measure the job here.
    A nice guard rail and tile floors would be spectacular.


    1. Carole: I don’t get this concern about the safety of circular stairs. We’ve had one on our upstairs terraza for almost 15 years, and it’s never given me a moment of problems. You do have to pay attention, of course. They are more difficult to ascend, but not a lot more difficult. There are only two justifications for circular stairs. One is they look cute. The other is when there’s not enough room for regular stairs.


      1. Going down or upstairs there is a rhythmic motion and estimated measurement of the height of each step. Maybe if one has become accustomed to using the circular type one can develop that pace but for me, since I am unaccustomed to regular use of a circular staircase it throws my pace off. I feel like I have to look at each step or I’ll hit the step wrongly and just fall the rest of the way, up or down.


          1. Aren’t you a little tall for spiral staircases? I find that the Mexican ones require a great deal of care when ascending or descending.

            By the way, where have the “like” buttons gone? No longer can one either like comments or the entire post.


            Kim G
            Redding, CA
            Where we’d rather take a ladder than a spiral staircase.


            1. Kim: I don’t see where a person’s height figures into the spiral staircase climb. There is nothing over your head. You do have to take more care in the ascent, however. And yes, I removed the comment-like button, but the post-like button is still there. Take another gander!


              1. Nothing over your head on a spiral staircase? How about the steps? I recently stayed in a house in Ajijic where a spiral staircase led to my bedroom. I had to be very careful on it due to my height. You’d have had to be even more careful since you’re even taller.


                1. Well, your stairs must have less than a 360 degree spiral, or that would be an impossible statement. The stair I had to use had about 1.5 turns or 540 degrees. So there were stairs (not far) over my head during use. I had to be extremely careful.


        1. MAC: It does indeed. It rains every day, with very few exceptions, from June till October or so. But it only does it for 30 minutes to an hour, not all day. And it usually does it in the afternoons about 4 or 5 p.m. It keeps the air cool all day, however, due to its being overcast quite often. But there is sunshine too. I like it. But by October you’re sick of it, and then the following June you’re praying for it to start again and cool things off.


    1. Leisa PS: But you’ve made me think of something. I should have that roof of the kitchen/dining room waterproofed again. It has not been done since the house was built. Another thing on the list of Spring repairs. Gracias. It will give the area a nice, red color.


  3. A fine job done for the price of a dinner for 4 NOB! You are lucky in the long run that he made that stair rather than the spiral, Nakes that nice space accessible for afternoon naps. Well done.


    1. Kris: Yep, he inadvertently did us a favor, and we ended up happy. So all is well. As for the price of a meal above the border, it’s a good thing I have not been there in almost ten years. I bet I couldn’t even afford to eat at Burger King.


  4. I think your idea of putting ceramic floor and some tables and chairs up there is great, You can go up there and watch the morning sun come up.


  5. So many good comments here there is not much I can add. The stairs were a steal. The square is beautiful but will probably be a mixed blessing — more tourists.


    1. Ray: We’re mostly a tourist town, so more tourists is a good thing for the economy. I support that even though it does get a tad crowded at times. And, of course, it bolsters my real-estate values.


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