Heartbreaking News

I know that the learning curve is high for me for living in a rural location.  I get it.  However…..some days are just too much and the other day I wondered if I can do this.  That day was the hardest one of all.

A little kitten has been visiting us lately and first wandered in when our front yard was getting the concrete paths.  My mom named him Buster.  We did not let him in the houses but when he showed up we fed him and he enjoyed playing in the yard with the other cats.

A few of the neighbors dogs have been getting into our property and chased our cats up a tree so I had been on the lookout for them and their owner.  Unfortunately for little Buster, I did not catch them in time to save his little life.

I regret not having the fence complete.  Perhaps that could have saved him.  Poor little baby.  He probably thought they wanted to play and instead spent his last moments in agony as we rushed to find a vet to put him down.  We never did.

One of the biggest differences here in Mexico is animal treatment. People don’t really care for domestic animals unless they can ride them or eat them.  Vets, as it turns out in our area, are very hesitant to euthanize animals and will only do so in dire situations.  Apparently the injections are highly regulated or something and the vets that day had none.  We had to take him to a friends that owns a gun.  It was a horrid day and one that will take forever, maybe never, to clear from my conscience.

Rest in Peace, poor little Buster.  Know you were loved for your short adorable life.

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Vision Emerges in Slow Motion

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Years ago, many years back….I had a small vision of building a small restaurant/B&B in Oconahua.  I figured with the then recent “discovery” of the Palacio de Ocomo it would become a place for tourists, eventually.  Also, it would give us busy body women something to do with our time and all the yummy organic food we would raise.  Plus it would provide some long term living space for friends and family.  I have many ideas in my vision.

Years have since past, and since everything takes so much longer than anticipated, it is still not complete.  Today, however, we had a great event happen!  The doors we ordered back in December finally arrived and were installed.  Hail the Blacksmith!

 

The Good, not so Great and the really Ugly

The Good: it’s fantastic to finally be in our house that we spent the last 11 years or so getting built one part at a time.  Since we did not borrow money to build it, we carved out parts of our bi-weekly paychecks and paid cash for all the materials and labor.  Fantastic as we have no mortgage on this place.  The views are spectacular and when I am outside on a daily basis, I look up and drink it all in.  We are living our dream of growing organic food to supplement our life.  Lovely.

Not so Great: I will admit there are some challenges to living in rural Mexico.  The distance away from stores is challenging and it’s difficult to get some food and items we need.  We learn to adjust or stock up when in a shopping area.  Being away from friends and family is also difficult and it’s far from easy to feel connected.

Last night there was an epic storm and honestly I thought the chicken coop would be totally destroyed with all the wind that hit the house; this morning, chickens and the coop were intact but our pile of harvested beans from yesterday were soaking wet.  Ana and I hauled them into the covered porch to try and dry them out before they mold.

The Really Ugly:  Ana found a large snake in the chicken coop the other day.  Scared the you-know-what out of her!  We called over the neighbor who was kind enough to pick up a large stick and kill it for us.  At first, we assumed it was a poisonous one as that is what he said, however, it looks like it may not have been that dangerous although one that was most likely after chicken eggs.  Sigh.

Learnings:  Clear the long grass and bushes around the coop so animals cannot hide and sneak up on the chickens, put in a cement floor and keep the door closed during the day to prevent further predators from entering.

Pay close attention to the weather and if it looks like a storm approaching, get your drying harvest under tight cover and keep it dry.

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