Well, it has been 3 weeks since I last posted! Wow!! Time has flown!
Miguel cleaned the pila, but for some reason, we couldn’t get the water to come out of the shower. We have changed the shower head and faucets and nothing. So, we are still “showering” with a bucket and cup! This really Sucks with a capital S!! I love the days that we have running water. I pull the water hose in through the bathroom window and shower with it!! It is not the best, but hey, it is better than a cup!
We will be putting in new plumbing in September and building a bathroom on the inside of the house. I am tired of waking up at 2AM and want to go to the bathroom, but don’t go because I am too scared of all of the little pests outside. I am a chicken as Miguel’s grandmother says!
I have another benefit of living here, I can afford help! I have a house cleaner that comes 4 hours a day 6 days a week and I pay her 100USd every 2 weeks. She cleans, does laundry, and cuts up the meat and vegetables for me to cook. I am very picky about my food so, I cook. This has been a life saver, I work 50-60 hours a week and she makes life easier.
We are having issues with the electricity. The box is an old fashioned fuse box and has been blowing fuses like crazy! We change fuses 2 or 3 times a week, but I think that has to do with all of the extra electronics we have turned on especially my A/C.
We will be going to the States on my birthday. I will be staying for around a week or 10 days and the kids will be staying until Thanksgiving. I love their new school. They go to school online through a free online school in the US. The site is called, www.connectionsacademy.com They received books from the school and other materials, I just have to buy more than I would if they went to a public school, but it more than makes up for it with convienence. They can study here or in the US. Since this year, we will be going to the States about every 3 months, it works out great. Home schooling is very hard once they get in 5th grade! So, I am thankful for this.
I have been working my booty off the past 2 weeks, I want to go shopping while in the States so, I have been working 60-70 hours each week.
On the TTC front, nothing as of yet. I found out that coffee is not good for TTC. I knew it wasn’t good for pregnancy, but not TTC. I found out that it makes the body more acidic therefore killing sperm before they have the chance to reach the ovum. So, if nothing this month, Miguel said he is throwing out the coffee. I agreed. I will buy grapefruit juice. Grapefruit has acid, but it turns alkaline when digested therefore, making the body a more safe place for sperm to travel.
We have a lot planned for the next year:
- · August: go to the States
- · September: Build new bathroom and add new electrical
- · October: expand porch and screen it in; build stairs; & build countertops in Kitchen
- · November: Go to the States
- · December: Christmas!!!
- · January: Miguel’s and Jeni’s birthday; Remodel upstairs for kids
- · February: Town festival and go to the States
- · March: Build our bathroom
- · April: Landscape yard; add outdoor patio and outdoor kitchen
- · May: Build pool
- · June: Finish Pool (Just in time for rainy season LOL)
- · July: Vacation and Nando’s Birthday
- · August: Go to the States
- · September: Finish back yard
If we finally get pregnant, this will change a little to fit prenatal, labor, and baby stuff into the budget. It may take 2 years to finish all of this, then. I won’t complain though.