Sometimes I Need a Border Collie
October 29th, 2012 by Les

“What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”  Sidonie Gabrielle

“You must learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”  Sam Levenson

……. to keep my mind on track.  Where has the time gone?  Lately, oh for heaven sakes most all of the time my brain is like a sieve.  Whatever I pour in seeps out.

The trip from Mexico to Newberry South Carolina was interesting.  The first leg of the journey and ultimately the worst leg started out in a precarious manner.  We had all of our belongings we wished to take back with us packed and loaded the day before we left.  Strom White did a great job of squeezing everything we owned into one lift van and a palette.

Squeeze was the key word here….and squeeze we did…everything else went into our car.  Have you ever been so distracted by life’s minutiae, you simply can’t, well function?!  David, being the wise man that he is, stayed out of my way as the day we were set to leave I turned into Attila the Hun.  Not a pretty sight.  Instead of being considered the Scourge of God… I became the Scourge of the Moment in all its ugliness. 

I’m not kidding folks…door to car slightly open…arm within…pushing, shoving, closing slowly then ultimately slamming shut before everything burst free.  That was me. And being me….of course…I had to reopen the door many times before the process was over.

In the end…off we went…pulling the car slowly out of the gate…waving to our neighbors and bottoming out on the cobblestones…off we set not in the least prepared for the adventure ahead.

I thought we had planned this trip to the nth degree.  Au contraire, my friends.  No amount of prep would have made it any easier.  Apparently, when my ship came in I was in the bathroom with my pants down..because the ship sailed into unchartered waters.  For some reason our GPS…though we had it set up for Mexico…didn’t seem to know where we were (like me…I never know where I am and find that oddly comforting…but, again I digress) going any more then we did.  It, like us, plummeted straight ahead caution to the wind and little on the brain.

We made it to our final destination, Matehuala, eventually.  I will not bore you with the crazy details except to say no banditos were encountered.  Simply wrong turns, potholes bigger then our car and a sense that our GPS lady had a diabolical side we weren’t aware of prior to this particular time.  There were a few stops by local polica and federales …check points if you will.  All were traversed without incident.  You merely had to put up with all traffic including many 18 wheelers pushed into one lane so they could drive through portable detectors.

The next day dawned bright and, though we felt like we were the only people traveling on the toll road to the border, time went by quickly…even if we crossed at a different international bridge then the one we had mapped and we ended up on Laredo Texas in such a way we felt we’d been transported there without knowing exactly how it happened…we were home!

The rest of the trip was uneventful, for the most part. We are now in our lovely home in Newberry. The furniture arrived a week ago.  We are settling in…getting to know the neighborhood and taking a deep breath.  It seemed like we had held our collective breaths for a long time before leaving!

Mexico is a beautiful country.  Its people are its biggest treasure.  The landscape is amazing and the weather even better.  It is, however, a developing country fraught with growing pains.  There is much to do.  There is much to see.  The cost of living, something that is upper most on a lot of people’s minds at this time, is less then in the US for the most part.  Here’s what I believe to be true, the more people from North of the Border and Europe that move to Mexico…the more the prices for things will continue to rise.

If you are thinking of moving to Mexico…by all means go there and spend as much time visiting as you can before you make the move.  Whatever area you may think you want to live in will have its pros and cons.  Visit first and make an informed decision … before committing.

Below are photographs David took just before we left and also photographs taken in our new home.  We are not Carolinians yet…far from it…and there are stories to tell already.  If you wish to hear them…to see David’s wonderful photography of the area…stay tuned to this blog.  If not, just reply to our notice of a posting and I will remove you from our list.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by writing any time and I will try to answer them as best I can.  Hopefully our book will be published as an ebook in the near future…if I can just pull my thoughts together enough to finish it!!  There is logic, reason, science and there is thought verified by experience and then there is me…everything I say should be suspect…funny perhaps, but suspect.  Just wanted to warn you.  Cést la vie…it goes to show you never can tell what might next pop out of this over fertilized brain.

Church in Tlaquepaque Mexico



Ixtlahuacan Mexico


Newberry – House off Main Street



Fruit on the Vine – Enoree River Winery


Enoree River Winery

Up the Road from our House


Up that Same Road….Barn in the Sunlight…Newberry South Carolina

You Guessed It…Up That Same Road

Yes…the Same Road

Our Friends House Looking Beautiful in the Fog


7 Responses  
  • Hurricane Sandy?!? writes:
    October 30th, 20122:15 pmat

    Your house is the one with the large white pillars, right? Just kidding. The pic of your place looks very inviting. Who knew that your life would be so amazingly adventurous at this stage? Hope my hurricane isn’t messing you up.

    Miss you!

  • LuAnn and Terry Oburn writes:
    October 30th, 201212:09 pmat

    Glad to see that you are blogging again. The pictures of Newberry look lovely and we hope that you have not experienced any bad weather because of Superstorm Sandy. Hopefully we will be able to see you again once we get settled back in Ohio with the folks next year. Love to you both.

  • Terry & Toni writes:
    October 29th, 20126:37 pmat

    Just moved back from Ajijic ourselves. Actually Riberis.
    There for almost 3 years. We loved it and met many wonderful people, both native and Gringos. We have family in N. Carolina Just across the border and they love it. We’re in N. California. Miss Mexico but also nice to be back. Hope you enjoy your new digs.

  • Marybeth Kingsley writes:
    October 29th, 20125:53 pmat

    What a wonderful, beautiful place you moved to! But, also, what a wonderful place you moved from. And you nailed it perfectly; Mexico’s biggest, best asset is her people. We have spent a few winters in her arms, but this year, at my husband’s behest we are wintering in Florida. If our new neighbors turn out to be half as friendly and welcoming as those we had in Ajijic I will be pleasantly surprised and, of course, pleased. The best of good luck in your newest adventure – South Carolina! Keep the posts coming. Maybe we will winter in South Carolina in years to come;-)

  • Joe & Jan writes:
    October 29th, 20125:30 pmat

    Wow! I am so happy to read a blog again! Lovely photos of your new home and the area around you.
    Different than Mexico, but really lovely.

    Keep those blogs coming PLEASE. I love your writing and David’s photos.

    Miss you two.

    Jan & Joe
    Lake Chapala

  • Karen writes:
    October 29th, 20122:57 pmat

    Thrilled to hear that you landed in South Carolina!Always enjoy the photo’s!!How are the kitties? Having any symptoms from Sandy?
    Love & Peace to you both,

  • Laurel writes:
    October 29th, 20121:22 pmat

    I feel a tug on my heart when I look at your last photos of Mexico, but also I feel a bit of excitement when I see the ones of your new life.

    I guess it is better to be in control of the changes in your life rether than waiting for life to change you, and you 2 brave pioneers have done it.

    I asume your book will be about your adventures in Mexico. Ole!

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