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My husband’s second wife

Wednesday, I had a rather stressful day with the highlight being a rather funny (now that I look back on it) but weird conversation with a woman who claimed that her husband had built our house. So let me start at the beginning. 

I was so excited about The Writer’s Toolkit bonus offers that I broke my own cardinal rule–NEVER use a site you are unfamiliar with to order something. One of the bonus items was a book that looked fascinating. I would have to enter my debit card information to pay for shipping on the author’s site which was off the Ultimate Bundles’ site. Since I had already ordered 4 other books without an issue for other bonus items and I have purchased bundles from Ultimate Bundles for the past 7 years, I naively went ahead and did entered my debit card information on Sunday. 

But, the form gave me an error message. Hmm. I tried again. Nope. So I contacted Ultimate Bundles who said they would look into it. I didn’t think anything more about it until I checked my bank balance on Wednesday. AAAAHHHH! There were two charges to some market in Thailand that totaled nearly $400 (dollars not pesos or whatever currency Thailand uses). 

I disputed the charges through my bank, which promptly canceled my bank card. The email from the bank assured me that I would receive a new card to my US mailing address in a few days. OH NO!  I still haven’t recovered from the last bank card shipping fiasco

I received an email saying that my account would be temporarily credited pending investigation for one of the fraudulent charges, but not the second. I decided to call the bank and ask. I was so flustered, I entered my social security number requested for identity verification wrong TWICE. I hung up and tried later. 

The internet was spotty, so the call quality via Skype wasn’t the best when I called again. I finally was connected to a bank customer service representative who told me he was from Milan. I explained the situation and he did some checking. He shared that something similar had happened to him once and he was so stressed he didn’t sleep for 3 days until the situation was resolved. I certainly lucked out with him. He made a point to make sure that my account would be credited for the second disputed amount as well. Thank goodness!

After that call, I sent another email to Ultimate Bundles to tell them what had happened. They did further investigation and the issue (the site had been hacked) was soon fixed. I was a hero!

Before I recovered from all that, someone knocked on the door about La Yacata business. Remember, I’m still the acting representative, although I’m only officially the treasurer. Anyway, the guy wanted to know about a lot he was interested in buying. I asked if the seller had the blue certificate. It’s a waste of my time if nobody has any papers to verify the lot location and ownership. 

The seller was over yonder as was a woman that I think was his sister. Those two, the original caller, and three other younger guys came to the door and gathered ‘round. The seller then pulled out the old cream certificate, not the blue certificate. When I tell him that the lot is owned by someone else, he says that Chuchi sent him to me to “fix” the situation. He says he bought the lot 20 years ago (the certificate said 2004, but whatever). The woman chimed in and said that she’d already talked to Chuchi as well. 

Remember, Chuchi is the guy who was in charge of La Yacata until the community staged a coup and took control of the Mesa Directiva (board of directors). Then he sued La Yacata for money he felt he was owed. He lost the court case. You can read the whole saga in La Yacata Revolution: How NOT to Buy a Piece of Heaven in Mexico available on Amazon.

The woman then said that her husband had built this house. I asked for clarification. Which house? Why the one I was living in. She even patted the wall affectionately. Really? I asked her if she was married to the man working on the next lot over (who was my husband). She looked confused. I told her that my husband, right there, had built this house. So unless we were married to the same man, her husband hadn’t built this house.

She clarified that her husband was a bricklayer and had told her that he had been working on a two-story house in La Yacata. There are 4 such homes, so there was no reason for her to zero on mine, but it is the nicest one of the bunch and I guess she thinks highly of her man’s skills or something.

Anyway, back to the issue at hand. I told the potential buyer to NOT buy that lot until ownership had been established. Then I told the seller he’d need to speak with Super Prez because I couldn’t do anything more for him. The seller said he’d talk to Chuchi and if Chuchi didn’t figure this out he’d shoot him in the head. The woman reprimanded him saying he shouldn’t say that because if something did happen to Chuchi, he’d be the first suspect. True enough. 

They left and a few minutes later, Azul the vet came with more La Yacata business. I told him I had just met my husband’s other wife and we had a good chuckle. 

The posse came back in the afternoon saying they had talked to Super Prez who told him to work it out with Chuchi. Instead of the lot on the certificate, Chuchi said he could have a different lot. I have a name in the master list for the “new” lot, but since no one’s come forward to claim it, Chuchi may have “reserved” that lot for his peeps. Our records aren’t 100% accurate. Hopefully I won’t have to do anything more with this situation, but that’s a sort of ridiculous pipe dream on my part.

Although I was ready for a nap, the day wasn’t done with me yet. I had forgotten that my WordPress site (this one) was due for renewal until I received notification that my card was declined. Of course it was. The bank canceled it. After a few moments of panic, I realized I could use my son’s card which hadn’t been compromised to pay for the subscription. So I did. Then since he has a Teen Money Account through Capital One 360, it was easy peasy to transfer the money I used from my account to his. Whew!

The last bit of frustration on Wednesday was trying to get my son’s schooling wrapped up. He completed all the courses and the community service (I had him help me with La Yacata stuff for a month). Now he has to turn in these 3 documents. The first has been sent and accepted. He’s currently working on the other two, but the site kept going down. But it’s gonna happen–he’s going to get an official diploma this month! (I’m trying to keep that thought foremost in my thoughts in case the universe is listening and willing to bestow good fortune on him. You all know how official paperwork goes here in Mexico.)

So, finally, if you’d like to get the Writer’s Toolkit now that I’ve personally assured the safety of ALL of the sites included in the bundle and the bonuses, you can still do so until midnight tonight. Despite my little shopping spree in Thailand, it really is an amazing collection of resources for writers (including me). ProBlogger and Kindleprenuer are just two of the big names in self-publishing that share tips and tricks to make your writing a succes in this collection. (Ok, so this isn’t the best sales pitch starting out with disaster, but it is what it is.)

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Breaking Out of Quarantine

Tuesday evening last week we had unexpected visitors. The police arrived at our door at 9:30 pm. We were already tucked in for the night because you know, social distancing and stuff means we stay home. My husband tried to talk to them from the second floor window. Cocoa was having none of that and his hysterical barking meant no one could hear themselves think.

Therefore, my husband put on some clothes and went to the front door. I couldn’t hear what was being said since Cocoa would not be calmed. A few minutes later, he came back in and said they needed to talk to me. So I put on my robe and grumbled my way downstairs to the door.

Turns out they were delivering a summons for me to appear at the ministerio publico on Thursday. I tried to ask what it was about, but they didn’t have any idea. They said if I didn’t appear, they’d come and take punitive action. I said I didn’t have any problem appearing on Thursday. It was my day off. 

So I fretted and speculated what this could be in relation to. Couldn’t come up with a thing. I woke up Thursday morning frazzled at 4 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. At 6, my husband heated a pot of water for my bucket bath. And I grumbled some more. The water delivery was scheduled for 9:30 am and since I had to be in town by 10:00 am, I wouldn’t be able to wait for it. So it was a bucket bath for me.

I zooped my butt to town on my moto and parked in the centro near the Chinese restaurant (so I could pick up an order after this appearance thing) and walked about a block to the ministerio publico. I signed in. I showed the guy at the front desk my paper and he sent me up to the third floor. I approached another guy at a desk and asked where I was supposed to be. He handed my paper off to another woman, who handed it off to yet a third, then went into an office to talk to a woman behind a desk. 

The girl came back out and asked me to wait downstairs in the seating area until they were ready for me. Since I was 15 minutes early, that wasn’t a problem. I brought my kindle. Eventually, I was called back upstairs and met with the woman in the office behind the desk. She looked to be about 20, but as she was the lawyer she must have been older than that–right?

Anyway, the reason for my visit was to inform me that the main office in Celaya had “misplaced” the original certificate that was involved in a court case several years ago. As a representative of the Asociación de La Yacata (I’m still technically the treasurer), she wanted to know if a new certificate could be issued. I said that I didn’t have the authority to do that. Any issuing would be done by Super Prez. 

Fortunately, he was also “invited to appear” that morning at 10:30 am. He also arrived 15 minutes early, which meant we didn’t have to wait for him. The situation was explained again. Super Prez said that instead of issuing a new certificate, we would provide a copy of the original that we had on file. The lawyer then went to the other lawyer for him to ask his client (the lot owner) if that would be acceptable. So we waited for that. 

In the meantime, Super Prez and I caught up on things. He had a construction digger stolen last year and was hoping this summons was to say that it had been found. It hadn’t been. Then I mentioned the rodeo across the street from La Yacata was going to have electricity run to it in the next few months. Representatives from the rodeo association had approached Azul the vet (who also has lots in La Yacata) to ask if we wanted to piggyback on their installation, for a fee mind you. Azul had come to me with this information and now I was sharing it with Super Prez. He said he’d look into it more, but the most we could hope to get out of it would be a post or two closer to La Yacata, which is something anyway. The rodeo is LITERALLY across the street–so it wouldn’t be out of their way to add another post or so to the project. We wouldn’t get electricity because that would require everyone that owns lots (all 700 of them) to agree to pay a portion of it and that’s never gonna happen. 

The other lawyer came back and said a copy would be acceptable to his client. So I would appear again in the office on Friday, with the copy, for the official handover. Not like I have other things to do or anything….like stay away from people. I seriously interacted with more people in one day than I have in weeks. Yes, they all had masks on, but there must have been 20 people in the “interrogacion” room. The lawyer’s mask kept slipping down her nose. GERMS! GERMS! GERMS!

Anyway, we were free to go after that. When I got home, my son was a bit stressed. The water delivery had arrived but one of our goats went into labor at the same time, so it was chaotic. The dogs get riled up when the truck pumps the water and the goat was hollering. My son took care of the firehose while my husband delivered the goat. It was an odd situation. Baby #1 arrived just fine. A second placenta, still intact, appeared. My husband didn’t think there was even a baby, but he took a second look, and lo and behold there was. It was half the size of the first baby. He tore the placenta open and helped out there. 

Notice the size difference!

So what I think we had was the goat was pregnant twice so the kids were different gestational ages. I read about this phenomenon (superfetation) just a little bit ago where this woman who was pregnant with twins got pregnant with baby #3 on her next ovulation cycle. Both the new kids are girls. The premie is weak, naturally, but giving it all she’s got. 

The day wasn’t done with us yet. The horses were out in the front pasture, which has a barbed wire fence around it. Red got loose from his mooring and jumped the fence. Lady was not to be outdone and jumped too. I saw both horses and their award-winning performances from the upstairs window. My son had to run out and round them up.

But we had the dilemma that the new momma goat and her two mismatched offspring were in Red’s stall. It took some doing to get the family moved to the rabbit area in the back. The roving borrega complicated things. The Puppers were befuddled. The mama was unwilling. The kids did not enjoy flying. Lots of squealing going on. Finally, everyone was settled, including the show jumpers. 

Friday came, and I headed back into town to deliver the copy of the certificate that was in the La Yacata files. It took all afternoon, but it got done. I hope I can stay home for a while and avoid people. 

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The Last Panel

Last week was a momentous day for the Flores family. It was the day we finally purchased the last panel for our solar electric system. Angels were singing, birds were flying through the air with ribbons in their beaks, rays of light beamed down from the heavens… Ok, well, maybe those light beams were from the light bulb, but it was a red-letter day for us.

The next day, our 6 battery system charged completely. In fact, we had a hard time using some of the power so that we could get maximum efficiency without it overcharging. Another battery was required.

We went and got one at AutoZone and hooked it up. Since then, we have been walking around on cloud 9 (ok enough with the heavenly choir references). We have ample power to do laundry even on cloudy days now. The batteries are still more than half charged at 6 am in the morning even with my son playing video games (em–cough) I mean doing classwork late at night when the internet is working. 

These are the shades I got. Simple, durable and covers the bare bulb!

To finish off our electrical system, I wanted something like a shade to cover the light bulbs in the ceiling sockets. Do you think I could find any locally? Nope. I searched high and low. So I ordered some from Amazon. While I was at it, I ordered a replacement string of lights for the stairway and some new motion detector lights for the front of the house since the old ones had given up the ghost a few months back. None of these was very expensive. The lights will last 2-3 years before they need to be replaced. The light covers might never need to be replaced. 

Thus ends the 12-year struggle for electricity in La Yacata (or at least in our home). If I wasn’t so pleased with the end result I’d say it was anticlimactic. But since I am…

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Read about our struggle to get electricity in La Yacata!

It’s FREE today in honor of this momentous event!

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