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  1. Learned from Dede, scrumptious... Friends who eat shawarma every Friday said my recipes are authentic, tastes just like home. Be sure to look up a recipe and make up a batch of 7 spice. If I ever travel over seas and shawarma doesn’t taste this good, I’ll be disappointed but glad I can make it at home. Enjoy!
  2. It says you haven’t read it yet. Top right side of the page should have a red notification. I’ll try the email for you.
  3. Start with warm salt water and clean out the sinus through your nasal passage and gargle for that tickle from post nasal drip. You can rub your sinuses below your eyes in the upper cheek area and above your brow in a circular motion clock wise on both sides(clock wise is positive ). You can pull your ears with a technique that also allows drainage as you pull, release and then rub the lymph nodes below your ears down your neck, same deal, positive direction and down to help with drainage. You could do ear candling...however, I have the candles but no one to burn them in my ears for me so can’t say how well that works. The herbs I use, you can ask Dr. Elizabeth next door to SuperLake or a go to for sinus’ is Ginkgo Biloba. I order a yearly supply of Starwest Botanicals Memory Tea Organic from Sacramento, CA for sinus problems, I had gotten so bad I couldn’t remember what side of the road to drive on. For what you can find around here I highly recommend dandelion root/horse tail/parsley tea and ginkgo biloba capsules that you can find in the natural farmacia next door to SuperLake. Also, you can clear it out fast by boiling some water then add a drop of peppermint essential oil or DoTerra Breathe, turn the stove off, drop a drop, put a towel over your head and wowzer, you can open the sinus area up! I keep on hand some sort of mint or Halls to help with post nasal drip when I’m out and about. We’ve been down here since 2006 and chronic sinus problems. This year we installed highly efficient Lenox split air units in the bedrooms and great room, it has helped reduce my sinus problems to a minimum filtering the air. We have so much year round pollen and local raw honey can’t help the dirt or smoke/contamination. Before the rainy season, we ran the air sparingly, with solar power our bill was less than 20 pesos for 2 months. We’ve been running as much as we want since the rainy season, sleeping with the air filtering in 2 of the bedrooms and our bill was around 250 pesos for 2 months. Bedrooms are 1 ton/great room is 2 ton. Worth it! Increase your fresh fruit consumption! Try eating fruit all morning and then your cooked food in the afternoon/evening. That helps get things moving. Stay away or limit dairy/meats/breads that are mucus forming.
  4. Pulpo, I have to try that, thanks!
  5. I have mahi mahi fish tacos at El Fogon de Charlotte all of the time. I alway substitute lettuce and onion over the cabbage.
  6. My husband built me one according to the proper specks. It can bake a pizza in 1-2 min at 800 degrees. Any hotter and it gets pretty toasty. Takes a few hours to get it heated well. Pretty authentic experience. You would want to make sure you install the proper brick floor so you don’t get cracking and it heats evenly. I can make a great pizza by flipping over a cookie sheet in the convection oven at 500 degrees, takes 6-8 min per pizza Our woodfired oven is now used for special occasions.
  7. Then you’re saying the majority of the population of Mexico are robbers because there’s a lot of working class educated earning 25 pesos an hour. That simply isn’t true.
  8. A local Mexican family I know pays their maid 100-150 pesos a day to clean their 2 story 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home. Hours are 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Pay has gone up significantly since we moved here in 2006 and pay for maid services was 80 pesos a day.
  9. How about a little perspective. Currently fulltime Walmart employee earns 193 pesos a day for a full 8 hour shift. 24 pesos an hour. Typical pay for good fulltime jobs anywhere from driving delivery trucks to local clerks earn possibly 1800 pesos a week for full time work. Maid service is a much lower pay scale in real Mexico.
  10. Thank you for those that have contacted Lulu for private lessons. She is now saturated with work and asks that people check back in the future for private lessons. She’s full right now.
  11. Thank you for your kind offer Alicia1, as of right now, he’s good on blood donations but if anything changes I will give an update.
  12. This is not a duplicate, it’s an urgent update as of this morning. We had a couple of donors and need more.
  13. Jerry Morse needs more blood. They’ll take any type at this point. Any type O is better but they’ll take any blood at the hospital blood bank at Hospital Terranova for him. You must be under age 65, no medication, not sick and fast for 5 hours. Please let me know if you donate so that I can keep track. I had to call the hospital yesterday and make them find the blood already donated for him, which they did and gave it to him. Be sure to donate it in his name Jerry Morse. Josh Neighbor, my son, will be leaving around 10 a.m. to go and donate blood, if you need a ride, he can give you a ride and take up to 4 passengers. His cell number is 331-266-3289
  14. A lot of people may remember Lulu Ramos for Spanish lessons. She’s one of the best teachers, certified in the Warren Hardy program with years of experience! A while back she moved to Guadalajara but missed us lakeside and has moved back! To contact her for private Spanish lessons lourdesramos_1958@hotmail.com or 331-771-3891
  15. Had an emergency after dinner. Thank you for your prayers, someone already went down and donated blood for him! Will update if we still need more
  16. The hospital said can’t be older than 65, fast 5 hours, no more than 8 hours fasting, no medication, healthy person, any type O blood is accepted.
  17. URGENT Donors of O type blood Jerry Morse of the Doo Wops is in need of blood donors! He is at Hospital Terranova in Guadalajara! Donors have to be under 65 years of age!
  18. Mattress, that´s what the Mexicans do! This topic is nothing new, just the newbie´s trying to figure out the system here. I still feel the same way as I did over 4 years ago. We don´t think anything about our car security so why is our home any different? We live in the country and it´s beautiful here. Our home is as secure as I feel comfortable with. Keep your valuables where you wouldn´t normally think of keeping valuables and don´t tell anyone except a trusted friend in case of an emergency. You write here where you keep stuff and then we have to find a new place.
  19. My thoughts from several years ago: If you were my parents, these are the things I’d tell them. They've been here and they understand completely. When they come to visit us, they feel very safe, obviously! There are several of us that I believe lived through the worst of times here years ago in 2012. I truly love living here and I’m glad there wasn’t ever the thought of leaving. If only we could guarantee that there would never be a break in by the level of security we install. I use to be a great advocate of the gated communities but not anymore. There were incidents in the different gated communities. People get over walls and fences. We don't want to create fear by chatting about this topic but be realistic. I'm a huge home security advocate and many people feel they are somewhat on their own down here. Our home is very secure, in my opinion yet I realize some people wouldn't be comfortable living in the area we live in. I'm a very sensitive person, could be easily frightened(with reason) and admit it, but in time I do overcome each scare and fortunately, no one else in the family is like me Just so you know that I'm very sensitive, aware and love living here!!!! I live in the frame of mind that there are potential problems and try to avoid them. In my opinion, there isn't one area that is safer than the next from Chapala to Ajijic. Others will have their opinion of San Juan Cosala to Jocotepec, I have some opinion but haven't lived there. There are people in all areas that live without incident and many opinions about degrees of security. Security is a very personal matter. Each one needs to do what they feel comfortable with. We have lived in our home for over 7 years without an incident. We lived in the village, had a break in when we lived in an apartment in San Antonio T. and we learned from our mistakes. It's important to get used to home security like security for a car. We get used to it and it's not any big deal. I have personally driven by many homes and talked with home owners and renters that had an incident and I know that my home is more secure than theirs were when they had problems. Doing that helped me to realize that the threat was much lower for us because we have been proactive about home security. It isn't fool proof but practical; sleeping and living well makes it all worth it. Our home defense is layered. Our home isn't visible from the road. High rock wall 9-10 ft with razor wire and thorny vines growing through. Metal electric gates that double fold out so they cannot be pushed open from outside. If the power were cut, it'd be a royal pain to get any door open. We know from experience. The walk thru gate has a high security lock camera intercom. It is not a flimsy lock that people say are "punched" out. Next layer of defense are two police/military trained personal protection guard dogs(ppd). My dog can attack an armed man in a car. I can't recommend a work dog or ppd more. If I couldn't have anything, I'd want a ppd. They're wonderful companions and they know what to do if you're in trouble. We have LED flood lighting, decorative bars, especially important for windows and doors left open. They need to be welded to the house not screwed in or they may be pulled off. Homes have had their bars cut. The neighbor heard the noise, which sounded like lawn equipment. Inside we have two alarmists, they're ankle biters. The arm biters stay outside, they are NEVER tied up or confined, how then can they protect us if they are confined? We have the security cameras and are able to check the house while away from any computer or smart cell phone with internet. Cameras are installed high and out of reach. As a homeowner with security cameras for 7 years now and the many power outages that we have, I can safely say a couple have been replaced twice, one is still an original but humidity and power surges burned some of them up. We bought a new system earlier this year replacing the old one. The day the neighborhoods have a homeowner with security cameras covering every street will be a great news. One doesn’t have to sit and monitor the cameras but check that they are working and if and when they hear of a problem, it sure helps to be able to review the recording. It is especially helpful to know the day and approximate time. Our cameras only hold recordings for up to 2 weeks and then it cycles off. I sleep with a charged cell phone programed for the Chapala police on my nightstand. It's recommended to keep an air boat marine horn or battery operated mega phone if you can bring one from the states and or a can of Raid. Even the alarm on your car being accessible from your key chain could be helpful on your nightstand. You could install cheap window alarms that are battery operated and will call you or a friend if broken into. There are electric dog barking alarms that a person in Jocotopec told me works well. This is a great option for someone who can’t keep a dog. Some homes have a high level security system with battery backup that will give an electric jolt that could potentially kill a person if cut. They have sirens that are deafening. Home owners were surprised the robber wasn’t dead after being thrown when he cut the alarm. Do tuck away valuables in places that aren't normal and don't tell ANYONE, unless it's a family member or a person who will be responsible if something happens to you. Some homes have a safe. DO NOT let anyone know you have one of those...scary, that alone can make you a target. Even if you only keep papers in it that are important to you and no one else. Homes have been robbed and those things were crow barred out of cement! Not worth it. Do not use your bedroom to hide things. If your home were touched, the bedroom is one room completely torn apart inside out. Forget it. Some people have special furniture with secret compartments, but if that were hauled off what good would it be? One year a house had even the furniture taken. I think they may have had a nice piano if my memory serves me right. If you ever talk to people that had a break in while they went to the store for less than an hour and ask what rooms were destroyed then think about it. I tell those people that whatever area wasn't messed up, that's where you have to hide your stuff that is valuable. That’s what I learned after our home was broken into in the village. Whatever you do, someone will say it's not fool proof. Make sure your home isn't the home with the least amount of security and where ever you look whether renting or buying, look at the other homes in the area and whoever has the most amount of security, at least have that much security built into your home. It's proven, in general, that if you have several homes, the home easiest to get into will be targeted. You can do the other obvious things, a timer for lights, leaving the tv or radio on while away. Join or create a very good Neighborhood Watch Group on Facebook or email. My feeling is that if we're home, I want a warning. If we aren't home, we've done the best we can. You may be a person or know of a person that has high walls, can't see his house from the road and that's it, never had an incident. Wonderful for them! Some people have guns, some people have machetes and pipes inside. Some people lock their bedroom doors with extra locks. You do what you need to do to feel comfortable. We've got the whole gamete here and know one will complain about keeping people OUT of their stuff and protecting their lives!
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