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SMA, week 3, recap

Pflouff’s new groomer is located outside the town of Atotonilco, which is about 10 miles northwest of San Miguel de Allende. Her groomer also happens to be just down the road from Nirvana, a hotel/restaurant/spa we visited back in March and loved. Sounds like a plan for an afternoon out!

We dropped Miss Pflouff off at 11, and then Jay, Polo, and I popped over to Nirvana. They were happy to have Polo accompany us in the outside part of their restaurant.

We decided to order several things and share them. We started with this delicious cheese plate of manchego cheese, green olives, and pancetta.

I absolutely had to try the Huitlacoche and squash blossom cream soup. It was marvelous!

Jay wanted to try the beet carpacchio salad with goat cheese and walnut praline and a touch of fresh arugula in creamy balsamic vinaigrette. Nom!

The we split the scallops. Jay says my scallops are better, but we loved the sauce.

After a leisurely lunch we walked around the grounds for a while. Although I had been here back in March, I hadn’t explored much then. They grow their own vegetables, and they raise some of their meat animals. Intermixed with the farm, there were delightful park-like spots. I loved this area with a statue of St. Francis.

We met these two adorable burros, who brayed loudly until they were given the attention they were due.

Polo wasn’t sure what to make of the burros. He was captivated by the ducks, though!

After touring the grounds, we decided to drive into Atotonilco to see the church. I wasn’t expecting it to be so crowded, but apparently they get 5000 visitors a week.

We drove through and parked at the far end of town. It was basically a permanent street festival on the way back toward the church.

We wove our way through the crowds. This gold man loved Polo and was fun to chat with.

In general the people in Mexico ignore dogs on leash, but Polo is an exception to the rule. He’s so unusual that people want to ask about him and touch his fur. Polo doesn’t love strangers, but he’s getting used to them, and he graciously tolerated quite a lot of attention in Atotonilco. Honestly, he’s a good traveling dog and was EXTREMELY well-behaved yesterday. Pflouff would not have enjoyed the day at all, not one single aspect of it.

The church itself is gorgeous.

I have just two photos from inside. Jay thinks maybe there was a wedding going on — he couldn’t get past the entrance because it was so full. But he said every inch of it was ornate, like the photos he took.

Here’s a statue that was outside the church.

After a while we got hot and thirsty, so we headed back to the car. There’s a cemetery near town, and we tried to find it, but failed. Oh well — another time.

We stopped at this devotional spot on the way out of town. Apparently there’s a big facility inside that does things like wedding receptions. The gate was unlocked, but I didn’t venture in.

By then it was almost time to pick up our daughter dog, so we headed back to the groomer. Pflouff looked beautiful (and was more than ready to leave), so we piled in the car and drove straight home. We had a wonderful day, but as soon as we got home, the four of us split and went to our respective areas to relax and decompress. I live in a house full of introverts!

The rest of the week was low key and normal. During the week, we have a standard routine that is not unlike our routine in the US. We work during the day, and every other day in the late afternoon, one of us goes to the grocery store. We cook most of our meals at home, though we like to do take out once or twice a week.

We’re still having some internet issues. Supposedly Live Telecom is doing some upgrades, which is what’s causing our outages and slow downs. That doesn’t change the fact that we can’t work when those are happening. I intended to talk to them on Friday to see if there’s a dedicated solution we could get that would be guaranteed up (and a faster pipe), but when I went to pay my MegaCable bill, I found out that they may have a faster, cheaper solution. We’re going to try to get that next week and have both for a month to compare services.

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Ending 2016 and looking forward

[Note to readers: I got very, very behind on updating this blog. I missed some very important events that I am going back and documenting now — and setting the dates back as well. I’m actually writing this post at the end of March, 2017. ]

This has been a long year, and I will not be sad to see it end. If I could figure out how to kick it in the ass on the way out, I’d be standing at the ready. Of course, I think I’d be in a long line. This hasn’t been a good year for very many people, I don’t think.

In January of this year, I had three dogs and three horses. Now I have two dogs — one new — and one horse. Sort of.

We lost Miss Guin back in January. My darling mare. She had an incredible retirement, and it was her time, so although it was sad, it was understandable.

I didn’t lose Mr. Blue — not in the permanent sense. Instead I gifted him to Heidi, the young woman who has adored him for many, many years. He’s in a good place with someone who loves him.

Rosa is our “sort of” horse. She’s an interesting story. We got her a couple of years ago with the plan to let her grow up, and then get her trained and rehomed. Unfortunately, she got hurt just a day or so after we got her. Turns out that injury is going to prevent her from being ridden.

We sent her for training back in April. By the end of June, he trainer had to throw in the towel. The lasting pain in that injury made Rosa potentially explosive and unsafe to ride. We are paying her board and looking for a permanent companion home for her.

We lost my curly boys, Pax and River, back in July and March respectively. The pain of that loss still hits me, still brings me to tears. Pax was an old man, yes, but River was not. River was lost much, much too soon.

Miss Pflouff, I’m happy to say, is still with us. She turned 8 this year. She has some issues with her shoulders, but she’s still trucking right along. We adore her.

And of course, there’s our newest boy, Mr. Polo. He has settled in and become a much loved member of our family. We missed having a curly boy.

I started a new job back in June, and it has gone incredibly well! I honestly couldn’t have asked for better. It turned out to be a blessing not to get the management position. I’ve excelled in the position they gave me, and I have terrific (new) leadership.

I’ve spent the last couple of months heads down on a big project that rolled out at the beginning of December. It went FABULOUSLY, and I’ve gotten nothing but congratulations since then. I really, really love working for this company!

The big news is what’s coming in 2017. Jay and I have decided to move… to Mexico.

Okay, sort of. We realized that he and I are BOTH working remotely, and that we’re tied only to US time zones. So we’ve decided to sell our house here, and “snowbird” outside of the country. We’re not moving permanently (or even officially, really). We’re going to keep an address here — just not a big house and 10 acres — and we’re going to pop back and forth, living in different places south of the border for 6 months or maybe up to a year at a time.

We want to travel and explore the world, but we don’t want to be TOURISTS. We want to immerse ourselves in other cultures. I’ve been planning to quit work in a few years and explore by boat, but we realized that since we’re both remote workers, we don’t have to wait.

We can’t do the boat thing right now because we need fast, reliable internet for our jobs. So we have to move and live on land, but that’s okay. This will be a good opportunity for up to get a jump start on what we want to do in retirement — and hopefully by selling the house, we can even save some money!

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Introducing: Polo!

[Note to readers: I got very, very behind on updating this blog. I missed some very important events that I am going back and documenting now — and setting the dates back as well. I’m actually writing this post at the end of March, 2017. ]

And then this happened!

Introducing Bright Explorer Tornado Beta, the son of International Champion and World Dog Show Champion Roughyeds Poseidon. His call name is Polo, and he’s a 16-month-old curly coated retriever, who joined our family yesterday.

Polo has been living with a field trainer, but he wasn’t maintaining his weight there. Unfortunately, his owner has intact females and lacks the facilities to keep everyone separated. So Polo has come to live with me (and remaining intact, so his very desirable genes won’t be lost).

He’s performance bred, so we’re going to try out lots of fun activities. I’ve been really grieving the loss of my curly boys, so I’m super excited to have him and ever-so-grateful to Kari Swarztrauber for giving us this wonderful opportunity.

Jay and I left bright and early yesterday morning to drive the 250 miles to southern Washington to pick up Polo. The drive down was gorgeous and stress-free, and then we had a TERRIFIC time meeting Kari, Polo, and Kari’s lovely curly ladies. (And we had THE most delicious lunch. Kari grew everything herself, and it was marvelous. Her garden is just fabulous.)

Mr. Polo was sweet but reserved. Once we got in the car to drive home, he was pretty certain he had been dognapped! Jay sat in the back seat with him, which was good. It gave him a chance to start to trust one of us. We carefully regimented a procedure for opening and closing doors, putting on his leash, etc., since we didn’t want to risk his bolting away. He was obviously stressed and scared, but still very kind and biddable.

We stopped several times, giving him a chance to potty and decompress a bit, but 250 miles is a long time in the car. He didn’t sleep… laid down only off and on, and only for a minute or two at a time. For the last 100 miles, he was DONE. He wanted out.

When we got home, we put Pflouff on leash, intending to introduce them out on the driveway. NOPE. Polo was done. He growled and made it clear that he couldn’t handle more of that tonight. So we didn’t push it. Poor Miss Pflouff had to spend the night upstairs.

We took Polo down to the basement (where our bedroom is). Jay set up a crate for him, thinking he might be more comfortable there. He hasn’t set foot in it, though. He got on the bed and settled in Jay’s spot. I scooted over to the dog bed, so he could be between us without being “forced” to snuggle. He was still up and down a lot throughout the night, but he didn’t get off the bed, and he eventually fell asleep.

This morning, he was MUCH better. He played eagerly with us, both with and without toys. We played tug, and we threw a ball. Oh, and of course, we introduced him to Pflouff. It took a little while, because it took her time to understand that she needed to be calm and gentle, but now they are living together free and relaxed.

We’re going to be pretty low key and relaxed for a while to give him a chance to destress and adjust. He has a lot of exploring to do, and we want him to bond with us. Right now, Jay is his preferred dognapper. But as I write this, Jay is doing the grocery shopping, and Polo is lying on the floor at my feet.

We love him dearly and are so grateful to have him here.

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