Sunday, May 1, 2016

BUDGET UPDATE: April, 2016

It's again a New Year!! Wow, time is flying by here in beautiful PV where we once again proved that you can live well for a very reasonable budget. (See our Year End analysis published in January, 2015 & January, 2016.)

So, off we go again into this new year trying to continue to live within our income but still keeping our goal of no more than $2,000/month for our true Living Expenses. And, if we keep our total expenses to no more than an average of $2,500/month, it leaves a good bit for our love of traveling.

January was an extremely busy month for us! Many show openings that we love to attend. Free tickets in lieu of doing some advertising work for local entertainment venues. Thank You!!

February highlight was our trip to the mountains of MX to see the Monarch Butterflies. High season is in full swing.

March was a month of meeting up with many visiting friends & catching up with friends we really hadn't had a chance to see since the holidays. We splurged on several meals out.

April was the time we took to do some preventative medical exams. We are extremely grateful to have a medical guru here in PV. Pam Thompson-Webb of HealthCareResourcesPV.com. She runs medical clinics every month. As members (very inexpensive), we get discounted medical exams with specialists of all areas. 

I also took a part time job doing media coordinating for a local organization. My time is most certainly not idle!! 


Living Expenses: January February March April
Rent w/util  $       800  $       800  $       800  $       800
Electric  $         18  $           9  $         11  $         12
Cell Phone  $         16  $         11  $         12  $         23
Groceries  $       192  $       190  $       202  $       271
Meals Out  $       363  $       262  $       463  $       355
Drinks Only  $       197  $       116  $       209  $       158
Entertainment  $         37  $         63  $       159  $         63
Massages  $         19  $         73  $         91  $         46
Bus/Taxi  $         15  $         28  $         29  $         55
Dental Cleaning



Incidentals  $       100  $       100  $         46  $         70
TOTAL  $    1,757  $    1,652  $    2,022  $    1,853





TOTAL W/O RENT  $       957  $       852  $    1,222  $    1,053





Discr Spending:



Visas/Legal  $       220  $            -  $         23
Clothes/Shoes/Gifts  $         48  $         95
 $       284
Medical/Life Ins.  $       322  $       322  $       322  $       322
Tours


 $         73
Home Improve  $       203
 $       322
Medical

 $         52  $       134
Dental



Air Travel



Trips/Vacations
 $       877

Car Rental/Gas



Spanish Lessons



TOTAL Discr.  $       793  $    1,294  $       719  $       813





TOTAL ALL  $    2,550  $    2,946  $    2,741  $    2,666


*Meals Out: Jan. 15x; Feb 11x; Mar 17x; 14x
*Drinks Only: Jan. 14x; Feb 10x; 13x; 12x
*Legal: Jan. Passport Renewal
*Trips/Vacations: We took a wonderful 4 day/3 night trip to see the Monarch Butterflies in the mountains of MX. This amount included transportation, hotels, meals, souvenirs, entrance fees, etc.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

BUDGET UPDATE: MARCH, 2016

It's again a New Year!! Wow, time is flying by here in beautiful PV where we once again proved that you can live well for a very reasonable budget. (See our Year End analysis published in January, 2015 & January, 2016.)

So, off we go again into this new year trying to continue to live within our income but still keeping our goal of no more than $2,000/month for our true Living Expenses. And, if we keep our total expenses to no more than an average of $2,500/month, it leaves a good bit for our love of traveling.

January was an extremely busy month for us! Many show openings that we love to attend. Free tickets in lieu of doing some advertising work for local entertainment venues. Thank You!!

February highlight was our trip to the mountains of MX to see the Monarch Butterflies. High season is in full swing.

March was a month of meeting up with many visiting friends & catching up with friends we really hadn't had a chance to see since the holidays. We splurged on several meals out.

I also took a part time job doing media coordinating for a local organization. My time is most certainly not idle!! 


Living Expenses:    January  February     March
Rent w/util  $       800  $       800  $       800
Electric  $         18  $           9  $         11
Cell Phone  $         16  $         11  $         12
Groceries  $       192  $       190  $       202
Meals Out  $       363  $       262  $       463
Drinks Only  $       197  $       116  $       209
Entertainment  $         37  $         63  $       159
Massages  $         19  $         73  $         91
Bus/Taxi  $         15  $         28  $         29
Dental Cleaning


Incidentals  $       100  $       100  $         46
TOTAL  $    1,757  $    1,652  $    2,022




TOTAL W/O RENT  $       957  $       852  $    1,222




Discr Spending:


Visas/Legal  $       220  $           -  $         23
Clothes/Shoes/Gifts  $         48  $         95
Medical/Life Ins.  $       322  $       322  $       322
Tours


Home Improve  $       203
 $       322
Medical

 $         52
Dental


Air Travel


Trips/Vacations
 $       877
Car Rental/Gas


Spanish Lessons


TOTAL Discr.  $       793  $    1,294  $       719




TOTAL ALL  $    2,550  $    2,946  $    2,741
 
*Meals Out: Jan. 15x; Feb 11x; Mar 17x
*Drinks Only: Jan. 14x; Feb 10x; 13x
*Legal: Jan. Passport Renewal
*Trips/Vacations: We took a wonderful 4 day/3 night trip to see the Monarch Butterflies in the mountains of MX. This amount included transportation, hotels, meals, souvenirs, entrance fees, etc.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Budget Update - February, 2016

It's again a New Year!! Wow, time is flying by here in beautiful PV where we once again proved that you can live well for a very reasonable budget.

So, off we go again into this new year trying to continue to live within our income but still keeping our goal of no more than $2,000/month for our true Living Expenses. And, if we keep our total expenses to no more than $2,500/month, it leaves a good bit for our love of traveling.

January was an extremely busy month for us! Many show openings that we love to attend. Free tickets in lieu of doing some advertising work for local entertainment venues. Thank You!!

February highlight was our trip to the mountains of MX to see the Monarch Butterflies. High season is in full swing.

I also took a part time job doing media coordinating for a local organization. My time is most certainly not idle!!


Living Expenses: January February
Rent w/util  $       800  $       800
Electric  $         18  $           9
Cell Phone  $         16  $         11
Groceries  $       192  $       190
Meals Out  $       363  $       262
Drinks Only  $       197  $       116
Entertainment  $         37  $         63
Massages  $         19  $         73
Bus/Taxi  $         15  $         28
Dental Cleaning

Incidentals  $       100  $       100
TOTAL  $    1,757  $    1,652



TOTAL W/O RENT  $       957  $       852



Discr Spending:

Visas/Legal  $       220  $            -
Clothes/Shoes/Gifts  $         48  $         95
Medical/Life Ins.  $       322  $       322
Tours

Home Improve  $       203
Medical

Dental

Air Travel

Trips/Vacations
 $       877
Car Rental/Gas

Spanish Lessons

TOTAL Discr.  $       793  $    1,294



TOTAL ALL  $    2,550  $    2,946

*Meals Out: Jan. 15x; Feb 11x
*Drinks Only: Jan. 14x; Feb 10x
*Legal: Jan. Passport Renewal
*Trips/Vacations: We took a wonderful 4 day/3 night trip to see the Monarch Butterflies in the mountains of MX. This amount included transportation, hotels, meals, souvenirs, entrance fees, etc.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Catch Up !!!! February, 2016


Well, HELLO there!!

Yup, it's me finally getting the time to write a few words. Since returning from Europe on October 21st, 2015, I haven't truly gotten the chance!

The day after we returned, we dealt with an infestation of termites that just about ate up our bathroom cabinet. We were able to salvage it but what a mess!

Then Hurricane Patricia, yea, my namesake, decide to put us all in a state of high alert. Mike & I fortunately made it to Costco and the market to restock our coffers before the masses descended there. The day Patricia was supposed to kick our butts, Mike and I made the decision to stay put in our condo. Based in many factors, we felt safer right here rather than trying to flee or move inland. 

So we taped Windows, took everything off the walls and counters, and set up a safe room in our bathroom. Our biggest concern was the blow out of our windows, which we knew would definitely happen.

Store fronts all taped.
I was also kept crazy busy with monitoring my huge membership Facebook Group, Puerto Vallarta: Everything You Need or Want to Know. Unfortunately, the news media in the US and Canada had us all dead. Yup, they were reporting that anyone still in PV would be a goner!! I had to ask people tactfully, to please stop!! We were the ones here and could tell them all exactly what was going on. 

Early in the day, the government did evacuate everyone from the beach hotels and housing. I can't tell you how impressed I was with the way they mobilized so quickly. This storm became a CAT 5 within 24 hours. The biggest in the history of Pacific hurricanes!!

It was a very long day, to say the least!! First they told us they were going to cut power off at 2pm, then when that didn't happen, they said 4pm. But, in the end, they never did turn it off because the storm didn't reach us at all!

We were all praising our beloved Sierra Mountains that have always spared us from any direct hit. One of the reasons we live be it here. Sure enough, the storm actually took the path for least destruction of people. However, those that were in its path had tons of damage. We got no more than a light rain and a whiff of wind. The storm we had a week later was way more ferocious!

So we had party, after party of surviving a hurricane that never came. And fund raising began in earnest for those less fortunate. 

So began the high season !! Lol 

I committed to a part time job as Media Coordinator for a local organization. That has kept me quite busy. Plus, I was given the opportunity to do some advertising for the local live theater and, in return, given free tickets to the shows. So between the two opportunities, I'm crazy busy!!


Halloween, Day of The Dead, Thanksgiving, Pilgrimages, Christmas, New Years, Mardi Gras, Valentines, and many birthday parties have come and gone. All the while, we're enjoying our friends and getting together to celebrate our way of life here.






View from Casa Karma

Build your own Bloody Mary at Casa Karma.

Nathan & Allen, our neighbors & good friends.



































Mardi Gras:















I modeled in one of the wonderful charity functions for the orphaned children. Mike has been playing trivia with a group on Monday evenings. I even called the trivia event one week because the organizer was taking a short trip. I'm now working on modeling for another charity function in a couple of weeks.





 





A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I took a short 4 day/3 night trip up into the mountains to experience the Monarch Butterfly Awakening. No words to describe!! Stunning and spectacular!!

We also got to visit Morelia, where the Pope just visited, Tzitzanzun, Santa Clara de Cobre, & Patzcurao. All beautiful with gorgeous local handcrafts of straw weaving, pottery, copper, etc. We did a bit of very inexpensive shopping but came home with a bunch! LOL
Video of Monarchs:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hq8wgjb3yelolid/IMG_6010.MOV?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b16vnpm7adhrm4w/IMG_6121.MOV?dl=0


















A terrific opportunity to go to China and Thailand for 22 days at a simply fantastic price popped up, so we jumped on it!  Booked and everything in the works. August 24th is our departure date. So excited!

In the last couple of weeks we also applied and received our new passports that were expiring this year and it looks like we may be embarking on starting a new business here. Like we're not busy enough!! Retirement for us just meant that we have time to give our time to causes we are passionate about. It certainly doesn't mean we have become reticent about life.

But, the BIG news, is the that Mike was asked and he accepted to be a contestant in the 2nd Annual "What A Drag 2016" show. This is where 8/9 straight men dress up in drag and perform in the theater. The audience gets to vote on who's best overall after they are interviewed and then perform. This is all for the battered women's shelter. A fantastic cause!! So, stay tuned, as this is happening this coming Friday night!








Well, I have to say, the What A Drag 2016 was an amazing event!! The 8 guys did an incredible job of putting themselves out there. We raised almost $30,000US (over 500,000 pesos) for this worthy cause - Banderas Bay Women's Shelter. You guys ROCKED!!

 Video of Mike


The MC's, Sutton Lee Seymour & Kim Kuzma

My Guy, Mike Lyman - MISS CANDY APPLE!!





Joe Jack of Joe Jack's Fish Shack.






 


Mike & his Fairy Godmother - Nathan Frye!



I intend to finish my postings on the last two cities of our European trip - Madrid and Lisbon. I will, I will!

New friends keep coming into our lives and we feel so very fortunate to have them. Everyone here says they have more good friends than they did back "home". It's so easy to meet new people here and we're all just friggin HAPPY! Our health continues to be good and we cherish it. 

So here's to hoping that you're all healthy and happy! Later taters.