and the rain exploded with a mighty crash…

I can remember being at activities and events and if it started to rain people would scramble to get home because they had left doors or windows open. Tom and I never had to worry about that.

Our house in Merida was/is truely amazing that way, every opening is protected. Mazimum airflow, minimal direct sun, and almost no rain.

Very cool, breezy, and dry.

Not quite the same in this old Richmond house, which is not a fraction the age of the old Merida house.

Every window lets rain in, and even worse, the storm windows let rain on to the sills so that the water soaks in and leaches down in to the wall.

This old Richmond house has become quite a project for Tom.

The first replacement window he did required practically rebuilding part of a wall because it was so rotted from long term water damage.


Last night there was a big storm, and about 11, just as we were getting ready to go to bed some inner voice pulled me over to the dining room window, the ceiling was leaking. so I grabbed a bucket and rag, and then up to the attic we we went. Tom found a nail sticking through the roof rafters that was allowing water in, the water then entered a piece of insulation and travelled along its fold to where it could escape and ran on to the flooring which then allowed it to seep through the floor and then through the downstairs ceiling.

In Merida, if water came in you didn't worry, everything was cement and stone. You just squeegied it out the doors… And the floors dried in no time at all. Not here, everything is porous, and wood, and takes ages to dry and sometimes creates toxic mold…

and the floors, mop a floor and go rest, it takes 20+ minutes to dry.

ok, rant over. I bet the kitchen floor is dry and now I can move on to the dining room.

oh, and for those in the know, I use a jalador and trapos to clean floors in this old Richmond house.


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends. Then in 2016 I moved to Richmond, Virginia, USA. Culture shock continues.
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6 Responses to and the rain exploded with a mighty crash…

  1. The bathroom redo is fabulous. Congratulations! The color combo speaks to me.

  2. blissinger says:

    Um…I looked up jalador in WordRef and they said it’s a door handle. I’m just curious, I’m still in MX and always trying to add to my vocabulary

  3. joliet13 says:

    What’s great is that Tom can fix all that stuff! Merida has some house advantages but the extreme climate also is hard on houses. Houses are work…period! And every house has it surprises hidden away. You are making the Richmond house so cute. Soon there won’t be any more surprises, but new stuff will come up…it’s inevitable everywhere. ❤️🇲🇽❤️🍷

    • he is indeed very handy, although I fear all the projects are starting to overwhelm him. There are quite a few. And he feels especially pressed to get them done, for me. We are now comfortable, and enjoying some of what Richmond has to offer, and I’ve convinced him to hire out some of the work, so progress, on both our parts. Looking forward to your visit.

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