Making Limónes Into Limónada

Tim taking a break from “swanning.”

There we were, having a perfectly lovely time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, swanning around in our gorgeous rented hacienda, enjoying lovely Judith who came every day to lavish us with laughs and luscious lunches.  Our evenings were  spent with entertaining friends and our days filled with stimulating writing in our sunny private spaces.  We had been gone from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for so long that our pals were actually thrilled to see us and we them.

IMG_7293Our garden was fragrant and peaceful and  the weather was beginning to warm up so the thick walls of the house were holding some heat.  That meant no more huddling in serapes in the evening.  In other words, things were damned near perfect.

Then – WHAM!  Our usually charmed lives took a rotten turn.  Tim started feeling terrible.  At first we thought it was altitude, but as his energy and outlook declined we realized that we were still dealing with a complicated medication adjustment problem which we thought had been solved before we left California.

Tim having fun before the “wham.”

We made plans quickly to return to our docs who were already on the case.  Our “evacuation” was different from those who have a  home base because we had to secure a spot to land once we got “home.”  Thanks to friends who found a vacation rental for us and to our HomeAway owner in Mexico who generously helped us recoup some of our prepaid two months rent, we were ensconced in a nice vacation rental in California and setting up doc appointments within a few days.  It pays to have pals, doesn’t it?

So although we’d managed to catch up with some of our friends, dine in a few very nice restaurants, and revel in the pleasure of just being in San Miguel de Allende, we didn’t have time to make many photos.  I wanted so much to share the beauty of the town with you that I asked our darling friend, artist Brian Care, if he would stroll around town and snap some of the lovely sights for us.  He obliged and I’m thrilled to show you the gorgeous scenes. A pal saves the day one more time!


  • Luscious flowers. Smell those roses! Click through for more!
  • Doll makers are everywhere in San Miguel!
  • The Jardin, where all the action is day and night!
  • Color everywhere.
  • I've dragged tons of this wonderful stuff home over the years.
  • Fabric waiting for a wearer.
  • Five a day.
  • You can buy almost anything at the Mercado.
  • Homemade cheese for tonight's enchiladas.
  • Everything is fresh and abundant.
  • Get 'em while they're hot!
  • Quiero zapatos!

We’re sad that we missed so much of our trip but grateful to everyone who helped us and especially thankful that Tim is feeling much better. We don’t anticipate any more trouble on the medical front, and even though the experience was a  unsettling, we were happy that when our plan for such an emergency worked well.  We were home in no time and got the care we needed quickly.

In some ways our hurried departure was a blessing.  Since we got home earlier than expected, we were able to begin working on our newest project even sooner – building our California vacation rental in the gorgeous Central Coast.  I think that qualifies as turning Limón into Limónada, don’t you?

For the next few months I’ll keep you up to date as our little house in the country grows.  For now, here’s a peek at the start of it all.  I do believe we’ll put in a lime tree once we’re finished so we’ll always remember how lucky we are!


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  1. Dan OBrien

    Lynne and Tim, so happy that you are both okay. Your “postpone nothing” philosophy is only reinforced when you get a scare like this. Thanks so much for sharing your journey, you are a continuing source of inspiration. Be well, Dan

  2. Steve Vicencio

    Good health to you Tim… and to you also Lynne. I guess you’ll be in CA while you pull things together there. Can’t wait to hear of your next travel adventure!

  3. Holly

    Oh, I forgot to add – thank heavens for friends!!

  4. Holly

    So glad to hear that Tim’s medical problems have been stabilized – getting older does have its downsides! Hopefully, this does not mean you’ll need to curtail your travels b/c we all “travel” with you, enjoying your adventures. Perhaps there’s a way to arrange meds/treatments as you move around.

  5. Renee Hanraha

    Glad that hear that you were able to manage Tim’s medical emergency and that he’s back on the road to recovery! Love the picture of you with the hard hat, I think you should add that to your normal wardrobe! Hope you both have a great summer!

  6. Annita

    So relieved to hear about Tim’s recovery. And very interested to see the progress on the vacation rental. We’re very glad to hear from you. You look marvelous as usual! Love ya!

  7. Italiangirl2020

    We were so glad to hear that Tim is fine. Things happen. We went to Spain and had a bit of an adventure there too.
    I have a question. What do you mean by “vacation rental”? Are you going to rent this place or are you going to use it when you’re back in CA? I suppose it would be wise to get a little place for a home base. We want to do this too. Thanks for any updates.

  8. Mary Margaret

    Whew! Dodged a bullet on that one, Tim! How wonderful to have friends to help in a time of crisis when you’re out of the country. Glad to hear things are back to “normal”. You and Lynne are our role models so keep the adventures coming! I love the positive attidude that just keeps on rolling. Stay well!

  9. Fay Kennedy

    Hi Lynne……Thanks for the update…..Hope Tim is feeling better…….wellness is the gift we pray for…..When you hav a chance, I’d like to know if you have researched any Intentional Communities in CA – or looked into the ‘Tiny Houses’ that are becoming popular in CO and NY – I am also very interested in the Vacation Rental you are building…… Have you decided to purchase property in CA or are you leasing the land for your vacation rental? … I am currently renting a lovely cozy studio in Virginia Beach (i.e. attached mother-in-law suite) on the Bay for 6 months and hope to find a similar studio/attached casita in Palm Springs CA for the rest of the year……. Any comments for me or ideas? Keep up the good work and I appreciate all the information you share for our life planning endeavors ! Regards and Be Well……. Fay Kennedy

  10. Bonnie H

    Good grief! Seems that May is an unlucky month for us both… while Tim was dealing with his meds I was in the hospital in Nice dealing with an attack of pancreatitis. All is well and the experience sure did improve my French! Glad to hear Tim is well again and you’ve started yet another phase of your lives. Can’t wait for the next post!

  11. Leslie Preston

    What a fantastic idea to build a vacation rental at your home base! Good thinking! Glad everyone is better. Love your posts!

  12. Babs

    I had been concerned when you left so swiftly. Glad to know that the medical care your husband needed was
    readily available back in the USA.

    Hope ya’ll return another time for a longer period. Sorry we didn’t get to meet.

  13. Katia

    Hi Lynne, sorry to hear you had to leave San Miguel unexpectedly but glad that Tim is feeling better. Keep us posted!

  14. Emily Dame

    Thanks for the update. Been waiting patiently for news that Tim is on the mend!

  15. Bonnie

    HI Lynne, Sorry about Tim’s medical emergency but you sure did a quick pivot into a new and interesting direction. Good for you! Dave also had a medical emergency while we were in NZ and we came back a month early to deal with that. We’re still dealing with it but able to continue our traveling, working around his monthly eye injections for macular degeneration wherever we are. Who said retirement was going to be glitch free but with a positive attitude, a bit of gratitude and flexible outlook on life, the likes of us can look forward to going on living home free! All the best to you both, Bonnie and Dave too