Tying Things Up NOB in Kansas

John and Judy Snyder's Retirement in Mexico



Where to Begin

The Exploration Trip

Finding THE Place

Steps Toward Making it Happen

Typing Thing Up NOB in Kansas

The Actual Move

Building the House

A Photo Tour of the Building Project

Heads Up

Here in Mexico We Enjoy...



 That last year (2001) before my retirement went quickly.  I was still working.   John’s dad had passed away in 1994.  He had been a worse pack rat than we were and John spent hundreds of hours going through the items in the garage and the house.  His mother was still living, but not up to such a formidable task.


We had three houses to sell (two were his mother’s, and one ours).  Ours was the most desirable and a young Mexican couple (she, the daughter of our neighbors across the street) wanted to buy it.  They needed a place to live immediately and of course, we were not ready to move out.  We took out time for the daunting task of making the unlivable apartment in John’s mother’s basement into a place livable for this couple until we could get moved to Mexico and they could move into our house.  When the time came, signing those papers for the sale of the house was a big step for both the buyers and us.  We had bought the house dirt cheap 30 years before and had invested numberless hours and boundless energy in refurbishing it, so I, especially, was pretty attached to it.  It was part of me.



Finally retirement day for me came (January 1, 2002) complete with cake and well wishes from many friends and co-workers.  We were far from being ready to move so I was grateful for the opportunity to work part-time for 10 months of 2002 in the same office I had been working for 18 years.  I worked just as hard as always, but with less responsibility and those 20-hour weeks gave me time to work on the sorting and packing and packing and sorting in the evenings and on my days off.   John’s agenda was much the same as mine—working part-time, packing and sorting.  He had also taken over the responsibility of caring for his mother who was no longer able to stay alone at night, fix her own meals, etc.  We continued to look forward to our move to Aguascalientes as I charted the weather each day and found the climate to be so much more temperate than Kansas City.



Reading Mexico Connect, (a website for those interested in Mexico) there seemed to be two schools of thought on “What to Bring”.  Some thought it best to bring the minimum and others thought it best to bring everything you might possibly need or could use (and of course, there were those in the middle).  I loved the comments of Jennifer Rose, one of Mexico Connect's able moderators, who stated, “Just because you divested yourself of your chazerai before moving here, you do not have the right to borrow the stuff I brought down! Nothing irritates me more than hearing another expatriate ask to borrow this or that, because they sold theirs at a garage sale before moving here. . . You may find uses for stuff that you never used back in the Old Country.”  Another contributor to, and moderator of Mexico Connect, Rolly Brook, has put a great deal of time and effort into creating a website that has a wealth of helpful information on moving to and living in Mexico.  (http://Rollybrook.com)



John and I both have a lot of interests, which necessitate a lot of tools to fulfill those interests, so we decided to get rid of as much as possible, and still take the things we would need.  The problem was, how does one transport all that and at what cost?  About that time our daughter was in a relationship with a young man, R-Kayma, who was a mover by profession.  He volunteered to move all we wanted to take, for only the cost of the diesel fuel.  That, to us, was incredible.



The other concern, of course, was meeting all the requirements in order to be issued a “rentista” or “retirement” visa.  This type visa, called an FM3 requires proof of income for each person in the family.  An additional requirement is the “menaje de casa” which is a household inventory list, on which  “All electric or electronic items should state brand and serial numbers.”   This list (in Spanish) allows the holder of an FM3 visa a one-time importation of household goods.