House Tour: Outside


House Tour: Our Room

House Tour: Upstairs

House Tour: Living Room

House Tour: My Bathroom

House Tour: Kitchen and Storage Room


Last but certainly not least is the part of our little Cancun rental house that won me over from the beginning… the outside. When I first saw the house, I fell in love with the climbing tree in the front yard. It’s still my favorite part of the entire place!

Let’s start off with the backyard, shall we?


We still love our new patio and the palm trees are growing nicely, although the grass we had seems to have been a failed endeavor.

The large fan palm is by far my favorite of our palms. I kinda wish I'd only used fan palms since it seems to do so, so well in our backyard.

The back of the house... a hot mess, but that doesn't bother me because we rarely have to look at it. The big duct tape X on the window is probably left over from Hurricane Wilma back in 2005. After Wilma, many Cancun houses still had duct tape Xs that wouldn't come off the windows. (They're put on there to keep the window from shattering in a hurricane)

Love the design in our patio! Dolly and Suki like it, too.

We FINALLY moved our orchid tree from the front planter to the backyard. The flowers and leaves immediately died off (we figured they would), but the branches are still green 3 weeks later, so I think my precious orchid tree is gonna make it! I've been watering it every evening.


Front Yard

(I use the word “yard” loosely)

View from the front door

When the house owners painted the front this bright orange a few months ago, I was less than thrilled. Now, however, I really like it! Very bright, but very cheerful.

Our beautiful copa de oro tree

Love this view 🙂

Our yellow flowers have gotten pretty wild! I like it. Please excuse our table, we like to eat lunch outdoors sometimes.

Reader Photo Requests: Outside My Front Door

Moving along with Reader Photo Requests: My follower and Facebook friend Joe asked me to post the first thing I see when I walk out my front door every morning.

I love my front patio. It’s the main reason we plan to continue renting our current house for a long time. Even my neighbor across the street has a plant-filled yard, so from my living room I can look out the front window and pretend we live in a garden fairyland. Cancun is a city known for its teeny-tiny front and back patios, most of which are all concrete, so we’re very lucky to actually have a backyard and front planters where we can practice our gardening.

I will be posting updated patio photos soon because I got several house tour requests, so hang tight for awhile and you’ll see how it has grown.

Every morning, I walk out my front door and stop to check on the progress of my orchid tree before I walk out the front gate. We bought this tree last year thinking it was just a plant until blog reader Pauline informed me that it was, in fact, a tree. We have left it in our front patio planter ever since, but the plan was always to take down the tree in the backyard and replace it with the orchid tree. On Saturday we had the last of the old tree trunk removed from the backyard, but since our gardener put in some serious weed killer, we’re going to wait a week or two before transplanting the orchid tree into its place of honor in the backyard.

For now the orchid tree looks a bit out of place and the planter is overcrowded, but that will all change soon.

Here it is in the early morning light. I love the specks of light coming through our copa de oro tree.

The flowers on this tree are absolutely gorgeous, and they seem to bloom year-round here in the tropics. They grow in bunches. When 1 bunch has died out, there are always several new ones to take its place.

Our little orchid tree is a fighter! Our landlords came to paint the front of the house a few months ago, and they moved a few plants around while they were here. For some reason, the landlord actually cut the entire plant down to its roots. Jorge asked him why he did that and he couldn’t really answer… weird… so anyway we’re really glad that the orchid tree has come back in full force so quickly!

What’s your favorite flower?

Our Backyard Makeover: Before and After

So waaaay back in August I told ya’ll that we were going to redo the backyard, which we did! I hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures of it until this weekend, mainly because I am stuck in the office during daylight hours. But now I finally have the “After” shots!

Here’s the “before”:

And here are the “afters”…

Unfortunately, the grass was damaged by the recent “Backyard Pool” incident. Then again, it wasn’t growing in well to begin with! If anyone has advice on growing grass, I’m all ears.

We’d also like to paint the walls white, and eventually remove the potted tree and potted bush. We’re still thinking that one over, though… we really hate that tree, but it does provide good shade. We’d replace the tree with my new orchid tree. After my last post on it, a reader (Thanks, Pauline!) identified it as an orchid tree, not a plant, which is very exciting! No shade from that baby for a few more years, though. 🙁

The total cost for this makeover, including palm plants, grass, dirt and patio, was somewhere around $300 US. Not bad, eh?

Operation Chile Cat Part 2

Two weeks ago, Jorge began Operation Chile Cat to rid our front tree planter of cat poop. With just one night of chile powder set around the ledges of the planter, it seems we were partially successful. As it turns out, we had TWO neighborhood cats pooping in our planter, and now that number has been reduced to ONE.  *evil grin*

Saturday night we heard about 10 minutes of yowling from outside, and I just chalked it up to some “naughty business” going on with the neighborhood cats. Jorge looked out our front window to see 3 cats sitting outside our front gate, looking at our house and yowling. I think they’re on to us.

At the recommendation of my reader Johanna, we decided to kick it up a notch by using coffee grounds. Last night, Jorge poured chile powder and coffee grounds around the planter, then sprinkled some in the dirt.

Game on.