A $10 plastic alberca from Sorianas, a sun lounge, garden hose and you have a water park (tobogane). I couldn't fit the larger pool in my van that cost $20 but this seem to work for the kids. It's not broken yet. Long summer to go
I have to make this a project soon. Not only it's tiring but also expensive to keep getting my electronics repaired - if they can be. 3 weeks ago I lost my computer power supply and my wireless router. That was caused by the first rain of the year causing shorts in the towns (Melaque) electrical system.
A few days ago I lost my TV and DVD player due to nearby lightning strikes. They are in the repair shop right now.
I will drive a rod into the ground and run a ground wire to it from the panel but also from the outlets that have electronics - because there are only 2 wires in the house.
This Sunday we headed for the west end of Melaque beach and immediatly were told by people and even the restaurant the water was full of Malagua (mal agua or jellyfish). This term refers to any sized jellyfish but here they are small and you seldom see them, you just feel the stings. The kids were only in a few minutes and all had multiple small red sting marks.
Marcos showed up about the time we decided to go to the lagoon in Barra de Navidad. Evidently these little drifting creatures end up along the beach due to wind and wave action and don't make it into protected areas like the lagoon.
So we had to rent a table and pay for parking near the Barra swimming beach ... but it's great for the kids and even Mia (3 years) could flop around in the shallows. Bring your own beer and food ... and mangos on a stick are only 5 pesos.
The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.