In two weeks, for 6 days a week, my gardener makes 750 pesos (US $35). The maid works for 4 - 5 hours every day, 5 days a week, and makes 700 pesos ($33) a week.
When I first moved to the Lake Chapala area, I remember it took me several minutes to get used to someone else mowing the lawn. I could sit on the terraza or terrace, watch my gardener Memo go back and forth with the lawnmower, and even point out a spot he missed.
If I were to cut corners, it wouldn’t be the gardener and the housekeeper, because 1) we need to employ them; and, 2.) they’re very devoted. We’ve had our gardener with us for over 18 years, and we’ve had our maid for 15 years. Why would you want to get rid of that? I love having them.
People in the US will say, “I don’t want to have a pool, it requires too much maintenance.” I haven’t done anything to the our pool, and it’s perfect every day. My gardener takes care of the garden and of the pool, and all I have to do is jump in the pool, and I enjoy it all.
Our Golden Retriever uses our pool more than anyone else. I taught her as a pup how to climb out using the ladder, which is hilarious to watch. She’ll jump in to do a few laps, get back up climbing up the ladder, and shake off.
(Home with pool by the guest quarters, Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)