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Thursday, April 12, 2018

House sitting, Boca style

As of the end of March, I became...well, my mom doesnt like me to use the word “homeless”, so I will say a vagabond. Hahaa

I let my apartment in San Clemente go, and moved all my things into my friend’s garage. I started a house sitting job on April 4 and will be here until the 20th. Another long weekend job the end of April, and then another house for three weeks in May...what do I need my own apartment for?


So, I am making money AND saving money. At this house I have a couple small dogs and a POOL! I also have had an electric bike to ride around on, which has made going to San Clemente to do hair a breeze!



This is Daisy, a Chinese crested recently brought back from the States. She took awhile to warm up, we had many play dates before the parents left, and now she is on my lap as often as I will allow. Her brother Doogie is a Papillion, and also a sweetheart.


Such a spectacular location this house, at the end of the malecon, with the Portoviejo river on the south, mangroves to the east and ocean to the west. Rainy season is ending, and the sunsets have been...well



Perry isn’t quite sure whats next, but he is pretty happy as long as he is with me. He tries so hard to get along with everybody. What a funny boy.



A quick ride into San Jacinto, a haircut, pick up my paints, and then I see pool time in my future. A couple paint projects to work on and maybe my Bakery family over this weekend for pool time before the kids go back to school...so stay tuned, the Adventure continues!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

This week around Ecuador

It was a busy week and weekend here on the coast, the last hooray before kids go back to school, and Holy Week. Easter is NOT chocolate bunnies and eggs here...it is somber and serious. Here are photos from the “Walk of the Cross”, those following the blog for sometime, may remember the people start the walk in Charapoto, and then down the beach, stopping every so often to pray, reflect, sing and act out the stations of the cross.



The rainy season, which this year was not bad, is almost over, but still giving some beautiful sights.



Awesome double rainbow up northeast near Quito, and my friends cute little house.


And a great catch up the beach in San Clemente. And another in Manta...speaking of gifts from the sea


Time for a beach walk, and scope out the new debris, so much free stuff, really need to get a sled or backpack for Perry! So...stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Will work for food

For the most part when an Ecuadorean asks me to do a paint project, I offer to work for food. While house sitting, one of the local surfers came down and asked me if I could paint a couple signs for him. He wrote down what he wanted, and I told him when they would be ready.


He apparently fixes surfboards, and wanted people to keep the beach clean. When he came to pick them up, I was in the middle of moving, so I just told him they were a gift, and he said he would catch me sometime...maybe, but I doubt it.

Most recently some kids found me sitting on the porch at Jerri’s and asked if I could paint some pictures for them. They had a deadline, by the 6th of April, and I said no problem, and then we figured out what they wanted. Three boards with pictures, no words, one of the Cabana restaurants, one with a sunset, and one with the mangrove tower. To be delivered to the Golden Dragon Restaurant down the beach.


Still not quite sure if they are just decoration for the restaurant, or if they are raffle prizes or what, but...I will work for food, and that is all that matters. I really love being asked, and like having a project to work on. So...stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Friday, March 23, 2018

House Sitting and Dog sitting

When Mike and I seperated last year, I started putting the word out that I was available for house and dog sitting. I decided to charge $15 a day, and have had several jobs, this past week was a doozy.


On Thursday I went to San Alejo to sit for friends Pam and Bonnie, while they went south to celebrate a birthday. They have two dogs, one HUGE and furry, and Stevie, a small poodle thing. Perry, as always went with me, as he is soooooo good with everybody.



I was lucky to have an above ground pool, and a beautiful balcony to sit and watch the sunset. Life is good...




On Monday Perry and I had to move on, back to San Clemente to sit for Laqueta and Mike while they went on a three day trip up north. While there, I had a couple painting projects to work on, and again, had some great leftovers in the fridge, and a beautiful spot to hang out.


Alexis, the Boxer and Rocky the lab/rotweiller mix, both very sweet dogs. Perry always has fun playing with his new buddies.

awww, he is all tuckered out...my sweet boy.

Here today is Friday, and low and behold...I am at another house. Today is a trial run, the dogs here dont know me very well, and the owners thought it might be good to have me be alone with them today while they went shopping in “the big city”. I will be house sitting here for three weeks starting the first of April. Another house with a pool, did I mention that life does not suck?


AND, I get to house sit where this sunset picture was taken for three weeks in May! Also will have painting projects and a couch recovery project while I am there. So, stay tuned...the adventure continues!

Monday, March 19, 2018

First Annual Art and Craft Show

The day for the show finally arrived, I had been getting inventory ready for about three weeks, knowing the month of March was going to fly by. I had made arrangments to share a taxi truck with a lady Kerry who lives in San Jacinto, but as time passed and no truck, she chose to find another way. My truck DID finally arrive, an HOUR LATE...

the truck was smaller than expected, and I couldnt fit a couple of painted tables, but I took quite a bit, and some of Mike’s art too. After a bit of a frazzled morning, I got myself set up and was able to cool off. The show was held south in Crucita, on top of the hill where they do hang gliding, a wonderful restaurant La Loma, offered the use of their grassy area and served lunch specials to the artists and shoppers.



Many people from San Clemente and San Jacinto came to browse, shop and support. A bus of people came from Manta and another from Santa Marianita just south of Manta. Had another artist from San clemente, me and Kerry, the others were from Crucita. Maybe a dozen artists total...




Tagua jewelry, “panama” hats, lots of art, abstract, whimiscal, real ART, painted palm fronds, shell mirrors, wood burning, some dolls, a real mix. I sold about $100 for Mike and another $100 for me after the cost of taxis and table rental. None of the painted furniture sold, only because people came together and didnt necessarily have transport. I made and gave out business cards, so may get some calls or emails in the future.





A very good turn out, and I think many of the artists did well. Moving forward I will most likely focus on custom jobs, and not have so much “inventory”, but do know what sells best and will participate again next year. There is talk of a Christmas fair too. Around 3pm people started packing up, the crowds had dwindled, but from 10-3 was much traffic.



Beautiful area, gorgeous day, good food and even had some entertainment. All in all a WONDERFUL experience. So...stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Gringo Karaoke

Karaoke is big fun here, the expats do it, and the ecuadoreans do it...and almost never is it good! Pam and Bonnie have a machine, and lots of music downloaded to the system, I had been invited to Karaoke at their house one evening, and it WAS fun. Most of the people there that night wanted to have it in a public space, so more people could participate...hence the First ever Gringo Karaoke at Bamboo y Ceibu the popular pizza place in San Clemente centro.



The now infamous “Men’s Choir”...the night this took place it had poured rain, and we lost power, but the tried and true went out anyway since the restaurant had a generator. (Heard the geni was a little loud, and distracting from the singers, but everyone had a great time.)

So, obviously, this eve was around Christmas, the next one was right before the Carnavale parade, and was held at Meiers. Another round of shenanigans, and much fun had by all...maybe too much by some



On this night there was even dancing...sorry I missed that (not). Karaoke is not my thing, but it turns out to be fun for many...and isnt that what life is all about?


Just saw another Karaoke night is being planned...so, stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Friday, February 16, 2018

More Carnaval shenanigans

After the parade when I returned home to San Clemente I realized it was a crazy zoo. The neighbors who rented the house behind me had no power, so they hooked up the loudest generator in all the land, and finally at two oclock Saturday morning I had to go over and say...”enserio? Es muy bravo en mi dormatorio” so they turned it off. There were many people here, partying and having a good time, dancing in centro and beach parties, cars parked everywhere. I stayed in the weekend, but ventured back to San Jacinto for Monday night dancing.


The weather was actually wonderful, the beach goers had three days of sun, and the night time partiers didnt have rain til the wee hours. I spent the night at friend Jerri’s house, and the next day Tuesday, the finale of Carnavale we sat on the porch and watched...


we watched at least one tour bus and two trucks get stuck in the mud. The paved street was dry, but the dirt and sand “parking area” never did dry out. Lots of people stayed thru Tuesday, probably because the sun was shining. Since people were still in SJ, I figured that meant my loud neighbors were still in SC, so I decided to stay another night at Jerri’s...that turned out to be the wrong plan


This was the “after party” put on and attended by all the people who worked so hard over the past four or five days. Someone had said the ordinance stated they could play music til 3am...well, these crazy people didnt get the memo and it was after 5AM when the music finally stopped. I am glad they had such a good time, but a nap was certianly in my plans for Wednesday.

Low tide was around 10am, so Mr. P and I walked home, showered, made a snack and settled into a lazy tv day. Carnavale 2018 was SUCH a good time! dancing in the street with my beloved San Jacinto neighbors and friends, introducing Jerri to the people (we ate at “Blue Tent”) and enjoying our little town!

Now that the crowds have left, I have some houses to look at for rent...so stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

San Jacinto Parade

Pam and Bonnie live the closest to the parade starting point, so I asked if we couldnt meet there and decorate before hand. They said sure, and we met up at 5pm to pretty up our bikes, trikes and motos.


We had some adult beverages to get us in “party mode” and the decorations went a long way. Nancy, Mary and dog Guapo, Mike and Laqueta. (Glad I made more tho, as we had Keith and Becky show up)




In a very cool, barely finished in time...bike and cart! Son Hunter is visiting, and came along to take over if Keith got tired, but I must say, everyone did well.


It was a bit of a cluster...but as it got going, my mood changed from “what have I gotten us into...to, how can we do better next time?” Mostly the problem was we were following the highschool marching band, and well, two legs go slower than motors...



behind us was Casa Mar and their childrens theater group, who made huge puppets? And then we had many vehicles with Want to be Queens, (they were to vote on the Queen at the end of the parade.)




The young ladies had some Carnivale type costumes, and it was wonderfully rain free, we did encounter some muddy patches along the parade route, but thankfully it was mostly dry.



Other participants, showing their town pride. It was a rather short parade, but well recieved. As we passed the boat in Centro, they announced us as the Gringos and Gringitas, I was pulling up the rear on the back of Jerri’s scooter, and really felt like the queen of the gringas.



Towards the end of the parade, as we drove past Jerri’s house, we opted to jump out, had a beverage, then went to town to Marcos for dinner. So many locals came up to us and thanked us for participating, and I know they were happy we had such a good time. We WILL do another parade, but maybe will get a truck, or flat bed. Teetering on two wheels at such a slow pace was tricky. The people who made it all possible...


The opening parade was a success, now bring on the music and dancing, beach goers and family fun! Carnivale 2018 has started, Viva San Jacinto! Stay tuned...the adventure continues!