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Saturday, May 5, 2018

My silly dog

Perry literally walked into the house the other day, saw my overnight bag and looked at me, as if to say “where are we going NOW?” He is such a sweet natured animal, all he really cares about is being with me, and since he gets along with everyone, he is able to house sit with me...whether he really likes it or not. Some recent photos of him


Very alert, almost always “on guard duty”...sometimes, tho he just needs a little spot of his own to rest.


The space between the table and the wall on the porch at Jerri’s, just big enough for him to squeeze in.


Never too far away from my side...


Unless he is investigating the new house, maybe he was checking the perimeter for threats.


One of his favorite places to lay is in the sun, unfortunatly when he gets hot he gets hives...what a weirdo. His only defect, they dont seem to bother him, but they sure look bad. And they go away after he comes inside and cools off


Sure am thankful for this bundle of love and affection. And everytime I house/dog sit, I realize just how good he is!! So stay tuned, Perry and my adventure continues...

Friday, April 27, 2018

Beach clean up

During our rainy season, the Portoviejo river brings us ALOT of trash and debris from inland, now that rainy season is over, we needed a serious beach clean up.


As I sat on the porch drinking coffee, I saw lots of neighbors and school kids heading down to the boca, they had some brief instruction, then got on with it. All up and down the beach (about 4 miles) people were picking up trash, and moving the debris so the machines could load the trucks.



Young, old, Ecuadorean and expats, we made quick work of it. Within a couple hours it was done (except for the trucks). I wish I had gotten a picture of the piles of black trashbags.


I joined in with the neighbors and cleaned the street side of the cabanas, along with a couple men from the Navy station.



Hopefully since so many school children helped, they will think twice before tossing the candy wrapper on the ground...it has to start with them.


It was a really good event, and the whole area looks wonderful, so stay tuned, the adventure continues...

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!