Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is it blog worthy?

Every couple of days or so I think "I need to write for the blog", but then I look thru the camera roll and decide I don't really have anything new to share. This blog started out as an information highway, sharing our experiences about researching the move, moving and now...into our 10th month here, I find I'm writing more for our family and friends, because, well, the information highway seems to have come to an abrupt end. I have no info, I'm not informed...I think I never was! The early part of this blog can surely read as a "what NOT to do when moving to a foreign country" haha, no really! At this point, 10 months in, I can honestly say everything is still not hunky dory, our residency paperwork is still not finalized, and of course there is STILL the issue with the container. Progress is being made, but I can't say to what end, the roller coaster is still doing its ups and downs, loop de loops, and making me sick at times, but whatcha gonna do? I didn't sign up for nice and easy, I signed up for adventure.

And THIS is part of our adventure, Shadrach, our little salty dog, loving his new Ecuadorean life, his beach life. We've met new friends, who make our new life fun and fulfilling, both human and dog.

Our "otra perro" Dulce/Ariel in her favorite spot, and Veronica putting up with her. And our friends Marty and Jaime, who we feel like we've known for much longer than the 7 months. Here the "boys" (Mike included) doing a "see no evil". Good times!

So, our adventure lets us relax by the beach, play with dogs and friends a couple times a week, and of course my crafty projects. A new project is in progress, the first one is always a learning experience, because I'm usually "winging it". I've seen a picture, maybe a tutorial, but usually it's fumble thru it.

Circles cut from plastic bottles, the blue are gorgeous (rather expensive water bought by some of Marty and Jaime's guests, just called out to be repurposed and recycled) and the lime green are a 7up green bottle that just weren't quite bright enough to be paired with the blue, so I painted them. All these strings of plastic rounds are tied on the lid of a broken blender (thanks again to Marty) and will be a hanging light fixture. More rounds need to be cut, and then Mike will figure out how to wire it, the finished product will be shared at a later date, stay tuned.

These fish are made of plastic bottles, I think we have a lot more collecting before we can accomplish something like this...but with all the time we just may happen, lol! 

Our Ecuadorean life is such a mix, we have "American" stuff, like the Baskin Robbins whipped cream we had on our Jello Poke cake made for Easter dinner by Jaime

And the pound or so of fresh caught shrimp gifted to us by our friends Fernando Father fishermen and his sons, who park their boat infront of the house.

Marty and I had just got back from the market in Charapoto Sunday morning, the fishermen asked for a couple bags to share the catch with the workers, then they asked for another one, but this one was for us. Little did Fernando know I was inside cutting pineapple to share with the group. And that's how we roll,  we take care of each other, we are all vecino bueno, good neighbors.

So, is it blog worthy? Maybe not for some of you, but I'll keep it up, because for the rest of you its a way that you can join us in our new Ecuadorean life. So...stay tuned, the adventure continues!


  1. Hello. I've been creeping your blog for sometime and thought that I would chime in and say that yes, your blog is blog worthy - keep it up. My husband and I are planning a move to the coast of Ecuador from Canada in a few years. It's nice to see what every day life is like thanks to your blog. We are actually planning a visit in 2016, so if things work out - maybe we'll stop by and say hello.

  2. Jamie & Mike,

    At times, I'm sure, it seems fruitless to keep posting for this blog, but my eyes are upon you from Oregon. I wish you loving kindness and warm wishes on your journey.

    BTW, keep on crafting. Time permitting in my busy schedule, I enjoy many crafts - painting, crochet, sewing, cooking, doll making and ceramics. Have a project I need to get started on - making a new top for my back yard swing set with ripstock fabric. Will use the old one as a pattern.

    I'd join you if I didn't have a full plate loaded with responsibilities. Your blog helps me to put aside my stress and dream a life of being foot loose and fancy free.

    Love from Oregon

  3. Thank you both for your encouragement, it's nice to know our adventures are being enjoyed by others, I see the flag count, but don't get many comments, so thank you. We will continue to post, as long as the adventure continues. Keep in touch, Paige