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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Life goes on

Every couple days I think about writing a post, and lately it doesnt seem like anything news worthy is happening in my little town. But, this week big news! I got my own internet installed, I had been "borrowing" my neighbors, but could only sit on one side of the apartment to use it.

Yesterday I decided to move furniture around, which meant sweep and mop all the floor, but I must say, I am very happy with the result.


This was where the bed used to be, now I have a living room, and the bed is on the other side of the apartment.


And view from the front...


My mom is coming next month, and having somewhere other than my bed or the kitchen to sit will be so nice. As evening wore on, Perry decided to check put the new couch...


But honostly, he is happier closer to me...


What I woke up to after a nap the other day, haha what a sweetie. But as much as he loves a soft place to sleep, I found him in the gutter one day, getting some sun.


Low tide this morning, better get another cup of coffee and get to it. Perry loves his beach walks! So, stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Speaking of Gifts


My newest thing is being commissioned for House signs. It really isnt as popular here as in Mexico, or other Latin countries, but the Gringas like their house to have a name. (Might as well, we have no addresses)

Patricia who helped with Perry, wanted me to make one for another Gringa who was buying her first house, after many years of renting. She told me what name, and "lots of colors"... front, and bonus back



When Patricia gave this wonderful gift, two people in the crowd, promptly asked who painted it, and within a couple days I had two more orders. Again, got the name wanted, and jist of their idea. But really I run with it...


New Beginnings, and one for our old landlord Dave. His tenant liked it so much, he asked about prices for my murals...hmmm.

another picture I found, I forgot to post. Sign for Debbie's house, when she moved back full time. The board is decoupaged with paper napkins. (She loves red)


Oh, and one more I made for Kimberly for her Birthday last month... (made one for me too)


My current project is for Cynthia and her jungle yoga retreat. This was my original gift to her, when we visited for the open house last year.


And three of the four commissioned for the yoga studio, they are still in process..


At $20 a sign, I would say Im doing pretty well. Did talk to another Ecuadorean muralist, sign painter and he told me my price for Freddie was waaay too low. So, I will up my price to $35 for a mural (per day).

so...as always stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Everyday is a Gift

Please forgive my lapse in posts, this time last week I was told my youngest sister was killed in a car accident. She was 38 years young and...well is gone too soon. So much more life she could have lived. I try to learn something from every situation, whether good or bad, the lesson...LIVE! We dont know if this is our only life, and we are not guarenteed tomorrow, so...Buy the beach house, eat cake, kiss someone special and live life as if it is your only one, enjoy!

The outpouring of love from my ecuadorean neighbors has been great. I have been brought food, both prepared and not, and people checking on me if they havent seen me in a day or so.(even if that means coming to peek in my kitchen window) Fresh "lobsters" brought one day.


Those pescky crabs that were ruining the catch are gone, and this picture from Facebook was nice to see. What amazing creatures live under the sea...


Also on Facebook a group of our youngsters went on a trip to Peru, and along the way found this bridge. What a great shot! Remember...you are only as young as you feel, and your limitations, may just be in your mind. See the good in everyday, even if you have to look a little harder. Everyday is a gift...


Stay tuned loved ones, the adventure continues...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Congrejo y Construction

My little town is growing again. Marco and Karina are finally getting the new hotel built, and Jenny is building a pharmacy next to her store.




Jenny's best friend runs the pharmacy two store fronts to the east of her store. Jenny's son Xavier and his wife Gisella both work there part time. My guess is that when they move into Jenny's they will either not have to pay rent, or pay Jenny, instead of whoever owns the other building. Neighbors helping neighbors.

The fishermen have been having a hard week. These crabs are swarming in huge schools, and making a mess of the nets and catch!




By the time the boats return to shore with their catch, the crabs have eaten it! Not to mention getting them untangled from the nets is a real pain. Some boats didnt even go out the last couple nights because they knew the crabs were still out there. This is what the nets are supposed to look like...


Fish, not a jumble of crab and half eaten fish. They take it all in stride. Hey, they had a couple more nights off. I'm sure they made the best of it, they always do. At the moment it is low tide, so Perry and I and a Cup of coffee are going to enjoy a beach walk, so stay tuned...the adventure continues!

Monday, May 29, 2017

What a difference three years make!

It was three years ago today we boarded a big iron bird for Quito, Ecuador, little did I know how much our lives would change. I never could have imagined we would lose all our wordly possessions, be in the midst of a terribly large 7.8 earthquake or that Mike and I would be ending our 20 year marriage.

I moved into another apartment about a month ago. Some of you may have noticed the photos recently are of a new place. This is my house, and the storefront for the new Furniture store. This "apartment " was originally built to be a restaurant.




Looking back towards entrance from kitchen.

And now after I moved in...

Furniture store area in front. Behind the yellow divider is my closet and living space.





My kitchen, and view from kitchen window. I sit here a lot, watching the waves, birds, fishermen. Ive seen dolphins, I missed the ocean, and knew I wanted to move back to it. This apartment at $150 including water and power, was just the ticket.



Making use of the "restaurant storage" for all my craft items.

And the work area, this is where you've seen pictures of kids painting.



The chihuahuas have stayed with Mike, and Perry is with me. We are literally living a block away from each other, such a small town...but we have been best friends for over 20 years, we can do it. Even tho I could never have forseen the unfortunate events of the past three years, I also wouldnt trade much of it. I am on the road to being the best, stress free, healthy self I can be, so bring it on! Stay tuned, the adventure continues!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Boats

The other day as Perry and I went for our beach walk, I noticed many new paint jobs on the boats. I vowed I would go back later when the men weren't there, and get some close ups. After lunch we went back, and snapped some photos.


I noticed a couple of the boats have this fish charachter, not sure if he is just popular, or if means the boats belong to the same family.




Batman? And then this is one of Junior's boats, is that the Puma logo?


I knew at lunchtime the men wouldn't be here, but I didnt realize tide was coming in, so I couldn't continue down the cove. The boat with the foam mattress was recently painted, it used to be very dirty with algae.



And then some in action, as I took them from the point the other evening. I do love to watch them come and go. Realized moving to the apartment next to the Panederia how much I loved the ocean.



What beautiful blue sky and gorgeous water...why would I want to live anywhere else? So stay tuned...the adventure continues!

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's been a while

I realized the other day it has been awhile since my last post. Here are some things that have been going on. The river is still spewing forth all sorts of flotsam and jetsam, pictures taken infront of the old beach house.

Tide must have been high, since all the boats are sqwished in at the end of the road. And look at those sloppy frigates! So beautiful in the air, but...

The other night I turned on the light on the patio, and found this guy hiding inside.

And yesterday, town had many kids playing in the sunshine, with a kite (cometa) and marbles (bolitas), hide and seek is also a favorite

And later...

I definitely need to find some boards just for them, as they can really dwindle one's stash! I may also need to make a childs paint kit, as they arent great about washing brushes between colors. Oh well, paint is cheap!

so, even tho I have not written, y'all know life goes on. Always something in the works, another project to work on, and beach walks to scavange more goodies. This is the only life you have, you better LIVE it! So, stay tuned, the adventure continues!