Today I was supposed to have a party for 50 people at my house, but I had to cancel because a few days ago I got sick with that flu like thing I had contracted in Playas when I first moved to Ecuador. Luckily it didn’t last weeks like it did last time, but this time I took medicine right away. I am rescheduling the party for two weeks from now. I hope everyone will be able to come on the new date. I did a little housework today. My energy is still not up to par. Leo put up a hammock. It is the one with the stick at each end-don’t get that one! This one was given to us. It flips. You should have seen us trying to put it up in the constant wind we have here. I thought I was going to take off with it in my hands. Where was the video when Leo was trying to get in it? Too funny! Finally he mastered a technique and the bird had landed. He did not look one bit comfortable wondering if he was going to be on the floor any minute-short drop, though. He took his daily dip in the Pacific. It was rather rough, but he enjoyed it.
Yesterday, Saturday, the 2 chairs I ordered from Cuenca came. The turned out very nice and I like the fabric I picked. You know how it is to pick fabric from an 8 inch square. I played it safe choosing white with a white design that looks like bamboo. The chairs are comfortable which is most important for me. For some reason, we had the darndest time trying to find a decent furniture layout with the chairs. The computer table threw everything off. It turned out, all went to a diagonal-that was after numerous rearrangements and rolled eyes from Mr. #1. He was a good sport, besides he knows me after 31 years (in three days). He was probably just glad there weren’t 10 more moves after that one.
Later in the afternoon, Colon and Olayita came over with “pan”, bread from Arenales. There is a place there that makes the best breads. They had a croissant that melted in your mouth, yucca with cheese bread, sweet pan, and cornbread with cheese. Delicious but way too fattening. I made coffee to go with it. That was our dinner. We sat around and made more plans for the party. We discussed music. I will take care of the gringo music and she will handle the Spanish music. Colon told Leo he should buy 3 bottles of whiskey, but I love the way they say it in Spanish it sounds to me like “wicki”. When you hear a grown person say that, I have to smile because it is so cute.
Thursday and Friday are a blur of bed, medicine, and being sick. Lots of sleeping involved. I love to sleep when I am sick, not that I have a choice, because I don’t feel sick when I am asleep. Oh yes, Fernando the caretaker, came by and fixed two leaks in two bathroom sinks, wired a light in another bathroom (a bulb coming out of the ceiling) and installed a light on the North side of the house that comes on automatically at night. Now we have light at night on ALL sides for a deterrent to possible intruders. Had them when I lived in Portland, CT, too.
Wednesday was Craft Day. I made a beach scene on canvas. Lame! We tried to make a toilet paper project. We wanted to paint the inside yellow and the outside blue, but I had cut them first-stupid. It was impossible to keep the paints from running in on each other, plus we needed two coats-a mess! Jill made one with black rolls and she put a frame around it and it looked beautiful. Looked like real wrought iron. The others made good projects. Sonia made a combo of rolls and twisted paper bags. It came out great. Joy put hers on multi-colored tissue paper mounted on a board, and Audrey made a Christmas wreath from green and red rolls. Mine was the only dud. Next time we are working on aluminum plates. We will write or draw on them. Jill has some she did at home and they are beautiful. We’ll see.
Tuesday was unmemorable. Monday, we went on the bus to Downtown Crucita. We were going to eat lunch at Sonia’s Walk-About Restaurant. When we got there, it was closed. In fact, most of the town was closed. Sept. is a dead time apparently except on the weekends. We walked the Malecon headed for the small store we went to before to get bread and it was closed. We did find a few restaurants open so we just picked one that ended up having really good food. I got my old standby, arroz con camarones, rice and shrimp. Leo got Pescado acocado (coconut fish) typical from Esmeralda (town way north of us). It was all good. After lunch, we walked the rest of the Malecon to the place where the bus turns and waited about 3 minutes for the next bus to appear. Along the way we saw a very little store that had bread in what looked like the Wonder Bread wrapper, so we got it. We rode home, Leo swam, and the world was good.
Last Sunday. We were at home and Olayita called and said she was bringing a few family members over. She arrive with entourage. There was her husband, Colon, her mother, her son Christian and his wife, Karen and their 3 boys, her daughter Pierina, and her son and daughter, Karen’s sister, mother and father and grandmother who were visiting from Guayaquil. I had made a few appetizers and had wine and beer and Olayita had brought take out for our dinner. The take out was delicious, Ecuadorian food-well chicken curry not sure how to classify that and morcilla, a sausage type food stuffed with rice, blood, and who knows what else. The kids and parents went swimming at the beach and the kids dressed up with “cape” towels and ran around being super heroes. The girl, was a princess, though. So cute! Kids are the same everywhere. Adorable!
That catches me up. Tomorrow is my 71st birthday and I can’t wait to see what this new year will bring.
P.S. Here are the two dogs next door that I love: