Visitors, Animals and Work

Trip Start Feb 08, 2006
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Trip End Apr 2008


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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Buenas tardes a todos, o sea, ¡a los que hablen español! Espero que todos se encuentren muy bien. Yo sí estoy muy bien. He tenido 3 visitas en el último mes, los proyectos van bien y aunque extraño mucho a mi familia y a mi novio, todavía estoy motivada y contenta a seguir trabajando aquí...
 
The past month has been eventful.  Along with the arrival and departure of friends and family, I have maintained an extremely busy work schedule, my cat had kittens and I was bit twice by the same damn dog! I will elaborate...
 
To begin, my sister left last week and I was incredibly sad to see her go. In the two short weeks that she was here, I became quite accustomed to having her around.  We spent most of the time here in Cerro Azul, accompanied of course during the first week by my fabulous soon-to-be brother in law Jeremiah.  We barbequed with my friends los Loayza; they helped me with the world map; we worked in the garden; we hiked to the waterfall and overall had a wonderful time.  Like I said, saying goodbye was not easy.  However, I am keeping in mind that my time left here is quickly running short and we will see each other again very soon...at their long awaited wedding!!!
 
Another visitor to whom it was very difficult to say goodbye was Julianne.  She was here for two weeks just prior to my hermana and cuñado (Spanish vocabulary folks). We also had a great time here in my site.  Jules was such a sport, handling the big bugs, humidity and cold showers like a champ.  Sometimes I forget that I have adapted well to the living conditions here and that someone coming directly from home might find them a bit challenging, to say the least! Anyway, as I mentioned we stayed here in Cerro Azul most of the time but did manage two really wonderful trips: one to the beach for whale watching and another to Cuenca.  I would include pictures but my camera was dead and Jules isn't exactly a prolific photographer! I think of all 20 pictures she took, 15 were of my cat!
 
Well, since returning to my solitary routine (boo hoo) I have continued with book club meetings, grant writing, the exercise group and the world map project.  Oh yes, and we finally planted at the school! Por fin. As far as work goes, that is about it. No new projects. Only continuation (and hopeful completion) of old ones.
 
Before I finish, I should explain the dog bites that I mentioned above. My neighbors' dog is CUJO...seriously. Actually, he doesn't have a name, but I'm pretty sure he has rabies or perhaps is possessed. He has sunk his teeth into several neighborhood victims, including myself and nothing has yet been done to resolve the situation (i.e. KILL IT). However, I sense the patience of the community running thin due to the recent attack on a five year old girl. Until the monster is euthanized (HA! or in this case shot in the head...there's no animal control in Ecuador), I do not dare to take even two steps onto my neighbors' property.
 
Other animal news.  My cat had kittens! In my personal opinion she is far too young to be a mother and the father is a tramp (has managed to knock up all female cats within a 500 meter radius).  But they sure are cute little things. There were five to begin with and we are now down to three. There's another story. The last kitten to be born was the first to die, within three days. He wasn't nursing. The second one, however, survived three weeks, but was also not well-nourished. And for the memorable part (warning: graphic descriptions to follow)...Emma, my cat, was unsure of what to do with the second little kitten when it died, and carried throughout the house apparently looking for somewhere to hide it. With no luck she returned to her bed and set it aside. I tried two times to take it away, but she would not permit it. So I left, with the intention of stealing it away when she wasn't looking. Oh, big BIG mistake. I returned five minutes later to find the head...ONLY the head. My sweet, adorable cat had eaten her baby.  I suppose this might be routine for someone with a great deal of animal experience. In my case, however, it was not familiar, to say the least. Anyway, the three that are left appear to be healthy and well-fed. Ojalá que no se enfermen, porque no podré aguantar otro gatito muerto!

Well, that should be it for now. There are plenty of photos to check out. Enjoy. And don't forget to write!

 
 
 
 
 
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j-allen
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Greetings from Maine :)
Hello Lisa,
Those were some nice pics!It's so cool to turn on my computer and have a great picture of you and Chrissy swimming in that beautiful water, or all of you together, in a screen saver!That is so awesome that they were able to come visit you!
The fishing rod that I sent with the 'care pkg.' has been used many times and has caught many trout in it's lifetime.Just to give you an idea,I bought that pole & reel combo back in April of 1985.I am pretty sure that you and Chrissy have caught a few fish on it,as well.This gives me great pleasure to pass it on to you!I can only hope that the luck stays with it and you have as much enjoyment out of it as I did!I have to go for now.I love you.Happy fishing!!
Jeff

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