Peru and low tide help Ecuador avoid Tsunami damage...plus a few sunsets...

Roxanne was reading from her Kindle Fire, when a feature she didn't know she had,  kicked in...All of a sudden a banner rolled across her screen telling her that there had just been an 8.0 trembler just a few hundred miles South of us, in Northern Chili...way to go Amazon!!!

Most countries have done a lot to prepare for the next big Tsunami, and Ecuador has joined right in.  We now have signs mounted all along the Coast, telling us where to go during an alert.   We have a large "antenna" hill behind us about a quarter mile, and that's our "alert" destination.

Our local fire department began to alert the town that we were going to have some high waves in about 3 hours.

We weren't too thrilled to evacuate, so we decided to wait.  The tidal wave was only six feet high, and we were looking at an extremely low tide.

Also, we are protected quite well by the country of Peru, when it comes to tidal waves that originate in Chili...take a look at the map...

Our beach sits just about where the "3 hour" band comes ashore in Ecuador, just north of the gold star.

As you can see the right side and back of the tidal wave must run up the whole coast of Peru before it hits Ecuador, and then, you see that Ecuador sort of tails away to the East, further protecting it from a direct assault.  This story only works well with tsunamis that originate in Chili, but it seems that those folks have a pretty good lock on them right now.

With that out of the way, how about some sunsets??

This is what we saw while eating dinner on the deck tonight...

 


We wish to thank a lot of you nice folks for your emails expressing concern for our well-being--so far, so good!

Posted on Thu, April 3, 2014 at 06:41PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

The "Lazy Days of Summer" are here at the Coast!

Roxanne suggested the above title for this entry...

Nat King Cole sort of took over the phrase with his famous song, but it means a lot more to a lot of different folks...

I Googled "images" under this title, and the predominant theme seemed to be bare feet near water, naps, watermelon, bar-b-ques, boating, nice scenery, and basically a feeling of taking it easy....

But...there was also an underlying theme to a lot of these photos!  That was that these idyllic, carefree days were just about over!  There were lots of references to "Back to School Dances" and "end of season Bar-B-Ques" etc.

Our weather here at the Coast is pretty great almost all the time.  We wear Shorts and sandals 12 months a year--it's just cooler Aug, Sep and Oct, and it's a little warmer Jan, Feb, and Mar.

Since our seasons are just about reversed from those in Northern hemisphere, we are really in our Labor Day, Back to School, Football, and "chill in the air" weather.  

Our sunsets are beautiful and golden most of the year...but this last week, they have been RED!  And...it's a tad cooler...


Not quite sure if red sunsets mean the end of "summer", but it's a great excuse to put in a couple of nice photos...

 

It's hard to find a reason for a separate entry for Brahma Bulls, cows, and babies wandering by sunbathing Gringas, so I am putting it here...

This herd just hopped over the neighbor's fence, grazed for a couple of hours, and then wandered back down the beach...

Posted on Sat, March 15, 2014 at 06:02AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

This Year we celebrated Valentine's Day for a WEEK!!!

This year,  Roxanne and I celebrated Valentine's Day with our usual special brunch, which included most of the good stuff we like in a breakfast menu...

Through the course of meal, we watched pelicans cruising along the tops of the breaking waves,  and we saw fishermen pulling in a huge net by hand.  The weather was perfect...

Our topics of conversation skirted all over the place, from world, US, and SA current events, to lots of fun stuff that we have done since we first met over 48 years ago...

We concluded brunch telling each other how glad we are to be here in Ecuador, and how much we still love our decision to move here seven years ago...

and...that was pretty much it...we thought...

Not to be...

Later in the afternoon, we heard a muffled knock on our door and were astounded to see part of our resident family, standing there with all kinds of goodies to help us celebrate the day...

They even brought us a red rose from their garden...see it resting between my teeth...

The platter held a huge amount of breaded and sauteed corvina, banana chips, and not pictured a ceviche-like salad.

Here a a shot of the cake wishing us a "happy day of love and friendship" 

The reason that we celebrated the occasion for a week, is that it took that long to polish off this fun torta!!!

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day sunset...

Here's Rox painted gold by the reflected light...

And another shot of the sunset...not a bad day all around!!!

Posted on Mon, February 24, 2014 at 03:18AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

More Fun Christmas happenings...

There is no doubt that our Kid's Christmas Party takes up the majority of our time and attention over the Holiday Season, but we also have other fun stuff going on.  So...here's a few shots of what else we were doing...

Agripina and Isidro, and their extended family, are an important part of our lives.  Not only do they help us do a ton of things, day to day, but they are have become good friends, over the years...here are the shots of our little get together to exchange a few gifts...

None of us are getting any younger, so when we noticed that Agripina seemed to have a kink in her back these days, we decided that one of the hardest jobs she does for her family, is to wash clothes by hand, and then hang them on the line.  Well, last year we gave them a new washing machine...and that was goood!  This year, we completed the set with a new gas dryer...

Christmas Day found us cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for a few friends...take a look...

Here's a shot of the table set up, and Rox by our special live tree...

As we were having drinks, a huge contingent of kids and moms paraded through our front gate, to show off their mobile, nativity chorus.

This fun event features the main characters of the nativity scene, complete with angels, the three kings, shepherds from the field , and Jesus, Mary and Joseph, plus their moms and siblings, and a mobile singing guitar unit.  It is also sort of like trick or treat...

The group sings enthusiastically since their voices are so amplified by the lower ceiling of the patio...

These angels are actually twins...

 

These young ladies have been singing for us for five years now...

These young "Shephards" love having another photo taken...

Coquita looks on with her pop...

 

This young shepherd is catching up on the latest news, in between songs...

Part of the rooting section...

Here is Sonia, one of our Papa Noel elves, getting ready to hand out 35 baggies of candy and animal crackers...very popular move!
After all the singing is done, the moving nativity scene moves on down the road to serenade another audience, and we all troop upstairs to enjoy Christmas dinner...

As usual, with turkey dinners, "too much is just enough", so we paused to watch the waves breaking for an hour before having Tres Leches ice cream and delicious cake for dessert...

We wish you all a great holiday season, and hope that you all have a wonderful 2014!!!

 

One more item...

I'm clicking over another mile today, but hadn't thought to write about it, since there have been so many, and I thought I would just start ignoring them--BUT--that's wasn't to be!

After lunch...Agripina, her two daughters, and two nephews showed up, singing Happy Birthday in English, bearing a huge birthday cake, lots of breaded, sauteed shrimp and corvina, and, if that's not enough, a huge pan of chicken lasagne!

Take a look...

On your birthday, calories don't count!!!  So that's gooooood!!!

Posted on Sun, December 29, 2013 at 05:30AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

The Kid's Christmas Party 2013 was FABULOUS!!!

After working on the preparations for the Kid's Christmas Party for over three months, it all came together like a well-oiled machine on Game Day!  We can tell the story with just some of the 2000 photos that were taken.

 

Here's Roxanne with Coquita just before the crew arrives.  She had to try sitting on those little bitty stools that are used at most weddings and social gatherings.

 

The guys start setting up 175 tables each with three little stools.

Rox and the guys cut up plastic for colorful tablecloths...

 

Manuel is supervising the placement of the Santa's Workshop siding...

Little by little the "banquet room" takes shape...

Rox made bows for all the trees and the guys are busy blowing up 50 balloons to go with them...That's Papa Noel doing the heavy lifting...

 

We borrowed a bunch of lumber and saw-horses from Tim and Janet...Jilleen, on the right fed Roxanne the appropriate gift for each child.

The guys formed a bucket brigade, to bring down 375 gift bags.  We had those filled bags,  covering every surface in our house,  for several days...

Here is why we needed the saw-horses...still had to put over 100 gift bags on the floor...

While all of us are getting the gifts ready, and the place looking good, the ladies are peeling the plastic skin off of 525 wieners...

 

Ami brought down inflatable Christmas figures, which immediately became "snapshot heaven"...

After most of the families arrived, it looked like this...

Happy folks watching the door go up and Papa Noel approaching to say hello!

Papa Noel gave all the kids and moms a personal greeting...

Waiting patiently for a turn to sit on Papa Noel's lap...

Someone got a shot of Rox and Me just before the "balloon went up"

These are just a very few of the 350 kids that graced Papa Noel's lap this afternoon...

And...here's a few shots of the kids playing with their goodies...(a boy with a boy toy)

 

Just had to take a shot of me trying to coax a smile from another cute nino.

Here's a few candids as the party gets into full swing...


 

 Carley's "Dancing Sheila" doll actually has a boombox that belts out rock and roll!!!

This happy crowd ate every bite of every hot dog, all the chips, and over 175 liters of Pepsi!!!

Here's the production line for dogs and chips...

 

Not one bite went to waste!

Take a look at a few more shots of happy people...

We couldn't do most of this without the total support of Agripina and her whole family!


This is just a few of the people who could spare a minute to pose...the rest of the good folks are still hard at work making this party hum right along!!!

Also want to thank Robert and Eric for those terrific photos!!!

This year's party was bigger and more fun than ever.  Naturally, on game day, we need a lot of help to carry it off.

However, none of this could happen if it wasn't for the wonderful support of a bunch of you blog readers, our relatives, and our wonderful friends...

You made it happen!

So, if old man winter is getting you down, or if you are seeing the beginning of the "Christmas Blues", please remember that your contribution to this party made these smiles as big as they are!

Roxanne and I can not thank you all enough for your support over the last several years--You have certainly made our day!!!  (over and over)

 

Posted on Sun, December 22, 2013 at 09:48AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment
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