Rox Celebrates a Milestone Birthday--and a Glance at the Last Big One!

We stuck close to home today, as Rox celebrated a milestone birthday...She wanted a special brunch, a quiet day, and a favorite dinner...plus ice cream and cake!

We began the day with Rox reading the latest news to me and Coquita--with Coquita mostly lying on her back with her legs in the air, pretending to listen...

Instead of our usual salad for lunch, Rox wanted our "Sunday" brunch menu, which today was a cheese omelette filled with a ton of shrimp, and lots of seasoned potato wedges...

This mellow brunch was just right for lying about, reading our Kindles, and watching some Happy Birthday wishes arrive.

On her last "significant" birthday, we threw a "back to the sixties" party, which looked a little like the following pics...

Rox greeting the arrivals...

Ready to party!!!

My brother Rich, and I,  going back in time...

Art and Ruth...

Nancy and Rox...

Where's a doobie when you need one???

Rich, Jim, Guy, Bob and Art--rogues all!!!

Rox and cousin Liz...

 

Back to the present, Rox was thrilled to see Agripina, her daughter Sonja, and grandson Alex, arriving with a full chicken dinner, banana chips, salad, and a really nice birthday cake!!!

Rox poses with the very same skirt that she wore 10 years ago...and looks even better now!!!

Tonight for the Birthday dinner, we cut the middle out of a huge beef tenderloin, which gave us two 3 inch thick Fillet Mignons...I compressed them a bit, and then wrapped four pieces of bacon around each steak.  The steaks were then rolled around in some vegetable oil, pepper corns and salt, and allowed to sit at room temp for about an hour.  Next, they were seared on a super-hot gas Bar-B-Que to score the grill marks.  Turning down the heat to medium and cooking for about 10 minutes more, gave us two "melt in your mouth" medium rare steaks...

These were covered with sauteed mushrooms (lots), and the plate was completed with two each medium baked potatoes, sour cream and soft margarine.  Didn't even think of adding side dishes!

We completed all the fun by having a huge chunk of cake topped with ice cream...Whew!  It's a good thing that calories don't count on your birthday!!!

As you can see in this photo of Rox, the daily walks on our beach really pay off!

Was it a nice birthday???  As good as it gets!!!

Posted on Tue, April 29, 2014 at 08:54PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

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 | CommentsPost a 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 | CommentsPost a 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 | CommentsPost a Comment
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