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We are getting the Christmas Spirit!

Well folks...we are finally getting the Christmas spirit...and that's good, but it also gives us  chance to feel how much we will miss all of you out there--being surrounded by friends and family in familiar surroundings is really the dream of everyone on earth...however, there are a ton of folks who will not be able to fulfill that dream--and, of course we fall into the later category...

 

We would not be human if we said that we aren't getting a few twinges of nostalgia as we run a hundred miles an hour trying to get the new house fixed up for company on the 28th of December.  So...here is how we're dong...I'll just jot down a bunch of activities and feelings...

 

We spent the day in Salinas yesterday (Friday) and bought so much stuff that the staff had to wheel out four flat bed dollies  to the truck our contractor had rented.  This included a new fridge, gas stove, water heater, ladders, toilets, lawn furniture, tables, chairs, and more plants...Rox even bought a live tree for a Christmas tree that will be a really neat palm like decorative tree when we plant it later.  She bought lights and bulbs and will make it look great, and even our guys making the new kitchen seemed to brighten up when they saw it.  We'll take a pic and send it out when finished.  Also, got several tropical plants with big flowers for the yard.

 

Thanks again for all of your emails as we go through this process...we forget how many of you read the blog as we go along...it makes our day when we see those new emails waiting to be opened...Angi mentioned that she hoped that we wouldn't get so bogged down with the projects that we don't keep up the blog, so here goes...Lots of you had many questions about the nuts and bolts of the house and land...

 

It's a rectangular lot and home... it measures 3000 square feet of living area...In Ecuador, they measure every area that can be lived in or entertained on as actual living space...but we did it the American method.  There is a 600 sf house for the Guard-gardener, and his wife, and there is an empty little house for a maid and some others on bunk beds.    So, the main house has six bedrooms, a living room on the second floor looking out to sea, while downstairs there is a big dining room and good sized kitchen.  We don't quite know how we will use that lower area yet.  There three baths plus two more.  The lot is long and narrow and filled with nice plants and palm trees with tons of coconuts.  It extends from our large wooden entry doors right to the ocean waves.

Right now everyone is working hard to make the place better for Rich and Nancy's visit.  The maid even had her daughter working doing all the windows that hadn't been washed in years.  Also, they took curtains down on 23 sets of doors and windows...and they will stay down...The kitchen is more like a kitchenette...with a bar copied from the hostel where we stayed in Montanita, with sink, stove, fridge behind the counter.  We hope to have bar stools in the next day or so.  This will allow guests to sit at the bar and swivel out to see the ocean through six windows. 

We have to say that having live in people to help us is kind of interesting, since it has been just us for so many yeas...we kind of had to dust off our old human relations-social work skills...Can't say that it's not habit forming, though...

 

The folks have some chickens running around the area, and when we returned home yesterday, there was a mommy hen with a bunch of little chicks chasing after her...life goes on...plus the parrot, Lorraine, continues to cast a doleful eye at those rotten chickens and other birds that scarf up leavings of fruit and bread...

 

Had dinner at the Casa Blanca restaurant last night, and had the same old favorites...it was a good time for all, especially for Roberto the chef, who found our house for us!!!  On that note...it was busy with freaks from all over the world hanging out, and just providing a continuing Marti Gras feel...

Spoke to a couple from Sweden, and we all agreed that there was a definite slowdown to the world-wide economy--Frankly, I believe that there is a "grab you socks" time coming, and I'm sure that  I don't have to say that it is time to make sure that your personal security vehicle is as safe as you can make it.  A lot of safety nets have disappeared in the last several years...so don't look for any help when the balloon goes up.  It will be you and yours...but, what the hey...most of the people in the world are in that boat already...

The Ecuadorians now suffer the most from the incredible drop in the dollar's value since Jan of 2001.  In case you don't follow money trends, the Euro could be bought for 91 cents on Jan 20, 2001--seven years later it cost about $1.46.  There is incredible pressure here to drop the dollar and use a better currency (but, what!), and OPEC is considering changing to a more stable currency for valuing a barrel of oil.  Now this doesn't seem like a big deal to most Americans 'cause they are flooded at every turn with dirt cheap products from China...but that is not happening in Ecuador...they must pay for their imports with a dollar that has a vastly reduced value...

The US Treasury borrows a ton of money weekly to keep the government afloat--and China, Canada, and Saudi Arabia buy a huge percentage of these treasury notes...just how long do you think that they will continue to buy paper from the US that will only purchase about 60% of what it did when they bought it.  They would do a lot better sticking all those billions and billions in a mattress...

 

So, the upshot is take care of yourselves and those you love...and if you can give someone a leg up...extend that hand...

 

STA72176.JPGhere is part of the yard...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Sat, December 22, 2007 at 12:44AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

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    We are getting the Christmas Spirit! - You can join here... - BobnRox
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    We are getting the Christmas Spirit! - You can join here... - BobnRox

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