As usual, I’ve been lazy. I’m retired! Furnishing the new condo, shopping, trying out new restaurants, taking new bus lines to get used to the city, visiting with friends — new ones and old ones, planning for our upcoming trip to Peru and Macchu Picchu….just a few of the things we’ve been up to. Once we got our permanent visas and cedulas in hand, I thought we’d relax. Hmmm. It seems every day is busier than the next. I’ve got books I want to read and I can’t find the time.
Hubby has started teaching spinning classes at a gym close by; he enjoys working out at the gym up near Turi, Body Care, but the gym close to us needed his expertise. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. and sometime the 7 p.m. class, he’s the instructor. He’s now been able to use all that music that he spends hours downloading and mixing and sorting on his numerous music data holders.
I’ve wanted to get involved with some of the dog clinics and pet rescue groups, but honestly, it makes me so sad! I want to save them all! I’d like to bring them all home with me! Only one dog per condo is allowed n our condo; hubby doesn’t want any. We’d have dog hairs all over our new couch; we’d have to drag ourselves out of bed at all hours and in all types of weather. OK. Maybe later? or maybe someone will want me to take care of their lovely pooch while on vacation? Bring them on, he’ll fall in love with them, and I will too.
I’m enjoying learning how to cook and bake at 8300 feet above sea level and with a gas oven that, try as I might, never gets hotter than about 375 Fahrenheit. A lovely friend here in Cuenca loaned me an oven thermometer which clearly showed, even though the dial says “280” celsius, the oven thermometer never registers any higher than 375F. I placed bricks in the bottom of the oven, a shelf way up high with bricks on that shelf, and baking has gotten better. The bricks help to retain the heat, but I think I need more bricks. I need to start searching the trash around the many construction sites near our building. Each time I learn a bit more; each time, I get a better result. No matter the result, I love the way beautiful roses always look good in my kitchen and I love looking out the window at my gorgeous view of Cuenca.
Still searching for one or 2 pieces of furniture to complete the ‘decorating’ and we need things to put on our bare walls. We found this lovely three piece wallhanging. I love the play of shadows on the little 3 dimension houses on the hill. It reminds me of houses everywhere along the Andes hillsides.
I keep looking for that special piece of art for my very long dining room wall, and am still looking for that special kitchen clock. I’ll find them soon.