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Oh Christmas Tree’




20121202-182035.jpgToday was a great day to decorate a Christmas tree! Luckily I happened to have one sitting in my living room! WHAT??? And to top it all off, Mariah just happened to show up just when the decorations were ready to go! Lucky girl!! It was a truly good day!



Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving Day!



Natalie and Pat and Mariah joined us

It was a beautiful warm sunny thanksgiving day and as usual Scott and I spent most of the day happily preparing a delicious meal to share. This year my house was just too cluttered with boxes, tools, and just a general explosion of messiness to invite many people over so we kept it simple.

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One Beautiful Master Bathroom DONE! Yep, DONE!



It’s so beautiful! For those of you who haven’t been to our house, there has not been any finished cabinetry anywhere since we moved back in about five years ago. Not because Scott was being lazy, noooo, but because he was busy remodeling other people’s houses. It just wasn’t possible for us to survive on one income while he devoted his time to finishing our house. Now that we are sprinting to the finish line we are making it work by the skin of our teeth. When Scott and I set our sights on a goal we may run into a snag now and then or we may be faced with the necessity of a detour of some sort, but we get to where we want to go eventually in spite of how difficult it may be. So every time we reach another milestone I rejoice! This master bath completion.. Is cause for rejoicing!!! I have 16 drawers in that delicious bathroom! And actual cabinet doors, with handles!! It’s amazing how much you appreciate little things like drawers! More than appreciating the joy of cabinetry, I’m massively proud of Scott and the meticulous workmanship that goes into the cabinetry that he is custom designing and producing himself. He is my Renaissance man!






Making History With Mariah



Today I got to visit my daughter, Mariah’s Cosmetology school . She is nearing the end of her program and needed to do one more facial. I was overjoyed to offer myself up as her final facial victim, oops! I meant client!

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Progress Report!



The countdown to our move is marching onward ! Time is truly flying by faster than I can believe! There’s only 115 days until February 1! We have loosely set February/March as our goal to list the house for sale and I must admit that seems awfully quick! Scott is making great progress on all the finish work in the house.

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Lake Tahoe Baby!



We usually try to get up here to Lake Tahoe at least once a year. It’s just such a beautiful place! The scenery is breathtaking , the air is crisp and clean and there’s no end of possibilities for enjoying the great outdoors.

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Enjoying The Moment!🌹




Lately, as I’ve been ultra focused on all my plans for the next phase of my life, I realize, I need to try to remember to enjoy the moment! This moment……..right now! I was reminded of this the other day as I was working on my client, Barbara Spark’s hair. She was talking about how she often has to remind herself to stay focused on the moment. She said that she has to stop herself from obsessing over the past or the future or things she really has no control over and embrace the ‘moment’. I think it’s a really great thing to keep in mind. This is especially true for me as I prepare to move on to a new life.

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Progress Report



Scott’s in the process of getting our house ready to sell by February or March of next year (2013). You may wonder,” what needs to be done?”. Well, mostly all the finish work. He needs to do a lot of woodwork, cabinetry , baseboards, the exterior of the house and detached cottage needs to be painted and our front walkway is getting stamped concrete, also the backyard needs to be seriously cleaned up and landscaped.

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Leaving Cuenca on Wed, & heading home Thurs


Wed morning we checked out of our Villa Nova Inn. It was time for the treacherous but scenic van ride back to Guayaquil . We left at 6:30am Thurs morning so we arranged to spend one night at the Palace hotel , where we stayed one night at the beginning of our trip.

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Pictures from Panama, 2011


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I thought, to be thorough , I should post some pictures from Panama. There are some from Boquete, some fun zip line photos from Boquete , and some from the Carribean side of the country.It’s only a 3 hour drive by bus, probably faster by car , to get to the Carrabian .





Day 8 & 9 in Cuenca


Poor Scott caught a bad flu bug yesterday so sadly our exploration of Cuenca seems to be pretty much done for now. Today he is still down for the count and tomorrow we head back down to Guayaquil . He’s feeling a tiny bit better but still needs to stay close to the Banos. For lunch yesterday I just ate the remnants of our picnic but for dinner I decided to wander out on my own .

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Day 7 in Cuenca


Yesterday was an extremely restful and even lazy day for us. It turns out Sunday is a family day throughout this lovely city. Most restaurants and stores are closed and the streets and parks seemed almost deserted. It is a very Catholic culture here, hence all the many, many churches. But what I find most touching about the Cuencono’s is how evident it is that family is cherished.

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Scott’s Birthday Dinner in Cuenca


I neglected to post the pictures of the lovely dinner we had on Scott’s Birthday on Thursday night. I know Pat ( Scott’s Mom) will appreciate seeing them. Dano recommended this restaurant , Tiestros. The chef came out from the kitchen to introduce himself to us and asked where we were from. We told him we were from California and he scratched his chin , thinking and said… I will make surf & turf for you!! …… Ok?

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Pictures of Day 5 in Cuenca


Today was a relaxing day. We didn’t have much of an agenda so we did a bit of wandering through Old Town and just looking around. I took some pictures of some pretty sights . Some graffiti I found interesting and some of the old Colonial buildings . We wandered upon a panama had museum. Little known fact….. Panama hats originated here in Ecuador ! Why they call them Panama hats, I haven’t a clue. But all the indigenous women wear them here. We also went to one of the other markets . This one , San Francisco Market is in a building unlike the Fiera Libre which was outdoors.

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Day 4 in Cuenca


Today is Scott’s Birthday! So as I’m writing this post he’s upstairs taking a glorious siesta! We’ve already had a pretty full day so he gets to do anything he wants!😘. Later this evening we are going out to a nice dinner . Dano recommended a place in Old Town called Tiestros. We went over there this afternoon to check it out and made a reservation for 7:00. We’ve been told its a gastronomic treat for a special night. Supposedly the chef comes out of the kitchen to chat with the diners so we all know I love to chat so it should be fun.

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Pictures of Day Two in Cuenca


20120612-223359.jpgThis is Dano, he’s a great tour-guide!20120612-223716.jpg Fireworks at the festival

20120612-223951.jpgThey fill these paper balloon things with fire then just let them float off into the sky! The sky above the park is filled with these colorful things ! So cool!

20120612-223731.jpgJust a pretty tree in the park

20120612-223705.jpgFloating balloon!

20120612-223642.jpgA couple of them actually floated into the church!

20120612-223624.jpgScott choosing some sweets…. Hard to decide, it all looked so yummy!

20120612-223612.jpgthis is one of those structures that has the fireworks on it. They light it up and those pinwheels spin around!

20120612-223549.jpgAn Ecuadorean family in the back of their truck.

20120612-223539.jpgDriving through old town with Dano

20120612-223518.jpgA store window in the old town.

20120612-223502.jpgWe had lunch with Dano at one of his favorite places.

20120612-223452.jpgThe church in Turin , so many beautiful churches.

20120612-223442.jpgthe view of Cuenca from Turin

20120612-223427.jpgMore view of the city

20120612-223411.jpgand one more!

20120612-223345.jpga friendly alpaca

20120612-223323.jpgUs at the waterfall

20120612-223314.jpgThe waterfall