We did however opt for an oversized kitchen island and we're glad we did. It seems like the kitchen is always a gathering place and in our home that is no exception. We wanted seating on one side and lots of storage on the other.
Only our great room has cathedral ceilings and by pure dumb luck, I think we're happy with that also. You see the house warms up all day and by evening everything cools except our lower ceiling rooms which is where we hang out at night anyway. I really wonder if we will use our fireplaces much.
and can even catch the local news back in the states from Slingbox. We can be as connected with the world as we always have been.
We still have much to do to get settled. Rachel will be making curtains. We'll probably be getting some rugs to warm things up a little more. We've just begun the wall hangings.
While the homes in Yanapamba have been under construction an indigenous family lives in a little block building close to us. The father, Rodrigo is a laborer in construction and doubles as a security guard for us at night while construction continues. The building will soon be removed and will be replaced with a nice guard house. The family will eventually move to the new Yanapamba II construction site and live a similar lifestyle there. In the meantime we are overwhelmed by the contrast in our homes and lifestyle. You never have to go far in Ecuador to see the poverty. Rodrigo's family actually has it pretty good compared to some.
Lately, Rachel and I have engaged Rodrigo's children in playing frisbie. It is a new game for them and they seem to love it. They seem natural at it. The children have very few toys so tossing the frisbie around is a great treat for them. It is a blessing for us to see their smiling faces. Each day they dutifully knock on our back door and bring the frisbie back to us. It is a ritual of gaining trust with each other. If we just gave them the frisbie we'd lose our connection. Sometimes all it takes to bridge the gap between our ages, our cultures, our homes, and our languages is a simple toss of the frisbie.
I certainly don't have my form back, but it's great exercise and an unexpected perk from living here.
Now we have a problem. Her name is Daisy. Her Spanish name is too difficult so we just gave her a gringo name. We have fallen in love with her. She comes to visit us numerous times every day. She's very pregnant. She seems to be wanting to adopt us before the litter is born. We have agreed to be petless but a face like this seems to just make common sense go out the window. Stay tuned.