Sunday, August 28, 2011

KIMBLERS DAY TO DAY

Randy an I have found a kind of cadence to our life here. Randy has offered his assistance to a fellow expat and friend. Ed, has a wonderful Wood Art Gallery in the La Esquina de Artes, on Av. 12 de Abril. Ed cannot leave the shop unattended; but he needs to make new pieces for the gallery. Randy goes in for 4 hrs about 3 days a week, and takes command of the shop for Ed. Randy gets to practice his Spanish, and visit with local expats who stop by. It's a win win for everyone!


I have filled my days with trying to learn new skills. I am not doing so well at Spanish, but I am pretty impressed with how my knitting is coming along.  I did some scarves, and then when Kelsey was here, I whipped out that hat for her. It was somewhat of a success. I am determined to make another that fits better. I have a friend who lives down the street.. Her name is Karen as well! She is a wonderful knitter, and very patient with me. I decided that I needed to advance my skills, I have had to hustle to her out 3 times now for her to save my scarf.. but I think I got it now. Here it is in process..


My friend Brenda and I went to a shop months ago to check into Weaving classes.. as in on a loom... not baskets..Well we finally got our time availability together to go sign up for lessons. Friday we signed up and on Saturday we went for our first 3 hour lesson. I think Brenda said it best, " I feel an addiction coming on!"
Brenda's scarf

My scarf
Our other favorite things to do is play cards with our friends. We have a monthly Texas Hold 'em that we go to, and Randy has a Tournament Texas Hold 'em that he attends.. we have friends who stop by and we play Gin Rummy, or Randy and I will play Spite & Malice.. we keep a running score.. I am ahead this week. He is just too nice.

We often stop at Kookaburra's to say hello to Chris and Jenny; and who ever is around while we are there. Sometimes we get a show of Chris's other skills... I have heard him called the "Bee Whisperer"...
He is urging the bee to crawl on his finger.. as I was cringing way

Here little bee.. see we are going on a little sweet trip to the back..
 There was a tragedy to this story.. Chris tried to pacify one little guy, and it ended badly for both.. Chris got stung, and the bee lost his stinger..I had the bees all fired up with my waving them away, so the one little guy was not falling for Chris's sweet finger trick. Sorry Chris for your pain on my account!

When we are not causing harm to the local friend and bee population one of our other pastimes is reading. We have a Book Exchange here in Cuenca, as well as a Used book store but Randy and I prefer our Kindles. We think they were one of our better investments..well that and his recliner...


16 comments:

  1. The scarf looks really great. Sharon and I are Kindle addicts. You may know that some publishers allow you to loan out your Kindle books for 2 weeks. Let's chat the next time I see you. I'm planning on going to poker night.

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  2. Shelley & BrianAugust 28, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Too bad there's not a like button for Blogs.

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  3. Hey Lenny, thanks for the compliment.. I should not have bragged.. I am off tomorrow to my friends to have her help me un-snarl the latest mess I made. See you at Poker.. we will talk Kindles!

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  4. Thanks Shelly & Brian... I think a comment is just as good as a LIKE button!

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  5. The scarf looks like it is coming along very well. I have always wanted to try knitting, but never considered myself coordinated enough. Poker night sounds like fun. I ran across a box of chips yesterday while cleaning out the house. Can't wait til we move to Cuenca and have time to make friends and enjoy more fun activities.

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  6. The tile was finished on Sunday and the big garage sale is the 9th and 10th. We are listing the house the week after that and will just have to sit back and wait for it to sell. Don't sell our stuff, we are on our way!!! I can't wait to establish our "day to day" in Cuenca. See you soon.

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  7. I am very interested in starting weaving classes when I arrive in Cuenca. I tried to have lessons in Fort Worth, but seems it is an almost lost art. Hope I can catch up with you beginning in October. Good post.

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  8. Solstice7, you will have no problem taking classes other than the initial cost of buying the loom. But if you like to do it, it will be cheap compared to what you would spend in the U.S. Also, they have lap looms available. I look forward to meeting you when you arrive in Oct.

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  9. I have been enjoying your blog for awhile now, reading it from the whole thing over time. My son, his wife and I plan to be in Cuenca in April 2012 and would love to meet you. I know my son would love to get involved in the poker nights. Can't wait till we get there.

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  10. Thank you for your interest in my blog Terri. Hope all goes well and your April date zooms forward for you. We are always looking for more folks to join in all of our games. Take care and we will look forward to meeting you three in April.

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  11. Karen I was wondering what was going on with your blog. I thought I followed it. I guess not. I do now.

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  12. Why thanks Vickie, glad to know you read it, I enjoy yours as well!

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  13. Karen, if you get bored in your Cuenca day to day life, I can fly you to Oklahoma and you can help me get the heck outta here. This stuff is exhausting!!

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  14. Well Shelly.. I have never been to Ok. Lets talk if you are serious! :>)

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  15. I loved this post. I wish you would write more actually. I really enjoy it. Too bad we couldn't play cards back in the dorm in high school. That would have been a lot of fun. I am sure Mrs. Hixon wouldn't have thought it fun, but I love playing card games and table games. We could have ended with an ice cream social! She used to love doing those. So did I!

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  16. I wanted to thank you and Randy for such a nice lunch when we were visiting Cuenca. The restaurant was one of the more interesting ones we ate at while there :) We loved the city so much that I am ready to move now, just need to convince Sandy.

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