Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Weeks 28 and 29: Project 365, the 2015 Edition

Sunday, July 12

We've begun having monthly potlucks at Iglesia de la Gracia Monte de Luz.

Tuesday, July 14

Ivan ran errands downtown while I was getting a root canal, but finished way before the dentist was done with me. While flipping through magazines in the waiting room, he came across a recipe for stuffed winter squash that looked good so he snapped a picture.
(We tried the recipe the other day and it's a keeper!)

Wednesday, July 15

Had to go see a hematologist at the hospital.
Looks like I have an iron absorption problem so we'll be returning tomorrow so I can get iron intravenously.

Thursday, July 16

I'm stealing a photo Tina posted on Facebook.
They had the gender reveal and she skyped us into the event. Even though the internet was super slow and video pretty pixelated, we didn't have to wait long to find out we're having another granddaughter!

Friday, July 17

Had to get a test done at an area clinic. I must be getting used to dogs being everywhere because the one wandering around the lobby barely elicited a raised eyebrow. But I did think it was a good photo opportunity :)

The dog must have liked how we looked because he settled down and took a nap at our feet.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weeks 26 and 27: Project 365, the 2015 Edition

Tuesday, June 23

This week Ivan cut in around the door, window, shelves, ceiling and floor in the kitchen (which is, basically, most of the painting in such a small space) and I rolled the remainder.

Sunday, June 28

We were invited to lunch at Rodolfo and Desiree's house today. Usually their daughter is very shy and won't engage, but being in her own home made such a difference! She opened right up and we had a fun time together. She didn't really like me taking her picture with the camera, but she hammed it up when I used the phone instead.

Tuesday, June 30

The automatic garage door finally operational!
It's a used door and Ivan had never been able to get it to work properly. Turns out the electrical panel that came with it was bad. Knowing the folks with our security company are very tech savvy, Ivan called them and the young guy who came out was able to set us up with a new panel. Sooooo nice to have a fully operational automatic door now. Makes putting the car in the garage every night much easier.

Thursday, July 2

We heat with wood at the house in Sta Rosa and the folks we buy wood from graciously delivered a load before we'd even paid for it (very unusual!). Since we had to make a quick trip out there, we stopped on the way home to pay them and I was so taken with this structure they're putting up. Not sure if it will be a home or an office for their business, but love how it looks so far.

Saturday, July 4

We normally avoid Cordoba on the weekends but, knowing that the coming week is going to be really busy and figuring that the stores would be mostly deserted because of the big Copa América game between Argentina and Chile, we decided to risk it.
Sure enough, there were very few people at Walmart, and those who were there were mainly glued to the T.V. This photo was near the electronics section with at least a dozen large screen televisions, all tuned to the game. Sadly Argentina lost to Chile :(

Sunday, July 5

It was cooler and quite windy during our walk along the costanera by the lake this afternoon. I had my hood on more often than not, although in this photo it happens to be off.
We normally walk near our house by the river, but it was fun to travel our old route by the lake. So much has changed in the last three years since we moved away from Canning Street. A number of new businesses, including this coffee shop with a fun mural on the wall next to it.

Monday, July 6

Cannot even begin to express my joy at seeing the kids and the grands together via Skype today!
Had trouble getting a good video connection at first, but eventually it worked and we could both see and hear them. Woot! Tina and family flew out to visit Jon and family for a few days. They're having a great time, despite Tina getting a head cold right before the trip.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weeks 24 and 25: Project 365, the 2015 Edition

Wednesday, June 10

Our friend Magdalena returned on Sunday from a three week tour of Spain, Portugal and northern Africa. Today we invited her and her son Nestor over for an asado (barbecue). We had lots of vegetables since Magdalena has been a life-long vegetarian, but Ivan also grilled a chicken that we'd brined for several days.
Magdalena took lots of photos but they don't have a computer so she brought the camera over and Ivan set up our projector so we could use the wall as a screen and look through all the photos.

Friday, June 12

I'm slowly making progress on the baby quilt. Finished the rectangular section with a mix of green, gray and white fabrics. It was a little wider than the blue section but that was easy enough to remedy, I just cut 1/2" off one side and voila!

Monday, June 15

I had a brainstorm and decided to make a miniature bag to go with the denim bag I'd made last week. It's not exactly the same -- I used different fabrics and didn't include a zippered top -- but the style is the same.

Tuesday, June 16

It's been getting pretty cold at night, which means it gets cold inside the casita too. Several mornings it's been a chilly 56 degrees, and we haven't even hit real winter weather yet! We have one heater mounted on the wall between the two rooms, but it just isn't able to keep up. Meanwhile we've been storing the corner heater we used on Canning Street, so we decided to make room for that heater in the kitchen, where the gas line is already in place. That meant we had to remove the one and only bookshelf here at the casita. Made me a little sad, but I'd rather be warm at this point!
It's amazing what a small bookcase will hold; we ended up with three boxes and a number of bags by the time we'd finished clearing it off.

Saturday, June 20

Now I can reveal that the denim bag I made was meant to be a diaper bag, which I gave to my friend at her baby shower this past Saturday. And the miniature bag was for her 3-year-old daughter to keep her dolly bottles and things in. (Delfi received almost as many gifts as her mom did, including a little baby bed for her doll.)
This was my first baby shower in Argentina, because it's just not a common thing at all. This was a group effort, with everyone pitching in to help. Someone got balloons, everyone brought treats, someone ordered a cake, several people made decorations, I took a tablecloth... And we totally surprised Desi! We had food and games, and I think really blessed this young couple.

Friends from Sta. Rosa came to visit that day and Silvia went to the shower with me.
Silvia is one of my dearest friends, and someone I've known for longer than most here because I met her the first time we visited back in 1996. Her family and Ivan's family have known each other for over half a century, since her grandmother first came to Christ many, many years ago.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week 23: Project 365, the 2015 Edition

I don't have a photo for last Wednesday. I spent two hours at the dentist, which is not an occasion I necessarily want to commemorate. The appointment had been made for a check-up and cleaning, but the Sunday before I broke (yet another) tooth so my dentist had to deal with that instead.

Thursday, June 4

Today was much better than Wednesday. Ivan and I took off for the day and enjoyed a lovely drive up to La Cumbre and the surrounding area.
It was a perfect day for a picnic: sunny and up in the low 80s by mid afternoon. We finished the day with merienda (afternoon tea) by the lake back in Carlos Paz.

Saturday, June 6

After catching up on housework and laundry, I started sewing.
And Ivan spent the day sealing and painting the exterior of the garage.

Sunday, June 7

It was too dark to take pictures by the time he finished painting yesterday. He got both long sides done and started on the front before the sun well and truly set.
He still has to finish around the door as well as the overhang, and back of the garage. This is one really big garage and I'm impressed with how much he accomplished on Saturday!

Monday, June 8

Finished my sewing project: a box bag (pattern from Frocks and Frolics via Craftsy).
The denim is a dream to sew, the duck canvas I used for the lining is a whole other ballgame. I don't know if all duck canvas is this thick but it was a beast to work with. I modified the pattern, enlarging it, lengthening the handles and switching out the inside cell phone pocket for a zippered pocket. I really like the design, with six large pockets on the outside, and will try it again but using a different (more light-weight) fabric for the lining.

This is going to be a gift, but I can't say more than that yet. I'll share more in a couple of weeks after I've given it to the recipient.

Tuesday, June 9

Another beautiful day in Carlos Paz. I did have to wear my heavier coat on our walk this morning, but once the sun broke through the clouds, it heated right up into the high 60s. Gotta love the winters here! I noticed one of our plants is getting ready to bloom. It's some kind of succulent; any one know what it's called? Because we'd like to know!
I liked the "babies" growing along the edge of the leaves; they fall off and new plants pop up wherever they land.