Sunday, April 11, 2010

Project 365, Week 15

This year seems to be going even faster than last year -- can we seriously already be on week 15 of Project 365?!

I did better this week about taking photos every day but not very exciting ones. We're back to walking almost every day and most of mine are from those walks. But it was either that or more photos of clothes hanging on the line. And for those who do not share my laundry fetish, I know you'd just as soon never see another line of clothes -- yours or any one elses :-) We did make our monthly marathon shopping trip to Cordoba this week and I have two photos from that, but not super interesting ones. My life has settled back into the ho-hum of ordinary, which suits me just fine.

Last weekend the young men who helped us over the summer went back to Bible Institute, but before they left they hosted a two-day soccer tournament. Ivan took a ton of photos but I think these three typify (IMO) what boys this age most like about sports:
Agree or disagree?

Y'all have followed the progress of the lake which, for a while, I was calling the field-formerly-known-as-a-lake. You'll be happy to know the recent rains have done a fabulous job in filling it back up as you can tell in this photo that once again shows the boats are afloat!
Seen in Cordoba: we got a huge kick out of this -- the sofa is about as big as the auto!
Empanadas are meat pies and every region of Argentina has their own favorite filling. Because this is a touristy area, you can get a wide variety but my favorite includes ground or chopped beef, hard boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, and raisins; a meat pie with a slightly sweet flavor. I've not been shy about admitting my challenges with producing an edible pie dough but that's not a concern with empanadas because I have a wide variety of packaged doughs to choose from:
This is the cooler case at Walmart holding probably a dozen varieties, that all come in packs of 10.

We have access to fresh bay leaves year-round because of this giant bush about a block from our house that's on public land, right next to the road!
Parrots are a huge pest here. They're prolific and persistent. And LOUD. Half the parrots had already flown off when we stopped to take this photo, but the four you can still see weren't about to leave their tasty snack shop (a.k.a. someone's garbage) until we got even closer.
I have no idea what this viney flower is, but it's lush and beautiful. It covered not only the fence at this house but climbed up the house and draped itself elegantly over the second floor balcony.
This is the plane Ivan's been helping his friend work on. Anyone want to buy a home built, experimental airplane? Our friend Julio designed and built it (with a little help from his friends) but can no longer fly it (due to health issues) so he's looking for a good home for his baby. Saturday it made an inaugural appearance at a small air show held in a nearby town.
That's all for this week...couches on cars, parrots and planes and purple flowers, soccer takedowns and supermarket treasures.


Mari said...

Ordinary days are what make up most of our lives, and therefore our photos too!
I like your laundry pictures..
I think you are right about sports, love the couch/car shot, and the flower is really beautiful!

skoots1mom said...

great, GREAT pics this week...
would love to try that bay...
it's wonderful to see the lake filling up
i'll be later getting in on the 365 today...later this afternoon will be when i get to download my pics...still visiting my Mama :)

junglewife said...

I love empanadas! My favorites from Ecuador were the meat ones with hard boiled eggs, and also the cheese ones with sugar sprinkled on top. I still make empanadas every once in a while, but now I have to make my own dough... :-)

Elizabeth said...

Love the sofa on the car... you could pull over and enjoy lunch on the sofa and get some sun too :-)

Betty said...

I´m glad that the "field" filled up! :) I´m sure it´s super important for that area. I know our "water holes" still need rain to fill completely, but it´s probably not going to happen before winter sets in.
I loved the couch on the car pic. Funny! People can be resourceful.

Cristina Elizabeth said...

I can't believe how high the lake is! That spot looked like a boat parking lot when I was there!

sara said...

what are you talking about...your pictures are great this week!!!

the last picture of the boys looks like they were playing "dog pile"!!

wow! what a difference in the lake!!! that is amazing! I think you need to post a before and after for those who may not have seen it.

I have never seen the tree bay leaves come from. that is awesome that you get them fresh!

not sure I would go up in that plane!

great week! mine are up now!

Tori said...

Boys in a pile, enough said!
I think it is interesting that parrots are an annoyance there! I bet people wonder if they talk!
Have a super week!!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

A fresh bay tree...too jealous!

Those flowers are amazing, they look like some variety of orchid...maybe.

Wonderful pictures!

Have a great week!


rita said...

No boring pics here.
Beautiful colors of the lake water and sky, gorgeous flowers, boys rough and tumble...
Wish I could readily get the discos for empanadas. I think Sharon does, though.
I want to know, do the parrots speak Spanish?

Sharon said...

Aren't those flowers similar to the ones I saw in Mexico? If so... Thunbergia grandiflora variegata is their name. I was looking for seeds so that I could grow a vine in a pot and bring it inside in the winter.

The Bug said...

Well, you might think the pics are boring because they're familiar to you. But up here we don't have parrots digging in the garbage, although we might have the occasional couch on a van LOL.

Lhoyt said...

Is Ivan thinking about the plane?
From the looks of it, though, it is only a one place, so could not handle two of you.
The lake looks soooo good.