Since we were in Santa Rosa, sans internet, last weekend, I'm catching up by including two weeks of P365 photos.
We drove out there in our "new" car. We're so thankful for the Lord's provision in this area! We bought this 1994 Ford Galaxy from the same family that sold us our Fiat Uno :)
I sadly have no photos from our first few days in Sta. Rosa as we were busy with company (fellow missionaries). Both couples were getting ready to leave for furlough and we had a nice time together, catching up.
Toward the end of the week we decided to drive to Yacanto, a little town about 30 km from Sta. Rosa, and then continued on to the even smaller village of Durazno, and the scenery was breathtaking! I have several photos from our expedition to share with you:
Can you imagine living out there, with the high sierras in the background?
This llama was wandering around loose behind the little gas station in Yacanto
I thought this gate was so picturesque
We stopped for a picnic...
...beside this river.
It was an absolutely lovely, wonderfully relaxing day! One of two we had during our ten days in Sta. Rosa :) The rest of the time we were busy working our way through a rather long list of repairs and maintenance issues that had to be addressed before summer renters begin arriving. We are praying for a sufficient number of renters to cover the annual expenses for the house, plus enough to pay for having the house re-wired. There were some problems while we were gone, and it's getting dangerous to leave it as is; we use a lot more electrical items today than when my in-laws built the house about 40 years ago.
But we did take time most days for a walk (when it wasn't raining, which it did a LOT). I like how the bark on a eucalyptus tree peels off like this:
The next photo is more for family members. This is the big new warehouse type store in Sta. Rosa!
I mentioned our car can run on GNC. Here's a picture of us filling up:
REALLY long. Reminds me a bit of the lines back in the 70s during the oil embargo.
The day before we left Sta. Rosa, Sergio and Cristina came to visit. They're the young couple we allowed to use the back part of the house while we were gone, and here they are by their former "front" door:
This week we were able to get back into our house, arriving Wednesday evening. Surprised to find virtually the entire contents of our house (minus furniture) had been packed into boxes and stored in the garage, we have been busy unpacking, washing things, and putting them back where they belong. It's like moving, all over again.
I'm happy to report that after two days plus a few hours this morning, the kitchen is back in order! We took time out yesterday afternoon to go ahead and carry all the boxes in, figure out where they went, and then put them there. Here's a few photos of our house in the throes of unpacking...
No photos of the kitchen since I was too busy trying to find what I needed so I could prepare and serve something besides sandwiches.
While I've been busy unpacking, Ivan tackled the yard. Keep in mind that things always look worse before they look better...
While he was outside working he noticed a commotion next door. Next thing I knew he was running in to grab the camera:
I can't even tell you how good it is to be home! And I'm sure it will be even better when everything is back in order. Now, not to make anyone jealous or anything :) but I thought I'd share what the banner on weather.com looked like when I checked it a short time ago. I have our old hometown and our current hometown in my "saved locations".