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Cat Parenting

Cat Parenting

I haven’t had a cat since I was very young, growing up in Marlin, Texas.  It became clear that I was very allergic to them and I’ve avoided them ever since.  But, I couldn’t pass up this sweet thing that showed up inside my house, perched on a pillow one morning.  I seem not to be the least bit allergic to her, so she has become my little Paraguayan companion. She loves music and comes running from wherever she is outside and gets comfy inside my violin case to listen and fall asleep to the music. November 1, 2014 Dear ... Read More »

A Leaf in the Night

A Leaf in the Night

I’m not a gardener but I did plant some seeds received in a care package from the states just to see what might happen. I lovingly sprinkled them into the dirt-filled small plastic cups I had prepared, pressing them into comfortable position, covering them and watering them, ready to watch them burst forth.  Soon I had little leaflets forming but nothing ended up making a success of itself except for a lone oregano plant. I haven’t spent the time to learn how to prepare rich soil and pamper seedlings into adulthood, so I was very proud to have grown such ... Read More »

Yogurt Singalong Recipe

Yogurt Singalong Recipe

A Cultural Event The basics: Two temperatures, 180° and 110° Fahrenheit, are important in making yogurt.  But, you can still make yogurt easily without a thermometer, like I do, if you are adventurous. If you have a thermometer, simply heat the milk up to 180°F, cool it back down to 110°F and then add the culture. (As mentioned earlier, this is a cultural event). Put the mixture in a closed container and let it sit on top of your refrigerator overnight. Here’s my no-thermometer method below.  If anything doesn’t make sense, please contact me! Need: ▪ A pot to boil ... Read More »

“Oh really? You’ve got to be kidding! Then what happened?”

“Oh really? You’ve got to be kidding! Then what happened?”

Here’s a photo of Michi, my confident little cat. She appeared one day eight months ago, tiny, scrawny and hungry, crying loudly for food. I opened the door so she could come and go, put down a saucer of milk, then made a jaunt down the cobblestones to buy some cat food. Wonder if they have kitten food. Yes! When I returned home I peeked into my bedroom and saw her silhouette in the sunlight, big ears, little head. She was snuggled in all comfy, paws tucked under, tail curled round neatly on my bed pillows, gazing out the window. ... Read More »

Michi’s Marvelous Methods

Michi’s Marvelous Methods

MICHI’S MARVELOUS METHODS This week’s helpful suggestion: “A good friend is attentive, even when she is bored.”   MÉTODOS MARAVILLOSAS DE MICHI Útil sugerencia de esta Semana: “Una buena amiga es atento, incluso cuando ella se aburre.” Read More »

Taking Root

Taking Root

I’ve been writing quite a bit lately.  It’s comforting and strengthening both, after a series of heavy work weeks.  Writing to you, sharing my thoughts about random topics that seem to push forth, are a real pleasure and they help me to transition into another period of my service here.  I’ve just passed the one-year anniversary mark, and I’m assessing where I’ve been and where I’m going.  While doing so, I have marveled recently at my great living environment, my new family here in SanBer, and the support system I’ve gained.  So, let me tell you a little about it. ... Read More »

Nunila’s Cooking

Nunila’s Cooking

Let me tell you about my healthy lunches provided by my host mother, sister and friend, Nunila Zàrate. Nunila, who is a fabulous cook, provides the best lunches each day. Here’s a taste of what she prepared this week! -Celery soup, with onion, pepper and pumpkin -Cabbage salad with lettuce, onion and coriander -Salad of rice, corn, carrots, beets -Vegetable soup and chicken pie -Soup with vegetables and soy meat -Vegetable fritters -Tomato slices ——- Mis almuerzos saludables proporcionada por la madre de acogida, mi hermana y amiga, Nunila Zarate. Nunila es una cocinera fabulosa. Todos los dias ella proporciona ... Read More »

Michi’s Marvelous Methods

Michi’s Marvelous Methods

One in a series of Facebook posts with Michi giving helpful opinions  😉 June 4 near San Bernardino MICHI’S MARVELOUS METHODS This week’s helpful suggestion: “It’s good to spend a few moments each day in quiet reflection.”   MÉTODOS MARAVILLOSAS DE MICHI Útil sugerencia de esta semana: “Es bueno para pasar unos momentos cada día en la reflexión tranquila.”     Read More »

Mother’s Day in PY

May 15:  Today was/is Mother’s Day in Paraguay and it was a great day spent with my host family. I’m so privileged to be part of this family during my time away from home. Read More »

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