Monday, December 17, 2012


Check out what my roommate is posting; great pic of me here too!

ADVENTURES IN NICARAGUA: You sure you don't want to visit me?!  Beautiful, huh?  This was taken a little north of Matagalpa after the wedding.  The area's call...


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Tale of Roommates Past...

Here is an homage to all the roommates who have stayed with me in Granada, Nicaragua and enriched my life. I miss you all and hope that where ever you are that you will continue to bring joy and laughter to those around you.

Jessica & Tamara







Here I end with my current roommate Shawn!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

*A Call for Help-Update* 

A big hug and thanks goes out to all of you who donated a used or new DVD player to those in need here in Nicaragua.

Here is a sample of a deaf friend of mine who was helped by someone's generous donation and is using her gift to share vital information with other deaf in her community.

If you would like the opportunity to help out please contact me and we will discuss how to get your donation into the hands of those who need it most here.  See original post here.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Shelina and The Chocolate Festival

The happiest place on earth is where ever you can find the most chocolate. This year's chocolate festival in Davie was just that kind of place.

Best thing about the chocolate festival... is being in a room with a bunch of chocolate.

Worst thing about the chocolate festival...all the chocolate isn't free.

However, the group that I went with found two things to be true:

Free chocolate must be earned :) (The best ways to get free chocolate is to ask and schmooze).

The fun is where you make it. We made the most of the festival by doing all the silly things that they offer: eating contests, scavenger hunts, trivia games etc. By the way, at the end there's always free prizes i.e. chocolate.

Can't wait for next year :D 
Who's with me?


Monday, November 19, 2012

My New Mug

Preglazed Mug

I like to think of myself as an amateur painter and sketcher. This trip back to Florida one of my dearest friends invited me to a 'paint-your-plate' kind of shop where you can put your painting talents on a ceramic item.

Each item is priced and the paint and glaze is included.

This particular shop is owned by a local deaf woman and entrepreneur. She is a very helpful and talented artist in her own right. I thank her for helping me to make my mug look its best.

Glaze Finished Mug

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I Dream of Food

Have you ever dreamt of your next meal? I have and last night was a good one. My new roommate has a great tabouleh recipe and we've got so much that I can have it with any and everything. Last night I dreamed of eggs with tabouleh and this is the breakfast I ended up making for myself. It was crazy good. Thanks, Shawn for the great addition to the fridge.

Speaking of food I made this the other day in honor of one of my favorite foods Italian Spaghetti. One of my best. 

 This I couldn't resist this is a little fruit we call Mamon China. I put it in another post a while back but it looked so much like an eyeball when I opened it this time I had to post it again. Very tasty but strange looking.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Call for Help

I've never done this before so I'm not too sure how it will be taken, I hope it will be taken as it is meant to be just a request for aid.

Where I live the deaf have many disadvantages that could be overcome with access to education and information in their own language. Here the only information on television that is interpreted for the deaf are political speeches and political news. 

The deaf that are in my congregation are doing what they can to bring more education to the deaf in their own and neighboring towns.  They usually accomplish this by way of showing DVDs that are in Nicaraguan Sign Language.

Unfortunately, there is a real shortage of portable DVD players down here. New or used there is little to choose from. Some have donated in past years but now those same DVD players are beginning to wear and break down.

I got to thinking about my friends back home who for the most part are upgrading to tablets and lighter portable video players. They might be sitting on old portable DVD players that they're just tired of and don't see themselves using in the future. So, on behalf of some of my new deaf friends, your brothers and sisters down here, I'm putting out the call for portable DVD players.

If you have one that you'd like to donate I'd be happy to place it with a good home. Please feel free to email me and we'll work out the details of delivery at that time. (Please do not ship by mail. It is not a secure method for receiving electronics.)

Thank you for supporting me always and for your help to the friends down here.


A Visit with Jesus and Patricia Caro

This photo was taken on Saturday after our meeting with all the deaf attending that day for the discourse by Jesus Caro.  Sunday there were these and more deaf that made it. What a great weekend of attendance. I only wished that I could have gotten Sundays pic, but I had to run with a couple of students for the bus.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

The New Love In My Life

five weeks/day 2

six weeks

7 weeks
I like kisses but not on the face!
In case you haven't heard. I have a new permanent roommate. The new love in my life is Cookie. She's  70% white and 30% brown/black but 100% Nica and obeys commands and accepts praise in both English and Spanish.

I think you know how she got her name just by looking at her, but I put up a comparison just so that you can see it for yourself. She reminds me of one of my favorite treats.

The ever patient Ollie

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Since this little precious bundle has joined me, in my home, we've also got another friend staying with us. Her name is Ollie and she belongs to a friend visiting the states right now. She's in the 'Puppy exchange while in the States' program. They will be together again when I go back to the US to work. But as you can see from the pictures they don't particularly love each other but they do tolerate one another.

Cookie likes to attack Ollie's pillow

Caught Cookie trying to sleep next to Ollie in the night.
I am having a great time with both *achoo!*
Yeah,  I'm still allergic.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Costa Rica

So I FINALLY got to see some of Costa Rica... here are just a few of the highlights from my trip across the border to renew my visa. 

I started with the last sunset we had over looking the ocean as the first pic just because it was so peaceful and beautiful. Thanks Irma, I got some of the best sleep I've had all year.

First stop was to San Jose to see Angeline's new home.

 Yes do not adjust your screen: that is a real strawberry in my hand. It tasted so sweet. We don't get fresh berries in Nicaragua just a little too far but in Costa Rica...mmm.mmm....good. They sell them right in the corner stores. 
People that's not another head, that's a mango! Takes two hands just to hold it.

Angline's little sister Katherine and I. This is the shy one :)

This little sweetie is a new addition to their family and our hearts. And just loved to jump on laps and hang out. Made us feel so welcome.

El barrio Lomas de Pavas where lots of Nicaraguans have settled.

This is my handiwork. She needed her hair done and I enjoyed doing it. 
Here's dad Alberto hard at work at the shoe shop. He works about half a block from the house. So close he can have all his meals at home with his family. 

Our sweet Angeline with her mother, Faviola and younger sister, Katherine. 
We miss them but happy to see them so nicely settled.


Friday, June 1, 2012

A Night At The Movies

So I've been to the movies several times but haven't commented on the experience until now. We went to see a new movie in Managua at the theater in the MetroCentro mall. Of the three theaters that I've been to in Managua I would say it is my second favorite.

Negative: extremely long wait in lines to pay for tickets and to enter the theater. Plus side: You pick your seat before you go in so there's no worry about trying to figure out where an empty seat might be in the dark, after getting your snacks. Slightly cheaper than my favorite at Gallerias.

This was not our best night to go, it was too close to the opening night so the twenty-five of us couldn't actually sit together in the back. Can you believe it? :-) Instead, we were in the front looking up at the movie. Ouch!

Afterwards, to the food court for food. They have pizza hut! Woohoo!


Friday, May 25, 2012

A Tale of 2 Lunches in Granada

So funny thing, I think I talked about this before, but in Nicaragua they have a kind of fast food called Vigoron (yuca, fried pork and cole slaw served on leaf). I don't care for it myself because I don't like yuca. Well, some friends from out of town in for the assembly wanted to get together and have lunch. Guess what everyone wanted today: Vigoron. Well, at least I didn't end up at the same place twice. 

This corner is a block East and North of my home, very close. In the background you can see the bus I take from the market in Masaya back to Granada on shopping days. 

Right now in Granada there are tons of people visiting from Mexico for the Route. They are passing through going to various locations and everyone wants to try Nica Vigoron.  Sometimes it's not about the food but about the people you're with.

Vigoron for lunch: place number 1, located in the market. Very well priced location just a little bit cramped. Not really restaurant more of a pick up and take with you. The seating is optional.

Smiles Coffee is a new restaurant in town that offers a variety of food options and wi-fi. The unique thing about it is that the entire staff is deaf. The menus and decor as seen above is all designed to facility communication with your wait staff without the need for an interpreter. Yikes, there goes my job :) 

One of my bible studies at his place of business.  He's working on making hammocks.  His boss is also the owner of Smiles Coffee.

All the sign language folks just loving this place!

Yep, coke in a glass bottle, mmm, mmm, good.
Over all a great day for lunch in Granada.