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Glancing Behind, But Looking Ahead

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I had a decent tax return this year. And since I'm not traveling, nor am I yet bringing my fiance Levi up here till we get past the bureaucratic paperwork, I am saving money towards a return trip to Peru, hoping for NEXT year.
When I left for Peru last summer, I weighted 226. I lost ten pounds by the time I came home, thanks to all the fish and the fact that I'm not big on rice, and heat takes my my walks with Papito Eladio. With hard work, using Spark's trackers, I've managed to lose another 13 more. These photos from 2011 had me weighing in around 215, I think. My little Peruvian friend is Vicki Campos Ayasta, who is like my little sister. She's a mighty prayer warrior, and it's amazing what bearhugs she can give! I am thinking of "employing" her to accompany me when I return and travel outside of Lima, as she did in 2011. We made a great team then!

Enjoying "helado" (ice cream) in Chiclayo, Vicki's home town

Vicki and I above the streets of Quito, Ecuador

With Pastora Nubia at her favorite market in Quito, Ecuador

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COLLEENROSTE 3/29/2013 8:18AM

    somehow looking back and renewing memories give us new momentum for achieving goals on the journeey ahead. Thanks for sharing your memories with us

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BRENDA_G50 3/29/2013 2:11AM

    emoticon for sharing the wonderful pictures and your amazing trip. emoticon

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KLONG8 3/29/2013 1:44AM

    This sounds so interesting. I obviously need to catch up on your blogs!

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GRAMMAP1 3/29/2013 12:42AM

    Humm...HCJB least it was at one time. My Brother and wife were Brazilian Missionaries for 30 yrs. and I always wanted to visit them. It never happened. I think S. America would be a fantastic place to visit. emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/28/2013 7:17PM

    great, thanks for sharing, I've never beeb further south than Mexico.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I was checking out a blog of one of my Sparkbuddies who is a missionary in Brazil, and she included photos of the tilapia fishing project they were doing to raise funds

and it just brought back fond memories of my own "fish experiences."

Like my lunch in Tulcan, Ecuador

And the fish market in Chiclayo, Peru

and the catfish and carachama in Iberia, Peru

And Papito Eladio and Mamita Marleni in Pucallpa

and their cats Minina and Kitty whenever a fishmonger came by

I think one of the pleasantest things about food is the memories associated with it.

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JOYFUL78 3/26/2013 3:17PM

    what a touching story and photos, hugs

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/26/2013 1:18AM

    So very true!!! Memories always make the food taste better somehow!!!
What an AWESOME blog!!! Love your pictures and thank you for sharing them and your memories with us!!
Blessings and hugs,

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COLLEENROSTE 3/25/2013 5:03PM

    you've got that right----good memories emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/24/2013 9:41PM

    Nothing 'fishy' about staying the course.

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1935MARY 3/24/2013 9:47AM

    Awesome. And so true. This thought made me smile. Have a good day.

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On Living and Dying

Friday, March 22, 2013

from Anne of the Island (by Lucy Maud Montgomery)

[Anne's friend Ruby is dying of "consumption" and talking to Anne] "I'm so young, Anne. I haven't had my life. I've fought so hard to live - and it isn't any use - I have to die - and leave EVERYTHING I care for." Anne sat in a pain that was almost intolerable. She could not tell comfortable falsehoods; and all that Ruby said was so horribly true. She WAS leaving everything she cared for. She had LAID UP HER TREASURES ON EARTH ONLY; SHE HAD LIVED SOLELY FOR THE LITTLE THINGS OF LIFE - THE THINGS THAT MAY PASS - FORGETTING THE GREAT THINGS THAT GO ONWARD TO ETERNITY [emphasis mine], bridging the gulf between the two lives and making of death a mere passing from one dwelling to the other - from twilight to unclouded day. God would take care of her there - Anne believed - she would learn - but now it was no wonder her soul clung in blind helplessness to the only things she knew and loved......Anne walked home very slowly in the moonlight. The evening had changed something for her. LIFE HELD A DIFFERENT MEANING, A DEEPER PURPOSE.[emphasis mine] On the surface it would go on just the same, but the deeps had been stirred. It must not be with her as with poor butterfly Ruby. When she came to the end of the one life, it must not be to face the next with the shrinking terror of something wholly different - something for which accustomed thought and ideal and aspiration had unfitted her. The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be sought and followed; THE LIFE OF HEAVEN MUST BE BEGUN HERE ON EARTH [emphasis mine].


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LINDAKAY228 3/24/2013 12:27PM

    Beautiful, and so very true! Thanks

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VTRICIA 3/24/2013 12:23PM

    This is a great reminder in my journey to physical health, that the changes that matter are within, learning trust, integrity, and encouragement.

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MIAJOEB 3/23/2013 1:49PM

    I have a friend who is battling colin cancer.
This has helped me.. Thank you.

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Oh, NOOOOoooooo!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today I had the basal cell carcinoma removed - a mild form of skin cancer. It was on my left temple, and so the numbing medication prior to the surgery affected my eyebrow. I was amused that I could now do a Spock impersonation. Here it is for YOUR amusement.

After getting stutched up I was given instructions for wound care. "No bending/heavy lifting for one week." Okay...I guess I won't be doing the wieghts...But the verbal instructions were "Don't do any exercise." I asked, "What about my stationary bike???" I was answered, "No, we don't want anything to get your blood pressure up that could make the wound bleed." NOOOOooooo! emoticon A whole week! I hope the weather is mild enough that the sidewalks remain clear so I can at least walk to work. I am looking at a probable weight gain. Poop.

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GRAMMAP1 3/23/2013 4:23PM

    Guess you will have to act like you are on vacation! lol,

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COLLEENROSTE 3/22/2013 3:53AM

    poop was yesterday. walking should not be a problem- sidewalks might be. stay safe

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PATRICIAAK 3/21/2013 10:34PM

    Be patient as you recover.

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KRISTINE99 3/21/2013 9:44PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! Glad to hear that the skin cancer was caught early and removed. Yeah, I hear that the hairline is a common place where skin cancer crops up as it can be hard to rub in sunblock there. I live in Arizona -- which has the world's second highest skin cancer rate, second only to Australia.

I used to go out in the sun all the time unprotected, but now I feel almost naked without my wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.


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MEME102 3/21/2013 9:18PM

    Ahhhh shoot -- BUT you must follow dr. orders!! One week in the scheme of life is let's pray for you being able to walk to work!!!

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PICKIE98 3/21/2013 3:46PM

    You are blessed that you could afford to have the surgery,,if it was me, I could not.. my friend died with that cancer,, another is just fine today because she followed directions!!

BEHAVE yourself!!! emoticon

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Me 'n' My Boy

I was chatting with my son online and he told me he's leaving Utah and coming back to Rochester, taking an incomplete and setting up a transfer for the Fall semester. We've had some rough times in our relationship, but it's been going much smoother. He plans to move in with a friend come April, but meanwhile was wondering about "couch surfing" here until then. He offered to help with stuff around the house. Excellent timing, as Glitterfairy's SO has been preparing the attic rooms to be reinhabited, and we're getting ready to do a shuffling of bedrooms. I will definitely take him up on his offer.

When he was an adolescent, we would go camping together with other friends. He's a nature lover like myself, lately an environmental activist - like his "hippie tree-hugger" mom! I'm looking forward to having some time with him. Renewing our relationship on another level.

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COLLEENROSTE 3/20/2013 9:01PM

    Praying that this will be a time of strengthening your relationship (as well as his muscles as you use him to do the heavy lifting with your house shuffle )

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PATRICIAAK 3/20/2013 7:36PM

    Sounds super

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