MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Numbers My new assignment at a different school is very tiring. However, it is also very rewarding as we see progress made in our special needs kids. <BR> Today the teacher put up a numbers game on the SMART board. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The kids love the little hoopla it gives when they touch the correct answer. Well, our little autistic boy had a turn, and because his family's first language is Spanish, the teacher asked me to cal... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:43:59 EST EPIPHANY! I was working with my autistic student today. He had finished his coloring assignment, so to keep him calm and happy, we let him hold his Diego (as in "Go, Diego, Go!") number cards, which he loves. I interjected now and then by pointing at the different pictures and counting. At the monkey card he paused and said, "one, two". I affirmed, and when he brought up another card I counted THOSE pictures. He pulled up another card and handed it to me - and another, and another, inviting me to count... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:49:10 EST February Is So Far Away Yesterday I had my appointment with the orthopaedic doctor. They'll do a test for nickel sensitivity, which may mean I'll get the ceramic joint. Fine, just - bring this grinding pain to an end. But they're my surgery isn't scheduled until February 3rd. SIGH. Well...that gives me more time to work at getting the weight down. I was given a handbook for hip surgery, so I'll look through that. There are no doubt some exercises that can be done to strengthen the muscles ahead of time. <... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:34:23 EST Get SMART! I loved that silly show produced by Mel Brooks... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The movie was also good. But I'm not talking about those...I'm talking about the SMART technology that is replacing many a chalkboard in classrooms in my district. Specifically, it's called a SMART board. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:29:45 EST Cooking Carp Our family had a recipe for carp, handed down for generations. <BR> <BR> Dig a deep hole in the ground, pour in red-hot coals, and cover with a bucket of river mud. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lay carp on top of that, followed by another layer of mud and another layer of coals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cover and let simmer in the ground for 8 hours. <BR> <img src="htt... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:19:34 EST Becoming Like a Child Matt. 18:2-4 : <BR> He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. <BR> <BR> I was displaced from the high school where I'd worked as a paraprofessional/Teacher Assistant for 14 years. I transferred to an elementary school, choosing the one where ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:53:23 EST Apple Pie Yesterday afternoon after a 6 hour PD seminar, while watching Bones with my coworker, I peeled apples for pie. This morning I endured 4 kids eager to help me make the pies. So, I let them help bring out the flour, shortening, pans, rolling pins, plastic wrap...dump the measured ingredients, take turns cutting in the shortening, each one rolling a crust, peeling some more apples - Only one casualty, Kegan skinned a bit of his knuckle. First pie is the oven, an offering for my coworkers at #4 s... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:39:13 EST Bonus Son I don't recall if it was a Spark Buddy or a Facebook Friend who called her stepkids "BONUS" rather than "STEP" - but I like the term, since "stepmother" has that negative connotation from all those traditional tales. <BR> <BR> Anyway, when I first met MY bonus son, Josue, he was rather quiet and reserved. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The second time I was in Pucallpa, he was still quiet, but when I got ready to leave, he commented, "Q... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:19:24 EST ONEderland I got home from Peru yesterday, after over 24 hours of time in airports and airplanes. I have to get ready for school, but first I want to say when I got on the scale yesterday (for the first time in two months) I was IN ONEDERLAND (below 200 pounds!) 198.5! And I'm still puffy, so it's probably a few pounds less than that! <BR> This morning I got back on my bike - just 10 minutes for starters. I slacked off on the walking and the resistance band while in Peru, especially due to the heat in P... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:09:18 EST Melting in Pucallpa Melting in Pucallpa, here at Levi's cousin's inernet cafe with my stepdaughter, Levi's youngest. Only one computer available, so I get dibbs. Just checking accounts. Didn't get to church today - Levi wanted to organize things so's I'd have a place to stow my stuff, just as I need to clear space for HIM, for when he eventually makes it stateside. Please be in prayer for my Pucallpino pastor's family who suffered the loss of a family member. No other major news. Be back probably on Wednesday. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:03:03 EST Keeping Warm in Pucallpa Last night I woke up to the loud noise of a sudden downpour pounding on the corrugated steel roof. Ahh, SELVA! Keeping warm and happy in Pucallpa. Most of my ministry is just spending time with my in-laws, especially Papito, with whom I pass a lot of time studying the scriptures at various times during the day. I also contribute to the cooking, cleaning, and stocking the little bodega. Like today we went to Tottus (the Peruvian equivalent of Wegman's...or maybe not, maybe more like Wal Mart),... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:59:45 EST What IS the Mark of a Christian? Yesterday went with my friend/sis-in-Christ Aurora to pass the day visiting, and go with her to her church, Santidad a Jehova to receive prayer for my knee and hip. It was a... DIFFERENT church experience. The Body of Christ has many expressions. In this one, the women had LONG (un-dyed) hair and skirts. Well, I wore a skirt over my fuzzy pants so as not to offend. And in the chill, I had the combo hat-scarf that Psa. Hilda gave me, which hid the returning white, but could not hide the fact ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:41:34 EST BARBECUE Well, I already mentioned how Carmen and I arrived at the church (after a leisurely breakfast) around 9:45, and found a number of the women already grilling chicken for the fundraiser. Since I wasn't much help with THAT, I willingly accepted Jorge's invitation to deliver the message. Afterwards, Sabi served me a "little" breast - oh, my yummy! As people came and went for their chicken orders, i got to see some other pastor friends. But I think the best surprise of all was the arrival of the S... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:41:24 EST Weekend Well, Thursday evening Sabina said she was supposed to preach but she had to go to a meeting, so she asked if I could give the message. I trust the Lord that He can use me at any time, and try to be prepared in and out of season. I "just happened" to have been focusing a lot on Eph. 2, so was going to use that, though I wasn't sure where I'd go with it. A brother Lorenzo was directing the service, and he opened reading that same section of scripture. Well, when it was my turn, I got up and be... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:12:49 EST A Quiet Day and Another Day Visiting Yesterday morning Vicki and I returned to the church where we had a nice breakfast of fried maduros, some over-easy eggs, and the crispy-on-the-outsied, chewy-on-the-inside rolls that I like so much. I spent some time on the computer, and later some of the women came to study the Bible. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sabi took me to the "center" so I could take out some cash - Psa. Hilda was going to look for some polos for me, and I'd given her... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:37:06 EST Catching Up Oh, dear, I have some catching up to do! <BR> Friday I spent much of the day loading pix. I made a potato salad while Vicki and Sabina made a fish soup and a cebiche, and we hree and Ruth enjoyed lunch together. <BR> Later Ps. Jorge told us it was sister Iris' bithday, so Sabi and I went walking, accompanied by another sister and her two children, to wish Iris a happy birthday, before returning for Friday evening's service. She served us a spicey dish traditional to where she came from. Then... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:51:55 EST Birthday Sabi prepared some chicken, potatoes, and the ubiquitous rice for all who came for lunch on my birthday yesterday. But for me she also prepared a special meal, what I'd call "Chinese-ified" chicken - stir fried with veggies, EVEN BEAN SPROUTS!, because, she said, "Es tu CUMPLEAÑOS!" (it's your BIRTHDAY!) <BR> <BR> Guests arrived in dribs and drabs - pastors and pastoras, friends, and "sons". I had no expectation of gifts, but I got them anyway. Lima's winter isn't as cold as Rochester's, bu... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:08:49 EST A Park, a Party, and a Day with the Girls Had fun at Huascar Park on the 29th, and Psa. Lorenza picked me up later. She arrived in a mototaxi driven by a brother Antonio whom I remembered from her church. On arrival, there was a sister at her house who greeted me as though she knew me - which isn't unusual because how many grings to they have to remember? We sat and talked about the Lord and His work in our lives, and then in the conversation she mentioned someone speaking to her, calling her by name - at which point I picked up on w... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:20:42 EST A Park, a Party, and a Day with the Girls Had fun at Huascar Park on the 29th, and Psa. Lorenza picked me up later. She arrived in a mototaxi driven by a brother Antonio whom I remembered from her church. On arrival, there was a sister at her house who greeted me as though she knew me - which isn't unusual because how many grings to they have to remember? We sat and talked about the Lord and His work in our lives, and then in the conversation she mentioned someone speaking to her, calling her by name - at which point I picked up on w... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:20:29 EST Another Day in Villa el Salvador Last night was able to call my "Honey" when he got home from work. It was good to be able to talk at length, clarify some things, make plans. I appreciate his concern for my health and well-being - he especially worries about my being so long in Lima, due to the crime and all. But I assured him the church family keeps watch over me (besides God's angles at work). <BR> While I miss the people - and WEATHER - of Pucallpa, there's such a feeling of being at home here among the church family of V... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:37:45 EST Arrival in Lima Not sure what time we arrived in Villa el Salvador yesterday - 9 ish maybe. We got a cab from the bus station to the church, where Sabi had a breakfast ready of avocado, baloney, rolls, and tea. Being Sunday, it wasn't long before people started filing in for church service - some dear friends, and some whom I have yet to know better. I was given the opportunity to greet (greetings from MY church, Cidudad de Refugio) and share 'a word' - so being overtired, the word I shared was LOVE, that lo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:51:38 EST Last Day in Chiclayo My last day in Chiclayo. We leave around 6:30 for the station, and the bus leaves around 7:30 tonight. It's about 13 hurs to Lima. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, we got up and out in plenty of time this morning, but we're entering Las Fiestas de las Patrias, the patriotic holidays. So we ended up detouring due to a parade. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> However, we were not the only ones thus delayed from getting to the conference on time! The courses... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:23:45 EST Leadership Conference Last night I went with Vicki to the opening service of a Leadership Training conference, which will conclude Friday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Due to the extenuating circumstances I was allowed to acompany Vicki. So this morning we scurried to get there before the meetings started at precisely 8:30 in the morning. You have to understand that Vicki is a very busy person, and ran to market to get breakfasty things, COOKED UP some chick... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:27 EST Souvenirs and Surprises Yesterday after breakfast Vicki and I went into the city. I needed to take out money for our busfare, and wanted to get gifties for the kids. We went to the station first to check schedules and also see if they took plastic...which they did not, so I HAD to get cash. Vicki assured me that what I had would be enough to get stuff for the kids, so we went to the Artesania. Sure enough, I was able to get tee shirts in the right colors, as well as some cute barretts for the girls and cute pens for... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:35 EST A Day of Rest Yesterday we only planned to visit Vicki's father, Papito Maximo. So, I spent some time on the computer. When I got up to walk around a bit in the garage I was surprised to see a little dog had wandered in and made himself comfortable under my chair. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> After a bit Vicki called me in to lunch - OOO, crab, shrimp, fish, a version of Johnny Cakes, rice from Vicki's own farm... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:32:30 EST Loving Our Neighbors and Ministering to Youth I don't know how many people in the neighborhood Vicki invited, but yesterday afternoon 4 adults and one girl arrived. We served crackers with strawberry jam and some with what they CALL mermelada de leche - milk marmalade - which, if you ask me, is CARAMEL. Or maybe butterscotch. That, and a bit of coffee. We sat and chatted a bit first, munching. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:09:12 EST Ministering Last night Vicki's bro-in-law Meme picked me up and took me to the church service at a pentecostal church called Mas Que Vencedores. Vicki arrived a little later - delayed as she was picking up an order of pollo a la braz (with fries and salad) for our dinner after. After the pastor read a passage from 1 Sam. 13 about how only Saul and Jonathan had swords, I was invited first to introduce myself, and then to share from the word. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:24:28 EST Visiting and Ministering So, yesterday Vicki gave me a little tour of some of the farm. The sun is pretty intense here, so I cut it short, having left my sunblock in Pucallpa. This morning Elmer presnted me what at first I thought was deodorant, but it's sunblock, SPF 100! What a sweet guy! Anyway, after the tour Vicki and I went into town to meet one of my sons. I treated us to lunch at a place Vicki recommended. They had goat (Vick gave me a couple bites of hers) and I ordered Chupe de Cangrejo (chupe is from chupa... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:01:49 EST After Resting Had a restful night, which included a 35 minute phone call to my Honey! Arrenged to treat Vicki and one of my "sons" (who has CP) to lunch today, after which Vicki and I will probably try to book our bus trip back to Lima for the 28th in the evening. Being a holiday it will probably cost more, but there is a monthly meeting of pastors and Vicki said that I was expected; so we're going to leave afterwards, so we can get back in time for my god-daughter's birthday on the 29th. Meanwhile, tonigh... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:25:50 EST Chiclayo I am safely in Chiclayo, where it is warm and sunny. Sitting here in Vikki', I guess it's the garage, because there's a motokar here, but so's the internet. I'm confused! But anyway, there's a breeze blowing through here. <BR> Anyway, I slept well Monday night, just the occasional intrusion in my dreams of the local cock's crowing loud enough to manifest as some crazy person yelling in my dream. Carmen gave me a light breakfast of coffee and rolls, with butter, cheese, and olives on the... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:35:46 EST Frustrations and Fun Times I was going to load pix to the computer at cousin Palomino's internet, but had forgotten the cord. Then Saturday I was reviewing the pix, and came to the ones I'd taken in Ireland. I thought, "I'll delete the ones from Ireland to have more memory for the Peru ones. " I was on a video of Ireland, and when I hit "delete" it said " all frames or selected frame?" and I thought, well I want all frames of the video deleted. <BR> It deleted ALL FRAMES...of E V E R Y T H I N G. <BR> " NOOOOOOOOOOOOO... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:51:13 EST Still In Pucallpa Tuesday there had been some rain, so Papi did not expect anyone to come to home meetng - the mud can be very daunting. BUT, sister Rosa came anyway, and the four of us - my n-laws, Rosa, and myself - had ourselves a good study. A Little later the pastor dropped by to confirm our date with sister Carolyn from the US, who is a missionary to a local tribe. She arrived Wed. by motokar in front of our house and paid for the 2 motokars to take us to Yarinacocha - Levi came on his motorcycle - to a ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:11:27 EST Ready IN Season and OUT of Season So, My brother in law Victor was over onThurs. I think he may have taken us to the market - I'd have to consult my journal for details. But anyway, he gave his pastor a call when we got home and introduced us on the phone, and then as we were having lunch his pastor called him back and asked him to pass on to me the invitation to speak to the women's group that night. Well, hey, I'm a missionary..."Lista" ready! So he picked me up and his daughter Carmen and his mother in law sat up front wit... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:36:39 EST Life in the Slow Lane After a long trip with various delays, I made it to Lima. And despite my telling my friends to sleep in, they couldn't wait to see me, and had arrived at the ariport between 1 and 2 in the morning, whereas I didn't arrive until 4:30, and then had to go through customs besides! However, I was so delighted to see them - pastors Jorge and Sabina,their daughter Ruth, my "son" Jhon, sister Teresa, and her grandson Abraham. I treated them to a breakfast of Papa Joh's Hawaiian pizza, foregoing myse... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:31:01 EST Traveling Humor Well, tomorrow is the big day when I take off for my summer in Peru. Coincidentally this morning, The Good, Clean Funnies List sent me something that had to do with travel. I figured I'd share it here along with some others in my "good jokes" folder: <BR> <BR> <BR> A passenger on a Southwest flight says that he once faced a flight delay just before they boarded. <BR> <BR> A flight attendant picked up the microphone and announced: <BR> <BR> "We're sorry for the delay. The machine that no... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:30:28 EST Looking Back, Looking Ahead It was in 2006 when I discovered that the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru had a Papa John's. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Back up a bit to one day when one of my "sons", Jhon, (here with me in 2007) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> had given me a bit of his pizza leftover from Dominos (yes, there is a Dominos in Peru as well! That night after a church service, I was telling my hosts ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:26:02 EST Father's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I lost my father tragically in 1999. My step-brother went psychotic and killed him and his mom (my sweet Puerto Rican step-mother) before taking his own life. The incident shook the small community of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, and that was the first and so far only time I went to the island, for the triple funeral. <BR> <BR> But at least I wasn't left without good memories, and count myself blessed that he was a har... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:32:16 EST Shopping I'm not one of those people who gets into shopping for stuff, really. I was never very materialistic, and then after knowing Christ, even less so. When I shop for groceries - usually between Wegman's and Aldi's - I keep an eye open to unit pricing as well as nutrition labels. I DO like to shop wisely. <BR> I do, however, enjoy going to the public market here in Rochester, mainly because it reminds me so much of my experiences with friends and loved ones in the markets of Peru and Ecuador. Whe... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:30:22 EST Connections The main thing for which I appreciate internet is the connections I make with people. I have WONDERFUL Spark Buddies <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <BR> Through IM'ing I have formed strong ties with people I'd met only briefly in Peru, like one of my favorite spiritual sons Abel <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Through Facebook I can see pix of my little grandson in Ireland as he grows and develops <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:25:50 EST A Fungus Amungus Today my grandson informed me that one of the trees in the back yard fell on the garage. Fortunately, it wasn't QUITE as bad as he made it out to be. Apparently the base had been weakened by some decomposition, and the weight of the foliage pulled it down so it was leaning on the roof. Didn't crash through. Of course I still had to call the electric company to see if any of THEIR lines were affected. Nope. It's the cable and phone lines. So THEY'RE coming tomorrow to see what's to be done. Af... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:48:35 EST A Virtual Trip to the Zoo! I've mentioned before how I enjoy going to Google maps. Well, they update, and get up closer and closer these days. So on a whim this morning I typed in Parque de las Leyendas, the huge zoological park in Lima that I finally visited in 2011. And sure enough, I was able to zoom in to street level and follow some paths - "Oh, yes, the water buffalo! I remember being there!" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Try typing it in yourself, or ... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:01:21 EST Look Alikes Vikki and I have been friends since seventh grade. <BR> I'm a little older than she is by several months; a bit heavier too. We've both gone through long hair phases. Now we both have short hair, which we've both died a similar color.. We both wear glasses. And starting last school year (2012-2013) and this year, we have worked in the same school. <BR> And the funny thing is, we kind of LOOK alike. So much so that every now and then if we happen to be standing together, students do a double t... Wed, 28 May 2014 18:00:35 EST Countdown to Mission 2014 When I changed churches at the Lord's direction two years ago, I knew I was at the right place when, on my first time there as a member, a group had just come back from a mission trip to Peru. <BR> Right now one of the members is there, with his brother who is a pastor in Puente Piedra. <BR> In 31 days, I will return for what will be my 10th short-term missionary trip. <BR> The first one was in 1997, for 3 weeks. I'd been studying Spanish for 6 years and was able to converse easily, although ... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:18 EST Remembering I never met my first DH's Dad, because the man died when my DH was 11 years old. But he served in WW II as a captain in the navy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH had an uncle who was a pilot that got shot down over Germany and spent time as a POW. <BR> <BR> My own father was a lieutenant in the army reserves during the Korean war. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And my son ... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:47:02 EST Things Bizarre, and Things Beautiful Yesterday since I was off from school, I got back down on the basement floor, much to the amusement and interest of our new resident cat, Bert. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He was quite fascinated by the procedings, as I first emptied the clogged sink bucket by bucket (about 12 trips). Then he hopped up on the table where we serve the cat food, a good vantage point by the sink, as I placed an old cooler-lid on the damp floor and padded it... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:32:08 EST Trees I have Bing as my home page because I like the photos that start the day. Today they had one of a stunning tree called the Angel Oak in Charleston, SC, a magnificent specimen centuries old. It inspired my blog for the day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I immediately thought of that little poem. So here it is, interspersed with pix of trees I have "met," around whose boles I have had pleasant experiences. <BR> <BR> TREES <BR> <BR> I think... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:12:57 EST Giggle for the Day <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Faster than a Speeding Nun <BR> <BR> A police officer pulls over a car load of nuns.... <BR> <BR> Officer: "Sister, this is a 65 MPH highway -- why are you going so slow?" <BR> <BR> Sister: "Sir, I saw a lot of signs that said 22, not 65." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Officer: "Oh Sister, that's not the speed limit. That's the name of the highway you're on!" <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:19:25 EST Virtual Travel Well, since I found out that, via Google maps, I can go to street level to my in-laws' house in Pucallpa <BR> <link><BR>97,-74.575374,3a,75y,226.92h,88.34t/da<BR>ta=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1syeYp0enscYVllUTYvtcr<BR>2g!2e0?hl=en </link> <BR> I have saved the link to land right in front of their house, and then I'll use the cursor to go hither and yon, zipping along on a virtual motorcycle as it were. From facing their house, I can go left to the end of the street,... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:20:58 EST Imagery When I was leaving Ireland, my daughter gave me a paperback copy of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to give to my son. I'd read it before, and since I had some waiting time in the airport - not to mention the canceled flight which left me overnight in Newark - and it's been many years since I'd read it, I decided to read it again. While I was at work, I'd use one of the copies from the library and sit in the one comfy chair and devour some chapters. <BR> Then, having finished, I decided to r... Tue, 20 May 2014 17:52:06 EST Little Thrills Since I started driving I have liked maps. Like my father, when planning a road trip, I'd try to follow a route near bodies of water, for the scenery. With Google maps, I like to see where i've been in Peru. Over the years they've gotten more detailed - I can zoom in closer. I mean, I've BEEN able to see my own house from street level. But a couple years ago I could only see a blur of whereabouts my in-laws would be in Pucallpa. Still, i'd zoom as close as i could, just - well, i guess just n... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:13:56 EST