But I do have some from this week, starting with this photo of downtown after Argentina's win against Nigeria in the World Cup last Saturday. No, this was not an organized parade or anything -- just people everywhere waving their flags!
EERILY silent from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. while the game was on. Normally the costanera is a busy, busy place on the weekends but in my forays back and forth to the house I only saw a total of five people (and they were all women! LOL). That changed as soon as the game was over -- people poured into the streets to celebrate the win!
We arrived in Sta. Rosa Monday evening, ready to tackle a few big projects. I'm sure I've shared photos of the house, but here's a close-up of the front. Doesn't it look sort of like an English country cottage?
EVERYWHERE and build humongous nests.
One of the highlights of this trip was that the house was clean when we arrived! After I
In the past I’ve always spent the first day or two cleaning house before being able to start on any other projects. And most of the time we only get to come out for a day or two. Which may explain why I haven’t really done any other projects until now. Plus, you know with the recent 5-day retreat for 21 that we held here last month, the house was in serious need of cleaning!
Anyway, with the house all nice and clean, I was able to start painting first thing Tuesday morning (and relax on Monday evening!). That was SOOOOOOOOO nice!
Tuesday night we received a call from an older couple who had decided to come out and visit us on Wednesday. They brought a yummy apple cake for merienda, and Ivan picked Julio's brain about the water tank project. Julio has built a lot of things in his 76 years, including a few houses, so he was able to give Ivan some suggestions.
VERY dry. They sucked paint like a hungry infant does milk.
It took Ivan WAY longer to install the water tank than he anticipated -- three LONG days. Had some problems with leaking where the old and new pipes joined which precipitated breaking into the cement to dig out more of the old pipe. Not fun! He finished just before dark on Friday.
Typical that any kind of home improvement project will TAKE LONGER AND COST MORE than anticipated. But at least the end (of this week's projects) is in sight.
[For those who don't know, the house in Sta. Rosa belongs to Ivan's family. His parents built the house over 40 years ago. It's been a great place to not only get away ourselves, but to use for ministry as well. What a blessing it has been!]