Thursday, Jul 28, 2016

I have had a mentally tough day. It took me until late afternoon to shake it off. I have decided that I need a lot of sunshine. This morning it was cloudy and gray when I woke up and it stayed that way all day. Heidi and I took the dogs for a walk and the wind was blowing and it was cold. This weather does not work well for me.

I grew up in Michigan so the term “cold” is relative, I know. But for a guy who has lived the last 20 years in a place where blue skies, sunshine, and warm temperatures was the daily norm, I am getting taxed. I do understand that it is winter in Cuenca, so the weather around me is “normal” for here at this time of year.

It’s ok. I have learned something important about myself. I am at my best when I am in sunshine, heat, and can easily access nature in shorts and a tee-shirt. There is still a lot for me to see and do in and around Cuenca. I’m looking forward to experiencing it, and when I’m done, I’m going back to the coast to live. My spirit soars there and I cannot pretend otherwise.

IMG-20160729-WA0000Don and Donna arrive tomorrow to get Monte. Heidi and I are going to miss him being with us. I’m curious if the thought of him leaving us has added to a bit to my low mood today. He’s been a good dog to have around. We took him to the groomer’s today, and after a good shampoo, I can see that the “fuzzy” Monte is on his way back…just in the nick of time. 😉

By the end of the day, I finally had my fiber-optic internet installed! It seems to be working great. Because of where they had to put the modem in the house, I am going to get a repeater so the signal is better at my desk. Still, downloads and uploads are already much faster with only a partial signal than I had with my other provider. Pretty impressive really.

I have to give a shout out to my friend and former colleague, Robert. I have a town home in the states, and the very sweet elderly woman who rents from us needed a couple faucet handles tightened up. Robert volunteered to go over and take care of that for me. Having helpful friends is a real blessing when I am thousands of miles away! Thanks Robert!

IMG-20160728-WA0002Chase and Easton, and their friends, continue to enjoy experiencing new places, sights, and sounds in Rio. It seems like a colorful place to be.