The Family Tree
We have been here for two and a half weeks now and are so thankful to Paul and Bing Rush for hosting us for as long as we need. We are happy with our progress, but all things take twice as long to get accomplished.
Remember the days of dial up internet? Our phones were that slow. It was sort of nostalgic, except we missed the dial up sound, JK. We would pull up our email and then go and do something for twenty minutes before checking to see if it worked. Those were the good old days that I really didn’t want to re-live. Mark brought down a signal booster in hopes that it would help and happily it has. We have also been trying to figure out the two cell phone companies, Claro and Movistar. In the other countries that we have lived in before, there really are not plans per se for foreigners. The poor pretty much “top up” or here they call it “recharge” whenever they have a little extra money.
Interpreting the countless texts from the carriers in Spanish can be challenging so we may just be doing something wrong, but it seemed like we were having to recharge every few days with Claro and that didn’t seem to give us much. With Movistar, we are trying out a two week deal that seems to be working really well. Not only do we have good coverage on our phones, we can now hotspot to a computer. Of course, it only works when we have electricity.
That Bamboo sticking out at the top is the antenna for the booster.
Water and electricity are right up there in the gotta get this sorted out list. We’ve spent many days without electricity due to power outages but life has seemed to move smoothly despite. Thanks to Mark who worked on installing a pump and water tanks for the kitchen and bathroom on our first trip here. As long as there is electricity, water can be pumped from the cistern into the tanks. Our stove is gas and our fridge is smaller than normal so there is not a lot of food that will waste. I did figure out though, to keep a bag of ice in the freezer so that I can use it as an ice chest when the power is out for more than two days. Ideas are flowing on how to work on alternative back up electricity.
All our laundry is done by hand and as long as the tanks are full I can continue getting things washed. After a couple of days without electricity though, the tanks get pretty empty and I watch laundry start to accumulate. Normally it will take a couple of hours to wash and hang laundry, but after a few days of not being able to wash, we can take a whole day to get caught up. As soon as the power comes back on there is a scramble to fill the tanks so we are ready for the next power outage.
We have lots of windows in the place so light is no problem until about 5:30pm when it starts to get dark outside and we rely on candles and flashlights, so glad for the batteries we brought. Then there is not much else to do but go to bed. And soon as we have a flicker of lights everyone runs to an outlet to charge their devices. We do have this really cool solar power charger that keeps Mark and I’s phone charged pretty well, Thanks mom!
Other than that, life continues to move along with a large family. Mark and the kids worked on a couple of shelves for the kitchen, which was a wonderful birthday present for me.
Look at that large sack of flour down there, Mark found a wholesale bakings supply store. WOOHOO!
The Kids' Bedroom
40 minute walk to Mass.