Yesterday Sharon and I had the privilege of attending the launch party of the Kindle Anthology – Friends In Foreign Places. All the proceeds for this book go to the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund. Sharon and I have stories in the 5 volume anthology.
- Sharon: “I Never Met A Stranger”
- Lenny: “My Teacher, My Friend”
So for $5.99 you get to help the Earthquake victims and read 36 great short stories. Such a deal.
Here is the link to purchase the book.
O.K. here is the confession. I would rather have root canal than do a sink full of dishes. That has changed since my wife made me this great birthday present. As you can see from the picture below its a very masculine apron. Now washing the dishes is no longer a chore.
Sharon is using some interesting techniques to make these aprons. Each apron is 100% cotton and washable and is one of kind and signed by the artist. $20 an apron gets you empowered for dishwashing.
Time flies when you’re having fun. 4 years ago Sharon, Fiesty our cat and 8 pieces of luggage left Portland Oregon for the adventure of a lifetime. Fiesty has gone on to better times and Sharon and I are happier than ever. So what has changed generally and tech specifically in Cuenca.
- more people are moving here – my guess is that the expat number is close to 5000
- more people are moving back to their original location – my guess primarily is that they did not adapt to the culture
- the new light rail (Tren de la cuatro rios) is on schedule to begin operations in Aug. 2016
- unfortunately the buses still spew diesel fumes all over the city
- larger selections of good restaurants in Cuenca
- still very affordable to live here – inflation is under 4%
- Internet service is cheaper, faster and more reliable
- taxis have meter and there is more traffic due mostly to the light rail construction
- More choices to stream quality tv and movies (Sling, Amazon Prime, HBO Now)
- More Poker and Contract Bridge Games available
Our Cuenca Anniversary comes four days before my wife’s birthday. Feliz Cumpleaños mi amor.
I want to recommend Cuenca Quilt Guilt a new blog by Sharon McIntosh. Full disclosure – Sharon is my wife but even if she wasn’t I would still recommend reading her blog. She is a prolific writer and I’m sure you will like her experience living in Cuenca and her search for gluten free products as well as her knowledge of quilting.
Sharon, my wife is working on a quilt for Blake our youngest grandchild. We are traveling back to see the family shortly and Sharon is busy at work putting her original pattern together. Tonight she asked me to take a picture of the work in progress and instead I made a video. This is my first draft. More editing to come.