Below is the house tour grand finale. But, before we get to it, I have a few updates:
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☀ I learned yesterday that the Coop has taken out a legit bank loan to pay off Adan’s "predatory" loan. The new Q10,000 loan will be paid off, interest and principle, in two years, or so I’ve been told. Adan received his Q10,000 principal payment in one lump sum on Saturday. To date, Adan has reaped Q10,500 in straight gains from his loan. A 105% return on his investment. He will no longer be taking Q500 monthly "interest" payments from the tienda. Thank God.
☀ At the same time, the Coop took out another Q10,000 loan to start a fried chicken business. So help me God.
☀ While talking on the Coop stoop, Don Alfonso informed me that you can rub a live toad's belly on your shin to cure a gimp leg. However, after you get the toad slime rubbed in real good you must immediately put the creature back in water or it doesn't work. Animal rights DO exist here, after all... The procedure gave birth to the saying, “Saque el sapo.” (Grab the toad) when discussing what to do with a hurt leg.
☀ Yesterday, the school kids and I transplanted a tomato plant seedling to an upside-down hanging carton. Photos to come. We are waiting on the two other surviving seedlings to grow big enough to transplant as well. The kids are looking forward to their chirmol (a typical salsa made with tomatoes). After losing dozens of seedlings, I’m thinking in baby steps. Tomatoes first, salsa later.
☀ Last week, I visited Jenny and her new baby boy, Nicolas.
☀ Saturday, I visited Brenda and her new baby boy, Adrian.
☀ Sunday, I visited Eslin and her new baby girl, name tbd.
☀ Leslie + Benicio Explore the Kitchen, Part 6
Annalisa: The kitchen. What do we have in the kitchen?
Annalisa: Dishes, what else?
Leslie: A table
Annalisa: A table, what else?
Leslie: Some bottles.
Annalisa: bottles, what else? What is this? (pointing to the refrigerator)
Leslie: This is a blender.
Annalisa: This is a blender, what is below? A fridge!
Leslie: A fridge.
Leslie: This is the water.
Annalisa: Water, purified water.
Leslie: Oil, and what else?
Annalisa: A lot more. Peanut butter, soy sauce, honey....
Annalisa: What is this? (pointing at honey)
Leslie: To put on food.
Annalisa: OK, what else do we have in the house?
Leslie: In the house we have... (no idea what she is mumbling)... Benicio... (no idea what she is mumbling)... I say.
Annalisa: I think we are finished. Do you want to do a dance or say goodbye to the camera?
Leslie + Benicio: goodbye!