Friday, July 27, 2012

I´m powerless...

Life in the campo without power can be a bit boring at times.  Nights are brutal because it gets dark here at like 6pm.  Lucky for me I have a headlamp that works and a few books to go through!  I´m currently flashing back to 7th grade and reading Ender´s Game.  Good stuff.  I came into Ybycui today to do some grocery shopping, and I am hoping the lights will be back on when I get home.

Anyways, next week is the beginning of the month, which means MORE SALDO!  Right now I don´t have enough to upload my youtube videos, so right now you´ll just have to settle for photos.

 I did some exploring around Boqueron, taking roads I hadn´t walked down before and heading out to the kokues.  I also have a video about a home-made abono foliar (liquid fertilizer) for my garden.  So hopefully those will be up in a week or so.

Last week we had our Christmas in July party in Asuncion.  It was a great time, until I ended up in the hospital due to vertigo.  Glad that´s over.  But I DID get the much-needed measuring cups I had been wanting, so that will make my Sunday pancake making much easier.

Sorry this is kind of a lame blog.  I´ll have more to share next week, and if I have saldo I can type it on my own computer instead of this messed up keyboard in the Internet Cyber.  Speaking of that, does anyone know how to get a colon on these spanish keyboards? It´s like they never write out the time here... I´m always forced to round up to the nearest hour, which isn´t accurate at all.

Have a great weekend, and I´ll do more next week!

Friday, July 13, 2012

A lot of things...

Things I love:
-I finally got water installed near my house!
-I bought a space heater, and it changes everything.
-I can download the Blaine and Allyson morning show from 96.3 in Detroit.
-Mate. I'm totally on board with it now, and it's saving me from using all of my Starbucks coffee.
-Norah Jones. I don't know why I ever stopped listening to her.

Things I don't love:
-My Refrigerator's incessant need to be defrosted

Things I'm eating probably way too much of:
-Extra-Cheesy Macariceroni. That's what I call it, anyways.  I make up a box of mac and cheese and throw some extra queso in with some rice... it's ridiculously good and cheesy.

-Semi-Italian Veggie-Pasta.  Veggies, tomato sauce, carne de soja, noodles, and parmesan cheese.  See video below.
-Grilled cheese sandwiches
-Pancakes.  Can one really ever eat too many pancakes?  I think not.

Things I probably should never admit:
-I haven't officially bathed in 8 days.

That's right people... 8 days. As Sara would say- "Ew!"

Now, don't get me wrong I have been kind of hygienic.  I'm still brushing my teeth and I have washed my hair and covered the "triangle areas" a couple of times.  It's just sooooo cold, even if I heat up the water!  It would be different if I had walls or something when I cleaned up, but I don't have anywhere other than my porch right now to bathe and it's kind of... exposed.  I have to wait until the sun goes down and by then it is like 40 degrees.  Now that I have a water line, my next project is going to be a shower with hopefully an electrical hook-up so I can have warm water.  Oh life in the campo... the things I took for granted at home.

But honestly this has been a huge week for me.  The space heater makes mornings and evenings much more pleasant. I don't have to wear 4 layers and bury myself under blankets anymore.  And with water so close, dishes and watering my garden are a breeze.  Maybe my garden will actually start to produce some vegetables now that it's getting watered!

So because I've let things build up, I have a lot to share.  Here's a couple of videos from earlier this month with the 4th of July party I went to in Asuncion.

I'm really starting to focus most of my energy into my garden.  I spent all of today gathering mulching materials and working with my composting.  Earlier this week I prepared a liquid compost that will be ready in a couple of weeks.  I'm sure I'll do a video on how that works later on when it's done stewing.  Because things over the last few months in there haven't been going so well, I'm really trying to do what I can to improve the soil and make my management even more intensive.  Honestly, it's kind of embarrassing for me to call myself an Ag Extensionist and have such an ugly garden. :( Womp womp.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I think it's time for some more vlogs!

I've been stacking up videos on my hard drive for a while now, waiting for a chance to upload them. Youtube takes forever in the campo. I have a couple more to edit and upload so maybe that will happen today. More to come later!