Here I sit again, only this time it’s been almost a month since I posted anything to this page. For those who follow me on it, I humbly beg your forgiveness. Although, in all probability, my posts will not continue on a weekly basis. To be honest, there are not enough changes in my everyday life to keep it interesting on a weekly basis. This was the ugly part. LOL
Having said that, my work on the new book has had it’s good and bad days. I am now working on chapter eighteen. But the number of days that I have worked on the book since November 14th has been minimal and come in spurts. Research on the Inca Trail and other places where the book is taking place in now have taken up a lot of time. Because of that research, I’ve added four new chapters in between my chapter eleven and what was going to be chapter twelve. I do consider that a good thing though and my character development is coming along nicely.
My friend Mona, who is doing grammatical errors on the first draft, has returned the first eleven chapters for me to fix. As soon as I complete chapters twelve thru twenty and send them off to her, I will go in and fix the things she has pointed out. The good news, I’ve glanced through them and there’s not a lot of changes to be made.
Photography, on the other hand, has been good since the last post. I’ve finally done some studio work with the black velvet background. To be honest, I’ve learned a lot about lighting, both natural and using lamps, in doing that project. Some of the flower and fruit work is in this post. In finishing that project, I decided to take a look at some of my older photos (non-flower types) hoping they would inspire me to look beyond the beautiful flowers that abound here in Peru. I’ve also included some of those in this post. I am still enjoying photo walks in my neighborhood but am thinking it’s time to expand outward into others.
Living as an Expat has been exciting since my last post. Peru won (2 – 0) the second leg of their playoff against New Zealand and now have a slot for the World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018. It’s been some time since Peru made the cut, so the entire population is quite excited about their country’s team going to represent them there. I’ve also renewed my attempt to learn Spanish better using DuoLingo. I’ve just finished the sections on pronouns and past tense verbs. This is where I got hung up in the classes at ICPNA. I’m going to repeat these lessons till they come naturally to me. (i.e. La amo and Yo lo quiero; Yo lo quería and Yo la eliminé)
The best thing that happened here this past month was the annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the incredible duo of Bob and Silvia Lowry. They are, without a doubt, the most incredible hosts. Thirty plus people showed up at their home on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, all bearing dishes to supplement the two delicious turkeys and mashed potatoes with gravy that the hosts provided. Every imaginable holiday dish graced the elegantly decorated table. I personally went into a food overdose after the party. I most assuredly ate far more than I should have but everything was so delicious, the temptation was overwhelming. Everyone left the party sated and the love shown among the friends invited was obvious from the first hug to the last.
I wasn’t able to attend any meeting with friends here in Lima during the month of November. Other things going on in my life kept me away. This past weekend, I finally made it to the Bodega Verde to meet up with the guys for coffee and chat. Sadly, only Larry and Vincent were able to join me. Still, the conversation was lively as usual with wide-ranging topics and a few laughs thrown in here and there. I also rejoined Mona and Kelly on Friday evening for cocktails in the living room. It’s winter there now, so no patio. It had been a month so there was lots to catch up on. Kathy and I were unable to meet on Sunday.Unfortunately, she as suffering from sinuses of the gripe. I think she is better now so I’m hoping we can get together for coffee this weekend. I got to catch up with a lot of my friends here in Peru at the TGD Dinner also. Everyone is doing great as are the members of my family that I have heard from.
That brings another post to an end. I hope it didn’t bore all of you too much. Have you been staying active and creative? I hope so. Use it or lose it; get up, get out and exercise body and brain. You’ll never regret it.