Man, I don’t know what happened last night, but it was bad…

Strange symptoms of late:
Last Monday (the 12th) just before Teresa got here I began to feel dizzy. I tried to figure out if it was just all in my head, but then I started getting really hot, and then about 15 minutes later I was really cold. Last Thursday (the 15th) at Teresa’s house I was telling her how ditzy I’ve been lately (namely forgetting twice in one day to actually start the dryer, more on Spanish dryers later) and all of a sudden, with practically no warning, I started crying! I was so embarrassed, but fortunately it didn’t last long. After that everything was fine.
Then last night…about 3/4 of the way through my riding lesson I began to feel a headache coming on. On our way home we stopped at Carrefour in Cartegena to pick up some groceries, and then went to the airport to pick up our mail. As we headed home I began to open the mail and felt my headache go from simply hurting my head to more like carsickness…I was pretty annoyed because I was trying a new recipe and wanted to taste it; instead I went home and immediately to bed. Yuck! I’m hoping all of these are merely random and not a sign of anything.


Other than that things are on an even keel here. Teresa and Carmen came over this morning…Teresa showed us how to make her terrific cake. I just had a piece…it’s great, but may need to set a little more.

This weekend looks peaceful…don’t think we’ll even get out of our pj’s until church on Sunday. :-)

I made this for the second time today. But, in my defense, I halved the recipe each time…surely that shows some restraint!?

Hello Dolly

1 stick butter (I used a little less…didn’t like the strong buttery flavor)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
12 oz milk chocolate chips; or any combination of peanut butter chips/butterscotch chips (I used leftover candies…like Whitman’s Sampler candies)
7 oz flaked coconut
1/2 – 1 cup walnuts; chopped, or pecans or almond
14 oz sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 9×13 baking pan, melt butter in oven until completely liquefied. Tilt pan on all sides to grease pan with the melted butter about halfway up each side (can use a pastry brush if you prefer).

On a level surface, sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over melted butter. Sprinkle on chocolate chips, coconut, and finally the nuts (as evenly as possible).

Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over all. Do not stir.

Bake for 30 minutes or until edges and top are golden and center feels firm. Cool and cut into small squares (about 1 1/2 inches square).

It’s funny, I’ve been holding off on writing because I’m not sure what I want to say…knowing that this is going on the internet is a little intimidating. I’ve kept a journal for the last year, but a blog is still gonna take a little getting-used-to. I guess I just need to relax, take a deep breath, and write.

Ted’s home for the day…we’ve had lunch now and are gonna take a siesta at 5pm. I’ve been waking up so tired; it’ll be nice to snuggle under those covers for an hour or two. :-)

Teresa came over this morning so we could practice our languages…her English is really coming along! She has an exam the first week of February, so I told her anything she wants to do to get ready is alright with me. While she was here the repairman came by to finish up with the heater. We’ll have to check it out tonight to see how long it will go. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Teresa and Carmen will be here Friday to make Teresa’s wonderful cake…I made it for the first time in LA, and it didn’t turn out too good. Hopefully I’ll get the hang of it…it’s so great!

Mom called last Sunday, we talked for 30 minutes! That’s a record!

Here I am at the computer again…hmmm……how did that happen? I remember washing dishes (in cold water, obviously) and now here I am with a bag of cookies and an orange. Looks like breakfast! :-)

Well the repairman still hasn’t shown up, so I called our landlady. I think I got my point across (not that I had to be mean, but I do speak Spanish like a foreigner), so hopefully the guy will come today.

He finally showed up at 5:30. It took him two hours, but we were so excited to have hot water, we didn’t care. Unfortunately he has to come back tomorrow to change out the exhaust pipe…it’s six inches too short!

We found out firsthand what a difference this makes: I heard the pilot light click off as Tj was taking his shower. So he got about two and a half minutes of reasonably warm water, and then freezing water! I had to light it two more times as he was showering. Hopefully this problem will be solved when he brings the longer pipe.

TJ’s off to pick up pizza…our first take-out food in about a year. Silly Americans…the Spanish only start delivering pizza after 7pm. What were we thinking when we called Telepizza at 6:15pm for dinner???

There are so many things to get used to living in a foreign country…another one is that the 24-hour repairman we called to fix our water heater told us last night at 10pm that he’d be here this morning at 9:30am, and then he called at 9am to double check that we still wanted him to come. Why did we call the emergency repairman if he wasn’t going to come until 9am Monday morning, you ask? Because if we’d called anyone else they would have told us that they would be here tomorrow, and then tomorrow when we called to see what time they were coming they would have said they’d be here tomorrow, and on and on. So we paid the extra to have someone arrive exactly when they said they would. And they did!

As for cleaning the house…I’ve found lots of other things to do besides. And then we had our horseback riding lesson at 4pm. Guess I’ll put it all off another day. :-)


The pizza was good. It’s no Pizza Hut, but it’s nice not to have to cook, or even microwave anything sometimes…am I right ladies?

Well, the repairman still hasn’t shown up. I’m thinking that even though the Spanish custom is to have dinner begin at 8pm at the earliest that we won’t be getting our heater repaired today. Oh well.