05/23/2015 A person my age can not exist on 5 hours of sleep a night. NO CAN DO. Every freaking morning between 4 and 5 the pups start howling, since they are in the living room and I know they are peeing up a storm we get up and take them outside. It takes us 4 trips to get them all out, downstairs. Then I have to come back upstairs (Bill is playground supervisor), make them breakfast, go back down and feed them, watch them all play and poop (have to clean that up) pee and pass out. Then they all go in the big area downstairs and sleep. I come back upstairs, pick up the peed papers and any bedding that is peed on, scrub the tarp off with vinegar, wipe it dry, put more papers in for the night, and wash the soiled bedding. I also crawl back in bed several times throughout this performance, begging my mind for a few more minutes of sleep. At some point I get up and eat, do the dishes and try to sleep again, many times. Saying goodbye to these little furballs will be so BITTERSWEET, I tear up just thinking about it.
We are spending a fortune feeding them.
The start of the food making, EVERY OTHER DAY!
I should have bought stock in La Yogurt @ L72, or $3.50 each, YIKES!
They love Emmy’s bed.
And each other’s feet
They all have names now: Sable and Bandit, Brindle, Max, Tank and Buddha and my boy Barrio.
They can be brutal too
Lola’s toys are a hit but she is reluctant to share
Bandit with a sad, unstuffed toy
He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.
Sable sleeping on a stuffed toy
Maybe the new crate isn’t such a hit
Breaking out, or attempting to
If they would only learn to use it
The way to feed 7 puppies?? Two muffin tins!
The ever present Aunt, once known as the DOG FROM HELL AND THE URINE QUEEN. No accidents on the porch in a week!!
I would like to pretend this is someone else’s foot wearing socks with sandals, but I can’t. It’s Bill, I don’t dress him, although I’ve tried. Sable is sound asleep.
Passed out in the Le Creuset
What a love Bandit is..
Their upstairs condo
Takes up half the living room
Luckily for the pups the wind blew the chair over and they foud comfy beds.
We don’t see much of Frito. She only comes to see the pups if she thinks there is a morsel of food for her. She spends her days laying by a door, any door, hoping to sneak in and satisfy her insatiable food compulsion.
Frito is totally obsessed with food and its becoming annoying. she knew there was food inside and actually tried to fit her pear shaped body out through the puppy proofed gate. She will probably end up stuck in there and we’ll have to call for the Jaws of Life to extricate her.
Her nursing gig is now standing room only
A temporary babysitter. Lola stays in there with the pups until the dogs bark or she thinks it’s time to eat.
We plan to let the pups go to their homes next week, once they have their first shots. I will more than likely be a mess saying good bye to them. Despite the sleepless nights and constant laundry and food prep (you all know I hate to cook) I love these 7 small creatures like I never thought I could. My first and last litter of pups EVER. I only hope and pray that they are as loved and well taken care of in their new homes.
Other than running to the grocery store this past week I haven’t done much at all except try to nap when I can and I must say, the afternoon naps I sneak in are marvelous, just ask Emmy, she’ll tell you, she is always curled up right along side of me. Last night it rained and we had to bring the 4 big dogs in off the porch, we had ELEVEN DOGS IN OUR LIVING ROOM. 11 freaking hairy creatures.. Lucky tried to hide, he prefers to be under the bed when it’s raining. Sneaky boy that he is.
Last Monday Nidia told me she had most of the supplies needed to fill the backpacks and school supply bags but was short some writing books, scissors and rulers. I met her at Super Isleno, a store in Coxen Hole and we got the rest of what we needed using most of the balance of the money my friends Walt and Judy Kaiser so kindly sent to me.
A grocery/school supply store.
I had no idea they had so much stuff in there
Pens, markers, scissors, rulers, paper, tablets, they had it.
Neatly organized too
Nidia (in blue) checking what we got
It was a lot of stuff for a little over $80.00, enough so that each and every student gets supplies
While we were there Nidia was talking about a group that was doing a water system in downtown Coxen Hole. She had invited them to go to Helene with us on Friday. I said that I had met them at the airport last week and was talking to several of them for awhile. She took me to where they were working and I walked over and said hello and they all remembered me, even my name!! We chatted for a few minutes and found out what it is they are doing. I’m sure the people who live in that area will be very appreciative, having a water supply right there is going to be wonderful!
They were from the Live Again Ministry in North Carolina
Hard, hot, sweaty but rewarding work
I told them I would see them on Friday, dropped Nidia off at her store with the supplies and came home.
Also want to do a quick shout out to Beth and Aaron Fox for their donation to Because We Care. I haven’t spent their money yet, still have some of Walt’s money left. Once we start spending yours (Beth), I’ll let you know what we bought with it. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I could do this in 2 posts but I don’t have the energy so here goes..
We met at the landing in Oak Ridge for a Because We Care last trip to Saint Helene to deliver the balance of the desks and school supplies and some back packs for the students. The group from Live Again Ministry was with us, as was Carly White from Sandy Bay (she and her husband have Blue Island Divers) and Brian and Sherri Visker.
Live Again Ministry group
We loaded 25 desks for Saint Helene and 4 for Pandytown. We had to wait until the boat got gas and it took awhile. Granted it was a big boat, biggest panga I’ve ever been in, but also the gas was dispensed from jugs and buckets, no gas pump there…
Good Shepherd Ministries boat from Helene
Once filled, we set off for Helene with a quick stop at Pandytown to drop off 4 left handed desks. I never really thought about it but the way these desks are made, they really are specific to your hand writing prominence, left or right. They would make it hard for a leftie to use a right handed desk.
On the way to Pandytown
Students at Pandytown sitting in the new “leftie” desks
Once we left Pandytown we were in open water and bouncing across the waves. I think it was a little rough and wild for a few people but I was loving every minute of it. There were some kite surfers on the south shore, never seen them here before, only out at Camp Bay. The photo sucks because we were going 700MPH on a choppy sea into the wind but you get the idea.
One kite was really high
Just landed and off loading at Saint Helene
Students eager for their new desks, they were happy to carry them up the hill to the school.
Maybe he already claimed this as his.
My friend Carly carrying a desk. You can see the name plate on the back stating who paid for the desk. If anyone is interested, they can be purchased for $49.95 each.
I love taking photos of the kids
He was camera shy
She loved the camera
They brought ALL of the new desks out into the schoolyard.
One of the men from the ministry fell in love with this little girl. Who wouldn’t?
This little girl was a dusty mess and she had no shoes.
His cast doesn’t look too good.
Bags of supplies sent by a group of teachers. They are the same ones who sent all of the backpacks. There was A LOT of stuff.
Packs were filled with supplies too.
So much stuff, enough for a whole school.
Students getting bags of supplies
This little girl got a backpack with supplies in it
Sherri passing out the goods
He was happy, really he was.
Look at her face, and what a cute backpack!
He loved his
The smile says it all, Spiderman!!
Pretty in pink, she had the most gorgeous eyes!
Handsome young man!
He didn’t know I was taking his photo, look at his eyelashes. I’ve never seen any that long!!!
Girls from Live Again Ministry handing out supplies
The little girl with the backpack was fascinated with her ruler. It has shapes and letters to trace cut out in it.
Pretty young lady, one of the older students there.
And another, so many gorgeous kids!
This is the boy with the eyelashes
The last of the kinder students to get supplies
The whole school lined up and yelled THANK YOU too all of the people who made this possible.
After we were done passing out school things several of the mothers made lunch for us, a conch stew. Needless to say, I passed on that as did Carly. When everyone was done eating we decided to hike over the mountain again so the group from the ministry could see the need for a water system over there.
Some of the group collected shells on this log
Pastor Ronnie and Nidia carrying loaves of fresh hot coconut bread on their heads.
One of the group with Darla’s daughter.
We stopped to pick up the man who owns the huge boat we were riding in. He came back to Oak Ridge with us.
The ride back was much smoother.
And we are back at the landing.
It was a really hot, tiring, sweaty wonderful day, filled with smiling faces and lots of children who were excited about receiving bags with scissors and pencils and erasers in them. Such small things mean so much to so many and the things we take for granted are a big deal to others.
Today we have a young boy named Eddy from the village below us up here weeding. He has been coming here for a long time because Bill gives him wood for his mother to cook with. A while ago we got him some school things. He goes to a bi-lingual school and the soccer team there is in the playoffs. Bill took him to town for a baleada and I got the idea to buy him a soccer ball with some of Walt’s money. I called Bill and told him to go get Eddy a new soccer ball. Eddy could not believe we were buying him a soccer ball, Bill said he thanked him at least 20 times. They went to Molineros and the balls were 30% off, of course, it took them 25 minutes to figure out how to ring it up, but Eddy has a new soccer ball. Thanks again Walt, this young boy is extremely happy!
Eddy and his new Adidas ball
Many thanks to all who make this possible and most of all to Nidia, for having this vision and the passion to help the needy here on the island we call home.