After Agatha Part 2 ? San Miguel

After having seen how bad things were at the tail end of San Pedro, we heard that San Miguel was really in dire straights. We headed around by way of the highway and were told there was no way through. We went anyway and bumped into this.

This is actually a highway!

There was something in the distance, so we walked a ways along the edge of the highway to see what was happening. People were coming back and telling us the news as we went.

It seems the water took out an entire neighborhood. Everything ended up down here and the rescue workers were searching for the bodies of at least 5 adults and some 7-9 children who were washed away in their homes.

Here they are, pulling something out of the hole. We didn?t see what it was, but were told that a man and woman had been found.

On that somber note, we headed into town and found this:

That?s a dresser up on top there, and someone?s fence or wall below.

People were joining forces to dig and try and find bodies. After a while, they had to rest, though.

A bakery sent many many cakes to hand out to the workers and hungry people. We stopped by the church where people were staying . . . someone told us that a group of foreigners was there, so we thought my friend might be there, but she wasn?t.

We went up another block and found the big chunks of debris that were hauled out.

Then we went to where it all started. Apparently a company bought this land, smoothed out and filled the causeway and then sold the pieces of land on top for very low prices. The result? People snatched them up and built on them. Until now, it wasn?t a problem.

There used to be houses here.

Here?s another house in the same area that wasn?t washed away but was knocked down.


A Love of School

Dante spent the entire day yesterday asking, ?Can we have school? I want school.?

The reason?


We?re doing a unit study on spiders right now and my little guy is a tad obsessed (hence the theme). It?s been so much fun! I got some plastic bugs and spiders, printed off some activity sheets and a anatomical drawing of a spider. While the kids aren?t writing yet, they sure are thrilled to learn!

We read about the life cycle of spiders, looked for spider nests and webs, tested the webs with our fingers to see how sticky they are . . . and we?re not done! We?ve still got spider gliders to make, a paper mache spider and some pom pom spiders, plus learning more spider facts. Dorian is learning to read some spider words and both of them are counting spider cutouts!

I?ll have some pictures later, but here?s a totally unrelated one of Dorian?s worksheet. Note the little face in the lower right . . . he adds little touches like this to ALL his schoolwork!

ABC Meme

I just found this meme over on Now Don?t Get Me Started and thought it would be fun since I haven?t done one in a while.

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is: A fan set on high.

B- My BEDROOM theme is: supposed to be Indonesian, but it?s more like whatever-happened-to-be-on-sale.

C- The CAR in the driveway is: my father-in-law?s.

D- My DESK looks: Like someone drinks too many diet Cokes in this house! Lids everywhere (I keep thinking I can make something with them)

E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: 2:30 am

F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: my arms.

G- My GARAGE is filled with: absolutely nothing but dreams, since there is no garage and no car.

H- My HOUSE is: a little too cozy during the rainy season when kids are trapped indoors.

I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you?d see: a room that we live in even though we now have two other rooms in the house. It?s the bedroom, office, school room and playroom.

J- My favorite JUICE is: banana strawberry.

K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: hard to choose! I love my cupboards, I love the sink tucked into the corner and I love my stove!

L- The LAST person who visited my home was: Michelle and her hubby and some members of his family. Yes, that was back in May. We?re loners. Plus, our house has a tin roof and no one wants to visit us because it heats up like an oven. 

M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: a package of bras that came from the US, ordered on Ebay because no one sells anything bigger than a B cup around here.

N- My NEIGHBORS think I?m: a white she-devil who is stealing their flesh and blood.

O- If you OPENED my fridge you?d see: diet Coke, leftover cabbage rolls and that?s about it because my kids have eaten me out of house and home.

P- My last house PARTY was: when I lived in Antigua 8 years ago, after a rather successful theater production that I was part of.

Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: a fried egg sandwich with tomatoes.

R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: my bathroom, because . . . hello, RUNNING water, HOT water, my own toilet and a TUB and space to move around in! Plus, it?s blue.

S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is: Herbal Essences when I can.

T- My largest TELEVISION is: 21?.

U- UNDER my bed you will find: Ants occasionally. Nothing else fits since our beds have no under the bed space.

V- The last time I VACUUMED was: Over a decade ago.

W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: Nothing but a dimly lit wall at the moment, since it?s 3:30 in the morning. During the day, banana and jocote trees over the same wall.

X- I wish I had X-TRA: cash so some things weren?t so stressful.

Y- My YARD is: in dire need of being filled in so we can plant grass.

Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: About 8 or 9 at night, depending on how grumpy I want to be when the alarm goes off and how much work I have to do.

And Now for Something Completely Different

I was looking for a counter to put on a Squidoo lens (which I never did find, btw) when I came across a website that has a lot of avatars. Some of them were just too funny not to share. So here you go. Feel free to skip this post if you aren?t into this sort of thing.

What happens when you put too many famous hunks in one movie.

Me, after a long day on the computer when my internet doesn?t work.

For all us old geezers.

And this one . . . just because.