20 January 2012

Here are our new additions.  We let it be known in the market that we were looking for another kitten.  After asking around, we were directed to the Bocanegra family which owns the grocery stall we frequent.  The Mrs. told us that her family did indeed have kittens and she would bring one to the market the next day for us.

When we arrived in the morning, no kittens.  But then Mrs. Bocanegro usually only works the afternoon shift.  So we returned in the afternoon, and she said she didn’t have any for us but would let us know when they were available.  No problem for us, we went on into the rest of the market and bought a couple of items and came back to our truck which was parked just outside the Bocanegra stall.  We she saw us coming, Mrs. Bocanegra told us to wait as someone just left to pick up the kitten.  Pretty soon she takes a box from a man and tells me to get seated in the truck.  She then places the box in my lap.  “Here is your kitten,” she says.

So off we drive and I tell Doug, this kitten must be a bit older than the last….the box has some weight to it.  Pretty soon a black head pushes itself out the side of the box.  Ah, ok., we have a black kitten.  Just a bit further down the road, I see some orange fur through one of the holes in the box.   Mmmm, I’m thinking….a black head with a tabby body?  Well, who knows, it’s Peru.  A little further down the road I get curious enough to open the top flap…and see a tabby colored head.  OK, so, there are two kittens in this box…at least.

When we finally got home and opened the box, there was a lot of hissing and spitting.  I thought it best the kittens stay in the dog kennel for the first night.  For the most part, it was a rather quiet and tranquil night.  Stormy was extremely curious, but didn’t disturb the kittens.

In the morning, I opened up the kennel and the two (thank goodness only two) kittens were huddled in the back and when I looked in…began hissing and spitting.  OK these kittens aren’t very tame.  They are cute, but definitely not cuddly!  As the day progressed, they moved out of the kennel and began exploring but continued their hissy fits whenever we were close.  By late this afternoon, we were able to pet the tabby, but the black one is still too skittish.

And all of this begs the next question….are they females?  They only cats in the neighborhood are female, and since Peruvians don’t believe in spaying or neutering their animals, we definitely don’t want to introduce a male cat into the area.

Doug’s court day has come and gone.  Not only did the paperwork not specify where he was supposed to appear, but neither neighbor was going to be there for the proceedings.  Doug still has not seen the paperwork and says he knows nothing about it.  Curious to see what happens next.

Once again we have entertained groups here at the house.  Once again, Doug is the social director and organizer.  Our pool is a huge attraction among the locals.  Early this afternoon, we had three sisters and a four year old who came to swim.  We did not provide snacks, drinks or a meal this time….we decided we really needed to draw the line somewhere.  So, folks are invited to enjoy the pool, but also know we don’t provide food and drink during their visit.

This afternoon, we had a family of nine adults and three children.  The adults came bringing all the fixings for ceviche and chicha marron (a drink made of purple corn).  This worked out so well for us….they provided a meal and we enjoyed their company.   One of the women who came does a lot of needlework.  She was impressed with my current project covering the dining room table and began asking me all sorts of questions about the work.  This current project uses various “batik” fabrics (which aren’t available here in Peru), and various techniques for applique….both hand sewing and turning under the edges and using a fusible web to affix the more intricate edges.  After several minutes of discussion there, I showed her the quilt of the three horses I did for Doug for Christmas.  Once again, she began asking all sorts of questions; questions only someone who works in the same media will ask.  Then we were off on what I used the loom for….and what fibers I had on my shelf.  I have cotton and bamboo fibers in my stash, which are not available in Peru, so was able to introduce her to those fibers.  I also have alpaca and wool threads that came from Peru and which she was familiar with, but at the same time impressed with the stash!  It was at this point that she commented that she lived in Trujillo and only wished we were closer.  I, too, would have enjoyed more time with her; sharing ideas and techniques.  We now have several friends in Trujillo, so maybe I will get to visit her again sometime.

I am now suffering from a raging case of heat rash in the groin area.  Temperatures are as high as 86 degrees during the day and 80 at night.  The humidity ranges from 70 to 85%.  It feels really hot!  The advise I get is to cool off and stay dry.  Well, that is easier said than done.  I can cool off in the pool, but that’s not dry.  I douse myself with talcum powder numerous times a day, change underwear often or go without, but so far it hasn’t abated.  Maybe I’ll book myself into an air conditioned hotel for a couple of days.  The only problem with that is that it is the high season and room rates are totally ridiculous!!

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