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Ofelia Bus terminal – Quito Ecuador

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

Casa Loca – Wildflowers – Rio Jama/

“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

Andrea – Playa El Matal – Ecuador

“Today: Soak in what’s real and what’s real is unhurried. The ground. The air. The exhale. The planted seed. The shift. The season.” – Victoria Erickson

  • Manabi Ecuador – “Poco a poco” – little by little, I have been weaning away from Casa Loca. Last year’s earthquake altered the lives of many, and my choices and opportunities have been more abundant than many of the locals’ options. With no sense of urgency, I allowed my own internal GPS system to guide me to a new place to call home.

About a month ago, after first scouting an area via Google Maps, I drove along various country roads, exploring with an artist’s curiosity. Great impromptu moments greeted me at each stop, and though I cherished the moments, I knew there was a jewel of a place waiting to be discovered.

This tiny community met almost every “wished for”criteria onmy list. but Life nudged me forward…

Yes, I am in the process of moving,  poco a poco, and I will spend most of this week moving the more difficult-to-transport items. I will not be online often, but will be writing offline to share more information about the new area I will call “Home.” I look forward to sharing the stories!

A pure and abundance source of water was part of that criteria…

Enjoy the random images taken in the past month.  I should be back online tonight.

Jama Ecuador

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein

“Coralito Vine”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya Angelou

Francisca and a neighborhood friend – Mindo Ecuador

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Francisca’s grandsons – Tobias and Oliver

. “Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Nely’s new Hot-pepper Sauce business… La Division Ecuador

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. “- Henry Miller

“Today: Soak in what’s real and what’s real is unhurried. The ground. The air. The exhale. The planted seed. The shift. The season.” – Victoria Erickson

Drying Coffee – Poza Honda Ecuador

“As human beings, we are most fully alive when we are changing and growing and stretching our boundaries in our quest to be all we can be.” – Matthew Kelly

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. ” – Oscar Wilde

“I’m here to provide your free-range eggs for breakfast!”

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them.” – John Ruskin

Wildflower along the roadside – Poza Honda

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Your future chocolate bar might come from this Ecuadorian cacao!

“Our environment is like a patchwork quilt. Each “patch” is dependent on those around it. If one part unravels, it affects the rest.” – Hemeon

Coffee, anyone?

“The worse my drawings were, the more beautiful did the originals appear.” – John James Audubon

“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.” ― Monique Duval

Pacific Pygmy Owl

“I think hiccup cures were really invented for the amusement of the patient’s friends.”
― Bill Watterson

“Ten chin-ups, and the hiccups should stop.” – The coffee-cherry thief!

“Live life to the fullest. You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece. Laugh some every day. Keep growing, keep dreaming, keep following your heart. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Checking out the new house –

Have a good week, and thanks again for your support!