Friday, August 19, 2011

We’re Moving.........

 Photo By Andrew Teman



For months now I have been performing the long tedious process of moving my blog from iweb to blogger.com. Early on I had made the conscious choice to move my blog once I realized that iweb was not going to give me the flexibility that I needed. 
 





My decision became all the more urgent when Apple announced that iweb was going to go by the wayside in 2012. That coupled with the realization that my laptop that had been stolen could have resulted in the complete loss of my blog thus far sealed my decision to make the move for good.


It looks like I will be fully moved by the time the next entry comes out. We’ll see how well it works. I have been enlisting the help of my local Apple store with the move and hopefully it will go smoothly. One of the concerns is that the rss feeds from the original blog may not transfer successfully. If you are currently subscribed to the rss feeds and you do not continue receive updates, you will then need to google theecuadorchronicles.com and log in. Once you are logged in you can then resubscribe to the rss feeds through the new blog.


The move will afford me more flexibility, creativity and an overall more cohesive look. While it is a work in progress my hope is that the transition will be smooth.  One of the things I will miss the most are the comments that have been left.  Unfortunately these will not make the transfer to the new blog, so I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has followed us through this amazing adventure and left so many wonderful and funny comments along the way. It’s really been a lot of fun to be able to share our adventures with everyone.
 
 
My last entry left off with a promise of an entry that would address ways to protect yourself and your computer from identity as well as physical theft, this stemming from the recent theft of my laptop. I still plan to write this entry, it just so happened that the move took place first, so please hang in there and I promise I will be discussing the above subject at length.

Rod managed to get back home for several days the week before last and is now back in Houston taking care of Mom and Dad while Dad completes his Cancer treatments. Dad has been doing great and astounding all of us much less his doctors with the great progress he is making. Although we did have a scare today when Rod called me from the emergency room to let me know that Dad had some complications during treatment and had been diagnosed with dehydration. After being pumped full of fluids for several hours, Rod was finally allowed to take him home.
 
 The last few weeks we have all been busy picking out furniture, lighting and appliances to fill our container going to Ecuador. According to the shipping company we will be using, we will have to be very careful with how many multiple same type items we bring with us to Ecuador.
 
 
According to the shipper if we try to bring multiple stoves, refrigerators, televisions, etc. it will raise red flags with customs as they will think we are trying to actually sell the items as opposed to using them. This in itself has posed a huge issue for us as we are wanting to purchase many of our items in the states and transport them in the container. Over several trips we have learned that things such as appliances and electronics are much more expensive in Ecuador, If we run into the risk of potential problems with Customs, we may end up having to buy many of our items in Ecuador after all.








Some Of The Chandelier Sketches



 
One of our biggest obstacles will be the lighting fixtures. We will need 40 + sconces for the house. Mom has found an iron worker that she has commissioned to make some of the chandeliers, and although he has designed a beautiful wall sconce for us, we are not yet sure we will be able to put them all in the container because of Customs. If we can’t bring the sconces in the container we may have to be creative and pack them into suitcases over several trips.
 
 


A Sketch Of The Sconce Depicting A Cala Lily


Between the two rentals and two separate living spaces within the house, we will definitely be challenged with what we can and can not pack into the container. Each trip we make we explore more options of what can be acquired or made in Ecuador as opposed to the states in order to be in compliance with Customs.

It is absolutely amazing how smoothly our Ecuador project has been progressing lately. We anxiously await the daily photos of the progress that Carlos sends us and we have now made our return reservations for the first part of October as this will be a crucial time for us to be present. The house is expected to then be at the point where we can make the decisions for the finish work.



The Beginning Of A Small Tile Roof In The Courtyard





The Tile Roof Progresses



The Brick Railing On Our Patio





Giving The Terrace A Finished Look With The Brick Border




Working Overtime Removing Debris From The House



New Window Frames



A New Wall In The Courtyard




Yikes! The Workers Found A Rat, This Is One Neighbor I Can Do Without



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