The 18-hour blackouts are punishing the country, making everyone uncomfortable. The business community says it can't take it anymore, and in the streets, some people get angry when asked about the situation. There are reports of blackouts lasting for up to 18 hours from the capital to the greater part of the Cibao. Owners of mini-markets, supermarkets, cafeterias and butcher shops all say that their products go bad as a result of the blackouts, because they do not have emergency generators. Sales are down as well as people don't want to buy warm beverages.
Here's a few pictures from our backpacking trip.
Then I make the clay into different shapes needed to make flowers, grass, trees, etc.
And start putting all the pieces together like a big 3-D, cylinder shaped puzzle.
I rarely do the whole design in one day, as it can take up to 30 hours, but add to the design little by little.
Until finally it’s all put together!
Then I slice the Fimo cane, cook it in the oven, drill a hole in each piece, sand it, buff it, cover it with a special varnish, then wrap sterling silver wire around it and put it on a silver chain. (Or glue the piece onto a magnet for the refrigerator).
I presently have about 14 different designs, mostly mountain scenes and floral designs. I also make them into earrings, bracelets, and more.
A popular Marshy hang-out spot with lots of restaurants, live bands, and a veiw of Myrtle Beach.
Barb McQuiddy with her daughter and grandbaby.
My last morning there I packed up, left their house by 4:45am, flew to Atlanta where I got some tasty airport food (I went for Multigrain bagels and Seattle’s Best coffee), then off to Santo Domingo, DR. I was met by Darin, Jennifer and Baby Mia …. Great company for the long trip home. Little did any of us know that our 3 hour trip home would become an 8 hour trip home. Yeah, that’s right, the jeep broke down right next to a gas station. After two hours of about 14 Dominican guys trying to fix things we decided to have a tow truck friend pick us up. So a few hours later after trying to get out of paying lots of money to all the people that supposedly worked very hard trying to fix the jeep, the tow truck picked us up and I got to ride back to La Vega in the jeep, on top of a flat bed truck. I felt like I was in a boat which made me a little queasy, and the flashing light from the top of the two truck only made it a bit worse…. So I put the seat back and kept my eyes closed and made it back to La Vega about 11pm without losing my lunch. Definitely something I won’t forget.
Tornadoes hit three provinces
At least one death was reported and several people were wounded as tornadoes struck La Vega, Santiago and San Pedro de Macoris yesterday afternoon. The Dominican Republic does not have a tornado warning system because they are such a rare occurrence. The only reported fatality, Mercedes Torres, 62, died while being treated for her injuries after being crushed and trapped by a collapsing wall in her home. Four others were slightly injured by the storm that hit La Vega at 2:40 in the afternoon with high winds, hailstones and heavy rain. In Villa Gonzalez, Santiago and San Pedro de Macoris, the strong winds tore roofing materials off several houses. Reports also filtered in from San Francisco de Macoris telling of more dwellings damaged. Luis Luna Paulino, the chief of the Dominican Civil Defense told El Nuevo Diario reporters that, so far, only one fatality has been reported.
I was to be at the coast when the Tornado hit, soaking up the sun and watching the group I was with play in the waves. I never ever would have guessed that back in La Vega my friends were getting pelted with large hailstones inside their homes, that Obed and Rosmary’s entire roof got torn off their house (the third floor of the building complex I live in), that half of the schools’ third floor roof blew off, or that other friend’s lost their roofs as well. I still can’t imagine it all happening even though I’ve seen the after effects. Please pray for those who lost their roofs, homes, and valuables that their needs will be provided for. And praise God with us that He kept so many people safe. Here’s a picture of Obed and Rosmary’s house….. as you can see the roof came completely off. Rosmary and Zion were in the house when it happened and were fortunately able to get over to their neighbors house safely. Here's a picture of the railing the tin roofing knocked over as it blew off before landing on the community center and walkway below it.
Then in the afternoon a competing candidate (of PRSC) stirred up quite a commotion in our barrio, landing in the field behind my house in his private helicopter, and handing out such things as hats, mosquito nets, baby baskets, and salami. After throwing salami at a number of people and fights started to break out he slowly headed out of the barrio with a caravan of trucks on to other areas of La Vega.
Photo Class, Photo Class, what can I say
The first pizza party was with the teenage girls on the soccer team Obed just started... it was a wild dinner party with 16 people in my little house, food everywhere, a crazy funny cartoon movie, and lots of noise. The greatest part was how impressed the girls were by how the dough rose, and then how proud they were that they made pizzas.
The second pizza part was with a smaller crowd, just eight friends from the church, but we had so many visitors coming in and out of my house that night that it felt like I had over 20 dinner guests. Again we had a lot of fun making pizza, as well as playing games and joking around.