Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday August 23, 2019 Frustration


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Friday August 23, 2019
Boy!  I can only take days like today in very small doses.
There is still no hide nor hair of the hare in the back lot so I fear the worst.
the rest of the day did not start well.  We went to pick up a kitten for adoption first at the Animal Park.  Cristina was taking more time than usual so I came to check what was happening.  Marino made a motion to me that 2 were dead.  It turned out that 3 were dead together and 2 others had maybe hours to live, so we had to take them to get euthanized.  We can't stand to see animals suffer.  We brought the two back so Marino could bury the 5 together.
Cristina was in a foul mood already so when a lady came to return an adopted puppy because she "had no space for it" Cristina unloaded on her with both barrels.  I finally intervened and sent the lady on her way.  I told Cristina that it was better that she brought it back to us rather than abandon it on the street.
The puppy came with us as we went to pick up a dog we called Bruna that had been adopted but Cristina had promised to get her spayed.  Somehow, there was a spay clinic sponsored by Adiela and another vet friend of hers at the Tulua Refuge.  So both dogs were taken there.
Cristina has plans for us to go for Ana's birthday Sunday to German's finca (acreage) so she needed to do some shopping.  But first we had to go get some specialized dog food that someone was supposed to have paid for downtown.  Like usual, there was no record of payment so it was 3/4 hour before she came out with dog food which we had to run back to the refuge.
We arranged for a birthday cake for Sunday then went to La Herradura, across the city, again.  We had a nice Chinese food lunch and Cristina went into the nearest clothing store.
I went into Exito to see if they had the six-burner stove on sale and was surprised to see that it was, almost $100 less, so I went and got Cristina.  The best price was if we put it on the Exito credit card.  I asked Cristina if she had it with her, she said yes.  When she was asked for it, oh, it was in the car...  Then there was a problem because the limit on the card is was about $1 short and the system would not accept it.  We phone the company because we intended to pay it off within 10 minutes!  Then they wanted her original cedula.  Oh, it is in the car..    The system still won't accept it, so we have to pay $19.50 more to just use our own bank card.  I am fit to be tied by now at the ridiculousness of it all, like these jokers are doing their utmost NOT to sell the stove...  We have to wait for the system to accept our information for 15 minutes before we can pay...   We went shopping while waiting, got the gifts Cristina wanted, came back, paid for the stove and finally got out of there.
We called, and Bruna was ready after her operation so we picked her up and brought her back to her owners.
Once home, I decided that I would try the 70-300 lens that I had avoided using for over a month.  I now wish that I had tried it the first day and sent the whole works back.  I cannot get this lens to autofocus and it is just possible that it is not even an AF lens, meaning that everything has to be manual focus...  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr  By now, I am too angry to handle this so I just put it away to retry another day when I have a calm and clear head.
Tomorrow promises to be a crazy day as well and I am not looking forward to it.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Guy exercising his Paso Fino horse

This is across from the AnimalPark

Love these fluted flowers at the entrance

Don't want to walk into this tree!

A nearby spider

Flowers growing out of the parging

This one too

and this one

This puppy was returned to us

This stove finally on sale at $321, we pay $340

Grigi and Rex



Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday August 22, 2019 Busy


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Thursday August 22, 2019
There was still no bunny rabbit in the open lot today.  I hope nothing has happened to it. 
I filled the hummingbird feeders then had a few naps until Cristina came home with 2 more dogs for baths and resettlement to the Tulua Refuge.  One is an older pup and black, with a white cross on her chest.  Cristina calls her Fiona.  She was pretty shy with me at first but then she warmed up.  The baby tan puppy she calls Chiquitita for now and it cozied up to me right away.  I held her next to my heart and she was happy as a clam, fast asleep in no time.   Cristina and Claudia bathed them both then we jumped in the car to take them first to Adiela's.
I was surprised to see our main vet, John Faber Rojas, sitting at the table having some single malt scotch whiskey with Miguel.  John is interested in learning to own and operate a "professional" camera, so he is looking to buy one of mine, either the Sony or the Canon.  He and Miguel will come over next Wednesday afternoon and we will spend half a day explaining photography.
John has a couple of favourite photos, both very small and hard to work with, but I told him to send them to me anyway so I could play with them and show him some post-processing, so he did.  Results are below...
Then we headed once more with the two dogs and were just about to pull into the Refuge when I saw something in the middle of the road and swerved to avoid hitting it.  It turned out to be a nice-sized Iguana who appeared to be having a little mobility problem.  Lots of motorcycles take that back road so maybe one clipped it..??  Anyway, I tried to shoo it to the side of the road and it simply swished its long tail at me and gave me dirty looks.  Some guys on a motorcycle came by, found a long, sturdy palm leaf, slipped under Mr Iguana and lifted him over the embankment and onto a large tree.  This seemed to give new life to the fellow and he crawled up the tree, out of sight.  I don't know why I was so shocked to see an iguana in a tree, I guess I had forgotten that the first one I had ever seen was in a tree in Costa Rica.  However, since then, all I had seen were iguanas on land at the coast in Ecuador, or marine iguanas in the Galapagos.
Then we had to scour several pharmacies to try to find an injectable drug for Adiela.  Fourth time lucky...
I sent John Faber my versions of his 2 photos, etc and I think he is impressed.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Horses we see always on our morning walk

Very basic surise today, no clouds to help out

This was the best for today

Fiona is blessed with a cross on her chest

A soggy Chiquitita

Gotta love helpless puppies

 
A rosebud happening on our rose bush

Blanca is getting more accustomed to us

This is old hat for Bruna

Spider #2

Spider #3

Beautiful markings on Grigi
A shot from the back corner of our backyard

A rare visit from Mr Vermilion Flycatcher

Princesa

Grigi, Nene and Nina

Fiona getting braver after eating

Such a lovely puppy
Who can say no to this face?

Dr John Faber Rojas

Miguel is very expressive

Our medium-sized Iguana on the road

Great markings and muted colours

It is almost like it has eye make-up and jewelry

He was in no hurry to vacate the road

He was happy to be put on a tree

I cleaned up this great photo John sent me

I quickly picked 15 options for playing with the boring background

I ended up choosing this one

My version of a sunset photo he also sent me

I think he was surprised to see this version...