Yes, it’s me in case you all thought I had fallen off the face of the earth. Just wanted to let you know I’m still alive and kicking and have been running like mad to get all the projects I needed done, started or concluded. It has been a very busy last few months, and my repetitive stress injury has been stressing me out when it comes to spending too much time on the computer. I find I cannot even go on everyday, or I go on for very short periods before it starts to bother me. I will have to come up with some solution as I love being in contact via Blog.
My dad who is ninety – one years old next year has come to spend the next couple of months with us to escape the winter winds and will return to
We continue to meet some really amazing Belizean’s. One that stands out readily is a single mom who has six wonderful kids who she is trying her best to put through school. We would see her leave early in the morning and return home late at night, and wonder where she got the energy to do it all. The kids range in age from eight years to eighteen years. The one good thing is she has her family near by, who help each other when needed. I had not seen or heard from this mother for awhile and we usually touched base often. I finally got her on the phone only to find out that her eldest child was stabbed many times in an unprovoked attack and was in the hospital. Apparently, the older son was sitting in the car waiting for his mom to return from seeing a friend, when he saw his younger brother had dropped his bike, and was running from someone. The eldest brother hearing the commotion got out of the car and went to retrieve the bike. As he bent to pick up the bike, the person who had been chasing the younger brother, turn and started to stab the elder brother. His mother heard screams and saw her son on the ground fighting the attacker. Just as my friend and others including a policeman got across the street the young man collapsed and was taken to hospital. There was fear that he might have a collapsed lung and for a while it was touch and go, but he finally pulled through. Turns out the person that attacked him was unstable mentally, and was on the street because his family could not manage him. He eventually went to jail which was not the right place either but proper facilities are not readily available, so everyone in the community suffers, which is a sad state of affairs. These are some of the challenges for health care that are faced here.
We have new neighbors who have moved in right around the corner from us who we really like. The woman is a psychologist from the states and her partner is a builder from
Our newest addition to the family is a wee kitten named Tiye. One night, I had a dream of a cat that was orange with stripes, sitting on my lap, curled up in a circle. I woke up and it was three a.m. I sat in bed trying to figure out what the significance of the dream was, but could not. The next morning someone we know said she was awakened at 3a.m. to the sound of meowing, which she tried to block out for an hour. Finally, she took her flashlight and went outside to find the source, and there under her truck was this little kitten no bigger than the palm of your hand cowering next to the tire. She picked it up took it inside and gave it something to eat, which she said she lapped up. The next day she saw us in town, and asked if we would be interested in adopting her as she already had a cat. We said we would see if we liked her first before agreeing. Well I nearly fell over when I realized she looked exactly like the cat I had dreamt about earlier. I guess she was meant to come into our lives as she bounded into our arms when we called her. Marlene has never had a cat before and at first was a little hesitant to take on more animal responsibilities, but Tiye has captured our hearts, and it is joy to have her, and watch all her tricks and antics.
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Well talk about tempting fate. Spirit got bitten again within 6 weeks, so here we were again going through the motions of getting serum and visiting an amazed vet at our second encounter with the Fer-de Lance snake. This time we found Serum at the hospital and had to convince them to sell us one for the dog. A couple days later a seven foot Fer- de –Lance was killed at our gate bye some passing good Samaritans who saw it out the side of their vehicle. We are now cutting a lot of the jungle away from our living space. In the process we have found the skin of an eight foot Fer-de-Lance which I now have for healing medicine. A Mayan woman told us of a certain plant we should plant around the property to keep them away. There is a snake-man / herbalist who is trying to track down the plant for us so hopefully it will help to deter these unwanted guests plus the thinning of the jungle right around us. We have to keep reminding ourselves this is the rain forest, part of which we have laid claim to and somehow we need to live with the utmost respect with all beings. Saved again by our dog Spirit. What can I say? He gets the biggest piece of steak around. He’s earned it wouldn’t you say? Thanks to God, the Orisha, and the ancestors for keeping a watch over us. Ashe.
We have been involved with doing a lot of rituals for people and had been doing some of them by a beautiful water falls near here, until the snake doctor told us that Fer-de-Lance like to go down to the river to feed and will go into the water. Figuring we are a magnet for them, we decided not to tempt fate, and find safer environments to do rituals. Marlene has been busy doing her massages and is becoming sought after. Ashe.
Many of my family and friends seem to have their birthdays in November. Marlene, my mother and my sister are November people and the principal at the school was also celebrating her birthday and our new neighbor plus another friend who runs a great little resort. Anything for a party so I hosted a potluck dessert party. We had about 40 people and I had all the needed items to make funky birthday hats. People really got into making hats and came up with some good designs. The desserts bought by the guests were tasty and the birthday cakes I order were fantastic.
Our cat decided she wanted to see if there was any truth to the nine lives story, and almost became dog chow. I had just opened the door and somehow she slipped out without me seeing her. All I saw was one of our dogs come round the corner at the same time and pounce on her causing the other two dogs to come and see what the commotion was. The dogs attacked the cat and bit it but it escaped. I grabbed two dogs and I was trying to hold on to them as they dragged me across the yard in pursuit of the kitten. By this time I was screaming on top of my lungs for help. Marlene finally came out after what seemed like centuries and held two of the dogs while I grabbed the third. My dad came out of the house and was able to get the tired hissing traumatized cat into the house. I tell you that cat fought for her life that day and I think she used up three rather than one life. When my Dad got her in the house she was still fighting and scratching so he put her down and the kitten was so frightened it hid and it took us an hour to find where she was hiding as none of our calling to her or tempting her with food, was enticing her out. We finally found her shaking like a leaf and not sure if one of her hips was dislocated, because she seemed to be limping on it plus the missing pieces of fur where she had been bitten. Off we went to our good friend the vet who kind of raised one eye brow and looked at us as if to say what now? The vet examined her and gave her something for pain, inflammation and antibiotics. Apart from being a nervous wreck when the dogs bark, Tiye and all of us got over our emotional trauma in the following days. Even my bruises from being dragged by big dogs healed. Whew!! Never a dull moment and so much for animal tales.
Oh! Big news!!!!!!!!! Something I wanted to start for the longest time is finally a reality. I have started a foundation “The Winsom Foundation” which will among other things be involved in teaching art, community beautification programs, health teaching and education which Marlene and others are interested in and sponsorship for attending high school. I have been volunteering my time and what resources I have to the local school in the
The foundation threw a Christmas party at the school through contribution of one of the sponsors Carlton Watson of Canada. It was soooo much fun as we gave Christmas bags to each child which included art supplies like sketch pads, paints, paint brushes. We also had a Santa piñata which my dad helped stuff with candy for the kids to bust, and then had a massive Christmas lunch which included their favorites BBQ chicken, potato salad, tortilla, cake, lots of chocolates / candy and pop to drink. A good time was had by all.
Living here in
Christmas saw me cooking up my regular storm with all the usual favorites of turkey, stuffing, Spicy roast beef, fish, an assortment of salads, macaroni and cheese cake, and then some, all washed down with homemade ginger beer, sorrel and wine. Santa brought stockings for everyone, and the music kept us going. The dogs of course could not have been happier with the leftover’s and Christmas bone to chew on for a couple of days.
With the buzz of Christmas over, we decided to take up an invitation to go to the beach, to help a friend celebrate his 50th birthday. One thing I like about Belize is of course the warmth, but also that it only takes three hours to get to the Sea, where you can enjoy a great beach, stay over night and return to our jungle retreat. My friend is renting a beautiful house, a stone’s throw from the
On the eve of 2008, I am wishing you all the blessing of the Great Spirit and the Ancestors and that your path may be the right one for the New Year and beyond.
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