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Getting to know the Neighborhood

These are our new neighbors.  They weren't here last week, but now they're building their home 500 meters to the west of us.  Their home is the ultimate in recycling:

In Paraguay, when people move, many take their houses with them!  This is a home that is being re-constructed on a new lot!  Paraguayans reuse any scrap wood, old roof tiles and flooring to create a humble abode. 

This is the soy field that separates us:

We had our very first neighborhood organizational meeting last night.  It was great, forty people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds came together on logs, drank terere and were unified in our desire to better our growing neighborhood.  We are still considered "outside of town" so our district has not gotten too much attention.  We met primarily because we are increasingly concerned about the toxins that the farmers are spraying on the soy/wheat fields, so close to our homes.  We invited the mayor to come to hear out our concerns and we formed a committee to work toward bettering our neighborhood.  We were asked to serve on the environmental/beautification team. Since we've already planted trees on the sidewalk of the equivalent of 6 city blocks, we'll be able to continue 6 more blocks to have flowering trees on our entire street.   "Pilcomayo" will be the prettiest road in town!

The mayor also promised us that he would put cobblestone on our dirt road, because it's almost impassable after the rain.  This year is an election year, so it's typical for the mayor to do a lot of visible work in the last few months of his tenure to get re-elected, so we'll see what happens!  We're not holding our breath, because we're heard MUCHAS campaign promises!

This is leaving our driveway after the rain:

We recognize with such busy lives, we don't have time to talk to those closest to us.  We have another new neighbor that moved in on the east side last month and we want to stop over and give her a welcome plant.  She's a hard-working single mom with two daughters. It's so true what our former president said:

"As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?"  -Lyndon B Johnson


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