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6/6/2012 -   Kalinisa, Kenesh Village, Kyrgyzstan

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6/12/2012 - Mujeres de Xeconjom Group, Guatemala LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Nuevo Horizonte Group, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Miriam, Negev, Israel

6/18/2012 - Noem, Ang Snoul, Cambodia  LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2012 - Phally, Takeo Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

7/10/2012 - Carmel, Cadiz, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

8/4/2012 -   Julia, Boane, Maputo, Mozambique LOAN REPAID IN FULL

8/4/2012 -   Khishigjargal, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

8/11/2012 - Miladys Dayana, Barranquilla, Colombia
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9/23/2012 - Dugarmaa, Arhangai, Mongolia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Armando, Tonala, Mexico   LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/17/2012 - Doraliza, Ica, Peru LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/27/2012 - Sola, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/27/2012 - Sergio, Huatusco, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/28/2012 - Sophie, Yaoundé, Cameroon LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Paradi De Dolval Group, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti
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12/29/2012 - Makieu Andrew's Group, Kenema, Sierra Leone LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

1/1/2013 -     Prudence 3 Group, Brazzaville, Congo LOAN REPAID IN FULL

1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua
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1/21/2013 -  Caroline, Toluca Lake, United States

2/5/2013 -    Diana Cecilia, Huaraz, Peru 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

2/20/2013 -  Lorna, Poblacion 3, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Phillipines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

2/20/2013 - Kwamboka, Nyamira, Kenya

3/15/2013 - Halima, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

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4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia
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5/15/2013 - Vilma, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/19/2013 - Teimuraz, Kutaisi, Georgia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2013 - Leonora, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines

6/20/2013 - Sherry, Knoxville TN, United States

6/28/2013 - Zahava, Kiryat Ono, Israel

6/28/2013 - Ilkin, Azerbaijan

7/25/2013 - Sine, Albania

7/25/2013 - Luzdina, Pucallpa, Peru

7/25/2013 - Wossidji Iv Group, Warinibougou, Mali LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/5/2013 -  Norma Carolina, Managua, Nicaragua

9/2/2013 -  Nubia Teresa, Montería, Colombia

9/22/2013 - Salina, Kapsabet, Kenya

9/29/2013 - Purevsuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

9/29/2013 - Sambath, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia

10/1/2013 - Rinat, Beit Shemesh, Israel

11/3/2013 - Asiya, Ibanda, Uganda

11/3/2013 - Nafisakham, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11/13/2013 - Harriet, Bombo Road, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

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11/14/2013 - Sonia Antonieta, La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras

11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

12/11/2013 - Teresa Aracely, Osicala, El Salvador

1/4/2014 - Queren Yined, Bogota, Columbia

1/4/2014 - Jorge Carlos, Cochabamba, Bolivia

1/9/2014 - Esther, Sanniquellie, Liberia

1/19/2014 - Sarim, Siem Reap, Cambodia

1/20/2014 - Betty, Kampala, Uganda

3/4/2014 - Hulkarkhon, Khujand, Tajikistan

3/4/2014 - Fenehas Jason, Hoima, Uganda

3/6/2014 - Maa Bastaren Group, MURIBAHAL, BALANGIR, ODISHA, India

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    Monday
    Jul092012

    Indulge a Little 

     

    Who doesn’t enjoy indulging a little?  We all deserve those little indulgences, right?

    My indulgences used to lean toward the extravagant.  A piece of new jewelry;  a shopping trip for new clothes and shoes;  something new to add to a collection around the house or a new piece of furniture...in other words, my indulgences were mostly ‘stuff’ that often cost more money than I needed to spend.

    Now-a-days my indulgences are quite different.   

    We have fallen into a habit lately of taking weekly, one-tank day-trips.  We select a new-to-us town, a state park, or a historic location and we head out early in the morning to explore for day.  I pack my camera gear and my husband researches the route for me to drive, the significance of the location we are exploring, and a good location for lunch.  A camera and lunch -- the two most important ingredients for a successful outing, right?  It has been totally amazing how much we’ve seen, learned, and enjoyed on these little weekly day-trips.  We’ve met some pretty friendly and helpful folks too.

    For years we were so confined by careers and commitments that we didn’t take the time to explore our surroundings.  Now that we are retired, we ‘indulge’ ourselves with these day-trips.

    Many might consider our day-trips a waste of time and our lunches totally unhealthy.  Really, who wants to drive for an hour, sometimes two, just to visit a small rural town in middle Tennessee?  When one is eating at a local ‘meat and three’ - such as the Bell Buckle Café – somewhere out in the middle of the back roads Tennessee countryside (yes, we had to stop and ask for directions to Bell Buckle), the food is not always low-carb, low-calorie, low-fat, or low anything else.  Last week in Bell Buckle TN (population somewhere close to 500 – and no, that’s not a typo) we delighted in country fried steak and all the trimmings including home-made corn bread. We strolled down the main street and explored a series of quaint, historic shops.  My favorite was an antique store located in an old dry goods store that still had many of its original wares displayed. Later that afternoon we ambled into the Blue Bird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor…and yes, we indulged in a double-dip of white-chocolate raspberry ice cream in a home-made waffle cone while visiting with ‘Mama Phillips.’

    As I type this, we are getting ready to head out to Mt. Pleasant TN for today’s day-trip and I’m pretty certain we will end up indulging ourselves at the Mt. Pleasant Grill – home of a zesty and flavorful fried green tomato sandwich, a local specialty.

    Hey, my philosophy is go ahead and indulge yourself, for according to a quote attributed to Elizabeth Taylor, “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” 

    Have a GREAT day!

    Sue

    Reader Comments (21)

    I'd love to join you for that fried green tomato sandwich - and the exploring of quaint little places as well. We used to do that - when we were still "new" to the US and thought we'd only stay here for three years. Every weekend we went somewhere and explored, and of course indulged in great food, not necessarily healthy. How lovely it was!!! I wish we'd get back to those exploring day (perhaps we will). Have fun, Sue, it sounds wonderful!!!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    What perfect little indulgences!! We - too - while on vacation last week...took the time to get off the main thoroughfares and found the hidden gems of towns that no one had uncovered. And altho there were no fried green tomato sandwiches (boy...that sounds good!!) to be found...we did manage to indulge in some great ice cream.
    Love..love..love the image!!!

    July 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes! All of it. It's a most important philosophy of life...to live moderately most of the time so that you can splurge in the 'cracks" of time. I love it, Sue. Astrid and I drive to places not far from us, usually on Saturdays, to get our fill of anything and everything...including food. We figure we've got the rest of the week to be "virtuous." HA!

    Purity ice cream and chewing gum in the same image! It's all good!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    That's exactly what I would do: indulge in exploring the surroundings. Really enjoyed the read, Sue. Happy indulging! :)

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSil

    now, i am not only famished, i am starved for experiences like yours! what a fabulous post of inspiration and stimulation to pack up the car and get going! super post. LOVED it.

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    What a great way to spend one day out of the week! Maybe I'll incorporate this into my life once a month on a weekend day. It's easy for me to get caught up on things instead of experiences, and I could use some inspiration for my photography. Thanks for the post!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Skinner

    Love the image and the great quote from Liz! and you remind me of the thing I miss the most about living in the South ~ being able to get veggie plates with good corn bread! Keep on trucking!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    A camera and some lunch - the perfect ingredients....I agree. Been doing a lot of that this summer since we've recently retired ( economy forced our hand there a bit). We're spending the summer on the Pacific Coast and venturing out to many small towns. Loved this post and your picture is perfect for your message!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

    Wonderful post and perfect photo. Love the idea of the day trip, lunch and exploring near to home. When I would dream about foreign climes, with heavy childhood sighs, my father would ask what about our own backyard. What do I know about our town? Our state? Our history?
    And as for indulging, well, its all about balance. And tempering.

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine McKinney

    Boaters call it "gunk-holing", poking around in little coves and streams at a leisurely pace. It's a different kind of sailing than circumnavigating, or even crossing the Gulf, just as the kind of days you describe differ in quality from "large" trips.

    The trick, of course, is to actually do it. Kudos to you for getting rolling - there's so much to see!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    As a new retiree too, my philosophy is very much like yours,Sue. My theme for breaking away is: "no regrets". We're blessed, should appreciate it, and take advantage of it.

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

    Great post Sue! Just the other day, a young soldier I work with was complaining about there being nothing to do around Fort Riley, KS. I asked him if he meant nightclubs and such and he said, no he and his wife just wanted some things to go see locally and couldn't find anything "fun" to do. I started naming off things in the area such as the Eisenhower Museum, Old Town Abilene, the Steam train from the Smokey Mountain Railroad, Cowtown in Wichita, Tanganiyka Wild Animal Park. He stopped me and grabbed his pen and a piece of paper and told me to start over! :-) Nice to know that at least one young family is going to be taking in the local sights! So many times we miss what is in our own "backyard". As for the indulgences, YOU GO GIRL!!!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

    Well, I have certainly never heard of Bell Buckle, Tennessee - until today. :) The ice cream sounded nice and I love the old sign. Glad you are enjoying life and your adventures!

    July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeau Dodson

    Isn't it wonderful to be free of that state of want, want, want of all of that material stuff??? Like you, now my life is all about EXPERIENCES! I just wish that I would've come to that conclusion much earlier in life! I love exploring and one day I want to take a cross country road trip and do nothing but stop in little towns just like you've described! Wonderful post!

    July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    I Love day trips Sue...I find them so invigorating for my soul! It doesn't take much for me to feel that I've had a big adventure ;-)
    Thank you for the reminder.... and far from an indulgence...I feel it's time well earned/deserved/well spent.

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Sherman

    Wonderful post! I love day trips like that. I have never had a fried green tomato sandwich, I would love to try that.

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    Good for you! It sounds like a life well-lived if you ask me! I think we do have to treat ourselves regularly, there are so many things in life to be enjoyed. And the luxury of time is a huge one.
    Now I am hungry for some ice cream...

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    Those sound like perfectly wonderful indulgences. Even though I'm trying to lose weight, I know a weekly treat will help me stick it out and not be my undoing. The little cafes you are visiting sound very flavorful in food and atmosphere.

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    A big 'thanks' to each of you for the comments. I got a big kick out of Linda's "gunk-holing", -- a new term to me, but oh-so-appropriate! And, it's so good to see so many of you relating to this type of 'indulgence.' :) I'll have to look for a recipe for fried green tomatoes as it sounds like several of you would enjoy trying that Southern delicacy. Have a GREAT day all....

    July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Yes an indulgence for me is a day out away from it all or even better a holiday or short break away!

    July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    That sounds wonderful! My parents came to stay and watch our animals while we were gone last week. I left them a list of restaurants and they ate at once each day. It was their way of keeping entertained and having fun. Can't wait to have the time to do that!

    July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

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