Coffee in Cabo-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks for joining me today for Coffee in Cabo! I have so much to share and a few pics, too, so grab your coffee and come on in! Get comfy because I think we may be a little longer today. 🙂

Coffee in Cabo

So the day before, when we went into the marina, we stopped by one of my favorite stops to see the lions and tigers, the babies, that is. Seriously, there is this organization that is called Cub Paradise 4 Help, and they have these tiger and lion cubs that they’ve tamed from birth, but only as it relates to feeding. The rest of their life is quasi wild in a place that they are able to roam sort of free. I really need to do some more researching on this place, but we’ve stopped by there every year to look at their newest babies and I think it was about three years ago that George and I dared to sit and look like we were holding the cub and have our picture taken for a fee of $25 plus tips, of course. The money goes to the preservation of this habitat for these lions and tigers, in the name of preserving their species. 🙂

Well, we noticed there weren’t any babies, but the guys were there, so we asked about them, and they said, we have them in a cooler place because it’s too hot right here, but you can come and see them and I won’t charge you. Well I’m a sucker for these animals and when George asked if I wanted to go and see them, I didn’t hesitate and while answering yes, walked forward, following the guy as he took us down the alley into a corner building, and sure enough, there they were, two sisters, four-and-a-half months old, absolutely beautiful. I bent down and was ooh-ing and ah-ing over them, and I don’t even know how it happened, but before I knew it, George was handing the guy 300 pesos – we found out later we’d been ripped off, especially since we tipped him on top of that – and I was being told to sit down on the bench and they placed Lula on my lap. I was in and as excited as I was the first time three years ago! 🙂

Now, Lula, on the other hand, wasn’t so excited. In fact, the noise that she was making wasn’t very comforting – I think it’s called growling — and so they were trying to hurry the process so they could take my picture. See, she was not only growling, but she was hot and definitely not very happy to be upon my lap.

Now when we did this the first time, they let you use your camera as well, but I didn’t have it!^&*()_++ We were only going into town for a walk! Well, they snapped the picture and as I was admiring her, sort of tentatively – she had calmed down somewhat and was actually giving us a playful display – the guy showed me the picture, which looked blurry to me, but I figured, it must be because I didn’t have my eyes on! Well, one of the guys had gotten Lula pretty riled up and the next thing I know, she nipped at my hand and bit my – well, it’s not important, but it rhymes with bit!

The guy who had talked us into doing this was immediately apologetic and kept asking if I was okay. I couldn’t believe it. I kept assuring him I was okay; it just hurt a bit but surprised me more than it hurt. I was actually stunned, and when the guy handed me the picture, I thought, well, that’s a crappy picture! He asked me again if I wanted to go to the hospital and said he’d pay for it. I said, no, no, no, it’s all good. He told me to come back with my camera the next day and we could take our own pictures and he wouldn’t charge me, so that’s what we did yesterday.

You are never going to believe how that visit went, but I think the pictures will speak a thousand words! Was this really the same cub?

I can't believe this!

sacked out cub!

Lula, W A K E UP!

nighty-night!

Let me just get on with something else that happened yesterday. Before I share that, let me preface it with what I read in my Jesus Calling devotional just a couple hours prior to sort of an author’s nightmare beginning to become a reality: “Don’t let unexpected events throw you off course. Rather, respond calmly and confidently – which I sort of did but tearfully! — remembering that I am with you.

So after a run on the beach, breakfast and a quick workout in the gym, we came back to the room, and as soon as we closed our door, the phone began to ring. I picked it up. “Kim, this is Traci with Tate Publishing . . .” She went on to tell me that the books were stuck in customs and that they would not release them until they spoke with me because the value on the box was not matching the weight. 🙁 🙂

I actually did remain calm through the first hour of this nightmare turned reality, until the reality hit that unless we paid $325 for the export fee, those books would stay in the UPS station in Tijuanna, and oh, by the way, the earliest they could get them there would be Friday! I burst into tears, torn over what to do, but my husband kept his cool and said, do whatever you have to do; we’ll have the money. All I could think of is all the people I had already met, a few from the resort next door who had made it a point at the fiesta the night before to tell me they were making sure they had their Wednesday afternoon cleared so they could be there. The financial burden was definitely looming over my head big time!

Paula, the concierge at our resort was absolutely amazing, calling the shipping manager at UPS in Tijiuanna and getting all the information, while assuring me that she would send out the new flier that Jocelyn was working on with the new book-signing day of Friday, the 20th, instead of Wednesday, the 18th.

Despite knowing in my gut that He’s in charge, that He works EVERYTHING out for HIS glory, for those who are called according to HIS purpose, the tears took me in for a little while, that is until we made it back to our room and I asked George if we could pray, and then, the reality of that promise sprouted up from my heart, reminding my head that the issue of the money, the error on who knows who’s part, and the frustration and everything else leading up to all of this was minor in comparison to all of the possibilities because He really is true to His Word. There is a reason it’s happened this way! 🙂 For crying out loud, the birds don’t worry about what and where they’ll eat, why should I worry about these things?

Thank you, Abba, for this food . . .

So, I won’t be doing a book-signing tomorrow, but I will be handing out some fliers and looking forward to whatever is gonna happen on Friday!

Thanks so much for joining me for Coffee in Cabo. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

Joyfully,

Evinda

 

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3 Responses to “Coffee in Cabo-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. frances thomas says:

    wow what an amazing day for you and i love the smile being a cat lover im so excited to see this awesome encounter wouldnt you like to bring it home haha enjoy and hope to see you soon

  2. Jan Bachelor says:

    Okay, so first I am laughing over the “nip” bite!!Ha Guess you must have looked a little like her momma! Yeah, I’m done now. 🙂 As for the book signing deal, all will be well, promise. George’s support and faith in you is a blessed gift in and of itself. Take a deep breath of that lovely ocean air, lean back into God’s arms He’s got this! Kisses and Love and do I hear seagulls??? Heh

  3. Leigh says:

    That was a really good one, Evinda! Glad you can enjoy yourselves in spite of the enemy trying to interfere. I needed the encouragement myself, as I just got another job rejection today. All things in HIS TIME & HIS WAY! Miss you guys! 😉

    P.S. I want a pet tiger in Heaven! 😉