What’s in a house?

So far we have had to explain multiple things in the house to our movers in Panama. The fire pit was the first conundrum. We took the cover off so they could exam it. Gas fire pit, fake stone outside, marble top with hazel-toned tumbled glass in the fire area. You could see them wondering…

Cleaning up after visitors

I’ve told you about wild animals, beaches, rum popsicles and an amazing rainforest for a backyard, but have I told you about how I have to clean gecko droppings off my desk? They are on the windowsills too. Inside and outside. It’s a side effect of living in a rainforest. Lucky me. Dean had to…

Birds

The tap, tap, tap of the woodpecker on the tree just outside of our yard is a pleasant sound that isn't out of the ordinary. The sound comes and goes. Birds flit and fly about the yard on a regular basis. Birds so colorful and so beautiful I really should document them. But the tap,…

Earthquake!

We are from California. Earthquakes are nothing new to us. But ... last night at 11:45 p.m. when Panama was hit with a couple of quick but decent-sized jolts, it felt a little new. Our concrete bunker of a house jumped significantly. This is NOT a California quake-code structure that sways with the movement of…

Coming home

Neil and I spent five glorious days in California. We saw so many friends, visited favorite haunts, ate at familiar places, shopped at stores we knew and understood. It was nonstop action! Almost every minute was spent storing up as much California as we could squeeze in. It was great. Like taking deep lungfuls of…

Keeping our cool

The air conditioning units are being serviced today. Have I explained how the A/C works here? We live in a concrete house so there isn't central air. No ducts, no vents, no moving air from room to room. Each room has it's own unit, like this: You turn the air on in the room your…

Home

We sold our home, packed our stuff, hugged a million friends and headed to Panama. Next week will be the first time any of us have headed back to the U.S. Neil and I are making a quick trip. School holidays give Neil 6 days of California sunshine (hopefully). Looking forward to seeing friends, eating…

Cloudy with a chance of no bites

The first morning I woke up in this house, I went downstairs, made myself a cup of coffee and wandered into the living room. I looked out the front windows and nearly dropped my coffee: Masked men in coveralls with machines strapped to their backs were striding down the street shooting billowing clouds of smoke…

OUCH

Bill paying is an interesting process here. Without a mail system, no bills in the mail. Some bills come by email. Some are put in your door. Some you are just supposed to know to transfer money to the correct account. And due dates don't seem to be consistent. Fortunately, penalties seem to be just…

Monkeys!

I realized when I wrote the last post I hadn't told you about our monkey visitors. That papaya tree in the backyard is paying off in animals. There is a lot of noise coming from the rainforest. As Californians, we aren't good at identifying these noises. We usually assume it's a bird. After each good…