What I made today …

My dear friend Nancy makes a sherry bundt cake from a family recipe at Christmas time. It’s one of my favorite things. I eat it for breakfast for at least a week every December. One day craving that cake, I searched the internet for a recipe. Not paying attention to what I was doing, I…

Love from Panama

The hardest part about being in Panama is being away from loved ones. We want to share their joys and sorrows, celebrate events and be with them. When loved ones hurt, we hurt. We have not been in Panama long enough to have seen from far away so many life-changing diagnoses, life-altering job and home…

Christmas shopping already?

Much like Black Friday, Panama hosts Black Weekend. I believe it is put on by the national tourism bureau, and it is promoted in nearby countries. The malls have been preparing for weeks. Even the local tire store is offering 15 percent off this weekend. We hit the AltaPlaza Mall today. We have plans for…

Sloppy Joes

I just made Sloppy Joes for dinner. Nothing fancy. It's a go-to dinner that fills up hungry boys and is easy to make. I use turkey. I know some think that is sacrilegious, but I don't like all the grease of red meat. Like many things, making Sloppy Joes in Panama is a bit more…

Friday night movie lights

The menfolk saw "It" last night. I did not. I'm not great with scary movies. I'm still haunted by the after school horror movie on TV that I watched in eighth grade. In fact, I was a little afraid to stay at home... alone... at night... while they watched the movie. Guessing when a movie…

Do I unsubscribe?

How do you leave one life and start another? Are you really leaving a “life” or just following the path of the life you are already on? As we set up the house, set up our lives here in Panama, I ask myself those questions. The boys are in school. Dean goes to work. I…

Spanish lessons

Dean's company provides 80 hours of Spanish lessons for me. But first I had to be assessed. Others, including Dean, have gone through the assessment. They are shown a picture of a celebrity and asked to describe the person in Spanish. Hair color, eye color, personality, etc. Then they are asked English to Spanish vocabulary,…

Running on empty

It was an emotional weekend – Friday through Monday. Things were not going my way. The VPN internet service wouldn’t work, the new love seat turned out to have a not completely attached arm, the family room air conditioning unit started dripping, and I discovered mold on the patio furniture. Add all that to the…

Earthquake!

We had our first tremor last night. Just Dean and I were home, sitting on the couch. As former Californians, it’s almost reassuring. The Earth moves for Californians (so many innuendos here). A quake in a concrete house with all-tile floors is a different experience than in our wood-framed U.S. houses made to move with…