Wisdom Wednesday ~ 17/12/2014

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. ~ Roald Dahl ~

Martin and Frog

Froggie is ready to find some supper while Birdie is bedded down for the night…in the campo.

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 14/12/2014

The backyard at night.  Festively decorated…in the campo.1

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Shining, Sparkling Light

From the sparkly, twinkly costumes and floats in the desfiles and Carnaval:

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To the fuegos artificiales (but only the ones that are fired off at night):

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And the twinkling of the sun on the waves:

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These are but a few things that twinkle…in the campo.

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Ted Talk Thursday ~ Do What You Love

There are thousands of people out there that living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours, at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.  ~ Nigel Marsh ~

Today’s talk was suggested by friend Kris over at The Panama Adventure.  Many (although not all) of us who have moved to Panama have dumped the consumerist lifestyle to focus on the things that make us truly happy.   I’ve come to believe that remembering to do the things that you love is a continuous process.  Sometimes we forget what truly “fills us up” and we have to take a step back and check how we want to live our lives.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did and thank you Kris for suggesting it.  You may not want to get rid of all your stuff and embark on a world adventure but finding our bliss is something that we can all use a little reminding of…in the campo.

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 07/12/2014

¡Todos día de Dos Gatos !

We heard there was tuna for supper!

We heard there was tuna for supper!

It's here somewhere!

It’s here somewhere!

Nom, nom!

Nom, nom!

The Amazing Boomer balances on top of a door while trying to get into the upper cupboards.

The Amazing Boomer balances on top of a door while trying to get into the upper cupboards.

Almost there.

Almost there.

Whaaatt?  I'm helping...really!

Whaaatt? I’m helping…really!

I know I've been naughty, that's why I'm hiding from you.

I know I’ve been naughty, that’s why I’m hiding from you.

Chillaxing on Sunday afternoon.

Chillaxing on Sunday afternoon.

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The Good Old General Purpose Vehicle

The Jeep®  is the original SUV developed under contract for the US government before World War II.  Over the years the vehicle developed from being strictly for military use to the first civilian SUV in 1945 and into a multitude of different styles.  The first Jeep®  Wrangler TJ’s were produced from 1997-2006 with the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited being produced 2007 to present.

We had a 2005 Wrangler that we sold before moving from Canada to Panama.  Although the truck was in good shape it wasn’t feasible to ship it and pay the taxes and costs associated with moving it.   We also feared that in a country that mainly has Asian imports maintaining it would be costly.  It was a great vehicle on the winter roads, was in beautiful shape and it sold in less than 24 hours.

I’m often asked what we shipped from Canada that I shouldn’t have and if there is something that I wish I would have brought.  Over time priorities change and we managed to replace the things we missed or found a way to do without them.  Still; we often second guess ourselves and wonder if we should have brought the Jeep®  with us, especially when we heard that Daughter #2 recently purchased a new Wrangler.  Our Jeep®  Wrangler is gone but not forgotten…in the campo.

Jeep

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Today is #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is an undertaking to create a global movement of philanthropy and volunteering to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday began in 2012 with the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

Now that some of us have braved the crowds for those fantastic deals on Black Friday or shopped the web on Cyber Monday today is a day that we are asked to pause and think about how we can give back and do some good in our communities.   Take some time today to think about what you can do to make your community a better place to live.  Your gift does not have to be monetary, although at this time of year there are several charities looking for donations to help out the less fortunate during the holiday season.

Give some thought to what I call “giving of yourself”; how about helping serve dinner at the local shelter, sharing your special skill or knowledge with a local group, cleaning out your closets and donating it to Goodwill or a needy neighbour, surprising someone by shoveling their walk of snow, reading to children at the local library or making a donation to a worthy organization.  Philanthropy comes in all shapes and sizes whether it be your time or that $5.00 you throw in the Sally Ann kettle at the mall, every bit helps to make the world a little better place to be.  The #GivingTuesday Canadian website offers ideas on where to give and suggestions on matching to charities if you’d like to give your time instead.

In Edmonton the highlighted charity this year is Young Edmonton Grants.  This program offers grants for projects initiated  by youth ages 13-25 of up to $3,000.00.  The Edmonton Community Foundation is matching funds this year 3:1, meaning for every dollar donated it will give $3.00.

We have kept up our monetary donations in Canada and give our time in Panama.  And coincidentally today is Clase de Inglés dia and as we go into the Christmas Holiday Season, a very special time in Panama, I’m hoping that we’ve helped out, just a little …in the campo.

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Other links if you’d like to take part, read more or need suggestions:
Panama
Canada
USA
Globally
Interview with Edward Norton
Canada Helps
100ThingsIn2014
Princess of the Light: Shining the Light For All

 

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 30/11/2014

It’s a tad warm this morning in the campo.  Thank goodness for the breeze.

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Las Hormigas Convergen

Leafcutter ants grow their own food underground and that food is fungus.  The ants walk along their own little highways through forests and gardens looking for leaves leaving a scent on the highway like breadcrumbs so they can find their way to their underground colony. They use their sharp mouthpieces to strip leaves from plants and then carry the pieces of leaves over their back, returning to their nests to chew the leaves to pulp.  The moldering pulp is stored with ant ca ca and other “starter” fungus, decomposing everything into an edible leafcutter ant delight.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have avoided a leafcutter ant infestation in our garden thus far.  This is probably because SU keeps everything around our area very clean and unpalatable to the little critters.  We went on a walk recently down our road close to twilight and found an ant superhighway with all roads converging to a hole in the ground.  The ants are most active when the sun is lower in the sky and so we were able to see them in action in the fading light; a convergence of leafcutter ants…in the campo.

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Talk Thursday ~ Electricity or Once Again No Hay Luz

Today I thought we’d learn a little about electricity.

Our latest power outage was caused by one of the biggest rainstorms of the season that traveled with us all the way from Panama on Tuesday.  There was so much water flowing in the district that it washed out a few power poles in neigbouring towns and plunged us into darkness and waterlessness around 9:00 Tuesday evening.  Almost 18 hours later order was restored, the distance hum of the generators owned by a lucky few ceased, and life returned to normal…in the campo.

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