Wisdom Wednesday ~ 01/04/2015

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. ~ Thomas Merton ~

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 29/03/2015

Boomer has had a busy week getting into trouble and being a bit of a character. Consequently we’ve snapped pictures of his crazy antics.  In this photo however, we caught him in one of his more serene and cute moments, lazing in the morning sunrise…in the campo.

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Fleeting Waves

ephemeral (ɪˈfɛmərəl)adj
lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure.

Yesterday I posted about how SU and I went boogie/body boarding.  We’d body boarded before with our own low-cost little boards and then we used our friends better boards and we were hooked.  We purchased two new boards for ourselves for Christmas but I was sick with Dengue over the holidays and beyond and then in early February we both had the flu.  Setting aside a day that wasn’t a weekend day (when we try to leave the beaches for the working folks) took a back burner to other “stuff” that we needed to do.

We finally just said “Let’s go!” and off we went after lunch to our favourite local beach to “catch some waves”.  Or in our case the whitewater that is a result of the waves.  The rides we caught lasted only a short time but brought us ephemeral pleasure…in the campo.

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Talk Thursday ~ Boogie Boarding

Think left and think right and think low and think high.                                           Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!                                                                              ~ Dr. Seuss ~

This afternoon, SU and I finally made it out to the waves to try our new boogie boards therefore; today’s talk isn’t so much of a talk as some instruction.

Being ahem…more advanced in age and having lived most of our lives land locked, boogie boarding has become a bit of an adventure for us.  Neither of us feel quite up to trying surfing, especially me, who has inherited the genetic predisposition of klutziness from mi padres side of the family.  (Apologies to my relatives, but it’s true and you know it.)

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 We also aren’t so adventurous as the young people in the video (and the awesome boogie boarders in our little community).  We’re not at the “catch the wave” boogie board level but more like the “catch the whitewater after the wave” level.  Both are fun rides but the latter is a little less jarring if one should fall.  Although, I did take one good tumble today that ripped one of my treasured Lululemon headbands off my noggin and into the great blue ocean and flipped my board.  Also, note to self, remove all jewelry next time as I lost an earring.  :(

More pictures to come later but for today I present the “instructional video” with young people who actually know what they are doing.

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Wisdom Wednesday ~ 25/03/2015

By some incredible miracle,
the vast ocean of time has borne me up
to its crest for this miniscule moment.
I look around, revel in all that I see,
feel the spray in my face,
elated by the majesty,
the enormity of creation,
grateful beyond belief to be alive.
~ hal w. french~

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 22/03/2015

We recently had a puerta de seguridad installed on the house that SU turned into a screen door.   During the day, while we are home we’ve kept the door open, bringing even more light and the outdoors in.  Dos Gatos are both enjoying the new addition…in the campo.

Bandit enjoying the afternoon breeze on his belly.

Bandit enjoying the afternoon breeze on his belly.

Boomer watching the world go by.

Boomer watching the world go by.

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Freshly Made

At this point in my life I’m fortunate that I have free time to enjoy the things that I’ve always enjoyed doing but shoved to the back burner while I was working full-time.  I’ve had even more free time as of late because I have a bit of break from some of my volunteer commitments and so I’m taking the opportunity to spend some extra time cooking and baking.  Sometimes both of these tasks are not easy in our little community where ingredients are not readily available.

I took a look in the larder the other day I took some inspiration from what I did have on hand for creating a few things I’d never tried before; pita bread and falafel.  I needed to plan for the falafel that I made with dried Chick Peas/Garbanzo Beans as these needed to be soaked at least 12 hours.  I chose a recipe that was baked and not fried and was full of herbs that SU managed to find at one of the local grocers (called Chinos in Panama).  The recipe made so many I froze half and we still had leftovers from our supper.  They turned out easy to make and very tasty.

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© Indacampo 2015

The pita bread was also fun to make although I was a little leery about the result; baking bread here is a little touch and go.  As usual I had to add more flour than the recipe called for but they turned out delicious and it was fun to watch them bake.  Again, the recipe made so many that I was able to freeze half the batch and we still had enough left over for a couple of lunches.

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A little time and effort, particularly to make the fresh pita was worth it.  I think we’ll have some difficulty going back to buying the packaged, doughy pita bread that’s available to us…in the campo.

If you’d like to see more takes on this week’s photo challenge “Fresh” go here.

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Talk Thursday ~ Cycle of Tides

Perhaps this is the most important thing for me to take back from beach-living: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid; each cycle of a relationship is valid.                                                        ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

We’ve lived near the ocean for almost three years and we’ve discovered that there are certain times of the month when the tide is really low and when it is really high.  We’ve had “Super Tides” when we’ve been warned away from the water and times when the winds, the rain and the tides have changed our beaches considerably.

I always knew that the changing tides had to do with what phase the moon was at and what time of year it was.  This video offers a more in-depth and yet simple explanation of how and why the changes in tide occur.

I always feel a bit smarter when I’ve finished watching a Crash Course video and today’s video was no exception.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…in the campo.

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Wisdom Wednesday ~ 18/03/2015

© Indacampo 2015

© Indacampo 2015

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

              ~ J. R. R. Tolkien ~

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Here’s to Another Year on the Right Side

I’ve never been one to make a big deal out of my birthday.   I guess I’ve been a mom for so long that it was always more important to me that my kids got to choose what they wanted to eat and/or where they wanted to go for their birthday’s and not having a fuss about mine.

As the children grew older and they were able to have celebrations with their friends on their own, we had family celebrations and gave them a choice of what they wanted for their meal and dessert.  Restaurant, takeout or home-cooked?  Cake, a favourite square or cookie?   While I was home this past summer it was Daughter #2’s birthday and we spent a sunny afternoon at a popular Mexican restaurant noshing on great food and feeding her Margaritas.

It was my birthday on Sunday and having no family in Panama makes celebrating a little different. Last year I chose to go to Pasta e Vino and ask a few friends along.  This year I wanted to go to the beach and SU wanted to take me to lunch.  Then my friend called and suggested that I go with her and our other friend for a bike ride down to the new Beach Club that’s recently opened at one of the housing developments.  Her argument was that after all there was still “beach” in Beach Club and entry is free for the month of March, so we should go check it out.

It was a great idea.  The view is fabulous from the club and the shorebirds and pelicans put on a show while we watched them from the pool, and SU even joined us for a while. The afternoon was relaxing but the bike ride down added a bit of activity.   Later, I made a light supper with a fabulous salad.  I’ve perfected the art of making mug cakes (single servings, no leftovers to tempt us later) so that was my birthday cake.  To cap off the day, SU sang to me while we ate our cake, that’s not an everyday occurrence.

The day was brilliant, relaxing and fun.  I discovered that sometimes it’s good to make just a little fuss and I’m feeling really good about turning 53.  I’m also grateful I’ve been given another year on the “right side of the grass” …in the campo.

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