Several events over the last month have caused me to defer writing the blog for “another day”. And it turns out that over the last month “another day” has rarely arrived.
It began with no to very little internet service. The strength of the internet service and outage was very frustrating for most Claro WiFi customers during the month of November throughout several provinces and something that we had not experienced before. I was also distracted by events and planning, health scares and injuries of dear friends and a visit from our new neighbors. Most of these things were occurring simultaneously over the span of a couple of weeks and as a result everything else has fallen by the wayside.
As I look around the calle and throughout the town, our neighbors are painting, cleaning and decorating in preparation for the holiday season. By this time last year we had accomplished most of the chores that comes with the change from Wet Season to Dry Season and the arrival of a Panama Christmas. This year, I haven’t even begun to pull things out of the closets, wash curtains and sweep up the grunge that accumulates inside and outside of everything.
In the coming weeks SU will be doing more renovations around the house. This time he is tackling the bathrooms. He’ll be changing the sinks, refinishing the shower stalls and tackling the job of building bathtubs. We’re also helping our vecino’s on both sides of us with ordering screen doors and planning gardens. For now, our plates are full.
I’m going to be taking an extended break from the blog, at least until the New Year. A few readers have contacted me to say that they are planning trips to Panama in January or February. Some of you have my email address already or you can leave a comment on the blog if you have any questions. All comments are delivered to my email.
Today is Mother’s Day in Panama. A statutory holiday and tomorrow is a day off for most workers. There was a rodeo in the small field next to the cantina yesterday and live music last night. Surprisingly, although everything was taking place only a block away the noise didn’t disturb us too much. And today the rain is pouring down and all we can hear is the sound of the water and church bells in the campo. Have a blessed holiday season and best wishes for the New Year. Hasta luego.