I have to say there is very little bad that I can report on except the weather in the central and pacific side of the country. The last three months have brought much more rain than usual and then, yesterday, tropical storm Tomas wreaked havoc on the area. At this point at least 25 people have died in the mud slides that resulted from the downpour over the last two days and many more are missing. At least 1,300 have had to leave their homes and are living in shelters. Although I am glad that we have so far not had the terrible weather, my heart goes out to those who have suffered over the last few months, and particularly over the last few days. At this point all we have seen is a lot of rain and some rough seas.
The good has been that we have met some wonderful people, particularly our new neighbors who have helped us out tremendously just in the short time they have been here. We have incredible wildlife right outside our living room and awaken to the sounds of birds and often howler monkeys and go to sleep to the sounds of lizards and frogs.
This morning I spent a couple of hours cutting up fresh mangoes, pineapples, papayas, and squeezing fresh tangerines and oranges for the juice. I am freezing the fruit so that we can make smoothies and frozen daiquiris whenever we feel like it. I have also been trying to figure out what all the plants are in our yard and am just beginning to figure some of them out. For instance the picture to the right is the fruit of a Swiss cheese plant. These are all over a tree right in the middle of the yard and I am researching what I need to do with them. They turn green and drop the leaves and then you can evidently eat them. However, you have to be sure they are really ripe – otherwise they are poisonous and can make you sick. So – more research is needed.
At any rate, 12 weeks in and we are still so happy with our decision to move to this wonderful little paradise………