August 6, 2010

Our Panama Apartment, Before & After

Was it really less than one year ago that we were all crammed into the little apartment attached to our downtown digs?  Mid-renovation and we settled in to about 300  sq.ft of living space.  Larry, me, William, one crazy-ass dog, plus the kitty.  And hungry visiting kids.  Not to mention a very rainy Rainy Season.  Oh the mud. Larry rigged up TV and computer.  We had a small bedroom, a tiny bath and I had, of course, a pretty good kitchen.  It was pretty much  what boat-living might be like. And we were fine.

For a long time after we moved to the main house, we just used the flat as a storage facility and  occasional study area.  But with my God daughter, Connie, due to arrive from New Zealand, via Mexico and Guatemala, we decided to give her a Panama nest.

Remember this?

 Then ... This?

Well, now we have... this!


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News About The Boys

Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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