Wildlife can be Loud
This yellow bird has some lungs! He sat in the tree yelling at us as he posed for the pictures. I hardly ever get to take pictures of the birds around here, because they move too fast, but this one was content to squawk and pose. :)
The monkey is much louder than the bird. He has been blessing us with his presence for quite a few days in a row. He seems to enjoy being super loud around 6am and then taunting the dogs in the afternoon. The puppies are not that smart, so they fall for it each time and try chasing after the monkey. However, he just swings from tree to tree taunting them. :)
Another perk about living in here if you like avocados, are that they are not only yummy, but very large!
While we were waiting to pick up a delivery in Boquete from a delivery service store (which advertises that they open at 10, but in reality it is more like 10:30ish) we went into a store that sells American Clothes. Rick found a ton of shorts in his the style he likes ranging from $2.50 to $3.50 each. When we saw a shirt from Sisters, Oregon, we were reminded what a small world this really is. I am sure that whoever manufactured this shirt, did not imagine it being in a small store in Panama. :)
August 11th, 2017
Bugs and our Bug-eater
No words necessary here. :) Rick took this picture the other day, I have no idea whose car this is, but it is nothing like the Mustangs we have owned.
Sometimes the Best Solution is to Give-Up
The washer was making some horrible noises. My husband found the part that was causing all of the troubles. We took the part to the city of David and spent the morning going to different part stores. At one store, we found a similar part, but it was not quite a match. After giving up for the day, we put the part back in the washer and figured that we could get a few more loads of laundry done before the part was completely shot. However, the part now works perfectly and there is no more noise!!!! Yay! I am going to call this one a win.
August 06th, 2017
Yum!!!! I am not even sure how to describe this fruit. Inside it has segments like an orange, but it tastes like strawberries, peaches and a maybe a tangerine. I know that I can not eat just one though! If you ever have the chance to try one, you should!!!
We have been making Finca Casanga shirts. I think we have a good process now and are getting faster at making them. :)
After my last post, my husband decided to show me his true fire making skills. So, here are the pictures from today's round. :) I have to admit that with the wheelbarrow full of small twigs, it did go a little smoother. The fire is just a little smoky...cough...cough.
New Products, Widowmakers and Bugs
Making coffee products
We are experimenting with making other items using our coffee. We got the idea for the soap from a lady that used to make it here in Boquete. I went to talk to her about her soap and found out that she is moving back to Florida and will no longer be making it. I have a friend that really likes the soap, so we started researching how to make it ourselves.
The claims to the soaps are: removes odors from hands (like onion, fish, garlic), natural caffeine removes wrinkles and puffiness in skin, removes dead skin by exfoliating and there are a few other benefits that are implied.
We are trying out a few items to see how well they work and how cost-efficient we can make the following items:
Every once in awhile, we go through the fields and knock down all of the dead limbs that are hanging there ready to fall on someone and knock them out. I am sure that our life insurance company appreciates us doing this on a routine basis. :)
Then, one might expect a former firefighter to burn said widowmakers. However, the fire my lovely husband created was a very slow-to-start and slow-to-burn. After many hours, he finally managed to burn or smolder all of the wood. I am sure all of his friends would have made fun of his fire-making skills, so in their absence, I did it for them. :)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In forestry, the term widowmaker or fool killer describes a detached or broken limb or tree top and denotes the hazards that such features cause, being responsible for causing fatalities to forest workers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes widowmakers as "broken off limbs that are hanging freely in the tree to be felled or in the trees close by."
For my friends that like to see the bugs.....*shaking my head*
Here is another bad, but pretty caterpillar. This time I have included a closer picture of the blue head. We also found 2 other different bugs, but I have no idea if they bite or not.