Gary is presently in Costa Rica. He is visiting with Eder (his son-in-law), Angie and their daughter Lauren while he gathers evidence against a thieving neighbor (Juan Carlos) who cut down one of the only old growth trees on his farm two years ago. Gary had filed a complaint with the local authorities and was waiting for some resolution. The tree has been lying there this whole time. Juan Carlos must have gotten tired of waiting (and he figured Gary was in Panama) and so he paid an engineer to falsely say that he was entitled to have the wood from the tree (I am not sure of the details of the transaction yet). Juan Carlos was so brazen that he had paid another guy to start chopping up Gary’s wood and carting it away in broad daylight! We will see what the outcome ends up being. I will leave the details for Gary to tell you in a future blog. So far, it doesn’t look good for Juan Carlos.
I have been home alone for a month. I enjoy my alone time just fine. Suni is contentedly enjoying her empty nest since all the puppies have found homes. Gary is handy to have around but it sure is nice only having to clean up after myself. I don’t have any arguments with myself either ;-). I have been updating my resume and checking the job posting links online. I also try to listen to some Spanish lessons every day. I have also been watching movies and listening to podcasts of NPR’s Fresh Air that my friend Steve sent me on a micro SD chip. I always have enjoyed Terry Gross. She really does her homework and she asks the most interesting questions of her guests. The show brings up good memories.
The long rainy season is finally changing into the dry season. Now my main concern is getting my irrigation tubing attached to the spring so that I can water plants when it doesn’t rain enough. As a farmer, you always seem to be battling one extreme or another. Beto chopped a path up to a very high point on my land where the spring starts. I bought some 1” tubing a while ago and Beto installed it in an 8” ditch that he dug all the way from the spring to the shed. This should provide me with gravity water to most of the farm during the dry season. The water should also attract more birds that will help keep insect numbers down.
A while back a flock of blue-headed parrots were eating the orange-colored fruits that hang from my Pejibaye palm tree (pe hi buy yay). I don’t see parrots land here all that regularly, so I enjoy them when they do come for a spell. More commonly, flocks of parrots fly overhead. They are very talkative birds and they squawk and chatter to each other constantly even while in flight. They seem so content and enjoy living free so much. Their life in the wild may be more fraught with danger, but the quality of their lives is immeasurably more fun and exciting than spending their lives in a cage in captivity. When I hear the parrots arrive and I observe how they behave in their flocks, it reminds me of how I enjoy the times I get together with friends and family. Parrots are quick to squawk their displeasure but quick to forgive and move on. The birds are also generous in their chirps expressing the shear joy in living. They seem to be consummate social creatures and I rarely see a parrot flying solo. And if I do, it’s in a major hurry to catch up to its flock as it chirps frantically….. as if to say, “Wait for me!!”
I am growing tomatoes, onions, beets, basil, passion fruit, and hot peppers in bags. I am transplanting them into the garden as they grow. Here is a picture of a huge squash I grew a few months back. Once you cut one open, you have to eat a lot of squash (even the dogs get some) since I have no refrigeration. Squash is a very welcome treat when they finally ripen. I think it took around six months for this one to ripen in this climate. Generally, things seem to grow much slower here than Michigan, which has a much shorter growing season.
Anyway, I would like to wish all my friends and family a wonderful holiday season. I hope that I will be able to spend some future Christmases with Jade again!