Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

I love libraries and love books and reading. I don’t do a lot of reading but hope to after our move.  I went to the library during lunch to pick up my Pimsleur European Portuguese CD’s, and I noticed this statue.  I thought it was really pretty and a good place to hang out at the library.



Big Changes Ahead!

Isn’t it funny how life has a way of changing? Sometimes our best laid plans never come to fruition. But, sometimes the changes are for the better. Well, our change of plans is a biggie. As we’ve been waiting for David’s Social Security to be Apostilled, it’s given us time to mull over something that was on both of our minds. How much we will miss fall and the seasons. Now, even though I’m from Wisconsin, I don’t love winter. I don’t mind a little snow at first or even at Christmas, but I tire of it after a few weeks, and I really dislike my long commute when it snows, which can take up to two hours one way. We have nothing negative to say about Panama, and we really enjoyed our two weeks there. I could see myself being happy there. But, I could see myself enjoying Portugal more.


So as we were trying to decide between the two countries, we made a list of negatives and positives. They both had many, but Portugal won, and I must say I’m very content and excited about our decision. One big number on my list was the reliability of the internet and electricity. Internet more than the electricity, because you can always get a generator. Since I will be working from home, even though part time, I need the internet. I could work around a small outage here and there, but that combined with the climate that we both prefer in Portugal, it looks like Portugal is where we will be heading. Also, Portugal is a gateway to explore Europe, someplace I’ve always wanted to go and visit where my grandparents are from. We’re considering the city of Coimbra for any of you out there who are interested, which is a city between Lisbon, the Capital, and Porto, the second largest city. There’s a train that travels between the two cities and it takes about 1-1/2 hours to either city. There are also a few shopping malls in Coimbra, though I’m not really a big shopper, but I like knowing they are there in case I need something. They also have the open-air fruit and vegetable markets, and fish is really big in Portugal, which we love. I’m really thankful that I’ve spend as much time as I have learning Spanish, because Portugal is very close and I’m hoping it will be easier for me to learn. Luckily, I pick up languages fairly quickly.


We still need to sell our house and wrap things up here with work for myself and David, and make arrangements for the actual move. We plan on taking a cruise to Lisbon or Spain, and from there make our way to Coimbra, which is not that far. I hope all of my followers will stay along for the ride, and wish me luck!


Happiness in Life

Today I’m sitting outside eating my apple on break and enjoying the beautiful Wisconsin weather.  Here is a pic of my view.




I have been thinking a lot this week about how different my life will be after I move to Panama.  I’ve been reflecting on what makes me happy after reading a post which my friend Chris Powers wrote, and you can read here:  http://thestayathomegringo.blogspot.com/2014/06/taking-plunge-and-finding-happiness-as.html


I’ve done a lot of work on myself in relation to who I am, how to be a better person, all the usual psychobabble stuff.  I currently go to therapy with my husband.  We have an awesome marriage, and therapy makes it even more awesome.  It helps me  know who I am even more.  Moving to Panama will not change some things for me.  I’m not looking to Panama to find happiness.  I think I will be happy once I move there, but I’m not expecting Shangri La.  But, it will change other things, and I’m hoping for the better.  I’m already a happy person and love my life.  I don’t think I will miss the long commutes to work, or the freezing cold winters.  I might miss the colors and smell and cool breezes of fall, but what I will be gaining in exchange will be far better.  I will be able to spend more time with my wonderful husband who I adore, and we will be able to live a healthier lifestyle.  I’m just not personally motivated to go walking or exercise when it gets dark at 4 in the afternoon on a cold winter day.  I’m looking forward to pursuing more creative outlets that I enjoy.  I do always find it interesting how other people chose Panama and what they like and dislike about it.  One thing I know I don’t want to be is an ugly Gringo or a disembroiled Gringo.  I try to see the good things always in life and look on the brighter side.


What about you, what was your motivation for moving to Panama, and what do you like most and dislike about it?

Giving It 100

In my effort to learn as much as I can about Panama as I can, a friend’s blog I follow was a recent inspiration to me.  In her blog which you can read here http://blog.thepanamaadventure.com, my friend Kris is accomplishing a 100 day challenge.  She was quite inspirational for me to do the same, so I decided to learn a new word in Spanish every day for 100 days.  You can follow me on this website http://www.giveit100.com, and my personal videos here https://giveit100.com/@user31144652485/emy6gx/1.

My word choices will be random, whatever word strikes my fancy for that day, and since I’m just getting over a sinus infection and have a very raspy voice, I decided to have cough syrup as my first word.

This will be a fun challenge and I hope to learn even more Spanish as we continue to prepare for our move to Panama!

Slowing Down

The other day a friend of mine from work and I were talking about how we hadn’t had a cold all winter.  Oops.  I should have knocked on wood!  I’m not really superstitious, but I do have a sinus infection right now.  Not fun.  But, I’ve been going a mile a minute, and our bodies have a way of making us slow down and relax to regroup and recuperate.  So, while I don’t love waking up with a temperature at 2:15 in the morning, it does have me thinking of what is really important in my life.  And the house will get be ready for sale pretty soon, and I really don’t need to stress about it.  Things will work out as they are supposed.  My spanish is really coming along.  I’ve been watching a little spanish t.v.,and I can understand quite a bit!   And so I ramble on….


I don’t have any new pics of the house to post, but I will in a week or so.  Things are moving right along.  The decks are getting stained, lattice, which I don’t really love, but is too much of a pain in the buttusky to remove, is getting painted too.  I love spray paint.  It works wonders!  


So as I’m sitting here updating my blog, waiting for my Tylenol to kick in so I can sleep a little more, I’ve been awake in bed feeling all philosophical.  Not that I actually *am* philosophical, although I did take it in college.  Seriously, like we had to even pay for that course?  LOL.  Okay, good night/morning everyone.   More and better posts coming soon.