Day: July 21, 2015

Busy Day

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This morning we caught the water taxi into Bocas to do some grocery shopping.  Our taxi driver was awesome and loves to drive fast. We had quite the rooster tails shooting up from the sides of our panga.

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The first order of business was to take Aidan for a haircut.  I usually cut the boys hair, but his….well, it sort of has a life of it’s own.

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It’s pretty much a fro.  It looks adorable but is quite unruly, and was just time for a trim.  We asked our neighbors if they knew of a good salon in town, and they told us to walk down the second road in and when we see the parrot, we are there.  We did just that and Bob’s your Uncle, we found it.

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Aidan was a little nervous because the senora didn’t understand a word of English, but I think she did a great job. He’s still adorable.

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We showed Aundrea around the little stores, including Toto’s (our ‘Walmart’) and our favorite produce stand and grocery store.

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I love that it’s all so familiar to me now. If the old man isn’t there fixing the bicycles he rents out for $2, I wonder where he is and if he’s ok.  At the grocery store I always inquire if Sophia, has had her baby yet, and the men at the water taxi station know we live at Red Frog Beach and don’t need to be told where we need a ride to.

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The creatures found a kitten at the produce stand to play with.  He enjoyed Aidan’s shoelaces.

When we got back to the marina, we stowed the groceries and then I went to start the engines and generator since they haven’t been started since before I left on my trip to Idaho. Starboard started immediately but I couldn’t start port.  I checked oil again and it was fine. A couple of my neighbors saw me working and came over to help.  We thought perhaps it was a battery problem but ruled that out so we are left with the idea that it may be a wiring problem. Also, we have electric heads, and I think one of the motors for one of the heads has kicked the bucket.  After working on it all for about 4 hours we decided that it was beyond our knowledge and I’ve arranged for a diesel mechanic to come over late tomorrow afternoon.

Jude, Mycah and Jonathan all worked on boats in the marina today, while Aidan, Emma and Aundrea took the dinghy out on an adventure.  The tied up to a mangrove island and snorkeled around for a while, and saw several schools of reef fish, and some beautiful coral and sponges.

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The sunset was beautiful tonight. As I watched it I thought of my sweet Danny, hoping he continues to be safe and that he can somehow feel the love and kisses I blow to him over the waters.