August, 2020

Do I start with complaining, or do I start on a happy note? Let’s start on the positive for a change!

No sooner did I have that delicious sushi down at Boga Bar at the very end of July,(where we are really not allowed to be,) but remember, it is on the property of VistaMar where I live, so………..! Eryka decided to go with me at the very beginning of this month as it was her birthday,

Phyllis and Eryka

Phyllis and Eryka

and bless her heart, she got all dressed up to go there late in the afternoon. There is no one I know, including me that has even had any make-up on, including lipstick because of the mask wearing, and we all look awful. Just Plain Janes that no one would ever pay attention to!. But we had a wonderful celebration enjoying a Margarita and some Sushi

Phyllis with Sushi Chef "Extraordinaire"

Phyllis with Sushi Chef “Extraordinaire”

and salad (Seaweed with fresh Tuna and crumbled, crispy onion rings). Absolutely delicious and being at the Marina really makes it so delightful. Need to do it again soon as it does keep a level head in the midst of the “lock down” we are faced with here in Panama. 

Our Shared Sushi Plate

Our Shared Sushi Plate

I finally got into the Dentist here to have my teeth cleaned. For those of you who know me well – I always go every 4-6 months at the latest! I did not get a chance to while back in the states and of course I have been back in Panama now since the end of November, so truly way overdue! My mouth feels so much better now. And to tell you all the really exciting things that happened this month ( I feel like a Social Director) – have a friend, Maudy that is extremely talented and she has gone into the flower business here on the beaches, bringing in fresh flowers from the city (not the basic stuff we all buy in the grocery stores) and making floral arrangements in containers as well as bunching florals together for one to take home and just put into a vase. I decided we needed to have a showing here at Vista Mar so we could learn what else is available in this area an see some of these flowers. And so we did on August 18.

Maya, Phyllis and Maudy

Maya, Phyllis and Maudy

Because of rain, a lot of the ladies that live in the private houses closer to the beach really did not come out, but for those of us present, it was a delightful showing of what can be done. Maya, the young daughter of Maudy was on hand to help setting it all up, and she is becoming a beautiful young lady. Thanks to Maudy, this was a beautiful experience. And I was thrilled as I had bought a bouquet from Maudy that I put into one of my vases and it lasted (and fresh looking) for 8 days!. Considering white roses in there, even I was amazed!

Some Floral Displays

Some Floral Displays

A few days later, our hairdresser, Aldo returned to “Salon VistaMar” as it had been 2 1/2 months since we had had hair cuts and desperately needed them once again. Everyone was on board once again (and a few new ones) for becoming normal looking. I had asked for a shorter hair cut and what I got was really short!!! Never in my life have I had hair this short and not too happy a camper, but it is growing back and one day I will feel normal again. Funny thing tho- as I waited on line to pick up a package this week (end of month), a lady also on line (social distancing and masks outside (ugh), she says to me “I love your hair!” Shocked me tells her my tale of woe and how much I hate it as I have NEVER worn it this short and I dont feel like me!. She replied once again and told me she loves it and it looks great on me!  Of course I thanked her as she really made me feel good about it. Of course it was 10 days after the hair cut and has

Phyllis with SHORT Hair

Phyllis with SHORT Hair

grown a wee bit so maybe it really does look better!!! I will take her word for it as most of the time we are too critical of ourselves and how we look.  By the way Salons have just been allowed to reopen but the lockdown is still in effect- 2 hours out only with only 3 days allowed out!!! Makes o sense whatsoever and we are all going nutty!

HOWEVER, on August 24, we are now allowed to go out the same three days (MWF for women only, THS for men) BUT we can go from 5 am – 7 pm!!! ow that is really wonderful as the same grocery stores, hardware stores, Car Dealerships are open. So basically one can go shopping for things at any time during the day now and it does give one a chance to drive to PriceSmart which is 45 minutes away. I have chosen to do nothing yet as I feel it is too soon and the “mobs” will be out doing things they weren’t able to do before. I was in town this past week at different times, and found that the mob scenes are unreal at any hour now. Where all these people are coming from all of a sudden I really do not know, but it has been awful. It seems as if there are more people scrambling to be out now than ever before. So I will wait a few weeks. We did just get word that things will start reopening and hours will be open with NO GENDER DAYS starting on September 12, and going through the end of October. However, full Quarantine on Sundays. That is ridiculous as they are still trying to keep Churches closed????  But it is good news that things will be re-opening slowly and if the numbers stay down, things will continue to get back to some normalcy. But this government can snap their fingers in a moment and change back to lockdowns again. I pray for the sake of the workers that really need to get back to work and earn money for their families. It has been a nightmare for so many out of work, but the Ex-pat community, especially on the beaches has always been there to help! I do envy you all in the states – the ability to move about, get into your cars to go places and take vacations in quiet out the way areas – just the ability to “go” and do your thing!. What i certainly do not envy is the rioting and the violence I see on TV every single day. I truly wonder how that is allowed to go on. I understand, but yet, I do not!. Hopefully this will come to an end, but I do fear that whatever happens with the election results, there will be no “calm” for a long time.  I pray for the USA every day and I pray for our children and grandchildren. will they ever know the beauty of the “GREAT” United States of America?  Enough of the political speech – but we have plenty of time here to think and contemplate.

So dear family and friends, another exciting and non-interesting month here in Panama. The only good thing is that more and more of us are finding the tie to be in touch and each month I am re-connecting with family and old friends – a most wonderful feeling ! As we roll on into September, in just a few weeks, many of us will be celebrating Rosh Hashonah, the Jewish New Year! That has sure come up quickly, and I realize I have got to start doing some cooking in preparation for the holiday. Certainly my home-made Chicken soup with Matzah Balls is a must! Then no matter what, I will feel it is a holiday! I can only hope and pray that this will give us all a better year than the past and I wish us all (Jewish or not) much good health and the ability to continue our lives as we wish. May our Country be safe and keep us all safe. For my friends in the Louisiana as well as Texas, prayers for all and may the devastation come back to a normalcy sooner than later. To everyone of my friends all over the world at this time, please stay safe. We still have a lot of living to do and I am looking forward to when we can meet up once again!.

Miss you all and hoping we here in Panama will get back to a normal life – SOON!  Until next month, my love to all………………………..!!!

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