Celebrating with Friends

April is considered the hottest month of the year. We are turning on the AC a few more nights than usual. But as I am writing this posting, sitting out on the front veranda, an enjoyable breeze is coming through which really helps this day to be very bearable.
April also means we are approaching the wet season. Many “snowbirds” are returning back to their home countries for the warmer summer weather. And as usual some our friends are moving away permanently. Pedasi seems to keep the same population; people move away and others move in. I guess that’s one reason we have met so many people from all over the world.

This past week has been full of parties and celebrations, but some more difficult. Two sets of good friends have or are moving away permanently. Just when you are starting to get to know them and get close, they are gone.

imageimageLast weekend we said goodbye to Bonnie and Jerry Futterman with a small party at Smiley’s. They have been active members of Animal Advocates of Pedasi, but are moving to New Mexico to be close to Jerry’s aging mother. At Smiley’s we were blessed with an hour performance by a local expat who is a concert violinist (who knew Pedasi has such culture). What a great send-off for them.

Another couple, Colleen and Carlos, are moving to Portugal, also to be near Carlos’ aging mother. We have had a couple of gatherings to say our goodbyes; one at Smiley’s on Friday, the other at Los Vientos Beach Club with a poker game on Tuesday (Mikkel enjoys playing poker while I just like to chat and sit by the pool). I would have taken a dip in the pool, but the pool was recently drained and only 3/4 filled when they ran out of water – a problem throughout the Azuero this time of year for some areas. Just when I started getting to know and relate to Colleen much more, they move away. So each time we saw each other, it became more difficult for me. But I know that life is full of saying goodbye to some and hello to others. No matter, these friends will always have a special place in my heart.

In between all this, Animal Advocates held their annual Theme fundraising party. This time is was called “Hawaiian Hoopla” and most wore their Hawaiian shirts and dresses. Everyone wore a lei and we even had a fire dancer for entertainment. Although our music entertainment failed to show up, that did not put a damper on our fun. The food was fantastic, catered by our own member, Christine Small, and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon and evening. We had raffle prizes donated by local businesses, and Mikkel even won the grand prize – a full day fishing and whale watching trip including a beach BBQ on Isla Iguana. YEAH! It again was a great success.

So as things quiet down a little now, I can take some time to just enjoy the breeze this April evening, looking forward to what the next adventure will be in our third life in Pedasí. (And thanks to Brenda and Colleen for most of the pictures.)

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