I used to get asked a lot – “What are you going to DO with yourself all day, now that you won’t be working??” This is what I did with myself yesterday. It was a productive day and I got more done than usual.
Good morning! What is in the email that we need to attend to?
Breakfast on the patio – tortillas, beans, salsa, papaya, mangoes, coffee. Joel had pancakes.
Some shopping and errands – this is the DoIt Center, like a Home Depot. You can buy pretty much everything for your house here!
We also stopped at the product market to stock up on our usual requirements. There should be a couple bunches of broccoli in there too.
Today I did a lot of cooking. The fridge was looking bare, and if I’m going to heat up the kitchen and spend time there, I may as well cook a number of things. There is salsa in the back pan, onions for beans in the front pan, and chicken soup in the pressure cooker.
Watermelon break! This is another very good one, and it tastes wonderful on a hot afternoon
Lets take a break from the kitchen and do a bit of Spanish homework. Today’s assignment – read the story, look up the words you don’t know and write sentences using them. There were a lot of new words in this story!
Back to the kitchen. Things are cool enough to put in the fridge – tortillas, salsa, beans, chicken soup, chicken meat for sandwiches or other dinners, baked chicken.
Hammock time! with more watermelon and my computer (I learned that it’s easier to deal with a book than a computer in a hammock)
Excuse the photo quality but it was dusk, and I just finished putting my new herbs in the planters I bought this morning. The pot in the background has this gorgeous plant with huge dark green/purple leaves that I got at a plant store. Along the wall you can almost see the variegated green and white plant we thought was dead, that now had two big healthy leaves and another sprouting.
Dinner on the patio – baked chicken, broccoli, chayote squash, Balboa beer. Joel also had some rice.
We have a set of DVDs of the TV show Ally McBeal which we have been enjoying in the evenings occasionally. Tonight we even had popcorn to go with it.
Checking email and relaxing a bit on the computer before bed.
Staying busy has never been a problem for me. There are too many things to get interested in. It definitely hasn’t been a problem in Panama!
Since cooking was part of my day, I’ll share
our favorite baked chicken recipe:
Put coconut oil in a baking dish. Add herbs (whatever you like – oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, etc)
Cut up your chicken into pieces (with or without skin, whatever pieces you like)
Roll the chicken in the oil and herbs to coat
Put grated Parmesan cheese on top
Bake at about 350 for 1 – 1 1/4 hours until done and starting to look a bit crispy. You don’t need to turn it or do anything except check it in about a hour.
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