First you Whine, then you Celebrate

Not long ago, I was complaining about the papaya that lost its top. We found the top with all the leaves and green fruit lying on the ground.

The top of the papaya tree is laying on the ground

The top of the papaya tree is laying on the ground

But, I also mentioned another tree that was growing on the corner of the house. A couple days ago Joel noticed that it had a ripening fruit. And even better, this tree is short enough that we can reach the fruit, so Joel picked it and brought it inside.

By the back corner of the house

The papaya tree by the back corner of the house

Yesterday I cut open the fruit. I was good! It didn’t have any seeds, not a one. I’m not sure what’s up with that but the fruit was sure good. It’s a real beauty too. What a lovely color.

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My first yummy home grown papaya

I also posted yesterday about our three day water outage. I had barely put up the post when the water came back on. Yeah!! It’s great to have water again.

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When you haven’t had water for three days, this is a really beautiful sight

The shower felt absolutely wonderful.  I also washed all the dishes with running water, cleaned up the kitchen, put in a load of laundry, did some cooking, and refilled all our water containers.

Now we are celebrating! Life is good in Panama 🙂

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to First you Whine, then you Celebrate

  1. During this last dry season, we on the Azuero, had an extreme drought. Our little village of Pedasi has 11 wells, but only 4 were working. Then one day the output pipe from one of the wells sprung a leak. Rather than repair the leak they shut down the well. TIP, we still had water, just very little pressure but we did have water.

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    • I remember you all had a really tough summer over there.
      We have had spells of low pressure when the water is just a trickle, but that still beats no water at all so we’re thankful for anything that comes out of the tap.

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  2. I have papaya envy! Enjoy it for me. I am in Alaska where that papaya would cost at least $8 and not even be ripe…on the other hand I have never had a water problem.

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    • Alaska is an amazing place…. in the summer. I’d freeze for sure in the winter.
      I didn’t like papaya in the US but here they taste really good. Save your $8 towards a plane ticket so you can come here and experience the real thing. We’ll save you a bucket of water too 😀

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  3. First: Oh that papaya looks so delicious! (odd about the lack of seeds though).
    Second: on water – the lack of water and having to conserve it brings back so many memories of growing up (and being an adult) in India. Strangely enough, none of those memories were unpleasant ones. Glad you got your water back Kris!

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    • I wonder if it’s a young tree and the first fruit, if that’s why there aren’t seeds? I don’t know, but will see what other fruits are like.
      I don’t see any unhappiness in conserving and being mindful of everything we use. It’s just being a good citizen of our world.

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  4. PS: on papayas in the US – how to ripen one: select a papaya with no bruises, from the grocery store. Put it in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana (just one banana), roll shut the opening of the bag, lay aside on a table or countertop, wait a couple days, then start checking – open the bag, peak inside – the skin should start gradually turning color, a little orange or yellow in patches perhaps. Depending on how green it was to start with, it should be ripe within a week. Sometimes less. Enjoy the papaya, put the by now seriously overripe banana outside for the birds and wildlife (whatever likes to eat bananas), preferably cut into chunky slices with the skin still on.

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  5. Sunni Morris says:

    Beautiful color on your first papaya. I wonder about the seeds too, but you might google it and find out. Glad you have water again, makes you very appreciative after being without. You’re right, we should all be mindful of our habits and what we use.

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    • That tree has two more fairly large fruits so we’ll see what they are like when they ripen.
      The water has had no problems since I posted this, but I still say thank you when I use it.

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