“As one old gentleman put it, “Son, I don’t care if you’re stark nekkid and wear a bone in your nose. If you kin fiddle, you’re all right with me. It’s the music we make that counts.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
I am ready to make some music…either that or get stark nekkid and wear a bone in my nose. We’ve been home a week, and in that time…
- Our cat, Black Jack, almost died from a urinary track blockage.
- The police confiscated my new-to-me little orange dune buggy, took it for a joy ride and crashed it.
- Our lawyer said we have a problem with the title to our property on Ometepe Island…which always involves lots of money.
- The city put in a new high pressure pump and it blew out some of our water-lines.
- Ocho, our other cat, was AWOL for five days.
- The Chinese are measuring property near our new airport for a resort. WE LIVE NEAR THE AIRPORT! I think it goes along with their plan for the proposed Nicaraguan canal.
- The library at our local elementary school is ready for me to set-up. HHI wants to return to film us for the library’s grand opening in their new show, HHI, Where Are They Now?
- And…and…I’m sick. It must be stress related.
So, I have to ask myself…What really matters? If I don’t, you’ll probably find me stark nekkid, running around my yard with a bone in my nose.
Five Things that Really Matter to Me
I have to laugh a lot at the bizarre things that happen here. The police said they hit a dog when they took my dune buggy for a joy ride…insert belly laugh here…because the truth of the matter is that they didn’t know how to drive and they hit a tree.
- Unconditional love!
Did you know that pets can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, and add to your life in innumerable ways? With three cats and a five month old puppy…all rescue animals…we have been blessed with unconditional love. We’ve done everything possible to help Black Jack recover from his UT blockage. I hope he’s on the mend, but I feel good knowing that with the limited resources on Ometepe Island, we have overcome his bout with the blockage. Have you ever had to insert an IV in a cat for 5 days? Ocho returned after his five-day vacation. He’s been telling us all about his adventures in cat talk…and I think we understand. Seriously…it’s easier than trying to understand rapid fire Spanish.
- Letting go gracefully. All things have their time.
Honestly, what can I do about the Chinese measuring property on Ometepe Island? Maybe…just maybe…it will all work out for the best. I was upset about our new airport, and it has been a wonderful addition to our island. Who knows? The Chinese may build a beautiful eco-resort near our place, and make improvements to our electricity, our roads, and our internet connections. Plus, maybe they will give jobs to our local islanders so they don’t have to go to Costa Rica to work. Our neighbor, Julio, works as a security guard at our new airport. It’s a perfect job for him, giving him an opportunity to improve his life.We took our dune buggy to Punta Jesus Maria yesterday. It is a gorgeous point of land. This may be the place the Chinese are most interested in building a resort.
- Cultivating compassion and empathy. I do this for myself and all other living things.
I am grateful for so much in my life and it is very important for me to pay forward the gifts that I have received throughout my life. If my life were to end tomorrow, I can say that I have lived a full life with no regrets.
- Cherishing my family.
Next Saturday, Ron and I celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. We’re in it for the long-haul. My family matters the most to me. We have shared our joys, our sorrows, our frustrations, and our passions together. I can’t imagine life any other way.
My blog is very therapeutic for me. In writing this, I already feel better. It sure beats running around the yard nekkid with a bone through my nose. It’s the music we make that counts.
What really matters to you?