Welcoming Challenges

Life gets a whole lot easier when you sell almost everything you own.  At the moment, I have no bills.  My room at the hotel only has a mini-frig and coffeemaker so I also really don’t have any cooking to do, or for that matter, cleaning up after cooking.  Because it’s a small room, I also have very little general cleaning to do.  I like to say my biggest challenge right now is trying to figure out how to keep the sand out of my room.  Part of the problem is that unless I’m at the restaurant, in a meeting or going into town, I am pretty much barefoot at all times.

What else do I find challenging?  Do I put on sunscreen first or bug spray?  Are the clouds going to clear out so I can hang dry my clothes on the line or will it start raining and I need to use the dryer?  Where can I purchase biodegradable softener?  Do I go to yoga or pilates?  While burning a citronella candle – why are there still mosquitoes flying around my legs in my outdoor office?

Probably the most serious challenge though is how to keep the ants out of Harmony’s food and water bowls.  For the first week, I was having to try to force feed him as I could only leave the food out for a few minutes before these tiny (almost microscopic) ants would show up.  Hundreds of them.  Both because of my own philosophy as well as the hotel’s, I’m trying to find natural solutions.  But at the same time, I have to make sure Harmony eats (and contrary to what most people seem to think, he won’t eat with hundreds of bugs in his bowl eating his food).  The one solution that has worked thus far is rubbing olive oil around the outside of Harmony’s bowl.  While I haven’t seen it, I can imagine the ants attempting to crawl up the bowl and sliding down as they try.

Life has definitely gotten a whole lot easier these last few weeks and I’m so very grateful for that.  Besides finally being healthy, it’s nice to have a little break from the hectic life I led in the States.

Pura vida…Chrissy

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