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It’s raining peras de agua blossoms

It’s raining peras de agua blossoms

Our pera de agua (water pear) tree dropped her blossoms by the thousands and carpeted the ground beneath her limbs for more then a week. Our kids, and their friends, were enamored by the intensity of the fragrance and the profusion of the vibrant pinkness of the...
The annual spring fling fundraiser

The annual spring fling fundraiser

The annual spring fling fundraiser is the single most important source of outside revenue for our school. Each of the attendees made generous contributions in time and or money to participate in this function. The evening was a change a pace for most of us, as it was...
Butterfly Reserve, Granada

Butterfly Reserve, Granada

Prior to my arrival back home, the gang went out to the Butterfly Reserve. Though, I wasn’t there, I did get an earful about their visit. Essentially the reserve is a place for raising butterflies for release back into the wild. There were plenty of newly molted...
Painted Pony trail ride

Painted Pony trail ride

Painted Pony Tours are just 5 minutes from Granada but feels like it’s a world away. Sierra and Zoe take regular riding lessons here, so are somewhat experienced for their age. For Lia’s younger children it was their first time alone on horse back. Once...
Spring has arrived at my friend’s farm

Spring has arrived at my friend’s farm

Spring usually means longer days, baby animals, and in most places, better weather. One of the best places to appreciate spring, is on a farm. We had the privilege of going to our friend’s farm, just outside Granada, after their busy birthing season. The girls...
Homemade corn tortillas

Homemade corn tortillas

Making handmade corn tortillas is a wonderful way to get the kid’s attention focused during the afternoon hours. Lia always wanted to make handmade tortillas and what better place to learn the skill then in front of 5 kids. No pressure here, just good ole elbow...
Laguna de Apoyo day trip

Laguna de Apoyo day trip

While Lia and family were in town we decided to go out to Laguna de Apoyo for one of their days. Since the crater lake is only 20 minutes from downtown Granada it makes for a nice and easy get away from the city. The kids love the placid waters for kayaking and...
Coming home

Coming home

After two weeks on a road trip, I was so happy to finally be home. Seeing my wife and kids is always a high point when I return, but we also had visitors as well, making the homecoming extra special. Lia and her children came over for their Spring break. So it was...
Leaving Asheville

Leaving Asheville

  Well, I am quickly approaching the end of my stay here in Asheville. I have to say, this is one cool town with big city amenities and an earthy organic core. Since, I am essentially looking for a business to buy, and will remain an absentee owner, price does...
Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

Angel Mounds and the loss of a culture

   Just before leaving Evansville, Indiana for Asheville, North Carolina I went to a historic site called Angel Mounds state park  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Mounds. I wanted to see some of the large mounds and hills that the Mississippian...
Sierra turns 11

Sierra turns 11

Sierra wanted to celebrate her eleventh birthday party at our new rental house. She also wanted to have a small party, which we were thankful for, and since we have a pool in the backyard, it made entertaining all the easier. Seeing my kids get older and all the...
The school dance at Casa el Recodo

The school dance at Casa el Recodo

About two weeks ago, our school hosted their annual school dance at Casa el Recodo. This charming place is the oldest house in Granada and is also my favorite for curb appeal. It survived the great fires of the mid 19th century and was faithfully restored not too long...
When I close my eyes

When I close my eyes

Firsts, of all kinds, have ways of incubating and morphing into better versions of themselves over time. The older I get, the more I start to question whether I had the “First” experience, or if the “First” experience had me. First kisses,...

1,002,819

I woke up this morning to my usual tall glass of iced coffee, logged on to my computer and saw that we reached a very special milestone for this blog. We broke a million hits, which I never ever thought would happen. We are obviously touched by this accomplishment and...
Chili cook off for a charity

Chili cook off for a charity

It doesn’t get much better than seeing friends, eating different types of chili and donating for a worthy cause, all at the same time. The annual chili cook off raises money for Puedo Leer, a non-profit community library, in Granada. The event was packed and...
Children and pets

Children and pets

We recently moved to a larger home, outside of Granada, with a huge yard and a nice sized pool. Since we now have adequate space, we’ve decided to surprise the girls with newly hatched chicks and baby bunnies. The girls were so patient in our efforts for getting...
The power of one

The power of one

My wife has said on many occasions what she likes most about living in here is her ability to affect change and make a positive impact in the community. As most readers know, Nicaragua is a poor country, but what some people may not realize, is Nicaragua is a happy...