Spring came on early and it was pretty darn nice. We planted early, and mostly we did okay, no hard frosts came our way.
Spring was glorious for the most part. Now it’s summer, and well, you can have it. It’s rained with minor exceptions for nearly two weeks.
It’s not raining to day. We got probably two inches yesterday in downpours that went on for a good two hours.
It’s going to return to raining tonight, and then all day tomorrow and well, they think we might get a break next Thursday. Even when it doesn’t rain it’s too wet to do a thing, even sit out. It’s like sitting in a swamp.
The garden is slowly falling apart. The second crop of corn is rooted so shallowly that it all went over in the storms yesterday. We have one reliable one now. I suspect we will not do well with much of the rest of it. Which is fine. I can get stuff at the farmer’s market at a cheap price, not as cheap as free of course, but cheap.
The crime is that the Contrarian has worked hard on his garden as always. This is the third row that has gone to hell. Climate change has made its appearance and apparently our gardening days are over here. Too wet.
So, I was happy to see when I brought up my mail today, a news feature on the “Five best places to retire to outside the US.” You can bet I hurried on over, forgetting the mail.
And I found paradise, in the names of Panama and Equador. They are rated as the two top retirement spots in the WORLD. And, hang onto your hats, you can live WELL on social security only. Both are near the equator so the weather is lovely YEAR round.
There are some other places, and I’m learning that there are all kinds of websites to investigate this stuff. As well, there are plenty of expats who blog and tell of their experiences in moving out of country.
No doubt there are issues to be confronted, care to be taken, but all in all, I’ve decided–I’m heading out of this bleepin’ country in a couple of years. Happily the Contrarian agrees. While I suspect it’s a bit harder for him to swallow, this gardening disaster seems to seal the deal.
Panama looks the best right now. But that’s only after an hour of investigation. They use the dollar, there are first class hospitals, lots of huge American communities, cheap rental prices, and very good real estate prices. As with most places, country living is cheaper than city, but a city apartment (2 bedroom) is a whopping $350 per month. I can love that quickly.
Panamanian driving is also on the right side with steering on the left. The Contrarian would have a fit without that.
Close to mountains and the beach. A dream come true.
But, there is lots of time, and lots of studying to do. Heck there is even a place in China that is recommended. I think that is a bit much, but frankly, living well, in a good climate are about my only two requirements at this point.
It would be helpful if the country was stable–which Panama certainly is with no military at all. The Contrarian suggests it will stay that way given it’s importance internationally in shipping. Costa Rica, next door is another place to investigate.
Mexico remains always a choice, depending of course where.
Like I said, the main requirement is NO SNOW. The second is not too much rain–or at least the kind that is typical of the tropics–a downpour for twenty minutes and then back to sunshine.
Utopia here I come!
I’m abolutely not giving in to depression, that’s all I can say, and this is what is working to stave off that demon today! I’m spending my day looking at retirement living.