2022 Life Logs, Day 324: PR Day 4 Work, Play, Dinner
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022
Weather: Sunny, High 85, Low 75 degrees F
Location: At Home with JJZ&C, Rincon, Puerto Rico

It was a quiet, but productive day. And not one without a little work involved. Justin and I decided to work on fallen tree branch clean up from Hurricane Fiona back in September. Justin had already cut up the fallen tree trunks and cut the large limbs off. Our job this morning was lopping off branches and taking them to a burn pile. There was already a sizeable amount of wood in the pile to be burned, but since they started the clean-up right after the hurricane, there has been so much rain that nothing would burn. Jo noted today that it finally feels like the worst of the rainy season is over and Justin was able to start the fire with little difficulty. He had tried on Thursday and Friday with no luck, so we were delighted when he was able to start it today. Justin and Jo have almost two acres and today we only cleaned up the immediate area around the driveway. There are days and days of work, but we felt good about what we got done.

While Justin and I worked on tree clean-up, Jo worked on gardening. She shoveled horse manure into the wheelbarrow and pushed it up to the garden. I don’t know how many trips she made, but I know she was delighted with the finished product. This is the main planting time here, so she also got seeds planted. We all then decided it was time for a little rest to be followed by a trip to the beach.

Finca Maravilla, the name of Justin and Jo’s little piece of paradise, is right on the border between the towns of Rincon and Aguada. Their property is in Aguada, but they get their mail in Rincon. Rincon is their main home base town since the kids go to school there, but today we drove out of the hills and down to Rio Grande Beach in Aguada which was about a ten-minute drive. All the beaches here are beautiful, but this one had an interesting mix of black and tan sand, plus a few pelicans who put on a bit of a show for us. I walked in the water but didn’t dive in today. I left that for Ziggy, Coco, and Justin. We all took a long walk down the beach. I walked as far as my knees allowed and had a tiny nap on a big flat rock at the water’s edge while they continued. The tide was coming in, so when my rock started to get splashed with water, I sat up and watched the pelicans. There were just three of them, but it was so much fun to watch them dive. When JJZ&C returned, we all walked back together. There was time for more water play and then we headed home.

Tonight, we went to dinner at Cowboys, one of my favorite places in the world to eat. Tomorrow Justin has to work, but the kids are out of school until next week. They are going to sleep-in tomorrow while Jo and I go on a shopping expedition to Aguadilla, the town north of Aguada. It has a hardware store which is the only place Jo has found that carries canning jars and lids. She does a lot of canning and is out of lids. So, we’ll hope to get those, plus a whole list of other hardware store items. Then we’ll stop at Fresh Mart, like a small Whole Foods, to pick up the food items we need for Thanksgiving dinner.

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