I had an appointment with my orthopedist in Seattle a few days ago. He wants me to consider an elbow replacement; my arm is not progressing as well as it should. I told him I had to think about it, that I would be returning to Seattle next January 2013 and would decide by then. That is the last thing in the world I want, another surgery. I will be returning to Honduras on the 23rd of May. I have been busy while here collecting the documents required for my permanent residency Honduran ID card. But I’m ready to go back to my apartment in La Paz. I had it painted the month before I left. It had been painted all pink. Every room pink. Now the living room is a forest green, the two bathrooms pale blue, the kitchen sunny yellow and the two bedrooms dark blue and pale brown. I left two Belgian foreign exchange students teaching my Saturday morning English class to my 5 students at the Hogar San Jose. Europeans are so versatile, they each speak 4 or 5 languages. I haven’t heard from Peace Corps when they will be reopening the office for new volunteers but it won’t do me any good when they do in fact open the mission again. My disabled arm will prevent my reinstatement into the Peace Corps, however Honduras is a nice affordable place in which to retire.