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Thursday is a Beach Day and I decided I needed to have a hat that would cover my face – more than a baseball cap would.

Asked Denise and Michele if they would like to go to MultiPlaza on Sunday; they agreed to go. Spent most of the day there….yes, during the World Cup, we were shopping!

I look stupid in hats; just plain stupid!!! Felt even more stupid when I tried on “visor-type” with the top of my head sticking out. We searched and searched; into any store that had hats. Most hats are too big for me unless I stick my ears inside the hat, which is uncomfortable. However, if I “sit” it on top of my head, one gust of wind and off it will go!

Tried many hats with various brims sizes; finally settled on one; has any one bought a hat for themselves they have to alter so it fits right! Well, I did!!! Need to sew a “sweat band” possibly inside the hat so it fits…..and I’m going to decorate the brim.

This would be a perfect hat for a Kentucky Derby party!!!!

Am going to work on “altering” it today; and when it’s done, there will be pictures.

I hope I’m not mistaken for Sofia Vergara on the beach!!!

Now the adventure begins! The drive home! Never thought about the Autopista being closed to west-bound traffic; which sometimes happens to allow all lanes into San Jose. Only one word for those trying to go west-bound, well, 3-words; It’s a bitch!

GPS kept wanting to make us turn around to get on the Autopista; however, the GPS doesn’t understand that on Sunday’s you sometimes can’t go west on the Autopista between 4-7; sometimes 2-7;

As we came up on the barriers, Denise wondered if we knew we couldn’t go west. Well, I never thought about it because I was desperately looking for a stupid hat! So we had no choice but to get off. Michele kept saying just follow the cars, they will take us someplace! DUH! LOL And she kept assuring me (us) that it was a good road because there were relectors down the center.

We would put different towns in the GPS that we knew how to get home from but the GPS kept wanting me to turn R onto gravel roads….Michele was against this, so we trudged on. Frankly, I wasn’t quite sure we should go down those roads either!

We kept climbing and climbing; into the clouds; went past a cute little shop full of baskets, etc. If I hadn’t been in a big line of traffic, we would have stopped. I kept thinking that the shop looked familiar and I had been there before….as we kept climbing, we started seeing signs for Purical; which is the town on the other mountain ridge that we can see from our house.

We drove and drove and drove and started seeing signs for Orotina, which we knew where that was…..then we saw a sign for Atenas; I heard sighs of relief from Denise and Michele; then we came down a road that was worse than the one we live on; but then the question came whether to get on the Autopista to Atenas or go all the way down my road and into town; everyone agreed that the Autopista would be faster…..till we reached the toll booth! I don’t understand why or how the traffic gets so backed up; but it does, just one of those Pura Vida things I guess!!!

Got off and took the radial into Atenas; was just beginning to get dark….as the driver, I was glad to be back in familiar territory.

Michele has accepted the task to find a different way home IF this happens again!!! Actually, we should have just turned around – gotten on the Autopista heading back towards the mall; only getting off at Santa Ana and heading to the airport.

But, living in Costa Rica is all about being adventurous!!! Yesterday was one of those days!

Pura Vida!

Left about 9 a.m. this morning to drive to San Ramon to renew our drivers’ licenses. San Ramon is higher up in the mountains and it was much cooler; am sure if we lived there, we would wear long pants and long sleeves sometimes.

We went with our Passports, copies of our Passports, and our medico number from the physicals we needed; there are all kinds of medical places within 2 blocks of where you renew your license if you are inclined to wait till you get there. And there are men everywhere to direct you if you can’t figure it out!

Went into the “banco” at the top of the hill; paid 6 mil ($12) each and then walked down the steep hill to see le jefe (the boss) to get the process started.

Waited about 10 minutes because le jefe must have known the man in his office at the time because they were chatting away and having a great time.

Finally he came and motioned for Mark and I to come into his office. After exchanging pleasantries, a must in this country, he got down to work. Basically just pulled up the info from the medical report, and info from our old license, changed the number on our licenses’ from the passport number to our cedula number; then we went out into a room; sat for a few minutes and were called in for picture taking!

We were back in Atenas by 11: 30 a.m.

It really is a Pura Vida day!

Woke up on July 1 with birthday greetings from my alma mater, Western Michigan University.  The football coach wished “me” birthday greetings even tho’ my birthday isn’t till July 31!  I’m figuring everyone from WKU with a birthday in July got the same greeting.  I am not a US football fan, so the “excitement” of him doing it was lost on me. Had it been the basketball coach, I would have been giddy with glee!!!

So I just decided at my age, I will celebrate ALL month!

I found some water fountains that I liked on Pinterest and Mark thought he could make one for me.  Off we went to Salitral (I think that’s spelled right), to the pottery place.  After looking around for awhile, Mark spotted this ready made fountain.  Then he said “do you like this ready made one? – not sure I can make it for less”.  So after much discussion he said “it’s your birthday present”.  And it was at that point that I decided, what the heck…..celebrate the month of July with a bang up deal on the 31st!

Had to include the video of Diva Sofi walking through, even tho’ you couldn’t hear the fountain; so another video up close (and yes, Bunky, the wrong way!) but you can hear the fountain.

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So far, it has not made me want to go to the bathroom! It’s a soothing sound….maybe I need mosquito netting and I could sleep on the rancho listening to that instead of Dan Patrick radio on the internet!

Happy Birthday month to my friends, Dra. Victoria and Loretta Gooding!!! They also have a July 31 birthday. I would suggest you guys celebrate all month too….after all, they say life is short!

Feliz Cumpleanos!

Pura Vida!

Dear Paypal…..

I live in Costa Rica; it is in Central America; it is part of the real world!!!

I’m wondering how many merchants that use Paypal are aware that they may say “ship worldwide”; but when I try to purchase something and have it shipped to Costa Rica, I get a notice saying “Paypal doesn’t ship to this country”.

First of all Paypal, you aren’t shipping anything; you’re just collecting the money; but to top it off, I can’t even put it on a credit card because “Paypal doesn’t ship to this country”.

And yes, I have money in a Paypal account and would love to be able to spend it; but again, “Paypal doesn’t ship to this country.”

I’m going to start notifying the merchants that even tho’ they ship worldwide, Paypal won’t accept the order… saying “Paypal doesn’t ship to this country.”

Again, just what is Paypal shipping?

This has happened twice today….and yep, I notified both merchants!

 

bingo towels

Up early this morning and thinking about Bingo on June 14th.   Everyone takes a prize for the table for those lucky enough to Bingo…..we have yet to Bingo!  Decided I would do dish towels, everyone can use them, right? One for every day of the week!

My metal drying rack “died” because of the plastic joins on it so we decided to head to EPA to find another one. When we moved here almost 3 years ago, I bought the drying rack for $50 and nearly choked! Well, today the price was $100!!!! Decided that if I need to dry the clothes, I’ll pay the electricity to use the dryer! Try to use it sparingly, so as long as I can get up early, and use the “outdoor” dryer, I’ll be fine…..I do use the dryer, just not as freely as I did in the U.S.

We went to EPA near Cariari Mall just for a change of scenery. Then we decided to go to Wal-Mart (I rarely shop there!) and lo and behold, they did not have what we were looking for – an electric swiffer vac. In the U.S. when I couldn’t find what I needed, the last place I’d go was Wal-Mart and I could usually find what I was looking for. Oh well, we didn’t need it…as Mark says “you hardly used it”.

I’m still figuring out this retirement thing; he got a life change; I get to do the same old stuff! Sheesh!

After wandering around Belen for what seemed like hours, we finally pulled out the GPS to head home; and yep, you guessed it, it took us pretty much back where we were!

Coming home I got something in my eye, it was very sharp; kept trying to rub it out, couldn’t produce tears to get it out….as we got off 27, I told Mark he had to stop at Victoria’s because she needed to get out whatever was in my eye! She looked…couldn’t see anything and then put drops in my eye, that burned to high heaven! I told her it’s in the corner….and then she saw it….used a q-tip to get out a gray piece of something….well, when we got home, I went to open the car door, and voila! I found what was in my eye….the plastic was coming off the door handle. Gotta get some duck tape on that too!

Big sigh…..and tomorrow will be another day!

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Yes, I know how to sew; have sewn for years; but as with all things, it’s “FUN” to take a class and be with other people that have the same interests as you.

Saw an absolutely adorable bag at Nana’s Place in town.  Inquired about the class to make this bag and was told it was tomorrow, meaning today, Wednesday.  So I plopped down my colones and signed up for it.

Up at 6 a.m., which is very unusual for me lately!  Too excited about the class and besides I wanted to get a couple loads of laundry on the line before the rains moved in.  Well that plan got shot in the foot; not long after I arrived in town, Mark called to tell me that I had no clothes in the washer….this is common for me! LOL

While driving into town this morning, I had a small panic attack….what if the instructor doesn’t speak English! Then I decided that would be OK, because she would be able to show me visually.

Arrived promptly at 8:30; met the instructor (no, I cannot remember her name, but her birthday was today!)  Anyway, she did/does speak English.  Of course the bag I want to make is the hardest, but that’s OK, I CAN DO IT!

There were about 6 others in the class, yes, I was the only Gringa!  But we sure did have some laughs!!!  One lady comes from Jaco, arrives the night before, stays overnight with a friend, and comes to class on Wednesday!  She also spoke English.

Will be working on my bag at home and continue with the class next Wednesday.

The instructor is excellent – knows her sewing stuff!!!

Hopefully, I will have completed the bag next week and will have pictures!

For now, Pura Vida…..from dark and cloudy Guacimo de Atenas!

April 27th was a busy, busy day – picked up a friend from the U.S., Pat at 5 a.m.; finding nothing open for breakfast, we ended up coming home.  We really aren’t far from the airport, which is a good thing, because Mark was arriving home at 11:00 that same morning!

We certainly had three happy dogs; they were happy Mark was back home, and they remembered Pat!!!  Didn’t do much since Pat had an overnight flight and was exhausted.

But Friday morning we were up and at them!  Took her to the Feria first and she was flabbergasted at the size of some the veggies and fruits here.  Then we headed for massages…..and we were toTireParrottally wasted for the day!

Made a trip to Grecia and Sarchi…..I’m still in awe at watching the painters work on the souvenirs, etc.

Hooked up with Lee and went to Salitral to a great pottery place.  Oh, and Pat bought a Parrot made out of a tire – altho’, she really wanted a toucan!  When Mark took it out of the car, his immediate comment was “you’ll never get this in a suitcase!”  I was just positive it was the same size as my Toucan, however, it’s much bigger.

toucantireYep, it’s much much bigger and made out of a regular sized tire, I guess.  So, she left it here for me to sell, if anyone is interested in it…..

Then Tuesday morning, Pat, Michele (from from Costa Rica) and I went on a 3 day, 2 night adventure – and what an adventure it was!  We had reservations at  Hotel Verde Mar Del Pacific, which is basically on the beach!!!

There is an old airplane on the way to Manuel Antonio that has been turned into a really neat restaurant. And since it was lunch time, the car just stopped there!  There are tables and chairs in the actual airplane along with a couple of levels added on to the back of the airplane with lots of tables that have views of the Pacific.  I recommend it…..

The first full day we were there we spent on the beach on lounges under an umbrella.  Water was warm, like bath water.  I loved it because I like all the beach vendors coming up to sell stuff!!!  After awhile we took a walk and found a bunch of shops, which I’m sure is where the vendors get their things to sell, even though they all tell you that they made it!  We all bought a few things and headed back to the beach.

My favorite beach vendor of all was the massage lady!  For $30 I got a massage on the beach…..listening to the waves come in, it just doesn’t get much better than that!!!  And it was supposedly an $85 massage if you went to her studio!  So look at the money I saved.

Then we headed back to the room to get ready to head out to eat….and I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was really good.  Did I mention it was happy hour also?  After stuffing ourselves, we headed back to the room.

And then someone noticed it was about 7 p.m. and we were in jammies and in bed reading.  Cracked ourselves up till I got a notice on facebook/internet that a huge 8.0 earthquake hit Chile; and where we were in Costa Rica, we were in a tsunami watch area.

Mark had told me to not call unless there was an emergency so I messaged him instead of calling.  He hadn’t heard about the earthquake/tsunami stuff.  So he went on the internet and kept us informed; he wanted us to leave – remember we are staying right on the beach.  At one point he said, “it’s not that far, drive home and go back in the morning”, which wasn’t happening since I was the driver.  Another friend from the US suggested we take turns sleeping….ah, not a good idea with a possible tsunami on the horizon!

Pat and I headed to the front desk; the desk clerk might have been 14-15 yrs. old!  When I inquired about it, he had no clue what I was talking about; then he wanted to know how I knew it; duh! How does anyone know anything now, the internet!  So as he was trying to assure me that the large rocks in the water, would slow the tsunami down; and that if we needed to evacuate, the police would come with sirens.  Now I’m looking at the narrow road there and realizing that I would never get out in the traffic…..

so we decided to search out someplace that was higher…..yep, back to the airplane restaurant!  Only this time, two of the three of us had already taken sleeping pills, we were all still full from dinner; so we ordered dessert!  After sitting there an hour or so, we received an email saying the tsunami watch had been cancelled.  So we finished our “food” and jumped back in the car and went down the hill to our little hotel.

The next morning we got up, loaded the car and headed to Playa Dona Ana to feed the monkeys at the beach.  So fun!!!

Then on to Jaco and breakfast; can’t remember the name of the restaurant we had breakfast at, but next time in that area, I will be going there again.  Wonderful, wonderful food!

Shopped a little there but as you know, Jaco, is hot, hot, hot!  Back to the car and then on with our journey home.

Arrived home around mid-afternoon and I don’t know why, but we were exhausted!  Guess it’s the heat!

It was fun to get away for a couple of days – and going with girls and shopping, well, let’s just say, we all had a great time!

Pat enjoyed her time in Costa Rica and says she’ll be back!!!

Pura Vida!

 

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