Archive for December 2011
I love Mamma Mia – hence the subject line.
About 11:45 p.m . (last night), Sedona, leader of our pack of dogs, began a low growl – more like a mooing noise. Of course, that woke up Princess Sofi and then she began the gutteral growl. By now, we are both awake and wondering what is going on. Neither of us could hear anything.
The next thing I know, Mark is up and shining a flashlight through the jalousie windows above our bed. I quietly said “and just what are you doing?” His reply, “I’m checking things out.”
Since he couldn’t see anything, he walked to the east bedroom window and said “cows”. Where Sedona was lying, she could look out that window and see a gathering of cows on the road. So I immediately jumped up and was flabbergasted – cows getting loose from the farmer’s field hasn’t happened in awhile, but the quantity! The most cows ever we’ve had loose!
The next thing I know Mark is yelling out the window – Heeeee-awwwww. Which of course made me laugh, giggle, and barely able to say “what in the hell are you doing”. He replied, “I’m getting the cows moving back up the hill.” Then all I could think of was “well, you sound like Rowdy Yates from RawHide!” Those much younger than we are, will have no clue what that means! And that’s just another little funny of the story.
Now, he’s throwing on some shorts and heading outside. Mark, the Bufo killer, now turned, cow rancher, is going to herd the cattle himself. After laughing and giggling hysterically, I fell back into bed.
He said he walked down to the caretaker’s house and tried to raise him by yelling, but that was in vain. So who knows where he went after that….he did have Sedona, the herder, with him tho’.
He didn’t come back right away, and of course, since I was awake, I picked up my handy Nook and continued reading “The Prostitute’s Ball” by Stephe J. Cannell – a murder mystery. However, it did not compare to the story I just witnessed.
You can’t make this stuff up folks! It’s just another adventure in Costa Rica and we love it!
We sure are enjoying having the rainy season done and over and out! LOL Altho’ last night we had just a light drizzle and it was so nice…about 1/4 inch of rain.
This has been a hard month on me….still can’t find the Christmas tree toppers, nor the hand crewel embroidered Christmas stockings I made over 40 years ago, nor my adorable solar Snowman lights.
I’ve missed all the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping gifts, and imagine this, all the wonderful sales fliers that come in the newspaper/mail so I see what I should hurry out and buy.
A short interruption because we’re trying to see if we can catch a glimpse of the howler monkeys. Sounds like they are in our yard, but alas, they weren’t.
I’m missing my Bunco Christmas party and of course the wonderful Christmas bowling party. When you Bunco, you get to pick a gift…and when you bowl a strike, you get to pick a gift. I love challenges and believe me, getting a Bunco and a strike to get a gift can be extremely challenging!
But we are making new traditions which is what life is about. Being able to adjust to a different way of life has been fun and frustrating….but you know what, we are doing it! We’ve met many wonderful new friends from all over the US.
We’re having a little Christmas get together on Tuesday afternoon with new friends. Now that the construction is done, we feel like we can have people over….altho’ I’ve still got “creative things” all over the house….but hey, that’s me! LOL I am the Queen of Messes!
This will certainly be a different Christmas for us…altho’ we’re going to some friends’ for Christmas Day dinner.
Busy, busy week….going to a biker bar with 2 other couples for some wonderful shrimp; Tuesday is our first annual 1st Day of Christmas Party; Wednesday we’re going to a wine tasting and Thursday our attorney is having a party that we’ve been invited to! So see, even tho’ we’re in a different country some things don’t change….like getting together with friends and having fun!!!
I left my Bunco game with the group that I started…perhaps I should buy another one and get a Bunco group going here! Hmmm, I just may have to do that!
Even tho’ I’ve got a million things to do, I decided I would be a happier person if I sat at my machine and “did something”! And voila…..it is true…..I feel like I accomplished something.
I think these are the cutest pillows! Made from a linen dish towel, add an embroidery design, a travel pillow inside, and ribbons to tie it all together! I’m going to try and make one for every holiday/season. And that will make my decorating complete! LOL
Woke up this morning and Mark said ”let’s go to the Feria”. He never wants to go and when I do go, it’s usually by myself. So off we went.
Stopped at Kay’s on the way into town to drop off some books Mark read and I “donated” to the “cd library”, ”I can make you thin” – it didn’t work for me so I thought someone else might get use out of it! LOL Kay, just howled with laughter when I told her about it. Had a yummy breakfast there – there were quite a few people in there chowing down.
Then to the Feria…..got some delicious strawberries that I like to put in yogurt here; yogurt here is different and very good. And of course, bought some cookies and a small cake at one of the bakery booths. Saw a few friends that we knew.
Took the stuff back to the car and Mark says “let’s walk downtown”. So off we went. Ran into our realtor here, Olga. She brought us up to date on happenings in our development. Such as the movers and shakers are here to sign paperwork for the winery that is going in up the mountain behind us. And things are moving slowly for the “chocolate farm”. I see much Choco-Vine in our future!
Walked through the park downtown and Mark decided to stop in and see our attorney. We had to go past Antano’s, my favorite restaurant in town! Yaddi, my favorite waitress in the world, was there. I inquired where I could get my eyes checked, because I’m having vision problems. She said just follow me; so across the street we went to LaOptica; we walked in and she said something in Spanish to the gal sitting behind the counter and then said “adios” to me! So I said to the gal, who turned out to be Victoria, the optometrist, ”do you speak any English?” She said she did and we were off and running – so I said I would like to make an appointment and her comment was, just come on we’ll do the exam now! So we went to the examining room, after she locked the front gate to the office. In minutes, she was done; and I was out in the front of the office looking at frames, etc. Found a frame and she highly recommended me getting transition lenses because of my beautiful blue eyes being so light in color!
Had a couple frames picked out and finally settled on one. So I inquired about the cost of everything; she said there is no charge for the vision exam; and the glasses came to a total of 121,000 colones ($241)! That’s with transition lenses!!! So my suggestion to people that might be coming down for a visit – get your eyes checked here and if you need glasses, you get them in 3 days!!! There is an ophthamalogist that makes the rounds apparently to the various towns and when I pick up my glasses next Tuesday, she’ll know what the schedule of that Dr. is and I’ll get an appointment. Gotta keep getting that damned chroidal nevus checked on my retina because if it starts to grow, there’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it, it will be malignant!
Mark had met quickly with the attorney and when he came back to LaOptica, he couldn’t believe I had had a vision exam and was just paying for the glasses! Pura Vida, people!
Walking back to the car, we stopped in the park and sat down on a bench; he was telling me about what he found out at the attorney’s office. All of a sudden there was a commotion behind us! Two cops were breaking up a verbal feud between 2 old men who were ready to do battle, with sticks and everything! Not sure if they were drunk or not but one cop did take one of them away. That’s the first violence we’ve seen here! And it was just basically vocal.
Then as we went back to the car we saw the Granizado man! Apparently, he’s not out during the rainy season and now that summer is here, he’s back in business. It’s the most delicious tasting drink that comes in many flavors! If you are in Costa Rica and don’t try a Granizado, you are missing something!
Came home to some happy dogs! Fixed a little lunch and now I think it’s time for a little nap!
Adios for now!