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This past week has not been a good one for me! Dylana was here on Monday and had been sick. You guessed it! – I caught what she had….went to the Dr. on Monday – was told I had what everyone else in town had, but the good thing is I would be well by Christmas! Came home with antibiotics every 8 hours for 2 days.
Wednesday I was worse so back to the Dr. I go; said I needed a stronger antibiotic one every 12 hours; this morning I woke up early (normal time) and am not nearly as congested as I was the day before; however, I still sound like I’m in a barrel when I talk…but things are looking up. Guess the older you get, the longer it takes to recover.
Woke up this morning to beautiful sunshine (as usual); hearing the howler’s down by the river; green parrots chattering away and a few toucans making their clacking noise. So peaceful and sounds like home….
Last night I had a three nightmares! Of course, this morning I have no clue what they were about – sometimes I yell or mumble during these times. Sofi, my little princess, always comes to my side and gentle puts her paw on my cheek as if to wake me. She did this three times last night!
There were fireworks in the valley last night when Sofi insisted on going outside at 12:30 a.m. – so pretty.
It’s now 7:30 a.m. and someone is already shooting off firecrackers….not the pretty kind, just the noisy kind. Tis the season in Costa Rica for everyone to celebrate!
Yesterday the washing machine decided to act up. Have suspected something was wrong with it for about 3 weeks; yesterday the last spin cycle didn’t work. Not exactly what I want to have to purchase at this time of year! Am running some clothes through another wash cycle in hopes that it’s just something was out of whack! However, if the same thing happens, I’m off tomorrow afternoon to get a different washer.
All the windows and doors are open, gentle breeze blowing through the house, and the sounds of Costa Rica! Doesn’t get better than this folks….so for now…..
Maricela and Nazareth visited last evening. She’s headed to the Clinica today and will clean tomorrow. I had just popped some corn, the old fashioned way, you know, sort of like Smith and Barney! Shared with them and even sent some home with Nazareth. Dylana is at a football (soccer) tourney this week.
Apparently there was another earthquake here during the night….we slept thru it! AGAIN! I guess it doesn’t faze our dogs because no one made a whimper.
Derby is going to get his mouth glued shut! That’s the only way I can think of to keep him from barking! 6:10 a.m. he started in…..the construction guys sometimes egg him on, I think. If he’s in his crate, he doesn’t bark…..guess, it’s sort of like time-out for a toddler! At any rate, I’m very irritated with him!!! Should have sent him home with Velma! LOL
Still recovering from company being here….the older I get, the longer it takes to recover! Used to be able to recover in a day or two, now it seems like it takes days!!! But, I really, really enjoy having company! It was sad when they leave; but I do realize I have good friends all over the world!
Need to start thinking about Christmas…..
Maricela and the girls have Christmas lights out and have hung some ornaments on the large cactus in the front of their house. We went down there Friday night for the “lighting of the lights!” And they sang and danced to Jingle Bells! It was so darn cute!!!
The girls will be helping me decorate the trees in a couple of weeks. Maricela said they’ve never had a Christmas tree! I have some stockings that I’ll be putting their names on too…..I told Maricela she could not come to see our trees, yes, I put up two trees, about 6 feet apart; one inside and one outside! She can come when we turn the lights on!
When I was in the old country, I bought two felt kits of ornaments so the girls can make some ornaments too! It will be fun!!! If we’re lucky, Mark will go into town and get us pizza! We’ll play Christmas carols and decorate like mad fools!
Off to hang out some clothes!
“Sung to the tune of ”Back Home Again in Indiana”)
What a whirlwind I had in the old country! My neck hurts from whiplash….going here and going there! BUT….I did not get all my shopping done, even after buying two more suitcases!
I had a WONDERFUL time and it was so fun to see all my friends!!!! I ended up subbing on Weds. morning for a friend in bowling and had the best fun!!! I do miss my my bowling, bowling friends, and all the fun we used to have!!!! I hope they are having a bewitching Halloween bowling day today!!!
Thursday morning, I was so sore! LOL Kept telling Terri that if my left side would have been that sore, I would be in the ER wondering if I was having a heart attack! Soreness was gone by Friday, tho’.
The wedding Saturday was absolutely beautiful!!! And to think the bride made all the floral arrangements – bouquets, etc. I wish KateLynn and Neal and wonderful and fun-filled marriage!
Monday, Velma and I headed to Atlanta to start the trek back to Costa Rica. Great time on the drive, stopping at Cracker Barrel restaurants and buying! LOL Never did eat there.
Returned the car to the rental lot at the Atlanta Airport. Then she and I had to drag the damn suitcases all over GA to get to where the hotel shuttles were. Apparently, this airport does not believe in Skycaps! We never did find one!!! And other’s were complaining about it too. And this airport also does not believe in hiring knowledgeable employees! Had trouble finding Zone 3 and the only directions we could get were – “hmm, there’s Zone 2, it must be somewhere over there!” Keep in mind, we are old ladies with too many suitcases to drag around! LOL I felt like we might have been on Candid Camera!
Finally got to the hotel…..took about 5 hours to drive to Atlanta and almost 3 hours to get to the hotel from the friggin’ airport!
When we arrived, I told Velma if we were going to eat dinner, it had to be now, because I was going to take a shower and put the “jammies” on and wasn’t going out again! So we headed to the most pathetic restaurant in Atlanta! LOL In the hotel!!!
Pretty much we both just picked at our meals and then headed back to the room. Turned on the debate and I said, I’ve had enough of this…so it was lights out!
At 11:30 p.m. I asked her if she was still awake, and she was. At 2:10 a.m., I asked her if she was awake, and she was….I said “let’s just get up and go to the airport”. She said, “let’s “sleep” till 2:30 a.m.!” LOL So we got up, packed up and headed to the airport. Actually, we were the only one’s on the shuttle!
Arrived at the airport and again “no skycaps” – the driver couldn’t believe it! So he and his friend helped us get all luggage to the counter…we were first in line. Glad they had left the scales “turned on”, because we did lots of shifting of luggage contents in order to be within the weight limit. Glad we had that time to do it….
Getting on the last flight from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica….was another nightmare! While standing in the jet way to board the plane, I bent down to pick up my carry on suitcase, and the JERK in front of me swung around, hitting my frameless glasses and yep, you guessed it, broke them! I was genuinely PISSED! This is the second pair of glasses that have been broken on this trip….if you recall, I stepped on the transitional “lenses” glasses the first morning in the Old Country!
Arrived home and we were both exhausted! LOL
Saw Dra. Victoria and she “jury-rigged” my glasses to get me through a couple of days….will be heading into town shortly and take her the 1st broken pair and see if they can be fixed, I imagine I’ll need new frames! Hope she has some in stock that will fit the lenses! Then the wireless one’s will have to be sent to San Jose to be repaired.
All in all, my trip was great and I realize how many wonderful friends I have in the old country! But I do admit, I sure love being home!
While watching a little TV last night, the house started shaking! Mark yells “earthquake”….and Velma screamed!!! Joni has assured me that was her welcome to Velma! LOL Just a little 6.6 earthquake. Ah….Back Home Again in Costa Rica!
Last evening while walking the dogs down the street behind our house, I saw a Bufo toad on the road. This is the first one I’ve seen on the road. Since I’m not coordinated enough to be able to walk all three at once, I took each of them individually.
Not one dog even noticed the Bufo . After the last dog was walked, the Bufo had not moved. I knew where the “Bufo Stabber” was and quickly got it and headed back to the spot where Mr. Bufo was sitting. I just walked by him, then circled around behind him, hey, I don’t watch NCIS, and CSI for nothing!
Having watched Mark do it many times, I knew to stab and twist it….they have extremely tough skin. Once I was confident the knife was all the way through him, I lifted him in the air and carefully walked to the drainage ditch that is in the road….heaven forbid there be any covering on that draining ditch. Made quite a splatting noise when he went down the drain! LOL
I normally wouldn’t go along with killing them except for the fact, they kill dogs! No one, not anyone, nada, messes with my dogs!
However, Derby, is close to losing his vocal cords! I swear that dog can bark at wind blowing and once he starts, he just can’t control it!
That’s how the evening started….
Then about midnight, the damn birds starting flapping in the gutter….how they can make so much noise is beyond me!
I think tonight will be a melatonin night for me…
This morning I had a dental appointment in Atenas. As I was getting dressed, I heard a sound that sounded like the dog crates were rattling….then I looked at the ceiling and thought “oh, crap, Enrique (the iguana that lives in our roof), has a “live-in”…..then Sofi came running to me to be picked up….then I realized, the house was swaying and rolling. Ran to the rancho and the pool water was “rolling” too.
Mark was down on all 4′s pulling some weeds….. he stood up and said “whoa!” He just kept repeating “whoa, whoa, whoa!”
Neither of us were in a panic, why panic, because it is, what it is!
Kept telling Mark, “this is a biggie”, “this is a real biggie”…….I was not frightened, but in awe that the ground would move like that. This is the first one we’ve felt since we’ve been living in Costa Rica. Our friends that live in town have felt other small ones and we’ve just shrugged our shoulders and figured our little side of the mountain must be fairly stable!
I left to go into town to the dentist, hoping there were no aftershocks as I was driving in….don’t know if you feel it when in a moving car, but I suspect as much as the ground was moving this morning, you would feel it.
As I was driving past Maricela’s mother’s house, I hear “Nancy”! So I stopped and backed up. Maricela needed a ride into town to pick up her girls from school. Centro Atenas school was sending everyone home. Glad I could help get her to the girls!
As I was dropping her off at the school, the thought struck me, what if there’s an aftershock when the dentist is working on me! YIKES!!!
Apparently there have been several aftershocks, however, we’ve not felt any.
We do have friends that have had things broken from falling. Our bathroom mirror was a little crooked and so far, that’s all we’ve seen “moved”. The burlap coffee bag I had framed with a double wooden frame and glass front, didn’t budge!
Stopped at Wednesday’s Women Lunch at Kay’s on the way home; and of course, everyone is talking about the swaying! Some people lost 3 inches of water in their pool, some lost all the water! I guess an earthquake is like a tornado in the fact that it hits different places with different intensities.
Feel bad for those that lost some things, but as one friend put it, “it’s just stuff”.
It’s a little after 3 p.m. and Mark has gone to pay the water bill. You must go to the church salon in Guacimo (500 hundred meters east of us) and pay the bill in person! LOL Yep, all $4-$6 of it! LOL
As I’ve said many times before, just another adventurous day in Costa Rica!
These are Mark’s thoughts on the temblor!
Today was day 2 in looking for a different car. Drove a Nissan Pathfinder which would be just fine, however, the airbag light, door light, etc. kept coming on and flashing; probably a sensor problem.
Then headed to another dealer to see an Exterra….which after we had been there the first time today, had been taken to a mechanic for a “tune-up” – for one thing when we looked at it, the battery was missing. So when we back to drive it it was gone; Russ and Shirley were with us and they were going to stay in Grecia and do some shopping so the plan was they were going to stop by there after 2 p.m., we had been assured it would be back by then! This is Costa Rica and it wasn’t. But both places were willing to take the Montero in on trade, which is a plus because we wouldn’t have to bother trying to sell it.
Tomorrow morning we have Spanish class – Sofi needs to be dropped off for a day of beauty after Spanish class and we may head back there to try and drive it.
I always used to think buying a different car was fun and exciting! In Costa Rica it’s extremely stressful and a royal pain in the patootie! It’s a crap shoot on what you get; the condition of it, etc.
When you open the hood of the car, everything and I mean everything appears to be brand new! They scrub and shine up everything; old cars look really good – key word is look.
Anyone reading my blog that is thinking about moving to CR, move your car! Or buy one in the US and bring it on down here. At least you’ll know what’s been replaced with new or used parts….
Came home after a great lunch….and no I can’t remember the name of the place but I know how to get there – that’s the most important part, right? We will be back there to eat!
Dogs were quite glad we had returned…..
Sat on the rancho and studied Spanish……another mind-boggling, stressful time.
Then we decided to walk down the hill and see if Maricela and the girls were around; as we approached the gate to the entrance of the development, I could hear lots of commotion in the trees across the road. At least 5 white faced monkeys were frolicking in the trees and munching on the mangoes. They would take a couple bites and then drop it – wasteful little critters they are! Saw some that were for sure adults and at least 2 smaller ones….they sure kept an eye on us. I had Sofi in my arms. I think they thought she was one of them!
Another full day tomorrow…..
Pura Vida -
June 7th we were at the airport to pick up Amy (daughter) and her friend, April. They were here for a week enjoying the sites and fauna of Costa Rica.
They enjoyed the visit at the Lighthouse Animal Rescue Shelter – Amy was in awe of how many dogs were there and there was no growling or fighting between the animals. For one thing, Frances wouldn’t put up with it! LOL There were some clouds so they didn’t get to experience the “real view” from there.
On Friday we headed to the Feria in town; I can certainly see a difference in the attendance since many ex-pats have returned to the states for the summer there.
Sunday saw us headed to the Multi-Plaza in Escazu to dream and wander thru the upscale stores. There was an ecological event and “crafts”! Had I known it was there, we would have gone on Saturday. Many vendors were “low” on their merchandise; however, it didn’t stop us from purchasing some things.
Monday, April and I went to Grecia and Sarchi. Amy didn’t feel up to it so she stayed home with Mark and they enjoyed a lunch in town.
In Grecia there is a church made out of an old iron battleship from Belgium; pretty spectacular and beautiful inside. However, we couldn’t get in…we could hear the organist playing away; not sure if there were some services going on, but every door to the place was locked! I was disappointed that April didn’t get to see the inside.
In Sarchi we saw the world’s largest Oxcart and then headed to the place where they are made. Some of the machinery that is used is from the early 1900′s and turned by a huge water wheel. It’s really quite spectacular to see. The man working downstairs was very eager to show us some things and even started the water wheel churning so we could see how it “turns” the machinery.
Upstairs is where the finishing work is done; carving, putting together of things that are made to put in the gift shop. It’s a very nice gift shop! Ask April….she “left” a bunch of money there! Even got herself a pair of “fancy” leather thongs (shoes, not underwear!)
Tom and Lee had invited us over for drinks; they have a view that is to die for also….from both sides of their house! Then we were headed to Bar Ril for dinner (home of the $6 lobster); however, they were closed so we ended up at Guanacaste.
Tuesday was the day we headed to Playa Dona Ana (I’m sure that’s misspelled) – otherwise known as the monkey beach. April spotted one very high up in the tree and after waiting and waiting and putting out bananas to entice them, we left – didn’t see any that day!
Off to the Crocodile Bridge! Saw at least 30 of them, all sizes! I was so afraid there wouldn’t be any out “sunning” themselves because the day was overcast. They are big and they are ugly! LOL
We also stopped and had lunch at Art’s Deli, sounds really Tico, doesn’t, it? It’s attached to Mola’s Gift Shop – tourist buses stop there a lot; I don’t know how they survive because people wander and wander through the shop, but you hardly ever see anyone purchasing something!
Mark and Tom are headed back to the Crocodile Bridge this morning! After we got home, Mark realized his phone was missing. Called it and a man answered! Said he was the “parking police” and had his phone and if he came Thursday, he would give it back to him! Sure hope that’s not a wasted trip! LOL
Amy and April left yesterday. They made it home safely! I’m sure there were two exhausted gals last night.
We really enjoyed their visit and glad that Amy took the time to come back again. She and Todd were here last October, the worst rainy October EVER!
A friend of ours, Jonny, offered to sit with the dogs while Mark and I took a little trip to Manuel Antonio – we were going to be gone two nights and three days!
Left a little before noon on Tuesday, which was a holiday here. Traffic was light and we were excited to finally get away for a bit.
Arrived in Manuel Antonio and found the Vela-Bar, where we had booked two nights. While the pictures on the internet looked great, it was a little disappointing. Especially, when the a/c didn’t work! It’s unbearably humid on the west coast, miserable, would probably be a better word.
After complaining to the front desk and being told someone would be there in 10 minutes to repair it, we were pleasantly surprised when, in fact, in 10 minutes someone was there. Ahhhh, relief, it worked – at least we would be able to sleep well.
Walked approximately 200 meters to the beach. During this time, sprinkles of rain started and by the time we got there, it was a real gully-washer. So we found a place to get something to drink and waited for the rain to pass.
Wasn’t too long and we were walking on the beach. Man, the sand here sticks to you! Walked a little in the very warm water – which is much warmer than our pool!!! Told Mark I wanted the pool to be this warm.
Had a nice dinner of sea bass next to the hotel. The hotel did have a restaurant but it was pretty expensive. In fact, we found the food in this area to be really expensive compared to our little town of Atenas! But it was very good and we were serenaded by tree frogs during the meal.
Next morning we got up and headed to the park. Holy crap, was it humid and hot! I know, it’s a rain forest and we’ve been in a rain forest before, but I guess we had forgotten about the miserable humidity. Mark was the big complainer of it – I just kept plugging along.
Saw lots and I mean lots of monkeys romping through the trees. Then we happened upon a tour group looking upward and discovered a mother toucan going into and out of a hole in the top of the tree feeding her babies. Too far away to get a decent picture.
After walking a little further, Mark said, I’ve had it. We’ve seen this stuff before so we headed back to the hotel. Went next door again for a breakfast that was super! Slice of fresh pineapple, watermelon, papaya, slices of banana and a pancake were served first; then we had scrambled eggs and bread with gallo pinto – all for $4/each. It was really good – especially the pineapple; you can’t beat fresh pineapple here.
Then back to the room to get on bathing suits and head to the beach. Much, much cooler at the beach because of the breezes; but it was still hot. Saw lots of surfers and really enjoyed watching them. How they keep from hitting each other or others romping in the surf is beyond me! Saw a really cute boy, long dark hair, about 5 years old walking to the water with his boogie board under his arms….the next generation of surfers is already in the works.
Started to drizzle a little and we headed back to the room for showers and to go dinner. Walked back down to the beach and hit a 2 for 1 happy hour (do we plan or what) and then ordered dinner. I had the most wonder huge shrimp and two pieces of mahi mahi and a baked potato with steamed veggies. Had a wonderful white sauce on it; it was very, very good and should have been for the price. Mark had burritos.
Got back to the room and was exhausted; it’s extremely exhausting doing what we did that day. LOL! You know walking, eating, drinking, and beaching it!
Mark watched some TV and I decided to head to bed and read. Fell asleep too quickly; no idea what time it was when I woke up to an really, really upset stomach. Just made it to the bathroom before the vomiting started. Mark heard me and got up – he’s such a good caretaker! He stood with his arms around me as I barfed in the sink, because I couldn’t make it to the toilet. Each time he made a comment: “Oh, my God!”, “you poor thing”, “how much more can there be”……I was up and down the whole night vomiting….it was horrible.
Hadn’t planned on heading for home so early but because of the night, we decided it was best. Going through Quepos, Mark pulled over at Linea Vitale (a clinic) because he wanted me looked at. I have a major history of dehydrating easily! Went in the office and was immediately taken to a cubicle.
As they were taking vitals, Dra. Candy walked in and said to Mark, I know you! And then she looked at me; her famous words to me are “steck out your tongue” (and yes, I meant to spell it that way because that’s how she says it!) You are dehydrated! But we will fix you up. Then she started to tell the Dr. treating me what meds I was on….is she good or what?
Then she wanted to know what I had eaten the night before….told her and she said “you had bad fish”….but it was sooo good! So after getting a bag of fluid, a shot to stop the queasiness on the ride home, off we went.
I slept off and on most of the way! It was a quick ride home for me….
It was so cute when we pulled up to our drive, there was Sofi waiting at the door of the gate, Sedona waiting a little behind Sofi, and Derby waiting behind Sedona. Missed that Kodak moment, because all I could think of was getting into my own bed.
Slept most of the afternoon. Mark fixed me a sandwich for dinner and it stayed down…and I actually felt a little better after eating something. Only residuals were my eyes were burning like they were on fire and a very sore throat.
But I’m pleased to say I was able to stay awake and watch Missing, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal.
Slept well, and feel like a new woman!
People that live on the coast can have it….to friggin’ hot, too expensive to run a/c, and the food is over-priced compared to Atenas.
Glad to be home and thanks to Jonny for taking such good care of the dogs!!!
Adios for now….
1. Headed into town to go to the lab for some blood work – had to fast for it. Walked into the lab, no appointment needed; immediately went in to have the blood drawn; come back at 11:30 for results.
2. Parked the car and walked to the P.O. – alas, no mail.
3. Walked to Feria to buy some baked goods and fruit, etc.
4. By then, it was pretty obvious I needed to get something to eat!
While Mark was conveniently lying in the hammock there;
on it loaded with fruit for sale! Super cute!!
6. While I was eating breakfast, Mark deposited Sofi at the groomer – it was her day of beauty!
7. By the time he returned from that, it was time to pick up lab results, so back to the lab.
8. By then I was feeling crappy, really crappy, overheated, sweating profusely; Mark needed to see the Doctora to get meds to take before seeing the dentist on Monday and I needed to drop off lab results too. And true to form, the thyroid is still not where it needs to be; it’s getting better, but still not completely in whack! Which of course means a change in meds, etc. Then I felt like I was going to pass out; b/p was high, pulse was high. Took an EKG; and then another one, second one was fine! So in two weeks I have more blood work and hope everything is OK, then.
9. Stopped in to see Sebastian because some plants have died that were guaranteed. Coming out next week to check it out.
10. Stopped at Antano’s to get some dinner (to reheat) for our evening meal.
11. Stopped at a sandwich shop to get lunch.
12. Went to Deloris’s to get some homemade chicken sausage they had picked up for us two weeks ago. Time means nothing in Costa Rica! LOL While there, we walked around her yard and picked oranges to make orange juice for later.
13. And she has cashew trees! Pretty cool, huh?
14. And plants like these growing in trees just on a whim! Lots of “air plants” in trees too. So vivid and colorful!!!
15. Back to the Dr. because she forgot to keep a copy of the prescription.
Oops! Picked up Sofi after the first Doctor visit…..she smelled so pretty!!! All in all it was a good day.
16. Then Tom called and voila – out for dinner! Going to El Mirador……..
17. Tomorrow will be spent recovering from today!
a Scorpion! Had the water running and just happened to look at the floor of the shower and noticed a nice sized scorpion swirling around the drain. Me, being an antagonist, took the hand held shower and sprayed like crazy in the drain trying to get it to go down there and maybe drown – if scorpions drown! Well, he went down the drain and quickly came back up – so playing the “I’ll get you my pretty game” – it was a battle of the wills – water down the drain, scorpion down the drain, and then resurfacing….after I got tired of that I put on a flip flop, the shoe of Costa Rica, and stomped on it! Then it went down the drain of the toilet! LOL
Took Sofi in to the vet. First question she asked “what are you feeding her?” I replied Chicken and rice and she nicely said “she’s supposed to be eating only lamb and rice”. Busted! So she’s back on Science Diet Lamb and Rice, antibiotic for 10 days, cream on the “spots”, etc. She’s already looking like the spots are drying up – after one meal of Lamb and Rice and 2 doses of antibiotic and cream. Yay, for Sofi, yay, for Dra. Sharon, boo for Sofi’s parents!
Jonny and Warren wanted to come see our house and they were headed into town. So while Mark was in the pool store, I called them and said we’d pick them up after taking Sofi to the vet. Then Warren called back and said we want to meet the vet and would like to go with you. They have two dogs that they’ll be bringing down IF they decide to move here.
After that I wanted to run into the grocery and by then it was time for lunch; do I know how to plan or what? Warren and Jonny had never eaten at Cafe Cultura so that’s where we went, and yes, Sofi went too! They have outside seating in the back and it’s always pleasant there it seems. As usual, food was very, very good. Jonny had some kind of salad in a pita and said it was absolutely wonderful. Mark and I chose a Cubano (Cuban) sandwich, which we would order again too.
Then finally on the “road to hell” to our house. Showed them around the development a little bit and then headed to take them home. Maracita was waiting for the bus and I asked if she was going to town, she indicated she was. So I told her to hop in and away we went! Warren decided he wanted to be dropped off at the place they are staying, Maracita was meeting her kids after school, so took her to the “escuela”. Jonny had an appointment with a dentist and was a little early so I dropped her off at the park.
Had introduced Jonny and Warren to the eye Dr. I go to because she was interested in getting a vision exam. Since she went to the dentist, and the eye Dr. was close, she went there afterwards! In my former life I would have referred to that as a “medical day and arrange a luncheon”! KLA people will know what means.
Then I headed home….lots of stuff done and still more to do! But, there’s always tomorrow to get that done. In retirement, one must pace themselves so as to not over due it! LOL