Archive for the ‘Things that make me giggle’ Category
Last Friday was Cuco’s (Maricela’s espouso) Feliz Cumpleanos and we were invited to help him celebrate on Sunday afternoon.
Maricela makes the best tasting Picadilla de Papa!!! Had rice, beans and chicken also.
After eating, the music started….and I’ll give you three guesses who the main entertainment was! Yep, you guessed it Nazareth!
Met a friend of their family named Orlando. He does sculpting out of any type of material; he’s made sculptures for Mel Gibson’s mansion in Costa Rica, of which I promptly said, “tell good ole Mel to pay his taxes he owes to Costa Rica”! (It went over everyone’s head!) He learned how to do this type of work in Mexico. He’s been all over the world doing various things. For those from Atenas, as you enter town via Hwy. 3 and look at the sculpture high on the mountain, that’s just one of his works. He has an ipad and showed us many, many photos of various works he’s completed. He is absolutely amazing! And Maricela is going to take Mark and I to his house. There’s an animal park in Guanacaste and he has some of his work on the grounds there.
Maricela’s cousin, Ivannia’s daughter is expecting a baby in the next 3 weeks. I was invited to the baby shower. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I arrived! The decorations were unbelievable, let alone the tables set for 150 people, family and friends.
I felt like it was a wedding!!! At one point during the shower we were all given small cups (like communion cups) for wine; I noticed everyone else sipping, so I sipped too….however, I then drank it all! I had no clue that the wine was for a “toast” to the mother and baby. So the hostesses brought me another cup, a larger one (LOL), so I was able to toast with everyone else.
Two clowns arrived and proceeded to entertain, the kids, anyway! Keep in mind all of this is in Spanish and I was able to pick out a few words….they needed to slow down to speak for the token Gringa! LOL
Baby showers in Costa Rica apparently are a huge, huge deal. Families come, yes, men included. I got tickled because the clowns were in charge of the games and were constantly seeking out men to participate in the games. It was fun and there were lots of laughs!!! Especially, when three men had to put on neon colored wigs, and then were diapered like babies by three women; then they added bibs, and bonnets….then the “babies” headed to a table with baby bottles with kool-aid in them to drink. It was hysterical!!
Another game that was played consisted of two men first blowing up balloons; sticking them under their shirts and then having to walk as a 9 month pregnant woman would walk. The guy that won was a new father of less than 6 weeks….
It last 5 hours – by then I had had enough; kids running around, lots of noise, mother-to-be opening up what seemed like a million gifts! Am sure they needed at least two vehicles to get the gifts home.
Friday, September 13th, four adventurous women boarded the bus to San Jose at 8 a.m. We arrived at the bus station in San Jose approximately at 9 a.m. – or as it’s called “the Coca-Cola building”.
Shirley was on a quest to get new drapes for her house. She knew exactly which “tela” (fabric) shop she wanted to go to because they had ready made drapes. However, she ended up ordering drapes to be made – and get this, it was probably 10-10:30ish when she ordered them and received a phone call around 1:30 p.m. that they were ready. Is this a great country or what?!
We went to The Grand Hotel, across from the National Theatre for coffee. From there we went to the National Theatre hoping to get a tour; however, there was an event planned and they weren’t giving tours in the afternoon.
Liena, knew of a bead shop across the plaza from the National Theatre…all I can say is WOW! I was so overwhelmed, I couldn’t think! I will be going back there to purchase, soon! LOL
Headed to a “sewing” shop and across the street from there was a “Chinese” shop; lots of pretty things at extremely reasonable prices….ie: jade jewelry, turquoise, etc. I even bought a pair of white turquoise ear rings!
From there we went to pick up Shirley’s drapes and then to the central market there for lunch.
As we were leaving the central market, it started pouring rain….the skies opened up and it was a deluge! We weren’t far from the bus station so that was good.
Headed home, tired but it was a “good tired”.
Always enjoy the adventures of the over 60 gals!!!
A friend is interested in learning to knit socks. I love to knit and was really excited that she wanted to learn too.
Too make sure I didn’t forget any necessities, I emailed a couple knitting friends that live in the states.
These are the two answers I received:
tape measure, small scissors, needle measure doodad, needles to sew ends in
Post its, measuring tape, flask, chocolate, big needle point protectors, page protectors,
high lighter tape
I’ve been looking on one of my favorite knitting websites, Knit Picks. I’ve made a list of items that I think she absolutely needs:
6 inch Harmony Wood Double Pointed Knitting Needle Set
Double Ended Crochet Hook set for picking up dropped stitches
View Sizer – this is a needle sizer, measures stitches and rows, and gauges
Heel Foot Cream by SOAK (This is the best stuff)
Sock Knitting Needle Holders – you lay your project down and get distracted and don’t get back
to it right away, and VOILA! – stitches are no longer on your needles…this stops that!
Knitting Needle Point Protectors
Knitting Stitch Holders – various sizes
Bent tip Tapestry Needles for weaving in yarn ends
Highlighter tape – this is great stuff because you can use it over and over, really good help
when following a pattern – helps keep your place
A small spiral notebook to keep notes in of the project you’re working on.
If any other knitters out in Yarn Land can think of a few more items, or accessories, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
All of the above items can be found at KnitPicks.com – except for one – highlighter tape, which can be found at other websites or even on ebay.
A few other websites I lurk around are JimmyBeansWool.com and SimplySockYarn.com – for you knitters outside of the U.S., these two websites ship Internationally. I love websites that ship Internationally!!!
Pura Vida from Costa Rica for now.
Yesterday was actually my birthday; however, the celebrating is continuing today! Meeting Dra. Victoria (our eye Dr.) for lunch – we share the same birthday. And because of both of our extremely busy social schedules, we’re meeting today!
Went to Escazu yesterday afternoon. We needed to get some ink cartridges for the printer; went to Office Depot….alas! They don’t carry cartridges for US printers! Epson, get with it! However, a friend is in the states and has offered to get us some, whew, international catastrophe averted.
Picked up Mike and Joni for yesterday’s adventure. After being so disappointed that we couldn’t get ink cartridges, we headed to Multi-Plaza and wandered around AutoMercado; at one point, Joni commented, is wandering around a grocery store fun on your birthday when you don’t need to be at the grocery! LOL
Headed to the theatre to see The Lone Ranger. (yes, I saw it in the states, but it was showing in the VIP Lounge Theatre 1; we sat in really comfy recliners, and were waited on to get food. Mark fell in love with the recliners because they were finally long enough for him! LOL Guess we should go to the movies again and he can tell them they need to upgrade their recliners and he’d like to purchase one of the used ones! LOL
Enjoyed the movie even the second time around. Johnny Depp is so good!
Leaving the theatre we saw Dra. Candy and Jorge. She looked at Mike, Joni and me, and said “you should not be eating popcorn!” Then she turned to Mark and said, “but you can!” We got busted….Mike said it was a good thing she didn’t see what we ate before the movie! It was a neat experience and will now keep an eye on what’s playing at the IMAX theatre.
Arrived home around 10:30 p.m., which is very late for us! You know, the older you get, the earlier you go to bed and get up….
Two large iguanas are on the roof and Mark says they are in fighting mode – bobbing their heads up and down. I’m in the house and there’s a lot of running and sliding going on, or so it seems.
Off for another birthday celebration…..getting old has it’s advantages! When I turned 60, I think there were 10 days of celebrating!
Pura Vida from Paradise!
Maricela planned a surprise birthday party for me. She invited her relatives and a couple of ex-pat couples she knows. Her Aunt even came from San Jose with her three daughters! It was a fiesta!!! Balloons, food, and a pinata to boot!!!
And of course lots of little kids! We all marveled at how the kids “made” their own entertainment….playing musical chairs! Can you imagine kids in the US doing this? When someone didn’t get a chair, there was no pouting or anger because they were out of the game….they just quietly left the circle and sat in a chair till it was time to start another game. Was quite cute to watch!
Food, food and more food! Chicharones, rice, picadillio de papa, salsa, or course birthday cake….just a few of the foods – and chicken cooked on a tire rim with a grate – a true homemade grill! LOL And the chickens were from Maricela’s own flock!
Happy Birthday was sung in Spanish and English…..and the little kids thought that was so much fun – they were singing at the top of their lungs and grinning from ear to ear.
Mark said that while I was in the old country, Maricela and the girls were so excited about planning this party. They are such good neighbors and friends, like having our own family here!
I really appreciated the time and effort they put in to make it a happy day!
June 20th, I celebrated my second anniversary of calling Costa Rica home! First of all, I can’t believe it’s been two years…guess time flies when you love where you are.
The reason I used “I’ve” in the title is Mark didn’t arrive until July 2.
I actually should have arrived in Costa Rica the day before; but I had to get a crazy letter from my Doctor…..those that need to know, know this…..so wasn’t able to fly until the following day.
My friend of many years, Cheryl Johnson, came with me. She handled Sofi and I handled Oliver; it was really exciting for me.
Flight was pretty non-eventful till we arrived in Costa Rica. One of my bags didn’t make the flight!
Cheryl and I got the rental vehicle and headed to Bruce and Frances’. That’s where my bag was to be delivered; and it started raining like crazy; just arriving here, rain, darkness and bright headlights, unfamiliar roads, etc. – that was a little unnerving. However, it felt like home with the welcome we got from Bruce and Frances!
After awhile, the bag arrived and Frances insisted on guiding us to my new homestead; glad she did! For those that know the road we live on, arriving in the dark, raining, etc., it was nice to have tail lights to follow!
We came in and got settled and promptly headed to bed. Cheryl got cracked up because I brought a rain gauge with me! But I knew the couple of weeks I was here before Mark, the first question would be “how much rain did you get today”! And I was right, that was the first question, LOL…..and I was so happy I could tell him.
The first night of my life in my new home-land; 2 of my 4 dogs with me, a great friend to go on this adventure with me….that was the beginning of Pura Vida!
Two years and still loving it; I keep reading about the people who don’t like it here after they’ve lived here about this amount of time. Mark and I moved a lot in the states and to me, it was just another move. If you are going to move to another country to live, you have to realize you have left the U.S. behind – if you want it to be like the U.S., then don’t make the move!
We love the country, the weather and most of all the Tico people. We’ve made friends with people from all over the world that have chosen to live here.
Life is what you make it….this is the first time we’ve gotten to choose where we live and for us, it’s been the right choice!!!
Pura Vida…..and year 3 begins!
Here it is April 12 already! Can’t believe how fast the month is flying by….yay!, since it’s one of the hot months! Rainy season is creeping up on us….some days it rains now, some days it doesn’t!
Yesterday was Juan Santa Maria Day – we kind of think of it as the US’s version of Columbus Day; some places closed, some places open.
We brought Nazareth, Dylana and their father, Luiz, home from town on Wednesday. Nazareth couldn’t wait to show me some school work that she got a 100% – Excellent on!!! She was so proud of that.
Knowing they wouldn’t have school, I invited the girls to come swim; however, I didn’t specify a time (live and learn); they were here at 8:30 a.m. to swim; we were still in bed!!! Altho’ Hernan came to collect for the water bill at 7:30 a.m. because Mark forgot to pay it on April 5 at 3 p.m.! LOL
Maricela was with them so I offered to make coffee; cut up some homemade banana bread also; coffee pot is done and yep! Did it again….we had the best hot water going. I forgot to put the coffee in; we both got a laugh out of that!!! So I made another pot of coffee and then we sat on the rancho watching the girls in the pool.
Nazareth likes to pretend she’s doing water ballet, which is something new for her. But then again, there’s always something new for her going on.
Dylana is busy with school work and playing futbol (soccer).
Just another day in Pura Vida land!
Once or twice a month we get together with two other couples, Mike and Joni and Pat and John for an afternoon of cards, following lunch. Yesterday was that day!!! I’m always impressed how other people “cook” and make delicious things, because my love of that is so “over”!
“I’ll Buy That” card game is always fun and a cause for some good ribbing!!! Yesterday was no different! Retirement is all about friends getting together for good times and a LOT of laughs.
Mark chose to walk into town because he knew I’d be coming along in the car. He made it almost to Kay’s before I happened upon him. He looked beat!!! For those that know where we live, this was a great accomplishment!!! But I will also add, he was very happy I came along when I did.
While we were playing cards, Sebastian called and asked us to come to his house for pizza last evening. He has the cutest little girls. The youngest isn’t a year old yet, very big brown eyes and always has a serious look on her face, till you stick a camera in her face and she just grins! It was so funny! (Picks are on facebook)
Delicious salad with a dressing concoction of his; great pizza and 2 bottles of wine later, we headed home.
I was so looking forward to watching IU play basketball; what a friggin’ disappointment! But I’m sure the team is even more disappointed than I am. Sad to see their season end.
But the best part of the day, I spent no time in the kitchen!!!! Living in Costa Rica is just Pura Vida!
Mark and I keep marveling at how we were told on our “due diligence” trip that we would NEVER be invited to a Tico’s home! Well, that’s not true!!! We’ve been invited to Maricela’s home for various celebrations! (And they have been invited to our home too!)
Last week we went to a fiesta at her Mother’s home – a ceremony for the children and to put away the nativity scene till next year. Music, dancing and most of all, the most tasty food! Whoever says Costa Rica doesn’t have good food, needs to eat at a person’s home!
Maricela served a chicken soup/stew with all kinds of veggies in it and garbanzo beans! She even sent some home with us! Had an eggnog type drink with rum, yum!
Nazareth can get me to do fun stuff! As soon as the music starts, she can’t be still; the hips and feet start moving and don’t stop until the music stops! She drug me out of the chair to dance…..I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, but Costa Rican songs go on, and on, and on, and on! Talk about exhaustion!!!
Saw some of the same people that were at the fiesta last week, along with new people last night.
And, we got invited to another fiesta on Thursday night in Los Angeles! Be still my heart (and feet)! Mark is not sure he’s going, but you can rest assured I’ll be there with bells on!!!
The people in Costa Rica have been so welcoming. Everyone is happy!!! And it’s contagious!!!
Still lovin’ our life here!