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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!
Maricela asked us to go to her mother’s house last night for ………..never could figure out what she was talking about!
So about 7 p.m. Mark and I trudged up the hill to her mother’s house – smacking my forehead because I can’t remember her name! DUH!
As we were arriving, a car with 4 men in it was arriving; they each had a guitar and one had an accordian. There were lots of people that had already arrived.
Unfortunately, we did not take a camera. Bummer!!!
It was some kind of ceremony signifying that Navidad was over and the nativity scene could be put away for another year. A priest was there to perform this, one of the guitar players. The four men faced the nativity scene and began playing their instruments, singing and the Padre was saying whatever it is he was supposed to say. Mark, Tonya and I were the only clueless people in the room.
After about an hour of this, the ceremony was over. Then the food started…..yum! Homemade bread, tortillas, and the wonder “potato hash”!
Then the musicians began playing and the kids began dancing. Nazareth cannot stand still when there is music!! This child desperately needs to be in a dance class….she has rhythm from the tips of her toes to the top of her head! Her mother convinced her to get me to dance with her…..what an uproar from the crowd; then Maricela convinced Mark to dance, and another uproar erupted.
It was so much fun!!!
Maricela is having a ceremony like this next week at her house! Oh boy!!!
We will have cameras this time.
When we were walking home, Mark said, remember when we did our due diligence tour here and we were told we would never be invited to a Tico’s house…..well, I think it all depends on the person! We’ve been invited to Maricela’s many times and now to her mother’s…..
We had so much fun…..Tico’s know how to have fun!!! We can never thank them enough for including us…
This past Tuesday we took Maricela, Dylana, and Nazareth to the beach. It was the first time they had been there…Maricela had been there before but it’s been a long time.
As we drove into the parking lot, there was a gorgeous iguana running across the road and climbed up a tree! So pretty, even the girls were very excited.
This beach is a National Park so it’s very well kept.
We love this beach because there is a section with trees, picnic tables, grills, etc. These trees are the ones the monkeys love scampering in….
We had no more than arrived in this particular area, and Nazareth and Dylana spotted monkeys frolicking in the trees! They were so excited!!! It was so fun to see them get excited; their faces and grins told the whole story.
All the tables were full so we found a stretch that was still in the shade and settled down there. In seconds the girls were in the water.
Nazareth has no fear of anything! Maricela kept telling her that this is not like a pool, and to not go out too far. She minded most of the time and between Mark and Maricela, Nazareth stayed in pretty close to shore.
We had taken sandwiches and snack food; and stopped at a fruit vendor to purchase bananas for the monkeys. They were so excited to feed them…..and as usual, we saw mama monkeys carrying their offspring and jumping from tree to tree.
On our way home, we saw a Granizado man and of course, we stopped; we all had “rojo” granizados, except Mark – he declined one. LOL The rest of us just slurped ours down – yum!
I was very surprised the girls stayed awake on the ride home; it was obvious they were tired!
They had such a good time that they are going back next week with a friend that has never been there!
The girls start back to school on Feb. 4th and it will be quiet in the development! LOL
Please click on the link and view some photos that were taken.
Our second New Year’s Eve in Costa Rica! Can hardly believe we’ve been living here for over a year and a half! And lots and lots of things have happened in that year and a half.
We really do enjoy it here; what’s not too like – while my friends in FL, yes, FL, and KY are freezing, we have the windows and doors open with a balmy breeze blowing through the house; yesterday was a “bad” day with the December winds – we’ve got more dirt, leaves, etc. than ever – IN THE HOUSE! LOL Sure hope Maricela shows up today to clean.
In early December, I saw the dermatologist. He “froze” 26 spots on my face and upper chest. I’m telling myself that for a week or so I looked like I was covered with beauty marks, ie: Marilyn Monroe style. Hey! It’s my mind and I can tell myself whatever I want.
Back in the old country when something was removed by a medical professional, we had the understanding that things would be removed by pounds; 1 lb. minimum; preferably by 2 lbs. at a time. I’m sad to report that these 26 beauty marks only removed .1 pounds. I see him again in February and we’ll be having a discussion regarding this.
Lots of resolutions for the upcoming New Year.
1. I am truly giving up Pepsi! This will be difficult but I know I can do it….the past couple of months I could go without it for a week or so; and then I’d cave in a buy Pepsi. It’s a big acid reflux cause for me! Altho’ I’m happy to admit that my 1820 coffee doesn’t cause any reflux problems; am afraid to try any other coffee because I’m happy with 1820.
2. I will definitely get a least one Christmas present made or purchased a month for Christmas 2013! None of this stress and panic like I felt this year. And I still haven’t completed my shipping or purchasing for Christmas 2012! Hmmm, maybe I could just ship stuff now and say “Merry Early Christmas 2013″ – keep this till December and put it under your tree. Just a thought…
3. Get my sewing room organized! Maricela is a good organizer so I think when the girls go back to school, she and I will get in there and tackle this.
4. I’m going to keep count of the people that I give rides to into town; that’s just part of my “Pay it forward”.
5. We will go visit some sites in Costa Rica – need to find someone to come to the house and stay with the dogs; it will be easier on them and us! LOL
6. Work on my Spanish…I know the words, I just can’t get them into sentences! Anyone that has young kids in their lives, have them learn Spanish! It’s so much easier when you’re younger than at our age!
That’s enough for now….but I might add some other resolutions later.
Took a break and fixed Maricela and the girls some breakfast. Dylana, Nazareth and I are headed into town in a few minutes. They are so good when I take them to town! Don’t beg or whine for a thing!
Adios for now and Feliz Anos Nuevo!
Slowly getting adjusted and rested from the whirlwind trip to the old country.
However, Saturday, I decided to catch up on ironing. However, the iron wouldn’t turn on! And it’s even worse, because I brought my old iron and bought a new iron when we moved. Alas! Those have never turned up….
Eventually, I bought a Sharp iron at PriceSmart. It’s this iron that doesn’t work!!! And it worked when I left for the old country. Hmmm, maybe Mark did so much ironing while I was gone, it “burnt up”. NAH, that would never happen.
After an exhausting and painful Spanish lesson on Saturday afternoon, we headed into town to see about getting it repaired. Repair place was still open and on Wednesday, we’ll find out if it’s “repairable”. Hopefully, it’s something minor. In Costa Rica things get repaired because they cost so much to buy originally.
The Festival was still going on so we wandered thru the park and had “Fruta Ensalada con Helado” for dinner. It was a lot of cut up fruit with ice cream on top! It was pretty tasty except for the papaya….I don’t think I’ll ever, ever like papaya! A few more vendors were set up.
The main stage had dancers….Velma was surprised at the American music that was played. I just adore watching the little girls dancing with their full skirts and flinging them every which way!
Then we headed home to a quiet evening in the mountains….
Sedona and Derby started barking in the middle of the night….we think a cat sometimes get into our yard and likes to root around in the garbage. Velma was convinced they were upset because we were going to have an earthquake! Our dogs never seem to “feel” them coming…
Sofi seems to be ailing today. Has thrown up and is in a deep sleep right now. Didn’t give her medication to her this morning because I think she has an upset stomach…..
New glasses will be in tomorrow; may take Sedona in for bloodwork and to get her nails trimmed. Oh joy!!! She’s such a big lug! LOL
Washer is done….
Tonight we’re going to some friend’s house for dinner – oh my, and I may be a wrinkled mess! LOL
While the hubster was in FL playing “nurse” while Amy healed, I left him with these parting words….I’ll try not to make too many changes to the house.
The first two weeks he was gone, it seemed like all I did was run here, run there, between dental appointments and medical appointments, I would fall into bed at night exhausted, lying there thinking, well, that’s another day I got nothing accomplished.
A friend had had some painting done. Mark painted the original bathroom in the house a bright yellow – yes, I picked out the paint. However, it was way too bright and since it reminded me of the sun, I was always extremely hot in that bathroom. So she tried to hook me up with the painter. Then Mark decided to come home much earlier than we anticipated. Panic set in because I had already purchased the paint!
One thing led to another and the recommended painter didn’t work out – ie: always cancelling. So being the inventive person that I am, I decided to ask Maricela if she knew a painter. She says Luiz, her husband. Keep in mind this on Monday and Mark arrives home on Tuesday. I asked when and she said right now he was just working temporarily….so she called him and he said if I picked him up around 10 a.m. where he was working, he could do it that day. Then he called back and said “make it 11″.
She reminded me it was 11 and to go get Luiz – nicknamed Cuko! He came right in and got to work! It’s a small bathroom and he was done with 2 coats within a little less than 4 hours – cost was $12!
With Mark gone I didn’t have a stocked kitchen of food and felt I should offer them lunch. Cuko ate his lunch between coats of paint! LOL I found hotdogs and fixed those with chips and salsa. Get this, Cuko ate his hotdog cold, in a bun, with all the condiments on top! Seriously!!! I can eat a cold hotdog but not in a bun with condiments….EEEUUUUWWWW.
Mark arrived home on Tuesday as I said previously. No mention of the difference in the bathroom. Finally, late Wednesday afternoon, he’s in the utility room and finds the gallon of paint. Comes into the kitchen, my least favorite room of the house till my friend Joni says if you have an argument with your spouse, as long as you are in the kitchen, YOU ARE RIGHT!
He says “did you buy a gallon of paint to make something for the wedding?” Now, where he came up with that I’ll never know! So I said no! Then he kept badgering me about that damn gallon of paint. Finally, I said, I had the bathroom painted while you were gone. In he stomps to the bathroom and says, oh no you didn’t…..I painted it! Then I calmly said and it never got finished because you expected me to do the trim and paint behind the toilet. I’ve decided I’m retired from trim painting!
So again, I calmly said, you painted it yellow! Then he says, no I painted it white. Then I said , but the walls are now a light blue! So then a discussion began on what color he painted it.
Moving along, then he says, well he got paint on the ceiling….again I calmly said that is there to cover the yellow you slopped on the ceiling!
You just gotta love a man that has no clue what is going on or what he has done! LOVE IT!
Then he started in, you didn’t need a gallon. Then I tried to remind him that he had me get a quart when he was painting it yellow….then another quart…..and he wasn’t sure there was enough left for me to do the trim!
If I ever get my sewing room situated, I want to paint one wall of it this pretty light, cool feeling blue.
Some things never change! Big sigh….
Pura Vida from a warm, sunny Costa Rica!
Pat gave me some ear plugs to ward off the bathing birds in the gutters. Apparently they work – haven’t heard them for 2 nights! Thanks, Pat.
Last night I fell asleep before putting them in…thus starts the story.
Somewhere in the night, near O-dark thirty, I heard a critter on the roof. Dogs weren’t aroused, and I was too sleepy to get up and see if I could tell what it was.
Then I heard “it” fall off the roof and scamper away….running into a metal drying rack outside. Still wasn’t curious enough to get up and see if I could tell what it was. Then it must have gotten over the fence because as it scurried away I heard the gentle rustling of the bells on the gate.
Woke up pretty early this morning 5:45 a.m.; still didn’t think anything about it.
Then when I went to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee, I looked out the window and the damn critter fell through the awning on the outdoor swing – yep a nice big hole in it!
Next decision, do I have someone make a new one or do I attempt to do it. If I attempt to do it, it’s last in line behind all my other projects.
It’s just so darn exciting here in Costa Rica. I wish everyone could experience living here, even if it’s just for a short time.
P.S. In my mind I’m thinking it was a Coati.
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…