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Aunt Fran's 100th

Aunt Frances turned 100 years old!!!  Not sure if anyone else in the family has reached that distinction!

So happy that the pictures of the celebration were posted on Facebook!  See Facebook can be for good things too.

It was so great to see my 3 cousins too.  Can’t imagine how long it’s been since we’ve been together.

I can’t begin to count all the family  get-togethers that we had.  There was a picture taken with my cousins in front of their Christmas tree when they lived in Indiana. I remember that so well; The tree was on a platform above the floor with the most fabulous train set going around it; not just around the tree, because the platform was so big; included a village, etc.

Aunt Frances and Uncle Ward, John, Pete and Jane left Indiana and moved to Colorado.  They came back to Indiana and we were having a family reunion at a park in Fort Wayne, IN.  The main entree was Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Finger lickin’ good, yep!  However, some of us got food poisoning from it sitting out in the heat.  My Mom and I were the only ones that got sick in our house; Mark and I were dating and he went to the reunion with me.  He got sick too!  At that time our house only had one bathroom and all I could think of is one more person gets sick, where are they  going to throw up?  Mom and I took turns throwing up in the bathtub or the toilet. Kelly was pretty young and pretty upset that we were sick.  Every time we went in the bathtub, she would say to Dad, “they will get better” only it was asked more like a question.  We always refer to that time as the time we got Kentucky Fried Fever!!

Others from the reunion got sick too.  Dad waited a days to call Aunt Fran’s house to see if they had gotten sick.  My Uncle Ward told him “Yep, it was the cheapest trip back to Colorado because all they had to buy was Pepto Bismol.”

Such great fond family  memories!

Sue, thanks so much for posting this….and…..

A Happy 100th Birthday to Aunt Frances!

Last night I had a weird nightmare.  One of those kind that you know you are yelling out in your sleep, but can’t wake up!  Mark shook me awake…..

It was the middle of the night, a dark and stormy night…..I had to go to the bathroom, of course!  Quietly got out of bed and walked to the bathroom in the dark, then flipped on the light!  Good Grief!  There was a naked man sitting on the edge of the tub reading a  newspaper!

Now, the interesting thing is, our house doesn’t have a tub, only showers.  And we don’t get a newspaper….I’ve decided I shouldn’t watch Game of Thrones or Justified before going to bed.

Pura Vida!

Lots of fiestas this December!  The month has flown by……

Christmas with our Tico neighbors was so much fun……and noisy…….just the way it should be!  Kids were thrilled with their gifts – gave Moises and Gabriel noisy toys, guitar, drum and a tambourine.  I thought they could have a parade on the street behind us, but they preferred parading in the house! lol   Pictures and video on Facebook.

Then this past Monday we were invited to a wedding in Manuel Antonio.  It was small and very nice.  Held at the pool of Costa Verde II.  A bridge decorated with greenery and flowers was put over the pool and wedding party arrived over the bridge.  The flower girl was really tickled with getting to walk over the bridge….doing so many times.  She also had a small iguana pinned to the front of her dress (picture on Facebook.)  I can’t believe, I didn’t get a picture of the bride and groom….to busy keeping hydrated, I guess!  They looked extremely happy!!!!

It was hot, very hot!  I would like to know how the bridal party kept their make-up from running!  They didn’t even look hot or sweaty!!!  However, the bridgegroom did mop his brow many times!

The drive over there seemed endless because of the traffic.  Was bumper to bumper on 27 to Orotina.  Took us 3 hours to get there!  We left early because of that – and even later it still took us 3 hours to get home.  I should have kept track of how many cars we passed with no tail lights or headlights!  Even passed a wheel chair going along the edge of the road, but the passenger did have a helmet on, altho’ no lights.

As 2014 comes to a close tonight, I wish everyone a Happy 2015 – may it be better than 2014!!!!

Pura Vida!!!

Tuesday was a busy day!  Had Sofi in to the groomer by 9 a.m.; just waited around town running errands, etc. while she had her “day” of beauty.  Then I brought her home.

Headed back into town for knitting – decided I didn’t want her crawling all over me while I knitted.  And believe me, it was a very wise decision!

While heading up the last hill into town, I realized the car wasn’t  running quite right. Oh, boy, was it ever running hot.  Pulled over and called Mark and while I was talking to him, it was starting to cool down.  (I was driving old Bessie when she basically overheated and blew up!)

He called our mechanic, Freddy, and he said he would stop at Kay’s to check out the car.  However, he neglected to tell Mark that he was headed to Alajuela……At any rate, he stopped by about 3:30 p.m. – poured water in and we watched it run right out.

Then he said the magic words…..I told Mark a couple weeks ago, that it would be better to put a new tank/reservoir in – the silicon didn’t hold.  By now I’m trying to keep my blood from boiling!!!  And it’s a real shame Kay’s doesn’t serve vodka tonics or margaritas!  So I calmly asked how much this was going to cost…..75 mil most likely….he immediately called to order the part from San Jose and it will arrive either today or tomorrow by bus….Freddy said it’s a quick job to do.

Thru many phone calls back and forth with Mark, he politely informed me that the last car “I blew up” cost us $2,000 and we had to buy a new (10 year old) car!

Mark and I tend to differ on getting things repaired.  I told Freddy he needed to talk to me regarding parts, etc., not Mark!  Since I’m usually the one that gets stranded, I think if you’re told something needs to be repaired or replace, you do it!

Luckily, Bunky and Denise offered to run me home!  Muchas Gracias!!!

While Bunky and Denise were here, the pool motor started making even a worse noise. We’ve known for quite a while it needed to be replaced.  Mark called Morris this morning regarding that.  Maybe he’s realizing that putting off the inevitable isn’t worth it!

Phone just rang – Freddy…..says the car is ready!!! WOO HOO!!!!

 

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Halloween! I love getting dressed up…..Have a Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) costume and use Sofi as my little Toto.

For some reason, this year, Halloween has come, is here, NOW!  I have not one decoration out….even Nazareth and Dylana noticed.  For some reason, I’m just not into this year!  Old age, I hope not.

When I was in the states in September, I really should have looked at costumes.  Just too darn difficult to drag back to CR.  Next year will be different, I’ll go all out for it!

Joanne/Brooke drag out that biker babe costume …. will give the streets of Atenas something to howl at next year!

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Animales Atenas had a different kind of fundraiser. It was called Dinner for Two; or Four or Six! Basically, volunteers  cook a meal and deliver it to the winners of the raffle.

I thought this was something Maricela might like to do. So in my Spanglish, I finally got the message through that this was a fundraiser. I would buy the supplies and “we” would cook in my kitchen. She was in 7th heaven!!! Not sure if it’s because she was cooking in my kitchen or she just likes to cook! Anyway, we came up with a typical Tico dinner:

  • empanadas with chicken, beans and cheese (empanadas con polo, frijoles y queso);
  • arroz con pollo (rice with chicken),
  • Picadillo de papa(a potato concoction, I think I could eat this once a day!),
  • ensalada de Verde (green salad).

We grocery shopped on Monday and after checking with the winner of our meal, decided to cook it on Wednesday – the girls had no school on Monday and she wanted to cook without the girls around, I guess. So Wednesday morning comes and Maricela, Nazareth (no school that day) and her 17 year old son, Dimas showed up.

Nazareth may only be 9, but she sure was a great help. She washed dishes, peeled potatoes, etc. At one point I caught her at the kitchen sink eating a mouthful of potato peelings! LOL

I told Mark I felt like I was fixing a Thanksgiving dinner. I do confess that I bought enough of everything, so Maricela’s family and Mark and I could eat too! LOL

When I was in the states, I bought a bunch of wooden Christmas ornaments because I decided to give Maricela one of my three Christmas trees – they’ve never had a tree before. So during a slack time of cooking, I pulled those ornaments out and Nazareth began coloring them; the next thing I know, seventeen year-old Dimas is in the kitchen sitting beside her coloring them too! LOL Next day, thirteen year old Dylana colored hers.
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Naza_Ornanments_Nativity

Our kitchen smelled so good…..had intended to cook the meat for the Picadillo de Papa in the crock pot overnight, but mother nature provided us with a storm that took out the electricity; so we ended up cooking that on the stove.

Actually, my contribution to the cooking, besides paying for the food, was stirring.  I’ve learned, I’m a “great stirrer”!

Maricela, Nazareth and I delivered the food and heard from the winner, complimenting the chef!!!

It was a really exhausting day for both of us…..and Maricela was here bright and early to clean on Thursday morning.

I do think I might try making the empanadas myself!  Maricela’s were perfectly round and then folded…..there is an art to it, no rolling pin involved, all hands-on!

All in all, it was a great fund raiser, about $2500, which goes to support the animal spay and neuter and rescue.

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!

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