Last year on Halloween, one of my bff’s lost her husband unexpectedly. She was a Halloween nut!!! I know this has been a tough year for her, and I’m hoping that next year will be a little better.
Last week, Todd (married to daughter, Amy) lost his father. He was 94 years old – a Cubbies fan from the beginning. He had told the family that he hoped to see them win the World Series this year. Alas, he passed away before the beginning of the first game in Cleveland. He had mesothelioma – his body was shutting down but his mind was there. Had to be sad for the family to see that.
As a father-in-law to Amy, there couldn’t have been a better one! He was at the hospital every day, all day when she was in the Critical Care Unit. After 8-10 weeks of that, she went to a rehab hospital and he was there every day too. Not many father-in-laws would do that! We can never convey what that meant to us. Of course, we went to FL as often as we could and we were there for every surgery.
When Todd and Amy first moved to Fort Myers, she was an anchor for the ABC station. Todd worked for the NBC station. Ray would always call her and tell her if hair didn’t look right, or if he didn’t like what she had on that day! That cracked us up!
Ray was quite the entertainer all the hours we spent in the hospital! Especially with the nurses! Always had a smile and joke for them.
Hugs to all the Ofenbeck family and we are so so sorry for your loss.
One disadvantage to living in Costa Rica is we can’t get to events like this. RIP Ray….you and Todd’s mother have a lot of catching up to do…..please let her talk too! LOL
Having had 2 friends husband’s die on Halloween, and now Ray will be buried on Halloween, I have come to a decision. When my time on earth is done, if it’s 5 days before or after Halloween, I want my funeral to be a costume party. And believe me, I’ll know if you’re not in costume!
Yesterday, a friend, Jean Marie and I decided to go shopping and take a break from knitting. I have finally found someone down here that loves Christmas and all the decor like I do. So we decided this would be a “check out Christmas stuff shopping trip.”
Universal, which is a large department store in Alajuela, moved into the new City Mall, the largest mall in Costa Rica. We decided to check out the old Universal because everything Navidad was discounted! We had a ball. Most things were 50% off and some were 30% off. She shops like I do, check everything out and then make a decision! By the time we were finished shopping there, it was noonish.
So we headed to City Mall, with plans to hit every store with lots of Christmas decor. Checked out the Universal store there, prices at the old store were much better.
Then we headed to Aliss; beautiful things there and we oohed and aahed! By then we decided it was time to eat. So we headed to Subway. Finished eating and then we headed to Oxygen, we love their clothes and prices. Tried on a few dresses but nothing hit me just right! Then we headed to Cemaco, a department type store that doesn’t carry clothing.
O.M.G. They have 4 different villages set up under glass in the front of the store! I loved everyone of them. One was like an amusement park with rides that we both used to ride at county fairs. One was a village and I fell in love with the Pet Store and Shoe Cobbler store that was actually shaped like a shoe. The whole set up was beautiful! Then there was a snow scene, and another scene with Santa flying around with the reindeer; ice skaters skating; let’s just say, we were both in “Christmas Heaven”.
Left there and decided to sit down and get our purchases arranged to head to the car.
I think my heart skipped a beat! My phone was missing. So Jean Marie stayed there trying to call it, and I tried to retrace my steps. Maybe it fell out of my pocket in the rest room. As I was headed down that hall I saw a female security person. So in my best Spanglish, I tried to explain what happened. She patted me on the back and said she would call her Jefe (boss). So we stood there waiting for the Jefe of Security to show up. They arrived shortly. Kept asking me to describe it. Kept saying is was “pink, cover was like a book with a giraffe on the front and a giraffe on the back. Every time I said giraffe in Spanish, they smirked….I’m guessing they figured an old lady shouldn’t have a phone with a giraffe cover! Then a guy came by and said do you need help? So I said yes, that if I went home having lost my phone, I would probably be beheaded! So he asked me the same questions that the security officers asked me. The whole time the female security person was patting me on the back.
All of a sudden, one of the security guards pulled my phone out of his shirt pocket. I got really excited and gave him a big hug (am sure he thought another loca gringa); so then he wanted some ID. So I said we had to go where my amiga was sitting. I pulled out my Cedula (national ID card) and he turned on my phone, laid it on the settee and took a picture. Then gave it to me with a big grin. I again hugged him and the female security person. Keep in mine we’ve walked a five story mall and this was probably a 2 hour deal!
Took Jean Marie home; and since the story had a happy ending, I did end up telling Mark. Who just stood there shaking his head! I found out he had turned on “Find My iPhone” since I had my iPad with me, I could have located it via the GPS.
Then off to Don YaYo’s for Huesos (Bones) Night with Mike and Karen Elder. They kept us up way past bedtime! Huesos are the pork bones with hunks of meat still attached. Mike and Mark enjoy them from time to time. I had chifrio and Karen had fish and chips!
Early this morning, I’m guess it was early, Jean Marie called and woke me up and said I left my knitting in your car. I said “no, you stuck it in one of your bags”. She said OK, I’ll check. Then I pleasantly went back to sleep and didn’t wake up till 11 a.m.
But I keep thinking about all the gorgeous Christmas things we saw, and the phone story ended up OK, so it was a great day!
A little over a year ago I blogged about my Great Aunt Frances turning 100; well, last Friday she passed away at age 101! Can you imagine the things she has seen? She was not ill, her heart just gave out. I read somewhere that our hearts are good for so many beats and I guess it was her time. She will be missed greatly by family.
Aunt Fran had the best get togethers at her house! I remember how her house was always decorated for Christmas. She used a huge corner of the living room, pieces of plywood, and put the tree on top of that. Then around the tree was the most amazing train going around and around; I sure hope someone has that train and still uses it! Maybe this will be the year I buy a train to put around one of my trees and I’ll call the town I set up “Franville”.
My cousin Pete, that is my age, had allergies, asthma pretty bad and they ended up moving to Colorado Springs. We went to visit them during one summer, camping all the way from Michigan to Colorado. I hate camping! And then on to California. I still hate camping!
Dad did a lot of painting and offered to paint the outside of their house. Well, Pete and I wanted to paint too. So Dad had us paint one end of the house. The only thing was every time he came to check on our progress, Pete was nowhere to be found. The first couple of times when he asked where Pete was, I just shrugged my shoulders. Then finally, I said, “he needed a break and rode his bike to the Quik Shake place”. FYI, I painted most of the end of the house. Pete reminds me a lot of Mark, always taking breaks! LOL
A couple days later he was going to some church meeting and wanted me to go with him. Aunt Fran encouraged me to go, but there was just something telling me not to go. So I stayed home. Later that evening we got a call that Pete had rolled the car! He was fine, though. Call it divine intervention, I guess.
Another time we went up into the Rockies to have a picnic along a stream. While things were getting set up to eat, Pete and I were throwing rocks in the river. Then Pete got the big idea, to hope on the rocks in the river. The river was ice cold. You didn’t even want to dangle your feet in it. Once again, I said, “Nope”. So he goes, see it’s really easy and jumped onto a few rocks. However, coming back to shore, he missed. Yep, fell in, totally wet! Well, Aunt Fran hooted and hollered at him. I had trouble not laughing all the way back to the house, because she made him take off his underwear and hung it on car mirror to dry. Everytime I looked at the car, I burst into laughter!
The Meese’s came back to Indiana one year and we had a huge family get together in a park in Fort Wayne, IN. Someone picked up 3-4 buckets of KFC. It was a fun day running around the park, eating, etc. The next day, they were headed back to Colorado. Mark and I were seniors in high school and I convinced him to come to the reunion with us. Mark had been in a bad car accident, broken leg in many places, 3 months in the University of Michigan Hospital. The cast went from foot too above his waist.
The next morning, I woke up throwing up something awful! Then my Mom started throwing up; then my middle sister started throwing up. At one point we were all three in the bathroom throwing up; one in the toilet, one in the sink and one in the bathtub. Didn’t affect Dad or my youngest sister, Kelly. She wasn’t in school yet and kept walking around saying – “Dad, I don’t want to do that.”
So my Dad called a couple relatives that lived in Indiana that were at the reunion, and some of them were doing the same thing! So he calls Mark’s house to see if he’s sick. His Mom says “he keeps throwing up in the bathroom”. So my Dad thinks this is hilarious and has figured out the buckets of KFC shouldn’t have been sitting in the sun; not all the buckets had bad chicken in them, because not everyone was ill.
So he drags my Mother, my middle sister, and me to Mark’s house for a visit. He thinks this is hilarious!!! And wanted to laugh at Mark, I guess. Keep in mind when he would throw up, the leg in the cast kept the bathdoor from opening!
Figuring that the Meese’s were home after a couple of days he called them to see if they were sick. My Uncle Ward told him it was the cheapest trip home because all they consumed on the trip was Pepto Bismol! We all refer to this as the time “we had Kentucky Fried Fever.”
Death is hard to handle but it makes it a little easier when you have some good, funny times to remember!
RIP Aunt Fran and tell Uncle Ward Hola!
Started out in Ft. Myers, FL because Todd, (SIL) had shoulder surgery at the VA hospital. I was impressed! Fairly new hospital. I was the runner to get stuff (ie: paperwork, medications, the sling for his arm). So I spent a lot of time in the lobby listening to the Vets talk about their experiences, etc.
One funny story. As I was sitting there waiting to get the sling to take up to Todd in the recovery room, a woman named Mary came out to give a man his c-pap mask. He kept saying over and over, thank you Jesus, I can sleep tonight. Then he said “I guess I should be thanking you Mary, for giving me the mask.” Her reply was “You know he’s not my son, right?” It appeared to be a “nice, fun, happy place to work.”
After 7 days there, I was off to Bowling Green. Gayla’s daughter, Megan, was planning a surprise birthday for her on Saturday. So, Pat, Velma and I headed to Nashville that morning to do a “little” shopping before hand. We arrived at Megan’s house and Gayla’s friend Patty, from Memphis, was shocked when I walked in! She said Gayla is going to be so surprised to see you! I never did count but I think there were 15-20 people there. It was a nice party and Megan and Rusy, Gayla’s son, did a great job!
Stayed with Julie and Norman this time. They sure have a beautiful house!!! And I thank them immensely for their hospitality. Was able to spend some time with Joanne, who is another “bestie”. Pat, Velma and I had a ball. Went to see the movie Jason Bourne….throughout the movie I kept thinking this is right up Mark’s alley. All the car chases, motorcycle chases, crashes, etc. So I imagine when it comes here, I’ll be seeing it again!
I flew Delta, and love they have screens on the back of the seats. Watched three movies in my travels….of course the only name I can imagine is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Cute!
Most of the shopping was already done and sent to Velma’s. So it was like Christmas!!! Even brought a new sewing small sewing machine home. Plus various other things that are too darn difficult to find in CR.
Was really surprised at the prices in the grocery stores. Cheap! Compared to here. Eggs, 49 cents a dozen; milk 99 cents a gallon.
My trip to the states was eventful because of storms and we had to fly over and over Ft. Myers before we could land. Then the pilot informs us we can go around one more time but then we need to make a decision on what airport to land at because we were running out of fuel! It would have been much less nerve-wracking if he had said “we may have to land at another airport because of weather”! Trust me, no one wants to hear “we may run out of fuel!”
Then the flight to Nashville, we circled Nashville for a little over an hour because of storms before we were able to land.
The weather was so darned hot! Miserable…..I don’t know how people that work outside can stand it. The humdity was absolultely draining!
I was happy to return home and see Mark and the dogs! Julie has 4 dogs and boy did I get sniffed over by our three dogs.
It was a great time, but I am exhausted! Perhaps age has a little to do with that!
Yesterday, Wednesday, should have been sewing class day. However, we diverted it into a fabric field trip to Palmares. Alejandra has family there so she was the day’s guide.
First stop was at a warehouse of fabrics! Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! It was huge!!!! Lots of quilting fabric, which was nice to see. All kinds of ribbon and trims, thread, it was just unbelievable! No, I don’t remember the name of the place, but I do have it in the GPS.
From there we went to Metro-Kilo, and found more goodies.
And then we went to another store that had some fabric, but not as much as the other two.
Went to the Central Market, I like the way it’s set up there.
No Gringos there and I did feel like I got some looks as if to say “what are you doing with Tica’s” or maybe it was “Tica’s what are you doing with a Gringo”.
Much cooler there….
It was a fun day….and glad to have found some new places for fabric.
But any day spent shopping with friends, is a good day!
Thanks to Alejandra for showing us around and to Cristina for giving up a day of sewing!
but as usual, I found a way around it!
As I was driving down the street where the sewing classes are, all of a sudden they decided to trim some trees that were hanging over the street. They had two plastic “thingies” to stop you from going down the street. Keep in mind, I needed to go to the third lot from the corner; just needed to move the plastic “thingie” and could drive right past the truck.
In my Spanglish, I tried to say I was a student and needed to get to my class. He mentioned something about El Jefe. I thought he was going to say something to him, as usual, being Gringo and female, I was ignored.
I solved the problem. I drove around the block where they had other plastic “thingies” to block the street. I got out of my car, and moved one of them. Got back in the car and drove to mid-way down the block to park.
When I got out of the car, everyone of those men were standing there looking at me as if “how did she do that?” I just waved at them and proceeded to take my supplies out of the car and go to sewing.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way!