Keeping You In Stitches

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After 5 long years of having our house on the market someone has finally made an offer that we accepted.  And by Friday we should have a signed agreement.

Since we’re not quite sure what we’re going to do, we’ll be going to Ft.Myers, FL, where our daughter and son-in-law live. We’ll be renting a VRBO for awhile to see what it’s like.

We, at least I, have enjoyed our 6 years  in Costa Rica.  I’ve met so many new friends, Gringas and Ticas.

While at times it has been frustrating, we’ve been able to muddle thru with the Spanish and charades.

It is sad that we arrived with 4 dogs and now only have two.  But that’s the circle of life.

I am asking for understanding from our friends – some days you’ll get the Nice Nancy and some days it will be the Bitchy Nancy.

Not thrilled that this will be the 14th house we’ve lived in.  This was supposed to be the last move.

Today was knitting day.  Vera, Mariam, Jean Marie and I……supposedly Mariam was to have the keys to Cristina’s shop, but she didn’t.  Cristina has stopped working for awhile till she has the baby (July 4).

Cristina’s grandmother, Mariam’s mother lives on the corner. So we went to sit on her porch till the keys arrived.  By the time the keys arrived, we were all sitting comfortably around her Grandmother’s table.  Lots of Spanglish spoken, but a lot of laughs too.  Her grandmother wanted us to stay there because she likes having people around.  I feel like part of the family!

One thing Jean Marie and I learned today, I feel the need to share.

If you have knee problems, use chicken pieces (never figured out if it was cooked or raw), enough to go around your knee.  Then cover the chicken with leaves of cabbage.  Use a wrap to keep everything in place.  When you wake up in the morning, there is no more pain in the knee!  Almost wish I had knee pain to give this a try!  So if anyone tries it, please let me know how it works. Going to knitting, is not just about knitting! LOL

Sofi and Derby had a spa day today so I had them in town early.  9 a.m. – when you’re retired, that’s early!  First time Derby has not been ready to get out of the car.  Got them dropped off and away I went.  Parked by BCR and walked the town.

Stopped in the tienda across from the correo.  Had some new dresses but none in my size.  By the time I was through trying on the dresses and getting it off, I was so hot!  Always have my  water bottle with me.  Then I wandered in one of the shoes stores and nothing yelled “buy me”.  So I wandered down the street and all of a sudden a lady came around the corner.  It was quite funny because we both looked at each other like “I know you”!  It was Sandra’s (from Antanos) mother.  Hadn’t seen her in ages. We hugged and attempted some Spanglish. Then we went on our way.

On my way to Antanos I ran into Dra. Candy.  and  we chatted for a bit.  I went on my way to have some iced tea for National Iced Tea Day and wait for the dogs to get done.  A lady walked in and put her stuff on the couch on the porch at Antanos and headed to the bano.  She came out and headed to where the bar/kitchen area is.  All of a sudden Sandra came out and said “Nancy, this is my grandmother.”  I replied “su abuelita”…..so I went over there and the hugs and kisses I got from this woman will never be forgotten.

Then Sandra’s mother came in with a beautiful orchid for Sandra (her birthday is Monday). I kept saying “total familia”.  We laughed and continued talking in Spanglish.

Then I got a phone call from Mark saying he needed me to get a newspaper so he could wash the windows!  Said to get La Nacion because it was a thicker paper! LOL

On my way to where the car was parked, I ran into Mike and Joni. She was headed to Alvaro for rehab.  Said he’s really helping her.  And we agreed he was easy on the eyes!

Finally got to the car, I park on one side of town and walk instead of trying to find a place to park. Off to Coope for Mark’s newspaper.

I apparently have problems parking in parking lots.Pulled in really crooked and as I’m trying to straighten up, I had one tire over the parking bumper; so back and forth I go, finally getting it almost straight.  Get out of the car and Mike Elder says you know you’re not really supposed to drive over those right?  In my mind I’m thinking I’m of the age I can do pretty much whatever I want. LOL  Then he told me to buy the La Teja newspaper because Mark would enjoy the centerfolds!  Told him Mark specifically said La Nacion because it’s thicker! He laughed over that!

After that I headed to where the dogs were.  Sat for a few minutes waiting and the yelping and hollering  they were doing was totally embarrassing to me!  They know better than to act like that.

Uneventful ride home; dogs ran in the house and slept for a couple hours before I remembered they hadn’t lunch yet.  Their spa day totally relaxed them and they have slept all afternoon.

I was worn out from walking all over town too.  Not able to go all day like I used too.

 

L to R: Vera, Jean Marie, Mariam, 93 year old abuelita of Christina.

 

Disclaimer:  Not responsible if you wet your pants laughing!

The regular knitting group seemed to keep dwindling down.  I was a little bummed and thought maybe it was time to take a break from knitting.

2 weeks ago, I went to a baby shower for Cristina, who was my sewing teacher awhile back.  I was the only Gringa there.  But it was hilarious.  They speak Spanish so fast, just like we speak English fast.  I could get a word or two here and there but it was just a super fun time.

As usual, I was behind in knitting my gift. I was knitting a small baby blanket and didn’t have it quite done, so I put it unfinished in the gift bag with other things.

Tico time is so different.  The shower was from 1-4.  Of course I got lost getting there and thought I would be really late arriving at 1:30 p.m. Alas! I was the first one to arrive! LOL Others slowly arrived.  Altho, people were still arriving at 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.

While sitting there waiting for people to arrive, I decided to  get the baby blanket and keep knitting on it.  Mariam, Christina’s Tia (aunt), came over and watched and we tried to carry on a conversation regarding knitting.  She knitted too!  Then Doña Vera (taking quilting classes from Christina) sat down beside me  and joined in the conversation.  Doña Vera knows some English and it was a little easier to carry on a conversation with Mariam.  Christina came over to make sure she wasn’t needed for translating! LOL  Cristina said to me “Mariam wants to know if you could get together to knit sometime.”  Well, that’s all it took and we became best friends!

I suggested first I should take them to Penelope’s in Santa Ana, which is a nice yarn shop!  She high fived me on that!  Vera wanted to go and Cristina too. So we hit up the yarn shop and a fabric shop.  The owner of the fabric shop said no one had ever spent so much time in the store as we did!

Where to knit?  Decided we would knit at Cristina’s sewing shop and Vera could continue with her quilting.  It’s a mix of crafters!

Then Jean Marie wanted to know if she could come, so I said sure! (Gringa)

We are sitting around a table, knitting, laughing, etc., and all of a sudden the front door opened and in came Cristina’s 93 year old grandmother!  She sat down at the table with us and began hand sewing a hem  around what looked to me as a napkin.  I noticed that every once in awhile a smile came on her face.  Am sure she couldn’t keep up with what was being said because most of it was in Spanglish!  But she was happy to be with us! And we were happy she was with us.

Then Mariam went to Grandmother’s house and came back with 2 quilts that this woman had made.  She used fabric from clothes people were throwing away.  WOW!!!!  Jean Marie and I were really impressed.  Gives us a goal to reach 93 and still be active.

Can’t wait till the next knitting get together!  I left there so happy!!!

Today was a day of hilarity for  us and those that were at Pizza Finca!

Victoria is about 20 days from having her baby and Karen decided we should have lunch together before the big day.  (It’s the 7/31 Club because we were all born on that day.)  What could we do to make it funny? Decided we should go as pregnant women too! Enjoy the pictures and please note the real pregnant person, is the smallest! You just can’t take the fun out of the “older ladies”. Poor Victoria!!!!  She assured us that Ema was going to call everyone when the baby arrives!

Here’s the conversation according to Karen…

Lunch conversation goes something like this….

Table for 3? No table for 6 (please).
Ah, waiting for 3 more ladies? No, why do you ask?
Well, there are 3 of you yes? No, there are 6 of us.
ME: Better make it a table for 7. I’m having twins!
VIC: Hurry I think I’m going to Earl!
NANCY: Earl who? I think I’m having a basketball!
ME: For lunch? And who is this Earl, Victoria?
VIC: I’m gonna be sick, like Earl right now!
NANCY: Suddenly I’m not so hungry, let’s go to the bar!
ME: Works for me, how ’bout you Victoria, you in?
VIC: I’m gonna go take a nap before I go back to work.
NANCY: There’s always one party-pooper in the crowd!
ME: Okay, I’ve got errands to run before I deliver these guys. See ya, same place, same time, next week for lunch gals?
Should we invite our husbands maybe……
THEM: Nah, then we’d need a bigger table…..

…when things get hot, I cool them off! Shooting my gun and blowing off the smoke from the caps!

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That’s how Gunsmoke started out!

When I was a kid, I loved all the cowboy programs,Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Sky King, etc. I really wanted to be Annie Oakley when I grew up!

Since I very seldom sleep thru the night now , when I’m awake, I turn on WGN out of Chicago on my iPhone. Certain nights of the week they play old radio programs. One night this week was a Gunsmoke program. No, I did not go back to sleep, but I listened intently! I had the neatest gun and holster set, my bike was my horse, with a squirrel tail on the back fender. We had more fun playing cops and robbers or cops and Indians. I really think unless you live in a small town, you don’t get to play like we did!

Brought back fun times in good old Camden, Michigan. A small town where everyone knew everyone.

I was probably the boy, my Dad never had! A real tomboy.
He coached high school basketball and was the chemistry teacher. He took me to practices frequently! The gym was like the one in “Hoosiers”. I used to sit behind the team, and one time Dad benched a player for smoking. When the game started everyone started yelling “Boo Reynolds,” well, being the loud mouth that I was, I joined in too. No clue what that meant. He said when he turned around and saw me yelling with the crowd, that hurt worse than the crowd yelling.

He also coached Little League….I used to tag along to practices, hoping someone wouldn’t show up so I could fill in for that player. Great summers.

When you were around 12 years of age, you were “allowed” (allowed as in parental OK) to go to the cemetery and play Ghost in the Graveyard! So much fun!

At Halloween, we were able to go Trick or Treating by ourselves all over town. And from year to year, you would remember which houses gave out the best candy. One Halloween there were three adults that were dressed in long underwear, stuffing everywhere, and really creepy masks. No one could figure out who these people were. They were actually on the front page of the Hillsdale Daily News! Imagine my horror to find out one of the women was my mother!

We loved May Day. Am sure that’s not celebrated this way anymore. Making baskets and filling them with spring flowers and candy….hanging the baskets on door knobs of houses, ringing the doorbell, and running like crazy to hide. We never knew where the baskets came from.

Eggs were cheap! We used to buy them and mix them up with sand to make cakes! I can’t remember how many times we tried to dig to China in the sandbox. Never succeeded!

With the way the world is today, I feel badly for kids today because they sure don’t get to have experiences like this.

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Sedona, 15 years old, had to be put down yesterday.  Dr. Solano told us that she had had a long life for lab.  He assured us that we had taken excellent care of her.  Ours dogs are family and this is why it’s so hard.

I got Mark Sedona for Father’s Day many years ago….a few months after Dudley, our sheep dog, had passed away.  She was one of a litter of 11!  And the runt!  Only she and brother were the blonde color and the brother was tall enough, and Sedona small enough, that she could actually walk under the brother.  The other 9 puppies looked like Border collies and were black and white with long hair.

She was adopted from the Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Shelter.  My friend Joanne Walton would go with me to visit her after I had picked her out. At that time, that particular shelter would ask for references, especially Vets, to make sure you’re a good dog parent.

Joanne had lots of experience with dogs and convinced us to get a crate.  We had never done that before with our other dogs, but I was working then.  Best thing we had ever done.  Except, one day we both came home from work, and found a wall demolished!  She had been scratching at the drywall most of the morning, apparently, bored!  Lesson No. 1: don’t set a crate near a wall that can be reached by the dog.

We named her Sedona, because we love Sedona, AZ and it was a suggestion from Todd Ofenbeck, our son-in-law.  And our dogs are so much a part of the family, that they have middle names!  Sedona’s middle name was Joanne, named after my friend.  She would crack up when I would call her Sedona Joanne and like all good mother’s used the middle name when she was in trouble.

Because she was the runt,  silly me, figured she would be small! One of the vets said she might be 30-40 lbs. and another vet said “many times, the runt ends up being the largest” – well, she was large, 75 lbs.

She was a great dog, minded well, etc.  She would even walk me to the bathroom in the middle of the night!  (Like I didn’t know the way.)

The last 3 days, it had become apparent that something had to be done.  Her hind legs were extremely weak and many times we would find her splayed on the floor.  And she wouldn’t make a sound so we had to keep checking on her.  We would help her up and she would gain a little energy and be able to walk again.  It had gotten to the point that we were afraid to be gone from the house and come home and find her splayed on the floor.

When Dr. Solano was giving her the shot, I held her head and whispered to her that it was OK to go; and I was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if people had the choice to not live a productive life any more because of illness.

Hopefully, she has caught up with our other dogs, Whiskey, (yes, our first dog was named Whiskey!), Tramp, Dudley and Oliver at the Bridge and they are playing happily again.

RIP Sedona, you were a great dog!!! I will miss you forever!
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