One of my best friends in Bowling Green, KY lost her husband early Halloween morning. Halloween is her favorite holiday and her house is decked out in a “million witches” besides other Halloween decor.
Velma’s husband, Jim, was my age…..and I am not ready in my life for friends to start dying. I don’t handle death well. And being in Costa Rica is tough on me because I feel like I need to be there for Velma. However, I was just there 6 weeks ago.
I would stay at Velma’s and Jim would pick on me relentlessly! However, me being the Mouth from the South, just dished it right back to him. We had such good times together!
I’m sad for Velma, Jason, their son, Denise, their daughter, but most of all Eli and Farrah, his young grandkids. Jim loved going to watch Eli play baseball; I went to one of his games when I was there in Sept. and it was hysterical. (He’s in kindergarten). Farrah is 4 and a young Diva in the making; an absolutely adorable little girl.
It should be a rule that God does not take people from mid-October till after the first of the year. For some reason, losing loved ones around the holidays seems to be the worst – probably because of the previous memories and excitement for the new holidays coming.
I know this has been devastating for Velma and I feel so sorry for her – we all know we’re going to lose our husbands or wives eventually, but this was just too damn early! Yes, God, I am angry with you – he had lots of things to teach those little grandkids.
This is going to be so tough on Velma but I know she can handle it. She keeps telling me she feels lost. I keep telling her it’s baby steps and she’ll get through it. She has many friends and I know they will help her.
It’s times like this that it’s tough living so far away….I do call her frequently and we cry and laugh, which is good for her. She started laughing about something we were talking about and then she said, “I’m sorry, I guess I shouldn’t be laughing.” I told her to laugh all she wants…..because we’re laughing about memories and what good are they, if you can’t enjoy them.
Today is probably the worst day of her life so far because it’s the funeral. And it will be a military funeral, which is always so touching.
Velma we love you and our hearts are broken for you…..you know we’re here if you need us!
Love to you and peace to Jim!
I decided I needed a shopping trip to the U.S. and see some friends! Ate too much, drank too much, laughed too much……but it was great!
Pat and Velma were going to pick me up at the airport. Going south on I-65, you take Briley Parkway East. However, they chose Briley Parkway West. Pat said she soon realized it was wrong. Yes, there is a sign with an airplane on it indicating the way to the airport. (Last time they came to pick me up, they got lost too!) I waited and waited……wandered in the baggage claim area and then finally sat outside. Boingo is the WIFI at the airport, and that’s the most pathetic WIFI ever! Takes forever to get on and IF you are lucky to get on you get 3 friggin’ minutes free. Dear Nashville Airport – get free WIFI!
Finally heard my name being paged and we connected. What is weird, they were parked outside where I was waiting and we never saw each other. Is this what they call “getting old?”
So we get to Bowling Green and we’re going down Scottsville Rd. Pat asked Velma if this was the turn to her house. Velma says no and continues talking; as we are almost thru the intersection, Velma says “Oh yes, that’s the turn.” So we cut through the mall to get back on Cave Mill Road.
I’m sure all the neighbors were awakened when we arrived at Velma’s! Dragged in the suitcases and immediately went to bed!
Wednesday we shopped, ate out and went to see the movie Ricki and the Flash. It was the movie with Meryl Streep – very cute; still not as good as Mama Mia! Then we went to the grocery store! I miss U.S. grocery stores! Miss having a deli available.
Pat had already seen the movie so she didn’t go with us. But she was coming over for a wine and cheese dinner; the liquor store had a sale 3 bottles for $12 – then the clerk said if you buy one more, it’s a 10% discount; we left with 8 bottles of wine – and there were still some bottles left when I headed for home.
Shopped some more on Thursday;
- Big Lots (LOL)
- Hobby Lobby,
- TJ Maxx
- and Barnes and Noble. And of course, we ate out!
Friday was Knit Day at Corner Bakery – they quit going to Panera’s because the service was so slow. This place was like a Panera’s wannabe – delish sandwiches, etc. Fun to see the old knitting group!!! And I got to meet up with 2 people I used to work with; had to deliver those Freak Flops!
After knitting we went to Panera’s to eat because I wanted one of their delicious salads – I didn’t care how slow it was!
Back to TJ Maxx because they get a new shipment on Thursday! (and Tuesday) A real shopper knows these things!
We went to the movies again to see “No Escape” with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan. It was a good movie but very intense! And to think families are living like this every day.
Since it was Labor Day week-end, Kroger was grilling slabs of ribs for $10! Yes, $10!!! And along with other sides if you wanted them. Delish!!! Did I say, they were only $10?
Oh, I forgot, we went to Velma’s grandson’s (Eli) “baseball game”. These are 4, 5, and 6 year olds. Some of those 4 year olds are so tiny, they don’t look big enough to be potty trained! It was hilarious! They only play 2 innings, do not keep score and everyone gets to bat. One kid was on third, the batter hit it down the third base line, the runner picks up the ball and runs to home! Another kid crossed home and kept running to first base before going to the dugout. It was funny!
Saw another movie “A Walk in the Woods” with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Robert Redford decided he needed to do something with his life besides being an author; he left messages for friends to see if they wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. The only one who would go with him was Nick Nolte, who he did not invite, but heard thru the grapevine he was going to do this. Beautiful scenery and I admit, I missed Costa Rica . It was funny!!!!
Coming home, when I would see older men with backpacks on, I just sort of giggled because of some of the antics in the movie!
My friend, Joanne, had a water skiing accident on Saturday! Tore the tendon from the bone on the back of her thigh. The ER of the hospital she works in, told her that she would be OK in a week or two! NOT!!!! Her daughter, Brooke, finally got a surgeon that was in her network to see her. She had surgery on Friday and is doing well. Will be a recovery of 5-6 months and she said she’s never water skiing again!
Missed seeing some people and I hate that. But there’s only so much time; besides, I’m guessing I’ve been gone long enough, some have forgotten me.
Was wonderful to get home and see Mark and of course the dogs went bonkers!
It was a great trip! Lots of laughs, lots of food, a great time! Did I say lots of laughs? And lots and lots of shopping!
We have the best friends in Costa Rica!!! Antano’s, Yaddixa and Sandra, invited us to have an anniversary dinner there. As usual, we were not disappointed.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers on the table. And a delicious dinner – with special friends, what could be better!
Sandra wasn’t there because she was “under the weather”; she’s better now!
We met Sandra and Yaddixa the first time we came to Costa Rica. We were staying at Frances’ and Bruce’s Lighthouse Animal Rescue in 2011. They took us to Antano’s to eat, and the friendship blossomed from there.
However, when we moved here, I was beside myself, beause Antano’s wasn’t where it was 6 mos. earlier….panic set it; but I found where they moved!!!
Whenever we’ve had guests come, we always take them to Antano’s…..because you know your food is good!
A big thank you to the Yaddixa and Sandra and the staff at Antano’s for making our 47th anniversary special!!!
OMG! 47 years is a life time!!!
I am headed to KY on Sept. 1…..along with these FreakFlops for a friend. I think I might be a FreakFlop mule. (That’s what we call having friends bring us things from the states. Only I’m taking Costa Rican things to the US.
These are so neat…..if they get dirty, just use a scrub brush to clean them up. They come in so many different designs.
I am their favorite customer!!!
So, anyone in Bowling Green, KY, check out their Facebook page and if you want me to bring you some, just let me know which ones and what size!!!
Pura Vida…..see you soon KY.
Denise and I decided to go shopping today instead of knitting, since everyone else was not going to be there. What!? You say, yep, we got dissed at knitting.
I desperately needed some new earrings! The weather down here has played havoc with my earrings that are silver. Talk about being bummed….the silver store that I like because it didn’t seem too expensive was all closed up! BUMMER for me!
So we wandered on thru the mall; Denise has always looked in this one jewelry store at some Teddy Bear earrings and necklace. I just looked at her and said “is this the day?” Her reply was “well, I guess we have to go inside first.” Most likely this particular store made their month’s quota today! LOL
Then we headed on down the mall.
Looked at some bedspreads that were on sale; however, as usual, no color that would work….you know the color of dog prints!
By then it was close to noon and we know what that means…..food! We tried a new place for both of us called La Fabbrica Pizza. Found a table near the in/out door to the mall and the breeze was wonderful. The waiter informed us they wouldn’t be open for 20 more minutes, but we didn’t care.
Some really different pizza toppings on this menu…..so I decided to try the pizza with papas. They had a video playing of things they make there. I glanced at it and thought I saw mashed potatoes on top of a pizza! However, after watching it longer, I realized that it was just pizza crust and they were pouring water on the mound. I thought it was mashed potatoes with gravy! I had the choice of red or white sauce……now I’m thinking I should have gotten the white sauce because then it would at least look like gravy!
When the pizza came, it was actually potato wedges on top! It was very good and different tasting….with basil. Very yummy…Denise had a 4 cheese pizza and focaccia bread topped with cheese. I’m sure she won’t poop for a week!
Then one of us (not me) needed some Mrs. Field’s cookies so headed there.
By then it was my nap time and we headed home. Was a nice day to go “wander the mall”.
I’ve taken the leap!!! Been using CAJA for dental work. CAJA is the government health insurance you have to be a part of when living in Costa Rica.
When you’re “elderly” it’s a plus in this country…..on the first Monday of the month, only seniors can stand in line to get an appointment.
Last month, one of my friends’ “workers” went with me to show me what to do. It’s not rocket science! Show your carnet (didn’t even ask for proof of payment for CAJA, or to see my cedula. My first appointment was 2 weeks after making it.
I need a follow up appointment and today was “senior appointment” day! When I drove up, the line in front of CAJA was really long, really, really long. The gate to the parking lot wasn’t even open. I thought by getting there at 6:30 a.m., I would be in the front part – wrong. So I parked the car on the street beside CAJA and realized there was another line…..and it looked to be full of elderly people.
Dylana, Nazareth, and Gabriel rode in with me to go school; picked up another guy on the road. As we got out of the car I asked Dylana if that was the line for old people! She looked at me and gave me a big grin and nodded yes.
Finally, at 7, the gates opened. The majority of people in line in front of CAJA were there to make Dr. appointments, I needed a dental appointment. I was probably 12-15th in line……no biggie…..an appointment next Tuesday morning!
And I was home by 7:30 a.m.
And I did it all by myself!!!!
We have a regular dentist that we’ve been using. They claim they will call us every 6 months for a cleaning; however, I have noticed that the only time they seem to call us is during the season when they don’t have as many patients, such as rainy season.
Since we are paying for CAJA and they have a dentist there, I decided it was time to use what we are paying for!
Steffi was kind enough to allow me to borrow Ana Cecelia to go with me and show me the ins and outs of getting an appointment.
We arrived about 6:45 a.m., yes, a.m., to stand in line to get an appointment. Appointments are given out starting at 7 a.m. There may have been 10-12 people in front of us, but a lot more behind us.
I had our cedula’s, carnets, and receipt of payment for July. When it was our turn, Ana Cecelia just handed her the carnets. Never asked for current proof of payment or our Cedula’s. So, just like that, we both have dental appointments for July 16th. WOO HOO!!!
Before I left to meet Ana Cecelia, Mark had asked when I thought we’d get an appointment….I figured it would be great if it was August or September. I realize our age got us earlier appointments.
Just a little side note: I’ve never seen so many people walking around holding their jaw as if they were in pain. Pretty sure extraction was in their future.
All in all, a huge thank you to Steffi for letting me borrow Ana Cecelia; was fairly easy to do; standing in line and waiting is just part of the Pura Vida life!