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Archive for December 2011

Sedona was beside herself at the front door!  The screen doors were open and an iguana (I think of lizard as little like the ones in FL) was wedged between the glass door and the screen!  This was a pretty good sized one, hence I’ll call it an iguana.

Mark finally was able to poke at the screen and move it enough that the iguana escaped!  However, it was so frantic in getting away that it dove into the pool!  Then it didn’t surface!  So Mark, the bufo killer, was able to use the net to skim the pool and save the iguana!  Ahhhh, Pura Vida!

Feliz Anos Neuvo!

Poor Sofi!  Last night she was so miserable with an ear infection she was actually wimpering!  Poor baby!

Off to see Doctora Sharon we go!  She said to Sofi, “don’t you like to be well?”  Personally, I’m thinking she does it for attention!  LOL

She has another ear infection, and an eye infection!  So drops in the ear, drops in the eye and she needs to be seen in a week. What a way to start the New Year!

Ran a few errands while in town.  And having “needy” Sofi with me is an absolute pain!  Gonna have to get a carrier for her that straps on my back or chest or maybe a baby stroller.  I can’t do anything with her in my arms, because heaven forbid, I put her down!  She raises such a fuss you’d think I’ve left her places a million times.  I should have recorded the ruckus she made when I had her with me at the ATM.  I figured she could be on the floor because there’s a door and she can’t get out. Oh no, she was doing her loud monkey imitation and it echoed something fierce in that little room!

And now that precious little “perro” is sound asleep!  While  I’m the one that’s exhausted! LOL

While in town, I ran into Frank and Delores – driving their new car!  Well, new used car!

Adios for now!


I’ve been mulling this over in my mind for a couple of weeks and this is the week it will happen!  I’m going to have a
“Honey, this is where we’re going today” jar.

Since the construction is done and we’re a little more freer to go and do things, I think this will be a novel idea for us to explore Costa Rica, well, at least the Central Valley where we live.

Of course, since visitors are coming in mid-January (I thought it was the end of January – LOL), I feel like I should have been to some of the places I want them to see.  Mark suggested we go someplace for a night or two while they are here….and I guess that’s what we’ll do.

Having trouble on whether to go spend a day or so at the beach or the volcano.  Therefore, Meg, the slip of paper that will get pulled out of the “Honey, this is where we’re going today” jar, will have visit Tim and Meg!  So what day next week is good for you?  LOL

The things retired people come up with to keep busy!!! LOL

Pura Vida!


Wow!  Can hardly believe we actually live here – and Christmas is almost over.

Since I still don’t have window treatments yet in the bedroom, and the window wall that faces the valley; let’s just say it was way cool to lay in bed and watch the fireworks from the other mountain range we face!  Costa Ricans celebrate Christmas on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 is just another day to them.

We were invited to Bruce and Frances’ for Christmas dinner; it was unbelievably delish!  Turkey!!!! Dressing, homemade green bean casserole that was way better than the mushroom soup version!  And a host of other food….I don’t think we’ll eat again till….well, maybe sometime late tomorrow.

After dinner we wandered out onto the rancho and as if on cue, there were toucans in the trees.  They are so colorful!  And really interesting to watch as they flew from tree to tree.

As I’m writing this, it’s about 7:15 p.m. and 73 degrees.   Christmas was wonderful – being able to have windows open, priceless!!! $$$$$ saved…..

We had a very nice Christmas with friends and hope everyone else had wonderful Christmases too!!!

For the last time this year….Feliz Navidad!

Pura Vida.

Saw an ophthamologist this morning regarding a checkup on the nevus on my retina.  Very nice Doctor  and his name is Diego.

Said the pressure in my eyes was just perfect!  That’s about the only perfect thing on my body…..

When it came time to put the drops in my eyes, he started to say “Now, please remove your clo”  …..and then he caught himself!  I immediately started laughing and said “remove my clothes”.  Doctora Victoria, the optometrist, was in the room with us and burst out laughing!  We just kept looking at each other – I couldn’t look at Diego because I’m sure his face was red!

Anyway, outcome is they are setting up an appointment for me in San Jose in January to go have pictures taken of my nevus….rest assured, friends, I’ll be posting pictures of it!

Feliz Navidad!



Tomorrow I see the opthamologist.  As I’m reading through the medical papers regarding a nevus on the retina of my left eye, I noticed the diagnosis….immature cataracts!  Anyone that knows me, should know that I’m far from being immature!

Nevus (think large freckle)  on my retina so far has not grown and that’s a very good thing.  If it starts to grow, there are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it, it will be malignant, but can be removed.  I’ve been advised that since I’ve had it for so long (about 7 years), and there’s been no growth, odds are it will stay the same.  Still makes me nervous when it’s time to have it checked out.

Immature cataracts!  Sheesh!  I’ve heard of them having to “ripen” before anything can be done, but to call them immature!

Sure hope this guy understands English or else my translator app will get a good work-out.  But the optometrist in the office speaks great English, so I’m glad Doctora Victoria will be available.

Pura Vida!!!

and had pizza that was cooked in their outdoor brick oven!  It was Pat’s birthday.  John, hubby, built the outdoor brick oven.

Homemade pizza dough…..homemade pizza sauce, and any topping you could imagine.  We each made our own pizza and then put the toppings on that we wanted.  Then into the oven it went….and in minutes, it was done!  Delish!  Really delish!!

And then we had ice cream and cake afterwards and sang Happy Birthday to Pat! LOL

Walls are up on the house they are building; they got cabinet doors installed today; she had a busy and delightful birthday in my opinion.

On another note, Dec. 21, 2011 marks my 6 months living in Costa Rica!  Hoping to get our residency soon!

Feliz Navidad

Pura Vida

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