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Some friends, Frances and Peggy, went to Nicaragua last week for a few days of R & R and to feed the street dogs and to put flea and tick stuff on them.  Frances has Animal Lighthouse Rescue in Atenas.

When they returned, I got a text from her saying she brought home a Momma and two babies and one of the babies was for me! When do you want to come get her? My panic mode goes into gear because Mark has been adamant about saying “NO MORE DOGS”!

Sofi had an appointment with Dr. Douglas on Friday so I decided we would go after that.  Mark was not interested in going!

I called after Sofi was done and we headed out to Frances’.

We were greeted with a chorus from all her dogs – not sure how many she has right now, must be at least 10! Sofi is not usually intimidated, but she is when she goes there! LOL  She doesn’t want to get down and is content to be held the whole time.

After a little bit of talking, Frances said, “well, come meet your new baby.”  So we went to the garden area of their front door and lo and behold, look what was waiting for me.

Mollie the giraffe

Frances had purchased a large Momma giraffe and two babies and one of the babies was mine!  I got goosebumps, a lump in my throat, could have shed tears…..all over this giraffe!!!  I so need a fix of visiting some live ones! LOL  It’s been cloudy the last couple of days so I don’t have picture of Mollie, my new giraffe, in sunlight!  Maybe tomorrow.

I have the best friends in the world!!!  She said when she saw it, she knew she had to bring it to me….I am so happy with her.  She said people would look strange at their vehicle because one of the giraffes was looking out the window!!!  Said there were lots of smiles and waves on their way home.

Maricela, Dylana and Nazareth will absolutely go crazy when they see her!!!

Thank you so much Frances….you’re the best!

Pura Vida from “giraffe manor”.



Here it is April 12 already!  Can’t believe how fast the month is flying by….yay!, since it’s one of the hot months!  Rainy season is creeping up on us….some days it rains now, some days it doesn’t!

Yesterday was Juan Santa Maria Day – we kind of think of it as the US’s version of Columbus Day; some places closed, some places open.

We brought Nazareth, Dylana and their father, Luiz, home from town on Wednesday.  Nazareth couldn’t wait to show me some school work that she got a 100% – Excellent on!!! She was so proud of that.

Knowing they wouldn’t have school, I invited the girls to come swim; however, I didn’t specify a time (live and learn); they were here at 8:30 a.m. to swim; we were still in bed!!!  Altho’ Hernan came to collect for the water bill at 7:30 a.m. because Mark forgot to pay it on April 5 at 3 p.m.! LOL

Maricela was with them so I offered to make coffee; cut up some homemade banana bread also; coffee pot is done and yep! Did it again….we had the best hot water going.  I forgot to put the coffee in; we both got a laugh out of that!!! So I made another pot of coffee and then we sat on the rancho watching the girls in the pool.

Nazareth likes to pretend she’s doing water ballet, which is something new for her.  But then again, there’s always something new for her going on.

Dylana is busy with school work and playing futbol (soccer).

Just another day in Pura Vida land!

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Our friends Bill and Sandy just returned from a humongous trip that included Singapore and India and Bali and Australia.

Don’t know about you, but just thought of planning for such a long trip – they were gone for about 8-9 weeks!  I would have to plan now

if I wanted to take my dream trip to Giraffe Manor in Africa.

I’m not sure if they went to Goa, India, but if they didn’t it was one of the few places they didn’t visit on their latest and longest trip. I bet they did visit because even though Goa is the smallest of the India states, they have a huge amount of tourism because of the beautiful beaches ancient Portuguese churches and more.

Portuguese? Yes, because Goa was an outpost in India for almost 500 years!

Sounds fascinating. I’ll be looking in Bill and Sandy’s photo slideshow to see if I can spot a Goa landmark.

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