Archive for October 2016
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!