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From selling the house, moving out, moving to the US, living in a Wal-Mart “home furnished” Airbnb, having a pretend 70th birthday, and 4 days later having a real 70th party with Todd and Amy; bought a car, bought a house, bought furniture,  need to remember the FED-EX and UPS man at Christmas; and the mail lady.

Still missing my friends in Costa Rica!  More than they’ll ever know!

Am working on my  attitude in liking it here. One thing is being able to order and get free shipping!  Grocery stores are still overwhelming me, but I love Publix deli!

Neighborhood is very quiet, which is really nice.  We really got used to the quietness on our CR road.

Waiting on guys to come give us an estimate on either removing branches over the house or having to take down the whole tree, and then to put in the pool!

Container should arrive within 2 weeks. And then the work begins. Finding places for  everything. Altho’ we are really blessed with lots of closet space!!!

Pool guy claims the pool will be in within 5 days.  He’s from Puerto Rico, maybe like being Costa Rican.  Telling you what you want to here.

Desperately needed a haircut.  Within the development there are a few small shops so I stopped in to make an appointment – $40 for a trim and $8 for the blow dry. Ended up at Wal-Mart for $18.Will look for a beauty college.

So far, have found the food to be  a little cheaper.  Which is nice.  And the beef, is soooooooo much better.

Mark loves going thru the drive thru even if all he gets is something to drink.

Dogs are very protective of anyone that walks by the house or comes to the door.

Whenever we get totally settled, we’ll be ready for company!  We can sleep 7 people! LOL

Pura Vida for now.

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Yesterday we decided to head to the Driver’s License Bureau to get our licenses.  Pretty sure Mark would get his but not so sure I would get mine.  He took the expired KY license out of the lock box before it got packed, however, he did not remind me or take mine out.  So I’m in a panic that I will have to take the written test – and – do a driving test, which didn’t bother me.  So, Kirsten, takes Mark’s info first.  Easy peasy for him!

Then it came to me.  She worked with us for about an hour or so to get mine.  Turns out, if you live in other states, you may be able to turn up the info she needed.  I came up with that idea, because KY had already wiped me out of the system.  I asked what about other states I’ve lived in.  Her eyes lit up and said great idea.  So I gave her IN, IL, MO, and MI (thanks KY).  One of those states still had my info so I was able to get my license too.

Was able to do the Organ Donor thing too.

Then she asked if we wanted to sign up to be voters.  Of course, we did.  Mark went first.  Then it was my turn.  You can’t be an Independent, Rep. or Dem. only.  I looked around and whispered “Dem”. She says you know you’re in a Rep. state, said, yep.  But I have faith that will change.  Then she asked if I was interested in working at elections.  I said “well, probably”.  I will wear my T-shirt that says “I survived the Bowling Green Massacre” on that day.

So $108 later, we both walked out with our licenses good for 10 years.  Hope I live that long!

Walked out of the building and we were asked to sign petitions!  Of course, we signed them!

So since arriving last Friday at 4:30 a.m., we’ve bought a car, licensed and insured;  made an offer on a house and with a little back and forth negotiating, it was accepted.  House will be inspected on Monday.  Hoping we can close sometime next week and get out of this Wal-Mart furniture section house.  House is insured.  Then furniture shopping and getting a contract to put in a pool!

Busy, busy week but we really have gotten a lot done.

Ta ta for now or as we said in the old country Pura Vida!

 

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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…..


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