Keeping You In Stitches

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Our container finally was delivered on Sept. 22 – it was packed on July 26!  Apparently a little storm, Irma, created a problem. Altho, it was in port 4 days before the hurricane hit only an hour and a half away!

So now we’ve got  boxes everywhere!!!!  Am at the point where if I get 3-4 boxes opened and put away, that’s good for a day’s work.  Because we went so long without the container, we’ve got doubles of many things.

I do feel that groceries are cheaper here.  The BOGO free is a big help!  Today’s grocery bill was less than $100 with $45.00 in savings.  Meat is higher than I remember it, tho’.  But oh my gosh, the celery is so cheap and so good!!! I have adapted to the grocery stores here.  At least I know what I’m buying.

Have had lots of time to think…..not good, I know!  I think I’ll open a Go Fund Me page to run for President!  My platform, will be “Common Sense”.  It seems to be lacking in D.C., especially, the government!  If you have questions, contact me with all the particulars and I’ll tell you what should be done.

Pool is on hold because of some problem with the  property in back – has to be within 18 ft. from our property line.  Now it looks like  we’ll have to take down part of the lanai to make it within that 18 ft. area. And we have to have a tree removed because it’s hanging on the roof of the lanai.  So the pool hasn’t been started.  DAMN!  Irma has made a lot of problems for everyone!

Still miss my friends from Costa Rica.  And CR in general.

Adapting, but not happy!


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.

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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