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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!!!

Last Wednesday, the girls and I went Christmas shopping at City Mall in Alajuela.  Jean Marie was going with Ana and Joana.  Joana is in 6th grade, Nazareth is going into 5th grade.  They hit it off right away.

I followed Jean Marie and she drove right on past the entrance of the mall that I usually use.  Oops, #1. I tried calling her and she tried calling me; finally after 3-4 calls we reached each other.  We were heading into Forever 21 and we met up with them there!  Poor Jean Marie!  Was shocked to see how much Nazareth had grown!

The girls looked around there and then decided they wanted to go to Aliss. So on the way to Aliss, we found a store where everything was 50% off and Dylana thought we should stop there.  (She shops like I do!)  She found a couple of things there she wanted so that was a succesful stop.  Then off to Aliss.  I feel badly for Nazareth, because she’s 11 years old going on 25!

At one point I told Maricela to get Nazareth out of the maternity department! She had no clue that’s where she was!

Then Jean Marie and her crew showed up.  Joana saw some jeans she liked.  I am almost 70 years old and saw something I’ve never seen before!  Joana put the waist of the jeans around her neck and declared they were too small.  Aparently, if you do that you know that they’ll fit!  So of course, when I got home I tried it.  Mine were not tight because I could get a couple of fingers between the ends of the waistband.  Will wonders never cease!

Then to lunch at the food court.  Jean Marie asked me how I handled it and I said I give them each 5 mil ($10) and they go get what they want and bring me the change!  Of course the three girls and Maricella went to Pizza Hut! LOL  While they were eating, Joana was looking at the receipt and said that if you go on the internet, you might win a free pizza!  So while they were eating, and doing that, lo and behold, all three girls won personal pan pizzas!  Lots of excitement!!!!

Jean Marie and her crew left after lunch.  My crew and I stayed. Wanted to take them to Cemaco because they had the most beautiful Christmas villages set up.  I’ll be darned if they hadn’t already taken them down.  It was Dec. 8th!  Things are different in Costa Rica, rather than mark down Christmas decor and get rid of it, they store it and bring it out next year.  For a shopper like me that was a disappointment!

Meanwhile, we’re looking for a bathing suit for Nazareth, who is very developed!  She saw a swim dress that she liked and her mother wouldn’t let her try it on telling her it was for older people.

Finally, found a suit at Rosebal.  And I even found a king spread for the bed for 20 mil.

Then we were headed to PriceSmart.  Just needed a few things and $150 later, we left there.  And there was nothing really to eat in the purchase.

Asked the girls if they wanted ice cream before heading home.  So we went to the shop next to the Farmacia there and they all came out with the same thing.  Almost like a granazado!

Got home at 4:30 p.m. – left at 9 a.m., whew, I was beat.  Everyone was beat because there wasn’t much talking coming home!  All in all it was a fun filled day and they do enjoy seeing the decor in the mall.

But they know the rules, when they open their gifts, they have to ooh and aah with delight!

We have Christmas on Christmas Eve morning with Maricela and her family (mother, sister, nephews, etc.)  They’ve been talking about it since the beginning of November.  Last year I was shocked because the kids wanted to eat first, then open presents!  Don’t know many kids that would want to do that!

So Merry Christmas to all……….while you are shoveling snow, think of us having brunch poolside!

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Hi Friends:

Just letting you know of a new brand of car in Costa Rica and we happen to have the only model that’s available!  Yep, it’s the Ucsoi – made in Korea!

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Aunt Fran's 100th

A little over a year ago I blogged about my Great Aunt Frances turning 100; well, last Friday she passed away at age 101!  Can you imagine the things she has seen?  She was not ill, her heart just gave out.  I read somewhere that our hearts are good for so many beats and I guess it was her time.  She will be missed greatly by family.

Aunt Fran had the best get togethers at her house!  I remember how her house was always decorated for Christmas.  She used a huge corner of the living room, pieces of plywood, and put the tree on top of that.  Then around the tree was the most amazing train going around and around; I sure hope someone has that train and still uses it!  Maybe this will be the year I buy a train to put around one of my trees and I’ll call the town I set up “Franville”.

My cousin Pete, that is my age, had allergies, asthma pretty bad and they ended up moving to Colorado Springs.  We went to visit them during one summer, camping all the way from Michigan to Colorado. I hate camping! And then on to California. I still hate camping!

Dad did a lot of painting and offered to paint the outside of their house.  Well, Pete and I wanted to paint too.  So Dad had us paint one end of the house.  The only thing was every time he came to check on our progress, Pete was nowhere to be found.  The first couple of times when he asked where Pete was, I just shrugged my shoulders.  Then finally, I said, “he needed a break and rode his bike to the Quik Shake place”.  FYI, I painted most of the end of the house.  Pete reminds me a lot of Mark, always taking breaks! LOL

A couple days later he was going to some church meeting and wanted me to go with him.  Aunt Fran encouraged me to go, but there was just something telling me not to go.  So I stayed home.  Later that evening we got a call that Pete had rolled the car!  He was fine, though.  Call it divine intervention, I guess.

Another time we went up into the Rockies to have a picnic along a stream.  While things were getting set up to eat, Pete and I were throwing rocks in the river.  Then Pete got the big idea, to hope on the rocks in the river.  The river was ice cold.  You didn’t even want to dangle your feet in it.  Once again, I said, “Nope”.  So he goes, see it’s really easy and jumped onto a few rocks.  However, coming back to shore, he missed.  Yep, fell in, totally wet!  Well, Aunt Fran hooted and hollered at him.  I had trouble not laughing all the way back to the house, because she made him take off his underwear and hung it on car mirror to dry.  Everytime I looked at the car, I burst into laughter!

The Meese’s came back to Indiana one year and we had a huge family get together in a park in Fort Wayne, IN.  Someone picked up 3-4 buckets of KFC.  It was a fun day running around the park, eating, etc.  The next day, they were headed back to Colorado.  Mark and I were seniors in high school and I convinced him to come to the reunion with us.  Mark had been in a bad car accident, broken leg in many places, 3 months in the University of Michigan Hospital.  The cast went from foot too above his waist.

The next morning, I woke up throwing up something awful!  Then my Mom started throwing up; then my middle sister started throwing up.  At one point we were all three in the bathroom throwing up; one in the toilet, one in the sink and one in the bathtub.  Didn’t affect Dad or my youngest sister, Kelly.  She wasn’t in school yet and kept walking around saying – “Dad, I don’t want to do that.”

So my Dad called a couple relatives that lived in Indiana that were at the reunion, and some of them were doing the same thing!   So he calls Mark’s house to see if he’s sick.  His Mom says “he keeps throwing up in the bathroom”.  So my Dad thinks this is hilarious and has figured out the buckets of KFC shouldn’t have been sitting in the sun; not all the buckets had bad chicken in them, because not everyone was ill.

So he drags my Mother, my middle sister, and me to Mark’s house for a visit.  He thinks this is hilarious!!! And wanted to laugh at Mark, I guess.  Keep in mind when he would throw up, the leg in the cast kept the bathdoor from opening!

Figuring that the Meese’s were home after a couple of days he called them to see if they were sick.  My Uncle Ward told him it was the cheapest trip home because all they consumed on the trip was Pepto Bismol!  We all refer to this as the time “we had Kentucky Fried Fever.”

Death is hard to handle but it makes it a little easier when you have some good, funny times to remember!

RIP Aunt Fran and tell Uncle Ward Hola!

 

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but as usual, I found a way around it!

As I was driving down the street where the sewing classes are, all of a sudden they decided to trim some trees that were hanging over the street. They had two plastic “thingies” to stop you from going down the street. Keep in mind, I needed to go to the third lot from the corner; just needed to move the plastic “thingie” and could drive right past the truck.

In my Spanglish, I tried to say I was a student and needed to get to my class. He mentioned something about El Jefe. I thought he was going to say something to him, as usual, being Gringo and female, I was ignored.

I solved the problem. I drove around the block where they had other plastic “thingies” to block the street. I got out of my car, and moved one of them. Got back in the car and drove to mid-way down the block to park.

When I got out of the car, everyone of those men were standing there looking at me as if “how did she do that?” I just waved at them and proceeded to take my supplies out of the car and go to sewing.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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CanoliCone

My New Year’s Resolution was to make something once a month from Pinterest! Sometimes it’s sewing, knitting, etc; however, this month was a recipe you will all want to make!

It’s called Cannoli Dip!!!

2/3 C. mini choc. chips (however, I couldn’t find mini chips so I just used a whole bag of regular sized chips)

1 C powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

8 oz. cream cheese

1 C. ricotta cheese

Mix the last 4 ingredients with a mixer; add chips.  It was suggested to use sugar cones broken up as dippers. However, we just filled the cones and ate them that way.  You could also use graham crackers as dippers.

Pretty yummy if I do say so myself. But more importantly, it’s super simple!

I know what we’ll be snacking on Sunday watching the Indy 500!

This would go extremely well with Karen and Mike Elder’s Coffee Margarita!

 

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When I discovered that Feb. 22 was National Margarita Day, the only thing to do was to have a Margarita Party. (People that I’ve worked with at KLA will understand!)

It’s nice being retired because you can host a get together anytime of the day! So 2/22 at 2 p.m. was the perfect time. Can’t go wrong with all 2’s.

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Ended up with 7 variations of margaritas. From Kiwi, which was green and I do not drink green drinks! But it must have been the Tequila, because it was very tasty! We had a fresh Pineapple margarita version that was pretty good too. There was a Mango Margarita that I think might have really been a Tequila Margarita with a splash of Mango….super good. I am not a beer drinker but the Strawberry Beer Margarita was also good – no beer taste at all. And the Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita I couldn’t taste because of the Jalapeno’s; but those that tasted it said it was refreshing! And what do you end up with, a Dessert Margarita – Coffee, Bailey’s, Ice Cream – made one batch with no tequila (was good) but the second batch with Tequila was even better.

Ended up with 13 people and from what I’m hearing everyone enjoyed it! I know Mark and I had a great time – and even better, no headaches this morning after mixing all of the different Margaritas!

I have ended up with a large green bowl that had guacamole in it – let me know who’s it is. And we’ve already found the owner of the hat, which will be returned tomorrow!

All in all it was a great time….small group, am beginning to think small groups are better because you get to talk to everyone!

So Happy National Margarita Day yesterday to everyone!

Pura Vida!


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