Monthly Archives: August 2010

Visit to the Vet and other adventures

Hummingbird on flower Today Kaya and Wiley got their first visit to the Veterinarian in Puerto Viejo.  We took them to her house in Playa Cocles and she gave them an examination and said they are in great shape!!!  We of course knew that but it was good to hear again.  She then gave them medication to ward off ticks, fleas, intestinal parasites and heartworm – talk about one stop shopping!!  Her price was incredibly fair – probably too much so.  We are just so glad to know that she is here and that we have someone to go to in case of an emergency.  She is from Spain and has been in PV for 15 years.  She said she sometimes thinks of going back to Barcelona but then, when she does go back for a visit, cannot wait to come back to Puerto Viejo.  I suspect that will be our experience as well.

Sailors at the bank Once we left her house, we headed back through town and I was amazed at all of the people and activity going on.  We realized that the sailors from the USS Iwo Jima were in town.  They have been in Limon for the last two weeks Downtownon a humanitarian mission to give medical and veterinary care to the people on the Caribbean coast and, since they are heading back out to sea tomorrow, have spent the last couple of days here letting loose.  There were literally hundreds of them in town – GREAT for the economy here.  It was fun to see them.  

Also today I got some great picture of butterflies and a hummingbird who was just sitting still on a flower waiting for the bugs to come to her so she could eat them.  I bet she sat there for twenty minutes – perfectly still.  I have never seen that before.  Butterfly on flower

And to top it all off, it was an absolutely gorgeous day here today.  It started out with a bit of rain in the morning but by about 10:30 the rain was gone and it was incredible.  Not too hot but sunny and beautiful.  Just another day in paradise 🙂

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Birds, birds, and more birds!!!

I have been taking picture of birds and animals around the house and it has been great fun!!  We are starting to see a real variety of birds particularly.  The ones below are a few photographs that I took yesterday and today.  If you put the mouse pointer over the photograph, it will tell you what the name of the bird is.

Blue Gray Tanager Chachalaca Cinammon colored bird with striped tail Fiery billed Aracari Golden Bellied Flycatcher Hawk 2 Hawk Keel billed Toucan flying Keel Billed Toucan sitting on a tree Sloth in trere

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And on it goes………..

Today we awoke to the sound of howler monkeys and the toucans.  This was the first time since we have been back that we have heard them and it was quite a racket!!!  The day was very hot this morning but then the rain came this afternoon and cooled everything off.  This morning we went to the post office and got a post office box so we can get mail!  This is a big deal.  Prior to this June, we had to hope that mail would be delivered to the bus station and we could pick it up but now we (and everyone else in Puerto Viejo) have options 🙂 .

The day started out very warm and we felt it as we went around and did a bunch of errands and did grocery shoipping.  Once the rain came we hung out in the hammocks – Tom slept, I read – and then came inside and watched a movie.  We are now talking to our carpenter about getting some additional work done.  What can I say – I am loving life 🙂

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First week in our new country

IMG_8196 Well – it is Saturday, August 21st and we have been here just over one week.  I am beginning to get used to waking up to the amazing variety of bird songs as well as the hundreds of butterflies that play in our garden in the early morning. The photo above is one of the flowers that the butterflies like to land on.  I also have had a visitor for the last couple of days – a beautiful poison dart frog – that I have tried to just let roam around while keeping the dogs away.Poison  dart frog   I think that Kaya licked it though because she is now just watching it hop around rather than trying to eat it.  Wiley is just ignoring it entirely but I think he may have been bit by a scorpion a couple of nights ago so he is keeping his distance from all tiny critters.

We had a wonderful week with our friends, Susan and Rex, who helped us move down here.  We went out to breakfast one day, lunch another, and dinner another.  Otherwise, we stayed in and ate fabulous meals that the three of them cooked up with the fresh seafood we were able to get every day.  I provided cleanup :-)  We did get to go to the wildlife rescue and Cahuita National Park as well so they were able to get a sense of this part of the country.  The wildlife rescue had some baby toucans that were not quite old enough to be released which was something I had not seen there before.IMG_8081

Rex helped Tom string some fencing around the entire property so the dogs can no longer get out.  That was WAY over and beyond the call of duty as it was hot and muggy – not the kind of weather to be doing that kind of work.  Tom took them back to San Jose on Thursday morning so that they could catch their flight back to the states on Friday morning.  I will really miss them – they were the perfect guests. 

Tom stayed in San Jose on Thursday night since he had to meet with our lawyer to finalize our purchase of the lot adjoining our property.  We plan to put in a casita for family and guests in the next few months which should be quite an adventure!!  I stayed behind and finished putting everything away and so spent my first night alone in the rain forest – pretty cool!!!  It was peaceful and not at all frightening – I enjoyed it. 

Today we will go to the farmer’s market in town and then to Bri Bri (the county seat) which is about 20 kilometers away to buy Tom a bike.  Susan and I went and got me one on Tuesday but didn’t have room to get one for Tom.  Bikes are the standard mode of transportation here and we plan to do most of our traveling in town and around on them so we won’t be using the car nearly as much from here on out.  There is also an arts festival that started yesterday and will run through August 31st so we plan on visiting that today (  http://www.puertoviejosatellite.com/news/2010/08/06/arteviva-poster-and-calendar-released/   ) .  And tomorrow there is a rodeo on Cocles beach – I cannot wait to see that!  IMG_8214

So many people asked me what I was going to do with all my free time – at this point I am thinking there won’t be a problem figuring that out 🙂

 

 

 

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WE MADE IT!!!

We are now officially living in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica!  We had some difficulty getting my computer up and running due to compatibility issues with Windows 7 (nothing to do with CR just Windows……….) but I am now able to get online.              

We arrived at the Denver airport at around 8:30 p.m. on August 12th to check ourselves and the dogs in.  All went smoothly except that Wiley and Kaya had not been in their crates for two weeks and they did not like having to be in them – especially in such an unfamiliar place.  The Frontier employees told us we could take them to a dog walking spot and stay with them until around 10:00 p.m. so we did that and I think it made a bit of a difference in calming them down somewhat.  At 10:00 we headed back up and met an employee who took us to the special TSA place so that they could check out the crates and then off they went to baggage.  We met our friends at the gate and then flew out about 12:30 a.m. on August 13th.  The flight was just under five hours and not too bad at all.  We asked an airline employee where we could pick up the dogs and he told us and then went to pick up a big cart to put them on.  We gathered our luggage and the dogs, got through immigration, and headed out to the curb to meet our van.  Turned out that we had to take a taxi to where the van was and it was not big enough for the dogs so Tom stayed behind with them and joined us a few minutes later.  I about died when I saw the van we were to take – it was clearly not large enough for dogs in two big crates, four adults, eight carryons and nine duffle bags.  After much head scratching, we decided to take the dogs out of the crates and then take the crates apart.  That worked although it was a pretty uncomfortable four hour drive – especially for poor Wiley.

We arrived at approximately 10:00 a.m. on August 13th and it was everything I hoped it would be.  We were exhausted after being up for thirty hours or so but the house was all cleaned out and ready for us.  We brought in all the bags and the dogs and started unpacking.  Susan and Rex went way over and beyond what they needed to by helping us put everything away and pitching in just like it was their own house 🙂  We have seen lots of lizard in and around the house (good for insects), a big toad, and a spider.  Now we are just hoping to see some toucan.                   

In the couple of days we have gone to the farmer’s market, shopped around town for necessities (beer, trashcans, food, beer……….), played cards in the evening, gone to Cahuita National Park and walked the beach and saw monkeys (howlers and capuchin), and have generally just relaxed.  The days have been absolutely gorgeous although today it is raining (it is a rain forest after all) so everyone has taken at least one nap and probably will be taking at least one more.  I am in heaven.  PURA VIDA!!!

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Friends and family

Since last Wednesday when we left Idaho, we have spent nearly the entire time with family and friends.  In Casper I spent a lot of time with mom and was able to have dinner with my brother and his wife and mom a couple of times and also met up with my very good friends Bonnie and Lynnde.  In Denver, we had dinner last night in our apartment we are renting with Shanti, Chris, Tyvone, Jamie, Shaylyn, and Rylee.  Shaylyn (1o year old granddaughter) stayed with us on Tuesday night and Rylee (4 year old granddaughter) stayed with us on Wednesday night.  Both granddaughters played in the pool today and I got some great photographs.  Also today my Aunt Bubbles and her partner Frank drove all the way from Broomfiiel to our place in south Denver to visit.  It was great to see them and I really appreciated them coming all that way. 

Yesterday I spent much of the day with my son Jason and will see him again on Saturday.  He is going to go to school this fall and so is preparing for that.  School starts in a couple of weeks.  Last night Tyvone, Shanti, Rose, Carol and I had a “girls night out” and went out for a couple of drinks.          We all had dinner beforehand (including the guys) and then we left the guys with the grandddaughters and headed out.    Great conversation and much laughter – a wonderful time overall. 

Today and tomorrow will be relaxing days – not much activity although we will have lunch with a friend from Boulder today.  Otherwise we will play it by ear until we leave for Lake City on Sunday morning.  Just six days until we fly out!!

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