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And then there was rain………..

 

Now that is the way to walk a horse on the beach!

Now that is the way to walk a horse on the beach!

 

From  January 1st – June 30th we got over 100 inches of rain in the area around Puerto Viejo with the majority of that coming in May and June.  Other parts of the Caribbean had even more. The President declared a state of emergency the last two weeks of June for provinces on the Caribbean side of the country due to flooding and collapsed bridges.  We were very lucky compared to the many people who had to live in shelters or those that were unable to leave their immediate area.  We mostly went on with our daily lives with the exception of a tree falling on our bodega which prompted a roof repair.

Tree on bodega But the damage was slight and was fixed quickly so no harm done.

Puppies in puddles

Puppies in puddles

And the puppies actually had a great time – they found every single puddle in the yard and wrestled for hours!!!  And I spent hours laughing as I watched 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The really big news was that we got our permanent resident status approved in May so we now have no restrictions on our residency.

Success!

Success!

We met our friends Kimberly and Barry at the Immigration Office

Immigration office

Immigration office

in Limon and within an hour we all had our documentation saying we were approved and that we would have our new cedulas within a week!!

While having temporary residency meant that we did not have to leave the country every 90 days to get our passport stamped as tourists do, we did have to prove that we had a stable income from outside Costa Rica.  We also were not able to legally work in Costa Rica if we had wanted or needed to do so. Permanent residency means that we no longer have those restrictions and the length of time between applying for residency is longer.  I had to go every year to refile for temporary residency status while now it will be every three years and after some time it will change to every five years.  So YAHOO!!!

Baby and Mom

Baby and Mom

This spring and summer we have had an unusually large number of mother and baby sloths in our yard.  There were at least five different pairs and they hung around (literally) for several weeks.  I love sitting on the back porch and just watching them.  One baby must have been nearly ready to be on it’s own as it became very brave reaching for tree limbs and swinging on them – all while still having one arm or leg attached to mom 🙂

The 4th of July party at The Point was once again a huge success. Popeye and Tiffany, the wonderful owners, provided free hamburgers, hot dogs, and salads for anyone who showed up hungry.  It was just a wonderful day. Many of us had not seen each other for several weeks while we hunkered down during the rains so it was great fun to reacquaint ourselves with each other and chat about life.  The people here are just one more reason we love living here – along with the wildlife, the ocean, the unbelievable scenery, and the amazing laid back vibe 🙂

 

4th of July party

Now that’s a bunch of people

Chatting

Chatting

Enjoying the beach

Enjoying the beach

Tassle and puppy

Dogs like to party too 🙂

 

More pictures from the last couple of months:

 

Emerald Basilik in our yard

Emerald Basilik in our yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day at the beach

Day at the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neat gate

Neat gate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neighbors enjoying the day

Neighbors enjoying the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom waiting at Immigration

Tom waiting at Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful building in Limon

Colorful building in Limon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ani convention

Ani convention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Louise - she is a character!!

Little Louise – she is a character!!

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Another delightful evening :-)

And SHE said......

And SHE said……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our neighbor and friend Stash

Stash

Stash

who owns Stashu’s Con Fusion (a GREAT restaurant here) held his bi-annual potluck for customers, friends and anyone else who wanted to join in.  It is always such fun and we have a chance to meet up with people we know well and also get to meet new friends.  Stash, his son, and his Mom, Lucy, just returned from a trip to Guyana, Trinidad and Brazil where they met up with relatives they hadn’t seen in years and years.  Although I did not know it, Lucy is a celebrity in Guyana and when people found out that she was coming for a visit it was big news.  During this visit she was honored as the first female pilot in Guyana – she had articles in the newspaper written about her and was invited to meet with the President.    All in all it sounded like a superb trip.

Lucy!

Lucy!

 

The party was a great success with great food and great company. Here are just a few photos (Click to enlarge and then hit the back arrow to go back to the page):

Enjoying a laugh

Enjoying a laugh

Jimmy Mac at the piano

Music with Jimmy Mac

Leo is 70 today

Also celebrating Leo’s birthday – he is 70!!

Tom and Amaure

Tom and Amaure having a chat

The star of the show

The star of the show!!

Tup and Beate

Good friends Tup and Beate having a chat 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonderful Fall wildlife and – oh yea – Thanksgiving!!

Puerto Viejo Barge

Puerto Viejo Barge

October and November seem to be the best months for wildlife to come and visit us in and around the yard.  The fall bird migration from North America begins in early October and so we see lots of birds that are only here for a short time.

Bronze tailed Plumeteer

Bronze tailed Plumeteer

The trees all around us are full of berries and yummy things to eat so even the birds that are here all year around tend to hang out more nearby.Scarlet Rumped Cacique

 

 

Black Striped Woodcreeper

Black Striped Woodcreeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepy sloth

Sleepy sloth

Although it is my understanding that sloths mate and have babies all year long, we tend to see babies in our trees in the fall.  This fall we had three different babies with their moms hanging out for two to three weeks each.  The latest mother seemed very young and her baby was constantly clinging to whatever it could grab to stay on board.  I really enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching these two for the time they were here.

Mom and Baby Climbing

Mom and Baby Climbing

 

 

 

Hang on baby!!

Hang on baby!!

We also had a cherenga (agouti) visit for a while every evening.

Cherenga

Cherenga

We had a fruit tree that was dropping fruit and this cherenga loved it!!  Once or twice it brought its little cherengas with it but more often left them in the lot on the other side of the fence.  Which was good because when I could not get Sofi and Kaya in the house in time, they would go out and give chase.  Needless to say the cherengas were in and out quickly.

 

 

Female green iguanaOn Friday we noticed a green female iguana sitting high up in one of the cacao trees next to our yard.  On close inspection, it is clear that she is pregnant.

Pregnant Iguana

Pregnant Iguana

Iguanas lay their eggs about 45 days after conception and it looks to me like she must be getting close to that.  She sat there all day just looking around and occasionally climbing down a bit to eat some leaves.  Here’s hoping for a new batch of healthy baby iguanas 🙂

Hungry Iguana

Hungry Iguana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging out

Hanging out

Music

Music

Thanksgiving gathering

Thanksgiving gathering

 

We headed down to The Point for their annual Thanksgiving feast on Thursday and it was once again a great time!  About sixty people showed up -North Americans and Ticos alike – and we all visited and caught up on each others lives.  There was music and some singing and at the end of the evening a fire dancer performed.  Another U.S. holiday celebrated in grand style here in Puerto Viejo………

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few photos from around the yard……..

Pink Orchid Orange Orchid Masked tityra female Male three toed sloth Frog hanging out Black winged dragonfly

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Reflections on our first year in Puerto Viejo

Tom at UvaYep – that’s right.  Today we have been in our new home in Costa Rica for one full year.  I can hardly believe it!  About this time last year we were on the road from San Jose after loading up our dogs, their crates (which would not fit with them in it so we had to break them down), nine duffle bags full of “stuff”, and four very tired adults.  We made the turn onto Ruta 36 and each kilometer we drove by felt more and more like home.  We got to the house around 11:30 and have not looked back. 

When I think of our decision to do this, I really do marvel at how it all came together.  Our House from the new backyardWe bought the house in June of 2009 (thanks Larissa with howlerLarissa and RamiRami for building it!!) thinking that it would be five or more years before we actually retired and came to live here.  But the more we worked day to day and dealt with the sometimes almost unmanageable stress – particularly of my job – we decided to figure out how to make the move happen a few years earlier than planned.  And we did.  It meant living on much less than we would have had if we had waited but when I wake up here every morning to the sounds of the birds and the ocean (and sometimes the howler monkeys) I know that no amount of additional money would have made it worth the wait. 

In the year that we have been here we have said hello and Tom Rene Sarah enjoying a brewJulia Rene Sarahgoodbye to new Tom Rick Kathleenfriends;Tamara Casey Tom Jana Sean met blog and email buddies in person; Backyard gardendesigned and planted a beautiful new garden in a lot that was overgrown with diseased cacao trees; Right after the rescueadded a new puppy to our household; Backyard Heliconialearned about new plants, birds, and wildlife; rescued a baby sloth and a hog-nosed viper snake (although the baby sloth died a few days later); watched a jaguarundi stalk a sloth way up in a HUGE tree (the sloth was okay); Horses on our roadwatched horses freely wander the beach and town; Volio waterfallhiked to one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen and swam in the pool beneath it; Snorkeling at Punta Uva 1learned how to snorkel (and LOVE it!); The other sidecrossed a river to Panama in a rickety canoe to buy cheap goods; Female Iguana in Treewatched iguanas in a tree overhanging our yard; discovered the most amazing therapeutic masseuse whose magic hands have enabled me to finally be out of pain after thirty five years; Church (1)sung the Messiah at the cathedral in Limon with a tiny chorus from our town; Rambutineaten new fruits and vegetables; entertained familyJordan Sonya Maya DrakeBill and Betty at Flip Flops Shanti and Shaylynand friendsLori Clive Kaya Danny Tom and JimTom and Patrickwho visited (keep on coming – we love having you!); and are living a completely stress-free, relaxing life. 

This is not paradise – this is a third world country with all the attendant issues – poverty, theft, bad roads.  But for us, it is as close to paradise as we will get and we love it here – it is our home.

Pura Vida!!!

 

P.S.  Thanks Susan and Rex for getting us down here one year ago today!!! Rex and Susan

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