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The New Year

 Wow, 2014 kinda flew by, not sure though.  We can always look forward and hope for better times although we did have a pretty good time here in the Calibre Sur over the last year, way back in 2014.  It was an explosive night last night as the brave revelers welcomed in the new year, lots of fireworks and lots of frightened animals.  We live in an animal kingdom here and to intrude with this kind of noise does not bode well for the animal welfare.

As you can see we had a good year for rain, 152 inches in all which is a bit above average.  But in between all of this rain we had a lot of sunny warm days, enough to keep the laundry basket not over flowing. 

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It seems like every year with a new crop of tourists we have the same ol kind of petty crime going on.  People walking in the dark carrying everything except the kitchen sink and losing it all to machete wielding kids trying to make a buck or two.  Even though you try to educate people not to carry certain items, iPhones fall prey to the robbers, god forbid if you can’t see the latest facebook post!!!!  Especially while you are relaxing on vacation.  I see so many people walking(?) down the street staring at their phone, you know it is kinda of pretty around here with lots of wildlife, the blue sea and such, if there is only some way we could put that on their screens to see, they wouldn’t miss so much.

Pura Vida, nothing more……………………………………………………

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Great Green MaCaws

Here in the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica there once lived the great green macaw, but through poaching and deforestation the bird has all but disappeared.  The Ara Project.org is providing reintroduction efforts for the Great Green Macaw that began in the South Caribbean region of Costa Rica in 2011, and continues to date with several dozen birds now living successfully in the wild.  In all 42 birds now call these mountains home.  To visit this project high in the hills just south of Puerto Viejo is a must see event.  These magnificent birds are a splendor to behold.

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Great to have them back in the neighborhood!!!!  Pura Vida………….

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Colorful Costa Rica

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Not much else to say, Pura Vida………………………….

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer Is Over?

Well not exactly, things are only starting to heat up here.  The only problem is the weather is not cooperating and is interfering with our snorkeling. Lots of wind and waves are not very conducive to exploring the reefs.  This may be another year of not being able to snorkel during September, usually the water is like glass and very warm, asi es la vida!

Costa Rica celebrated it’s 193rd year of independence the other day which was kind of quiet compared to some years.  Maybe just lack of tourists here or something in the air, who knows. 

I think we have really caught up on any rain deficit we may have had.  We have been having rain off and on (mostly at night) keeping things good and green!

 

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Pura vida………………………

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Temporary to Permanent

A couple of weeks ago we drove to Limon to the immigration office to solicit for permanent residency.  Once we got in the door it took less than a half hour and we were on our way back home.  Now comes the waiting, not sure for how long but we should have an answer before I have to renew my cedula next year.  Once we become permanent residents there won’t be any conditions or restrictions like we have now (libre de condiciones).  Had we gone to San Jose to do this it would have taken two or three days to get this accomplished, just finding the right window to go to is difficult and then talking thru the glass makes it even more impossible to get things right.

Recent events in the US have really been a bit disturbing.  It seems like the police are not there to serve and protect (the people) but only themselves.  Case in point:

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Is this Syria, Israel or Iraqi?  Here in Costa Rica you would never run into something like this, their army was disbanded in 1948 and all of the left over weapons they had have rusted away.  The US, on the other hand, seems to be building these army’s all over the place by placing weapons of mass destruction in the hands of “kind and gentle” folks, your local law execution (I mean enforcement) departments.  Is this really necessary?????  I hope this issue brings people out of their easy chairs to speak out and up to stop arming these “kind and gentle” folks.  How about a little gun control, this looks more like gun out of control.  Sorry NRA, but you need to STFU.

 We haven’t been able to kick the rain away yet as we continue to get a little each day (it’s raining right now).  The seas are still high and cloudy making it impossible for any snorkeling.  Prime time is just a couple of weeks away and am really wanting to hit the water.  My fisherman friend has been out diving and he said the currents were strong and could hardly see more than an arms length so I hope that improves soon and so does he!

There seems to be a steady stream of tourists this summer which is good for the locals.  Work is tight right now so every little bit helps.  I am hoping that the new government doesn’t wreck this industry by imposing new taxes on it, it’s the only real industry they have here (besides call centers and baseballs).  We will just have to wait and see.

Pura Vida………………………tranquilo mis amigos!

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Who’ll Stop The Rain?

Oh I wonder, yes I wonder, who’ll stop the rain?  After 32 days of measurable rain, waking to blue sky’s today was a real sight for gray colored eyes!   July was a record setting month with almost 32 inches of rainfall. 

 

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I am using three different rain gauges to see how close each one records and so far they are all really close.  We haven’t been able to have the gardener come to cut the garden in almost 2 months and right now the ground is soo wet it will take a week of sun to dry it out so he can chop it.

So with all this wet weather I was able to finish painting the inside of the house and will finish the outside today.  I hope the get the outside of the bodega done this week so will have everything with a new coat of paint.  It’s been five years now since the house was built so we figured it was time to get this done!

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We had our little visitor come hang out for a while in our back yard.  I whistled at her and she turned around to look at me.

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This little guy fell from a tree and landed out in the road so I chased him up a fence post to get him off the road.

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One of the first passion fruit flowers I was able to photograph before the rains ripped off the petals.

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With August finally here I am hoping the rain will stop and the sun will shine.  Pura Vida…………..

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

July, July

Half way thru the year and it seems like it has only begun.  Lots of things have happened over the past month or so, Costa Rica almost won the world cup title for soccer, almost.  They did much better than expected especially with the group they were put in, they could have gone out in the first round but did not.  The team returned home Tuesday to a heroes welcome from all the people of Costa Rica grateful for the effort in bringing pride to a small country and leaving as one of the top 8 teams in the world!!!

Everyone was surely fixed to the TV watching and waiting to see another win!  I remember last world cup (2010) and without Costa Rica involved only a hand full of people gathered in the few bars showing it and made little noise when a goal was scored.  This year it was much different, hundreds of locals and tourists gathered, watching and waiting to see if their team would advance.  Loud noise makers and shouts (Vamos Sele!) could be heard all over town at each close miss or save.

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Very different than the last world cup for sure.  One of the team members lives in Cocoles and will be honored this Saturday with a party so everyone can thank him for all his efforts.

Other things happening has been fixing the house.  Long over due to make the house our own and with a couple of gallons of paint what a difference it can make!  We painted the living/kitchen area and our bedroom for right now.

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We fixed all the cracks in the walls and made it all look like new.  Sanded and varnished all the the cabinets too!  It’s been five years since the house was built so it was about time for a little fixin up (un manito de gato).  The weather can take it toll on things, especially wood.  I was also able to change out all of our lights to LED lights which will help save on electricity and now am able to use them without worrying.

Speaking of weather, the rain gods have returned in a big way, over the past couple of days almost 8 inches has fallen and it still is!  June was wet also so I think we are well on our way to make up the difference when we had no rain.

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So far this month, we have had more rain than all of June so time to buy a boat!  Just waiting on the sun to do laundry, hopefully soon!  Pura Vida………………….

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized