Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Who's walking who? - Our life in Costa Rica

In case you were wondering how the girls are doing....

just fine

Here's a short clip of our walk up the ridge yesterday

Who's walking who? from Devon on Vimeo. (email subscribers Click link for video)

Lily eats grass and Lola rolls in the dirt

Grass Eating
And grass-eating doesn't usually lead to throwing up -- less than 25% of dogs that eat grass vomit regularly after grazing. Other suggested reasons why your dog might be eating grass include improving digestion, treating intestinal worms, or fulfilling some unmet nutritional need, including the need for fiber.
Dirt Rolling
One theory is that dogs need to roll in grass (or anything odorous, for that matter) is inherited from their distant cousin—the wolf. "When a wolf encounters a novel odor, it first sniffs and then rolls in it, getting the scent on its body, especially around the face and neck," says Pat Goodmann, research associate and curator of Wolf Park in Indiana. "Upon its return, the pack greets it and during the greeting investigates the scent thoroughly. At Wolf Park, we've observed several instances where one or more pack members has then followed the scent directly back to its origin."
I think we will do a bath today!!! 
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Monday, December 5, 2016

What's Pink Linen got to do with it? - Our Life in Costa Rica

This is taken from today's post over on my fashion blog Changing Direction however, since it happened in Costa Rica I figured I would share it here as well. 
(BTW - If you aren't interested in fashion you might want to skip this post :)


We had big plans on Sunday to attend Barrio Escalante's La Luz outdoor food festival in downtown San Jose (about an hour away) -- but we woke up to rain. (BTW-the rainy season was supposed to be over in Nov -- we are more than ready for the beautiful summer dry season!!) We were going to the festival with a group of folks in a rented 21 person van. The instructions were to meet at La Terraza B&B for breakfast at 9am and leave for San Jose at 11. Usually the rain here is intermittent and a shower in the morning is not indicative of rain all day but as luck would have it, once we arrived, we found out that the forecast for Sunday was for rain -- all day! So, our event was canceled -- however, since we were already there and a couple of folks had cameras, we decided to take some photos of the beautiful grounds. 

Also one of the ladies is a videographer and was shooting film for an upcoming ad for the B&B which I just might have a bit part in (stay tuned).

Since I haven't done any fashion shoots since arriving in Costa Rica and while the cameras were out I had Lavanson take a few pics of me in my pink linen and also a couple of video clips of me using the bridge as a make shift runway. 

Happy Monday everyone!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Just Another Friday in Paradise - Our Life in Costa Rica

It's Friday in Grecia

And...I think summer has finally begun
It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside. 

As is our routine, every Friday we go into town for errands and shopping. 

First stop was to pay our electric bill at ICE  - Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (English: Costa Rican Institute of Electricity).
This is the first time we have paid on our own. The bill is in our landlord's name so he gets the invoices each month, however each month the ICE rep comes to our gate and honks his horn. Lavanson goes out, opens the gate and he advises us (in Spanish) that he is here to shut off our power. 

Every month Lavanson tells him we do not pay the bill and he calls our landlord who then pays the bill.  The rep (who is very friendly) drives off on his little scooter 
and we then reimburse our landlord when we pay our rent. 
However, that is a terrible way to deal with a bill. So we finally got our account # from our landlord and went into town to pay the bill BEFORE the deadline (which is the 4th) 
This will be our practice from now on. Although all transactions are handled in Spanish, we just show them the account # and they show us the amount owing, 
we pay and get a receipt.

Most small neighborhood pulperias/stores (ours pictured above) and many other stores and establishments in town have windows where you can pay utilities. 

Our local pulperia takes payments too but keep in mind we do not have a car and a short distance can become a much longer distance when you are going up and down steep hills!

After paying our bill we stopped at Aeropost where I pick up my mail (my mail is being forwarded from the US as there are no street addresses here -- so therefore no mail delivery). 
Kind of nice in a way if you think about it. 

A quick stop at Peri Mercado (grocery store) for some cheese and a 7Up for me

Next stop-- the feria for produce
BIG crowd of expats there probably because it is (what we all hope anyway) is the beginning of summer and the dry season!!

Nativity scenes are very prominent here (missing the baby Jesus - he arrives on Xmas Eve just in time for his birthday)

Here is the one at the feria


Every Friday @ Isabel's

Located on our ridge in San Luis - a meeting place for expats on the opposite ridge El Cajon and any others who want to come

Across the street from Isabel's

 Further up the hill (although we are now close to the top here - some 5,000 ft up or so 

Neighborhood Tico house decorated for Xmas

back down the street but up a hill towards home
(we live at 4,300 ft) My ears also feel the change in altitude

Dinner and drinks (BYOB) with the expats. We get picked up at 4:40.
Here is a drink I was told about and am going to try out
We're home by 7pm (I guess that is what you do when you are getting old-er)

A proper Tico Xmas tree all decorated by Isabel's kids for the restaurant
Very pretty
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Charlie Brown is alive and well at our house in Costa Rica!

We didn't bring one single decoration for the Christmas Holidays.
Christmas is a REALLY BIG DEAL here -- we found out

So....I tried to make do as best I could 
Trees are super duper expensive (like $150 for a tiny fake tree) 
They also use this wide ribbon to decorate the trees with (which I do not like - one of my friends told me I would get used to it - so we will see)
I bought some and I'm using it as a runner. See below

filled the oxcart with a bulb and a pine cone
and Friendsgiving chicken is pulling double duty

On our recent trip to PriceSmart, after weighing the cost of the trees, I decided to go with this LED version. Came in red, blue, green and white. Has little flowers and is REALLY bright. I opted for the white thinking I can use it later for other occasions. Cost was about $36

Beginning tree preparation for our Charlie Brown Xmas Tree

To add bulbs or not to add bulbs?

Ok so...added more bulbs 
I think it fits in with our landscape quite nicely (smiling)

All done

Lights please!

Ta Da!

We're having some friends over this afternoon for snacks. I'll take some pics. We're snacking on our patio (however we are not decorating out there as it is still raining) 

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
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