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Friday, December 3, 2010

Travels for Thanksgiving!

December 3, 2010 at 3:27pm



Hi all - I got home fine.  Late.  Very late.  The plane in FFL (florida) had mechanical problems that took over 5 hours to repair.  We finally took off and I slept most of the trip to SJO (Costa Rica).  I was woken by the bumpy weather as we neared SJO.  Then the bumpy landing.  When I got off the plane the pilot was walking with me down the ramp and told me that we nearly didn't make it!  Weather and more mechanical problems.  He was hoping they would not make them fly back that night.  I later found out that they did not have to go. So I had to spend one nite in my favorite hostel in SJO -- Casa Ridgeway -- because I missed the buses to San Isidro de General (Perez Zeledon) for that day.  Wednesday morning I made my way to Musoc Bus for the ride to San Isidro, arrived just in time to catch the Bus for Angastora/San Agustin/Ciebo.  Unfortunately after the bus left I learned that the road from Angastora to Rivera (a town before San Agustin) was closed due to a landslide and mud that is impassable.  So - I walked, in the rain with my bags down the muddy slope that used to be a road, crossed the bridge over the river and waited for a neighbor to pick me up after they finished work for the day.  (Yes, I certainly have an adventurous life - and yes, I had to remind myself of that as my white sneakers turned redish mud brown color!)I got home with wet bags and all the packed items damp or wet as well.  Though I was safe I was very tired.  So I basically settled in yesterday and slept a lot during the day as well.  I woke this morning rested and anxious to get busy washing laundry and starting new projects when a neighbor called to ask if we wanted to go to town as they were heading that way and they offered to stop by a bank and grocery store for us.  So I am in town, bought the groceries already and am waiting to connect for the ride back home.  I am grateful for all the care and concern of the pilots, the airline (okay it's their job but hey...never know about these guys), the bus driver - Macho (his nickname), my neighbors and my family and friends online that all sent messages wondering if I was alright and got home safely.Thanksgiving was a wonderful feast - both TurkeyDays, Ariel's TurkeyDay at her house in St. Albans, ME and Jason & Judy's at their home in Hartland, ME.  Visiting with my sister Linda & Steve was also a treat, I enjoy sharing walks, shopping and talking (of course talking!) and food while visiting with them.  Steve makes an awesome seafood chowder! (yes I love Raw Foods and aim for a MOSTLY raw and definately simple lifestyle - I am, however, human and at times eat other things)So I am safely home.  Glad to be back in the tranquility and simplicity of my Ranchito project, enjoying the new solar toys I brought back.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A few thoughts about travel


November 29, 2010 at 11:34pm

Keep It Simple - Silly!
I mean really - Keep it Simple, what do we actually need when we travel?
A night in an airport will definately remind you what you want to be responsible for.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simply Me.... (or, I'm not more important than anyone else, we are all human beings)

I have been Simply Living in Costa Rica for the past 2.5 years, I love it here and the community of friends and "family" that support each other in the San Isidro de General area. I have been living and Simply Helping Others in an Indigenous community called Rey Curre' for a little more than a year and have learned a LOT!.


One wise woman once said that it often takes a while for the living to catch up with the believing and I have found that to be true. There have been times when I gave perhaps more than my share and that choise caused me to become overwhelmed. This year one of my goals is to share more appropriately in ways that do not overwhelm me personally. I am being more careful to check in with my priorities, values and ethics as I consider the decisions set before me.

I choose to support small local businesses and creative individuals and prefer not to support large corporations. I often shop locally by buying produce in farmer's markets, I visit my local farms and buy eggs and milk from my neighbors. I am avoiding the use of most machines and most plastics as well as most processed foods. I prefer to use the buses and other public transportation at this time. I grow a lot of my food. I make my dishes out of local jicaro gourds, I wash my laundry by hand and I try to keep a natural daylight schedule so that my use of electricity and artificial light is kept at a minimun. I do not use a refridgerator (yes, that is possible in the tropics). It is my goal to wear only linen clothing in the near future, I will choose to buy and recycle the linen clothing that is fairly easy to find in our local Ropa Americanas, which are similar to discount and thrift stores in the states, often the clothes here still have their original tags and have never been worn. I will continue my quest to live simply as well as frugally and to travel light and often.

In order to help people this year, I have decided to make and sell handcrafted, handcarved jicaro gourd dishes and recyled fabric shopping bags and clothing (soon mostly linen!). Some of you will see me at the Feria in San Isidro on Thursdays (when I am able to be there) I have had a special relationship with dragonflies throughout my lifetime, look for their presence in my designs as you K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) and "Live Simply so that others may simply live". I also am researching ways to accept donations from others who would like to help me as I Simply Help Others, my intention is to use 90% of those donations to directly help others and to only use 10% of donations for administrative purposes. (yes, thanks to the tithing principal taught in the Bible for the idea.)

Sincerely and
Simply,
Lesa



As always 10% of all sales will go directly to help others in need. I will chose to hire disadvantaged people first, to buy locally from small vendors. I will give to my community - support, laughter, beauty, encouragement and love

Monday, June 7, 2010

Simply Me.... (or, I'm not more important than anyone else, we are all human beings)

June 7, 2010 at 12:26pm

I have been Simply Living in Costa Rica for the past 2.5 years, I love it here and the community of friends and "family" that support each other in the San Isidro de General area. I have been living and Simply Helping Others in an Indigenous community called Rey Curre' for a little more than a year and have learned a LOT!.

One wise woman once said that it often takes a while for the living to catch up with the believing and I have found that to be true. There have been times when I gave perhaps more than my share and that choise caused me to become overwhelmed. This year one of my goals is to share more appropriately in ways that do not overwhelm me personally. I am being more careful to check in with my priorities, values and ethics as I consider the decisions set before me.

I choose to support small local businesses and creative individuals and prefer not to support large corporations. I often shop locally by buying produce in farmer's markets, I visit my local farms and buy eggs and milk from my neighbors. I am avoiding the use of most machines and most plastics as well as most processed foods. I prefer to use the buses and other public transportation at this time. I grow a lot of my food. I make my dishes out of local jicaro gourds, I wash my laundry by hand and I try to keep a natural daylight schedule so that my use of electricity and artificial light is kept at a minimun. I do not use a refridgerator (yes, that is possible in the tropics). It is my goal to wear only linen clothing in the near future, I will choose to buy and recycle the linen clothing that is fairly easy to find in our local Ropa Americanas, which are similar to discount and thrift stores in the states, often the clothes here still have their original tags and have never been worn. I will continue my quest to live simply as well as frugally and to travel light and often.

In order to help people this year, I have decided to make and sell handcrafted, handcarved jicaro gourd dishes and recyled fabric shopping bags and clothing (soon mostly linen!). Some of you will see me at the Feria in San Isidro on Thursdays (when I am able to be there) I have had a special relationship with dragonflies throughout my lifetime, look for their presence in my designs as you K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) and "Live Simply so that others may simply live". I also am researching ways to accept donations from others who would like to help me as I Simply Help Others, my intention is to use 90% of those donations to directly help others and to only use 10% of donations for administrative purposes. (yes, thanks to the tithing principal taught in the Bible for the idea.)

Sincerely and
Simply,
Lesa



As always 10% of all sales will go directly to help others in need. I will chose to hire disadvantaged people first, to buy locally from small vendors. I will give to my community - support, laughter, beauty, encouragement and love. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Neighborhood housing issue

May 22, 2010 at 10:56pm



I was up rather early this morning, again trying to come up with an idea to help one of my neighbors, when the thought came to me that there are a whole lot of people out there more qualified than me that could come up with a solution much more quickly than I can. My neighbor's house was built 2 years ago by a Costa Rican government agency. The agency decided which design to use, where to place the home on the building lot and who to use to build it. In their great unplanned wisdom, they built my neighbor's house so that her front door and porch is IN the leech field for the house that I rent and live in. Everyday, as I wash dishes in my kitchen sink, I see this problem. I also see my neighbor's 4 year old daughter and often her 1 year old nephew, playing on the porch with the adults trying to keep them out of their rather small yard. I would love to find a healthy, affordable option to give this family a healthier yard and home. I recently had the brilliant idea to use 3 prefab cement panels that were laying around unused, to sort of bridge the 'mud' directly in front of their door, for which they are very greatfull. My neighbor works hard everyday cleaning houses, she earns barely enough for food, electricity and water. We have spoken about this issue and neither of us have the resources, the talent or skills necessary to solve this problem... I will post some photos tomorrow - If you have an idea, please share it.