Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Just another adventure or two...

What a week! Good, satisfying, worrysome and well..just another adventure.

Monday I cleaned and washed dog beds.  I made a natural tick repellant which helped some.  The dogs love to run n play and there are plenty of bugs in the country.

I have been toying with the positive statements and I am statements this week.  That and the idea that we all are one and how does that fit in when we are faced with people who are manipulative or untrustworthy or just unpredictable?  I learned at a rather young age, that arguing or fighting weren't acceptable.  If someone believes something, no one will change thier mind, maybe the Great One will allow them an experiance that might result in a change. But no struggle is worth trying to do the Big Guys job.  I have learned, at the expense even of a physical scar, to relax into times of conflict.  To sit with them and through them.  To take what resonates from the event and to leave the rest.  I try and remember, when faced with personal interaction challenges, to speak what is true for me, to listen with an open mind for what is behind the obvious, to ask "why", and to leave the situation both up to that higher power and to leave it with as much love and respect for the other as I would like to have given to me.  Often, I am misunderstood - which in some way may mean I misunderstand.  Just stuff for thought.

Tuesday's big energy drainer was when I removed the Torsalo or Bot Fly from one of the dogs legs...ewww but hey I did it!  Sorry I didnt get a photo of that one.

Wed and Thurs's big event was buying my van in the US which is challenging at best when doing so from a foriegn country.  We got it. It is a bit different from my original idea, but the price was right and its mechanically sound.  It will need new tires pretty soon but thats pretty minor.  Thank the powers that be that my mechanic loves electrical work and was able to recognize a diamond in the rough.

Fri and Saturday I spent a lot of time researcing van stuff, talking on skype, dodging thunderstorms and mulling over details and money issues.

Sunday the milk lady came, i made a nice big cappachino.  Reminised while watching a friends video that was shared on facebook.  Facebook - which by the way I both love and hate...oh well.  In the early afternoon, sunshining and hot - kerplak! - no warning just an earsplitting kerplak, the dogs yelped and ran for cover.... dry lightening.  that will get your attention thats for sure.

and yesterday Monday.  I made mulberry jelly with the last of the sugar on hand.

pretty good week...enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Just cant wait to share...

What lovely surprises this morning, hopefully you can see the pictures. After a stinky nites visit of a skunk waddling through! Thank God the dogs didnt get sprayed. lol. We woke to the beauty of new blossoms and lots of buds...rainy season here will sprout all kinds of interesting things. Anyway the big sprawly plant hanging at the dining area though artistically beautiful in form with its arms and tenicles kinda stumped me as to why it was chosen to decorate a house - you know nice enough but why, and this morning I learned why! The delecate white blossom and 3 other buds to open soon - simply lovely. Okay it was worth watering. (smile) I noticed many buds about ready to bloom this morning, should be interesting to see what surprises of beauty visit next.

I also want to share one of my favorite chuckle-blogs...Sunday is my cappachino day, with or without milk (homemade nut mylk or raw neighbors animal milk), my Sunday morning brew gets cinnamon (sometimes fresh picked-gee I am spoiled in CR). Cappachino in a big mug and Google Reader app on the phone, gives me a morning of catching up with the world that is important to me and kinda reminds me of slow Sunday mornings spent with the big newspaper and Sunday comics! Does this still exist? ... I particularly have been enjoying "ol Jules" at he is a hoot!

enjoy your Sunday, the pictures of Costa Rican beauty and a chuckle from ol jules
Keep It Simple Sweetie!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Earthquakes and mulberries...

This week housesitting life has improved - well clarifying agreements through email do help calm the nerves and I havent seen anymore snakes or unwelcomed critters since Saturday.

Monday I totally forgot was Labor Day until I tried to call my credit union in the states, so I changed plans, fiddled with my SIM cards and internet connections, talked with my son about his new van woohoo and washed my hair!

Tuesday the farm worker came extra early, his ride wasnt available so he had to walk the entire distance and didnt want to be late. A neighbor brought me fresh cows milk so I made comfort food tomato bisque soup for my lunch. I shared lunch catching up with friends online. Then read most of the rainy afternoon.

Wednesday the farm worker arrived at his more normal time. I made a torte of fresh eggs and herbs and shared pejibyes with the dogs for breakfast. Then after taking care of some long overdue business, the table started moving. I felt the earthquake pretty strongly although I havent found any cracks in the cement of this house, i certainly think it was possible. The dogs and I got through it fine. I am more scared of thunder and lightening storms, especially after my Appalacian Trail hiking experience a year ago. I respect lightening and I dont want to be hanging in a hammock between two trees during a major storm again. That is too much stress for this girl. These days I find comfort with the electric power turned off, stuff unplugged, then curl up with the dogs, a book, and the trusty ole earplugs. In the evening Wednesday I made some raw oatmeal balls/cookies to have with my coffee for the next days breakfast.

Thursday I woke up remembering a dream which hasnt happened in some time. It seems that when I am over stimulated and stressed it takes some gentle down time and rest before the more normal processes of things like dreaming and remembering those dreams can kick in. I do prefer a slower more in touch with nature kind of lifestyle. I dread being reintroduced to the busy busy crazy-making pace and consumerism of the USA, that reverse culture shock can be almost crippling initially. Just entering a small store or gas station convience store can be incredibly overwhelming. And then there is language and people well just think differently... Yesterday I also picked some stuff and make a Kickin Marmalade! Whats that? its a cross between a citrus marmalade and a hot pepper jelly. Oh yes, and in the early evening I could hear the rumbling trainlike sound of a storm in the distance. At the same moment my skype phone connection rang and as I answered it I noticed the most beautiful Motmot bird not 10 feet away taking a dust bath in the carport. Because of the phone call I wasnt able to get a picture but I am watching for him to return. I figure if he feels safe enough to take a dust bath here, then I can relax a little. What a beautiful way to end the day. BTW the rumbling storm never came through here, it passed right by.

This morning - Friday The dogs and I took an early walk and picked some lovely mulberries. Incredible as it seams even Chester picked and ate some. They are good medicine. While picking, I was reminded of a time my CR Sister Amy and I picked berries around NYC. I am a bit of a naturalist and enjoy the process of being grateful and thankful while allowing the bush to give to me. As my fingertips gently touch a fruit and it literally falls into my hand. The ones that fall to the ground I leave for the animals. The mushy ones the bees and wasps enjoy, some especially the high ones are for the birds.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Keep It Simple Sweetie!

Monday, September 3, 2012


KISS - or Keep It Simple Silly (okay i changed it from stupid because why call anyone that really).

I remind myself all the time to K.I.S.S. everything...problems, relationships, emergencies, lunch, emails, blogging... you get the idea.

This past weeks recap: I am housesitting in San Vito, Costa Rica. Anxiously awaiting my turn to travel to the USA and my next adventure - full-time rving, im so excited about exploring the US. At times it is challenging to arrange details from a distance altho with android phones and internet SIM cards nearly anything is possible.

Some of you have friended me on Facebook and are able to view pictures and posts. I am not a huge fan of public media although it does help us stay somewhat connected even if only in a driveby sort of way. This past week I dealt with a scorpion, a poisonous snake, mice or rats, bats, and a hurricane induced lightening storm! As well as trying to get my travel plans finalized. Needless to say I was simply exhausted yesterday.

The snake story was kewl because I had that snake feeling before I went to bed. I tried to shake it off as silly and simply asked the Great One to take care of the things outside of my control and keep me safe if that is his will. Then I went to sleep. I normally get up early and dawn was just breaking, it was dim still when I accompanied by the two dogs here, went for our first bathroom visit of the morning. Just rounding a corner I see IT! Knowing the only machete I had seen here was not much larger than a good chefs knife. I called and woke a neighbor for help and bring a machete please I asked in my best spanglish. Then I took pictures and sort of guarded him till they arrived. Mind you wondering why he stopped breathing, or did I just imagine that he had, then noticing the blood and wondering what he had killed, then wondering why he wasnt moving. Or why the dogs arent interested in him... the neighbors came. He was dead. I would like to think that Chester the dog killed him, but I cant really be sure. I continue to be thankful that we are not given more than we can handle. And I hug Chester a lot and thank him for protecting me every time he goes into his natural hunter mode.

Speaking of Chester - this is not the first time I have house sat with him. Chester is a wonderful altho BIG dog. It seems his owner struggels with either a place to keep him or the expense of feeding him or possibly both. I love this dog. He scares some people just with his size and sometimes he can be difficult especially if he hasnt eaten can imagine. He doesnt like sticks or brooms and hes not too fond of being handled by his collar. He seems to trust me and I respect him and we get along fine. I was rather surprised to find out that he was here after I took on this assigment. I am glad he is here.

I want to attach some photos so will try to keep this short and simple (smile).

oh and I am trying to sell a few things here in Costa Rica to lighten my bags for flying. If you have an interest send me a message and we can discuss the items. Some tools, tho not all in the pictures are available, can be seen at

and heres hoping for a less event filled week this week...
As always
Keep It Simple,