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Monday, August 12, 2013

Best Time of Day

I can't make up my mind what time of day I like best in Costa Rica. The mornings are special. We are usually up with the birds, and they start singing when it is still dark. Neighborhood roosters start even earlier. The sky starts to lighten up around 5:00 am.

Genny, our cat, is affected by the early bird sounds also and she doesn't let me stay in bed beyond 5:00 am most mornings. Cats are so persistent.

So up I get, pull up all the blinds ... I like to see what the mountains look like in the morning. Put the coffee on to brew ... and that's another thing ... drinking coffee that is actually growing all around us. It still amazes me, after a lifetime of drinking coffee that I never felt any connection to and had no idea where it came from. Now, if I am up early enough, I wave to the coffee workers in the truck going up to the coffee fincas and they always wave back to me. Wish there was some way to tell them I appreciate what they do. Award winning, fresh, local coffee is available everywhere here at a fraction of the price we paid for it in Canada.

Mornings are the best times to get chores done because the green season rains might be happening in the afternoons or, in the dry season, it just might be hotter for an hour or two. I always do laundry in the morning and also grocery shopping. It's also the best time for me to work on my horse and cattle paintings.

Afternoons are special also. For me, this is hammock time or else pool time at a neighbor's house. I spend more time outside all year around than I ever have in any other place we have lived in. The large roof overhangs on houses here ensure lots of outside living space. Genny the cat has never spent so much time outdoors before either. These days, for her it mostly involves a walk around the perimeter of the house, a stroll to the front gate and long siestas on the patio chairs. Now and then, she will manage a walk up the hill to the mango and banana trees

When an afternoon storm occurs, it's fun to be sitting outside .... the sound and light show, the pounding tropical rain and the fresh smell of the earth and the pure cool air.

The sun sets around 6:00 pm here, more or less all year around. Sunsets can be spectacular. It gets dark very quickly - one minute light, the next dark. If we are going out for dinner to a restaurant in the evening, then we experience the pleasure of sitting in an open sided restaurant, with the sounds of the tropical night around us and at times stunning displays of lightning, quite often sheet lightning from over the Pacific Ocean.

So, I guess I cannot pick one special time of day that is my favorite .... I like it all.

 

3 comments:

  1. Hello Diana,
    My wife and I are coming to Atenas in December to look for a place to retire. Would it be possible to meet up with you and your husband and buy you dinner? We are really interested in talking to some expat locals who have already made the move.cemax12000@yahoo.com
    Thanks
    Craig and Valerie Maxwell

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    1. Craig & Valerie: I just tried to send you an email but it got rejected. If you read this, please email me at dianafmiskell@gmail.com.

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