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Friday, January 27, 2017

A Super Day

Actually, just about every day in Costa Rica is super ... at least in my opinion.

As usual, we were up and about around 0400. Lance heads into the shower and I head into the kitchen to feed our cat and put the coffee on. That done, I go outside to the patio table to check email on my iPad. It's still dark of course but there are lots of morning noises ... local roosters, workers being driven up to the coffee plantations, people driving off to work, early morning wild bird sounds.

Before it's my turn for the shower, I take two eggs out of the 'fridge to warm up to room temperature, put two frozen McCains potato patties in the oven (if we are having them), and decide if I'm having oatmeal or toast. Lance always has tortillas with his egg. He is also the soft boiled egg cooker guy and has cooking them correctly down to a science. We also have fruit ... a banana usually but I also love papaya on hot buttered toast. This daily breakfast holds us until dinner, with maybe a few snacks in between ... 

Today was the day I cleaned half of our little house. I moved the chesterfield and two chairs so I could vacuum under them. What is that? It's one pair of my glasses that have been missing for months!! How did they get under there? I vacuumed and washed the floors and rearranged the furniture into a more agreeable position.

So, finding a missing pair of glasses and cleaning half the house is ... a super day.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Political Cartoons

I'm a big fan of political cartoons - both drawn and written. The art of lampooning politics and politicians goes way, way back in time. I so admire how the artists can depict a politician and their beliefs with a few slashes of their drawing pens and make a big statement at the same time, and the editorial writers do the same thing with their words.

Having said that, 2016 and now 2017 have brought about an avalanche of political opportunities for lampooning. I often save to my Facebook page what I think are really funny jabs at Canadian, USA and Russian politics. No doubt I have offended some people.

But I am here today to say that I personally do not want to offend anybody. Politics are politics.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


A couple of years ago, our good friend and neighbor, Sharon, gave me a beautiful backpack. She knew I liked to walk into Atenas and a pack would be so useful. It was embroidered in designs with beautiful colors and made in Costa Rica. It saw a lot of use.

Here it is:


Unfortunately, it was stolen during our house robbery last year. I've really missed having it.

This Christmas, Sharon handed me a wrapped gift. Inside was a new backpack, woven in bright colors, and also made in Costa Rica. It's gorgeous. Thank you so much, Sharon. How fortunate are we to have such wonderful friends and neighbors. Here is the new backpack: