Monday, February 14, 2011
So, It’s Been Six Months
The first week we were here, our friends Susan and Rex from Spokane helped us get settled. They spent much of the week working to get us all unpacked and set up in our new home and Rex spent a VERY hot and sweaty few hours helping Tom put an additional wire fence around the entire yard to ensure that the dogs could not get out. We also got out and showed them some of the sights of our new town – the Jaguar Rescue, Cahuita National Park, Manzanillo as well as some good restaurants. When the time came for them to leave we were sad. Since they left us in August, Rex has received a promotion to Provost at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and they became grandparents a couple of weeks ago for the first time when daughter Sara gave birth to baby Charlie
occasional agouti in the properties near us. There are also chickens and roosters next door that are not nearly so charming – the rooster crows incessantly from about 2:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. every day. We also went snorkeling on my birthday in September. It was the first time for me and I loved it!! Can’t wait to spend a lot more time doing that as time goes by.
In November we headed back to the U.S. on a dual mission. We had to leave Costa Rica as we had been here for ninety days which is the longest you can stay as a tourist without leaving. We also were going to pick up the paperwork that my son Jordan had been collecting from various governmental agencies that would allow us to apply for residency in Costa Rica so we would no longer have to leave every ninety days. It was a very short trip but we saw all the kids, collected our paperwork and headed back home about five days later. We filed our paperwork when we got back to San Jose and received our notification that immigration had received our paperwork a couple of weeks ago. Now we no longer have to leave the country but we will have to wait up to a year or so before we are granted residency.
December was a very rainy month and I got lots and lots of reading done. In between the rain we came to be friends with the house sitters next door, Sarah and Rene, and had a couple of excursions in the area that were memorable. I went with them to Bri Bri one day and we happened upon a Christmas festival that the entire town had come out for. There were costumed dancers that performed for a couple of hours and music blasting. People were very happy and were having a great time. Sarah and Rene bought bicycles which we loaded into the 4Runner and took back to PV so that they had transportation to and from their various volunteering gigs. We also went with them on an adventure that took us to Chase, Panama (see full story here: http://costaricadoglover.com/2010/12/21/so-what-is-the-deal-with-chase/ ). They are professional guitarists and we have spent several night hanging out and listening to them play and sing – always a great time!!
The rain continued into January but I missed about three weeks of it when I went to visit my mom in Wyoming who had fallen and broken her hip and femur on December 15th. It was a rough few weeks for her but she is finally beginning to recover although it will take several months for her to be back to her old self. She is a remarkable eighty five year old!! While I was gone, Tom had a carport built so that our SUV can be protected somewhat from the elements here. It has added a really nice touch to the entrance of our home. In January we also got our new Costa Rica drivers licenses!! This was quite the experience but well worth it.
The end of January and first two weeks of February have been just wonderful!! Days are not too hot and the nights are cool. There has been some rain but mostly at night so that the morning is fresh and everything is clean. We have talked to the gardener about clearing the lot we bought next to us so that we can extend our garden and plant fruit trees and new flowering bushes and plants. Hopefully that will occur this month. I love wandering around the garden and finding new flowers and watching the butterflies and hummingbirds hang out all day. Soon I will have even more to explore!!
Our first visitors (not here to work like Rex and Susan) just left a few days ago. Betty and Bill from Spokane came to visit on February 4th and left on the 9th and we had a wonderful time. I am pretty sure they enjoyed themselves and I won’t be surprised if they come back sometime. They left us and went to two other parts of Costa Rica – Dominical and Arenal – before they will head home tomorrow.
Well – that’s it for the first six month wrap up. We are so happy to be here and I have to say that so fare our expectations and the reality have come together very well. I cannot ask for more than that!!!