Bibliophiles in Costa Rica

At our garage sale last January, two days before leaving Key West, we sold seven floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with books. (There are still three or four bookshelves stuffed full in the house so we aren’t totally bereft!) Over the years, we have moved several times between neighborhoods and mostly moved books from house […]

La Doctora de Piel

OK, I swear I’m almost done with doctor stories. It’s too bad my mother doesn’t read my blog because she will never get to know she was right. In my family, the nicest thing you can say to someone is, "You are absolutely 100% right." This even tops, "Goodness, have you lost weight?"

In this […]

Eating Out

You’ve heard all about Berny’s, our MOST favorite restaurant in Costa Rica. Tonight, you get to hear about the only other place where we look forward to eating which is, tragically, the food court at the mall. Perhaps with teenagers, that would be true anywhere. (We wouldn’t know. When you live in Key West, […]

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven

Sweet Jesus, it’s a long haul. Granny Boo is ready, waiting. If she wasn’t too tired to climb, she’d be taking the steps two at a time. She is lucid, as comfortable as possible. She is loved and being cared for. Certainly in no pain. There is nothing wrong with her but old age and […]

Pink ‘n Slippery

That about sums up the description of Hal’s gastointestinal tract, all of it. Frankly, it looks just like his colon. No, we didn’t try this at home! They don’t sell those fiber optic cameras to just anyone, you know. Besides, I just like to watch.

Today, we went back to the doctor for Hal’s last […]

Miss Me?

HI! It’s been a long week, the last of six of constant construction on our house. I have finally felt the effects of having 2 or 3 guys around my house all day everyday from 6am till 4:30pm, hammering, singing, scraping, chatting, drilling, painting, etc, etc, etc. They are DEAR, completely sober, unfailingly cheerful, […]

Speckled Cock

Believe it or not, I’m talking about breakfast here.

Gallo pinto (GA-jo PEEN-to) is the typical dish of Costa Rica: black beans and white rice cooked separately, then mixed and cooked with spices. Good gallo pinto is freshly made – not leftovers as many people suppose. And it will have a nice zing to […]

Futbol Fever!

Since the day we arrived, we’ve heard about the Copa Mundial (imagine the red-headed announcer from Dave Letterman saying in his booming-est voice "The KO! PA! Muuuuuuuun-Deee-ALLLLLLL! That’s how it sounds on the radio.)

The Copa Mundial is the World (mundial) Cup (copa) soccer championship and this year it’s in Germany. In Costa Rica, […]

Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica to Nashville

Sunday morning we saw the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. It was brilliant. Chosei Komatsu is our conductor, very accomplished as you will see from his website. And very cute which I personally find enhances my enjoyment of, well, almost anything. The program started with Noches en los Jardines de Espa├▒a [Nights in the […]

Muchachos Grande

Wherever we go, everyone assumes the boys are ticos. And wondering why these great looking tico kids are dragging around those dumb old pasty-faced gringos… Pretty amusing.

It gets really hysterical when the local doing the assuming speaks rapid-fire Spanish to the boys, with a head nod toward the ‘rents. Ryan gets it for […]

Lipstick and the Joie de Vivre

In my family, it is a crime to be seen without lipstick. I resisted this notion most of my life. Silly rebel. I have since seen the light. When I was 32, I finally looked my mother right in the eye and said, "Mother, I’m a grown woman. [I really thought I was.] You may […]