Monthly Archives: September 2012

LESSONS from PARADISE

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Like the trees below my new home in paradise forms many twisting branches to enlightment.  

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My photographer friend, AJ and I have been creating stories to bring these awarenesses to the light.

We are currently creating the tale of  “Paso Temepisque’s Sand People”.  It is an ancient way of life that has never been recorded – to the best of my knowledge.  AJ recently traveled to the site to interview and record their activities and enjoy their welcoming comaraderie.

Thank you for your patience.  I will post our results as soon as they are complete.

PURA VIDA,  

Dianne reporting from Coco Beach in CR.

Sunday Dinner with Sue

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Yesterday Sue, former Massey tenent, prepared a delicious Sunday dinner and invited the Massey gorup.

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POT ROAST & VEGGIES, GRAVEY, HOMEMADE BISCUITS, TOMATOES… big table.

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Sue, Less, Rhett

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Sue, head of table, Dianne, Rhett & Les’s hands, Marcus photographer.

 

Sue & Marcus (Les’s elbow, my clean plate)

Dinner followed by good discussions on equality, sexism, and of course next meal plans.

Thank You Sue for sharing your space and food. Pura Vida

The Plunge

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Yesterday was another one of those mind altering experiences so frequent here in Playas del Coco.

It  began with my beach art treasure hunt.

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Wave and Sand carved wood sculpture.

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Meeting friend- AJ at north beach.

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AJ giving all clear signal.

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Taking 1st Plunge into the ocean.  OMG the water was calm, warm and clear with a soft sandy floor – the entrance to Paradise.

Why had I waited so long to jump in?

What a metaphor!

Pura Vida,

Dianne reporting from Coco in CR.

HIGH TIDE – SURF BOWLING

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Hola, I was hoping to publish my action video of surf bowling BUT it still doesn’t want to work in this blog format. So I’ll just try to describe the delightful game I observed on the beach yesterday AM.  The tide was high and just starting to receed – shooting coconuts and logs toward the beach’s high ground.

Then I noticed the game in progress.

One lone coconut refusing to stay on the beach.  It rapidly rolled toward the sea with each receeding wave and was throw back on the rebound – Sort of a reverse of human bowling.

The waves won in the end.  I have no doubt they will return in the evening for a rematch.

My photographer Coco friend, AJ, took some more amazing pics too.

Me floating in Pool after steamy ride to grocery store.

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Some special skate/surfing art for Ken et al.

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These guys (above) were hanging out on main street hustling the tourist.

Heading to beach this AM

Pura Vida,

Dianne reporting from Playas del Coco, DR

The Perfect Day

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Today the weather was cooler with a soft breeze.

My AM stroll on the beach was magical with birds chirping, fish jumping, waves lapping, pelicans floating, &  sun shining. I fully expected to hear a Disney chours wishing me PURA VIDA with brightly colored streamers waving from parrot beaks.   I actually saw a pair of parrots partially hidden in the tree tops. 

I am intrigued with the idea of owning a boat so I can glide over the water to the islands off shore.  Does anyone want to invest in owning a boat in Playas del Coco?  I can dream up all sorts of adventure tours to offer and the adventues would give jobs to the locals.  Wouldn’t it be nice to add floating on the sea to my CR adventures?

It is OK to take a day off from Doing and just BE.  I am so grateful.

Dianne

 

 

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POWER OUTAGE

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The POWER is back!!  What I missed most about a day without was the ability to control my environment.

In my CR condo I use power mostly to control the temperature.  I function best at 70F and can survive at 80F.  Higher moisture saturated climates tend to make me grouchy.  Yesterday, I was too hot to sleep and too hot to move.  I did discover that the water remained on (magic?) and took a L O N G cold shower about 1 pm. 

How long does it take to acclimate to a new environment? Can heat cause heart failure? 

I am not complaining – just curious about this new experience – hyperthermia.  My body reacts as if heat is a beast of prey.

Other power related comforts such as my Kindel, computer were easier to accommodate by charging them night before.   

What would you do if you knew you would have no POWER for 8 hours?

I did discover the reason for the scheduled power outage – maintenance of the power lines.

Evidently the trees have spread their branches into the wires and some of the poles needed replacing.

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This morning I am grateful for the flow of POWER and the human efforts to make it so.

Pura Vida, 

Dianne reporting from Playas del Coco, CR.

Coco Colors

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My photographer friend, AJ took about 100 pics yesterday.  The theme was Coco color.  I want to put them into a slide show or collage.  For now, I will give you a sample with a focus on the folk art.

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Now that I have your attention – I challenge you to name these colorful pics.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, the electricity will be off from 8AM to 4 PM.  No computer wi-fi, water, flushing toliet, microwave……

I was thinking of taking an airconditioned bus tour somewhere but couldn’t find anything within my price range.  I am going to celebrate Tues as my own Independence from technology day.

Pura Vida, Dianne reporting from Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

Independence Day – CR

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The parade in Playas del Coco was changed to the 30th.  I’m not sure why but have been told change is typical in CR. 

Because of this change I will not be posting pics as planned.

I do have news of a fresh neighbor in Massey’s Condo #3. I have no information to share yet.  I did hear lots of celebratory sounds last night from the 1st floor and am hoping this indicates a happy person.

Hasta, Dianne