I know it’s been a while since I posted anything. So, I will try to update now.
Yesterday we had a guy show up at our gate asking about the house across the street, it’s vacant now. I used to have the woman’s phone number but couldn’t find it anymore. There is another house down the street that is vacant also and is a little bigger. It took us a while, talking with our neighbor, and a few phone calls, but we finally got the number for the house down the road. It’s a small Tico style house with two bedrooms and a big kitchen, going for 60,000 colones a month. The house across the street, we finally found out is no longer being rented but they want to sell it for 15 million colones; I wouldn’t give you 5 million for it. It’s in really rough shape. We bought our house just four years ago and only paid 15 million for ours and we have three bedrooms. I wonder what our house would go for now with all the work we have done to it? The house across the street was being rented for 45,000 colones per month, the guy told us that the same house in San Jose would go for around 150,000; I about fell out of my hammock.
Anyways, about the guy. He had been in our town for about three days and working in the pineapple fields, which is really hard work. His family lives in San Jose and he is trying to get them out of there and bring them up here. He said his neighborhood is very dangerous and wants them to be safe. He is only 21 and has three kids, he started early. But I can tell you that he does want to provide for his family, so much so that he resorted to sleeping on the streets just so he could work up here. He said he couldn’t find a job where he lives. Everything he has made he has sent back to his family in the city. He was here for a while, we made him a sandwich and had some coffee. (We didn’t let him in the house though.) He was very polite and I really felt sorry for him. My husband did take him to town to write down numbers off the signs for other houses to rent, and we let him charge his cell phone here. I guess today he is working. I just hope that everything works out for him and his family.
We headed over to a friends house after that, I had some things that I needed to return. Turns out that one of our friends had broken several toes and another bone in his foot. Poor guy is on crutches now. Today we took him over my crutches to use because they are much lighter than the wood ones. We let them know that if they need to go anywhere to just call us, he is the only one with a license in the family and he can’t drive now.
Friday, my cleaning lady never showed up. We waited and waited. This was very unusual for her, she always let me know if she wasn’t going to make it before. Turns out she was babysitting for her neighbors. So she showed up Saturday but I had an appointment for another ultrasound for my thyroid. I told her not to worry about it.
I went for my ultrasound at another clinic I found that was a lot closer to where I live and a lot cheaper. I had been noticing what felt like another lump in my thyroid, but this time on the right side. Turns out I was right, I now have another tumor in it. This makes three now. But they are all still pretty small, just bothersome. If I talk a lot my voice starts to go hoarse. One of my friends was joking with me today and said that makes me the perfect woman. I couldn’t help but laugh and I know that he was only kidding with me. After all, I had been picking on him for breaking his toes playing soccer. He is like a brother to me.
As for the area I live in, Sarapiqui, it has been extremely hot here these past few weeks. It has been getting into the upper 90’s, which is unusual for here. Even the locals are in disbelief at how hot it’s been. We haven’t been getting the rain like we normally do this time of year either. It’s made it difficult to cook or bake anything in the house as we don’t have A/C. When it does rain I may just run outside and dance in it. The little beach areas at the river have been packed on the weekends with everyone trying to cool off. I looked at it today and was very tempted to go home, put on some swimming clothes and jump in. I haven’t been down there in a while. I really feel sorry for my cats and dogs though, it’s almost impossible for them to cool off.
I did start painting again, but now I am out of canvas. I did a geometric design in oil and an abstract in acrylic. Looks like I will have to keep painting in acrylic because I can’t find oils where I live. Acrylic is easy to clean up though too, plus you don’t get the smell from the oil or the paint thinner. Would like to sell them to help cover the costs of a few things. (Like saving up for surgery.) In order to keep painting though I will need to take another drive to Guapiles, which is about an hour away, to get more canvas. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper there compared to what I found here. I can get it for 1,000 in Guapiles and around here it’s over 3,500 for the exact same size.
Well, that’s what’s been going on in my little corner of Costa Rica. Not much really. We have been to a couple of get-togethers with friends and met some more wonderful people. It’s very relaxing here and I have started reading another John Grisham novel. We are trying not to do a whole lot because we don’t know how much my surgery will be, we will be self paying for it. Until Mañana, Pura Vida!