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Mar 14, 2011 - George in Golfito

Monday, 3/14 My nice husband told me he would be fine without me in Golfito. He did the ½ day trip to Golfito where he had lots of problems at the bank. He did come home with money but it took 3 tries and a trip inside with a 45 minute wait. Once home, he has been talking long-distance to dispute a withdrawal that was never made but is showing up online. Back at the house, I was busy with a variety of activities related to leaving in 8 days—reservations for our travel, sending library news to new volunteers, double-checking that the dogs...

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Mar 13, 2011 - Sunday

Sunday, 3/13 Toby, the minister, called to say everyone had left town and he had to return unexpectedly to the states this morning, too. He left us with a prayer list and plans about his return. We sat on our porch and listened to the music from the neighboring iglesia. We also took a long walk on the beach with BOTH dogs! Joel let us off the hook about attending his church (2 hours), all in Spanish with no musical interludes, when we told him we’d spent several days in Bible study with some English speakers. He, of course, was also elated...

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Mar 12, 2011 - Hammock time!

Saturday, 3/12 We expected Joel at 7am but he was a little late. He waited, I think, to borrow a friends’ moto so he wouldn’t have to bike here. We spent a lot of time with our limpy dog. She did walk on the beach a little. We fed the dogs lots of meat—determined to fatten up Cinnamon before our departure. They have lots more meat than we do. We had fruit and homemade bread for breakfast. Not homemade by me, but homemade whole wheat from Elena. We ordered more empanandas and pan (bread) from Dona Teresa. She is a neighbor that cooks all of...

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Mar 11, 2011 - Surprises

Friday, 3/11 We woke up early and rode the long ride to Coloso del Mar for breakfast. Actually, we had another motive. Today is Shelly and Rey’s anniversary and they mentioned going to Coloso for dinner. We decided to surprise them with dinner. We designed a home made card---can’t buy one in Zancudo—and asked Eduardo to bring out the card when they asked for the check. We certainly hope that Eduardo understood our broken Spanish. He wouldn’t let us pay in advance and just told us to come back in a day or two. We had lots of emails and calls...

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Mar 10, 2011 - Shopping spree- Orchids and Corbina!

Thursday, 3/10 We went for a long walk and ate breakfast at Soda Katherine’s. Mixi came over and talked to us and asked us if we would PLEASE ask her mother if she could come to the library this afternoon. I asked her mom said OK. Fast forward: She came! What a smart little girl, too! I encouraged Katherine to come as well and get books for her son, Mimocito, but she did not show up! Fulvio came by and sold us a large orchid plant that he brought from the mtns. Others do grow orchids here but we aren’t holding out much hope. George did lash...

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Mar 9, 2011 - Gardening

Wednesday, 3/9 Cinnamon is showing signs of life! She actually hobbled around the yard for a few minutes. Emma came a little closer today! The swelling is less. Boy, does she eat! Megan told us that these meds would make her hungry. Of course, we can still count her ribs because she is all skin and bones. George borrowed a wheelbarrow from Rey and we really worked in the new flowerbeds. We have planted pineapple, basil, bananas and lots of flowers. I spent a lot of time with camp projects. It is the time of year when people start planning...

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Mar 8, 2011 - It takes a community...for pets, too!

Tuesday, 3/8 Maurecio moved his camper next door today. We’ll find out what it is like to have a neighbor. He will use our electricity, and our bathroom in the cook house. He will look after our place while we are away and pay a little for the electricity and water. He is quite a character, has traveled around the world, is originally from Argentina and is always entertaining. It should be fun! The meds didn’t make it on the taxi boat but Sue was in Zancudo, picked up the meds from the vet and then delivered them. The problem is that she...

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Mar 7, 2011 - The Stats!

Monday, 3/7 Thank you, Lord for a non-eventful day! We read, did just a little yard work, and did lots of computer work. We ate lots of fresh fruit, guacamole, and OK, George came home with patacones from Enid at the School Soda. We also calculated the library statistics thus far and here is what we have: Typical Day 34 books checked and 21 people visit Weekly Average Statistics 62 books checked out and 45 people visit Since Inception 211 books checked out 61 individual library card holders Lost books 3 Less than one week late 10 More than...

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Mar 6, 2011 - Biking, Bible Study, and Books!

Sunday, 3/6 Sue invited us yesterday to come to her house for a Bible study with Toby Tyler, the minister at the wedding. We rode our bikes. Whew! It was a long way! It was a great few hours. Toby, and his wife Connie, are thinking of settling here and using this as the home base for mission work they do around the world. Interestingly, they live about an hour from our Pawley’s Island home in Sunset Beach, NC. I guess the wedding kept would-be attendees away so there were only 7of us there. He was taping the session for a Bible study class...

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Mar 5, 2011 - Unbelievable wedding and unbelievable dinner!

Saturday, 3/5 Karen stopped by with stronger antibiotics for Cinnamon. We sure hope it helps. The leg is huge and she refuses to walk, although she loves to eat the meat we give her! We transplanted some coconut trees to the beach area where the dead ones are. May is the month to plant so unless we are really lucky, we may have to do this again in a few months. We are determined to get more cocos in front of the beach. We did receive an invitation to the wedding after all. It was scheduled to begin at 3:00 so we arrived at 3:20, thinking...

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Mar 4, 2011 - Even in Paradise.....

Friday, 3/4 George continued cleaning in the yard and burned a pile of leaves, fronds, cocoanuts, and yard clippings. That delayed hanging out clothes until much later in the day. We finally walked on the beach again and my ankle was just fine. Jose was almost finished with our yard when he was called away to prepare a new site for the upcoming wedding. A soap-opera scenario is happening here. I guess it happens everywhere. This wedding was planned to be on the beach at the home of the Gringo who just died. The new owners decided, for...

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Mar 3, 2011 - The Joys of a Golf Cart

Thursday, 3/3 Cinammon is just under the house so we were able to coax her to drink water and eat beef! Yeah, she gets the good stuff. She still won’t move. She seems to be weaker each day. Karen did call us today and she promises to come over tomorrow to take a look. She said an anteater is another possible attacker. We worked in the yard. It looks great! It was another work day on the computer too with camp emails, blog catch-up, and photo downloads. Yoko called to ask if she could come today so we had to scurry and organize enough for...

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