December 13, 2013 at 1:09am
Not feeling it
So I went to market, saw a bunch of folk. Sat in the park with a depressed friend. Chatted with a Dutch couple. Phoned a friend who lives by the Panamanian border.
Ate mora (berry) pie. Pejibaye/curry "hummus". Gallo Pinto. Coffee.
Saw a rainbow and snapped a picture I posted at facebook.
Washed out clothes (daily when I can).
Got black licorice to friends.
But I still think I should be doing more?
Shoot me now ...
December 11, 2013 at 2:38pm
Taking a nap
Yes, I slept well and long enough. No, I haven't done anything strenuous.
I'm just listless today.
Plus, it's hot and the heat drains me.
And the noon day sun burns ... so I stay out of it.
Yesterday I started a new folder for postcards/letters written here in Costa Rica. Only has one entry at this moment but soon ...
I even wrote a song!
It's about wanting rice pudding and having to wait till Friday.
So I'll need to do a wash (clothes dried quickly last time!) and then either sit on the balcony or find a spot. Down by the river? The cemetery is a climb. A bus station?
Tomorrow is farmers' market.
Plenty of doing nothing on my to do list.
December 10, 2013 at 3:50pm
Just another hot sunny day...
|...so I'm staying in during the heat of the day.
Day 4. I washed out clothes. This is important when traveling cheaply. Laundry costs! Spoke to couple from Alaska who were shocked at the cost of laundry in Spain. Mind you it came back nicely folded.
If I wash fairly early and hang up in the sun or near a fan it can be damp by evening and dry the next morning.
Just one reason why it's very very hard to travel every day.
Go slow the Alaskans said...
They are older and wiser than me.
I am taking notes. Need to post of course! The sounds and smells of this place are obvious to someone from dry (no-smell) and quiet places like Montana.
Day 4. Got a bathrobe I'd bought for a friend to that friend. I now have more room in my luggage. It wasn't heavy, just bulky. And I get "rid of" the black licorice Thursday. Not bulky nor heavy just tempting.
I weighed my self . The good news? I'm in the land of rice and beans and sunshine and good walking weather. I tend to lose weight here in Costa Rica.
Day 4. My legs ... not so great. But I did find a place that can check my coumadin (warfarina) level for maybe $10. My health is iffy. Emotionally I'm okay. A bit bored at the moment but I can always catch up on my writing so I can't complain.
Day 4. BCR doesn't like my debit card. Fortunately, BN does. I never understand where all the money goes... I do keep track. Except for that 20.000 note that I hid some place. Good to have some money hidden.
Day 4. Clear morning, could see the mountain ridge. Bright morning like always and hot by 10 am. Yesterday surprised with a shower. So far only puffy clouds.
Sounds of motorcycles of course, church bells (the clock actually has the right time ... and not just twice a day!). Smell of autos and flowers and cooking and... well, it's the center of a small city. Much cleaner than San José but it's still a city.
The kiosk has a lighted "tree" above it. Quite pretty in the evening. Now? Just flowers in bloom: musaendra, llama del bosque, jasmine, hibiscus.
People here wear all colors but this isn't the Caribe where neon colors dazzle. Of course, the young women's finger and toe-nails... that's another story.
People aren't totally quiet but this isn't Puerto Rico. Yes, there can be blaring music but not at the moment and never constantly. However, when there is people just shrug their shoulders. Nothing to do about it.
Day 4. I already had my gallo pinto con huevo ...y dos cafecitos. So I've been fed, but I should leave soon to eat again (but not too much). I also have pan casero and queso blanco in the fridge .
Day 4... maybe I should make plans for this trip?
December 9, 2013 at 10:26am
|...in Costa Rica.
To blog or not to blog? That is NOT the question.
To sleep or not is more like it!
Up late last night which is a bad habit when I'm in Costa Rica. So... I promise to go to bed earlier tonight. We'll see...
1. Plane flight: thought about taking a voluntary bump in LA. Didn't happen; however, I was up-graded to 1st class! Zowie! Thank-you Christina.
I sat next to a heavy metal rocker from the bands Sanctuary and Nevermore. Got fed a real meal.
2. Arrived bright and early. No problems with phone. No problems getting hotel room (same room as before, one I like). No problem finding rice and beans. Happy to find a place that makes the best sorbet (vanilla-cinnamon?).
3. Went to zoo on Sunday. Saw the one lonely lion. Saw crocodiles and macaws. And other animals. Small zoo right in town.
Found my way at night to Santa Ana for a concert of the Cafe Chorale. I had met them in Montana. Late dinner afterwards with Ileana and her husband Roger and a co-worker.
Oh... there's a tad more, but I need to find breakfast and get out of here this morning.
December 3, 2013 at 1:08pm
|... well kinda ...
I finished the chapbook and printed out a proof.
I was happy. Now I'm not.
Very difficult to catch errors, especially small ones. Or unimportant ones like the font ... I mean who cares about the font? Me ...
So, I have a proof and the time this morning to redo it if I have the energy and oomph.
I woke up with the beginning of an anxiety/depression cycle. I banished it in the shower. I have too much to do.
Plus now it's sunny after a night of snow (not much). Wintry conditions are expected for today though and I don't have car ... so bus ... unless minor miracles happen (and they sometimes do).
Individual prose poems are posted by my door. I put up an old copy, the cover and 16 of the pieces. I didn't put up the one I wrote for Lavinia because I want it to be a surprise!
Well ... it sure will be.
This morning there was a note under my door from her saying she wanted a copy ... with some money. She doesn't know yet she gets two "for free" because one of the poems is for her.
... as soon as I get over myself, get to the printer and spend beaucoup buckos to print it. Then the collating, the stapling, the folding ...
Fortunately, folks I wrote for (plus the "editors") are sending me their address so I can get a chapbook in the mail before I leave on Friday.
Got message from Lorin, Thomas, Ann, Sharon...
Now if Julia in England would respond ... yep, one gets to go across the Pond.
December 1, 2013 at 8:41pm
November 30, 2013 at 10:42pm
A pensive moment at Bernice's Bakery
|A sense of where I need to be, of where I need to go, of what I need to do.
A home base surrounded by artists and the creative juices they ooze.
(I've always been able to survive off the unused excesses of others.)
And yet, the urge to collect local people, not only images and sounds; but, also to travel to where I can harvest what cannot be found here.
A certain sense of peace, that it's okay to be me. To realize that maybe... it always was.
November 29, 2013 at 6:28pm
I need to re-read...
Had goose for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Travis bought and cooked it. He also prepared asparagus and potatoes. I grilled some parsnips, made some mousse (with almond milk), had a bowl of fruit (banana, pear, grape, clementines), orange-dark chocolate mints.
Lit a couple candles, put out the dishes and silverware... voilà.
I don't think I've had goose since I cooked one back in the '70s in Nebraska.
I like goose.
And cold. Hoarfrost since we've had no snow. My cousin had snow though. I asked her how many feet. She said only 2. Here they measure in inches. Anything over 6" is a lot.
It's cold and next week will be colder. May see 0 ...cold enough? As long as I can get to the plane... adios!
I need to re-read and re-write LOTS OF STUFF! Unfortunately, can't travel with that much paper.
Found stuff I wrote years ago and forgot. Some of it isn't too bad. Need to re-write, post, ask for comments.
I did fairly good with editing my Europe '13 pictures (still hundreds to go) so I know I can focus for periods of time necessary to accomplish something.
I need better internet access.
That said. Can't do much today. Library was closed. Barbershop was closed. But: went to Court to tell them I'm gone for two months and unavailable for jury duty, checked mail (nothing, box payment is due in July), stopped in at Butterfly Herbs to buy licorice for friends in Costa Rica.
And I had a coffee, a pasta salad, talked to friends...
A good day.
November 26, 2013 at 1:41pm
November 25, 2013 at 4:04pm
|...turkey, stuffing, green beans, sorbet, potatoes...
I am still having problems with my legs (I swear they are worse) and my energy level is low as well.
And I don't like spending dinner with a couple hundred people.
So, I went to the Senior Center late but still in time to eat. The feast cost me $3 as usual and ... well ... I was here (still here) and why not?
I survived it quite well and got to see folks I don't see very often.
Unfortunately it becomes one more distraction on getting my chapbook done. I'm stymied.
I mean ... I cleaned! I've done part of my packing! Anything but work on the chapbook (which MUST get done).
I did manage to get to the park to watch THE football game on big screen tvs. It was sunny and quite cold but they had heaters. And it always seems warmer when "your" team wins. And they did.
Which means there will be a game here in tropical Montana on December 7th. The Griz host a Southern team (either Bethune-Cookman from Florida or Coastal Carolina from South Carolina). It may be cold; it may snow.
Regardless I won't be there. My flight leaves the day before.
Nope. No cold bench for me.
But sitting here writing this won't get my chapbook done!
As for more turkey on Thanksgiving Day? I'm eating at a friend's place; we're having goose.
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