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Jennifer
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Living our lives our way one day at a time.
Interests: family, natural remedies, finding and maintaining balance in all areas
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A year ago today, mama sloth (Sarah) wandered into the little bosque near our home and showed us her precious baby. The baby (Dash) has been living in or around the forest ever since. Today. Snuggled safely in mama's center. Slothball in the rain. Dash snoozing while enjoying his favorite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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It's almost the one year anniversary of meeting Dash the baby sloth! Today he decided to come out and play. And nap! Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
They are beautiful Alan! We only see one occasionally now that the big migration is over.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2015 on Green page moth at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Summer tanager viuda (blue gray tananger)and summer tanager Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Hubby tells me baseball season begins today. That means the Baltimore Orioles will begin their migration back to the states. I've enjoyed watching them the past few days knowing they won't be back until baseball season ends. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The house was surrounded by toucans this morning calling to each other! Such a treat!!! Thrilled to get these shots. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Looked outside at just the right moment yesterday and was able to see this beautiful yellow-crowned euphonia. I believe this may be the missus. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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A glimpse of what we've got growing around the property at the moment. A güitite (Acnistus arborescens) twig we stuck in the ground last year has turned into a beautiful, tree this year. The first leaves are just popping open. Nopal, tuna, prickly pear down to just one in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
I do believe the balls are nests of a small bird. They don't stop long enough for me to focus the camera lens on them when flitting about in the bamboo. The tree is on a river bank. No access to it from where I see the balls. I had to break through a tangle of dried vines to get these shots. No balls in any other trees around. This one is in just the right place to offer protection for the inhabitants.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2015 on Moss balls at A New Life In Costa Rica
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No Paul, the powers that pulled the event together knew I had some experience making herbal medicine and thought I'd enjoy an opportunity to speak. Initially I bailed and said "NO" uh really "Hell NO!" With some encouragement from new friends and a promise of back up... I did it. Well, don't ask me what I said as I have no idea but the session was a success. I'll do a post on it soon. Lots of info to process from the weekend still. :)
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Thanks for correcting me Chris!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2015 on Wild love at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Beautiful moss balls were discovered hanging through the brush on one specific tree recently. I've never seen them before. Could they be nests? As you can see by the photos they are hard to see let alone get a shot of. There isn't a way to get closer to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Year after year this poor avocado tree fell at the hands of my husband with the choppeadora. When he finally realized what it was he avoided it with the mighty blade. I believe this tree was planted sometime in 2008. This is the first time we've gotten fruit. So many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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This post came across my Facebook news feed while I was at the herbal convergence last weekend. Yesterday I went hoping to pick up a few new medicinal plants. Sadly, there wasn't much to the Exhibition and nothing for sale. I asked and was told this was it. The herb... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Last weekend I attended Medicines from the Edge: a tropical herbal convergence. A fellow participant in the convergence was Susun Weed. Susun and I shared many moments over the weekend. One of the conversations was about Mullein. I use a tincture made from cut and sifted mullein leaf in an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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So... I go to check in at Medicines From the Edge: a tropical herbal convergence and find out I'm on the schedule to do a talk. WHAT?! Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Summer, the dry season. We're supposed to be enjoying it now. Sadly the vicious, "Christmas winds" have over stayed their welcome. Yep, I'm over them! Walks with the dogs are no longer something I enjoy. Well, I enjoy them but not dealing with the wind while doing it. I could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Baby Dash was in hiding for eight days. Imagine my surprise when I saw his fuzzy golden butt the other morning. A morning when I was griping about walking. The winds have been ridiculous. Really! There is no joy in walking the dogs lately. Nasty weather and no sloths. Not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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I was certain there had to be an old blog post but when I searched, nothing. Maybe I wrote it in my head so many times I thought it was done. The green page moth (urania fulgens) aka sunset moth has an unbelievable migration. Experts say it isn't annual but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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A new season of entertainment has begun at the local cultural center. Last night hubby and I went to see a classical guitar recital. It was AWESOME! We both enjoyed the beautiful music. Such a nice way to spend a Friday evening. After the we even went out for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
Thanks Joseph! Taste...nothing like Hershy's! We voted to do 80% chocolate and added vanilla, cane sugar. I know there was powdered milk that could be added too but pretty sure we didn't add any. The family didn't like it. I ate it for my health!
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2015 on Cacao to chocolate at A New Life In Costa Rica
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It's been about a month since this mature sloth has been spotted around the property. The winds finally subsided enough for him/her to come out and spend a day where I could observe. One day, no more. Always a pleasure to see a sloth! Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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For the past couple of weeks I've been measuring, cutting and hand rolling ear candles. One order of 100 was delivered yesterday. Today the second 100 candle order will be completed. (crossing fingers) Candle making is a long, time consuming process. I enjoy it but to be honest, 200 candles... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at A New Life In Costa Rica