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CRJen
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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Yes, I'm happy to say I survived my first (and hopefully ONLY) scorpion sting. This little bugger decided to join me in bed the other night. When my hand when down on the quilt I got quite a surprise. The bastard stung me between the fingers at the knuckle. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at A New Life In Costa Rica
Over the past weekend it seems Typepad, the platform I use for this blog has been under some kind of attack. All Typepad blogs have been down the last few days. No, it's not just me taking a break. It's out of my control. SO let me say now a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The sloth went missing after we saw her Thursday morning. Couldn't find hide nor hair of her yesterday either. This morning I looked up from my path and there she was, sound a sleep hanging in a tree. I was sure I'd seen a baby tucked in there but Bill... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A New Life In Costa Rica
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What an awesome surprise to discover a sloth on my morning walk today!!! Pics and the story later, for now I'm headed back out to enjoy the moment while it lasts. Watch closely when the sloth raises her arm, I might be mistaken but it sure looks like there's a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A New Life In Costa Rica
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These uh... shadow boxes were my favorite at the art festival. The detail was fantastic. So much color. So much fun! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Hubby and I have been waiting and watching for it, the first flowering of the season in the neighborhood coffee fields. Yesterday morning the dogs and I discovered the first flowers right on the edge of our own front lawn. Our neighbor has about a dozen coffee plants that border... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Our favorites from FIA, Festival Internacional de las Artes. Hubby thought the booth from Bulgaria was the most unique and below, I don't remember the country but the art was intriguing. This iron hanging was calling my name. These were cool! They strawlike plant produces a beautiful golden stalk. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
A video slideshow of more pics from Festival Internacional de las Artes. The festival continues through Sunday. I'm thinking about going back again over the weekend. There are new activities and shows going day and night. I think this is the first time I've ever wished we lived in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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We got some organic strawberries from a fruit & veggie service last weekend. Iused the strawberries to make a Strawberry Vinaigrette. It was delicious and made a wonderful summer evening dinner. Here's the easy recipe from Taste of Home.com Ingredients 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed 6 tablespoons... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The annual International Festival of the Arts is going strong in La Sabana Park in San Jose. Hubby and I took the bus into the city to enjoy the festivities. FIA was one of the first festivals we attended after moving to Costa Rica eight years ago. We haven't been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
AWESOME Frank! I'll have to let my son in Florida know to watch for it! :D
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The lluvia de oro (golden shower orchids) are bursting open around the yard. Early morning pics don't do it justice. So pretty, the individual sprays of golden flowers. In another tree all the sprays have gotten tangled by the wind. It's difficult to get a good shot with the strong... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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It was such a treat to see these beautiful Golden-hooded Tanagers at Termales del Bosque over the weekend. The pair was nesting in a tree on the path to the hot springs. Notice the hood color difference above and below, I'm not sure if it's the lighting or if I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
Im glad I stirred something in you Paul. Thats kind of why I do this blog thing...or continue to.
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WOW!!! Thanks for such great info Paul. Sounds like an experience I would have LOVED!
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2014 on Riding the rails at A New Life In Costa Rica
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They always seem to startle me but Im more fascinated than creeped out.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2014 on Stick bug season at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Those are my thoughts at well Joseph. I wonder if there is some theatrical tie with it?
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2014 on Art in architecture at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Whew... I'm home again after an A-MAZING Tropical Herbal Convergence at Termales del Bosque. Here's a glimpse of my weekend to enjoy while I rest (not much sleep at the convergence), regroup (sort out all I learned) and remember all those special moments, snapshots of time spent with the most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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More pics from our walk in San José. The detail on the buildings is fascinating. If you're thinking of walking in the city to enjoy the buildings I suggest going on a Sunday. It was really a pleasure wandering without the crowds. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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What a beautiful old entrance for the building that houses the Centro Nacional De La Cultura in Costa Rica (CENAC). Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Bill and I went on a walking tour after visiting the orchid show earlier in the month. The car was parked by Parque Nacional, near the old aduana. We walked to Parque Morazan, wandered a bit then walked back up to the car on the next block making a giant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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This beautiful old train station is near the old aduana in San Jose on Ave 3 between Calles 17 & 23. Here's what Lonely Planet has to say about it. The old train station to the Atlantic, the Estación del Ferrocarril de Costa Rica , was built in 1908. Though... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Seems like every other day we're encountering a stick bug (aka walking stick) somewhere around the house. That is somewhere outside on the house. We've never had one inside that we can recall. They are harmless, cool looking, prehistoric kinda creatures. The one above was the "Grand Daddy" of all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at A New Life In Costa Rica