Rainy mentality

I lay in bed this morning uneager to rustle out of bed. It is a cold December morning and raining heavily. I listen to the large rain drops falling from the eaves to the wet ground. Careening around the house to the river below. The small waterfalls not so small. The large amounts of rain water cascading over the rocks. I love the sound of the river. It is louder than usual, but still it relaxes my mind.

It is a long hug type of day; I chase the puppies to their kennel so Corina and I can hug each other. We spoon each other and the puppies jump  upon our bodies, licking our faces. ” Thank you, that’s enough loving ” as I push the puppies in between us and feel the moment. The puppies LaLa and LuLu always want to be part of the action. They are true huggers.

As we lay I remember the cold winters in my Chicago youth. The rain we are receiving would be two feet of snow. As a kid I would sneak out in the early morning and try to build a snowman. Maybe lay in the snow and make angels in the snow. At the front windows so Mom can see the angels. Dad would see me struggling to lift a large snow ball and he would put on his golashes, gloves and coat with a hood , and help me lift the middle ball to the base of my snowman. We would complete the snowman and my sisters would run out and make a face with a carrot nose and a smiley face with fallen branches and rocks for eyes. Arms made from broken tree limbs . We would run back into the house and Mom made hot chocolate with marshmallow for us to warm up with. We would walk up to our front window and look at our master piece.

Corina and I get out of bed; brush our teeth, wash our face , gargle with listerene and make some coffee for her, hot chocolate with marshmallows for me. We sit down in the TV room and listen to the rain and the river. It will be a rainy  Saturday today. The kind of storm that will keep us indoors. No venturing out in the weather. I ask Corina, ” how about pancakes and no shake this morning. It seems like pancakes and soup for dinner kind of day.” Corina replies, ” That would be nice for a change.”

Corina says she will macrame some pot holders today to keep herself busy. She always needs to be doing things. Me, I like to play my word games or catch a college football game on Wiziwig. An internet site a friend told me about. We will enjoy our wet day in Aguacate. PURA VIDA!


Good Morning

I opened the the window and the screen
Looked out at all the that is green
Not a patch of land could I see dirt
Putting my senses on alert

One deep breath of fresh air
Filling my lungs with no room to spare
There is a scent indescribable
I found nowhere that is comparable

My hairs in my nose tingle
As the rain starts to sprinkle
A freshness so keen
My vitality just springs

The sun pops out of the cloud
Through the light gray shroud
Showing a grand rainbow
With a spectrum of colors so bold

The rainbow stretches across the lake
The vibrant colors shaken me awake
I thank the Lord this day
For the grand morning on display

Welcome to Lake Arenal,Costa Rica

All alone



Holy mackerel! It has only been two hours and I miss LaLa and LuLu. My two puppies who have kept me company since Corina went to the USA for a visit. Doris came and picked up the dogs to take them to the vets so I can leave for the USA AND NOT WORRY ABOUT MY BUDDIES.

It is amazing how you get attached to pets. I Will miss LuLu pawing at my thigh with her right paw asking me to pay attention. LaLa likes to bark: hey! Stop working and pay attention to me. LaLa does not move until you tell her to jump on your lap. I tap my thigh and that is the ok signal for her to sit on my lap. It becomes anticlimactic when both want up at the same time. Have you ever used a computer when two dogs are on your lap?

Is it terrible to miss the dogs more than family? They never argue with you or contradict your orders. Sure they  try not to listen; it takes one firm ” get over here” and the bounce happily in front of you. What would happen if you said “get over here” in a firm voice to your wife or girlfriend? Yeah, you would get a quick, ” up yours” for a response. Your honey does not want to lick your face or pant all over you like your best friend, the pet does. Even independent cats demand your attention once in a while.

Yes, I love my fun-loving dogs, LaLa and LuLu. They keep us healthy and happy. Less stress between the partners when they intervene in an argument. We spoil them as if they were our kids, because they make our days more enjoyable. They travel everywhere we go. If we stay in the USA for a couple of months, we take them with us, but short trips we take them to the vets. Sometimes air travel is uncomfortable for LaLa and LuLu.

Not every pet owner act like we do. In Costa Rica the pets are allowed to roam the streets like teenagers looking for excitement. Not LaLa and LuLu, we have a fence and that is as far as they go. When we are at  the beach we take off the leashes and let them dive into the ocean. Always a whistle away, we do not let them wander too far. I feel sorry for tourist. LaLa and LuLu love people and will not hesitate to bother them to get attention. We are careful to warn people; frisky puppies alert.

Tomorrow morning I will head to the Liberia Airport, firmly confident my puppies will be well taken care of at MARIO CRUZ VETINARIA. Boy, only a few hours and I miss those little rascals. Are you the same as I when it comes to your pets? Pura Vida!


The Veranda Breakfast
This morning the skies are blue
Natures attention is on you
Go forth and enjoy your day
This afternoon it will rain

I like to sit on the veranda
Enjoying my fruit, especially banana
My healthy shake to start my day
Nature is in an amusing way

The birds elevate to the tall limbs
That is when the fun begins
You listen to the mating calls
The Oropendola makes the best sound of all

Frustrated he flies to another tree
Way up top for all to see
His magnificent feathers, red, black and a yellow tail
That fabulous beak calling out his tale

Suddenly he hears a return call
Squawks his goodbyes to us all
Heads to a far away tree
Hides in the branches for none to see

Privacy was in order
For two, a little less candor
Back at the veranda we wait and listen
Someone else’s entrance will glisten

Another visit from the armadillo
Some more excitement for our inquisitive duo
LaLa and Lulu jump from our laps
Barking at the armadillo,we can not help but laugh

To the bushes they do rush
A little noise then hush hush
The armadillo disappeared
LaLa and LuLu had dirt from ear to ear

Apparently the armadillo was deep in a hole
LaLa and luLu know diggings a no-no
They come out of the bushes happy as can be
Now they bark at a squirrel in a tree
Never a dull moment with breakfast on the veranda
Never do we need an agenda
Just fruit and our healthy shake
Pure Vida, every day makes