Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Wednesday July 23, 2014: Rain in the Morning, One hour of Sun in the Afternoon, then back to Rain

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Saturday July 19, 2014: Sunny
       This is the first all day full on sun we have had in a while!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Friday July 18, 2014: Rain in the Morning, Cloudy in the Afternoon
      We have had rain almost every day or night for a over a month! They say it is finally clearing... Meanwhile I am still working on my Casita Azul project. It doesn't look like much right now but just wait, it will be a precious little Caribbean beauty. Let me show you - but remember it is still a work in progress.

The front porch is installed and I varnished the wood. It looks nice. 
It will look even nicer when I have the railing made. 
And as you can see, I have some painting to do.

The back porch needs painting, too. But the I have the varnishing done. 
This is what the railing on the front porch will look like. 
The wood is laurel - a common and inexpensive wood in Costa Rica, but oh so pretty!

Now I can show you something that is almost complete, the kitchen. Isn't it sweet?

The floor is laurel and so is the simple but lovely cabinetry. 
You can see I painted a decorative finish on the outside wall. 
On the opposite wall, which you cannot see, I will paint a mural!

It is lots of work but I am enjoying this project. 
Before long it will be finished and 
YOU can come for a relaxing Caribbean visit!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Thursday July 10, 2014: Rain in the Morning, Cloudy Most of the Day
      Rainy, cloudy and stormy - that is the weather here for the past week or so. Not only that, today there was a warning issued for waves of up to 13 feet high and possible flooding. When I walked the dogs on the beach this evening I saw 10 foot waves for sure. We'll see what happens tonight...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Wednesday July 9, 2014: Rain, Sometimes Torrential, Most of the Day
           Costa Rica exemplifies a world of drama,  which is frequently caused by the weather. We had hard rain all night last night and on into today. My yard looked like a lake. The power went out around 9:30 this morning and I just found out why. This tree branch (above) - that's right, it is not a tree trunk, it is just one of the branches - came crashing to the ground and took about a half mile of electric cables along with it.
           My friend Kathy Clark took these photos on a bike ride with her husband this afternoon. She is from Washington State, so she knows all about rain. She says it was the weight of the water and all the attached vines that took down the branch. The Punta Uva / Playa Chiquita area was without power all day long. My lights (here in the "big city" of Puerto Viejo) came back in about an hour. In the above photo you can see the power company working in the background.

         This is the tree that held the fallen branch. Trees falling in the jungle are a common occurrence during relentless pelting rainstorms. That is why I trim the big trees near my house, as I've illustrated here in previous posts. The jungle is in constant flux, from growth to death and decay: floods, landslides and trees toppling over are all part of the amazing cycle of life we witness every day living in this magical place. I love it! I know Kathy does, too.

Monday, July 7, 2014


Monday July 7, 2014: Mostly Sunny with Rain in the Early Morning

      What does it mean? Walking on the beach with the dogs I found an old coin, then immediately I found a key. I cannot tell what kind of coin it is - slightly smaller than the 100 Costa Rica colones. They key looks like one to a little padlock.

I am not particularly superstitious but I do take notice when odd things happen. Small things such as a coin and a key are almost always lost in the sand. But there they were, jumping right up to my attention. It must mean something. What do you think?

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Sunday July 6, 2014: Rain in the Morning, Some Sun, then Rain again
      Last night the thunderstorms returned. It rained hard all night with thunder and lightening intermittent. Rain continued into the morning. Midday the sun came out and it was bright an hot until late afternoon when the rain came back.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Thursday July 3, 2014: Rain

      This morning the dogs barked, on guard as always. The cat got a mouse in the kitchen. Everyone is doing their job and I am ready to do mine - varnishing the beautiful new wood floors in my Casita Azul.
       Then a storm broke loose and it was too wet to work so I just relaxed and watched the rain storm. It was bold, brash and dramatic. Rain fell HARD. thunder rolled and bellowed... and then in time it drifted off. Now with the soft sound of little raindrops I am left with a feeling of deep tranquility and peace. The Caribbean Rain washes everything clean.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014


Monday June 30, 2014: Clouds in the Morning, Sun in the Afternoon
      I thought the thunderstorms were over but no, we had a big, loud one last night!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Saturday June 28, 2014: Cloudy in the Morning, Sun in the Afternoon
      It looks like our little summer "rainy season" is coming to an end. No, it is NOT rainy season on the Caribbean side right now. But we are the rain forest and it can rain any time. This afternoon the full-on hot sun came back. The waves are still too vigorous for swimming but you can take a dip to cool off, any way.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Friday June 27, 2014: Cloudy with Some Sun Poking Through
      This is tree trimming at Hidden Jungle Beach House. It has to be done now and then or a storm will crash branches onto the roof. This is jungle life. I love it!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014


Monday June 23, 2014: Cloudy and Mild,  Rain Off and On All Day
      This creature stayed with us at Hidden Jungle Beach House for two days, relaxing on the patio curtain. We marveled at it's interesting pattern - quite beautiful! It is about 5 cm long. Anybody know what it is?

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Sunday June 22, 2014, Sunny, Hot and Humid
      Well hello from since April! My last post should give you an indication as to why I have not been doing my daily posts here since that time. I apologize but my little blue house, Casita Azul, is taking all the energy I've got. However, a personal request from one of my readers has provided some motivation to comment. So I will. And maybe I will even begin posting regularly again.
      The photo above was taken yesterday on Playa Negra, near my Hidden Jungle Beach House. Yes, in Costa Rica they still use oxen for farm work. In this case the owners were walking them along the shoreline on the way to a new feeding pasture. I see this pair every now and then and smile, as it is another of the many simple reminders of my love for Costa Rica's Caribbean.
      Here on the Caribbean side the weather has been tumultuous for the past two weeks. The sun and humidity of the day has brought severe thunderstorms almost every night. This has occurred for the past two weeks. Today is completely sunny and dry for a change, but still quite hot.
      May was lovely. The temperature was mild and the water calm and clear. I had the dogs out to swim almost every afternoon. June started out the same but rapidly turned stormy. July is our brief "summer rainy season" but it seems to have come early so maybe things will be unseasonable and calm down in July - or not. I will try to keep up with my posts and let you know as we go along.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Saturday April 26, 2014: Cloudy in the Morning, Clearing and Sunny in the Afternoon, Rain Again at Night
        The much needed rain has arrived. It rained all night last night, varying from a medium rain to a full on downpour. It really rained hard! Today the ocean is turbulent with sandy waves and debris along the shoreline.
       I've told you about my recent project, which keeps me so busy I don't have time to post here every day. I love "before" and "after" pictures:

Here is the entrance to my property "before":

And here it is today:
From the outside  -

And from the inside:
It may look like a fortress but it is very pretty wood - nispero, the best around - and it is a great help for security.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Sunday April 20, 2014: Partly Cloudy and Breezy
      Today is the last day of Semana Santa and many families are still here enjoying the beach. The sun is coming in and out of the clouds, with a nice breeze making the day quite pleasant. We are still getting some rain. It came down hard last night.
      The photo above has nothing to do with the weather. I just like it. This is part of my casita renovation here at Hidden Jungle Beach House, which I told you about in a previous post. As part of the renovation I am getting rid of everything I don't like. This chair sat in the front at the end of the driveway for months, as an obstacle for keeping drivers from going into a hole left by an unfinished water pipe repair.
      Kids, played in it. Passersby stopped to rest. I put things there to give away. They were gone the next day - but the chair remained. (I was hoping someone would make off with it, too.) The neighbors commented on it (not in a good way). Finally, I was getting ready to add a lamp, an end table and a potted plant when everything changed and I got control of the property. The hole was filled and the chair was sent to chair heaven.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Friday April 18, 2014: Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy with Sprinkles 
       Much needed rain has arrived, with clouds and some sun in between. Still lots of sun. 
       This week Semana Santa begins - Easter Holy week. This is the biggest holiday of the year in Costa Rica! Just about everything closes from Thursday through Sunday and everybody goes to the beach. As you can see in the photos below, Black Beach (the beach by my Hidden Jungle Beach House) has changed from an almost isolated beach to a beach full of holiday family fun. People camp in cars, trucks, tents and hammocks all along the beach. And town (Puerto Viejo) is unbelievably crowded. But I don't mind the crowds and I enjoy watching the families having fun on the beach. It only happens once a year and most of these people work six days a week. They deserve a break. And it is gratifying to know that you don't have to be rich to vacation beach front in Costa Rica. The camping and parking are completely unregulated and free.