Monday, September 1, 2014

PARTLY SUNNY

Window View from My Casita Azul 

Monday September 1, 2014: Partly Sunny with some Clouds and Big Waves in the Ocean

Thursday, August 28, 2014

RAIN

Thursday August 28, 2014: Cloudy with Rain Off and On All Day and Night

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CLOUDY

Wednesday August 27, 2014: Cloudy all day with a rainstorm in the evening.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SEPTEMBER WEATHER!

Tuesday August 26, 2014: Sunny, Clear and Beautiful!
      Well, my daily weather report appears to be monthly. I apologize for that. Since I posted last almost all we had was rain: rain in the morning and clouds in the afternoon; rain at night, sun in the morning then rain again in the afternoon; rain all day to almost flooding and any other combination you can think of. I simply got tired of talking about it.
     But thanks to the heavens, the weather has finally changed (or so it seems). We are now in September weather. If you have read my posts from previous years you know that September is the best time of year to be here on Costa Rica's Caribbean side. The sky is clear with a soft ocean breeze and the water is calm and crystal - wonderful for swimming and snorkeling. I am happy to be here and happy to be back posting, telling you all about life in paradise.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RAIN

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

SUNNY


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

Friday, July 18, 2014

RAINY AND CLOUDY

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

CLOUDY

Tuesday July 15, 2014:Cloudy with Some Rain in the Morning and again at Midday

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CLOUDY

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

RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!

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.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

SUNNY

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

RAIN

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

RAIN


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

RAINY

Tuesday July 1, 2014: Rainy in the Morning, Cloudy Most of the Day

Monday, June 30, 2014

CLOUDS, THEN SUN

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!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

CLOUDS, THEN SUN

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

CLOUDY

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

CLOUDY

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?