Back to Costa Rica after a Great Visit to the US

It’s been a while since we’ve posted something new because we were much busier than we anticipated during our trip back to Chapel Hill, NC.  Now that we’re back in Costa Rica, we plan to pick up the pace.  Our trip (four weeks for Eddie and six for me) was fantastic!  There was so much to do…the usual bookkeeping, sorting through mail, seeing family, visiting with friends, helping around the house and of course a lot of shopping.  Wow!

Ellen sealing the fence

Ellen sealing the fence

Eddie chopping the grass in the pasture

Eddie chopping the grass in the pasture

Jane demonstrating her pasta making skills

Jane demonstrating her pasta making skills

We had a fun time with my cousin Al from Tampa who was in town for a Duke Football game

We had a fun time with my cousin Al from Tampa who was in town for a Duke Football game

Brunch with my friends who were former neighbors in Chapel Hill

Brunch with my friends who were former neighbors in Chapel Hill

We even managed to squeeze in a couple days in the Outer Banks (Nags Head).  Mark rented a house for a week and we joined them there for some fishing.  Since I’m not patient enough to fish, I went shopping instead!  Nags Head is a cute town and I managed to find a quaint shop that only sells local craft goods.  I bought some sea glass jewelry for Jane and me.

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Also, Jane and I hosted a home party to help my friend Susie sell some of the Borucan things that she had in the U.S.  She wanted to bring her inventory back to Costa Rica, but there was too much of it!  The party was fun and quite a few pieces were sold, but there was still too much.  For those who couldn’t attend the party, we arranged a different time to shop.  I put the duffel of Borucan things in the trunk of my car and took them with me wherever I went.  It was a huge success!  I sold around 75% of Susie’s inventory.  A big thank you to all of my family and friends who bought some things!!!  Susie was thrilled with the results.  I think I should have gone into “sales!”  To learn more about the Borucan’s, here is a link to the web site that Susie created for Artesanos Naturales:  www.borucacostarica.org

After lunch, Judy, Ann & Jeanette had fun shopping from the trunk of my car

After lunch, Judy, Ann & Jeanette had fun shopping from the trunk of my car

After Eddie returned to Costa Rica, I drove to PA for a visit with my grandmother.  We had a great time together as always!   I was also able to see both of my brothers, sister-in-law and nephews.

Gammy & I...she is going strong at 97!

Gammy & I…she is doing really well for age 97.  Hope I have her genes!

My younger brother Jim and his wife Amy.

My younger brother Jim and his wife Amy.

...and their three boys:  Max, Jake and Ben

…and their three boys: Max, Jake and Ben

My brother Britt showing me how to take a selfie with my new phone

My brother Britt showing me how to take a selfie with my new phone

My friend JoAnne whom I had not seen in 24 years

My friend JoAnne whom I had not seen in 24 years

While we were gone, several people commented to us that they hoped Lopez’s dogs would still be there when we returned to our rental house.  One of the first things Eddie mentioned to me after he returned was that the dogs were still there!  And, they looked really good.

Out for the morning hike up the hill

Out for the morning hike up the hill

Now for the sad news…the day before I returned, Lopez’s oldest dog Lucas was run over by a car.  Lopez didn’t share all the details, but it sounded pretty bad.  He received a phone call that his dog had been killed.  It was only a few days earlier that Eddie had put a dog tag with Lopez’s phone number on Lucas’ collar.

Lucas - rest in peace my friend.  He was about 6 years old.

Lucas – rest in peace my friend. He was about 6 years old.

3 thoughts on “Back to Costa Rica after a Great Visit to the US

  1. Ellen, so sorry to hear about poor Lucas! Also sorry that getting together, again, before you left didn’t work out. Sounds like you kept very busy and had a wonderful visit. Our best to you both. Ieva and Howard

    • Ieva and Howard, good to hear from you. it’s so sad about Lucas. The place isn’t the same without him and I think the other two dogs miss him. It’s a hard life here for dogs…we see signs on the road saying, “Brake for Dogs!” all the time, but I don’t think it happens often. Sorry it didn’t work out to get together again before we left…you just have to come visit us here!!! Ellen and Ed

  2. Loved these pictures, Ellen. Great job! Pobecito Lucas. I thought he was so cute. Enjoyed our chats! Will check in with you later! Glad you had such a successful visit all around! Love, Auntie M

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