It has been a very long time since we have posted…but rest assured that we are doing well and enjoying the slower paced life at the beach!
We were very fortunate to have some family visit us recently. Our son Erik and his girlfriend Susana were able to spend a week with us in early May. We had fun eating out and touring the local wildlife sanctuary Villa Alturas near Uvita and the Vanilla Farm located near Naranjo (outside of Quepos).
Then, mid-July Ellen’s brother Britt and his girlfriend Krissie visited for a week. We had a very relaxing time…mostly hanging out at the house enjoying our fantastic view. We were incredibly lucky with the weather. There were only a few sprinkles here and there. They brought the good weather with them…and took it away when they left! On the day they left we had 4.2 inches of rain in just an hour and a half.
Britt was on his laptop catching up on worldly events while Krissie enjoyed the view and caught up on her reading. Olivia and Rusty kept her company.
It helps to have a handyman around especially when you live in the jungle! It’s not like we have AAA or an Auto Zone on every corner. We had just pulled into the carport when Eddie realized there was something wrong with the truck. He discovered very quickly that the radiator had a hole in it and needed to be replaced. This happened late on a Friday afternoon. Eddie first called the Toyota dealership in San Isidro to see if they had the part. They did have it, but wanted over $1,600 for just the radiator! This part would cost around $350 in the U.S. So, Eddie called a few more places and found a third party Japanese-made radiator for $200. Obviously, not the same quality as a Toyota, but it would get the job done. (The truck is 12 years old.) Fortunately, the part store was open on Saturdays and Eddie was able to borrow Gib’s car to go and fetch the radiator. It was quite job to do the replacement. He had to remove several parts to get to the radiator. It took him all afternoon to do it!