Immersed in Nature

Living in Costa Rica, we are blessed with an amazing array of flora and fauna at our doorstep. During the almost six years of living here, we have seen (and attempted to share with you), some of the many things that Mother Nature has to offer here – quite often accompanied with an exclamation of “WOW” or “INCREDIBLE” or “BEAUTIFUL”. It has certainly given us a deeper appreciation for nature and its diversity.

We have grown accustom to seeing and hearing the regulars around our property, like the toucan, aracari, laughing falcon and white-faced capuchins – to name a few, but once and a while we are visited by something that we don’t see as often.

Here is a video of a Sloth that was in the Guarumo tree next to our pool area. It, along with lots of other animals and birds, likes the small fruits of this tree.

The golden orb-weaver spider is a common sight here. Their silk is a golden color and is incredibly strong. Here you can see one weaving a web.

So, occasionally we get visitors that aren’t native to the jungle…like this one that surprised me and the dogs one morning as we were returning from our walk.

A cute green and black poison dart frog hopping around the pool deck
This guy was trying his best to look mean and scare us!
An amazing moth!
Wow! You can’t get much prettier than that!

If you take the time to look around here, you will most likely see something that you have never seen before. We are lucky to be able to experience a place like this!

Our House is “Finished” – Week 39

Well, as you all have probably guessed, we have moved into our house!  Unfortunately, the house wasn’t ready for us, so we have been frantically working on it to make it livable. And, it hasn’t been easy!   This is why we have been off-line for these past four weeks.  The move was absolutely crazy…bordering on chaos.  But, before we get into the big move, let’s get caught up first.

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This slice of Cristobal wood is going to be hung on the wall above the kitchen bar.  Eddie is preparing the hooks on the backside of the piece.

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A piece of rebar and a notch make a place for hooks to hold up the wood piece.

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Eddie uses a template to locate the hooks on the wall.

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Workers hoist the wood up the scaffolding in preparation to hang it.  The slice of Cristobal is very heavy.

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Success!  Now, down comes the scaffolding.

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The entry gate is taking shape.

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Manglillo wood is used for the gate.

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Eddie is installing a water meter.

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Eddie and Marvin are working on the water line from the storage tank to the house.

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Eddie is installing the water booster pump and filtration system.

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Rusty the cat is checking on the progress of the pool.

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The pool is almost ready for water.

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This is the plumbing for the pool pump and filter.

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Eddie is installing supports for the big shelf above the bar.  Again, Rusty is supervising to make sure all goes well.

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A big slab of Cenizaro wood makes a beautiful shelf.

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The carpentry crew are installing the interior wood doors.

So, you have seen that we have been very busy these past few weeks.  Ellen has been cleaning like crazy.  Dust is everywhere!  It’s a never ending battle trying to keep up with it.  The next installment will be about moving day.  Stay tuned!

Our Vision Becoming a Reality

So here is a fun little thing that I put together… during the course of construction, I’ve periodically taken photos of the house construction project from the same vantage point.  In time-lapse fashion, I put a series of these photos together to show the progress of the construction from the beginning until now.  Hope you like it!

Building Our House – Week 29

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A lot has happened theses past two weeks!  The roof tile has been installed along with the solar hot water system.  The solar company originally was scheduled to install the system in January, but they had a cancellation and asked if they could do the installation this past Friday.  Fortunately, that part of the roof had already been completed, so it worked out for them to do it.  Interestingly, they came prepared to install the system on a flat roof not a tile one.  Not too many people have flat roofs here, so Eddie was surprised that they weren’t prepared.  Our workers saved the day.  They welded a frame on which the solar panel could rest.  It took quite a while to construct.  As a result, the system installation took longer than they anticipated – an all day affair.  Eddie came up with a good idea to protect the PEX lines from the sun by using air conditioning line insulation.  The next day, he climbed up on the roof and did that work himself.

Installing the solar water heater.

Installing the solar water heater.

All connections are complete.  PEX lines (red & blue) to get covering to protect from UV rays.

All connections are complete. PEX lines (red & blue) to get covering to protect from UV rays.

The pool tile has been installed as well and now the guy is working on grouting it.  It looks awesome!  Our foreman’s young son has been up at the house this past week.  He told me he is excited about swimming in it.  He wanted to know when it would be ready.

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Eddie and Edgardo (our foreman) installed the PEX distribution manifold for the water lines.  Eddie has been teaching him how to work with the PEX system.  Edgardo and his father have expressed an interest in using PEX in some of their other projects.  Eddie told them he would help them with ordering, importing and installing.

PEX distribution manifold for hot and cold water lines.

PEX distribution manifold for hot and cold water lines.

Things are really moving along now with the interior space.  The tile guys finished working on the master suite bathroom and have started working on the guest suite bathroom.  Eddie and I are very pleased with both the tile selection and its installation.  The guys are doing a fantastic job!  The other day they started tiling the main floor both upstairs and downstairs.  It’s looking beautiful!

Master bath tile work underway.

Master bath tile work underway.

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This is the floor tile going on the floors, other than in the bathrooms.

This is the floor tile we are using in most of the house.

The metal worker making our banister for the staircase that leads up to the guest suite came by on Monday with his crew.  It took them all day to weld the wrought iron pieces together, attach it to the stairs and paint it.  It was painted black and then a bronze finish was applied.  It’s absolutely gorgeous…a true piece of art!

Wrought iron stair railing has been installed.  It will have a wood hand rail as well.

Wrought iron stair railing has been installed. It will have a wood hand rail as well.

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The workers continue to put up the wood tablilla on the ceiling.  They are now working on the two story section of the house.  It’s a lot of space to cover.

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Last week, we visited the cabinet maker who is working on our kitchen, both bathroom suite vanities, interior doors, side outer door and the main door.  He and his workers have completed the frame for the kitchen island and both bathroom vanities.  They had some of the doors and drawers finished and were in the process of sanding them.  Everything looked great so far.  Eddie asked them to begin working on the two outer doors next so that they will be ready when the windows and the patio doors arrive and are installed.  That way we can secure the house.

The bathroom vanity frames are in process.

The bathroom vanity frames are in process.

Got drawers?

Got drawers?

Raw lumber (Cedro Amargo) for the doors.

Raw lumber (Cedro Amargo) for the doors.

When Eddie drives up to the lot to check on things, he usually parks his truck a little further up at the entrance of another lot that is right below our friends Toni and Gib’s house.  Gib is quite the comedian and the ultimate joker.  He always has something humorous to add to the conversation and we recently discovered that he likes to pull pranks, too.  Last week when Eddie pulled up, there was a handicapped sign in front of his parking spot!

Eddie's usual parking spot.

Eddie’s usual parking spot.

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Meow-y Christmas!

Meow-y Christmas!

Building Our House – Week 27

These past couple of weeks, the house has kept us quite busy.  We have spent a lot of time choosing just the right color of grout for all the tile work, colors of interior and exterior paint, and looking for bull-nose Coralina for around the pool.  Eddie spends several hours a day at the house supervising and helping out.  The next big project there will be to install the manifold for the PEX water system.

Some paint samples for the exterior.

Some paint samples for the exterior.

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The PEX manifold will go in this cavity and be covered with some wooden doors.

The PEX manifold will go in this cavity and be covered with some wooden doors.

The 4 tons of tile from Santa Ana was delivered, finally!  The tile company doesn’t have their own delivery, so they get bids for you from delivery companies.  The delivery company that was deemed the most reasonable in price ended up being not so reasonable.  They held our tile “hostage” for more money when they realized exactly where we lived.  Then, the driver wouldn’t drive it all the way up the hill.  Eddie thinks he was scared because he is a city boy and not used to driving up steep hills.   The driver stopped 150 yards short of the property.  So, Eddie and a couple of the workers had to off load the tile into smaller trucks and take it the rest of the way.  It took took seven trips!  You can just imagine all the cuss words. Pura Vida.

Porcelain tile "delivery". The driver just wanted to get the tile off his truck and go.

Porcelain tile “delivery”. The driver just wanted to get the tile off his truck and go.

The guys continue to stain the tablilla (wood panels for the ceiling) and have begun installing it.  They installed the sheet rock for the ceilings in the kitchen, master suite, bodega and side entrance.  They have been working on installing the roof tile, installing ceramic wall tile in the master bathroom, prepping the pool and the stairs for the tile work.  There is always a lot going on at once.

Tablilla installed in the guest suit bathroom.

Tablilla installed in the guest suit bathroom.

And here in the entryway

And here in the entryway

Roof tile installation has started.

Roof tile installation has started.

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Yesterday, we received word that our windows and sliding doors are ready for installation.  That will happen the first week in January.  It will take five days to install it all.  The solar hot water system is scheduled for January 11.  We are coming into the home stretch now!

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This small closet will house the water pressure booster pump and the water filtration system.

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A few steps leading to the pool equipment room were built.

Our new kitty Rusty is growing.  He has gained about a pound already.  He has such a cute personality and we’re having a lot of fun playing with him.  Rusty loves to be outside playing with sticks, little bugs and Lopez’s dogs.  He tries to play with Pacho, Lopez’s cat, but Pacho won’t have anything to do with Rusty.  Perhaps that will change when Rusty is a little bigger.

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Building Our House – Week 25

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In the foreground of this photo, you can see the roof tile and some of the gutter pieces.

Things are moving along!  The guys continue to work very hard.  These past two weeks, they have sanded the wood tablilla for the ceiling and are now in the process of applying the stain and polyurethane.

Sanding the tabilla

Sanding the tablilla

Finishing the tablilla

Finishing the tablilla

They finished the rework to the front entrance and the applying of the final finish coat on all the walls.

This is where we had a portion of the half wall torn out to improve the entrance to the house.

This is where we had a portion of the half wall torn out to improve the entrance to the house.

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The gutters have been installed and are in the process of being re-painted.  The first coat of paint didn’t match the roof tile very well, so that had to be adjusted.

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All the shower valves were plumbed and the walls patched.

The shower valve for the guest suite is plumbed with PEX tubing.

The shower valve for the guest suite is plumbed with PEX tubing.

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This is the outdoor pool shower

Soon the guys will begin installing the roof tile and tiling the pool.

On another note, last week we woke up early in the morning and found that there were three dogs outside our door!  Turns out that our caretaker Lopez, adopted another dog from a friend.  Her name is Olivia and she is about eight months old.  She is very shy and sweet doggie.  Olivia is a Tico mix…we think she has some Chihauhua in her.  She is best buddies with our new kitty…yes, believe it or not, we adopted a kitten shortly after Olivia arrived.  It was a spur of the moment decision.

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Olivia

Already best buddies!

Already best buddies!

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Eddie and I were talking about finding an orange cat as they seem to be excellent hunters.  Not sure if that’s really true or not, but our daughter has an orange cat that is an great hunter and Lopez has an orange cat that is an awesome hunter.  We just happened to stop into the pet store in Uvita a week ago and there was an orange tabby kitty waiting for us.  We just couldn’t resist…and so we adopted him.  His name is Rusty (already given to him) and we think he is about 9 weeks old or so.  He is so cool!  Rusty has an fantastic personality.  We really enjoy playing with him and so do Olivia, Paloma and Chiquita.

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Time for a nap!

Time for a nap!

Building Our House – Week 23

Our house is coming along nicely!  Both Eddie and I are very pleased with the progress and the quality of the work.  These past two weeks the guys have been working on leveling the interior floors and the pool deck, sanding the tablilla (wood paneling for the ceiling and under the outer roof), fixing the front entrance, and finishing up the windows and doors.  The electrician’s crew have been doing more electrical work.  The cabinetmaker who is going to make the kitchen cabinets, all the interior doors, front and side doors came by to measure the openings, and the window company stopped by to take their measurements as well.  In addition, we have another cabinetmaker who will make the closet doors, bathroom cabinets, staircase railings and furniture for us.  So, there has been a lot of activity at the house.

The floor in the spare bedroom is being leveled

The floor in the spare bedroom is being leveled

The wood for the ceilings is being sanded.

The wood for the ceilings is being sanded.

We had a portion of this half wall knocked out to improve the front entrance.

We had a portion of this half wall knocked out to improve the front entrance.

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The wall for the kitchen bar counter was built

The wall for the kitchen bar counter was built

The electrician is installing the electrical box for the pendant lights that will hang from the big wooden shelf over the bar.

The electrician is installing the electrical box for the pendant lights that will hang from the big wooden shelf over the bar.

Eddie talking with cabinetmakers Caesar and Don Diego about some projects.

Eddie talking with cabinetmakers Caesar and Don Diego about some projects.

A few weeks ago, our friends Tia and Mary Carmen were visiting and  Tia suggested that we visit Eugenio’s wood workshop in Playa Hermosa, which isn’t far from Jacó.  The drive is about an hour and 15 minutes.  Last year, Tia bought all sorts of gorgeous wood for tables, bases for tables, pieces for the wall and had it shipped to her home in Florida.  She thought we might find a few things at Eugenio’s for our house and she was right!  Tia and Mary Carmen, who is a former interior designer gave us some wonderful ideas.  We had a fun day looking at the wood pieces at Eugenio’s “shop.”

Mary Carmen and Tia looking at some of the wood pieces at Eugenio's Woodworking.

Mary Carmen and Tia looking at some of the wood pieces at Eugenio’s Woodworking.

Ellen spotted a piece of Cristobal for a possible wall decoration.

Ellen spotted a piece of Cristobal for a possible wall decoration.

Last week, Eddie and I returned to Eugenio’s.  His son Andres who speaks English and runs the shop for his father found a nice piece of wood for the shelf needed to hang the pendant lights over the bar in the kitchen.  He also found a slab of wood that will work for one of the bathroom counters (the sink will sit on top of it).  And, we bought the gorgeous piece of wood (cross section of the base of a 500 year old tree) that Tia and Mary Carmen suggested we hang on our big living room wall above the shelf.  It took a few days to sand and varnish the wood, so we had to make another trip to pick it up.

Another section of Eugenio's wood shop.

Another section of Eugenio’s wood shop.

Andres putting the final touches on the bathroom counter top.

Andres putting the final touches on the bathroom counter top.

This slab of Cenizero is ready for the bathroom counter.

This slab of Cenizero is ready for the bathroom counter.

This slab will be the shelf above the kitchen bar (also from the same tree as the bathroom counter top).

This slab will be the shelf above the kitchen bar (also from the same tree as the bathroom counter top).

This is the cross section of the Cristobal tree which weighs about 200 lbs.

This is the cross section of the Cristobal tree which weighs about 200 lbs.

We successfully loaded everything into the truck.

We successfully loaded everything into the truck.

In addition, we have been shopping for tile for all of our bathrooms – for the floors, walls and showers.  We spent hours in a store in Santa Ana (near San Jose) picking everything out.  It wasn’t an easy task to pick out colors and style for everything at once.  We wished that Tia and Mary Carmen could have been with us to help.  The house isn’t ready for the tile just yet, so it will be delivered beginning of December.  It all added up to 4 tons!

Ellen in front of the tile we are using in the master suite bathroom.

Ellen in front of the tile we are using in the master suite bathroom.

The tile showroom in Santa Ana where we found the tile for the bathrooms.

The tile showroom in Santa Ana where we found the tile for the bathrooms.

While in Santa Ana, we stopped at a place called Cerámica Las Palomas that our friend Chris told us about.  We bought a painted sink there for the half bath.  The one on display in the shop was too big, so a smaller one is being custom made for us.  It should be ready in a few weeks.

We liked this sink for the half bath.

We liked this sink for the half bath.

We are standing at the edge of the pool deck thinking about what it will be like when the house is all done.

We are standing at the edge of the pool deck thinking about what it will be like when the house is all done.

Our Container Arrived!

Early last week, we received word that our container was released from Costa Rica Customs and was ready for delivery.  This was very exciting news!  It took just a little over three weeks for us to receive the container.  Since our house isn’t finished yet, we arranged to have our things stored in the bodega (storage area) of a small moving company in San Isidro de General, which is about a 50 minute drive from where we live.  That way, we would have easy access to our things.

On Wednesday morning, we drove to the office of the moving company and as we drove down the street, we could see the semi-truck transporting our container parked on one side of the street.  It looked like it fared the ocean journey well.

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It was pretty amazing to see the truck driver maneuver his big rig into the very small parking area where it needed to be for unloading.  At one point, the cab looked like it was at a right angle, touching the container.  The driver managed to do it on the third try.

The first attempt to make the turn into the facility.

The first attempt to make the turn into the facility.

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The moving facility is much smaller that we anticipated and there is no loading dock.  There are a few small offices, a worker break room and then an open storage area.  The middle of the storage area was designated for our things.  Wooden pallets had been placed on the floor.  Right from the beginning, I knew the area that had been designated for us was going to be too small.  Our 40 foot container was between 75 to 80% full.  Fortunately, we didn’t bring much furniture with us – mostly boxes of household goods, kitchen items, electronics and books, but the appliances took up quite a bit of room.

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The guys had to shuffle some other peoples things around to make room for our stuff…and still there wasn’t enough room.  So, we ended up having to bring some things to our rental house.  We mostly brought items that we’ll need for the house in the next few weeks like the toilets and ceiling fans.  Of course, we had to pay to have those things brought to us as our truck wasn’t big enough.

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This is the stuff that we had delivered to our rental house.

The manager of the moving company and I were in charge of checking off the boxes (all numbered), tools, appliances, furniture, etc… as they were being unloaded from the truck into the bodega.  Eddie helped with placement of our things in the bodega.  The guys unloading the truck didn’t seem very experienced in stacking and needed direction.  They were hard workers, though.

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In situations like this, I become rather bossy.  These guys took it all in stride, perhaps because they didn’t speak much English.  The driver of the truck spoke English very well and I could tell that he was glad that he could just sit and watch!  The manager of the moving company spoke English, too.  He kept reassuring me that my things would be fine in the open storage area.  There are cameras monitoring the area at all times and everything is locked up at night.

Good news!  All of our things arrived, though we did have a few casualties.  The bases of two floor lamps fell out during the trip and a table lost the feet off of its legs.  Eddie can repair everything, so no worries there.  I won’t know about all the glassware and other breakables until we unpack the boxes, which probably won’t be until end of January or early February.  They still have to survive more handling – loading into a smaller truck that can make it up our hill.  Stay tuned!

We stopped for a late lunch at a favorite restaurant on the way back.

We stopped for a late lunch at a favorite restaurant on the way back.

Magnificent view overlooking San Isidro from Ricar2 (Ricar-dos) restaurant.

Magnificent view overlooking San Isidro from Ricar2 (Ricar-dos) restaurant.

Building our House – Week 21

After quite a few weeks of applying repello (concrete) to the walls, they are just about finished now.  The walls have been filled out and made straight and all the door and window openings have been squared up and adjusted to their final sizes.  A thin final finish coat is now being put on to fill in any imperfections and the walls are really looking beautiful.

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Walls and windows in the living area are finished.

Walls and windows in the living area are finished.

This is the kitchen window with the wooden guides still in place.

This is the kitchen window with the wooden guides still in place.

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These walls have been the final finish coating.

This wall section has had the final finish coating applied.

This is the tongue & groove cedro tablilla that will be installed on the ceilings.

This is the tongue & groove cedro tablilla that will be installed on the ceilings.

As with any construction project, we have had to make some adjustments or changes on the fly.  Looking at two dimensional plans or even 3D models on a computer is never as good as seeing the actual bricks and mortar.  So, invariably there are things that you discover during the construction process that either just don’t work or could be improved upon.  For example, in the kitchen, there will be a section of bar-height counter top and the plans call for three pendant lights to be hung over the counter.  However, as things came together, I realized that the ceiling in the kitchen does not extend over the counter.  That means that the pendant lights would have to be hung from the upper ceiling which is over 20 feet high.  This is not what I had visualized and I don’t think small pendant lights hanging from that high would look very good.

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The solution we came up with is to install a large shelf on the wall above the bar counter which will extend out about 16 inches from the wall.  We will then hang the pendant lights from the underside of the shelf and they will be positioned correctly above the counter top.  I have made notations on the photos here to try to explain the situation.

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Also, when Ellen came back from the States and saw the progress on the house after being gone for 2 months, she noticed another situation which we are going to change.  Entry into the front of the house, as drawn on the plans, requires walking through the carport.  While this may be fine for us, it is a little odd for guests coming into the house.  See the photograph below.

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So, in order to create a more inviting entrance to the house, we decided to remove a section of the half wall at the entrance walkway so that there will be a direct path from the driveway to the front door (without having to go through the carport).  This is a definite improvement to the design.

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We never get tired of looking at our view.  Here is the view from the upstairs guest suite.

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Shipping our Stuff to Costa Rica

Two years ago, we sold our 2900 sq. ft. house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where we had lived for 22 years.  As you can imagine, it was full of furniture, books, artwork and things that we had collected and inherited over the years.  So we had the challenge of sorting through everything and figuring out what we were going to take to Costa Rica.  We gave (forced) our children to take most of the family treasures.  A few treasures went to other family members.  The new owner of our house bought some furniture and oriental rugs the kids didn’t want.  The rest of our worldly possessions – mostly books, kitchen and general household goods, a few paintings, tools and a couple pieces of furniture – were put into a storage unit as we had decided to start off renting a furnished house in Costa Rica.

While we were back in NC, we went on a buying frenzy.  I bought new bed linens, towels and kitchen items that are difficult to find in Costa Rica.  We spent hours at Lowe’s picking out appliances, kitchen and bath hardware, light fixtures, and tile for mirror frames.  Eddie bought a lot of things on-line for the new house and pool.  Every day we were receiving UPS or Fed Ex deliveries.  The boxes were taking over the house and garage!  Not only that, we had to open everything and re-pack it all to survive a trip on a ship.  Jane and Mark were very patient and didn’t complain too much about our invasion of their home.  Mark even let us borrow his new truck for transportation from their house to the storage unit.  We couldn’t have managed without that wonderful truck!

Loading the last of the boxes from Mark & Jane's garage onto Mark's truck.

Loading the last of the boxes from Mark & Jane’s garage onto Mark’s truck.

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Sean, a friend of Mark and Jane's, helped Eddie load the huge box of outdoor furniture.

Sean, a friend of Mark and Jane’s, helped Eddie load the huge box of outdoor furniture.

Our last week was absolutely crazy busy!  The refrigerator and microwave we ordered weren’t going to make it in time from the warehouse, so we had to choose different models that were available in the store.  We had filled up our 10 ft. by 20 ft. storage unit and needed more space.  Eddie arranged to use a smaller storage unit near our big one for the appliances and some of the boxes from the house.  We still had a truck load of things in the garage that would have to come with us the morning of move as there was no more room in our storage units.

Earlier in the year, Eddie got a few quotes from shippers and decided to use Logistic Management Services owned by Mike Rappaport based out of Cartago, Costa Rica.  We used them to have a pallet shipped with some things shortly after we moved to Costa Rica almost two years ago and his company did a great job.  Eddie made a reservations for a 40 ft. container to arrive at our storage unit on October 13th, four days before we were scheduled to return to Costa Rica.  The shipping container was supposed to arrive at our storage unit at 9 a.m. and we were allotted two hours to load it.  Eddie had hired a crew of four moving guys to load the container for us.  He had a tough time finding movers available on short notice because we didn’t get a confirmation on the time the shipping container would arrive until about a week prior.

The morning of the move, Eddie and I were at our storage unit at 8 a.m. unloading the last of our things from Mark’s truck onto the loading dock.  About 15 minutes before the shipping container was scheduled to arrive, I went out to the main gate to wait for it and I waited and waited and waited.  Finally, Eddie called to let me know that he had contacted the shipper and was told the driver was going to be late due to a mechanical problem with the rig.

The two of us managed to unload the last truck load onto the loading dock before the container arrived.

The two of us managed to unload the last truck load onto the loading dock before the container arrived.

Waiting for the container and movers to arrive.

Waiting for the container and movers to arrive.

Fortunately, the movers arrived an hour or so late, but still before the shipping container.  While waiting for the container, they started to unload our stuff from the storage units onto the loading dock and into the main entrance area.  A few of our son’s boxes had gotten mixed up with our boxes, so I spent time searching for them and repacking some things that were in clear bins into boxes.

Our 10' x 20' storage unit as it is being emptied.

Our 10′ x 20′ storage unit as it is being emptied.

Stuff queued up in the hallway of the storage facility waiting to be loaded onto the container.

Stuff queued up in the hallway of the storage facility waiting to be loaded onto the container.

The shipping container didn’t arrive until 11:30 a.m.  The guys started loading up right away.  Of the four guys we hired, only three did any work, so Eddie had to help out.  It’s a good thing he is an excellent packer!

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Loading the container.

Loading the container.

It was a bit stressful with the delays and the one mover guy who wanted to stand around, B.S. and not do any work.  That guy would distract the other guys.  Meanwhile, I was fussing at them all to be careful with certain boxes they were tossing around.  Eddie had to calm me down a couple of times as it was apparent that I was about to freak out.  I think the movers were all glad they were not married to me!  They were really feeling sorry for Eddie.

The container is loaded.  sheets of plywood and load lock bars secures everything in place.

The container is loaded. Sheets of plywood and load lock bars secure everything in place.

Eddie is closing the container doors and puts on the seal.

Eddie is closing the container doors and puts on the seal.

It ended up taking a little over three hours to load the container.  The driver was really nice and she didn’t charge us extra…perhaps because she was late.  She drove directly to the port near Norfolk, Virginia and off-loaded the container to the ship.  The ship sailed on Friday, October 16 right on schedule.  We were told it would take between three and four weeks for our stuff to arrive at the warehouse in San Isidro de General in Costa Rica.  That includes time in customs.  All of the things to be installed in the house will get transported to the property as we need them, and the rest will remain in the warehouse in San Isidro until the house is finished.