Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Moved In and Up Goes the Garage!

These photos are shortly after my return from the states as we were slowly unpacking some boxes and saving others for when the garage is complete and shelves and other things are finished.

The kitchen is functioning after a number of adjustments.  The first two weeks I was home only the microwave and oven were working properly.  Both the dryer and cook top were set up for natural gas and needed to be converted to propane.  Finally, we found someone with the right equipment and knowledge to make the changes.  Now, all we need in the kitchen is the plate rack and lots of shelves.  Fortunately, Don has made the shelves under the counters and we have metal shelving in the pantry which allows us room to unpack a bit here and there.

Looking into the Dining Room things aren't quite so organized and you can see the breaker box is still uncovered!

 The Living Room is now usable and we are really enjoying our own furniture.

Although we are now eating on the Dining Room table, this was the situation for a number of weeks!  Can you believe our large crock arrived in perfect condition?  Unfortunately,  Don had to make repairs to our Oak table because the pedestal was broken but all is well now.

Boxes, boxes and more boxes!

Our entertainment center fits perfectly in our hallway which ended up quite a bit larger than we had planned.  Although we had tried to sell it in North Carolina, we were pleased that it was here.  In the center of the photo is the Visitor's Bathroom which is awaiting a door.  Don is going to be very busy once the garage is finished!!

Speaking of the garage, here it is!  The roof is now complete, the windows are in and there is work being done on the plumbing and electrical today. Once all the work is complete Don and I are going to paint inside and out and then move all the garage stuff out of our house!  YEAH!!

We've been so busy working on the inside of the house and the yard (some what) we have not been good about taking pictures of the progress on the garage.

Here you can see the roof and the water tower sticking up behind.

Now that the water tower is ready, it is time to hoist the water tank.  Everyone pitched in and it happened quickly!

Moving up!


Almost there!

Over the guard rail and.....

Success!  Now to figure out how it all works!

The other big event that has happened is the installation of the Hot Tub. It only took four visits and two weeks to get it done and we have used it every day since!

Whether watching the sun set or all the twinkling lights of the surrounding towns, it is very relaxing and we are truly enjoying our Hot Tub!

Another beautiful sunset!

Yikes! Where Does the Time Go!

As you may have noticed, it has been quite awhile since our last blog!  It seems we have enjoyed Christmas with Tico friends, moved from our rental, added a new grandchild, a hot tub and a garage and had special times with friends.  Although we are now living in the new house, we have no internet and still need to have some things completed or repaired.  The garage is going well and we are really enjoying the hot tub.

I'll begin with Christmas, and a wonderful time spent with Avelardo, and his family. Not only friends but also our coffee pickers for this year. They are special and we always have a great time when we get together.

Flor, Avelardo's Mother and also the owner of the Soda where we get the best hamborgesas!  

Youslania is Avelardo's wife and a beautiful and sweet hostess.  We always feel welcome and special whenever visiting their home.

 Christmas is celebrated the night before with eating, drinking, dancing and sharing of gifts.  We were very surprised to find they even had gifts for us that were thoughtful and very appreciated by us.

As with all gatherings everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen where the food is prepared.  Thank you Youslania and Avelardo for inviting us to share your Christmas celebration!

While we were celebrating the holidays the house was being worked on and every day we hoped to hear it was complete and time to move.  As that didn't happen and I had plans to head to Denver on the 8th of February, we made the decision to move, even though the house was still under construction work.  The two or three days before I left, we moved as much as we possibly could into the new house, set things up in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom so Don could functio, and I left for 6 weeks!

Kristin was expecting her second and I was invited to come and help and share the experience.  It was a great time for Madeline and I to spend time together and I truly loved being with all of them.  Jacob Miller was born on February 16th, 2016, and is perfect. :)

Precious and perfect!

Big sister happy to finally meet the baby that has been residing in Mommy's tummy!  Being Big Sister is a full time job and Madeline is going to be great!

While in Denver we visited the Children's Museum, the Zoo and many other fun places.  Here Madeline is walking with her friends at the zoo.  The weather was perfect and we all had a fun day.

A special time for Madeline and Nana at the coffee shop.  Carrot Cake and Hot Chocolate with lots of Whipped Cream and wonderful company.  Who could ask for more?

Daddy, Madeline and Jacob just hanging out Sunday morning!

Just before Jacob was born I made a short visit to my son, Matthew, and his family in Monterey, CA.  We walked and talked, played games and just hung out and I loved every minute.  

Just goofing off and taking silly photos with Matthew, Cody and Willow! :)

On the way back to Denver we all drove to Redwood City to celebrate Molly's Mom's birthday.  It's always good to see Ruth and Chuck when I am there and the birthday celebration made it special.

I returned to Costa Rica on March 22nd, Don's birthday, sad to be leaving my Denver  and Monterey families, but happy to be home and to see Don.  We celebrated Don's birthday and our 25th Anniversary by just being in our new home!

Pura Vida!