An update on the kittens

cats in Costa Rica 1Sunshine and Lluvia are resting this week as they were both fixed (much to the horror of some of my Tico friends, yes, Sunshine, the boy, was fixed).

Overall, they seem to be roughly on my same schedule, waking up at 5 a.m.  Of course, when they wake up, it’s like they’re running a marathon through the house (and over my not yet fully awake body).

Sunshine is the digger.  He loves to crawl into small places and get under the covers.  For some time, Sunshine had also taken to sucking on Lluvia’s ears (weird, yes) and kneading his paws into her head.  I felt bad for both of them.  That Sunshine obviously missed his mom and for Lluvia as she really didn’t seem to appreciate the gesture.  Fortunately, he’s not doing it as much anymore.  He’s also huge.  One day it was like he became a full grown cat and they’re still only 4 1/2 months old!

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Lluvia is the climber.  She climbs up everything she possibly can.  She is also the huntress.  Instead of just eating from her food bowl, there are a few necessary steps she must take first.  She must first try to attack the scooper in my hand. Then once the food is in the bowl, she must take at least 2-3 of the pieces out of the bowl, proceeding to kick them around the room a bit, before she eventually eats them.  She’s also killed 3 baby geckos.

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They are, at times, little troublemakers.  I was speaking with the owners of my property one day and had left my laptop on the coffee table.  Then I heard the crash.  The laptop, which was open and turned on, had been knocked off the table and was upside down on the floor.  As you may remember reading from past posts, I’ve had a lot of problems with my computer lately.  Thank goodness it’s still functioning!

My yoga practice has become much more mindful with the kittens.  In a seated forward fold, one of them will decide that’s a good place to sit…on my back.  In bridge, they will decide that under my back is a good place to sit.  If I happen to be wearing shorts with a drawstring, they will do everything possible to jump on me (while standing) and get the string. In pigeon, one of them will lay on my back calf.  And in savasana, I’ve had Lluvia playing with a shoelace next to my head.

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All that may sound annoying to some of you, but to me it’s just a part of kittenhood.  I’m enjoying it now and laughing at their antics as I know it will not last.

This will be my last post for the year…happy holidays and see you in 2015 for new adventures and more fun!

Chrissy

Celebrating the holidays in Costa Rica

holidays in Costa RicaSo here’s kind of a random question but stick with me…

If you owned a restaurant in the US, would you offer a Thanksgiving meal in October for any Canadians living in your area? (my guess is probably not)

Frequently asked question this time of year on Costa Rica Facebook groups:

What local restaurants are offering a Thanksgiving meal? 

This post is for both locals and for tourists visiting from the US.  One, if you’re an expat living here, make the dinner yourself.  Two, if you’re a visitor, don’t plan your Costa Rica vacation around a US holiday that you want to celebrate.

Costa Rica is not a US territory.  It does not celebrate a US Thanksgiving (or a Canadian one).  That also goes for other holidays.  Independence Day is September 15th, not July 4th.  It’s frustrating to me that expats are looking for fireworks on July 4th.

Last year, ICE (the electric company) had planned an outage for November 28, which just happened to be the fourth Thursday.  So many people complained that they wouldn’t be able to cook their Thanksgiving dinner that ICE rescheduled their work for another day.

Here’s the takeaway: if you decide to live in another country, learn what that country’s holidays and traditions are and celebrate THOSE days. Participate in the festivities of the country you are living in. If you want to have your own personal celebration for your country’s holidays, that’s great.  But don’t make local establishments change their schedules or prepare something special for you.  Does Thanksgiving really have to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November?  No…considering you’ve chosen not to even live in the US, you could technically celebrate it any day…or every day.

Chrissy