A few quick updates…

February came and went and I just realized I didn’t put out a single blog post…and now it’s already the middle of March!  A lot has been happening since the start of 2015 and I wanted to send you a few updates.

So I moved.  Again.  It was kind of a lateral move for me, some things are better, some things aren’t as great (ie I lost my calming ocean view and a patio full of sunshine).

The kittens are growing.  I would venture to say Sunshine is full grown at this point, Lluvia is still pretty small in comparison.  Sunshine is full of love and always wants to be pet.  Lluvia also gives lots of love… she loves to be pet but more often her love is shown in the way of killing giant cockroaches and bringing them to me in the middle of the night.  She’s definitely a mamma’s girl.  I have a friend’s son staying with me right now, Travis, and while he tries every day to pet her, she remains curious but aloof.

imageSince I now live on top of the Manuel Antonio hill (one of the not so great aspects of the move), I’m venturing out a bit more to the local restaurants.  I often wondered why Falafel Bar was #1 on TripAdvisor for awhile… I get it now.  Fast service, not outrageously priced and good food.

Also got to enjoy a Lost Coast IPA at Barba Roja.  They didn’t have Great White, but it was the Lost Coast brand…which is close enough!  Gotta take what you can get here.

My friend/awesome tour guide and birder Johan Chaves took Travis and I on a tour around Manuel Antonio National Park.  It was a picture perfect day and there were so many amazing creatures to be seen.  Always in awe of what Johan can find, the tiniest little creatures and he’s able to spot them in the dense forest!  Normally the tour ends at the beach but he invited us to continue and we hiked up to Cathedral Point which had stunning views.  Most of the photos I’ve seen in the past were foggy and grey.  But that day was beautiful blue skies and an abundance of sunshine.

Cathedral Point Manuel Antonio

Speaking of weather, it’s been an odd summer.  A lot more rain than normal in January and February  and we’re seeing a few clouds this month as well.  But it’s still 90 degrees every day so I’m definitely not complaining!

Manuel Antonio beach

In contrast, did a one night trip to the cloud forest a few weeks ago and stayed at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve.  Cold, cold, cold (for this tropical beach girl).  But beautiful in its own way.  The mist floating through the tall trees, the warm fireplace and the view of the majestic Arenal volcano all create a quiet serenity.  The hotel is located outside of San Ramon, about 90 minutes from the airport in San Jose.  The local area reminded me very much of Sonoma County with green rolling hills and jersey cows (and as to be expected for the area, coatis everywhere…).

coatis in Costa Rica

So that’s been my life in a nutshell these last few weeks.  I’ll leave you with one last photo of some sweet monkeys playing in the trees…

monkeys in Manuel Antonio

Chrissy

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!

Sunshine

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.

cat yoga

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

Sunshine + Lluvia = A Colorful Rainbow of Playful Fun

pets in Costa Rica

pets in Costa RicaOn Sunday, I introduced new little loves into my home…Sunshine + Lluvia (Spanish for rain). My property owner begrudgingly obliged my request to adopt these two kittens from a woman who lives just down the road from me. Her brother had found the cats…inside a cardboard box, abandoned on the side of the road (ugh). This is now the second experience I’ve had in 6 months where cats were left inside a cardboard box (remember this post here). I don’t understand how anyone can just throw away living creatures. First, they’re ridiculously cute. But more importantly, they are living, breathing beings just like you and me.

It’s been 18 months since Harmony passed away and I really didn’t know when, or if, I’d be ready to adopt again. But (just stay with me here through this one), several months ago, their names just kind of came to me. And I knew that if I adopted again, the cats names would be Sunshine + Lluvia. I trusted that I’d know them when I saw them.

So when I saw a friend’s post on a local Facebook page with a photo of these two adorable kittens, I just kinda knew. It was Sunshine (boy, yellow tabby) and Lluvia (girl, gray and white tabby). They’re about 7 weeks old and teeny tiny!  The first day, they were a little confused and disoriented but by Monday, they had taken control of the house.  They love to play (they are seriously laugh-out-loud entertainment) and sleep (a lot) and are using all of Harmony’s cat toys, beds and blankets so really all I had to do was buy them food and litter.

Speaking of food, I think, if I knew anything about feline nutrition, I could probably turn Lluvia into a vegetarian.  The way she was trying to get at my chickpea and lentil burger makes me think there’s a chance there… On the other hand, Sunshine was too intrigued with the sheet hanging over my sofa to be bothered with what I was eating.

Over the next few weeks, they’ll have their first shots and, of course, get spayed and neutered.  I’m excited to see how their little personalities develop and who they become.  While I still miss Harmony, it’s really nice to have life again in my home.

cats in Costa Rica

I also want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to adopt, not buy, pets.  For more on why I so strongly believe this, hop over to my wellness blog here...

Pura vida…Chrissy