This morning our wonderful neighbor came to clean the house at the rate of three dollars an hour.  Since it was her first time and wanted to be sure the cats wouldn’t escape we hung around on the deck and played on our iPads.   So much more pleasant than cleaning the house ourselves.

Lovely fresh papaya and other exotic fruits such as mangoes are bought ready to eat, not hard as a rock and tasteless.

Ticos are so very patient with my meager attempts at their language.

There’s plenty of time for afternoon naps.


Family and friends are just a Skype or FaceTime away.

I never have to deal with educational idiocy again.

The people at the organic coffee shop used a hand crank grinder on the beans.

On another note…The septic system can’t handle toilet paper so it’s thrown in the trash after being used.