December 1, 2012
These are the flowers blooming outside our window at Sedolsoder, Guacimo de Atenas, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Heres some old fun posts
- In Search of Wild Guacimo Costa Rica The New York Times is searching for Wild Costa Rica. They are in the southern zone. Here is wild life we see regularly in Guacimo de Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica...
- I Now Know My Address in Costa Rica. Sedolsoder is the name of our place in Costa Rica. Until recently, I wasn't actually sure of the address! Pura Vida. It wasn't until the moving company asked me where they need to deliver our crap that I even gave it a thought. But then again, I don't know the names of the streets in my neighborhood in Smallburg either. My directions are on the order of "turn at the cemetery, then roll through the stop sign and then bear to the left. When you get to Poopy Island, we're at the next corner." So it's right up my alley that the address of Sedoloser is: Guacimos de Atenas, Alajuela, Quinientos Metros Oeste De La Escuela, Finca Canadienses. Ride with me from Atenas, Costa Rica to the Gates of Sedolsoder... 12 minutes of scintillating travelogue of the Costa Rica countryside... bonus points if you can name the special sound effect at a crucial point in the video. Guacimos is the name of the wide spot in the road de Atenas means "of Atenas" which is like a suburb, kinda-sorta Quinientos: 500 hundred Oeste: West Escuela: School (At 10:00 in the video) Finca Canadienses: Farm of Canadians. Wait, whuck? I'm living among a bunch of Canadians! I bet they are a bunch of Quebecois - rowdy bunch of rabble rowsers. This could be interesting. Especially when Nancy shows up to overthrow Castro.
- Atenas Costa Rica Rain Report for June 2015 It was an odd month for rain in the Atenas area in June 2015. It should have been the start of the rainy season, meaning a regular dose of rain almost on a daily basis. The month started out that way, the first week brought 4 inches of rain at Sedolsoder, Guacimo de Atenas, our housecos - and then it stopped. And it didn't start again! We had a few days of "pelo de gato" (hair of the cat) a very drizzly rain that didn't accumulate. On the other hand the east coast has been slammed with record rainfalls and it continues... at the end of June in the Limon Province rains totaled over 100 inches. Yes. 100 inches. No thanks.
- Love/Hate Relationship With the Wind and Bougainvillea… Not too many love/hate relationships in my life anymore. But I'm pretty passive-aggressive when it comes to Bougainvillea flower petals and the wind. Jeez they are beautiful! but dammit, not in the pool. Wind - not breeze. Just to clarify. Breezes good. Wind bad. Bougainvillea flowers in the wind in the pool. Very bad. BTW: could you spell bougainvillea without looking? Boo-gain-vee-ya? Who says spelling is important? Research has found that not only do readers notice mistakes, they engage lesswith websites that have language errors, and they are far less likely to buy something from a website that has even a single misspelling. (Spelling isn’t grammar, but it falls under the broad “rules of language” definition of grammar that many people use.) Back to the rant: When it's hot in Costa Rica, it's very hot. And humid. But living in the mountains means there usually is a nice breeze blowing to keep the sweat evaporated and a body cooler. But the "December Winds" are still with us. One of the myths of living in Costa Rica. The December Winds last longer than you might guess. The Bougainvillea flowers - while they are on the tree - are strikingly beautiful. But once they leave the branches to seek refuge in the pool and eventually are swept into the skimmer, what a pain the the buetox. The flowers have one advantage over leaves. The flowers float. Cat suggested that we needed to add some scented oils and adult beverages under the moonlight to complete the scene. Hee. Yeah. Right. Three or four times a day I use the mesh basket on a pole to fish the flowers from the pool. But that doesn't begin to stop the pounds - yes POUNDS - of Bougainvillea flower petals from getting caught in the skimmer. Beautiful. But Yuck. Why not just let blow around the pool? Because the skimmer leads to the filter which keeps the pool semi-clear. Once the flowers clog the skimmer the flow is restricted. No baby boomer guy needs a restricted flow. What a pain. Anybody have any solutions that don't involve a Bougainvillea tree meeting a chainsaw?
- Rainy Days in May: Guacimo de Atenas Hitchiker Ratio Still… View Larger Map The rains have come to Sedolsoder, 500 meters oeste of la escuela, Guacimo de Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica. (I was very specific because people like to draw conclusions about the weather here based on internet weather sites - and they are misleading at best and worthless at worst.) We had eleven days of measurable rain in May and the total was 11.5 inches total for the month. We had trace amounts of rain on another seven days. That's a significant increase over last May - almost double in amount and number of days. Yuck. Too much too soon. Our hitchhiker activity dropped to 13, primarily because Cat and Jim were visiting from Bowling Green, Kentucky, during the last week in Mayo. The hitchhiker to rain ratio still is favorable. UPDATE: Humidity is now running about 85% all day. If the sun isn't out and there is no breeze, no line-drying stuff, into the dryer!