Back in Blanca

I’ve been thoroughly uninspired to write anything lately. I don’t know if it’s a side effect of the shoulder surgery or just a basic lack of motivation. But upon finding a crocodile in the pool the other night, I felt compelled to post some photos. We visited California for a month to get the shoulder straightened out and see the family. It’s been a long recovery but I’m slowly seeing some progress.

We’ve been back at Casa Playa Blanca enjoying the rain and thunder. The casa has the usual cast of animal kingdom characters – frogs, bugs, stealthy raccoons and assorted varmints. We are enjoying the pool and I’ve gotten up to twenty minutes of swimming laps along with my regular rehab exercises. We even got out in the churning ocean and body surfed a few waves yesterday.

We head into Tamarindo every so often for specialty groceries and to hit the larger AA meetings in the little club by the surf shop. It’s good to get out of the house once in a while to see what the rest of the world is up to. PJ has gotten us inspired to try our hand at art projects, mostly using things that we find on the beach during our walks.

A house is getting built directly across the street from us. I’m not sure why, but a large troop of howlers monkeys have found this attractive and have taken up residence in a large tree at the edge of the property. We watch them out of our bedroom window and are wakened by their calls in the morning. Then the workers show up and drive them off and rouse us out of bed with their construction noises. But like clockwork, the monkeys come back in the afternoon and take up their seats, giving every passing motorcycle a piece of their mind.

View from the bedroom window

Things are quiet and life is good. Most of the tourists have fled the rain and mud. The waves have been pretty messy so not many surfers. A number of hotels and restaurants have shuttered their doors for the season. Family members have been asking for an update so here it is. Been dusting off the camera so hopefully more photos coming soon.

See Y’all Later!

5 thoughts on “Back in Blanca

  1. Mike, thank you for sharing! Soooo cool you found a friend in your pool! Amazing! I looove all the animal friends and insects and amazing living creatures around you! They make me happy. Thinking of you and PJ and hope to see you both soon.

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  2. Yay! So good to see you two and hear about life in the jungle. The art projects look really fun and I’m jealous of the shell and driftwood collection!

    Glad to hear your recovering, Mike. I think it always feels slower than we want. How did you get the crocodile out of the pool? Or did he decide?

    My new area is slowly closing down for the season – as GOT says: Winter is coming!!! No snowbirds here except for Snowy Owls!!! Change of season is upon us with low 40’s at night. Have to say, I love it.

    Love and good life to both of you! Kxx

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  3. Hooray. You’re back! Love the Animal Planet pictures and the beautiful rainbow. Glad your shoulder is coming along and you can do crafts and get in the water again. Just watch out and check who might be in the water with you! It’s been great seeing you two on KIS and am glad you’re hooking up with others as you mentioned on Fri. Love to you both. Meema

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  4. Great to hear from you. Hope your shoulder heals up! We are sailing out in Block Island trying to get in the last of the warm weather up here. Glad you are keeping up with your AA meetings. Love to see your posts Thanks, Amy

    On Sat, Sep 25, 2021 at 10:40 PM Heart on the Wing wrote:

    > Heart on the Wing posted: ” I’ve been thoroughly uninspired to write > anything lately. I don’t know if it’s a side effect of the shoulder surgery > or just a basic lack of motivation. But upon finding a crocodile in the > pool the other night, I felt compelled to post some photos. W” >

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  5. Hey you all monkies included! The alligator looked a little small, I would be on the alert for the mama! I don’t like the bug pictures, it gives me the willies. PJ you have got to have the biggest, bestest, smile I have ever been blessed to see! Please Mike be careful body surfing. Enjoy your craft projects. See on zoom. Love you both and stay out of trouble!

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