The Jungle Life

 The Jungle, I am astounded by it, in awe of it and it makes me breath a little deeper. Here in Costa Rica we have two seasons, Dry and Wet. In the dry season the roads are dusty and the trees are not so green. Still very beautiful, In the wet season everything comes alive, yes even the bugs. A different kind of bug travels across my Rancho everyday. Now its the catapiller, I watched one make a cocoon on my doorstep and in less than two weeks ( today) the butterfly flew away. Lots of mother nature. After 8 years I still love it here. I feel lucky to get to see a different way of life. My life for now. 

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         Words to make us wiser

                          or

                   Spanish 101

For some reason some people love to chop their vacant lots around here in the jungle. I thought it was called a jungle, no trees no jungle. This brings me to a short story about, where in the world is Dueno.  Some men were chopping down the whole jungle on a lot across from our home. It was so green and lush. Like a dream. We were very concerned so Chuck asked in his sorta spanish, who's lot is this? And the men said it's Dueno's. We just thought who would do this to a piece of undesturbed jungle unless they were going to build. So now we want to know who this Dueno guy is. We have his name now, right? Well I asked our friend who is this jungle chopping Dueno guy. Turns out Dueno is spanish for owner. And that is how we learn spanish here at our age, one word at a time. Or maybe it's just  Chuck and I. Slow learners. This was about three years ago, now we know a few more words.

July 5, 2016

APPRECIATING NATURE’S GIFTS, PLUS MY THIN FOCACCIA RECIPE

BY DEBY HOGUE  •  I wrote this article for Sixty and Me

It’s the rainy season here in Costa Rica and it makes me think of comfort food. There’s only one small problem – it’s hot out! It might be raining, but,...

April 25, 2016

 I feel so lucky to be able to go to this small farm in the middle of sugar cane and jungle. You go down a beautiful road and over a bridge, find the man with the hat on. He is always happy to see us and so helpful. I show him what I want and he cuts the lettuce or...

 

Chuck here, ok so maybe it was a mistake to give Deby Chocolate Chips for Valentine's Day. It's not like she doesn't use them all the time, she does. I did take her to the river ( La Boca) for dinner. That river mouth is so awesome and it's always changing. I know she...

December 19, 2015

 

Olga's beach club, It's kinda a local bar and also a great tourist place. If I was walking the beach and saw this beach bar and restaurant I would think, are kidding me? Picture perfect as in picturesque, you are sitting at rustic tables looking at a beautiful beach w...

December 12, 2015

 

We love to go to Rosie's for breakfast, her gallo pinto is so good, she adds the right amount of spice and onion, bell pepper, cilantro it's got some heft to it. Add eggs and one of her fruit drinks, your full and satisfied. I love the watermelon drink the best, but h...

November 24, 2015

 

 

I am going into my 5th month of Blogging about the food I cook, and my life in the jungle. 

Well, I guess I went Rouge, because everyone in my blog world ( it's small). Oh! I hope you didn't get that song in your head. They are telling me, you have to, I mean you just...

November 12, 2015

 

 

 

Chuck here, yes it's me back again. Deby is getting ready for Thanksgiving. Got the Turkeys ordered. Sure hope they are not like they used to be when we first got here. Arms and legs straight out. Guess we just weren't used to that. I like Butterball style, legs and...

November 8, 2015

My sometime series and un reviews ( meaning, I will not say anything bad, I gotta live here) of the many restaurants here in the jungle, and there are many.  Probably the farthest out of our main little town is La Dulce Vida. Italian for sure, owned and run by the infa...

November 4, 2015

 

 

Our pipa man brings us 10 pipas a week ( it's really more than that, chuck can't say no) so I put them in the fridge and get them really cold. Chuck uses the cleaver not the machete anymore. It works great. He hacks off the top and I have bio straws. and we love it....

October 29, 2015

 If your going to look for Sea Glass, you are going to have to put your glass eye on. I know, I have to do it every time I go looking for Sea Glass. First off you have to train your eye to look for the glass amongst all the tiny shell pieces and rocks and sand. Because...

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