The Rain is back

The raining season is beginning to pick up. Everything is turning colorful and fragrant. The coffee plants and flowers everywhere are blooming, the bees are buzzing, the creek is bubbling – you get the picture. Actually here are some pictures . . . .

The rainy season is very pleasant. Usually sunny mornings with rain in the afternoons, four or five times a week.

Root Canal and Health

Hi, this is Don, sitting in for Stephanie today. She spent the afternoon in the dentist chair having four root canal teeth removed. She is resting peacefully and I am keeping busy on the computer. I am sure there is some controversy regarding root canals and health, but Stephanie read an interesting book that convinced her that it was worth the suffering to find out. I don’t have the book here, she gave it back to the dentist that loaned it to her. In any case, a little search on the internet makes it clear that there are contradictory views.

The point is, it made sense to her and she is determined to do everything she can to be as healthy as she can. The whole food, plant based lifestyle has done a lot to improve her health and hopefully mine. I’ve always been pretty healthy, so it is had for me to tell. I have to say I feel great! I enjoy our life together, wake up with a song in my heart and go to bed grateful for another day with Stephanie.

Guess that is it for now. More later when Stephanie has fully recovered and is chopping on carrots and kale. Don

IT’S FOODIE DAY

So the other day I made roasted cauliflower steaks, and boy did they come out good!! simple as you can get and it also presents well on the plate. You just slice down the middle of the cauliflower and slice again make them about an inch thick. get as many out of the center as you can. I used the rest to make Greek couscous salad.

Place them on a cookie sheet with paper so they don’t stick, or use silicone mats. season with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, oregano. you can vary the spices as you like or just to have another way to serve this. Roast about 1 hour, turn over for another 5-10 minutes and DONE. They look amazing on a plate . I made a sauce to go with this but you don’t need to. I used a handful of cashews, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and vege broth. I wanted a thick sauce so I didn’t used a lot of broth. YUM!

The couscous is very simple too. Rice the cauliflower, add green olives, red bell peppers, onion, lemon juice and salt and pepper for a tasty salad. It just isn’t hard to eat this way, no matter what other people may say. Find a few great recipes and voila you are off to a great start eating a whole food plant-based diet.

The birds of our hearts

As I sit here this morning and listen to the sweet sounds of the birds, I am reminded of the imagery used in some of the writings, such as, “The birds of the hearts of those who are devoted to thee”. I understand this as the sentiments in our hearts are carried by the birds toward our Lord. This is jut a small example of the imagery used by Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha. These writings are so full of sweetness as to make your heart just melt with love, the love that they are imparting to us and our love that their love engenders toward God.

I love my husband but I don’t just sit here and look at him admiringly, although at times I do, LOL. I also show him that love by providing service to his welfare. In the same way ,our love for God will naturally pour out towards our fellowman in ways of service towards mankind, creating love and harmony in the world.

God Is good!

Holiday Challenges

Okay so now the dust hasn’t settled quite yet but I’m sure there are those out there who are already regretting the food they ate over this holiday season, am I right? While I haven’t been perfect I have stayed relatively eating within my whole food plant based eating. Yes, I had a little too much sugar, but no oil! I say no oil but actually it is avocado season here and they are so tempting. But I think the real problem is just eating too much food. I have also been running little experiments like eating like a nutritarian at one meal and like a starch eater a the next meal, this experiment failed, sad to say. I thought I was really on to something. I’m having a hard time getting nuts and seeds in my diet in a way that doesn’t effect the scale. I haven’t found that way yet and I have decided to quit trying until I am at my goal weight. I’m almost there just have to get a little further down on the scale. Following the McDougal plan has been the most fabulous way of eating and is also how I have lost over 100 pounds. The next big hurtle is the exercise. I do the walking but I need more strengthening of the core. I don’t know exactly how I’m going to do this because I think I actually may have a small hernia. I am hoping to find a natural cure for the hernia, I don’t want to have surgery. Anyone have any ideas? So many issues !!!! But as you can see it can keep a person quite busy.

Almost Christmas

As the days draw closer and closer to Christmas our grandkids get more and more excited. You can just hear their prayers “no clothes PLEASE!!!” They make a point to tell me what they are interested in on the internet, in stores or just talking together. Oh the joy of having little ones around. I used to worry that I wasn’t getting my boys what they would like or not enough ,on and on, but now I am free of that worry. Interesting how things change over time. I’m glad to be free from the chaos and turmoil of both the Christmas season rush and the thoughts and emotions this brings for me.

Now , it is more a time to contemplate the past year and the coming year. As I think about this, I realize that it is all about each moment and how can one plan for each moment , so it becomes about who I am more than what I do. Of course, my actions are critical because you can’t be one way and act another and be authentic. So to become more of whatever virtue I may choose to work on I must align myself with that virtue. I think about what that looks like and how it will play out and touch on everything around it. An example of what I am talking about is: say I want to be more loving. Well ,I could not talk about others when they are not present and still consider myself loving. Another example, say I want to be more generous. Well I would have to be accepting of others way of thinking on a subject not just my own way.

So for now I think instead of saying “how are you” ,I will say, “how are you being today!”

Being sincerely seeking,

Steph

COVID update

Here’s the current status of Covid in Costa Rica – less than 300 new cases a day nationwide. And in the mountains and isolated beach areas hardly any. So come on down and enjoy the mountains and/or the beaches. We look forward to seeing you.

Covid data 1 dec 21

Covid data 1 dec 21

Beach Cottage completed

Well, we finally finished the beach cottage. It is a rustic cabin on the pacific coast west of San Jose. Just a 2-3 minute walk to the beach. Located along a beautiful non-touristy, private area. The most beautiful sunsets in Costa Rica, numerous multi-colored Macaws playing in the palm trees, and monkeys frolicking in the distance. There is a pulperia within 6 kilometers, otherwise no other businesses, no resorts, no guided tours, nada. Nothing to interrupt your Perfect Get-A-Way. (click on Beach Cottages link for details)

Beach Cottage

We are in the process of updating a cottage on the coast and preparing it for rental. It is located on the Playa Guacalillo. This is an area where you can see the real Costa Rica—No High-Rise resorts, No cute little boutiques, or No cozy coffee shops. COSTA RICA! PURA VIDA! The perfect get away for you and your friends.

Let’s talk about the weather.

We live in a country that has many different zones or regions. We have the mountains and along with mountains come the valleys.  There are oceans, the pacific ocean and the carribean ocean, and the broad plains.  All these very different areas have different weather as well.  The weather ranges from very very hot to chilly. So, where do you feel comfortable? I, personally, cannot take the heat very well. I turn red and sweat profusely, not a pretty site. So for me, finding Santa Maria de Dota was truly a Godsend! We are 1.5 to 2 hours from San Jose and we are a mile high. Our weather is warm at times and chilly at times but never too much of an extreme. I think just a little above 90 degreees is the hottest we have experienced here in the last 7 years and 55 degrees is about the coldest it has gotten. We don’t have heat or air conditioning in our house and we haven’t needed it. They call this a cloud forrest because we are really up in the clouds. Places like Orotina are the worst because they are the hottest and they have no ocean breeze to compensate for the heat.

I know, we are all so very different, some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot nine days old!!!!! Come check out Santa Maria or Los Santos in general, I think we have the best of the whole country right here. We have the warmth, coolness (and the coolness factor LOL), the vistas here are spectacular along with the amazing sunsets. Fabulous!