Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Crocodile Tour!

We were very fortunate to go on a crocodile tour in Costa Rica, and it got even better when a bird swooped in to eat one of the baby crocodiles!


This is one of the many things I love about travelling. It is totally different to see this in real life than to watch it on television or read about it.

Spring has sprung!

After yet another WAY too long winter in New Hampshire, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's not another train! There are daffodils, forsythia, tulips, and of course many birds!

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There is an eagle nest behind our local home depot, so we have been watching them a lot, they have at least one, maybe two eaglets. I feel very lucky that we often get to observe them, they are just amazing.

Wood ducks

Spring in New Hampshire
definitely is a happy time for me, I look forward to gardening and enjoy being able to be outdoors and move around without having to put on tons of clothing!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Eating a Churchill in Puntarenas!

A treat loaded with goodness and sweetness which is a trademark of Puntarenas.


When I first read about someone talking about Churchill in Puntarenas, I thought maybe it was a famous restaurant or something. But no, instead it was a cool treat, shaved ice, kola syrup (which is just a sweet syrup, has nothing to do with the soda), powdered milk, condensed milk and ice cream. I totally didn't even try to imagine how many calories, I just went for it and enjoyed!


If you ever find yourself in Puntarenas, go for it!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Our First Visit to Costa Rica

We visited Costa Rica for the first time and had a wonderful time, love the country and its nature and people.
We saw crocodiles, howler monkeys, variegated squirrels and of course many birds. Here is a first taste of our birding, including wild parrots!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Update on the Deer Baby Clan

Since I am back to blogging, it is time for an update on our clan.



Cees enlisted in the army for four years and now is using the GI bill to study at the University of New Hampshire.
Dawn will be graduating from nursing program of the University of Vermont in May. She and her boyfriend are living together in a nearby town.
Jane is studying at Hamilton college in upstate New York. 
Kate is studying at River Valley Community College and works at our local Price Chopper.
Erik is in the STEM program of Hartford Career and Technical Center.
Sylvia will start high school next year!!
Tim lives with his dad and is still figuring out his life.



I am totally happy with my new husband Tom and still adjusting to my MS diagnosis.
Lydia, Tom's daughter has moved back to the US from the UK with her family so now we have our two granddaughters (2yo and 5yo) within driving distance.



Life is good!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring in Paris!

A few years ago we took two of our girls to Paris during spring vacation and had such a great time!

I love travelling with them and discovering new places. Click here for more details.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

World War II Love Story

When we went to Hawai'i, we knew we had to visit Pearl Harbor for sure. It was very intense and informative and gave us a whole new appreciation of our country's history. What made it even better was our tour guide, who told us this amazing love story about his father and mother and how his Japanese American father was part of the 442nd regimental combat team. I am still smiling when I think about it.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Yay European Communion!

We have been enjoying a lot of travel over the last few years, which means that we have experienced our share of flight delays. I had seen signs that European flights could qualify for compensation if delayed, but I never realized that the same would hold for American flights originating from Europe.

So we were happy to see EC261/2004 implemented by American Airlines with minimal effort from our side!


Find out how we ended up with new travel opportunities!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Moon Musings

This year had two blue moons so far! No idea how special that is, but it made me all nostalgic.

Happy to share my blue moon musings!

After I reread that one I realized that the title 'blue moon' was significant in more than one way. The story is partly about feeling blue and worried about what turned out to be my multiple sclerosis. Life is good, but not always easy.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hello World! Come Visit My New Blog!

It has been a long time and I have missed y'all and I have missed blogging. Facebook is nice, but my posts tend to be short and it's a lot harder to look back on my history. So in January this year, I decided to start a new blog, a blog to celebrate life, to share my travels, to share my struggles with MS (yeah, I got diagnosed with MS a few months ago) , and of course to show off my birding pictures. Come visit me at Our Carpe Diem!