I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Greetings from Costa Rica

Even though we are on vacation in a gardeners paradise, I am still able to reach out to my blog friends. This has been an amazing experience. We have seen a vocano, a turtle refuge, a rain forest, and many species of wild life. I am so sorry that I cannot include some photos with this message. Today we saw an 18 foot crocodile, from about 30 feet away. They are awesome creatures. We had howler monkey waken us at dawn and toucans sitting on a branch outside our room. The flowers are gorgeous. They plant tree fences here by cutting branches off of trees then sticking them into the ground. One thing I have to mention tho are the really skinny cows, they have a lot of brahmin cows from India. For someone born in the middle West, they are pretty darn ugly. People here have manditory education up through the 12th grade so they have a high literacy rate (95%). But it seems the average person only makes about $400 a month. People in the countryside live pretty poor lives. It gives you pause when you realize what a privileged life we have in the United States. I am grateful for all that I have in my life and will count my blessings even more often than I do now. I feel fortunate that we can experience this country and the Costa Rican people who have greeted us with friendship. I will post some of my pictures next week when we come home.


Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Costa Rica sounds like a wonderful place to visit and you sound like you are having the time of your life. I can't wait to see the pictures...I have always wanted to see an active volcano and thought of going to Hawaii when they were having their eruptions, but just never made it over there.

Aligators are quite spectacular to see in person and even from an airboat you know that it could get to you if it really wanted to...they are quite massive when they are that size.
Have fun and stay safe.

March 12, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

We are happy you are having such a wonderful time in CR. Can't wait to see the pictures. I'm sure you have taken 10,000 so far. I'm also glad that you haven't had any negative experiences with the food.

Hope you took a picture of the croc up close and personal. And the toucan. That must have been something else. They are such beautiful birds. I told you that you should have taken us along!

We are looking forward to your return to "civilization." Miss the calls every day. It's been quiet here. I don't think my cell phone has gone off very much since you've been out of country. Have a good time for the rest of your vacation. Have you seen Jane's blog yet? I commented several times but she hasn't answered yet. I hope she knows who I am (by signing off Motherkitty).

March 12, 2006 6:05 PM  
Blogger Alipurr said...

me too, can't wait to see pictures, travel safely

March 13, 2006 1:35 AM  
Blogger bornfool said...

I'm envious. I love to travel. Gald you're having a great time.

March 13, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger jellyhead said...

Hi vacationing MrsGreenThumb!

Glad to hear you are having such an interesting and entertaining holiday. I'll be looking forward to seeing your photos when you return.

Take care,

March 13, 2006 7:33 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

How exciting your trip sounds so far! I'd love to visit there. So nice to see other places and how folks live as compared to us.

Looking forward to the pictures.

March 13, 2006 8:38 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Hi Mrs Green Thumb,
I'm here from your sister's site, Mother Kitty!
Your trip sounds amazing. Looking forward to pictures.
We are indeed fortunate to live in the USA, aren't we?

March 14, 2006 7:46 AM  
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March 14, 2006 8:41 AM  
Blogger Gil said...

AS they say in CR "Pura Vida". What a wonderful place on Earth to visit. I'm really interested in what places you enjoyed. My most memorable is the volcan Arenal. It really is somthing to see boulders the size of volkswagens being ejected into the air as if they were pebbles. Hope to see some incredible pix.

March 15, 2006 10:08 PM  

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