Morning Hill Walk

This morning ( 2 weeks ago today, as I’m really writing posts way ahead now) I took the difficult steep route up to the top of the hill I live on the side of and completed the circle drive back around to my house. I’ve done this only 2 or 3 times since radiation therapy and I’m okay with it, just slow going uphill. 🙂 Because of dogs on this route I walk with my walking stick and not the big camera, only cell phone, which I regretted today, seeing a Keel-billed Toucan in a distant tree and unable to photograph it well.

I will include two cellphone photos of the tree, one crop-zoomed in on the bird, but not good resolution. Then I tried to do a selfie with the village of Atenas in the background below the hill but the sun was too bright to catch the town in photo and it is before breakfast or even me shaving, so I’m “unkempt” but I’m showing the photo anyway! 🙂

Toucan on lower limb to right.
Keel-billed Toucan in poor zoom-crop of above photo.
Early-morning Selfie on Hill before Shave, Shower or Breakfast! Distant Atenas lost in the glare behind me.

For those concerned about my health, you can see that the left cheek is still swollen from the surgery and radiation (can take more than a year to go down) but the left side of smile has moved up a little bit and the eye is good uncovered for 2 to 4 hours in the morning before it hurts/burns and I then wear the black patch. I remove patch again for short times in afternoon and evening (easier reading with 2 eyes). And my Covid Mask is on my wrist here with no people around! 🙂

The Covid mask, 2 meter distancing & hand-washing is still required everywhere in Costa Rica and come January 8 the proof of vaccination will also be required to enter all public places, including supermarkets and restaurants. But remember, Costa Rica has a lower percentage of Covid cases than the U.S. with their stupid Republican Anti-vaxxers! 🙂 And if you want to visit this healthy country, you will need proof of vax just like the rest of us! By December we will have a vaccination app for cell phones here that will show some code for electronic readers at the entrance to all businesses, etc. Interesting! We’re pretty “high-tech” to be a “developing country.” 🙂

¡Pura Vida!

10 Replies to “Morning Hill Walk”

  1. Charlie, I was turned away from a KFC in central Alajuela 2 days ago because I didn’t have my proof of vax with me! It’s now the choice of all businesses here to do so. I was a bit miffed, but actually appreciate this – our lives here are nearly ‘new normal’, LOL. I’m so glad I’ve complied with all gov’t. guidelines and stayed so healthy. I’ll be happier when the QR code system is functional & I don’t need to carry my actual card from the EBAIS to go where I want.
    Too bad about the toucan. That would have been a great shot for you!

    1. Deborah, you may have also seen my other post on me getting my QR code with help from our city hall right here in Atenas! Some people are having trouble with the online system to get the code.

      Yeah! I too am glad to live where our leaders take the pandemic seriously! We are so far ahead of the States! 🙂

  2. With all the madness ( mega understatement ) in merica – it is good medicine to read your essays and view the images. My cousin Steve ( we love him and Lucy ) feeds us you blogs from time to time. We hope to visit ( yes we are vaccinated) CR when Steve is transplanted and look forward to meeting you.
    Best health wishes to you and keep on being positively
    Inspirational.
    Regards
    Gene and Jeannie

    1. 🙂 Thanks Gene! And I will look forward to meeting you when you get here. To start with Steve & Lucy will live just up the hill from my house in Roca Verde – neighbors!

  3. Good for you Charlie! Glad to hear you continue to recover – your positive attitude has served you well! One thing. . .you know I am 100% in favor of the vaccine and mask mandates. . .but you said it will apply to supermarkets and I believe supermarkets and pharmacies will be exempt. . .Wish they weren’t but I do think that is the case. Pura vida!

    1. Thanks Susan! I don’t read all the government reports, so I misunderstood about supermarkets. But whatever they do is better that the States where the stupid Republicans won’t allow the Vaccination Mandate. We are already ahead of them for health! Be careful where you go while you’re up there!

  4. looking good. so glad you are healing and out and about. Wayne had a mild stroke 2 weeks ago and is in rehab and doing well. not major part of brain thankfully. some balance and dizzyness. no speech issues etc. should be home in a week or two. Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season. JO Reece

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