How to Wash Clothes in Costa Rica:
Weather apps are very unreliable. It can be raining in the town that has the sensors, but sunny hot in your town.
Clotheslines in full sunlight are the quickest way to dry clothing.
The better clotheslines are just under roof overhangs.
22. Using clothespins, HANG clothing on clothesline.
23. MONITOR clothing until dry.
Rain will wet clothing and delay drying. The delay can cause clothing to stay damp for days.
24. When clothing is dry to the touch, REMOVE and STORE clothing.
25. Repeat directions as often as necessary.
Ok, not completely in the wild, but at least in someone's garden driveway!
While visiting our neighbor Nacho, I found some rich, black, thick charcoal laying around some flower bushes. The type of charcoal that’s found in a 2x3x1 inch box in an art supply store and sells for a few dollars. The juicy charcoal that oozes blackness on paper…and smudges and brushes away easily to make grays.
Nacho laughed at me for asking for his charcoal. Charcoal in Costa Rica is used as deodorant or for gardening fertilizer, not art supplies. He shrugged and offered me more charcoal. I took just what I needed. After all, I just found an almost endless supply, right across our road!!!
I finally got to make the value chart I needed for class!
If you happen to be in Uvita, Costa Rica, come out and see me and three more awesome artists at Dolce Uvita on Saturday, December 11th, 2021, from 10 am – 3 pm. For more info, https://dolceuvita.com
We live in a very small, cute house while we build our new home in Costa Rica.
This means very limited art painting making happy space.
This is ok, as I’m sticking to studying for a class I’m enjoying. Everything is small for this class: paper swatches, painting surfaces, supplies, etc. This is good…because as I make new things there is limited storage space, too.
The first few weeks here were spent at the coffee table and the back patio tables.
I’m still spending time at the coffee table for things like collaging and cutting paper.
I adore my new art table.
We decided to have local Uvita craftsman Freddy make us this table. Here’s all the reasons why we love this table:
As I was checking out our outside laundry system at our new home in Costa Rica, a bat landed on the wall above me. It was about six inches long. I was happy to see it, but sad as it was a late morning. It let me get a single photo and then took off. ©Angeline Marie MartinezIt’s very weird being in Costa Rica for October.
There isn’t the whole Fall Thing here in Costa Rica.
The whole Fall Thing didn’t make sense to me in Florida, anyway, so it almost feels like a bit of relief, lol.
It’s great not having to listen and watch a constant onslaught of marketing about Fall Things like harvesting, warm colors, sweaters, pumpkin spice, fire places, Holiday Shopping, etc. Everything is green here, so all this straw stuff makes even less sense in Costa Rica than in Florida. I hate the cold, not a pumpkin spice kind of girl, anyway!
So far, Alexa provides tunes to a simple speaker we brought. The music is interrupted by US commercials about…you guessed it…Fall Things! I still don’t understand everyone’s excitement about all this, lol!
I did see some Halloween decor in a store here. One store, on what amounts to two long shelves. No candy on display, just decor!
There are two seasons here: winter and summer. Cooler or Hot Hot. Rainy or Dryer. There is truly no “sweater weather,” unless you count that Andy and I wish we had an extra bed sheet during cooler nights, lol.
This little bat is one of many we enjoy watching fly about our new temporary home in Costa Rica. Happily, this is the only bat we’ve seen in the daylight. It’s a poor photo, but I was lucky to get it!
Happy Halloween and Happy Fall Things!
If I were still at my job, I would be working an outage RIGHT NOW.
I’m not going to explain any nuclear power vocabulary here at all.
I’ll just say outages require all employees to work six days weekly, for a minimum of 12.5 hours daily. Add the commute time to all of these daily hours. Outage duration might be three weeks or longer, dependent on scheduled work, etc. All outages add up to very exhausted employees.
I was one of those glazed eyed, unhappy, exhausted, trudging, trying to do my best, miserably scared of getting sick employees. I was barely conscious of my birthday and Halloween...I was barely conscious at all. My days were drive to job, do my best at job, drive home, do a couple of chores, try to enjoy time with Andy, and go to bed!
Quite a few outages ago, artist Carol Trice was having to work some overtime for her job industry. She made up a book similar to this one, with sticker rewards.
I adore stickers. I copied Carol’s idea.
This was one of the few ways I could still feel like me...adding reward stickers to my calendar day. To earn a sticker, I had to spend at least five minutes on that option. Those minutes were precious.
Yes, I had a Must Do List, too. When Andy and I had to work outages, I printed systems for myself and worked them. All of the lists got stickers. Andy rolled his eyes, but I had my list and our outages ran smoother.
I threw out this book this year!!! I kept my collected leftover Halloween stickers, because, I love stickers, lol!
I kept my instructions for how to make and use another book like this. I prefer to abandon ever needing a book like this again, but life is weird. Maybe I’ll make one for doing art biz things? Hmm…!
If you need a thrive kit like this, I’m happy to share my instructions. Step one is get some great, happy, fun, bright stickers like you can find at Dollar Trees in the US. The stickers can be any theme of your choice. You could do like old school and stick to gold stars, too. Next steps are find a cover, make a list, repeat and print the list.
Pura vida from Costa Rica, where I’m figuring out what’s next!
Does it matter how a meeting is named?
Here’s a quick list of Big Meetings at My Former Job.
100 Hours Stand Down…
Whenever you have more than 10 people in a room...the behaviors shown in my doodle are on real-life display.
The only difference between meetings in 2019 and meetings 2020 to present is a video call-in option, IF your company bothers to give you this option.
I prefer video call-in meetings. I prefer having the option of having the video on or off. I still pay attention at (to?) meetings, either way.
I prefer to never attend another long, drawn out, carefully curated, propaganda filled, “talk at employees” company meeting ever again.
Of course, never attending another one of these types of meetings means the opportunity for a doodle like this will never happen again, for me.
That’s fine by me.
Do you see these behaviors, etc. at company meetings you attend? What do you doodle during these lost hours?
In case you hadn’t heard, Andy and I moved to Costa Rica.
Yes, we still have a stake in the USA. So if you have any of my contact info, much of it will still work. It might take a few days to get back to you.
Andy and I bought a slice of land here in Costa Rica in 2019. We are now renting a place while our new home is being constructed.
We’ve officially been here two weeks, today, this posting.
Four months ago (or maybe 5? Time is flying...so it was this 2021), I bought some acrylic gouache paint, some paper, etc. to work through Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers.
Andy and I had no idea where we would be living during construction...but I best prepare to have a very, very, very small space for an art studio. This color workshop takes up a small work space and requires a very small amount of supplies. I gift myself a creative break, finally get to learn from this book (had it 6 years!) and still get to PAINT!
I filled the carry-on travel suitcase with our gym supplies and my art supplies, the book Color: A Workshop, and a few other things. Art things went back and forth from a storage unit box to the suitcase. I made a promise to myself: whatever is in the suitcase will have to work for me. The next time I’m allowed to open the suitcase is when we are in Costa Rica.
The gym stuff was easy, lol!
As we slowly move into our temporary home, the last setup is my studio space. My suitcase remains full of art supplies...but I get to rummage through them! I found Tomasina...and burst out joyfully with laughter. I’m so happy to have my old friend with me.
Is there something that you packed for yourself and found later that it made you laugh with joy? What was it?
Drawing, painting both analog and digital, and other artsy things while living in Costa Rica.
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