Yep. That’s what we’ve got at the moment in Utah. Around 65 when we get up in the morning, around 85 mid-afternoon. Clear blue skies all day, gentle breeze. Of course, that all makes sense given that Costa Rica’s central valley is often referred to as having “year round spring” weather and it is, in fact, spring here now!
And a beautiful spring it’s been, too. Like many things in Costa Rica, we chose not to “miss” the changing of the seasons and, in fact, appreciated what change there was — that is, from dry season to wet (as is happening around now) and then back to dry again in November. And the end of the “windy season” was always welcome. But, truthfully, now that we’re back into a true four-season location, we really are enjoying those changes.
(And, yes, of course there is likely to come some time in the future when the arrival of winter, for instance, might seem less enthralling and maybe then we’ll be attracted to CR’s eternal spring again, or maybe we’ll find some other exotic place to visit for a while. But for now, we’re still enjoying all four seasons.)
We luckily missed out on those last couple of late-season snowstorms that hit the midwest, so we’re deeply into green grass, leafy trees, and flowers with those wonderful temperatures that require neither heat nor cooling. It’s been fun watching our hummingbirds again along with an explosion of other returning migratees. (Hmmm, spell-check says there’s not such a word? You know what I mean, though, right?) Since neither of us had ever lived out west before, we’re still learning our local birds, although some like the plentiful bald eagles that are here year ’round are pretty easy to recognize!
Spring will also finally bring a new aortic valve to David’s heart, two weeks from now in fact. We’re delighted that he’s qualified for the trans-catheter procedure which is SO much less invasive (and WAY less recovery time and problems) than open-heart which they’d first scheduled him for.
There are likely to still be other visits to the cath-lab over the summer depending on what specific benefits (or not) he gets solely from the new valve, but by the time we change seasons again to fall, he should really be in tip-top shape which will be great for everyone. Avila loves to spend time with her Poppy, so for him to get a good all-over “tune-up” now so that he can keep up with her in years to come… well, let’s just say we’re grateful that we’re back in the land of Medicare and a first-class hospital associated with the University of Utah.
Speaking of Avila, she celebrated her second birthday a few weeks ago and while she’s still a little peanut physically, she’s becoming such a “big girl” right before our very eyes. The talking explosion has continued and we are steadily amazed at the stuff that comes out of her mouth. She is always watching, always noticing, and remembering everything it seems. I see a fun summer ahead of us.
Okay, I’m getting the timing between posts down (three months before my last previous post and only two months this time!) so I’ll keep shooting for a bit more frequency. And, please, leave COMMENTS! Even if it’s just to say hi. I love comments!