Monday, November 12, 2018

Life on Lover's Key


Day 6



Day 7


Day 8


Day 9


Day 10

First his head popped up. Then he hid between the cracks. Or, at least he thought he was hiding. So cute.



Day 11

Sunset.


Day 12

Sunrise.

Balancing beautiful mornings with sultry afternoons. Another beautiful day begins...

This week's highlights include: Gracie's Cupcakes, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Enzo's pizza, Komoon Thai, low tide strolls and a five a.m. visit from a hawk or a vulture - on my balcony. 

What was your highlight this week? 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Key to Happiness


Day 1



Day 2



Day 3

(carefully, possibly, saving a drowning bat)



Day 4

(parking lot cat)


  
Day 5

The month of November used to be dreary and cold. Not anymore. (Not for me anyway) Now, I spend Turkey month on Lover's Key. The top photo, taken from the plane, shows my rental in the lower right corner - my home-away-from-home for the last three years. 

My real home...


This is my view in Minnesota. At best, you'll see a predictable, old-school street in Minneapolis. At worst, well, you get the drift - literally. 

Now, my month of writing and illustrating, will have plenty of inspiration: beautiful skies hovering over beautiful beaches, flora and fauna and all of God's creatures. 

Turns out, I like November. Stay tuned...

Where's your happy place?


P.S. I have book news. 


I actually received mail last week - books from Mrs. Jones! It's the children's book I illustrated for author Kristi Soli. Let the tea party begin. 

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Travel Tales from the Crypt


Volcanoes loom behind the ruins of Casa Santo Domingo. 

The ruins of Antigua, Guatemala are simply fascinating. One of the highlights was the hotel and museum, Casa Santo Domingo: crumbling relics, cavernous rooms, Mayan artifacts, architectural grandeur and glorious modern day art.

Visiting is like a stroll through old Pompeii. My favorite exhibit was the silver artifacts located in the dungeon - I mean basement - or do I mean dungeon? 

 I'll post more on the beautiful museums later...












The living at Casa Santo Domingo, enjoy luxurious hotel rooms, spa treatments, gourmet food and exotic birds. 



Other people can't seem to rest in peace.

A stroll through the crypts. (the hotel is located inside the ruins of a pre-earthquake convent)




Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

I See Dead People...


Halloween month continues with a post I grabbed from my creative writing blog - because I'm too darn busy to blog this week...

"If you annoy a kid with a crayon, you just might end up with fuzzy-wuzzy brown on your face." logic from Sharon Wagner: child artist, revenge advocate, recess crayon warrior.

 More words of revenge wisdom from the internet....

1)  My silence is not weakness, but the beginning of my revenge.

2) A man who desires revenge should dig two graves...

3) When karma comes back to punch you in the face, I wanna be there...just in case it needs help.

4) Never go to bed angry, stay awake and plot revenge.

5) Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

Did you read number 5? I threw that in, just to show you I've grown up. Poor Theresa. She crossed the wrong girl. She didn't know I was packing heat. But not too much, it might melt my crayons. I remember drawing this, brain firing on all cylinders, laughing hysterically. (not really) 

 But, I have no idea what made me mad in the first place. Tyrone is the real loser. Figuratively, not literally. I deemed him objectionable enough to be a dire warning of a bleak future. Hey Theresa, if you dis me again, you'll end up married to Tyrone. Ha. Take that!  Of course, the last laugh might be on me. Because they were obviously married a long time and died on the same day. How romantic. Unfortunately, 2022 is fast approaching. It must have seemed so far in the future when I was in grade school.

I love my weird creativity in giving the girl ghost boobs. As you can see, both cadavers have their arms sticking straight up - there's no relaxing for the damned! Not in my world. Oddly, both ghosts need canes. (I guess to portray their feebleness) Is that a sun? In the middle of a black crayon night? Good grief. What was I thinking? The moon is my muse now. I love painting it. See below.



The good news is: I forgave Theresa for whatever the heck she did. But, will she forgive me if she sees this? I hope so.


My travel posts and blog link-up party will be back next week!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Skulls and Such...




Halloween month continues with a deadly brew of the damned. This sinful sugar is strong enough to curl your toe-bones. (It tickled mine) It's rum. Yum.

You'll find it at Utah's Outlaw Distillery. We always pick up the local brown on our travels. In Arizona, it was rum from the Desert Diamond Distillery. The good news is, we're going back to Utah next summer, to see Zion and Bryce. That's nice, because now we can get more rum! 

Grab a beverage and follow me on a miscellaneous adventure, up and down Utah...




Flying into Salt Lake City was surreal.




Entering Moab was out-of-this-world!





Tagged.


Hoodoos.


Red Rock sculptures.



Hat rescue.


Camping on another planet.


Capitol Reef band.



Prairie dog.


Lounging lizard.


Jack rabbit.


Leftover rabbit.


Mai Tai time!

My RIP tour continues with The oldest cemetery in Central America.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Hike of Horrors!



The hike at Cerro Biotope Cahui didn't live up to the gruesome beginning - after the start, things were very much alive! Alive, instead of coiled up, floating in jars. As soon as I saw Jekyll's table -  full of skulls and all things bizarre - I knew this would make a great post for Halloween month.  

The nature preserve was located on the tip of lake Peten in El Remate, Guatemala. If you're lucky, you might see all of the above. Or unlucky.


A monkey perhaps?



Formally a deer. I think. 


A bat. Yuck!


Snakes and such.


Possibly a jaguar. 


A peccary or Tapir.


It's alive! A streaked-headed woodpecker.


A beautiful grey fox.





A  Violaceous Trogan.

We didn't locate the Mayan graves or climb to the top, for a stunning, panoramic view of the area. But, we didn't end up in a jar either.

This week, I'm highlighting two famous final destinations in the South: Haunted Savannah Cemeteries!


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