Monday, December 10, 2018

Convento de las Capuchinas Ruins

We visited four ruin sites while in Antigua, Guatemala last January. The first was Casa Santo Domingo - from my post Travel Tales from the Crypt. We visited the former Capuchinas Convent right after that. It was a lot of crumbling corridors to roam, in such a short time. But intriguing nonetheless. 

Nuns wandered up and down Capuchinas Convent from 1736 -1773, until an Earthquake caused upheaval throughout the city. Take a stroll with us... 

A lonely and stiff nun still holds vigil in one of the cells. (yes, that's what they were/are called) Sign me up. I'm ready to serve. Not.

Another stiff!

Beautiful Crumbles.

The cobblestone streets of Antigua are well worth exploring with camera in hand. Stay tuned for more Antigua ruins this winter. 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Florida's Final Five

My Florida mash up!

A new friend. The darn squirrel was so tame he climbed onto my lap! That's me in the corner - in blue. He went nuts!

Beach days.

Sky Perks. A Thanksgiving feast on high. I love this photo.

Wow! Wow! Wow!

The horrors of coming home: slushie roads and snow, static shocks and dry air, cold temperatures and wind chill, naked trees and dreary skies, loads of laundry and a dirty house. 

The view sucks. 

The highlights: a Christmas tree loaded with lights and memories, a loving husband and two toasty lap cats, Cafe Latte German chocolate cake and fancy spices in the pantry. 

Future travel to plan! Heck, there's always next Flo-vember to think about.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Fishing for Fun in Florida!

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The week's highlights include: sunrise and sunset infernos, Thanksgiving turkey with new friends, manatee and snake encounters, avian-filled skies and Flo-vember memories.

I loved hearing what everyone was thankful for last week. Thanks so much for all your thoughtful replies - another great thing to be thankful for!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Lover's Guide to Florida

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I'm thankful for: Flower City gin and tonics, Florida grapefruit, sea shells, bird watching, sunrise and literary agents. Plus, solid writing time spent with my new novel: The Levitation Game!

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Life on Lover's Key

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

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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

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(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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