The Magnificent Maya

Deep within the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and surrounding areas) lie the legendary temples and palaces of the Maya. By the time Europe was trying to figure out things during the Dark Ages, the Mayans had already charted the heavens, designed and constructed huge cities, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas, as well as mastered mathematics and calendars. And they did all this without the advantage of metal tools, beasts of burden or even the wheel!  

All That’s Treasure is not Gold

As a kid, did you ever go on a scavenger hunt?

Growing up, my best friend Susan and I were blessed with very, very inventive moms whose creativity abounded with super cool “events” they planned for us and our neighborhood friends. Birthdays always had a theme and very often handmade invitations.  

Food Glorious Food

Reward yourself with a break. 

Slowly, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Now, go to your happy place.  

Imagine a beautiful beach.  The waves are steadily rippling onto the bright white sand of the shore.  The sky is blue and no artist (alive or dead) can replicate how beautiful the clouds are, as they gently float in the sky.  The water is such a gorgeous shade of turquoise that even Crayola can’t reproduce it.  You are lounging in a beach chair that has the perfect amount of cushioning, so as not to leave slat marks on your legs and back.  You are completely comfortable…

Fish Monitor

February 2, 2018 Xcalak, Mexico When I’m writing or cartooning, I get really absorbed in what I’m doing.  John knows not to bother me or make a lot of noise when I’m in “creative” mode.  If my thought train is jostled around, when I’m on a roll, it takes me at least 20 minutes to get […]

To Market, To Market

John and I have always loved going to estate sales, yard sales and farmer’s markets.  There’s something about buying from local community members that is special and we have always made it an adventurous treasure hunt each time we take a “market” excursion.  

Before we succumbed to our travel addiction and hit the road permanently, we used to make Fridays “date day” and would go to as many estate sales and markets that we could cram in before it got dark.  

We love ‘em!

Meet the Menagerie

Brace yourself. 

SPOILER ALERT!!! Prepare to be wowed by some of the cleverest, cuddliest and cutest animals south of the “wall.”  

This past November and December, John and I were fortunate enough to get to “critter sit” all the wonderful creatures at Rancho San Francisco in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. From pigs to peacocks, ducks to dragons (iguanas), horses to hummingbirds, and bunnies to burros, it took only a few days for us to be sappy and giddy in love with each one. 

Are you ready to go “awwww…?” Ta Da! Meet the Menagerie!

Shell Shock

Have you ever seen the movie, The Long, Long Trailer? It’s a Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz classic about a newly married couple, who decide to spend their honeymoon trekking across the United States in a brand new travel trailer.  

In it, the trailer itself almost becomes a character in the story and the scene, where Lucy tries to cook dinner while Desi is driving the pair to their next destination, is uproariously funny. It made me have hiccups I laughed so hard the first time I saw it. Do yourself a favor and watch, or re-watch it. Well worth the time.

So, here we are at a wonderful housesit on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, also known as the Mexican Riviera.  It’s gorgeous, however getting here was arduous, at best.  Thank goodness we weren’t pulling a trailer!

Rancho San Francisco

Once upon a time in a fun land called Mexico, there lived a multi-talented lady named Doña Stephanie. Doña Stephanie loved animals. Not the “Aw, aren’t these puppies cute?” or “May I pet your kitty?” kind of love. She fervently cherished anything “animal” so much that she decided to build a kingdom that would be a sanctuary for multitudes of creatures to live in blissful harmony and peace. She wanted her animal kingdom to be a magical kingdom. She just loved happy critters!