Put Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don’t Care!

February 2, 2019 Our mornings unfold slowly around here. There are always a couple of surfers that either come from our bungalows or have permission to access the wave action through our premises. By the time the cloak of darkness lifts and skies leave behind their twilight shades, said surfers have completed their morning runs…

Does Anybody Know What Time It Is – Does Anybody Really Care?

February 1, 2019 For the past four years our Troncones casa where we commence our Mexican vacation each February has been The Inn at Manzanilla Bay. The style is invitingly rustic with vaulted timber ceilings and exposed beams, thatched roofs, and colorful casitas – each with their own outside terrace. The entire estate is surrounded…

Birdwatching Mertz Style

January 31, 2019 Thursday had us up before dawn for a jungle adventure with birder extraordinaire, Wil, and his extremely knowledgeable partner in all things, Belem.  For nearly two hours we meandered trails strewn with boulders, grasses and red dirt, a myriad of indigenous flowers, including the original native pepper plant of all peppers as…

Make it Happen!

January 30, 2019 We drew out our awakening this morning (aka “slept in”) and even though we are retired, it was pure luxury – stretching limb by limb and slowly opening one eye and then the other, ocean waves crashing their serenade just outside our door… I am (philosophically) prepared for the challenge to stay…

Troncones Tuesday

January 29, 2019 3:00 am alarm – check. Two taped and tagged boxes of six bottles each Washington State wine ready to go – check Two carry-ons with vacation/warm weather wear – check Backpack of finger puppets, licorice, CBD chews, Fran’s chocolates, vacuum packed Billfish baked chocolate chip cookies, Chex Party Mix, and rosemary pesto…

Sunday Stroll in our Sovereign’s Sanctuary of Serenity

January 27, 2019 Sunday dawned foggy and chilly – a 36 degrees BRRR!  All week Kirkland, Washington ushered in the morning with turn-the-heater-on temps, yet the sunshine has been of a blinding brilliance offsetting the frigidness and contributing to our decision to go for a local hike today.  As always, once we got going it…

Islands and Inlets

January 15, 2019 Part One: On somewhat of a whim, Hubby and I decided to make a midweek jaunt on a ferry into our Washington State San Juan Islands. The Draw – a wine tasting hosted by “Stan The Man” of the bountiful King’s Market in Friday Harbor and presented by Scott Murphy of Unique…

Being Tourists In Our Own Town(s)

Autumn, 2018 Our good friend, Dennis, has been bartender at The Space Needle for 34 years!!!  He invited Hubby and me to join him and some other friends for a tour in November (yes, “last year”) and as it was a splendid day, the views were astounding!!   The Space Needle observation tower was built…

Vibrant Vancouver

January 1, 2019 So as a culmination to a year that had me away from home an incredible amount of the time – much of it out of the country, it was only fitting to conclude 2018 outside of the United States!  Handsome Hubby and I decided to make the two and a half hour…

A Quick Few Days In Houston, Texas

  October 22, 2018 I am a HUGE Major League Baseball MANIAC!!  I don’t have a nostalgic story about going to games with my grandfather or of painful, interminable years as a loyal fan of a losing team (like my Chicago friends).  I don’t have any relatives that play Major League baseball nor has going…