Wednesday, April 23, 2014
All kinds of blues
Sailing-sailing over the ocean blue...
Spring break finally arrived. This winter was brutal and seemed never-ending. The thought of taking a cruise to the tropics in spring kept me working all winter, otherwise I'd have hibernated.
We left New Orleans and headed out to sea in a thunderstorm. The weather cleared as we reached the Gulf of Mexico, and by the time we arrived at our first port, Costa Maya, Mexico we were ready for the beach. How disappointing for us (and many others) to discover a rocky beach which was not accessible. Most people returned to the ship right away.
Our next port, Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras was a glimpse of paradise on earth. The flora and fauna were incredibly beautiful, the water as turquoise as the top stripe on my sun dress.
Sunshine was the elixir that I needed to recoup from winter weather. I absorbed it through my skin. It warmed my body, heart and soul.
Although, I am back in town, a little piece of my heart is right there on that beach. After this port of call we swam in the Caribbean Sea in Cozumel, Mexico. I walked the beach. SIGH
Come back again for more photos. We were so fortunate to have arrived in New Orleans a day early. We unexpectedly discovered the largest three day jazz festival in the nation going on in the French Quarter and along the River Walk. I will post pictures of some of the scenery around New Orleans on my next post.
I am too blessed to be stressed. I returned to a slew of mail. The best: a check and contributor's copy of the June issue of Good Old Days Magazine in which my story, Grandma's Machines is published, along with a photo of me at age three.
I also received a check from Sasee Magazine for my story, We Do, about Bill and me still saying, "I do," to each other after all these years. "Do you have a pain in your knee?" "I do!"
Last but not least, I did the happy dance when I opened a large envelope and discovered a check and award certificate from Missouri Writer's Guild. My story, In Preparation for the Big Dump, took third place in the Humor Category at the 2014 conference.
Chicken Soup is looking for stories about miracles/angels. So is Whispering Angel Books, and Not Your Mother's Books is seeking immediate stories for their "in the work place" anthology.