I’ve missed you!
Where have I been? Well, I just took a delightful (and much-needed) vacation. First stop: Debbie Macomber’s FABULOUS home in Florida! WOW! Even though Deb has a cast on one foot, due to a recent surgery, she was a dynamo, as usual. I swear, the woman is the Energizer Bunny, disguised as a famous writer. During my short visit–I would have had an extra day with my pal, but the original flight was cancelled–Debbie did everything possible to make sure Sally, my sister and travel buddy, had an unforgetable time!
First, Debbie and Wayne’s cook and housekeeper, Theresa, had a fantastic Mexican lunch prepared when we arrived. We dined in splendor, let me tell you–Chez Macomber is not just a nice house, it’s a freakin’ mansion, with wonderful views of the water and all the sunshine a weary SAD sufferer like moi could ask for. Mutual friends Bill Francis and Renae Kinsey joined us for a remarkable dinner one evening, prepared by a very talented chef, no less, and we all had a marvelous time catching up and talking shop. I met Debbie and Wayne’s good friend, Rhett, who interviewed me for his show on iHeart Radio–details to follow, and was introduced to Gary and Marsha Roche as well. We all went out for a lovely dinner. Gary is an expert on the Civil War, specializing in Gettysburg, so I had plenty of questions for him, as you can imagine. I’ll be heading for Gettysburg sometime in May, for a tour with Gary and also with a local reader/friend, Sandy Pennesse. Sally, Debbie and I did some shopping, of course–Deb was in a wheelchair but it barely slowed her down.
One of the best things about being at Debbie’s winter home was just being with her. She knitted, I read, and we were perfectly happy to spend quiet time in each other’s presence.
On Sunday, the 22nd, Sally and I moved on to Fort Lauderdale, where we boarded the Nieuw Amsterdam and cruised for a week, hitting Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas. I fulfilled a life long dream on Grand Turk, joining an excursion on horseback. Our group rode along a beautiful almost-white beach and finished up wiith a swim in the unbelievably beautiful turquoise water–still on our horses. I loved every minute of that! (And the horses were happy to hit the water, too, since it was so hot.)
We shopped, had acupuncture, and sat on our small verandah a lot. What an experience! I even sunbathed a little–in an actual bathing suit–and also had a pedicure. Believe me, the Spokane weather was a shock after Florida and the Caribbean, but I’m oh so glad to be home with Bernice, Jitterbug, the horses and, oh, yeah, my two-legged family, too.
Check in tomorrow for this week’s prize winners. The new contest is underway as of right now–comment, and you’re entered.