Cuba: A Love Story

I went to Havana to do research on my newest novel, the second book in the TJ Wilde Trilogy.  Here are my notes on the people, food and music:

I am still trying to process Cuba and Havana. But I will tell you I left a bit of my heart there. It began with a snafu with our room reservations that showed us the heart of the people of Cuba. We were without a place to stay for all of ten minutes.  And our new hosts not only found room for us but made us feel like family before the day was out. Casa de Sergio y Miriam was only the beginning.

To a person, every Cuban we encountered was kind, helpful and full of joy. We were never lost for long or without a suggestion for something new to see. Someone always stepped in to help. And along the way share their story with us.

And so many places to see. We spent our first day exploring the neighborhoods around our apartment. People watching as everyone went about their day in the narrow, colorful streets. I believe one of the reasons we met so many wonderful people was because we wandered the streets away from the tourist areas.  Read more…


 

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Cuba: A Love Story I Need To Tell

I haven’t even begun to download my photos yet – or unpack the memories of this amazing trip. So I’m stealing this photo from my traveling companion as a placeholder. I have tons of ideas for the book and I’ll write a blog post on our adventures as soon as I finish laundry, snuggle with the critters and a get caught up on work. Definitely left a little of my  in Cuba. Stay tuned…

Scout Recovering Nicely

What do you mean I have to move, I just had surgery, remember?

A week out and she’s doing great from her spay. It was quite hectic here for a while – foster puppy and Scout’s surgery. Luckily, we are all almost back to normal.

I did hear from Baby’s forever family and he is doing well, claimed his spot on the couch, loves his new brother dog and is turning into the goofy boy I knew he would.


 

Dinner Menu and Shopping List: Lamb Kabobs and Honeyed Carrots

Photo credit: Food Network

I need some spring in my kitchen as winter drags on.  A touch of fresh lemon and honey is just the ticket.   A simple recipe for the broiler or if it’s a good day, out on the grill.  If lamb’s not your thing, these flavors work well with chicken, too.

For the menu tonight:

  1. Lamb Kabobs -Marinate Overnight
  2. Tabbouleh
  3. Honeyed Carrots
  4. Sautéed Pears

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Baby, Baby, Baby: Transformation

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Look at this face:

He had his vet visit yesterday and his bloodwork came back today. He’s a-okay! And we are all guessing he’s about four. For what he’s been through, he’s a very healthy 100 lbs.

The past week has brought to light many things, and first and foremost, before he was neglected, Baby was definitely loved.  Continue reading