the places I visit on the island paradise where I live

Having left Ohio in 1981, I have been moving south ever since. First to Florida, then for the last 17 years, I have lived on the island of Cozumel with my husband and two dogs. Expat, designer, writer, photographer ... all my passions with a Mexican twist!

Dec 23, 2012

Christmas Sentiment

Christmas ornaments photo courtesy of Chellie Haydon Castellanos





Hard to believe another year has flown by. The older I get, the faster it all goes. Add to the fact I live in the Caribbean and it never really feels like Christmas. The charity is certainly there. I have seen many photos on Facebook of Santa Ron giving out shoes at Kelley's and Candy Cane Corki handing out candy canes. Christmas Day, Dive Choice Mexico will be at Las Fincas with more gifts, a charity that I hold true to my heart and give to every year. 


Candy Cane Corki

Still it is hard to get in the mood of the season. Where is the snow and the gigantic decorated trees I remember from my childhood? Decorating a palm tree is just not the same. But I have to admit, not having to put on a big coat and gloves has its perks.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Dec 5, 2012

Beauties in Cozumel

Josefina and her girls
I saw this photo today on Facebook and could not get over how beautiful it is. I have known the woman in the photo, Josefina, since long before any of her girls were born. That is one of the lovely things about Cozumel, the small town appeal.

You can see the joy in her smile and the girls are all loving their food, but the photo is more than that. It is about family and values and the reasons why we all came to Cozumel. As the island grows, not all good has come of it. So that is what makes me so happy to see a photo like this. And if you are ever in the need of a wonderful birthday cake or awesome cupcakes, Josefina does that too. Visit her Facebook page at Cozumel Cakes.