My Big Sunny Mexican Vacation Part 3 – The Broken Shoe

My Big Sunny Mexican Vacation Part 3

beautiful beach sunset


The good times rolled every single day. I can’t count how many times I caught myself sighing in content just looking at the ocean and being grateful for every single moment we had in a paradise.


We relaxed, walked a lot, lounged a lot, made some new friends, and both of us felt great. I’ll admit though that learning to relax took us both a few days to unwind and get into a slower pace of life mode. My favorite time of the day was early morning when the sun rose and I’d get to watch some ships docking from my balcony, and watching the beautiful sunsets while listening to a great band below my balcony at a local beach restaurant next to our condo. Many nights I’d get to watch a ship leave port too. We had a good view of the cruise port from our balcony, even though the condos in front blocked them partially between them leaving port and sailing off into the ocean.

Incoming cruise ship
Incoming cruise ship at sunrise


ship leaving
A beautiful shot of a cruise ship leaving port one evening


Video share:The beach restaurant below our balcony

balcony beach small vid

( *Note – I had a lot of trouble shrinking video footage and consequently, I could not for the life of me get the video to display any other way than sideways. But please enjoy and don’t crook your necks too much, lol)


We dined out with my brother and sister-in-law who were staying in the next buildings over at the same time we were there. We went downtown to walk and eat at a few of the numerous wonderful restaurants downtown  on the boardwalk, known as the Malecon. There were numerous artists set up there in the evenings from glass blowing to various crafts being made. There were also many restaurants up on the hill where people loved to dine and watch the panoramic sunsets.


family dinner downtown
Italian dinner downtown


The Malecon
Walking on the boardwalk


Still quiet downtown before sunset


One night my brother cooked us a beautiful salmon dinner and we sat on his balcony and watched another ship leave from much closer up on their balcony than we could see on ours.

cruise ships docked
Two ships docked close to my brother’s condo, one about to leave


me and my sisterinlaw
Me and my sister-in-law on her balcony


On Saturday evenings, the big mall in front of our building provided entertainment – 3 tenors would sing for an hour in the center of the outside mall. One night while my husband wanted to sit in and watch a hockey game he found on one lone Canadian TV channel, and my friend Claudette’s husband never returned from a casino, Claudette invited me to go to the mall and watch the tenors sing. They were fabulous. The following Saturday night I had only to step onto my back balcony which faced the mountains, the main drag and the mall below, I sat and listened to them again on my own balcony.

full moon
Full moon hiding behind the mountains from my bedroom balcony


We laughed plenty there, particularly once we got settled and surrendered to the fact that the pots and pans in our unit were more suited for camping than a kitchen. We had one big frying pan that sufficed for most of my cooking, a small pot I used to boil water as a kettle, a big soup pot that was cracked and useless, and no lids for any of them. After cooking a pasta sauce one night without a lid and using tinfoil to lay across to avoid the splashing, my sauce almost evaporated. So after attempting a few makeshift meals and heating up the whole condo in the process, we decided it was easier to eat dinner out. Luckily there was a fantastic restaurant attached to our condo where we could go when we didn’t feel like venturing anywhere far. They had a huge menu selection and we could both eat, plus one huge margarita for me for a cost of about $23 Canadian dollars. You can’t beat that!

My husband’s daughter and son-in-law came down for a surprise visit for a few days, the last week of our holiday. It was a surprise for my husband but I was part of the plan with Sheryl. We had lots of fun with them there as we’ve traveled with them many times and we travel well together. But the funniest night was the time my shoe broke – not good timing.

broken shoe
The broken shoe event


We had planned to dine at a restaurant in the mall outside in front but I needed to go to the bank machine 2 blocks up from the mall to get more Pesos. We were across the street from the bank machine when the strap broke on my wedged flip flops. The ground was hard enough to walk on with 2 good legs never mind with a broken shoe, and I was not about to walk barefoot. I tried to walk while squeezing my toes together to hold the thong between my toes while I dragged the shoe on the bumpy ground but it was difficult and it seemed (to everyone in our party) that I was moving at less than a snail’s pace. As everyone was losing patience with my slo mo, Sheryl offered me her shoes to cross the road and go to the bank while she sat with my broken shoes. Luckily we wear the same size. And then as we began walking back a long block to the mall, I struggled with my shoe to walk down 3 stairs when Sheryl heroically offered to take on the task of walking with my broken shoe because she said she could navigate it better than me and wanted to get to the restaurant before breakfast, lol.

the shoe
No explanation necessary


I never laughed so hard as we all walked in single file on the narrow sidewalk on the main street – Sheryl and I both with unmatched shoes and her dragging her foot along in my broken shoe. It was still very hot out after 6pm, between the sweltering heat and humidity and my laughter, I had laughed off all my mascara from tears. People stared at us and we didn’t even care. And as we continued to walk to the mall in slo mo, Sheryl’s husband hightailed it back to the condo to fetch me a different pair of shoes, knowing he’d get there and back to the mall before we would. It was hilarious.

All in all, it was a fabulous vacation. and one of the most relaxing ones I’ve had in years. We have next January booked to go back and rent the  beautiful large condo from our friends and my mission is to find a vacancy in that building to tack on to February. Right now I can’t find availability but I have my feelers out and have sent many emails to property managers and keep my eye out on Airbnb. I’ll keep you posted!

Every night surprised us with a different colored sky. Spectacular!

sunset splendor




Thanks for reading about my Big Sunny Mexican Vacation.


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Sunday Book Review – Red Notice by Bill Browder #Political #Thriller

Sunday Book Review

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Welcome back to my Sunday Book Reviews. Today’s review is on one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a long time. Red Notice by escaped hedge fund manager Bill Browder with an autobiographical accounting of his time in the mid 90s when he first became a capitalist in Russia in the times when the Soviet Union broke from communism and there was money to be made there, leading to the time when the Putin Regime took over and how they thieved money from many corporations and citizens in the blink of an eye. Browder went from the gravy train to fleeing for his life and shares his real life accounting of what he witnessed and endured in those times leading him to become a human activist and fighting all the way to Washington to establish the Magnitsky Act – named after Sergei Magnitsky, Browder’s tax lawyer and friend who was ultimately tortured and killed by the Russians. This book is categorized as an autobiographical/nonfiction, political thriller and I will attest to the fact that it is riveting and kept me glued til the very end.


Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by [Browder, Bill]

#Recommended to Get This Book on Amazon! Almost 3000 – 5 Star Reviews!



New York Times bestseller


“Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” —The New York Times

“[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).

This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.

Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States—The Magnitsky Act—that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.

A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.


My 5 Star Plus Review:

A riveting accounting in this autobiographical, political thriller from hedge fund capitalist Bill Browder on his journey to creating Hermitage Capital in Russia while Yeltsin was still reigning into the fall of communism in the 90s and the rise of greed and evil with the installation of the Putin regime.

Browder holds nothing back with his descriptions of Russia and how and what people did to survive in hard times as well as why the Russians are so secretive. While Browder pursued his business in growing his company he found himself in ever-growing shady conditions and often scary and uncomfortable situations and surroundings – often not knowing who he could trust. But he had an uncanny and relentless ability to continue to follow the money to get to the truth when he began pursuing his mission to find out how 230 million dollars was stolen from Russian citizen taxpayers and into Putin’s hands – ultimately leading to risking his own life.

Browder opens up about the corruption, torture and inhumanity that reigns in Putin’s Russia. And if you read this book you will get an eye-opening understanding of just how corrupt the Russian government is as well as their abilities to steal from other countries. If you’re on the fence about Russia’s capabilities – read this book! My words of advice for the doubters – Wake up America!

Browder’s tax lawyer and friend, Sergei Magnitsky was taken in by Russian police on trumped up charges (good word) and ultimately tortured to death and this became “the most well known documented human rights case to come out of Russia in 35 years.” Browder couldn’t save Magnitsky, but never tired of trying to get his story noticed by the press, which led to him finally getting US senators to condemn and pass a bill, The Magnitsky Act, on corrupt Russians who were part of stealing 230 million dollars – 60 officials and doctors who conspired to take Magnitsky’s life.

The Magnitsky Act: “Anyone involved in false arrest, torture, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, or the crimes uncovered would be publicly named, banned from entry to the U.S., and have their U.S. assets frozen”, eventually added to that act were many more names of criminals.

In retaliation, Putin put out a ban on Americans from adopting Russian children.

From capitalist manager to human activist, Bill Browder’s story will make it difficult to put this book down to the very last page.


What is the purpose of an INTERPOL Red Notice?

A Red Notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. It is issued by the General Secretariat at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant. It is not an international arrest warrant.

Bill Browder may be flagged by Red Notice with Interpol, but I would hope that no democratic country in the world would enforce such extradition on him. . . D.G. Kaye


Links of Interest:


Writer’s Links You May Find Fun and Helpful

Tips for Writers

This week’s share has some fun and interesting links writers can enjoy and be informed. A comprehensive list of Emojis you can download and use for all your correspondence, How to capture a reader’s attention, How to work with Slideshares, A printable checklist to use for revisions, and Formatting mistakes to avoid.



Do you use emojis a lot? I know I sure love them to help express myself. Well there is a site now where you can copy and download for your own use all your heart desires.

Check out


An excellent article in reviewing a book by Marsha Ingrao:

How to capture your reader’s attention with captivating prose


Here’s an informative link to Doris Heilmann’s post on creating with Slideshare, shared from her latest book – 111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos:

Think PowerPoint Presentation…
You might be one of the over 700 Million people who saw a slide share during the last year: is a website, a (free) online service where you can host your presentations and share them with others.  With over 70 million users, 60 million unique visitors each month and 160 million page views, it is among the most visited 200 websites in the world.

Here is a short excerpt from our latest book:
111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos:
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos
SlideShare is an online service that hosts presentations created with Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote software.  You create your presentation on your computer and upload it to SlideShare.

Highlights of Using SlideShare Includes:

  • No start-up costs

Continue reading the rest of the post below:


Great blog at The Manuscript Shredder full of great writing tips and info for writers: Offering a printable checklist for doing revisions


Helpful tips from writer/editor, Jeri Walker on what the pitfalls of formatting your books:

Pitfalls to look out for when formatting your books by Jeri Walker

I hope you enjoy these and find them useful for your own writing!


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Signs that Your Angels are Connecting With You – Reblog – Sisters of the Fey


Signs Your Angels are Connecting With You

Can You Feel When Your Angels are Around You?

Do you know the signs when angels are communicating with you?


Angels are spiritual beings, they are not ghosts, but benevolent celestial beings who interact between God or heaven and earth. They are God’s creations as messengers, and therefore, they have not evolved from once human form.

Angels are always around us whether we believe in them or not, whether we are aware of them or not. Angels will never impose on our Free Will, so if you wish to talk to or ask something of your angels, all you have to do is speak to them either verbally out loud or silently within your mind. They can hear us and if we are tuned in with them, they will often show up in some form when we need them.


How Will We Know Our Angels are Around?

There are often signs that an angel or a lost loved one is visiting or has left a message. These signs can be anything from feeling an unexpected temperature change around you, a familiar scent that comes about that has no relevance to the natural scent in your particular surroundings, finding a white feather on your path, through dreams, something falling off a shelf for no particular reason, or even angels appearing as a human form, taken as a complete stranger, and music – that certain song that will play on the radio in a particular moment you may be thinking about someone you relate that song with.

Most people have one sense that is more prominent than another when it comes to sensing the presence of angels. Some people actually see visions of angels. I have never had the honor to see one of these presences, but I do have other senses that pick up on energies. For me. it’s by scent and by touch. I have had two people I loved very much, now in heaven, come to visit me on several occasions, my father and my Aunty Sherry. When they visit me I can smell the room being taken over by the scent of my aunt’s perfume or the smell of a smoke-filled room with the scent of my father’s favorite cigarette brand. It’s uncanny and sometimes not easy to explain to others but it’s true.

I also can feel my body go cold and sometimes shiver when I sense a presence around me. I’ve been physically touched by spirits, and I also receive messages through my intuition, especially if something bad is going to happen, it’s like a warning sign that comes over me in the pit of my stomach – a feeling of doom. I’ve also received messages in my dreams that I make note of to try and analyze what the message portends.

Anyone can tune into their angels by tuning into themselves. You must keep an open mind and heart and be ready and willing to receive.

Watch this video and learn about the myriad of ways angels communicate with us. There are many signs used to attract our attention such as: Music, numbers, feathers, coins, clouds, butterflies, birds, sparks of light and more! Later on in my angel series we will get more specific about some of these many methods of communication, but for now, check out this video for a little taster on the many means angels use to communicate with us.








My Big Sunny Mexican Vacation Part 2 – Beach Wares and Chairs and Muffins

Puerto Vallarta


We woke up to spectacular ocean waves crashing and gorgeous beach views every morning, which we enjoyed as we ate our early breakfasts just after sunrise. Sunshine with a side of ocean breeze was just what the doctor ordered for both us.


Previous to our trip, my husband was unwell for a few months. When we left for this vacation, he had just graduated to using a cane from using the aid of a walker. He was so excited to go away that he said he was content just to lounge on the balcony all day while I’d go down to the pool. But miracles abounded.

happy in the sun


By day two, hubby joined me at the pool. I got him to take little walks with me on the beach – sans cane. By the third day of pool lounging and after taking our showers, we walked up the main street for a couple of blocks to get familiar with what was available to us. Walking on the narrow sidewalks full of cracks and high steps up and down from curbs, he began to tire so we returned back to the condo. We locked elbows as we ventured back the few blocks but I was elated within that my husband could walk with me without the cane.

By the next day, hubby seemed to be back to the man I knew two years ago. Lots of sleep and sunshine was surely a healing tonic. He ate his breakfast and eagerly gathered up the towels for the beach chairs to go down early to secure our chairs of choice for the day. This was the vacation job my husband always had taken on, and had previously told me it was going to be my job now, but I never inherited the duty as he cheerfully would go down to the pool every morning each day to mark our spots. I’d do the breakfast dishes while he sat patiently waiting me for come down and join him about two hours later each morning. While I’d catch up on emails and social media check ins, he’d happily chat at the pool with other husbands who were doing the same – saving their chairs until their wives would join them. It seemed to be a ritual by many seasoned travelers.

Canada towel
My beach towel. If I would have brought 20 of I could have sold.


Everyone seemed so friendly at our pool, most vacationers were there for two and three months, and majority were Canadians – most from Quebec, others from Vancouver, Alberta and Saskatchewan. We all had one other thing in common besides being Canadian, and that was our desire to get out of the cold Canadian winter.

We had our daily visitors on the beach – vendors selling T shirts, beach coverups, hand crafted items, sunglasses and more. But the most awaited were ‘Muffin man’ and ‘Mango man’. Only once a day we’d hear the shouting out of Muffin man as he walked across the beach and passed by each resort pool, calling out “Muffin man” to alert all those eagerly awaiting his pass by and raising curiosity in the newcomers like us.

At approximately 11am daily, the Muffin man made his rounds past our place with his huge round platter balanced on his head, full of huge muffins, slices of fresh baked coconut or cheese pies. and apple or blueberry turnovers – the same menu daily and for the mere price of 15 Pesos, about the equivalent to 1 Canadian dollar.  The colorful Muffin man complete with eyeliner and mascara and a jovial personality, had no problem unloading his tray and my husband became another fan of all the goodies presented daily. Mango man came by a few times a day with reloads of his mangoes already peeled and creatively sculpted into flowers on a stick, which were appealing to many while the hot sun burned and those juicy fruits had all the work done for them to, ready to just purchase and indulge into.

From our pool seats we could view the ocean only steps in front of the roped off private part of the beach in front of our pool where we’d see horseback riding, and even a few whales popped up for air only meters from shore. Sadly, my quick reflex camera skills weren’t quick enough to grab a photo of the whales before I could set up the photo, they went back into the Pacific. And we had the best massages right on the beach by registered massage therapists at the hotel next door. The massages were done up on a slight hill right in front of the ocean. The massage booth was complete with two comfortable beds, aromatherapy that wafted through the air as the ocean breeze blew through the white canopied curtains that hung from the four sides of the makeshift open air massage room. And only the sounds of the waves crashing and birds chirping nearby could be heard.

massage on the beach
Massage area before morning set up of beds and curtains



The lookout edge of the pool is where most of the ladies hung out while cooling out of the hot sun – you never know who was going to pass by selling something of interest. Of course I’d bought a few beach cover-ups and made friends with some of the Mexicans who schlepped their wares all day back and forth along the beach all day. Every time I wore a new one to the pool I’d get asked where I got my cover-up. I told them I’d send Lisa over later to the pool’s edge, and got her a lot of business.

another beach day ends
Another glorious day at the pool ends. I’m wearing one of Lisa’s fashions


Lisa with her wares
Lisa and her husband dropping off their load at the pool’s edge
Beach goodies
What to choose?

We made some new friends while away. Two of my new friends – Jean and Bertholle, are from Quebec. We met in the pool and became fast friends. Jean happens to be a medium and a writer! He has just finished his manuscript and I referred him to my editor who happens to be bilingual. I also promised to help with with trying to find a translator to get his book from French to English, and urged him to start a blog. We got along famously between speaking my broken high school French and their broken English.

2 writers and a therapist

We also made friends with a lovely couple – Claudette and Alain, and look forward to spending part of the winter with them again next year.

Claudette and Alain

Balcony view
Visiting at Alain and Claudette’s beautiful balcony view

We also met a lovely couple who own a magnificent unit in our condo – Eric and Leticia. As they live in Guadalajara, they keep their unit for their beach escapes. They offered to rent their condo to us next year. Of course we’re taking them up on it. It’s rather large with 4 bedrooms, with the master bedroom and bed facing the ocean!

Until next time, I’ll share a few magnificent sunset photos  I took from my balcony. Many more to come.

Stunning Puerto Vallarta nights

Puerto Vallarta splendour

Puerto Vallarta sunset

Puerto Vallarta sunset

Balcony sunset view
Another view at almost sunset from our balcony
one beautiful sunset
One of many more beautiful sunset photos to come


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Sunday Book Review -New Reviews for Words We Carry, Have Bags, Will Travel, and Twenty Years: After “I Do”

Sunday Book Review

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

While I’m still getting all my book reviews organized and finished for posting on the upcoming next few Sunday book reviews, I thought I’d share 3 reviews I came across for my own books while I was on vacation. It’s always gratifying to see our work continue on and our books being read and reviewed even while we are on a break from cyberworld. Thank you John Maberry, Norah Colvin and Robbie Cheadle for taking the time to read and review my books.


Words We Carry, Amazon


Words We Carry reviewed by John Maberry – A male’s perspective

I entered the inner sanctum of the other gender. The perspective of those members of the female sex who are concerned with appearance is foreign to me. I’ve heard it said that women dress for women and so do men. I have seen some truth in that but also have some reservations. Still, D.G. Kaye’s evolution of her own concerns with hair, makeup, clothes and more was interesting and informative to me. As a man, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the stresses and strains of all the effort that goes into what appears to me as a theatrical exercise that culture and insecurities demand. Kaye goes into the details of her own reasons for making the effort and how she has evolved beyond the superficial and insecure to the confidence of self-assurance in presenting herself.  Continue Reading . . .

Source: A Review of Words We Carry, by D.G. Kaye | Views from Eagle Peak


Have Bags, Will Travel D.G. Kaye


Have Bags, Will Travel reviewed by Robbie Cheadle

March 17, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Twenty Years



Debby Sent Me Off Into the Wild Blue Yonder last 11/17! . . . . | witlessdatingafterfifty

Reblog and share

Today’s share is a post I came across while I was away, from Robin’s Blog – Witlessdatingafter fifty.


Late last year, Robin had not only read and reviewed my book – Have Bags, Will Travel, but showed off my book at the airport when she went on vacation and took a few pictures with flight attendants holding my book. (You can find that post here,) But what was was even better than that for me was finding that Robin felt encouraged by my book, Words We Carry, and took the plunge successfully connecting in the online dating world.


Here is some of what Robin had to say:

“My friends, who have published

books have been gradually

featured (while some are still

to be read and reviewed.)

Debby gets a replay since my

traveling South to see my college

dear friend, Pat, may never have

happened if not for reading her book’s

great advice and getting my motivational

“Push” out of small town routines.

When I look at the pictures I took,

I feel changed and improved!

Her own personal journeys

are Debby’s gift to me, even when

it comes to signing up for a dating site! . . .”


Hop on over to Robin’s blog to continue reading . . .


Source: Debby sent me off into the wild blue yonder last 11/17! . . . . | witlessdatingafterfifty

The Blogger’s Bash Voting for Awards for Bloggers is Now Open – I’ve Been Nominated

I’ve Been Nominated!




The annual Blogger’s Bash Awards are now open for voting. I was thrilled to discover again from Sacha Black that I was nominated for an award in 3 categories! So first, let me say thank you to all of you who even considered nominating me!


When Sacha informed me that I was nominated in 3 categories but I had to choose one only, it was a tough decision for me. Apparently, you wonderful blogging friends had nominated me for – Best Book Reviewer, Most Inspirational Blogger, and Best Pal Blogger. I thought about it carefully and I chose to go with ‘Best Pal Blogger’ because I felt most comfortable with it and consider all my readers and friends here as pals.


The categories have some tough competition in them, especially my category – Best Pal, where one of my best pals is nominated along side me in the same category, lol.


So now that I’ve explained my choice of category, I wanted to ask if you would take the time for a moment and hop over to Sacha’s blog and vote for me under the Best Pal category. I’ll thank you in advance here and I’ll keep you posted with another blogshare when the winners are announced.


You can Vote Here. And while you’re there, please don’t forget to cast a vote for some of your other favorite bloggers in the other categories.




This is it. The wait is finally over!

The FOURTH Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, close to 400, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your favourite bloggers.

Voting closes at midnight on April 30th (BST).The winners will be announced on May 19th at the Bash in London. If you can’t make it along to the event don’t worry, we will put a winners post out on the evening of the same day and we will also try to live stream from our Facebook Group. Although we have pingbacks to all the winners blogs it would be best for you to check back to see if you won. . . Continue reading and Vote here

Voting is open til end of April, so expect lots of reminders from me on upcoming posts! 🙂

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