D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.

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  • Bonnie A. McKeegan

    Good to see you!! So glad you guys got to have such a fantastic vacation. I dunno how you managed to do as much as you did! Fantastic photos too! Thank you for sharing my posts tonight 🙂 Gave me a big smile! Welcome home 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Nice to see you here too Bonnie. It was a magical escape and I look forward to sharing more tales soon. And my pleasure sharing your touching stories. <3

  • olganm

    Great to hear about your busy holiday! It’s always the case that when they change gates is the farthest away from the one you were waiting at. Glad to have you back!

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for the welcome Olga. It’s nice to be back too. Catching up is a whole ‘nother story! And I still shake my head why wherever we travel is always the furthest gate to anywhere, and gate changes just double the distance too, lol. 🙂 x

    • dgkaye

      Oh fab Sal! I’m holding that to you for next year, we’ll talk!!! <3 Oh yes, there's more - more funny stories, more beautiful photos and mishaps! <3 xxx

  • Natalie Ducey

    Welcome back, Debby! This was a joy to read. 🙂 lol…”your American dollars will do fine.”
    Lovely pictures and those amazing sunsets. Heaven!
    My twin sister travels twice a year to Mexico or DR. She’s now in Punta Cana. She has mastered the 50 pound limit by mere ounces.
    We travelled twice to Mexico together. Great times and awesome memories! Hola. 🙂
    Looking forward to part 2 of your adventures. Cheers!

    • dgkaye

      Hi Natalie. Thanks for the lovely welcome! Now, why aren’t you there with your sister? Lol. You know, it’s still winter here lol. And glad to hear your sister is a master packer too. Practice makes perfect!!! Hola!!! 🙂 xx

  • jjspina

    Looks beautiful, Debby. Traveling can be harrowing until you get settled. I’m sure it got more relaxing the rest of the vacation.
    Never feel guilty about not working. We all need some down time. Happy that you are both safely home and looking well. Hugs xx ♥️

  • D. Wallace Peach

    It sounds like you got off to a good start, luggage and all, Debby. And that’s a lot of reading. Wasn’t it wonderful to not worry about blogs and social media and just relax? Aaaah. I can feel it. And beautiful views from your balcony. What a lovely vacation. I need to give Puerto Vallarta a try. 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Yes, come on down next year Diana! We’re definitely going back. There became no time for blog reading as social circles expanded, lol. I had to let loose and enjoy every minute. I have many more stories and photos to share. <3

  • Aquileana

    Awesome, dear Debbie… welcome back. I missed you…. Seems you had a great time… And Mexico!. Great… I have it among my places to visit in the near future! 🙂 Love & best wishes <3

    • dgkaye

      Hello sweet Aqui. Thanks for the welcome back. I missed all my friends here, despite the long awaited break I so desperately needed. 🙂 Yes, you must go visit beautiful Mexico, I highly recommend it! 🙂 <3 Hugs! xx

  • Sarah Brentyn

    I am so, so happy you got to take this vacation and RELAX. Also, happy to hear you didn’t do as much as you said you would. We need a break sometimes. It sounds wonderful (aside from the 1/2 roll of toilet paper). 😉 Gorgeous photos of both of you and the sunset! Keep that relaxed feeling…hold on to it as long as you can.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks girlfriend! That was the beginning. It got better and better. I’m still struggling to get back to fast mode, lol, but I’m working on it. <3 More to come! <3

  • John Maberry

    So glad you had a good (relaxing!) time with only a few hiccups on the way there. Seems par for the traveling course these days. 🙂 Looking forward to more details and pix.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks my friend. Yes, so minor almost not worth mentioning about, but hey, you know me, LOL. Next week more to come as I write. 🙂

  • hilarymb

    Hi Debbie … well all I can say is I’m glad you got there and that you were able to cope – congratulations … the photos haven’t sprung up – but I’ll look back when part 2 comes up – cheers Hilary

  • Norah

    Your post reminds me of the picture book “What Good Luck, What Bad Luck”. You started off well getting your bags packed, under weight. Then you had wonderful assistance getting into the terminal. Then your gate was changed and flight delayed. Then a kind gentleman helped with your bag. Then . . . It’s makes a great tale and I look forward to hearing of your Mexican Adventures. Thanks for sharing, Debby.

  • Hugh's Views and News

    I don’t know why, but the ‘hot mixed nuts’ grabbed my attention, Debby. 😀What a shame with the gate change and no announcements, but glad that elderly gentleman came to the rescue. Were their really no movies that interested you on the flight?
    Like you, I’m a people-watcher and listener as well. I mean that’s where we get our fiction from, isn’t it?
    What lovely views from your condo. And thank goodness you took supplies. Very kind of them to leave half a toilet-roll, though 😁
    Looking forward to the next chapter, and welcome back. 💕
    xx

    • dgkaye

      Lollllllllllll Hugh, you crack me upppp!!!! I just choked on my sip of coffee that I was sipping on as I read the first line of your comment! LOLLLLLLLL, typical Hugh!
      Hey, I just write the stuff as it happens. It’s hard to travel without any mishaps, but basically we got off without much drama compared to some of my other trips, lol. But really, it was a fabulous vacation despite some of the lack of supplies that should have been there considering what they charge for a monthly rental, but by the next day we were stocked up for weeks. Stay tuned! <3 xx

  • Sue Dreamwalker

    Welcome Home and back into WP Debby, So fortunate that someone was on hand to help you with your carryon. And wonderful to know you got some relaxating time in, And great planning to take some esentials with you in the food dept.
    Stunning views and so pleased that your hubbies health improved in the Sun..

    People watching is facinating stuff.. and great you got to read so many books and make notes etc.. Sounds like a relaxing but productive time away ..

    Sending Huge Hugs your way Debby..
    Lots of LOVE xx <3

    • dgkaye

      Hi Sue. Thanks for your lovely greetings. It was a fantastic time out indeed. The sunshine has done a world of good for my husband (and me), just a perfect time. Now is the catch up time after being away so long and getting a little too relaxed, lol. Stay tuned for more to come. <3 Big hugs! xxx

  • Sherri Matthews

    From your FB posts Deb, I can see just how much your holiday in the sun helped you and your hubby so very much. Nothing quite like it. Travelling can be so tiring, not helped by delays and such, but on the whole, it sounds as if things went relatively well. I’m sure you and I could exchange several toe curling travel misadventures! And well done on the luggage weight, phew, nothing like cutting it down to the wire lol 😀 I had to smile that there was no tea kettle. When we’ve gone to anywhere in Europe, I always pack one (with a foreign adapter for the different plug sockets) as I don’t care where I go, I have to have my tea and that’s that! Looking forward to your next installment, and welcome back my friend! 🙂 <3 🙂 xoxo

    • dgkaye

      Lol, thanks Sher for the lovely welcome home. Oh ya, lots more stories to come. And no doubt we could both make each other’s toes curl with stories LOL. Ya, no kettle for Brits would be devastating I’m sure. 🙂 But no worries, that kitchen’s limited supplies had me ‘camping’ and creating makeshift utensils. A small pot was what I used to boil water. <3 xxxx

  • Tina Frisco

    Welcome back, Deb! Despite the mishaps and eavesdropping, you managed to get more done than I ever would have 🙂 Glad to have you with us again in blogland, girlfriend ❤

  • L. T. Garvin, Author

    Oh Debby, you crack me up, “minding everybody else’s business,” and your precise weighing of your suitcases, haha!. I love Puerto Vallarta although I haven’t been there since the 1990s. It is beautiful, and I know you guys really enjoyed getting away and taking in some beautiful sunshine. I think with all the reading, notes, outlines and two chapters of a book done that you absolutely were productive. I’m the same way though, never really looking at what I accomplished, but rather the things I did not get too. Speaking of stuffing suitcases, have you seen Rotita dresses? I just discovered them, and I think they are gorgeous (although I have nowhere to wear one to, lol. I believe they are Asian-made which makes us have to order much larger sizes. I thought you might like to check them out. Good to see you safely back home. Much love, xx

    • dgkaye

      Hi Lana! Lol, you’re good for the soul. Thanks for reminding me to take note of my accomplishments, I needed a kickstart after becoming too complacent on holiday. <3 And thanks for the heads up on Rotita dresses. I'd not heard of them, but you can't bet I'll be checking them out! <3

  • Marian Beaman

    How heartening to have help magically appearing when things go wonky in the airport. You look so glamorous and Gordon looks fit too.

    About doing literary stuff on vacation, I find I can read but not write creatively. Also, I can do book reviews. On our “honeymoon” vacation to Vancouver, BC last year, I wrote two book reviews. I surprised myself, but it seemed effortless, maybe because I was unleashed from the day-to-day tasks that siphon off my attention and energy at home.

    I can understand why people-watching and eavesdropping fuels your writing. David Sedaris, cited in my last post, wrote TWO WHOLE DIARIES from stuff he overheard, observed, or made up!

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Marian. Yes, I quickly learned I was much too distracted to do a lot of real writing. But I too wrote book reviews in longhand of course, and have been trying to read my scribble in the sun to post, lol. Thanks for the lovely compliments. I was most elated at how much the warmth and sunshine had brought my husband back to the way he was 2 years ago. A drastic improvement from how he looked at the airport to how he looked one week later in Mexico. Stay tuned for next installation Tuesday! 🙂 x

  • Carol Balawyder

    You amaze me – reading 2-3 books a week! I don’t know where you find all the time with all you do. I’m glad that after the airport delay (so annoying) that you finally made it to your beautiful destination. The photos are great and I’m looking forward to seeing more. 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Carol. I didn’t get a lot of writing done, but lots of notes of ideas for writing and managed to read 6 of my promised 8 books! But that’s still good considering what started as a nice quiet vacation turned into a very social event, LOL 🙂 xxx

  • Vashti Q

    Wow! I love the way you always handle things with such positivity. The pictures are gorgeous! Despite the delayed flight and gate changed it sounds like a nice start to your vacay! ;D I look forward to reading more about the trip.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Vashti. It’s unreal how long these vacay posts have taken to put together. The photos have given me so much grief on WP, they come out upside down and sideways and I’ve been spending way too much time trying to edit them. lol. Don’t even get me started with the videos I made. I give up! 🙂 xx

  • macjam47

    Your travels are always so interesting – there are always bumps in the road that you take in stride. Looking forward to the next installment. 😘

  • Annika Perry

    Glad you found out about the change of gate and how typical not to announce it! Your delay sounds a bit more comfortable than ours last night, three hours on the plane … before take off! No drinks even! Oh, your condo looks wonderful and what a sunset..I’m dreaming already. People-watching is a critical part of writing!! Popping over to read part two.

    • dgkaye

      Hi Annika, welcome back! OMGosh, 3 hours on the ground! I feel for you, it happened to me too many moons ago. You may have sparked me to write about it! <3

      • Annika Perry

        I felt desperate to be honest, horrid small seats, no air conditioning to start with until my mother complained. By then I was overheating and felt so ill … I feel slightly dazed today! I’d love to read about your experience. How long were in Mexico? I was so happy you got to go and your husband could travel. Is he still doing so well at home?

        • dgkaye

          I can only imagine Annika. My experience happened over 30 years ago when I flew to Rome. As soon as we landed there was a shooting in the airport near the El Al checkin booth. We were kept on the tarmac for 6 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          We were supposed to go to Mexico for 2 months but hubby’s health wouldn’t allow us to go in February so at least we got the month of March. Thank you, he is still on a roll!!!! <3

  • Liesbet @ Roaming About

    A bit of an ordeal to get to your destination, but I”m sure that made you appreciate the arrival in paradise even more! 🙂 You are one well-prepared traveler, Debby! By the way, I had no idea you paid with Canadian dollars in Canada! 🙂

    So, you were supposed to relax and not write (or think about writing) on your vacation, right!? Bad girl. Once a writer, always a writer. I’m curious to learn what your next book is about. “Even I don’t listen to what I say.” has to be one of the best quotes in the blogosphere at the moment! 🙂

    • dgkaye

      LOl Liesbet. I didn’t write anything epic. but I wrote book reviews, notes for posts and started a few different chapters. A few years ago I wrote Menowhat? A Memoir, on the joys (or not) of the symptoms of menopause. I got thinking (as I age) that those symptoms may subside, but after ‘the change’ we are faced to accept the repercussions and remnants of our bodies, hence the spark – ‘The Change After the Change’, lol. The trick will be to make it humorous. 🙂

  • Deborah Jay

    Love those sunsets <3
    I am in awe at your precision packing – you couldn't have squeezed another thing in with those weights – just shows practice makes perfect!

  • elainemansfield

    Sometimes we need a break and life arranges it. Good for you, Deb. I returned from AZ with stories and a passion to write.

  • Shallow Reflections

    I’m late to the vacation update, Debby, but better late than never! Flying is a great way to flex one’s flexibility muscles, right? Along with getting in lots of walking exercise along with the waiting. I want you to pack my bags for my next vaca – you are a master at that!

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