October Recap-Week 4

Hurricane Zeta came to say hello in Playa. Technically, it was weaker than the last one, but hit stronger and the damage was worse.

Sam enjoying (I think) the next day winds.

Sandy Toes 2.0 progress. I could only take one step inside there was so much stuff around, but I can see an actual new room being built.

Perfecting my chilaquiles, gringa style with no chile.

Current read: The Heart’s Invisible Furies. So far, so great! It’s a vivid depiction of Catholic Ireland spanning decades through a string of relationships that stem from one man dealing with his homosexuality .

Put down your Xanax people. I just read an article about how Cow Cuddling is the newest wellness trend.

Flowers make all the difference.

Signed up to walk some shelter dogs once a week.

October Recap-Week 3

Morning beach walks.

Current read: A Long Way Gone

Dinner at Romeo, an Italian restaurant with well-deserved great reviews. We will be back for sure.

Joined the organization Mar Amor to help keep the beaches clean.

Upping my color booking game.

My latest horror film find: Suspiria (the remake). I watched it because I knew the cinematography would be good, but I had no idea I was entering bizarro scary world.

Bathroom tiles bought for the Sandy Toes 2.0. The first one is a 3D tile and will be white, not salmon. The “star” tile will be in the half bath downstairs.

Images below are the kitchen design. All light wood cabinets with white quartz countertop. At least that’s what I have planned for now.

October Recap-Week 2

We went to a post-hurricane and current-covid wedding in Cancun. Yes, it really happened. The poor couple had already postponed once and now it was Go Time. (While most of Cancun is still without electricity, the big beach hotels have their own generators.)

Sam wasn’t invited to this wedding, so she stayed at a doggie hotel.

Grass time equals party time, and Sam is leading the way!

Latest Youtube find that scares the s*** out of me are the videos of scary doorbell cam footage. These are SO creepy!

The room additions to Sandy Toes 2.0 have begun with the hope that this first phase is completed by the end of November. I also had iron put on the windows and doors.

Locals here call September/October/November, “Septhambre/ Octhambre/Novhambre”. Hambre=hunger in Spanish. These months have the lowest tourism due to the rainy weather, not to mention it’s the hurricane season. Regardless, there’s still this….even more clear, clean, and beautiful after the hurricane.

The latest “show” at the stoplight near Sandy Toes.

Binge watched Emily in Paris. It’s kind of a modern Sex in the City meets Mary Tyler Moore with a lot of cuteness.

October Recap-Week 1

Survived my first hurricane. A few sketchy moments with my windows, but not too bad. The day after…

Scary movie month is here! I’ve expanded to Youtube now. Mr. Ballen is storyteller of dark and mysterious TRUE tales. The scariest story I’ve heard from him so far is of a 17 y/o boy who is staying at his family’s cabin all alone, and then the terror starts. It’s probably the scariest story I’ve ever heard. It actually gave me tingles and a few tears listening to it. This guy is a great storyteller and I find myself listening to him for hours at a time.

Puerco tacos for lunch with freshly made tortillas and Oaxaca cheese.

Getting my fruits and veggies from a vendor outside my complex.

September Recap-Week 5

Inspired by all of the vegan, yoga, chakra lifestyles here in Playa, I made some Yogi tea. It’s made from cloves, peppercorn, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black tea. You can add honey and/or milk to taste. Spicy goodness.

Checked out a doggie daycare/hotel for Sam. These little dogs were having the time of their lives.

Cruising down the carretera.

My once a week paddle board morning.

And just some slow living and rainy days happening.

September Recap-Week 4

The Playa Weeks

Sandy Toes 2.0 is a reality…..inside it’s basically a box at this point and with a few outside embellishments still to be done, but it’s all mine. Next up, building on a couple of room additions.

Lunch in Tulum at the popular El Camello Jr. It’s ALL ABOUT the ceviche there.

I woke up with this “heart” on my knee. It doesn’t itch or hurt, but it’s been over a week and hasn’t faded at all. Hmmm….

My current read and my current series.

One of my fave fruits in Playa: Rambutan. Tastes like a grape with the texture of a kiwi. I can’t get enough!

Sr. E and I were watching, “Taco Chronicles” on Netflix and there was an episode about suedero tacos. Neither of us had ever heard of them. They looked super greasy, but super good. I googled, found a place in the Centro that sells them, and off we went. These tacos did not disappoint. So we bought 6 more to eat for breakfast the following morning.

Typical stop light entertainment.

A Visit to Aktun-Chen

Sr. Elizondo and I went to Aktun Chen for their famous cave walk and to swim in an underground cenote. They also have a zip line, but we decided to pass on that. The visit was so worth it, especially since we went first thing in the morning and were one of five people total.

The caves were amazing. I tried to not let the bats freak me out too much. I also now know why helmets are so important while caving. I bumped my head into the ceiling more than once.

The cenote was beautiful with the light coming through the rock holes and lighting up the water like a flashlight.

They also have a few animals, and a lot of deer roaming freely.

(FYI: The hotels give their left over fruit to the park for the animals to eat. Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused the park to struggle with food.)

Paddle Boarding in Playa

This morning Sr. Elizondo and I went paddle boarding. The instructor/owner was from the Netherlands. He was super informative and just plain cool. By the end of our hour, both Sr. E and I were successful paddle boarders. I can’t wait to go again.

It feels so good to be back at my happy place.

See these two sink holes? There is actually a Cenote underneath the beach. The fresh water bubbles up from the underground cave into the Caribbean.

Covet Corner-September 2020

Massimo Dutti sandals

Corelle melamine salad plates from Amazon

One Hundred Stars gown of city maps. The one below is Barcelona.

Indoor Olive tree with basket

Eyeglass chains

No Tox Life products

Food 52 sun tent

Williams Sonoma copper pots