We arrived home at midnight from a week in Cozumel, Mexico, going from soft tropical air to 11 degrees F and the threat of snow. At least we missed the big storm that caused multiple accidents, closed schools and canceled flights at Denver International Airport.
I awoke at 4 a.m. on the day we were traveling back to the States and wandered out to the balcony to see the full moon setting over the ocean. Half an hour later I went back to bed, but I’m so glad I had the final chance to sit and watch the light play across the water while listening to the waves crash below.
It rained a lot while we were in Cozumel, but mostly at night which meant cooler (and damper) days. I played a round and a half of golf while K played three. The other half of the time he spent on the Nicklaus designed course – also an Audubon sanctuary – I sat on the beach and worked.
Players lose a lot of balls on that course. Some go into the mangrove jungle, and others into the water. You have no hope of finding the ones that go into the jungle, and the crocodiles make it inadvisable to pursue the ones that end up in the water. This guy was about eight feet long.
Right now I’m finishing one book, editing another, and polishing yet a third that I’ve been working on for a long time. I have a proposal in the works that I get to when I have a spare moment, write two blogs and contribute to a third. While in Mexico I read two books people requested blurbs for and and critiqued writing submissions from one of my writing groups.
There is no such thing as a non-working vacation for me right now. That’s okay. I love what I do, and I’m fine with spending some of my time on the beach doing it. I mean who could complain about that? All that water, the constant shooshing of the waves all night long, and freedom from so many of my usual responsibilities made for deep sleep, relaxing days, and the re-energizing I needed in the depth of winter.
Now that we’re back it’s soup and stew and warm bread by the fire, but the memory of all that fresh seafood – shrimp, grouper, red snapper, lobster, conch, squid and octopus ceviche, crab and even shark – lingers on.
Still: Here’s to getting back to the normal routines!