Saturday, April 25, 2020

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Mujeres

Hi gang-

Longest and oldest childhood friend, Amy, and I took a wonderful vacation last month.

We visited the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Mujeres.

A BIG shout-out to my heroes, Richard and Wayne for carting us to our hotel and picking us up upon our return!

OMG!  What a blast!

I've been to several Barcello all-inclusive properties, but I'm now STRICTLY a RIU PALACE fan.

This place was THE ULTIMATE.  Gorgeous beach and pools.  Great food.  FUN bar, "The Square Garden".

The guys at this bar pampered us beyond words!

We had a lovely "Garden View Suite"

The property was extremely isolated.  About a 45 minute drive from the Cancun airport.  That was fine with us.  We had no reason to leave the property.

We got into quite a routine.  We'd start at the Square Garden and drink a few mimosas.

Then head out to our favorite pool or beach.

They kept the beer flowing for us!

After having enough sun and fun, we'd head back to our boys for margaritas!

I cannot recommend this property highly enough!  As soon as this "pandemic" is over, I'm heading back!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Darlene Wood at Liberty Travel!  She handled, insurance, private transfers.  Looking forward to booking with her again!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dominic John Manzo

Dominic John Manzo
August 11, 1945 - January 15, 2020

Rest in Peace my Love

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Visit From "The Kids" Last Week

Dom's daughter Christine and his stepson Michael flew in last Tuesday for 4 nights.  They were a great help.

On Wednesday, Michael went up into the attic to retrieve some things.  He also threw away our old microwave and lifted up our new one.

Meanwhile, Christine and I picked up a huge pizza in Picayune and stopped for a couple of cold beers at Fatty's.

Thursday the kids and I took Dom's truck and went to the dump.  The 3 of us had lunch at Fatty's. 

When we got home, Michael bush-hogged our driveway.

We were going to return a lot of beer cans on Friday, but Tropical Storm Olga hit us.  Serious wind and rain on Friday and Saturday.

So, we stayed home on Friday.  The kids left Saturday morning after removing some fallen trees in our driveway.

NOLA Airport's power was knocked out for much of the day.  After a change in flights the kids finally got home.

It was a good productive and pleasant visit!  (And our Sexy Sadie was in heaven the entire time that they were here!)

Monday, October 7, 2019

A Short Visit From my Big Brother

My brother Rick flew in for 3 nights. 

On the way home from the airport we went for a late lunch at The Chimes in Covington.  Lovely place.  Great food.

On Friday morning the two of us went to a local Nissan Dealer.  Hours later, drove home with my new Nissan Rogue Sport!

Stopped at Fatty's in Picayune for another late lunch.  I love that place!

Saturday we talked about old times and had a pleasant day.  Lunch at Crossroads Seafood near our house.

Sexy Sadie LOVES her Uncle Ricky!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

International Coffee Day coming up on September 29th!

Check out these delicious coffee cocktails, courtesy of Sparkling Ice! These are a great way to plus up your usual cup of coffee and give it a little more of a kick!

The Coffee's Cherry


2 Cups Cold Brew Coffee
½ cup Sparkling Ice Black Cherry
Coconut Milk
Toasted Marshmallow

Combine cold brew coffee and Sparkling Ice Black Cherry and pour into two ice cube trays. Place into freezer until frozen.
Fill a Collins glass with cubes and top with coconut milk, garnish with toasted marshmallow.

Black Sage


Coffee Liquor
Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
Heavy Cream
Sage Leaf


Mix coffee liqueur and Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry in a cocktail glass. Just before serving, gently add cream and garnish with a sage leaf.