Winter Vacation: A Touch of Summer when I Needed It Most

Good morning. Until I retired from teaching, the idea of taking a vacation in January was an impossibility. First off, There was no way I could leave my classroom at that time of year, and secondly, as an accountant, there was no way my husband could leave in March when I might’ve been able to. But now that I’m a bit freer, vacationing in January, after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, has become a reality.

In the last three years, I’ve gone south to the sun and heat on Caribbean cruises, visiting a total of fourteen different island paradises. There I found gorgeous turquoise oceans with incredible beaches, and a jungle vegetation where everything grew in a riot of green. Those visits gave me the idea for a couple of my novels, one published, and two currently works in progress to be released later this year.

But this year, I went to San Jose del Cabo, in the Baja peninsula of Mexico. If you can imagine the Arizona desert meeting the ocean, you’ve got it.  This place is absolutely stunning. Sunrises are colorful and so memorable. This is winter for them, and still morning temperatures were in the seventies. By afternoon, we hit eighties, but without any of the humidity one would associate with that heat here in Ontario.

Each morning, I had tea on my patio overlooking the tennis court, watching the birds play in the bougainvillea bush near the condo. The rest of the day was spent visiting the area or taking a drive to see the many sights including the marina with its incredible yachts, visiting a little town whose claim to fame among other things is the location of the legendary Hotel California. Most days, we crossed the stretch of sand and sat on the beach or played in the waves. At night, we ate in open air restaurants sampling the local cuisine. Believe me you haven’t had a taco until you’ve had one here.

As different as two places can be, there’s no way I can choose between jungle islands and a desert beach.  Both gave me the peace and quiet I needed.  From my seat in the sand, I could even watch humpback whales. How perfect is that?

Life often gives you lemons, and it’s what you do with them that matters. This vacation has given me the strength to make lemonade with whatever life throws at me next. Do you find vacations revitalizing?

In many ways, that’s what happens to MJ in Wedding Bell Blues, one of the books I wrote after a Caribbean vacation.

About the book:

Romance, mermaids, cursed treasure, and more.
MJ’s having a bad year. She’s canceled her wedding, but refuses to give up the honeymoon. When she arrives on Paradise Island, she discovers her ex has changed the reservation. Stranded, she has to rely on her first love, a man who sees her as his kid sister, for help. When Paul discovers the man behind her plight is the bully who made his own teen years hell, he gets MJ to agree to pretend to be his fiancée. Reluctantly, she agrees. Add in mermaids, treasure hunters, and Quimbois magic, and anything can happen—even falling in love.

Wedding Bell Blues is available from all Amazon outlets. http://bookShow.me/B078J5GVJ7 and is free to read in KU.

That’s it for now! Time to get back to everyday living with my memories to keep me smiling.


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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

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