Last month, my brother, Darin, came for a visit and stayed with us for two weeks. What a lovely time!
Darin had not been to the island for several years – far too long. Like many of us, he let Life get in the way, and – before he knew it – years had slipped by. But, oh how sweet to be reminded how much he loves his island home! Because he, too, grew up knowing and loving this special place.
Of course, the first thing that struck him as he flew above the Exuma… Continue reading
Creamy, cheesy, gooey, deliciousness.
In my former life, I rarely cooked. I was either working long hours and completely unmotivated to spend time cooking for myself. (Quickie guacamole and a bag of tortilla chips in front of the tv doesn’t count, does it?) Or, I was joining friends at innumerable restaurants. And, when confronted with a restaurant menu, it is virtually impossible for me – even today – to select the “healthy” items. No, I am drawn to the creamy, the cheesy, the saucy, the fried, the rich.
These days, I eat very healthfully. Beau is… Continue reading
You’re probably familiar with lobster tails as a primo meal, perhaps even lobster claws. But have you ever eaten the head of a lobster? Lots of people believe there’s no meat in the head of a lobster or it’s not good to eat. I beg to differ . . .What Kind of Lobster Are We Talking About Anyway?
Although I call them “lobster,” the ones we eat around here are not the American/Maine lobster with the giant claws. These are more accurately called spiny lobster (a.k.a. Crawfish). Wikipedia and the Bahamas National Trust can educate you more.
This… Continue reading
This blog post was prompted by two things I was doing the other day when I happened to think about each of them, “I could do this all day long and never tire of it.” So I set pen to paper (err, fingers to keyboard) and started to write about it. What were those two things that were so special as to inspire a blog post? Well, let me set the scene for you . . .
It was an early evening on the island. The sun was performing a beautiful slow dance toward the horizon, and the sea sparkled… Continue reading
Dear Readers, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful, Better-Life kind of week! I definitely have. I’ve been relishing being back home: nesting, organizing closets, cooking, laundry, catching up on my “lists,” seeing friends, eating fish and lobster (lobster season is now closed but people keep some frozen to have on hand), boat rides, fishing (nothing caught, but still fun), snuggle time with Angel, planning some summer activities with the local kids, working on freelance writing project proposals, enjoying the night’s bright sky as the moon nears full, going for walks and so much more good island living!
The morning… Continue reading
Good morning, Better Lifers! I have a special treat for you today . . . a video!
Some of the guys went out diving (e.g., free-diving and spear-fishing) on Sunday afternoon. They brought back boatloads – literally – of fish. I enjoyed hanging out at the fish-cleaning bench with all the action. I happily snapped away to take tons of pictures for you and will post those soon. Meanwhile, enjoy this video preview!
Here’s a quick description of what you’re about to see . . .
One of the guys skillfully cleans a large grouper. He holds the fish by… Continue reading
One of my favorite things to do – and it’s great for my food supply as well – is to go out diving with the guys. (For the record, my use of “the guys” is not a gender-biased oversight! Here, it refers to a group of male buddies. Also, while there are notable exceptions, women aren’t typically the divers in this community.)
Around here, “diving” usually means free-diving and spear-fishing, rather than scuba-diving (although visitors do that, too). I am not a diver since I haven’t mastered actually staying submerged under the water, clearing my ears well or shooting a… Continue reading