Cuba 2016 Adventure

Well that’s another trip full of fun memories to put under my belt.  Or in a photo album for all to see.

Cuba.

To be precise, Melia Las Antillas on the Varadero peninsula.

Beautiful spot.

It’s an older hotel, but the updates they have done in the last couple of years (and still doing while we were there), it looks awesome.

Old look

Old look

New look

New look

My hubby and I were there in 2014 and fell in love with the people.  Yes it’s an older resort, but what awesome updates they have done in the past 2 years.  In fact, they were still working on the new stone walkways while we were there, and they look amazing.

Big difference!!!

We got there before our room was ready, the same one we had a couple of years ago, and didn’t mind the little bit of wait.  Because of the mishap from our first time visiting, the resort was very accommodating to my requests.

Me and Betsy

Everything was given a face lift as it were.  I’m excited to go back to see what else they’ve added.  Plus we miss our Cuban family.  They are the reason why we work hard to go back.  Betsy, Raul, Martica; love and miss them all.

Me and Martica

Me and Martica

These two ladies were awesome to get to chat with again.  There’s a funny story involving Martica that I’ll share in a little bit.  I’m sure she’ll never forget it any time soon.

We (my husband and I) didn’t bother with any excursions this time around. We did however visit Varadero for a few hours. Unfortunately, it was a day where it was high winds, even the beaches were closed down as the waves were really high and too dangerous to swim. Because of this, everyone had the bright idea of going to Varadero for the day, which caused every double-decker bus to be over the limit of people.  A couple of buses passed us by because they couldn’t take any more people.  Some people were grabbing taxis, we waited for the next bus.  Hoping it wasn’t too full.  No such luck though.  But we made it and went to the bigger of their flea markets.  Sorry I didn’t get a picture, I’ll get one on the next trip.  I didn’t think about the picture until after we were 2 blocks away.  Wasn’t going back, LOL.

And when I said ‘everyone’ I mean EVERYONE from every resort on the Varadero peninsula. LOL.  There were a couple of buses that past us by because they were loaded down.  To the point where they were actually leaning to one side.  I highly doubt that was safe, LOL.  But it was an adventure nonetheless. 🙂

We got to the market and browsed around first before committing on actually buying stuff.  Most things were the same as 2 years ago, others were new-ish.  Towards the end of the browsing, we stumbled across some wooden carvings.  What got our attention was the 3-headed dragon.  I looked at my hubby and we both said, “Yep.”  The young man there spoke great English, and apparently he works part time as a tour guide.  You will have to forgive me though, as I can’t remember his name.  But when I find his card, I’ll edit to add him in.

They had all kinds of wooden carvings.  And yes, they were finished wood to bring home.  So we ended up getting the 3-headed dragon, a dinosaur’s head (which really looked more like Nessy), a dolphin and a turtle (those 2 were for our daughter).  The gentleman was kind enough to burn on their names, Cuba and 2016 on the dinosaur’s head and the tail of the dolphin.  Our kids loved these most of all.

It was lovely this time to just relax and not have a care in the world.  Meeting new people from all over the world and just hanging out at the pool bar with Raul and the other 2 Musketeers 🙂  Miss those guys and can’t wait to see them again.

Now don’t get me wrong,, even though we had an awesome time with just me and hubby,, I did miss our friends we traveled with 2 years ago.  But when traveling with just your significant other, you get to think about a lot of things and people who matter to you the most.  And I’m so grateful for everyone I have in my circle.  Albeit it’s not a big circle, but I know who I can count on when I’m having a bad day. 🙂

Now before I end off this post,, mainly because I’ve had this in draft since MARCH, but I mentioned a funny story that happened.  So now’s a good a time as any to tell it.

Ok.  So we were having our last night at the Italiano restaurant, invited by Carlos, and we were enjoying the music being played in the back ground.  Well for whatever reason I happened to look at the PAINTED clocks on the wall that were opposite to our table when I felt the urge to want to hurry.  I knew we weren’t seated for that long, but the time on the “clock” was 10:14pm.  So I told hubby that we have to hurry or we’re going to miss the entertainment (it already started 9:30pm).  Well, he looked at me funny and looked at his real watch.  It was only 8pm at this point. He started laughing so much his face was turning red and he started crying.  When I realized what I said, I started laughing.  Our server, Martica seen us and came over to see what we were laughing at.  Hubby told her and she started laughing too.  Poor girl was even trying to server other customers or reset tables and not laugh.  I have to commend her for that one, LOL.  At one point she walked past us and spoke, “I can’t look at you right now”.  LOL.   Anyway, if you ever go to this resort and go to the Italiano restaurant, ask Martica if that’s the right time. LOL.Is that the real time?

Thank you to Melia Las Antillas for sending me the picture.

It was definitely the most memorable visit.  One that I doubt we (or Martica) will ever forget, LOL

So until next time.

K ❤

 

Some updates with humor

Welcome back.  If I haven’t lost anyone that is. 🙂

Well, seeing as October is almost over, I might as well update everyone on what I’ve been up to since my last short post.  Besides shopping for costumes, decorations and Halloween treats,,, I’ve been actually doing some writing to the sequel of my first book.

I honestly can’t wait to have that damn thing written.  Not only for my friends sake who’s bought it, but for my hubby who’s constantly getting harassed by co-workers on when is the next one coming out??  Don’t worry, it’s not in a bad way,, I guess they liked the first one that much that they can’t wait to read what happens next instead of just thinking on how I’m going to end it.

Oh,, and if your on twitter and haven’t noticed yet,, I’ve changed my handle name on there.  It’s now @OfficialKDFord. 🙂  I’m the one and only,,, plus after this sequel is done,, that’s how I’ll be known as for all my future books – K.D. Ford.

And I do want to apologize for not having the 2nd book done by now.  I guess that hater done it’s toll on me with it’s negative comments.  But I guess it’s still a learning curve that I have to over come.  I’m not going to get everyone liking my stuff.  Nor should they, everyone’s likes things differently.  And I accept that.

However, in saying that, I’m only human.  Some things that gets said will stick with me no matter what.  But I’m learning to make that the driving force for me to carry on.  To show the haters they won’t knock me down, and that the only thing they are doing is making an ass of themselves.

OK, check list,,,

Mention book — check

Update twitter — check

Stick middle finger up to the haters — DOUBLE CHECK!!!

LOL  That felt good 😀

Thinking as I’m typing as to what else that needs to be said to update you all.

OH !!!  A friend of mine and I are going to have our own little webseries going.  I know I’ve been talking about it off and on on Twitter (not so much on Facebook yet), but trying to arrange the times for her and I to actually start this adventure is a little tricky.  Considering I’m in Newfoundland, and she’s living in the Shire.  No, not the one in New Zealand 🙂  Her shire is in the UK.  So to figure out timing is critical in pulling this off.  But make no mistake, once we get this started,, there won’t be no stopping us.

Mind you, in the meantime,, I do have plans on doing some video blogs on my own youtube channel.  But again,, it’s the timing.  When I’m not doing housework, or running errands, or just having a lazy day, I will do one.  I can’t remember the last time I done a vlog.  But I’ll do one…

In the meantime, I do have to run off.  Housework won’t get done by itself.  Where is that damn house fairy??

Anyway,, you all have an awesome day.

Much love

K. ❤

Looking back and Aiming ahead.

Looking back on this past year and I have to say that it’s been a pretty good one.  Besides the usual birthdays and anniversaries, there was our trip to Cuba, spending time with the kids and planning for upcoming adventures.

There’s also been some down sides to 2014 too.  So this is where 2015 will be different.

I’ll be doing a lot of soul searching this year.  Friends who treat me as a back-up are not my friends.  And weather they read this or not, I don’t care anymore.  You chose who you want to hang out with, so don’t start questioning why people who you were close to are not there any longer.

Will I stop and chat if I see you out and about???  Yes.  I’m not THAT stuck up.  Will I gossip on this one or that??? NO!  If you want to know something, go to that person,, not me.  But just know that I’m not going to sugar coat anything any more.

Some things in 2014 I’ll forget it ever happened.  I want to start 2015 with a clean slate, fresh ideas and REAL friends who are there to support me in what ever I do.

I’ll be spending less time on social media and only posting updates of my adventures on my author page on Facebook (which is linked to my author account on Twitter).  So you can do one or the other,, or both to stay updated.

So, what will I be doing if I’m not online???  I’ll be concentrating on writing my books.  I have the sequel to finish from my first one, and I have a couple others started as well.  And the only way I’ll ever get them published for this year is to stay offline and get it done.

Plus, I’m aiming to write a Best Seller.  It may not happen this year, but it will happen.  With the support I’ve been getting, I know I have a good chance at it.

And speaking of support, I’d like to take this opportunity to do so now.

Besides my husband (and kids), I’d like to thank everyone for putting up with my ramblings on Twitter; the games crap on Facebook (which I know is annoying as hell), and everything in between.  To my inspirational friends for kicking me in the arse on twitter or facebook to do what I’m supposed to be doing.  Dustin Pari, you’re full of awesomeness (and lemon pie 🙂 ).  Alexis Cruz for great chats when I’m bored as hell, 🙂 .  To Roxanna for taking me on some excellent adventures, and giving me some amazing ideas to draw from in my future books 🙂 My BFF.

To Margaret, Kahlil, Champa, Lisa, you girls are amazing. Strong, inspirational and smart women, and I’m thrilled to know you all.

Now seeing as I’m a huge fan of The Hobbit,, it’s only right that I leave you with this little song sung by the awesomely talented Billy Boyd.

Thank you all for following my blog, and for being an awesome support in my life’s journey. XO