Sunday, February 15, 2015

Punta Tuna

A close up of the entrance to the beach.

Going to the Beach

This is the rustic entrance to the beach at Punta Tuna, Maunabo.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I like a messy drawer that is not quite perfect

I Like a Messy Drawer

I like a messy drawer
and a toolbox within easy reach
as well as a freshly made bed in the morning.

I like my tea with honey, and 
some flavored cream
I like to leave my flip flops in the living room 
when I come in

I like to write, paint, and sing
sometimes off key 
to my chagrin!

I like make up, laughter and crackers
whole wheat, please
and I like soft blankets and 
babies and their right to sing.

I like fresh air, car rides, 
shade and more shade on a hot day
the sound of the ocean and 
the crashing of waves

I like finding a nickle on the floor
or under my pillow 
and
I like unexpected kisses
and a call from a distant friend

I like FB friends that call me 
nena, chica, y querida amiga
I like people to expect the best of me
to not be biased by past mistakes

They believe in me.  
That an innocent remark
was made in love but maybe 
I don't know how to make this work.

So yeah
I like to pray 
because----(selah)
I like roosters on my drives
I like enormous long lasting rainbows
Rainbows close and even those far away
Those in the morning 
and those in the evening when I am about to go home.

I like colors on flowers
I like colors on butterflies
and lines
I like that God loves me
everyday
and every hour.  

Oh,
and I like you! 
You with your crinkled nose
like me, 
you with your extended arms running to me, 
you smiling the biggest smile while sitting on the hammock.
Yeah, I love you, too.

                                                                            By Elba Vazquez Morales

God bless and have a good day! 



Monday, January 19, 2015

Bloosoms around Maunabo

Barrio Emajagua, Maunabo. The road that leads to Villas del Faro is a treasure trove of beauty.  There is one lovely lavendar bush that I have yet to learn it's name.  But soon and very soon I hope to find it out.  As for the remaining pictures on this post I was happy to find the name of this tree with streaming tiny pink flowers.  It is the Cassia tree, specifically the Cassia grande, often called the Pink Shower Cassia or Coral Shower Tree.  Where I was driving they were having a spectacular bloom up and down the road and in the hill sides.  They were breathtaking really.  What is funny about these trees is that they have the scrawniest trunks.  They look like a bunch of twisted skinny sticks all bunched together and often hosting a big ball of a "comejen" , which is a type of termite.  Throughout the year these "wild" trees which grow everywhere simply provide shade and oxygen.  Of course that is enough but then comes SPRING and they take out their gala clothes and the whole world seems transformed.  I am so glad I captured these shots because the bloom I understand does not last long but internet pictures are forever!  Some what.


Where did I find my information?  First I consulted my reliable book Tropical Trees by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves.  Then I continued online at the GRIN Taxonormy for Plants at http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?9340



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Runway of Hope/ Pasarela de la Esperanza--- Oh dear, it has been postponed till next year!

The event has been postponed till next year! So save the date for March 2016!!!

I love the Salvation Army and the work they do in our community.  Having just moved to San Juan, I have had the wonderful opportunity to help them. It is an honor really when I think about all the good the Salvation Army does in our community by helping all sort of people who have no where else to go. They feed them, dress them, house them, and then help them break their addiction, reconnect with their family, and get them on their feet. Who wouldn't want to help people doing so much good in our community? Do you know you can help them, too?  First help me get the word out that the Salvation Army is going to host a terrific Fashion Show called Runway of Hope or Pasarela de la Esperanza on March 11th, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel here in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. It is a great opportunity to help The Salvation Army locally in a very entertaining venue. In addition to the Fashion Show there will be a Retro Chic Boutique and a Silent Auction.  Fine donated clothing and accessories will be available for purchase.  How can you help?  Again, help us get the word out!  If you have a platform where you can place this poster feel free to post it.  Secondly, you can attend as well.  If you own a business you could sponsor a table.  Send your best people to attend.  There will be a silent auction as well.  If you have anything you would like to donate for the cause or need more information, you can also email me at mijardinflorido@gmail.com.  I would love to help you connect to this event.  They will be a booklet printed that would have the names of sponsors with your company's logo.  You know the importance of the "goodwill" factor when doing business. There is also a phone number that appears on the bottom which you can call.  Let me know if you would like tickets. Thank you!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Las Bendiciones de una Madre

En estos dias Mami ya casi no esta hablando.  Escasamente abre los ojos por unos segundos saliendo de un sueño profundo.  Un "I love you, Mom," se convierte en una sonrisa tierna que dura unos segundos.  Y un abrazo y un beso logra que saque un "Dios te bendiga" con un pesado suspiro.

Asi fue la visita hoy.  Mami durmió casi todo el tiempo que estuvimos allí.  Al final la desperté cojiendole la mano, dandole un abrazo, besandola y pasandole la mano por su pelo tal como ella me lo hacia cuando niña.  Pero yo estaba mas despierta entonces.

Pues asi fue.  Se esta despidiendo y gracias a Dios lo puede hacer poco a poco.  Me apena que una querida amiga mía perdiera a su mama tan repentinamente.  Para la mama fue una bendicion por que no tuvo una enfermedad larga de cama pero para su hija y la familia fue tan repentina que ellos no se pudieron despedirse poco a poco y acostumbrarse a la idea de que ese ser querido se estaba encaminando para el cielo.  Cuanto lo siento.

Lo cierto es que mami esta caminando ese camino en que solamente cabe un sola persona.  Dios te bendiga, Mami.  Te quiero mucho.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rooster Parade Continues!

A scrawny gray rooster crossed in front of me today at Pueblo Shopping Center here in Isla Verde. I couldn't get my camera out fast enough. LoL!

I think God has a fun sense of humor and he is so creative.

In addition, how can there be so many roosters everywhere here in Puerto Rico?

Rainbow over Playa Punta Tuna

Maunabo rainbow.

El Carite Forest

Lush vegetation, Yagrumo trees, Sierra Palms, ferns of all sizes,  with mild temperatures of 68 degrees at noon, and pine trees with cones!!!! Can you believe this and much less in the tropics?  Well, yes, that is what awaits you in El Carite Rain Forest! The roads are excellent and there are hiking trails and it is not deserted.  Though we did not get off there were plenty of people parked near the trails and picnic area.  So if you like hiking or having a place to come and relax, this beautiful oasis might be for you.    

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lago Patillas

Hermoso lago en un paraiso escondido por la carreterra numero 184; el Lago Patillas.

Un Paseito por el Bosque Carite

Sencillamente increible.  No lo puedo creer.  No  sabia que existia un sitio tan bonito.  Cuando la temperatura estaba a 86 grados en la costa sur, especificamente en Guayama, arriba entre las nubes estaba a 68 grados.  O sea, aire acondicionado gratis!  No solamente era fresco sino que el bosque Carite estaba precioso.  Vi palmas de helechos, un arbusto que nunca habia visto que aparece abajo, palmas sierra, heliconias, arboles de pino con conos grandes y toda clase de helechos pegados a los montes.  Bien parecido al Yunque.    No lo podia creer. 

Como se llega?  Nosotros salimos del pueblo de Maunabo en la carreterra numero 3 hasta donde se encuentra con la carreterra numero 184 que sube por los barrios Cacao Bajo y Cacao Alto y lleva a uno por el Lago Patillas que tiene unas vistas espectaculares. No he mencionado que alli se ve la naturaleza en todo su esplendor.  Las aves de distintas clases estaban volando y haciendo acrobacias sobre el agua.  Habian pescadores y otra gente en kayaks que estaban disfrutando del lago tambien.  Se respiraba una tranquilidad que no se encuentra en otro lado.  

Luego segimos por la 184 hasta que nos encontrarnos con la carreterra numero 179.  Esta nos llevo a el Bosque Carite que es un sueño tropical.  De hecho en algunas curvas pudimos ver otro lago.  Este lago lleva el mismo nombre del bosque. Si quieren pasar un rato agradable no dejen de ir. El paseo es muy agradable.  Se toma la carretera numero 3 de regreso al salir de Guayama, y se puede para por la Playa de Patillas en el Restaurante-Chincorro El Marullo como hicimos nosotros donde comimos unos pastelillos de chapin, un chillo (red snapper) frito con arroz con habichuelas y tostones.  Todo resulto espectacular.