Lost on the Trail in Yelapa

Posted on April 1, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM3 Comments       Have you ever been lost? I mean really lost – like in a jungle in a foreign country lost. You hear it on the news, you read about it, you rejoice when the lost ones are found alive. You […]


Expect the Unexpected

Posted on March 28, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM3 Comments As we landed in Puerto Vallarta, I looked out the window and saw the swaying palm trees. My heart soared! Swaying palm trees equals hot, sultry weather, right? Not always, as it turned out. There were seven of us traveling together on […]


Yelapa – Forty Years Later

My soul was sapped, my spirit was drooping, and the vibrant colors of my being were fading. The events of the past year or so had finally caught up with me – the abandonment in Costa Rica, the betrayal of a sister-friend who left me holding a large credit card […]


How to Liven up Your Furniture

Posted on February 1, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment Painted Vanity Paint it! The first time I saw an “artistic chair” I was in awe. I remember the day – I was in Fort Lauderdale at a shop named “Seldom Seen.” Every item was, indeed, unique. The wooden furniture had wild […]


Snoring Dog

The first time I heard the snoring I was in a crowded room of art viewers. They had come to Open Studios in Santa Cruz for the annual event. Some came for the event and others came to see the new house built by the well-known popular artist, Sally,  and […]


Time to Ditch the Tree

Posted on January 4, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM1 Comment Bye Bye Christmas Tree Christmas is over and done. Some people ditch the tree on New Year’s Day while others wait until Three Kings Day on January 6. From the balcony of my apartment, I watched as my neighbor carried her smallish […]


Reset, Recharge, Rejoice!

Posted on December 31, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment Look where the shoes took me! I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet. (Author unknown or Old Persian Proverb – whichever you prefer.) It’s been quite the year. My life imploded, crashing in on my […]


How to Go From Sad to Glad

Posted on December 13, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM12 Comments It’s the holidays – a time of joy for some, a time of loneliness and longing for others. While some people are caught up in the whirlwind of buying, buying, buying others are wracking their brains to come up with someone to buy […]


Where Are the Anchovies?

Posted on December 30, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM2 Comments Where are the anchovies? Christmas Eve we decided to make it a lobster feast. My son, Tyler, and his wife, Colette, live in an eclectic neighborhood in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset. There are several Chinese markets where fresh fish are still swimming […]


Furniture Bargains – or Are They?

Doris will be my go-to girl from now on – she has tools. And she knows how to use them. For the rest of my weekend bargains there was no assembly required! Thanks be to the furniture gods … I couldn’t deal with any more parts. I got a small […]