Costa Rica

Pearls, Pond’s and Patchwork

Posted on May 12, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment Carole Jean with Quilting Book and Needlepoint It all started with the potholders. I got a potholder kit for Christmas when I was a kid. It came with a metal loom, a hooking tool, and an enormous bag of multi-colored nylon […]

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 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 […]

Sally, Sally, How Does Your Garden Grow?

  Sally is a “bracelet friend.” If you know what that means, you are probably one, too. If I have given you a silver Caribbean Hook Bracelet at some point in the last in the last few years and you don’t know the significance, you should probably turn it in. […]

Marissa Jean Shows Auntie Around L.A.!

Marissa Jean grew up! My shy, quiet, little niece is now a take-charge young woman and I could not be more proud. We made arrangements for a visit since we were within striking distance – me in Green Valley Lake; her in Los Angeles. So, my place or yours? As […]

Waiting for Change

A while back, I belonged to a writer’s group in Capitola, California. Our illustrious mentor, Corinne Loveland, started each session with a writing prompt. We wrote for twenty minutes and then read our work out loud to the group. I do not consider myself a humorist, so when my “audience” […]

I’m Rich! There’s Candy on the Table

Posted on August 7, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment I was a little girl living in the projects in Brooklyn, New York. Mom worked two jobs, and  I was the oldest of three. I still hear Mom’s voice in my head, “Carole Jean, you’re the oldest, so you’re in charge!” […]

Three Dog Barkdown – er, Breakdown

Posted on July 31, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM8 Comments I stood it for as long as I could. I was okay as long as I had Pandora Radio. When the internet connection at the Green Valley Lake cabin got sporadic, I pretended it didn’t bother me. Usually, it came back on […]

Which Shoes Should I Wear Today?

Posted on July 12, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment       “My momma always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by his shoes. Where they go. Where they been,” said Forrest Gump. Can you believe that was over twenty years ago? The words still hold […]


If the Birthday Boy Doesn’t Show Up – Just Eat His Cake!

And drink his champagne. Sometimes things happen; you run out of gas, your dog needs emergency surgery or your little airplane breaks. One must remain flexible and adaptable – it’s the key to happiness in my humble opinion! In this life, the only thing for certain is that nothing is for certain. […]