Santa Cruz


On the Verge of Homeless – Part 5

Posted on November 4, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM9 Comments How to furnish a vacant apartment on a shoestring… I jumped through the hoops and I got the apartment – the vacant apartment. It does come with appliances for which I am grateful, not to mention ecstatic about the bathtub. I adore luxuriating […]


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. […]


Sista Monica Parker

Sista Monica Lives On! 12

“When you walk through a storm hold your head up high” … Does that conjure up an image for you? The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Carousel“, where it originated  in 1945? (per Wikipedia) Or do you picture Andy Williams performing his version? Or Barbara Streisand? Or a bunch of association […]


It Coulda Been Worse! 26

I miss artichokes; extra-large plump artichokes. Living in Costa Rica, I was thrilled to find artichokes occasionally gracing the shelves of my local market. They are lovely served with garlic lemon butter which I prefer over the popular mayonnaise dip. They are especially nice stuffed Italian style. But nothing compares […]


Traditions We Bring With Us

The American flag shorts you see here will be “Turkey Trotting” down the road in Atenas, Costa Rica on Thursday, November 28, 2013! These shorts get pulled out and dusted off three times a year for over twenty years; the annual Wharf-to-Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz, California, the Firecracker 10K on […]