Back to the Gulf Coast!

Welcome to Lucky Otter’s Haven!

Lucky Otters Haven


Sunset off Clearwater Beach.

In just a month (April 7th), I’ll be driving back to the Tampa Bay area again to visit my son. I’ll be there for 5 days, until the 12th.   This time, my daughter is coming along with me, since she hasn’t seen where he lives before.

When I went in August last year, it was the first time I’d ever been in Florida, and since my son was working most of the week I was there, I had time to spend alone exploring the area.  One of my favorite discoveries was the bath-warm waters of the Gulf near his home, with its ever-shifting tides that expose the silt-like sand at low tide.   There aren’t a lot of tourists there in August (too hot), so that trip actually turned out to  be not only a peaceful, but also a spiritual experience — not to mention…

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Parmesan Baked Chicken

This is Nomenom!


My oven broke a few years ago, and our circumstances prevented the purchase of a new one. I luckily have inherited my Grandma’s stove/oven, and my husband installed it last night. As I was cleaning it, I couldn’t help but remember all of the family meals she prepared for us.

At 99 years old, she cooked for us all for the last time a year and a half ago. 

I think my Mom said it best when she said,”…the smells she produced!! It’s called love!” My Grandma passed away just over a year ago, and we all miss her deeply. I’ve also inherited a few of her recipes; I just hope I can do them justice on her stove!

I had mentioned to a friend on social media that I would be cooking chicken stew tonight for my son, but he left today to go on a cruise. Tonight I…

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Today’s Reblog winner: Glimmer Of Happiness!!

Today’s winner…Glimmer Of Happiness!!

glimmer of happiness 🙂

February 24th. We started our day with a breakfast at Mang Inasal. I ordered grilled chicken. Andy ordered grilled chicken too but with a side of palabok and lumpia. I don’t usually eat palabok, I don’t know why, but I gave it a try again and it was good! I’ll order the next time. I always have a full tummy every time I leave Mang Inasal.

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A Rendezvous At CanteenM in Times Square, New York – Rendezvous En New York

Last Tuesday, I made my way to Times Square in Manhattan. If you haven’t been before, Times Square is the most stimulating place in the Manhattan with the lights, the noise, and the crowds. So, I don’t visit Times Square often, but I found myself there on a very cold afternoon, wanting to stop warm up and get a bite to…

Source: A Rendezvous At CanteenM in Times Square, New York – Rendezvous En New York

Today’s Reblog Winner… The Tiniest Achievements!!!

Today’s Reblog contest winner is…The Tiniest Achievements!!

The Tiniest Achievements

Alongside my ‘Resolutions’ updates, I will be starting a Travel Diary. For the most part, this is so I can have a record of the places I’ve been too, but should you happen to be visiting any of the places I recall, I’ll be sure to spare some handy tips.

‘It’s the happiest place on Earth!’ my boyfriend said, expertly trying to convince me that this was the trip of choice for a twenty-something-actually-he’s-thirty couple. In actual fact it was the price that was most persuasive; in mid-January Disneyland tickets are most affordable and upon arrival you’ll be met with short queues all round, which is definitely a bonus. What Sebby failed to mention is that he booked the trip the day after the ‘Season of the Force’ opened, so we were also met with swarms of stormtroopers. Whilst that might not be quite the happily ever after I’d imagined…

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