Where did the time go?
I ask myself this question more often than not, as I reach the sunset years of my life. Oh…don’t worry, it won’t sink below the western horizon for a few more years. At least I hope not.
I can already tell that living in Merida has added a good fifteen years to our healthy lifestyle. After a bout with dengue, we gave up hard liquor two years ago. An occasional margarita to celebrate something special is fine. However, we prefer red wine (in moderation) for other special occasions.
The Caribbean diet agrees with us both, and John has made a study of Yucatan cuisine; a style of cooking we have come to enjoy. It’s a challenge he’s accepted as a chef, to play with and create his own version of Yucatan cooking.
Travels this year included a visit to Valladolid, Campeche, and Antigua, Guatemala. Perhaps you followed us on those journeys.
Having become a writer late in life, I have tried to make up for lost time. In 2017 I was able to publish my first two books.
Tales reflects on our life in New Mexico as innkeepers from 1994 to 2012. Working in hospitality was a labor of love. I can’t begin to tell all the stories that happened over that period of time, but there will be another book in 2020 that will continue the sage of the Rancho de San Juan era, and the interesting and unusual happenings in the Ojo Caliente River Valley.
The Rancho de San Juan
The second book in 2017 was my first stab at fiction, when I discovered I enjoy writing mystery. The D.G. Heath -Mystery Collection is comprised of three mystery short stories…just the right length to read before bedtime or on a short flight. This one caught the attention of mystery lovers and generated the need to author a second volume.
Mystery Collection – Volume I
So… in 2018, D.G. Heath Mystery Collection – Volume II was released. Followed by my forth book, titled The Art of Imagination. I wrote this book to encourage young writers to follow their dream and not wait until they are in their 70s like me. Imagination is a wonderful gift. Add the use of our five senses and you have a recipe for writing.
Mystery Collection – Volume II
The Art of Imagination
In 2019 I plan to publish Bedtime Stories and Other Tales which is nearly finished. One third of the D.G. Heath Mystery Collection – Volume III is edited and I’m currently working on the last two stories.
Last year went out with a bang. We celebrated with friends at one of our favorite restaurants and rang in the new year Yucatan style.
This year will be a quiet celebration at home. John will fix a special dinner just for the two of us. We’ll be tucked in bed before nine o’clock. When midnight arrives, we’ll be awakened by the fireworks all over the city. The dogs will bark like banchees and cats will scamper across our roof looking for a place to escape from the racket. We’ll wish each other a Happy New Year – roll over and go back to sleep. Doesn’t that sound exciting? Some would say it’s rather jaded. But for two old farts like us, I just think it’s perfecto!
To close the page on this year, I want to wish all our friends, my dedicated readers and mystery fans the best of fortune and happiness in the New Year.
And remember…Accept the things you cannot change. Have the courage to change the things you can. And ask that God grants you the wisdom to know the difference.
Happy New Year!!
From John and myself
D.G. Heath – Author
Tales from a Country Inn
D.G. Heath Mystery Collection – Vol. One
The Art of Imagination
D.G. Heath Mystery Collection – Vol. Two
Adelaide Literary Magazine – Nov. 2016
Cappuccino – No Time for Tears