Cricket lovely cricket 🏏

I had the opportunity of being in the same space with the West Indies Female Cricket team, and what a wonderful experience it was! The ladies were such good sports and the camaraderie between each other was a beautiful display of how a team should be on and off the field.

I am a cricket fan! Win, lose or draw. I #rally for both the male and female West Indies team (even though sometime the boys make it hard). But after my first time watching the female team in 2017 I fell in love with them. They played with passion and a winning attitude.

I was all hyped for the ICC Women T20 World Cup semi finals and final, that played in Antigua and Barbuda, November 22 and 24, 2018. My crew and I were at the venue two hours before the game started. Our girls won the toss and decided to let Australia bat. The Aussies made a good show but we were not afraid, we will pass that score we thought #rally. Unfortunately, we were bowled out and we lost the match.

I was sad that we didn’t win! But, my heart went out for my girls when the team walked around the stadium. They were sad and some of them in tears. We cheered them on and we rallied around the West Indies.

Great job ladies! I am so proud of every one of the beautiful women and I wish only the best on and off the field for them.

Thanks for the PASSION, LOVE AND RESPECT you showed to the game and the fans.

One love

Wine lady Rica

Nola and Phoenix – cheers to a great time!

I love vacations! It is time to relax, free up and let go… my vacation this time took me to New Orleans, Louisiana and Phoenix, Arizona.

I was already excited before I left Antigua and nothing or no one could possibly spoil that. I was going to see my one and only daughter, my love, Christina and celebrate her birthday with her. On the morning of August 30th I went into office for a meeting, which started late and took longer than I anticipated. Needless to say I have to finish packing, so I was not amused. But alas I went home packed and headed to the airport.

Boarded my flight and settled in my seat for the three hour plus flight. A lovely couple was seated beside me. It was their first time visiting Antigua and they were so excited to share their stories at Galley Bay Hotel. The highlight being the turtle hatch watching and the wonderful staff and people of Antigua. I arrived at Miami International Airport and I had four hours layover. Oh Lordy! What am I going to do? I decided to find a nice airport restaurant and have a meal of salmon and Prosecco! Dinner for one never taste so good 👌🏽. After a few glasses it was time for the next leg of my journey. This flight was ram packed, so I sat at the window seat and it was nap time. Here comes another couple next to me but this time I felt as if I was about to pass out as a very unbearable smell filled my nostrils and stirred everything in my tummy. Oh lord I have to move from this seat but as luck would have it NO MORE SEATS! Worst flight ever.

Got into New Orleans and just like that I didn’t remember my awful experience on the flight. The daughter and one of my two nieces came to the airport and both of them jumped on me. Highlight of the day! The following day was a school and work day and everyone had on costumes except Alex. She had to wear her uniform.

In the night the neighborhood came alive in a spooky kind of way. We went to a Halloween party and the decorations were extreme. They were amazing from the entrance to inside the house to the courtyard were fabulously decorated.

The wines list was extensive and some really lovely ones were in the mix of things. Names and labels were appropriately matching themes for the night. These are the ones I had:

The rest of the trip was filled with live music, art show, shopping, dining out and laughters, Algiers Fork Art Festival, Bourbon Street and how could I forget visits to UNO and hanging out with my only daughter.

I was very happy to be in New Orleans, especially to celebrate Tina’s 19th birthday with her.

Now on to the next leg – Phoenix, Arizona

The flight into Dallas was uneventful and I got to catch up on some well needed rest. Likewise, the one into Phoenix was also uneventful, except I watched a movie.

Welcome to the desert. It was 10 pm and I was ready to crash but crash I will not. The family was at the airport and in true Douglas style (or should I say Mommy) ready to chat and laugh.

The following day I followed Cheryl to her Chemo Doctors for an update and this was the best day ever! The News was excellent. The family WhatsApp went on a blast. After work, 10 of the Douglas20 (everyone in Arizona) gathered and celebrated with Pizza, wings, brownies, champagne, wines and desserts. Giving thanks to the most high 🙏🏽.

The rest of the trip was fantastic, the vibes the atmosphere was filled with love and blessings. The only thing I would change about this trip is to have my husband, Mike and my one son Chris, with the rest of the family.