Seaview Gardens: Dinning on breakfast in the Sunroom

breakfast in the sunroom

This week was exhausting. No one told me that wielding a paint brush and hauling paint tins, would be such a work out. After painting windows, walls and floors for three days, my body ached.

So, it was with pleasure that I supped in the evening cool of said room. As the evening stars peeked out of the Caribbean night sky, I bit into freshly fried plantains and eggs. Only briefly was I deterred from my enjoyment after realizing, from my third bite, that I did not add salt or pepper to my eggs.

After scurrying to the kitchen, I came back to acquaint myself with the couch and enjoy my evening breakfast under the stars.

Cool comfort flowed through my lips and down my throat. The lingering grapefruit taste was one of my favorite.

As I literally bit off more than I could chew, from this twin plantain, I listened to the distant rumblings of thunder. All promise from a rain, which seems to fall everywhere else, except in Seaview Gardens.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Ice Chips


Its midnight, the heat sits on my skin like a lazy teenager. I had long switched off the screens and rested my head on a lukewarm pillow.

Miserable.

Sleep evades me like a nerdy teenager, looking for a date to the prom.

Ice chips!

ice chips

They circle in my mind’s eye, promising to cool, at least my tongue.

My Roshan and Biscayne Bay fans continue to recycle the hot air, as I make my way to the tiny kitchen. With a huge chunk of ice in each palm, I clap them together to make smaller bits.

Soon, I was back to lounging in bed with an ice chip to each jugular vein.

Almost, heaven.

Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Constructing Labour Day Project


As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom’s house progresses.

I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer’s heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter.

So, I am making major, but cost efficient changes to the house; until I can build us an AC-ed mansion on the hill.

Since Friday, I added on a patio or veranda section to the house, so that we can leave the original front door and windows open in the nights.

The construction is not yet complete, however, today there was a vast difference with the air circulation.

I will share the pictures below.

Denise N. Fyffe

As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom’s house progresses.

I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer’s heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter.

So, I am making major, but cost efficient changes to the house; until I can build us an AC-ed mansion on the hill.

Since Friday, I added on a patio or veranda section to the house, so that we can leave the original front door and windows open in the nights.

The construction is not yet complete, however, today there was a vast difference with the air circulation.

I will share the pictures below.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, The Holy Grail of bag juice, Cals! by Denise N. Fyffe


Thanks to the likkle shop on Arabian Sea in Seaview Gardens, I have discovered the Holy Grail of bag juice!

Cals bag juice!

It is definitely way above the rest, in quality. Over the last couple days, I realized that the more water content in the bag juice, the tougher it is. The harder it is to bite into the ice and the less rewarding it is.

ting sodaBung Bang just wasn’t cutting it and I couldn’t keep buying Ting, just to offset the taste.

Here comes Cals bag drink to the rescue.

After melting them a little under the pipe, feel free to sip, slurp and suck your way to sweet hydration heaven. I have not been disappointed.

When you bite into the ice, there is as much juice at the core as it is on the outside.

Thanks Cals, this summer is looking up.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Bag Juice pon Base by Denise N. Fyffe


Usually, I prefer fruit juices, however, this heat is causing me to sweat and dehydrate at a rapid pace. I twist and turn at night, feeling like I am sloping through the Florida swamps.

It’s time to go cheap and efficient! It’s bag juice season!

Yesterday, I reluctantly dragged on a T-shirt and shorts and procured me a bag of bag juice for $130, two bottles of Ting and a box of orange juice.

A bottle of Ting, which has about two servings, might last the evening. However, the bag juice, hopefully should keep me until Friday…evening.

My plan is to mix the beverages, to suit my taste. You see, I love Ting. The grapefruit beverage releases pleasure on my tongue and endorphins in my brain; but I would be as poor as a church mouse by the end of Summer, if I only drink that.

So, I will mix the Ting along with the Icy bag Juice for a constant refresher during the days.

Already, my five gallon bottle of water is running low, that means a trip by Friday to the Spring water store.

Until then, I will drink bag Juice pon me base and pray for rains, a thunderstorm or even tropical storm.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Roshan and Biscayne Bay on Double Duty by Denise Fyffe


I lie in bed, feeling like a beached dolphin. The heat is caressing my skin in the most intimate ways; it’s intolerable.

My handyman, jack of all trades and community troublemekker, Manny, came by this weekend, because I had to pull em out, fix em up and plug em in. What you ask?

My fans! Without them, I would be like a wilted flower. Thank God for them.

In Jamaica, the Corporate Area anyway; having a house fan is a must. In Seaview Gardens it is a necessity. However, in the summer months, one needs backup and even an air conditioning unit, if you can afford it.

My fans have been buzzing for at least 120 hours. I dear not turn them off. It’s that time of year when Roshan and Biscayne Bay will work like the Israelite slaves, when Pharaoh said, make bricks with no straw!

Merciless!

Believe me, Jamaican fans are built to last. They will have to. It’s only early May and if 2015 was any indication, this heatwave will drought us until November.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Melting Popsicle by Denise N. Fyffe


I feel like a Popsicle that has been licked and discarded in the park at high noon. Icky!

melting popsicle

My pillows are drinking my sweat and 2:00 a.m. feels more like 12:00 noon. It is just the first week in May and already the temperatures are unbearable. Two weeks ago, the temperatures in Seaview Gardens jumped up a few notches. The nights were no longer mildly cool; they are now quite toasty. Sheets are no longer an options.

How am I going to manage this Summer 2016?

I know the people in the Middle East have more to complain about, but this island girl is burning up, like forgotten plantains on the stove.

I pray we get some relief soon.

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