Morning Mates, wow, 2 sunny days in a row!
Looks like a nice weekend ahead, and I plan to enjoy it, because I know what is coming....
Speaking of enjoying, we had a wonderful time last night at dinner at friends'. Our hostess prepared a complete Mediterranean style meal, from the h'or d'oeuvres all the way to the mint tea and desserts. I felt like I was on a cruise ship!
Today, nothing more exciting than cleaning out the garage. We are undertaking a big project of shelving for all the boxes and plastic bins we have no other place for, and have been clogging up the garage since we moved in 2 years ago...
I miss having a basement, if only for the storage!
I just sent Betty out the door to earn more money. She is working again today but it's only eight hours. This is a 68 hour work week for her. Yesterday she came home, slept for six hours and went back to work. Gee: It brings back memories of me and the first fifteen years of our marriage. I think it's the reason we get along so well. For that period of time she never had a chance to get tired of me.
I have no idea what's on the agenda for today. Last weekend, while I was hunting, I recorded the first season of "The Walking Dead". A friend of mine said it's a good but gory series. I'm not a zombie movie fan because they are usually really dumb movies. I guess I'll watch an episode or two and see if I want to watch the other five episodes.
Tomorrow I have relatives visiting from Memphis. They will be staying with us overnight. I haven't seen them in a couple of years and it will be fun to catch up.
Donna: We (mostly Betty) have been on a cleaning binge for the last three weeks so now I don't have any cleaning to do. Good luck on the garage. Shelving is a good thing. I am adamant that the garage is for cars and it drives me crazy when I see garages full of "stuff" and the cars parked in the driveway.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
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Good morning An ok day here today with some sunshine and very little wind. I need to get outside today and finish picking up leaves and making sure everything is put away for the season. I cut down and covered my roses yesterday for their long winters nap and still have two hanging baskets left that I hate to just throw out, I going to see maybe I’ll hang them in the basement and see if they will survive until next summer. Made D/S blueberry blintz’s this morning one of his favorite things and they looked pretty darn good. I’ll have to try one later, right now it’s all about the coffee.
Mike … The Walking Dead is so good! We just love it and the new season started last Sunday here. What a great show , I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
35 days until I cruise!!
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Good morning from a beautiful Texas. We have warmed back up, so the air is back on, but it isn't to bad outside.
Mike, I can't wait for Jim to see the garage when he gets home. He will be in shock when he first sees it, but I think he will love it afterwards. I have worked all summer on getting it organized. I bought the Craftsman cabinets, to put everything in. One for hunting, one for fishing, one for tools, and one for junk. I replaced all of his power tools, with new ones. Everything is pretty much in containers, and labeled so he can find what he needs. I even found a old stash of Playboy mags that dated from 1980. I bought a container for them, and labeled "Grandmothers" as a joke. I won't tell him about them, but will let him find them.
Speaking of Jim, his pride and joy broke yesterday. I went to drive his truck, and it wouldn't start. Not the battery, so it must be a starter or alt. Since he will be home next week, I guess I will just wait and let him take care of it.
I haven't decided what to do today. I really need to start on getting stuff ready for Goodwill. I hate clutter....
It's a nice sunny morning here. We have a lot to do because a week from tomorrow we will be making our move.
The place where we are now will be our summer home for a least a couple of years.
I wish you all a nice weekend.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
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Good afternoon from a warm sunny day in Virginia Beach. I got up early and hit a few garage sales on the way to going to the bank and the drug store to pick up some medicine. Fall weather is definitely here in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Rollerdonna, I miss have a basement too! Boy could I use all the extra room having basement provides. Unfortunately, in this area, one would hit water, so having a basement is "out of the question". Rob and I are doing a casual dinner tonight. Have a great day all!
I have to say that the only word to describe this past week is idyllic. The kids have treated me not as a simple "Prince" but rather a "King!"
We spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday in Charleston and did virtually everythingincluding a carriage ride throughout the old town. The night was spent at the four star Boarkwalk At The Beach Hotel at the Wild Dunes resort on the Isle of Palms.
Last night we attended the first of two Gaither Concerts at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I guess they're pretty popular when you figure there were 5,351 people there! Although of course primarily Gospel and Christian music, I was stunned when one of the guys did an outstanding rendition of Nessun Dorma from the opera Tourandot (for which Luciano Pavarotti was so famous) and for which he received a standing ovation. Additionally a young female pianist did the most magnificent version of the Hallelujia Chorus I've ever heard. Tonight is part two. The regular pianist is a young man by the name of I believe it's "Gary" Mote. He is an absolutely incredible pianist and that doesn't even factor in when one considers that he has to have the entire program memorized as he is totally blind.
The most moving moment came as a result of Bill Gaither talking with a man in a wheel chair during intermission. Turns out he's a wounded warrior who has done six tours in Iraq. On top of all that, even Bill was stunned when he sang along with the Gaither Vocal Band his mother's favorite hymn....what a truly magnificent voice! Everyone in the place stood for ten minutes with tears rolling down their faces.
Tonight it's off to the second concert followed by dinner at yet another posh restaurant. Maybe I've needed some convincing heretofore since last November 8th but now I know beyond doubt, I am extremely Blessed!
Lucky and DeAnna's condo is truly to die for. They have decorated it with art and artifacts from all over the world from every country they've visited. They have a top (fourth) floor 3 bedroom end unit that overlooks the Intracoastal with a view directly across the water way of a golf course with Barefoot Landing to the right. Unbelieveably peaceful. Mounted on the wall in the living room is the largest flat panel TV I've ever seen with one equally as big in the Master bedroom and smaller ones in each of the two guest rooms. The grounds and the pool are nothing less than stunning.
Alas, it ends Tuesday when we have to start back but they keep telling me we're going to do this all again only more often.
Thankfully we didn't have to leave early because of a potential tragedy. My older sister managed to roll her van down a very steep 65 foot embankment behind a senior citizens complex into which she was in the process of moving. Initial word was her injuries would prove fatal within 24 hours so we immediately started packing. Turns out they were nothing nearly that severe (photos of her vehicle only added creedence to the initial diagnosis, the vehicle landing on its top with the roof crushed all the way down to the dashboard on the driver's side). Not only did she survive but she was released from the hospital the very next day! At some point she says she'll need surgery on her hand (which is in a cast) but other than bruises, that's it.
I've droned on long enough. Prayers of course continue for all of those on my list accompanied by a prayer for Blessings upon all of my beloved Cruisemates!
NCL Epic 2012, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2009, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2007, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2006, Eastern Caribbean