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  1. Wholeheartedly agree with the above poster!!!!!! We were on a Christmas Market cruise with another couple. Their was a very large (40) from a very large state. They tried to dominate everything that went on in the lounge to the point of loud talking over the entertainment. Many of the rest of us would just leave. We SHOULD treat others as we would like to be treated--a smile and a hello are so nice. When we travel with friends we say see you for dinner definitely and if we cross paths during the day so be it. We have been friends for more than fifty years, so it must be working.
  2. Happy new year to all! Have been lurking and enjoying reading the threads for quite a while. Found out that we in Ohio can start to get our vaccine on 25 Jan. DH and I will definitely get it. It seems like each day another that we know has become covid positive. It is another grey Ohio winter day. One would think that after living here for 30 plus years I would be used to it. Not. We have had our May barge trip in southern France cancelled. DH has a very bad case of cabin fever. Will have to find some fix it jobs for next week. Right now it is just church and the grocery stor
  3. We had only put down a deposit. It has been refunded. Have thoroughly enjoyed all our trips with them and were looking forward to barging in France. As we often say these days. This too shall pass, hopefully not as painful as a kidney stone. Pat
  4. Just received information yesterday that Road Scholar is cancelling our May barge trip in Southern France. We had rebooked after it was cancelled this year, We are going to see what Croisi Europe is offering. Road Scholar was chartering the barge from Croisi. Or maybe we will try the Mississippi here at home. At least we have time to make plans. Still taking things one day at a time. Right now it is time for more Christmas baking. Be safe and stay well. Pat
  5. Just returned from a long grocery shopping, mainly because of the weather prediction for the next two days. Last stop was my local (Dayton OH are) Aldi. They had Racine almond kringle, there are now two waiting to go in my freezer after I have some for breakfast tomorrow. They also had half of a roasted duck. Fresh Thyme if any of you are lucky enough to have one close by had frozen duck breasts as well as the half of a duck. It was a bountiful shopping, mostly for groceries, along with the elusive toilet paper. Found some, ready for what Mother Nature sends our way. This is a thread
  6. Can tell right now that this will be a lesson in humility. The background looks familiar, but my mind won't say this is where you saw that. This is just what we need right now. Thank you Notamermaid.
  7. As you know from another thread we are considering a land trip in Berlin and Dresden for the Christmas markets if they happen. DH is doing all his wonderful research. We need two things to make it a reality--Christmas markets and available flights. stay well and safe, Pat
  8. Thank you , notamermaid and steamboats. We will have vouchers from the flights we would have taken in Sept. and enough free nights at hotels that we are not concerned about the money aspect. We have bookmarked the Dresden sight, and might need an extra day or two there. Hoping the markets will be open. We are traveling with friends and have been on 4 Christmas market river cruises. Time for a landbased trip. Again, many thanks. Pat
  9. Just found out that our Sept. cruise on Oceania is cancelled. We are thinking of replacing it with 2 weeks at the Berlin and Dresden Christmas markets, When do you think a decision will be made on whether the Christmas markets will open? Thank you for all your help in the past. You, Steamboats and GMT really keep us up on al the latest changes. Stay well and safe. Pat
  10. After three and a half months DH and I finally got hair cuts. Have also been able to go to church in person now for three weeks. My weekly trip to Aldi's yielded schnitzel in the freezer case. Can't wait to try it. Maybe I won't have to make it from scratch anymore. Always something interesting to be found. They have stopped sanitizing the carts, so make sure you have your quarter. They are providing disposable wipes for do it yourself cleaning. Cool yesterday and today in western Ohio. But it is summer and the heat will return. Stay safe and well, Pat
  11. Fran, I share your thoughts about masks. Being a retired infection control nurse, I have long known that they don't protect you, but, in hospital setting protect patient and keep you from spreading your "germs". I never wear one on a walk or in a car. Will wear one in shops that require them, like our local Aldi. They have been at the fore front here in Ohio with staff wearing masks and having the plexiglass screen. They also sanitize carts before use (no quarter needed), and have one way aisles . Try to do most of my shopping there. It took until 10 days ago for our local Kroger to have
  12. Glad I got mine renewed for a May barge trip that was cancelled. Pat
  13. Coral, would share mine if we lived near you, don't think it would survive the mail. Sorry.🙁
  14. Noramemmaid, tried the Danube Wave cake I bought at our local Aldi. Bought it frozen just before Easter. Had half of one of the pieces last evening. It was soooooo good. Can see where making a whole one would have to be for a larger gathering than we are now allowed. Thanks, for all your wonderful info. Pat
  15. After six weeks of cooking and eating at home, decided to try a recipe that I have always wanted to try. German snitzel: it was wonderful. Not difficult, just a few more steps than I normally like. Even convinced DH to help. Have fond memories of eating it in an outdoor cafe in Cologne (sigh). We will get back to Europe. Europeans will come here. One day at a time is my mantra right now.. Jazzbeau, heard on TV last evening that the gov. of Maine has extended the stay at home policy indefinitely, won't even allow hotels to take reservations. You just might have to take up JPAlbany's
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