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Overhead Fred

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  1. I am a late arrival today. I got distracted with the inauguration and projects around the house. Organizing the workshop and starting work on refinishing an old oak office desk (the top at least) that will become my computer desk. Here are some more pictures from the Mounts Botanical Garden. It really is an amazing place. If you have any interest in flowers/gardens, you should visit it when you are in West Palm Beach.
  2. Happy Birthday George! Looks like a great place to celebrate it!
  3. @seagarsmoker - according to Jacqui's future cruise thread (and our signatures) it looks like we'll be sailing together in November 2021.
  4. Well, we are all making new friends as more folks join The Daily thread. I'd be a jagoff if I wasn't happy to have @JazzyV posting from my old hometown of Pittsburgh 😉. I did err in my post about HMC yesterday. Today was the day for HMC in 2019 and yesterday was a sea day. What was that thing about memory for today? Before I forget anything else, here are some Key West butterflies -
  5. Surely there is a better name for Thesaurus Day... We were at Half Moon Cay today in 2019. We did our standard Clamshell/sun/swim/repeat routine with the BBQ thrown in somewhere. I either forgot my camera or decided not to bother with it so I don't have any pictures. Here are a couple orchid pictures from Hawaii (near Hilo) instead -
  6. I think it is only there to make the drink foam a bit when shaken. Feel free to leave it out!
  7. I'll be popping a small beef roast (sirloin tip if I remember correctly) in the oven for tonight. Probably with roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts. Today in 2019 we were in Saint Thomas as we neared the end of our 14 day collector's cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. We did the "St Thomas Island Drive" through HAL to use up some OBC. It was useful to see more of the island than we had in the past. It took us to Mountain Top and its huge gift shop. We were there too early (for me at least) to try one of their "famous" banana daiquiris. I wanted to buy a bottle of rum, but unfortunat
  8. They aren't quite dragons, but the crocodiles in the Tarcoles River (Costa Rica) might do in a pinch - We were in San Juan on this day in 2019 and toured both Forts. It was a holiday (Celebration of Calle San Sebastian) and the city was very busy, they almost wouldn't let our bus through to Del Morro. While I was down by the water at the "tip" of the Del Morro, the Carnival Pride sailed out -
  9. We got a fair bit of snow yesterday, but it was near freezing or slightly above so it was wet and sloppy. It is 35F now and there are still a few flakes falling. Quite messy out on the roads! Today was a sea day for us in 2019. I don't have any pictures from that day, but here is one from 2015 and a bonus Key West butterfly!
  10. Yesterday, I was grilling a steak (it was delicious!) and didn't even need a jacket. Today there is a winter weather advisory. I would love to be where we were today in 2019 - Nassau, The Bahamas. I was a little hesitant about this port, but we ended up having a great time! We did a HAL tour that went to Ardastra Gardens and had a brief stop at Fort Charlotte. It was a bit chaotic at the pier due to the number of ships in port, but we eventually got to our transport OK. The "marching flamingos" at Ardastra were a bit silly and tourist trappy. But the gardens were very nice as was t
  11. I don't think it is actually Skeptics Day.... It is supposed to hit 40F today so I have a T-bone ready for the grill! Tomorrow will be a return to leftovers. In 2019, today was turnaround day in Port Everglades. We were thoroughly enjoying the new Nieuw Statendam but had come to the conclusion that the "standard" 7 day Western Caribbean route would be our last choice for future cruises. It was a lovely day for the sail away and we were followed out by the Koningsdam.
  12. It's $10 Tuesday at Papa Murphy so it's pizza for dinner tonight! A box of TimBits would be wonderful right now, but I would have to drive to Fort Francis or Thunder Bay (5-6 hours!) In 2019, today was a sea day on the Nieuw Statendam for us -
  13. Thanks John, the clip I had access to was too fuzzy to read the ships name! I might have to watch the movie again too since I only vaguely remember it.
  14. Both of those ships had single stacks I believe. So what was the twin funneled ship in the movie opening? There is a single funnel ship that can be seen towards the right as the scene pulls back
  15. Mitzi had a hankering for bacon and waffles this morning, so of course I obliged! I think we may need to skip lunch. Whenever I make waffles, I always make a huge batch and freeze the extras. We can then just pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast treat. Today in 2019, we were in Cozumel. We didn't do an official excursion, but had a fun time wandering around the town.
  16. We had some dark chocolate (65% I think) and red wine for dessert last night after the "spaghetti pie". Tonight might be pulled pork using Friday's leftover roast. We were in Georgetown, Cayman Islands today in 2019. It was an overcast day and tendering was a bit difficult due to the number of ships. Including the sadly missed Veendam - So we stayed onboard and enjoyed the new ship -
  17. Last night's pork roast was a success. The only problem is the size, we will need to get creative to use up all the leftovers! Tonight is probably a hot dish made from Thursday's leftover spaghetti - spaghetti pie if you will. And wine. Today in 2019 we were in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was our first visit there, but none of the HAL excursions sounded all that interesting and I hadn't bothered looking into any private tours. So I thought maybe we would just walk around the town. Given the distance from the port to the town, and the horror stories we heard about really pushy vendors
  18. I think the coin ceremony has been discussed recently on CC, possibly in posts about the new Rotterdam. I can't recall the exact thread though. Here are a couple of references that might help. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mast_stepping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coin_ceremony It supposedly started in ancient times when coins were placed under the mast so that shipwrecked and drowned sailors could pay the ferryman at the River Styx.
  19. Well Christmas has been put away, the indoor version at any rate. We agreed with our neighbor that it would be cheery to leave the outdoor lights going a bit longer. Maybe January 21 would be a good day to turn them off; we may need cheerful lights until then! It took longer than anticipated to pack everything away so I decided to postpone the pork roast until today. We did spaghetti and mild Italian sausage last night instead - not quite lasagna, but recognizably close. 1/8/2019 was a sea day and I spent it exploring the new Nieuw Statendam. Surprisingly, I did not ta
  20. Lasagna does sound good, but we have a pork roast that is just begging to see the inside of our oven... Two years ago today, we were sharing HMC with the Zuiderdam!
  21. Good afternoon everyone! I am taking a break from putting away the Christmas decorations. It may take more than one day since I am trying to reorganize how I have everything packed up. Tonight we will have a chef's salad using steak leftover from Monday's grilling. In 2019, we were boarding the Nieuw Statendam for a 14 day Caribbean collector's cruise today. We were excited to sail on her for her inaugural season. I think it was her 5th or 6th voyage and it definitely had a "new ship smell"! We had splurged on a Vista Suite (midships, deck 8), mainly for the extra Mar
  22. Perhaps I should have used the "for Minnesota" qualifier! 😄
  23. Today's quote is spot on! I have had the good fortune of experiencing many "that's funny" moments in the research labs. Yesterday may have hit 40F so I fired up the grill for a delicious porterhouse steak. It promises to be fairly mild (low to mid 30s) the rest of the week and snow-free. So maybe I'll get to have an encore. On this day in 2019, we were heading to FLL for a cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. In fact, we were probably boarding the plane at this time! Completely unrelated, but here is a pot of cacti from my parent's patio in Green Valley, AZ (200
  24. The days are getting longer so summer is on its way! (Pay no attention to those folks ice fishing on the lake) @Seasick Sailor - If we lived closer, our son would probably offer to give Sophie a home. I am enjoying my new toy. I have "The New Classical FM 96.3" streaming on the Amazon Echo now. That is the Toronto station we always listen to when we are at our cottage. Since we missed the lake for 2020, it is a comfort to hear some familiar voices! Now all I need is to hear a Rona or Canadian Tire commercial or two, eh!
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