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    Travel, cooking, always learning...
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    How can you not love swimming at Half Moon Cay?

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  1. Merry Christmas, all! Thanks @richwmn and @rafinmdfor bringing us all together this year. Everyone stay safe and be well until we can sail blue-hulled beauties again...
  2. Merry Christmas, all! Despite the pandemic, may you each find a moment that will fill your heart with joy. It's our family tradition to annually give each grandchild an ornament reflective of his/her current interests or special events. This year, as those ornaments are opened in their various homes far away from us, all five will find:
  3. With Christmas Eve soon here, I'll share an experience from our 1999 Rotterdam cruise to Egypt & the Holy Lands. We were on a HAL excursion to Bethlehem when our arrival was significantly delayed by a dignitary's motorcade. And, we came out of the Church of the Navity after night had fallen. Our guide directed our bus to come closer to avoid us venturing that far in the dark and she implored us to stay close while we waited. Breaking the tension, someone said we should sing. Another suggested "a carole". And, someone else called out "Silent Night". So, there we sto
  4. Oops, in post #15, that should have been: @CJcruzer.
  5. Add me to the naughty list, please! When I signed in late Saturday to catch up I did not realize when I added my ice cube suggestion for @bennybearon Friday's Daily that great suggestions had already been posted on Saturday's Daily. (Taught me to read current posts first rather than catch up backwards.) My apologies to: @Seasick Sailor, @Horizon chaser, and @CS cruiser
  6. Really, really late to the Friday Daily. A day late! (Time flies even when you're not having fun.) @bennybear Sorry about your freezer. And, yes, it could happen to any of us when we're gone. An appliance repairman told me to put an ice cube in a sealed plastic container in my freezer. If it is still a cube when I return home I will know my freezer was fine while gone. If the ice cube has melted from its cube shape, I'll know my freezer (or power) was off for an extended period. (Even if, in the case of a power outage & restoration, things have refrozen since.)
  7. @rafinmd Your concern about your brother reminds me of the note my DH's elderly aunt left, upon her death, to her three very differently opinionated senior citizen aged sons. It read: Treasure my treasures. Junk my junk. And, you boys love each other! I think Aunt Mildred had it right. Often, all we can do is love. And, you must -- otherwise you wouldn't be concerned.
  8. Tonight, DH and I should have been standing on our Zdam verandah watching her lines drop and awaiting her horn to sound as she departed Pt. Everglades into the setting sun. Instead, as we pray for all so deeply impacted by the pandemic, may the sound of the seas be a comfort. VID_20191029_184634871.mp4
  9. @durangoscots Our condolences and prayers are with you and yours. May you all be surrounded by love.
  10. As the Thanksgiving weekend ends, I am thinking of the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” In these dark days of pandemic as we enter the deep days of winter, may we all be blessed to find those things that help us perpetually give thanks. (For me, The Daily is one of those things.)
  11. 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃 To @richwmn, @rafinmd, and all other contributors, Thank You for tending The Daily. It is truly a daily blessing, Melisa 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃
  12. 🦃Thank you!🦃 And, a blessed day to you, Father.
  13. Disposable menus? QR Codes? This discussion reminds me of a favorite (but gone) restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. At Longhi's there was no menu to view. For forty-three years, the menu was recited by the server. Some even pulled up a chair to chat about the evening's choices. Memories...
  14. Dark & Stormy -- what a perfect metaphor for my mood today... It's been a long haul since March. And, yesterday, with both our state and the CDC recommending Thanksgiving with only your immediate household, I couldn't avoid counting the holiday gatherings already missed and thinking about the missing ones still to come before vaccines return some sense of normalcy. So, dark & stormy am I. But, I am very thankful for the many contributors here and your posts that encourage me, delight me, bless me, and give me a chuckle (often when most needed). So
  15. What wonderful news that HAL will start repositioning ships to the USA! We are remembering, a year ago today, our return to sea after DH's stroke. Our traditional short Fall cruise proved he had recovered enough to book our preferred bigger adventures -- now all postponed while the world heals and cruising recovers. Stay safe. Mask up. Be well. And, count your blessings as we count ours...
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