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Today is Citizenship Day, Constitution Day, and National Apple Dumpling Day

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. - Thor Heyerdahl

Meal suggestion for today - Grilled Cod

Drink of the Day - Mint Julep

Wine of the day - Herdade do Esporão 2018 Esporão Private Selection Sémillon (Alentejano) Portugal

Destination of the Day - San Diego California US

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Good morning.  Thanks for the Daily Report.

Love apple dumplings.

Great quote.

The meal sounds good, I was planning on fish for dinner tonight.  Looking forward to seeing the recipe.  Hope the wine is good too.

Prayers for everyone.

Have a wonderful Friday.

Stay safe.



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Good morning everyone and thanks for the daily report.  I encountered an outdoor naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse this summer, very moving.  The constitution is an amazing document that has withstood a lot.  Apple dumpling day, perfect!  I guess today’s quote is one way to view things although I beg to differ.  The meal suggestion sounds very good.  San Diego is a wonderful city, one of my best friends lives there as well.  Prayers for all on our prayer list today and cheers to everyone celebrating a happy event.  

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Thank you for the TGIF Daily, Rich.  Love Apple Dumplings and Salute Citizenship and the Constitution.  I love the Heyerdahl quote but will pass on the Cod.  I think of San Diego primarily as my Nephew's city.


Up pretty early to a pleasant but cloudy day.


Today’s care list:

Welfare of furloughed crews
Western wildfires
cat shepard’s friend undergoing chemo for stage four cancer
kplady recovering in hospital
Lady Hudson’s BIL awaiting rehab
Seasick Sailor fighting ecoli
Bruno (Atexsix) in hospital
Mrs Vmax recovering from infusion
Sam recovering from small stroke hospitalized until medication levels adjusted
From the rotation:
Me awaiting PET test results
HAL Sailor DH health issues


Celebrations and Shoutouts

Welcome aboard tompeter
2 BHB with passengers
Front Line Health Care Workers
Overhead Fred at the Cottage and negative
Getaway for segarsmoker
lindaler visiting Alabama son
Icand9223 away on river cruise
Irishjim back home recovering
SusieKislandGirl in Colorado with grandsons
Good rehab results for Cat Shepard
my negative test and high school reunion
and Staff Captain Sabine, HAL’s likely first female Captain(I know this is a repeat but she’s worth it)




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This is the penultimate sunrise from my 2012 storm plagued Crystal Symphony Transatlantic.  On September 17 we were supposed to visit Halifax but missed it due to storm delays:





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Good Morning everyone! Thank you Rich for the Daily Report, and thank you Roy for the Cares and Celebrations Report. And thank you everyone for caring and sharing!


Looking forward to sailing on the Koningsdam in 79 days from San Diego.



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Today's alternate menu suggestion is Acela Express Chicken Tagine as served in Acela Express First Class on my return September 17, 2012 from my Northwest Passage cruise:





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Thanks for the Daily, Rich and our TGIF smile 🙂 


Great collection of days.  Apple dumplings - yum 😄 


LOL on the quote for today.  There’s some truth in that one 😉 


Love the meal suggestion for today - Grilled Cod:


There are a number of recipes out there but I tend to go for the winners - the 5* or really well rated ones.  This is a lemon pepper version - yum. https://www.aspicyperspective.com/lemon-pepper-grilled-cod/




And if you want a different twist here is a Mediterranean gyro style grilled cod.    https://www.themediterraneandish.com/grilled-cod-recipe-gyro/




We’ve sailed out of San Diego once and once was enough with the mess embarkation was.  I hear it’s improved since which is a good thing.  The city itself is a great place to visit and explore 👍 


Garden Club participants - Is this a fiddlehead or a Chile?




It’s a Chile.  The strangest looking one I’ve ever seen.  DH reported it was very good and nice and hot though 😄 


Prayers for everyone on the Care list & for those that need them and 🥂 to those on the Celebratory / Shout Out list.


Have a great T.G.I.F. Everyone!!!!!




Stay safe and please don’t forget your 😷 

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Good Morning. Thanks for the daily and the lists.

We could use a lot more of good citizenship. The constitution is an amazing document. Unfortunately, most people don't really understand it.

The dinner and drink are winners.

We've been to San Diego several times to embark for cruises.We stayed at a Holiday Inn by the port. We, literally, walked across the street with our luggage to board the ship.

It looks like we have hit the peak here in covid hospitalizations and we are now on a downward trend.

Stay safe everyone.

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Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! A wonderful collection of days. I salute good citizenship and constitutions. Would love an apple dumpling. 


Thank you for keeping our lists, Roy. Hope your reunion is wonderful. Morning Dailyite family. Hope those of you recovering from surgery or medical procedures have a quick and pain free recovery.


It is a lovely morning. Hope it lasts. More PT today. This is my half way point. 😎Tonight friends and I are eating dinner at a great local breakfast/lunch place that offers a limited menu dinner once a month. They just started doing this, so I am hoping their offerings are as good as their breakfast & lunch meals. 

I need to look for my San Diego pics. My last cruise sailed out from there, but I have been there many times for work. A wonderful city. 

Prayers for all who need our support. Cheers to all who are celebrating! Stay well everyone!



Herdade do Esporão 2018 Esporão Private Selection Sémillon (Alentejano) Portugal

This wine sounds very interesting, but finding it might be difficult. Neither of my go-to sites had the 2018 - at least not by this specific name. Wine Enthusiast provided a $30.00 link that took me nowhere. But you might be lucky to find it locally. Or try it the next time you’re in Portugal. 


This wine was created in 2001 with the intent to challenge the classic profile of great Alentejo wines. The maturity of the vineyard, the underestimated Semillon grape variety and the careful selection of barrel suppliers, have enabled us to build this wine’s solid, rich and complex character.

Photograph on the label by António Poppe.


2018 | 95 points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast

2017 | 92 points, Wine Enthusiast

2016 | Best White Wine 2018, Concurso Vinhos de Portugal
2016 | 91 points, Wine Enthusiast

2015 | 91 points, Wine Enthusiast
2015 | 91 points, Wine Advocate
2015 | 91 points, Wine Spectator;
2015 | 91 points/Year’s Best Portuguese White, Wine & Spirits


After a dry and cold winter, an early rainy spring followed restoring soil moisture levels suitable for the beginning of the vegetative cycle. The fact that spring temperatures and even mid-summer temperatures were milder than in previous years led to a delay of the cycle but allowed for good plant development. In early August, a heatwave of five consecutive days, with temperatures exceeding 43 degrees and accompanied by strong gusts of wind, caused severe damage in varieties more sensitive to this type of conditions, leading to production losses. However, in most of our vineyards, where grape varieties are better adapted to these events, maturation occurred slowly and regularly thus preserving the freshness and aromatic intensity of white wines and the texture, concentration and complexity of red wines.

Grapes from the Palmeiras vineyard at Herdade dos Perdigões, one of Esporão’s properties. Northwest and southwest exposure, protecting the grapes during the hottest times of day.

Predominantly clay, deep and well drained, ideal for balanced production, aromatic development and to preserve freshness.

23 years.




The grapes were delivered to the winery in the morning, when temperatures are at their lowest, and were placed in the pneumatic press. Long pressing cycles at low pressure enabled careful extraction for a rich must. Decanting was shorter than usual, which helped maintain the complexity of the medium. Fermentation took place in new French oak barrels (550 liters) in a temperature-controlled cellar (18ºC).

On the lees with batonnage to provide better oak integration in the wine, thereby reinforcing the creamy texture and depth. After bottling, the wine aged 6 months in the bottle, ensuring controlled maturation and giving the wine the complexity that characterizes it.


In 2001, Esporão Private Selection White was produced, which was designed to challenge the classic profile of great wines from the Alentejo.

Its solid structure, personality and complexity are the result of climactic conditions, the selection of the finest grapes from our terroir and our winemakers’ creativity. These are exclusive wines, made in small quantities for intense and intimate moments.

Every year we invite an artist to illustrate its labels, thus combining the Portuguese culture of winemaking with art.


David Baverstock & Sandra Alves


Clear, straw color.


Apricot and lemon peel confit, mixed with notes of cloves, nutmeg and some white chocolate.


Wide and rich, with predominant stone fruit punctuated with notes of white pepper. Unctuous, with a long and elegant finish.


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Good morning. Thank you for the Daily, the Lists and the Recipes.


Important collection of days, yes even the apple dumpling.


@kazuboth recipes look great to me.


@jimgevgood to hear about the downward trend. Also, I agree with your statement about the constitution.


@rafinmdI hope your drive is an easy one today.


🙏 and 🎉 for those on our lists.


Have a wonderful TGIF everyone.

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Happy Friday.  All great days today.  Love Apple dumplings.

Like cod, will save the recipe for later.  Have been to San Diego MANY times, will have to look for photo's.

Prayers and toasts to our lists.

Stay safe, social distance, and wear your mask.

Mint Julep:

Mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, consisting primarily of bourbon, sugar, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint. As a bourbon-based cocktail, it is associated with the American South and the cuisine of the Southern United States in general, and the Kentucky Derby in particular. Wikipedia
Main alcohol: Bourbon whiskey
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar, 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey, 2 teaspoons Water, 4 Mint leaves
Preparation: In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Mint sprig
Drinkware: Highball glass


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3 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

Jacqui, I agree. Hope you get to try it & share your thoughts. 

Have to get there first 😉. Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm 🤞 

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Good morning all!


Waking up to 64 degrees and sunny. ☀️

I once had the honor of sitting alongside the Mississippi watching a group of new citizens take their oath on the steps of the Gateway Arch. Very moving. And I suspect they knew the Constitution a lot better than most, the citizenship test is not easy.  I’ll skip apple dumpling day, not a favorite dessert. 

Cod is okay, the wine has possibilities, but I’d be a disappointment at the Kentucky Derby, I don’t care for mint juleps (although I’d love wearing a fancy hat).


I guess for Heyerdahl, sailing a handmade raft in the Pacific was simple, however I prefer the “progress” of a cruise ship.


My last time in San Diego was getting off a cruise ship in the rain and having two cabbies argue which of them got us as passengers 🤦‍♀️💦. I do love San Diego weather normally. Favorite experience was leaving biggest snow ever in St Louis for a day of sunny skies, 72 degrees and beautiful flowers in San Diego, great trade off.


Prayers for all on our cares list 🙏. (A good friend posted a lovely picture from her dog walk yesterday; less than an hour later she posted a pic from the hospital. She slipped on fresh mown grass and broke her wrist in two places 😱) Even with trip cancellations and other disappointments we still have a lot to celebrate 🍷.


Take care all,

St Louis Sal


p.s. Got an email yesterday from CC-Jennifer, Senior Community Support Specialist:

Hi There,
My apologies for the delay
Your email has been updated as requested.

I had been checking periodically; glad this got done. 

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Good morning all and thanks for our TGIF Daily!  A nice group of days today.  I would especially like to honor the Constitution today.  The quote?  Too complicated!  Cod is best to me as Fish and Chips.  


We missed the gym yesterday due to rain so did our treadmill.  But today we walked over and back in a slight mist.  Nothing on radar as rain, just low clouds I guess.  Not a lot of muscle aches left so I need to up the weights.


Thanks @rafinmdfor keeping up with the lists today.  Good luck on the road today.  Stay safe!  I thought today's sunrise photo was one of your best because of the promenade deck prominently placed.  Very pretty!  Prayers for all our friends on the Care list.  Cheers for those enjoying family visits, cruises,  negative tests, reunions, etc.  Enjoy!


We've enjoyed a handful of cruises into or out of San Diego.  Always lovely weather, and non-problematic embarkations/disembarkations.  We still have one couple we know who live in La Jolla, and they invited us to stay with them prior to our last visit there.  Great people!  All my other friends who lived in California including San Diego have left for a better life in Texas.  Go Texas!


View from our La Jolla friend's deck.  Not bad, eh? 00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVIEnbCOOuJsWub5G5YUmDN3?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1493589726

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Good Morning from a cloudy but warm day at the beach

      Suppose to be getting some heavy but much needed rain this afternoon.

Great collection of days. I attended a Citizenship ceremony once  and it was very emotional.

     Have been to San Diego a few times, great city. We stayed at the Springhill Suites across the street from the port. We walked across pulling suitcases, it was wonderful. Debarkation was a red hot mess.  The port itself needs some work. 

    Had a very early airport run this AM to drop off my DN.  Coming back over the bridge, the terminal signs were on with todays ships listed. So great to see them on again, they were black for too long. Actually passed a few Disney buses on the  528.  There is hope!


Stay safe and enjoy today

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