Archive for June, 2010

It’s been nearly a week now since we have returned from vacation and I don’t know why it’s so hard to get back into a regular routine! We flew to Seattle and spent three wonderful days sightseeing with good friends and then we boarded the Princess ship, Sapphire, to cruise to Alaska along the inside passage. It was an absolutely wonderful trip and I am in the process of putting pictures up on my Facebook for you all to enjoy! I could write a whole book on our adventures, stories we heard, and things we saw. It was absolutely gorgeous! Colder in Seattle than in was in Alaska while we were there. Trains, planes, automobile, ship, and tram – we did it all!

In Seattle we went to the famous Beth’s Diner seen on the food network; home of the famous 12 egg omelet. Snoqualmie Falls was breathtaking and 100 feet higher than the Niagara Falls if I remember right. The Snoqualmie train museum was fascinating. Learning to use the public transportation system was a fun challenge that we all actually conquered! We went up the Space Needle, visited the Ballard Locks and Botanical Gardens, and watched them throw the fish in Pike’s Market. We enjoyed the Klondike Gold Museum. Be sure to look at my pictures of the fantastic talent performing on the streets and some of the magnificent architecture there!

We boarded the boat and it took the whole cruise to explore all it’s wonderful nooks and crannies. The scenic views were out of this world! After cruising for a day and a half and having our first formal night we arrived in Ketchikan where we did a horse drawn trolley tour and explored the town on foot. I had no idea there was so much to know about totem poles! Spent a lot of time on famous Creek Street with it’s amazing stories!  Took the tram to the top of the mountain and you could see for miles!! Absolutely beautiful!

Next we cruised the inside passage of Tracy Arm and I saw my first floating ice bergs. Did you know the ice is really blue? That was so spectacular I had to buy the DVD of the cruise so I can show my kids how beautiful it is up there. Then we landed in Juneau where we went to the Mendenhall Glacier and then went on a whale watching cruise. We saw lots and lots of whales. I have some wonderful pictures of Orcas, Humpbacks, and sea lions playing next to our boat. That alone would’ve made the trip worthwhile if the rest of it hadn’t been equally as good.

In Skagway we went to do glassblowing, which was an awesome experience. The Jewell Gardens and model train setup as a miniature Skagway were just icing on the cake! Since our glass pieces had to slowly cool anyway they mailed them home so we didn’t have to worry about them getting broken on the trip. We also had English tea there in a quaint little tearoom. Awesome experience all the way around. Then we did the White Pass Scenic Railway which took us up into Canada and the views were just incredible. John and I didn’t go all the way to the Yukon like some of our friends did because of our glass blowing but it was still magnificent!

Back on board we cruised for another day and a half and had another formal night. There was always something going on onboard the ship. We visited the ship’s arcade, casino, saw all the live productions, enjoyed several famous comedians, and took dance classes. We attended wildlife lectures, art auctions, and cruise produced game shows. The food was incredible! Was as much a work of art as it was tasty! Be sure to check out the pictures of the Neptune buffet when I get them up. Incredible! I’d never seen anything like the parade of the Baked Alaskas on our last formal night. There just are no words!

With the last stop I officially left the USA for the first time in my life as we landed in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. There we toured the town, learned the story of the rabbits, took pictures at Mt. Tomie, and last but certainly not least toured the Craigdarroch Scottish Castle. The entire trip was just an incredible, once in a lifetime experience! I took over 2300 pictures and my husband took over 500. I am putting the best ones up on Facebook. If you ever have a chance to do this cruise I highly recommend it! We had a blast!!!

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Regina Brett

I received this in email and I hope Ms. Brett doesn’t mind me posting it here in my blog where I can refer back to it.  The last two lessons have been lost in all the forwarding but she has some great advice!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:”

1.  Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2.  When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents [close family] will.  Stay in touch.

5.  Pay off your credit cards every month.

6.  You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

7.  Cry with someone.  It’s more healing than crying alone.

8.  It’s OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.

9.  Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10.  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11.   It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12.   Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13.   If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

14.   Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry; God never blinks.

15.  Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.

16.  Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

17.  Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

18.  It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.

19.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

21.  Over prepare, then go with the flow.

22.  Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

23.  No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24.  Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.

25.  Always choose life.

26.  Forgive everyone everything.

27.  What other people think of you is none of your business.

28.  Time heals almost everything.  Give time, time.

29.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30.  Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

31.  Believe in miracles.

32.  God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

33.  Don’t audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.

34.  Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

35.  Your children get only one childhood.

36.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

37.  Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.

38.  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

39.  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

40.  The best is yet to come.

41.   No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

42.   Yield.

43.   Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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