August Break #7 – Dedicated to Kate

Today’s photo was, once again taken with my iPhone, at a local fabric/sewing store.  My friend Kate’s web site is titled “Inspired”, and is full of inspirational words and photos.  When I saw this in the store I just had to snap a photo and post it. So Kate – this photo is for you!  (And if you haven’t yet — check out her site here.)

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May already?

Can you believe it? May is here already – and what a busy, busy, busy month this will be. In addition to family birthdays (two grandsons and eldest daughter), a friend’s birthday and Mother’s Day, I’ll be leaving on a road trip in just a couple of days. Tues morning I’ll be heading out for middle daughter’s to enjoy an afternoon and evening of hospitality (and dropping off cats) and then Wed I’ll be driving to Las Cruss New Mexico — about 8 1/2 hours. Then on Thurs another 8 1/2 hours to San Antonio TX. Friday we’ll move my youngest daughter things from her dorm room to a storage shed and then on Saturday we’ll head out to Louisiana, another 8 hours of driving.

And on Monday, the 10th, I’m supposed to close on my new house.

Like I said, a busy, busy month!

Curacao (Day 4)

Today was spent at Curacao.  And what a place!  It’s part of the Dutch Antilles an oh-so-interesting.  Unlike Aruba tourism is not the primary business, instead it is the oil refinery that brings in workers from all corners of the globe.
We hired a taxi and spent two hours exploring the country.  Lush vegetation, interesting wild life and the hustle and bustle you’d expect from any big city.
Here’s a quick look:

Today was spent at Curacao.  And what a place!  It’s part of the Dutch Antilles an oh-so-interesting.  Unlike Aruba tourism is not the primary business, instead it is the oil refinery that brings in workers from all corners of the globe.

We hired a taxi and spent two hours exploring the country.  Lush vegetation, interesting wild life and the hustle and bustle you’d expect from any big city.

Here’s a quick look:

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Aruba (Day 3)

We awoke this morning already docked.  It was overcast and hazy, but it was still a great sight.
After breakfast we headed out into town – and enjoyed looking in the windows of the shops.  But, since diamonds, emeralds or rubies were not on my “must buy today” list, we decided to take a van-tour around the island.
Aruba is very arid – and has some huge cacti.  It was not what I expected, but perhaps that made it all the more fun?  We saw the sights and our tour guide was a young, enthusiastic man who shared all sorts of island information with us.  Whose to say if all of it is true or not, but I can promise you it was entertaining!
For example, we learned that drugs are not an issue here in Aruba.  And why  is that so?  It is, according to our guide, because this fantastic light house has cameras all around and the police (of which there are 200 on the island, and they only come out at night) can stop the Columbians from bringing in the drugs because they capture them on film.  And to prove the point, up to the light house we went.  I’ll let you decide…
Traffic was held up a bit in both directions while this fellow made it safely across the road.  Do you think he was going home?
And finally it was time to return to the ship.  As we left Aruba it was with a feeling of having experienced something a bit unexpected and exciting.
I wonder what tomorrow’s journey to Curacao will bring?
We awoke this morning already docked.  It was overcast and hazy, but it was still a great sight.
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After breakfast we headed out into town – and enjoyed looking in the windows of the shops.  But, since diamonds, emeralds or rubies were not on my “must buy today” list, we decided to take a van-tour around the island.
Aruba is very arid – and has some huge cacti.  It was not what I expected, but perhaps that made it all the more fun?  We saw the sights and our tour guide was a young, enthusiastic man who shared all sorts of island information with us.  Whose to say if all of it is true or not, but I can promise you it was entertaining!
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For example, we learned that drugs are not an issue here in Aruba.  And why  is that so?  It is, according to our guide, because this fantastic light house has cameras all around and the police (of which there are 200 on the island, and they only come out at night) can stop the Columbians from bringing in the drugs because they capture them on film.  And to prove the point, up to the light house we went.  I’ll let you decide…
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Traffic was held up a bit in both directions while this fellow made it safely across the road.  Do you think he was going home?
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And finally it was time to return to the ship.  As we left Aruba it was with a feeling of having experienced something a bit unexpected and exciting.
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I wonder what tomorrow’s journey to Curacao will bring?

Day 1

Our first full day at sea!  The water is wonderful – and I love hearing the waves the boat makes as we glide across the ocean.  The air is damp with the humidity, it was a wonderful 77F today and the wind kept everything just perfect (temperature wise).

I began the day with a room service breakfast:

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I took advantage of my morning and walked lots of the ship – even went outside to walk along the deck there.  It was full of serious walkers so after one round I retreated to the safety of the indoor pathways!  I spent lots of time outside on the balcony, wave-watching.  It is SO relaxing!

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Add to all of this the company of great friends, and life doesn’t get much better.

Until tomorrow….