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Disney Cruise & Vacation

Friday, November 21, 2008

After months of anticipation our wonderful cruise & vacation has come and gone. It was everything we had anticipated even though there were a couple of bumps along the way.

After flying into Orlando from Chicago, we spent our first night at our timeshare in Lake Buena Vista which is just minutes from Disney. Our timeshare is a lock off unit, so we reserved the small half of the unit the first week as we were going to be gone until Thursday. Our daughter Lynn & granddaughter Jenna, age 8, stayed with us.

Sunday, we were very excited as we drove to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Wonder for our 4 night cruise. We stopped to fill up the tank before we returned our car rental. Lynn then said she needed to get her passports out of the luggage before we returned the car. It was a shock to find that important piece of luggage missing! With heavy hearts & a very sick feeling in our stomachs we had to drive the 70 miles back to Orlando to our timeshare. Believe me, my prayer time went into overload all the way back. Prayers were answered when we found the small suitcase sitting OUTSIDE of the villa door, but still intact. Then it was a mad dash back to the coast. It all worked out okay and we had plenty of time to board.

The cruise was wonderful and so much fun. The food was good & I had lots of fresh seafood which is something we don't have a lot of being northerners. The staff was friendly & helpful. Our son & wife enjoyed their meals even more when the servers cut up our 5 year old grandson's food for him. One evening Jenna said she wanted nothing for dessert. A little later the head server brought out a covered dish for her & with great flourish set it before her. On the plate was the word "Nothing" written in chocolate with sprinkles around it. What a laugh. Every evening meal was unique & fun.

We enjoyed Castaway Cay the most. It was so beautiful with all that white sand & blue water. My day was made when I got a hug from my favorite Disney character Captain Jack Sparrow. As I was oohing & aahing over him Jenna said that he was tooooo young for me. When I had my picture taken with Jack I whispered in his ear to tell that little granddaughter that he liked older woman & he did! The only mishap on that perfect day was when Michael our 5 yr old grandson told his dad that a fish bit him. Our son didn't quite believe him until he saw several large welts on his arm. The first aid station said they were jellyfish stings. Thankfully, they weren't too painful for him.

I didn't care for Nassau too much. It was very run down & not what I expected. We did tour the forts & junkeroo demonstration that was interesting. After the tour we hurried back to the ship.

Our time at Disney was great as it always is. For the 3 days following the cruise Lynn & Jenna were with us. We went to the Magic Kingdom & Epcot back to back with them. I was so stiff from all that walking I could hardly move the day after. The next week it was just DH & I after our son & family had left on Tuesday. We went to the Parks at our own pace & really enjoyed seeing the Christmas decorations. There were fewer people that week, too, which was nice.

The highlight of that week was meeting Sparkers Stephanie & Ken for dinner at Fort Wilderness. Stephanie was celebrating a milestone birthday that weekend. What a great place to do that! Steph & Ken looked great with their weight loss. Way to go you two!

An unwelcome surprise was to have vertigo after exiting the ship for about a week. A really strange feeling as it would come and go. It only affected the adults and the women more then the men.

It was with regret to leave that magical place and the mid 80's temp. Quite a shock to come home to temps in the 20's & lower. DH & I have been in recovery mode since.

  
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ANGORA4 11/29/2008 2:09PM

    So glad you were able to get away for a while. Looking forward to hearing what's new for you.

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LOGANDRYLSMOM 11/21/2008 3:36PM

    That sounds fantastic.. makes me want to be there!!!! Glad you all had a good time!

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I remember Mom

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I was blessed with a wonderful caring Mom. She lived a long life passing away at 91 years, but was still a vital, fun lady to the end. She has been gone just over 5 years now, but I still miss her so very much.

Now I'm the matriarch of the family & I'm not sure I can begin to fill her shoes even though her shoe size was smaller then mine. She left a heritage that had a lasting effect on all those who loved her. So on this day I pay tribute to Mom who I remember as having a love for God, her family, children, animals & flowers. A generous woman of great wisdom, who loved a good laugh and gave the best hugs ever! I thank my heavenly Father for giving me this great lady as my Mom. I cherish all the memories I have of her.

At her funeral all her grandchildren shared their memories of Grandma, and each one said they thought they were her favorite grandchild. That sums up just the kind of person she was. While I miss her now, I know that it isn't forever. One day we will be reunited & there will never again be the sorrow of another good bye.

  
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LILREDCARDINAL 6/29/2008 7:48AM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I lost my mom just under 2 years ago. It is very hard to lose a mother, but as you say we will be reunited one day. I too hope I can leave a legacy as rich, wonderful and strong as the one my own mother left us. Thanks for sharing and God Bless. emoticon

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ANGORA4 5/23/2008 2:20AM

    Beautiful! So glad you shared this wtih us!

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MOMMADOT630 5/14/2008 9:49PM

    Your Mom must have been quite a lady. This was a beautiful tribute. I think she was probably very proud of you.

God Bless and keep you.
MommaDot

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JESPAH 5/12/2008 12:55PM

    What a wonderful, loving tribute.

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A Milestone Today.

Friday, May 09, 2008


Today I left the 60's behind and began my journey into the 70's. It sure doesn't seem possible I am that age. I don't feel like it and nice people tell me I don't look it.

I feel so much better then I did last year at this time because of the pounds I have lost and the exercising I have been doing. I am constantly trying to learn new things to challenge my brain & body. Because I worked with the elderly for so many years I have seen the difference it can make if you are active, slim and have a happy outlook.

So, with that said, I'm looking forward to being just that...active, slim & happy in my 70's all with God's help and blessings.

Oh, the photo is just to get your attention. It isn't one of hubby & me.

  
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ANGORA4 5/23/2008 2:26AM

    Happy Birthday! What a joyous milestone! When my mom reached 70, she celebrated by climbing down the waterfall of Cannon Mt. in the White Mts. of New Hampshire, and exploring a cave that requires a 40' climb down a rope ladder to start. She's 97 now, and I hope I can follow in her footsteps. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better than last year. I hope to say the same next year! My brother also turns 70 this year, he celebrated a bit early with a week of fishing and camping. emoticon

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JESPAH 5/10/2008 1:14PM

    Happy birthday, Sweetie!

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JCROWG 5/9/2008 9:08PM

    Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You sure don't look anywhere close to your age. Hope you had a good day. Jeannette

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I just deleted a turtle sundae!

Friday, May 02, 2008

In my email today was a coupon from Culvers for a 2 scoop sundae free of charge because it is my birthday next week. I have to admit I looked at it for 15 seconds & with shaky fingers deleted it. Last year I would have had a turtle sundae that had a 1000 calorie price tag with it. Well, SP'ers no more. It just "ain't" worth it. When I told my hubby what I did, he said "I could have ate it!" As if I would sit and watch him do that. I feel like I won a major battle today & it wasn't that hard.

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Yeah for me!!!! I was kidding about the shaky fingers.

  
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-STEPHANIE- 5/9/2008 9:03AM

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Here you go Sweetie and Happy Birthday!! You can lick this as much as you want and you won't gain an ounce!

Go out and enjoy your birthday. Portions, portions. Maybe you and your hubby could SHARE a sundae. Just make sure he gets the big "half".
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CHANARO 5/4/2008 7:38PM

    You DID win a battle today...WTG!!

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SUEALLI 5/2/2008 5:22PM

    Congrats on your willpower and your birthday. Getting rid of those temptations sure makes life easier.

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That Scale!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Why do we let the scale tell us if we are successful or not? I've had an excellent week tracking my food chart & keeping my calorie intake around 1250 a day. My meals have all been healthy & I've exercise more then I ever had. For the first time ever we walked the entire length of our walking path which is 4.5 miles. I weighed myself on Wed. & had dropped a pound, so I was hoping that today I would show a loss of another 1/2 lb. This would have put me at the 30 lb loss level. Much to my shock I had gained a pound!

I refuse to accept any negative feelings from this result. I know I am doing everything right & will ride this out. Tomorrow it will probably be down again, but grrrrr why did this have to happen on weigh in day????

  
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ANGORA4 4/23/2008 1:17PM

    I know how you feel, my scale doesn't seem to know that there are TWO directions to move, and I'd prefer the one it isn't using! I, too, am exercising more than I thought possible. I love PUNKIN's suggestion that maybe we're exchanging fat for muscle. Now if I could just exchange that for a smaller dress size!

Hang in there, we'll make it past this!

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PUNKIN165 4/7/2008 12:10AM

    Awww...that is discouraging, but look at it like you are gaining muscle mass, and that is always a good thing...I try to only weigh in once a month now...YOU are doing wonderfully...keep it up...Diana

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YUKONCHICK 4/4/2008 3:53PM

    I hear ya, Sandy. I'm not amused either!

I think the actual scales may be to blame. Anything short of a doctor's scale - the old fashioned ones where you move the weight along the 'ruler' - is probably laden with error.

I know my scale lies. I weigh 5x right after each other, and I get 5 different totals. So I pick the one that came up twice. LOL! And it's digital, supposedly accurate to the 1/5 of a pound, etc. Cost me a fortune...but I think the ruler scales have it all over these step-ons. Though my gym manager says the ruler scale there is routinely about 3 lbs. off.

I want to know where/how we can get accurate weigh-ins...cuz I don't think we're getting them!!!!!

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