CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHERYLHURT CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Incredible, spectacular Oman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484298 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91766cbc-42d0-41f5-9fc2-f74441c50ed1.jpg">Beautiful, clean, friendly. Exquisite scenery with white beaches, towering desert mountains, and the mosques with calls to prayer send goosebumps down our backs. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:34:58 EST At sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483858 Calm, hot, smooth sailing. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:18:52 EST Laundry sent out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483537 Hot and humid. On our way to Oman where it should also be very very hot. Internet keep dropping off but we are in the far corner of the world! Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:00:22 EST Beloved and Indian security http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483245 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9b1385b-1e5f-4b99-87ae-22fd9a1d942e.jpg"> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:06:50 EST Amazing India! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482865 Vibrant colors, beautiful, happy people, filth and poverty in some parts, glorious scenery in others. We did a river boat tour of the back waterways, people were bathing in the river, washing clothes, etc. Travel is so important to expanding our world views! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b53e0e3f-9a5b-4252-94b3-15f6d71d79c8.jpg"> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:31:08 EST 92 degrees, 100 percent humidity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482548 Sweltering! Drove for 1.5 hours to pick up a riverboat, unairconditioned. The scenery, smells, and sounds were amazing, food was great, filth was incomprehensible.... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:44:01 EST In the middle of the Indian Ocean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482213 Very slow internet. We reach India tomorrow. Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:47:19 EST Happiness comes from within http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481909 Some people are complaining..one woman is upset her “suite doesn’t have a butler”....while we are blessed to be traveling by ship to explore parts of the world we wouldn’t ever see. I’m glad for what we have! If you’re not happy within...you will never be happy. Happiness is a choice! Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:45:37 EST Cabin crawl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481610 Looking at others cabins...spacious means barely above a closet Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:38:35 EST Lots of hiking around Puket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481266 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca7870c8-5719-4caf-b6f2-40ebae737152.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of our stops was to visit the Big Buddha, over 100 steps after the climb from our car. Hot! Sweltering! Humid! Wed, 11 Apr 2018 05:35:58 EST Headed to Thailand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480904 Big storm right now, lots of rain. We will be in Thailand in the morning. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 03:35:47 EST Exploring Singapore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480523 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bed432c-e19a-4aed-9362-208fee8c0364.jpg"> Mon, 9 Apr 2018 02:55:41 EST Exploring new worlds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480189 Incredible scenery, kind people in beautiful clothes...so different from the Western world. Trying all sorts of exotic foods. Slow internet on the ship. Sun, 8 Apr 2018 02:46:55 EST Exploring Malaysia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479876 Well bummer! Lost my over 1000 day spark streak because of 38 hours flying...but we’ve spent the day exploring Malaysia. Absolutely beautiful and the people are so friendly! Sat, 7 Apr 2018 04:55:48 EST In Singapore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479538 38 hours of flying...only exercise was rushing to change planes. Unhealthy food. <BR> Longest flight in the world..United Los Angeles to Singapore...18 hours and I cannot sleep on a plane. Finally on the ship and will have a really early night! Fri, 6 Apr 2018 01:12:01 EST It’s 2 am an we are up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478832 Headed to Asia today! The longest non-stop flight in the world... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 02:13:33 EST Up at 4 am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478469 Tomorrow we must be up at 2 am and call Lyft by 2:30 Tue, 3 Apr 2018 04:25:31 EST Up early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478138 We have to get up at 2 am on Wednesday so we got up today at 5, tomorrow will get up at 4. Brutal day of 38 hours flying on Wednesday... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 05:39:03 EST Got 7 miles in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477867 Legs are aching today, we went door to door asking people to sign a petition to have the county “planners” widen the two lane roads before they add another thousand houses. ....two women actually told us they’d have to get their husbands permission before they could sign! I about fell over! Sun, 1 Apr 2018 08:24:26 EST Packing tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477582 Hired the cat sitter, got most of the paperwork in order, will pack tomorrow. Sat, 31 Mar 2018 08:53:26 EST Another long tandem ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477253 We got in another 25 miles on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The wind was strong, got lots of dust in my eyes, but when it was over we were happy but exhausted. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:39:26 EST 30 mile bicycle ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476955 On our lovely tandem. What a great ride! Cool, overcast, the trail wasn’t packed and we were able to help two different people with bike problems! Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:27:03 EST Seeing the eye doctor today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476607 Praying for another decent report Wed, 28 Mar 2018 05:24:34 EST Our door lock was fine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476312 Our new seals are so tight one needs to push the door IN first before turning the knob. We paid him anyway. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:40:38 EST Door lock man is coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475975 Our front door lock will no longer work. Something in the tumbler must have shifted when we took it off it’s hinges to replace the door seals.... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:17:50 EST Last cold week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475632 It’s still cold here, raining and windy, high of 52. Too cold for me! Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:41:21 EST March against gun violence today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475338 Across the nation there are marches against gun violence l. It’s not a safe world out there... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:22:10 EST New library opens Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475031 We have loads more libraries here than we had in California and at least one is open on Sunday. Libraries open 7 days a week, while California had to reduce their hours! We bought a commemorative block and ordered a large one in memory of Mum...writer, author, lover of books. Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:43:03 EST Last dance lesson today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474705 Three years of private lessons...finally over today. We’re still awful but at least we can get around on the dance floor of the ship. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:55:09 EST Overate last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474378 We went to a “retirement seminar “ that we keep getting invitations to. The food was outstanding, but we normally don’t eat dinner. It sounded like annuities and Insurance... <BR> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:00:14 EST Poured with rain last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474046 Thunder, lightning, 1:5 inches of rain. Old man winter threw a fit last night when he had to make way for spring! Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:19:04 EST Headed to Asheville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473674 Beloved has a quick doctor appointment, but it’s raining so it will take two of us to drive. He will handle the steering wheel, I will look out the window and shriek at the scary driving. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:44:02 EST What’s with kissy lips when photographing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473333 It irritates me when we go to take pictures and people purse their lips like they’re kissing. Is this something seen on tv, which we don’t watch? I ended up deleting the pictures. Stupid.... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:13:27 EST 31 miles of riding, 22 floors of climbing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473039 Great tandem ride with beloved yesterday. Feeling it in my legs this morning! Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:56:47 EST Today is my 1000 day in a row! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472771 I’ve been on here for years, but this is the longest streak. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:50:51 EST Yoga and dance today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472414 Only two more dance lessons and we are done. Three years of lessons and we still have to count steps. Yoga at the Senior Center is a better investment! Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:38:15 EST 4 mile walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472126 Got loads of steps in, 4 miles, in the cold. Come on, Spring, hurry up a bit! Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:46:40 EST Yoga and tai chi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471801 We have both today, $2 each, per class at the Senior Center! Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:34:52 EST Winter is back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471471 They had a hard freeze when we were gone...all my glorious plants are dead. Sigh. One day spring will come! Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:27:40 EST Back in port, leaving again in3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471105 I have to be strong for these next three weeks, get some weight off because we next fly to Singapore to get a ship for 31days. It’s so easy to gain, so hard to get off. Sun, 11 Mar 2018 05:38:49 EST Hiking in pouring rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470790 We walked off the ship, almost got to town 3 miles away and a wall of rain opened up. Crashing, flooding the streets. We were instantly soaked to the skin and my Birkenstocks were soaked. We dashed into a little store, bought an umbrella, and the winds came up and turned it inside out, breaking it the first block! We were laughing with fun! Went to the barber, beloved had a great haircut and straight razor shave. Afterwards we presented Tanki with a nice bottle of tequila, which he like... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 07:30:43 EST Cozumel is mild http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470521 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab6631fc-3eb7-48b1-84af-cca6b4b6189a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is a heavy walking day. Beloved has a barber here so we will walk from the ship into town, get him a haircut, have fish tacos for lunch and look in the shops. This is one of our favorite ports. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 07:39:34 EST At sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470181 A nice quiet day at sea. We’re not doing any dancing, it seem to be too late for us. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 07:26:49 EST Chocolate cake for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469847 Haiti got cancelled due to very high seas breaking over the pier. No problem for us, but first time cruisers were understandably disappointed. Last night the Hotel Director had a whole chocolate birthday cake delivered to our room...at 9pm...so we had a slice last night at bedtime and another for breakfast! One more slice each and we’ll send the plate back. If it had been delivered to the lounge we would have shared with everyone...but it wasn’t. The mysteries of life! Wed, 7 Mar 2018 08:01:31 EST Oasis is amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469487 Fabulous ice show yesterday at the skating rink on Deck 4. Today we have reservations for the high diving show, and this morning we’re pulling in to Haiti for a day on the beach. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 07:15:12 EST At sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469104 On the Oasis, one of the biggest ships in the cruise world. Over 6000 people, but you only really are aware of the crowds the first and the last day. Beloved turns 65 today, so we go on for a week to celebrate his birthday! Mon, 5 Mar 2018 07:03:06 EST Ocean front hotel room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468757 I love the sound of the ocean. When Mum was in hospice her bedroom had the sound of the ocean...some clock in the room. She loved it and thought she was back in England. Sun, 4 Mar 2018 07:13:34 EST Stopped in Jacksonville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468434 Driving all the way to Cocoa Beach is just too exhausting anymore, even though beloved does the driving! We decided to spend the night in Jacksonville. Today we will check in at Cocoa Beach hotel, then go explore old town Cocoa Beach. Sat, 3 Mar 2018 06:52:07 EST Driving south today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468137 We’re going to stop somewhere in upper Florida and continue to Port Canaveral tomorrow. We get the ship Sunday. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 07:05:57 EST Happy March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467868 So glad March is here! Beloved will turn 65 this month! Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:02:14 EST