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Saturday, May 26, 2018

This Week in the Garden

Good morning,

I love this time of the year. 
Every morning when I go outside there are more beautiful flowers there to greet me.
Since I've started having problems with my back I haven't spent as much time in the garden as I used to. 
Still, my very loyal flowers return to grace the garden year after year.
Stay tuned! Peonies are next!

What is blooming in your garden this week?

All the best,

Friday, May 25, 2018

Packed and Ready to Go

Good morning,

The day comes during every cruise when it is time to pack and leave the ship.

We had had a marvelous week aboard Liberty with our friends, Martha and Russell, and seeing so many people with whom My Honey had worked for 31 years at Royal Caribbean.

We were so glad we were able to cruise when Martha and Russell were also able to cruise.  We hadn't seen each other since the Retirement Cruise (they were with us for the last three weeks before retirement aboard Freedom of the Seas) back in November, 2016.  Although we stay in touch regularly, we were delighted to see them again this week at sea.  True friends are precious.

Thanks, too, to the Liberty of the Seas family for your hospitality and kindness.  All week another cabin attendant, restaurant personnel, cleaner, entertainer, or officer would suddenly get that instant look of recognition on his/her face, smile, and say "Hi Chief!" when he or she saw My Honey and me aboard Liberty.  It was fun being guests in civilian clothes relaxing aboard Liberty of the Seas with our friends Martha and Russell.

We will have to do it again....


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sunset - Returning to Galveston

Good morning,

I will never tire of sunsets and sunrises at sea and this one certainly didn't disappoint!

I took this image while we were sailing back to Galveston, Texas, aboard Liberty of the Seas.



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ship Canyon

Good morning,

When you pull two huge ships into port on the same dock you create a huge "ship canyon" that takes on a life of its own with wind, sun, shade, and echoes.

Here we were tied up alongside another Royal Caribbean ship, Allure of the Seas, in Cozumel, Mexico. 



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Beautiful Weather for Breakfast on the Balcony

Good morning,

The weather couldn't have been more perfect for our April cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas.

I was still barely a week post-op from my appendectomy so rest was an important part of this week.  The weather was cool and comfortable as we approached Costa Maya, Mexico, and enjoyed our breakfast.

Life is good!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Departing Roatan, Honduras, and Damaged Dock

Good morning,

After a beautiful day in Roatan, Honduras, Liberty of the Seas prepared for departure.  The guests were all back on board and the drummers on the dockside had gone home after a very hot day in the sun.
In the image above you can see the water swirling from Liberty's bow thruster pushing us away from the dock.  Even more interesting is the damage to the dock that was done by another cruise ship (from another company) just a few weeks earlier.  The other ship hit the dock and damaged a huge section of it.  We were still able to tie up with Liberty, though, so didn't have to miss this port.  We don't know how long it will take before this dock is repaired.
So, we were off to the next port!

All the best,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wood Worker at Work - Custom Order in the Making

Good morning,

I took a few candid shots of My Honey working on a custom order for a customer of our shop.  He's designing and making a box similar to the one he made for me for Mother's Day.  See the post of that finished box here.

My Honey designs the artwork for the box on his computer to be made with his CNC machine.  He estimated the box he made for me took 50 hours to complete just for the machine time, which is, of course, in addition to all design, assembly, and finishing time..
The pieces are beginning to come together.  After all of the designs are engraved on each piece, there is still a great deal to do with assembly, flocking the interior, and finishing the wood.  The results are extraordinary!
Artist at work!