Monday, January 20, 2020

November 2019 Cruise - Norwegian Sun

I find that I don't take as many still shots lately since I do YouTube. But, I wanted to share some of the few stills we have of our November cruise on the Norwegian Sun. We left from Cape Canaveral (sometimes stated as Orlando but Orland is inland) and were scheduled for three stops in the Bahamas - Nassau, Freeport, and NCL's private island Great Stirrup Cay. Sadly, storms came and Freeport was off the list. That's OK because this was a very relaxing cruise - we did lots of sleeping and reading.

This was our first time on Norwegian since our very first cruise in 1993 so really it was like a new cruise line for us. The industry has changed so much between 1993 and 2019! I'll add a couple stills and then link my YouTube video below:

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Halloween 2019 Costume

For years I've wanted to wear a 920's flapper girl costume for Halloween dress up. Making the dress seemed like it would be very time-consuming and expensive. This year was the year to do it! Actually, to buy it.

Yup, I usually make my own costumes but this I bought all of it. In fact, I bought three dress, accessories, wigs, and shoes. Gotta love Amazon because I was able to try on at home and send back what I didn't want. All I added from my own closet was the black shoes (not period correct but nondescript enough to pass) and the shorter string of faux pearls. The headdress, long pearls, cigarette holder, pearl bracelet, gloves, feather boa, fishnet stockings, art deco earrings, and fringed dress - all from Amazon.

I'm posing with the Director of the Department at work. Funny story, the costume she wore was a costume she made for her grown son when he was still in high school. She had a photo of hi wearing it and it was funny to compare (exactly the same everything).

So, of course, I was sick of the wig before the night was over. I can't seem to keep wigs on as they want to creep up in the back and then eventually that causes them to creep up in the front. But I was a trooper and even wore it outside to give out candy to the kiddos.

This year I would say we had a maximum of 200 kids when we usually have about 250 but that may be because it was a school night. We gave out candy, crispy rolls (a healthy snack), dog treats, and bottled water.

We had cases of water from our hurricane stores sitting in the garage. I didn't think of putting it out early enough to get it iced down but even hot, we gave away over 120 bottles of water. I really thought it would mostly be adults but the majority of takers were the kids. Oh and I told each kid to pick a piece of candy (it was on a wicker tray for easy visibility) AND take a healthy snack.

Not as many people had dogs with them this year but the kids took the milkbones home for their own pets. How sweet.

If you would like to see the You Tube video of the costume try on, click below!

Monday, October 21, 2019

A New Visitor To My Feeder

I don't recognize this bird that came to my feeder today. He's a trooper though because it was storming off and on. I recently adjusted the tension on my squirrel buster feeder to allow larger/heavier birds, like Blue Jays, to feed.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Morning Stroll

Just a few shots from my backyard this morning.

And this just happened :-)

 I used to keep my succulents on this but they were getting way too much water from the orchid run off. So now I have my pretty pots all together!
 Purple everywhere!

 Succulents are now back outside and lined up against the screen porch for protection
 I had them here once before and they did fairly good as long as I don't forget about them

 Each side of walkway. I have a grapevine on the trellises but the caterpillars found it.

 The spider plant started in a pot years ago then the pot cracked and it rooted into the ground. This year I separated it and have it hanging. Has created three aerials since the change!
 My end-of-season sale purchase Vincas. Nice pop of color.

The bromeliad border just finished blooming. I added coleus for color.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Repotting Day

My poor orchids have been without devoted care for about 9 years. I'm determined to rejuvenate those that remain from the original 75 that overwhelmed me. Today was a day of repotting and trimming. It's only about 1pm so there could even be more. Just wanted to document a few so that in a few months I can post again and see the comparison.

Encyclia Cochleata

 One Bulbophyllum is now repotted as two

Dendrobium piece now mounted on driftwood

New Angraesum Sesquipe was repotted and I realized it's not that healthy. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

New Mexico October 2018

Last fall we flew to El Paso where Jerry's cousin Cheryl and her husband Tom picked us up for a visit at their house in Las Cruces. While staying with them we took day trips to Puerto Palomas Mexico, White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, and Cloudcroft. No captions, just photos.

OK, one caption. This was where I went to 5th grade when I lived in Alamogordo as a child.