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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Here's a hint...


Anyone get the hint?
Today I went shopping for a few things.  Actually I went shopping for long johns. Figured that since it was almost the end of January, possibly they would be on sale... and they were... 50% off!  But the coat was on sale too, so I hemmed and hawed for a bit, then decided that even though I never buy anything red, that perhaps it would be good (I mean, if by some chance I was floating in the water next to an iceberg, surely they would see the red coat??)

So yes, the decision has been made. I am going on the Alaskan Cruise. My friend, my family, and even DH advised me that it was the chance of a life-time and that I really should go (the "if not now, when?" philosophy). I was told that the only things I would really need to have are a warm coat, long johns, boots, hat, and gloves. I have most of those things already... well, not the long johns or hat.  And I do have a coat, but it's about 15 years old... and not red.

Anyway, decision has been made. My friend was so excited. I guess I might be too when the realization hits me.  It's just that I don't like being cold (my kids are already teasing me, saying "You're going to Alaska??? You, who walks around the house freezing when it's below 70 degrees??") And then there's the seasick thing (I really don't want to ruin anyone's trip), but I've been assured that this cruise really isn't out in the ocean that much, it stays close to land and therefore shouldn't hit rough seas (and there's always Dramamine). But the real cincher for me was that the ship leaves from Vancouver, British Columbia - a place that would be on my bucket list if I had a bucket list... (and it's also featured in the blog, Island Rambles with beautiful photos!). 

And there's another reason Vancouver has a special attraction for me, when my paternal grandfather moved his family from London to the US around 1918, his brother also moved his family...  from London to Vancouver. I never met my great uncle, but through the Internet and Ancestry.com, I have learned that he had six children and probably most still live there.  Now, I'm not interested in visiting them.  They have their own lives and don't know of my existence, but it's kind of nice knowing that there's family in the area.  

Let's see... any other news.  Well, DH and I babysat our new little grand daughter Saturday so our son and DIL could get out of the house for a little bit.  She is a little doll.  Here's a pic of her waking up from her nap... yawning.




Oh, and today is DH and I's 45th Anniversary! 

21 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary to you and DH, Rian (it's our 45th this year too) and congratulations on having made the big decision. Red coats and Alaskan cruises are a match made in heaven. :-) You will have a wonderful time and we all expect a LOT of photos.

    Your granddaughter is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Perpetua. And I always take lots of photos (drives my kids crazy)!

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  2. Happy anniversary and congratulations to your and your hubby on 45 years together. Amazing. LOL. I can't even imagine putting up with someone for 45 days, at this point in my life. :-)

    I'm excited for your trip, I think you'll have a great time. Or I hope you do! I could have used long johns when Dad and I went that one year...and we went in May. We just happened to hit a really rainy, raw week. So you were wise to buy them, and the new coat. And yes, I got the hint. :-)

    Your granddaughter is a little doll, so precious.

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    1. I know... 45 years! It even sounds amazing to me. ;)

      As for the trip, it will be great! At least that's the attitude I'm sticking with. Do you know the old song (not 'don't worry, be happy', but the one I think maybe Jimmy Durante sang "just make one someone happy..." - you probably don't even know who Jimmy Durante is.) But anyway, I'm making my friend happy, so I will be happy too.

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  3. Wow on all counts, but especially on that pretty little girl. I would buy a red coat in a heartbeat!

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    1. She is a cutie, isn't she? (But that's a grandmother talking...)

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  4. Congratulations on your 45 years together ...and on your decision to go on the cruise ...I know you will have a great time.
    She is so cute ...great photo. xx

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    1. Thanks Angie. DH and I have been very lucky.

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  5. Happy anniversary! That is wonderful. And the cruise should be very exciting, especially since you have that nice WARM red coat. Just being in Vancouver and seeing what your relatives have seen is a lovely thought, don't you think? I love Vancouver BC. Please don't forget your camera! When do you leave? :-)

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    1. DJan, "seeing what your relatives have seen" IS a lovely thought! Makes me wonder what it would have been like had my grandfather moved to Vancouver with his brother instead of Florida and New Orleans. Our lives would have been different...

      We leave at the end of April.

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  6. Sorry it takes me so long to reply to your good news about the trip Rian!! You will have a wonderful time on the cruise, the weather in Vancouver will be warm if you are going on the Spring cruises. I live on an island not too far from the city of Vancouver. I have heard that the cruise to Alaska is excellent. cheers.

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    1. I think we will arrive in Vancouver on Saturday and the ship leaves on Monday. So, we have a little time to look around. Do you have any recommendations? I really hope it will not be too cold at the end of April...

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  7. Happy Anniversary!

    LOVE the RED coat!!!

    You and everyone agree, go on the cruise! Hooray!

    What a cutie she is. Just precious.

    "Auntie"

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    1. Thanks Auntie, Apparently everyone loves red but me. Must be the English in me, but I lean toward earthtones.

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  8. So glad you decided to go for it--and in a red coat yet.
    That baby is so cute.

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    1. I know... very unlike me.

      And yes, she is a sweetie... except when she has what her daddy calls her *meltdowns*. But I've told him that she can't be good all the time.

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  9. Re: Your comment in my blog today... In regard to PIE. :-) "BJ" is telling us, that Jan. 23rd is National Pie Day.

    "Auntie"

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    1. Well, in that case... I feel a pie coming on.

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  10. Happy Anniversary and great to hear you are taking the cruise. Maybe take along a few of those hand warmers for extra warmth.:)

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  11. The spouse and I have done the Alaska cruise twice. I, too, don't like the cold, but the weather was actually okay and the ship is kept warm. When we went to see the glacier I was bundled up with hat and gloves, but that was the only time it was very cold. We did have rain on one of our stops, so be prepared for rain. When we sat out on the deck, i always had a blanket to keep warm. Have fun.

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  12. Thanks for the info, Nana. I don't do well in the cold, but I'm planning to bundle up as needed.

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