Before we got off the ship to visit the shops, we spent some time on the balconies. Fred had his magic tool to open the dividers between our cabins. This allowed us to have room for all four of us to see and chat with each other. We watched some divers, some men standing in the harbor holding up a tarp and fellow shipmates trying to walk on water in a ball. After we spent some time off the ship once again, we settled in on our balconies. The same divers, men holding up the tarp and people trying to walk on water were still working at it. We never figured out exactly what the divers were doing. At times the rain got heavy but they kept working. But they finally pulled the boat back towards the tarp and the men closed in the opening of the tarp. They were …
The cruise ship terminal at Port of Roatan is called “Town Center” because it is located in Coxen Hole’s town center. The port sits on 6.5 acres and is the capital of Roatan. As soon you step onto the pier, you see lots of shops. There are stands with local souvenirs, gifts, food and drinks. We had been here before, so we were happy just to wonder around the streets and take in the sights and sounds.
After walking around the shops at the mall complex, we found the Drinky Monkey. We wondered up the stairs and found a table next to the railing with a great view overlooking the harbor and our cruise ship.  Steve and Fred had the local beer at $4 a bottle, while Dee had a Toasted Almond and I had a Miami Vice. This was a great place to sit and watch people scurry to the ship with off and on light rain.
As soon as I could, I preordered this book. The day it arrived I started listening to it. After the first few minutes I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Michelle does the audible, her voice is so calming and the story telling is wonderful. Her descriptions of people, places and events makes you feel as if you are right there with her. The book starts with her childhood, her brother, her neighborhood and her family. She lived in South Shore neighborhood of Chicago with her lower middle class parents, who had high expectations for their children. Her father was a boiler operator with MS. She tells the stories of going to Princeton, then Harvard Law and then to going to work at an ultra prestigious Chicago law firm where she met Barack. From there she shares with us her struggles with Baracks political ambitions. She talks about …
It was a late summer morning around 8:00 when the phone rang. As the conversation unfolded, I laid in bed listening to one side of the conversation. It took a minute or two to realize what was being said but not understanding exactly what it meant. The phone was hung up then quickly picked up and a number dialed. She asked to speak to her husband and in a very short time she started pouring out the other side of the conversation I had not heard. A man had called and wanted her to know that his wife and her husband were having an affair. As a child of 12, I am not sure that I knew what that meant. However, I knew from the tone and tears it must not be good. She desperately wanted him to tell her that it was not true. He must have reassured her …
Today we went to the World’s Oldest Indoor Rodeo at the Fort Worth Stock Yards. And yes, it was truly our first rodeo. This was the 117th Rodeo and was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. This is the last year the event will be held at Will Rogers. A new $450 million arena is being built a short distance away. We got a great parking place in the handicap lot and found our way to the first exhibit hall. The range of vendors was outstanding! Of course, there was the western hats, boots, house decor and clothing for the entire family. The vendors also ranged from mattresses to furniture, fire pit and metal signs and fences to farm equipment, home improvements to home made butter, honey, and salsa. It was a great home show, a beautiful western wear boutique and a wonderful craft show rolled into …
Hershey was curled up on the blank today and had his eyes and part of his nose covered. I have often seen him push his nose down into the covers because he is cold. Today it was hard to tell if there was too much sun so he was using his leg as a mask to block it out. Or maybe his face was cold so he cover it to keep it warm. If only he could talk!
Hershey was sitting on the couch when he got up and went over to Holan and laid his head on her lap it. He hates sweaters but with his Arthritis in his back he has to wear them. At 14 years old, he has also started taking pain meds.
Our hot tub broke. We went out one night to get in and the water temp was 54 with the air temp around 40. Don, the hot tub guy, came out and said the heat pump was bad. So a new tub was in our future but first Steve decided to have a new concrete pad put down. The area where the old tubs had sat was not level and Steve was always trying to get it level. We went off on a cruise and when we got home the new pad was in place. We were really pleased with Tony’s work. So now we are ready for the new tub to be delivered.
We started our dinner with Prosciutto . . . Mozzarella, Tomato, Balsamic Vinaigrette Gourmet Young Mesclun Greens. Our Entree was Surf & Turf . . . Grilled Beef Tenderlion and Lemon Pepper Shrimp, Fingerling Potatoes, Charred Roasted Broccoli and Peppercorn Sauce. Finally we finished off with a Trilogy of Sweets . . . Red velvet Cupcake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, Vanilla Creme Caramel with Wild Berries and Flourless Chocolate Cake with Praline Creme.
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