At Sea…

Today we are sailing on the open seas! Heading from Port of Miami, Florida to our first Port of Call, Ochos Rios, Jamaica.

What to do at sea?

Good Morning! Coffee on the balcony anyone?

We started our day at the Great Outdoors cafe with a wonderful breakfast until it started to downpour. A few minutes later the sun came out and there was a rainbow.

Next stop the excursion desk to pick up a brochure and decide what excursion to take in Jamaica tomorrow.

The sun was shiny so we wanted to catch a few rays. It was so crazy windy that we were only able stay out a short while.

Back to the cafe for lunch.

We watched a sushi demonstration and David &Glenn volunteered for a little fun. ” Brad Pitt” and “Vin Diesel” had to catch an egg in their mouth. Success for the brothers and their prize…sushi. It was delicious!!

A game of Deal or No Deal…

A little onboard shopping … I didn’t end up getting the hat ūüėõ

And a few games of shuffle board…

An afternoon snack ( warm peach crumble with hot vanilla sauce)

And a little more suntanning…

There’s just so much to do on SEA days!

And one of our favourite things to do every evening is dress for a fancy dinner and show! And to finish the evening…a little music in the atrium. It’s the PERFECT ending to the day.

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Haha…Oh these little bitmojis are fun!

Goodnight from the middle of the ocean…sweet dreams

HELLO Mom & Dad 

A couple days in Miami before our cruise means it’s opportunity to visit Mom & Dad Goode. They have been spending their winters in Cortez, Bradenton Beach area of Florida for the past few years.

We headed to the coast through the Everglades on the Tamiami highway. We saw lots of alligators and interesting birds but because we were short on time we didn’t stop for pictures. We decided to meet halfway on the west coast of Florida in a quaint little town called Matlacha¬†(pronounced “mat-la-SHAY”)

Matlacha is one of five communities¬†on Pine Island in the Cape Coral area.¬†¬†It is an “Old Florida” fishing village, home to many brightly colored art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants, and traditional Floridian cottages. We ate at a wonderful spot the “Blue Dog” The¬†shrimp tacos and key lime pie were¬†delish! We spent the afternoon browsing the shops and catching up with Mom & Dad.

After a bit more food we headed back to Miami to get a good night’s sleep!

Winter Vacay time 

Today is the beginning of our Winter Vacay!

Bright and early, up at 3am

and off to the airport for a 6:40 flight to Toronto

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and Toronto to Miami.

I love vacation time but Winter vacations are the VERY BEST!!! It’s the escape from snow and cold to sun and sand that REALLY makes me HAPPY!!!!!

 




Glenn & Holly ( David’s older brother and wife) are with us this vacay. We are looking forward to a great time!¬†Goodnight from Miami!

 

 

RED CARPET READY!

It’s¬†the OSCARS!!! Did you watch it?

I love this awards show. But mainly for the fashions. I love to see the stars all glammed up on the red carpet. And I love Mondays after the Oscars. I really enjoy listening to all the reviews…from fashion, to the big winners, to behind the scenes special moments on all my favourite morning talk shows as I am doing my things around home. In your opinion who was the¬†BEST dressed/ ¬†WORST dressed on the red carpet this year?

My Number 1 was Nicole Kidman

Like WOW!!! Keith Urban must be a proud man.

Number 2 was Jessica Biel

And how about that opening by Justin Timberlake!!!

I love these two couples, they are so good together and the ladies looked fabulous as ALWAYS.

Worst dressed…I hate to comment on this, but I didn’t care for the style that Octavia Spencer ( Hidden Figures) wore

And I honestly didn’t care for Halle Berry’s wild and crazy hair!

Everyone has their own style/taste and I’m really not one to judge…these were just my preferences. Everyone looked fabulous.

Speaking of red carpet ready… My cruise clothes and dressy outfits are¬†all picked out and packed. Yay!!!! I’ve packed way too much, considering I normally can do 10 days in a carry on ( NOT THIS TIME) but a girl has to have options when cruising!!!

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He’s HOME!!!

James, our youngest son is home from his Spring Break Vacay!

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We picked him up from the airport this afternoon. He was a little tired, yet pumped from his past week’s adventure!

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James took¬†lots of wonderful pictures and I can’t wait to see them all.¬†Here are some of the pics he shared while he was away, just to stay in touch and I’ll share them with you because they are fantastic!

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GIBRALTAR


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AND my favourite ( on my bucket list now) CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO, AFRICA16938862_10154777400246858_899182724571522951_n img_6621 img_6622

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RABAT, MOROCCO

I’m so happy he had a wonderful vacation. I am so thankful he is home safe!!! I think it’s wonderful that he takes AWESOME photos that I can enjoy with him. I love the fact that adventure runs in our family and that we share this love of travel. And…I am thankful and excited that in a few more days my husband & I will be off on our own adventure!!!

We enjoyed hearing a few stories on the drive home and over a late lunch/early dinner ( James was starving)

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And James, being the thoughtful son he is brought back his Dad some Moroccan Dirham and me a keepsake from “the blue city” Chefchaouen¬†…a beautiful little rug ( I’ll use it as a table runner) made by the Berber people. The symbols on it are Berber symbols. And some beautiful soap with mint, a very popular scent there.

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Thank you so much James, it’s wonderful to have you home!!

PS. If you’re on Instagram, you can follow James @jgoodephoto

 

 

A HUGE South American Party

*** Make sure you press PLAY on the audio file to get the full effect as you read this post. lol

It’s that time of year in Brazil!

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It’s Carnaval! It falls on February 24-28 this year. It is the biggest celebration of the year in Brazil. We had so much fun experiencing this when we lived there, and just to break up the wintery snow month of February and help me think about warm, sun and beaches…I just had to break out my Havaianas ( have to pack them for my cruise next week anyway)

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AND for dinner tonight I just had to make some delicious Brazilian food … shrimp with heart of palm and rice topped with toasted almonds and lime…lime pie and coffee… and caipirinha’s of course!

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Have a great Carnaval our dear Brazilian friends!

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And maybe I will watch Rio…love that movie and the music.

Mi’kmaq… Heritage Day 2017

Today is Nova Scotia Heritage Day!

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This year’s Honoree is¬†The Mi’kmaq and their ancestors. ¬†The Mi’kmaq and their ancestors have lived in this land for at least 11,000 years. Mi’kma’ki, their traditional territory, includes Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and much of New Brunswick and the Gaspe Peninsula.

In the world of hockey, it is well known that Mi’kmaq craftsmanship resulted in some of the best made hockey sticks in history. This year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will honour Mi’kmaq Heritage by celebrating the important accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq community, including its contribution to Canada’s favorite past time, hockey.

The Mi‚Äôkmaq community will host a two-game hockey challenge called¬†The Mi‚Äôkmaq Heritage Hockey Classic ‚Äď Bury the Hatchet.¬†The theme, Bury the Hatchet, was selected to honour a ceremony held in 1761 that saw the signing of the¬†Halifax Treaties. The treaty ceremony marked the end of more than 75 years of hostility between the Mi‚Äôkmaq and the British, and celebrated the beginning of a peaceful and friendly relationship between the two nations.

Canada‚Äôs native population did not record in ‚Äėhard-copy‚Äô the history of their nations. Rather, they had appointed ‚Äėstory tellers‚Äô who passed on knowledge of their culture from generation to generation in the form of ‚Äėoral history‚Äô.¬†¬†The early Ice Hockey sticks were carved from Hornbeam trees, which are native to Nova Scotia and provide a very durable hardwood. One of the tools used in the carving of Hockey sticks was known as a ‚ÄúCrooked Knife‚ÄĚ.¬†As a result¬†of the huge numbers of Ice Hockey sticks made using these methods by Mi‚Äôkmaq, local supplies of Hornbeam were largely depleted and the Mi‚Äôkmaq then turned to the yellow birch, another hard wood which possesses the same characteristics.¬†In the early years of the development of the game, sticks were simply called after the name of the game. Thus boys played with ‚ÄúHurleys‚ÄĚ and later with ‚ÄúHockeys‚ÄĚ, rather than with ‚Äúhurley sticks‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúhockey sticks‚ÄĚ as they do today.

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It is always nice to enjoy a “day off” in mid February but it’s also a great way to learn about your country’s heritage.¬†Sadly my husband worked a LONG day ( 13 hours) and it was just me at home. So no family day adventure. BUT I took advantage of it by just having a RELAX day.

IN honour of heritage day … we had ¬†fish for dinner ( no we didn’t catch them ourselves) and berries for dessert!

Is there anything more Nova Scotia than smelts, trout and blueberry grunt?

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Hope you enjoyed your long weekend! Back to work tomorrow.

Lantern Festival is February 11, 2017

Today is the last day of Spring Festival. The fifteenth day in the lunar calendar, This special day is Lantern Festival.

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It is the first full moon night in the Chinese lunar year and full-moon symbolizes reunion in China.
People¬†eat¬†yuanxiao ( a rice ball stuffed with different fillings) or rice dumplings on this day, so it is also called the “Yuanxiao¬†Festival.” Yuanxiao ŚÖÉŚģĶ¬†also has another name, tangyuan śĪ§ŚúÜ.¬†¬†
For its rich and colorful activities, Lantern Festival  is regarded as the most recreational among all the Chinese festivals and a day for appreciating the bright full moon, and family reunion.
It’s so much fun to be able to attend a Lantern Festival.
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Today to celebrate this last day of Spring Festival and the special Lantern Festival, we will eat yuanxiao, and watch another special production similar to the Gala on CCTV, and take a peak at the “snow” full moon.
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We also had some meatball soup ( everything round symbolizing the shape of the moon)
Speaking of reunion…
It was nice to stay in touch with some of my Chinese friends over their holiday, it made me feel close to them. Technology is so wonderful when you are so far away… Here are a few pics they shared
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Happy Lantern Festival!
 Wishing all my Chinese friends and family a wonderful year ahead!!!
PS. My sweet husband picked up a few things he knew I would appreciate.
In honour of the Year of the Rooster… rooster stamps from Canada Post.
 
And…Corn flakes!
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