Friday, January 17, 2014

Saturday, January 18, the weekend is here!

Yesterday we went to see Rosine....she is not feeling totally well.  Vicki made an appointment for her to see an ENT doctor on February 3.  She cannot blow out of one side of her nose and she is having trouble hearing!  Mama Mia!  I am not going there!  Today was her last day on HOSPICE and on Monday she will start physical therapy!  I am not going there either!

       This is a really cute picture of both Santa and Rosine!  Can you believe she is almost 95?

We started the day by going to Starbucks and then we took a walk around the strip mall that Starbucks is in!  It was about a half mile to the end and back!

We are trying hard to do better and to get moving..."I am telling Sandi what to do and I rather like it!"  lol!

The nice thing about this little walk is that it is all in the shade..

When we got home I finished up the Christmas decorations...One of the things I really hate about it is January 18, I am working in the garage and it is getting so hot for was a good thing I was able to finish......the same goes for walking....Vicki walked 2 blocks yesterday and that was that!

We went to the mall and we each bought a new blouse for our next cruise.  Then we went to the Apple Store to buy iPods....I sent Tami a text telling her what we were doing and she said "use your phone".  We were wanting to listen to a book while walking...someday when it is not too now we are trying to download one to the iPhone.  I don't know if it worked or not!

Tomorrow I get to start sewing.  I am going to try not to be obsessed....although it serve a helped me to focus on something other than my heart palpitations so that my brain could get use to not going to the races!

 Welcome to the 2014 World Cruise on the Holland America, msAmsterdam!  This 115 day cruise is my virtual cruise and I hope you will join me!  We will be traveling to wonderful places and learning about different cultures

Photos from Jeff Farschman's blog,,,,
Narrative by …”.Treasures of the World”, by Bill and Mary Ann
                         “ John and Diane are at it Again”

Friday, January 17 - Day 14
At Sea en route to Easter Island

Here we are with the question asked every year: will we or won’t we be able to call at Easter Island? It’s a tender port, so the seas have to be calm enough to allow all those cute little tenders to collect passengers and drop them off on the island. In 2012, the Easter Island dock had been damaged, so the Amsterdam first set up two tenders, side by side, lashed together, as a landing area. That worked well until the seas really acted up in the afternoon, and the tender that was our lifeboat was damaged by banging against the other. It took about a month to repair our lifeboat, but we had been assigned to another in the meantime.

Yesterday, during the captain’s 12:45 announcements, he referred to Easter Island as his “nemesis” because he has had such a hard time in the last two years getting passengers onto the island. I would think that HAL would NOT be happy to have their boats damaged, but on the other hand, it’s such an important port for most passengers that the captain is “damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.” I guess we’ll just wait and see after our four sea days.

Every morning at 9:30 is “Good Morning Amsterdam,” a show in the Wajang Theatre hosted by Gene, our cruise director, and the young lady who is the event planner. They always have a guest, and today’s guest was our friend George, who talked about his background as a pastry chef and about the cheesecakes that he is famous for. He’s doing a demo class this morning, but it conflicts with Trivia, so I think I’ll have to take a raincheck. He’s making his Blue Ribbon cheesecake (which apparently has won lots of awards, hence the name) and his goat cheese and walnut cheesecake. I’ve been very upfront with George about my dislike of cheesecake (I just don’t like cream cheese - hard to believe, but true), but his class next Tuesday is three courses of other wonderful things, including shortribs, which I love.

John’s at “the beach” and I’ll be out there shortly, just relaxing and enjoying the first of our wonderful sea days. As far as I’m concerned, this is what cruising is all about.

John and Diane

ay 14 At Sea

It was nice to have a relaxing day at sea….  Nice and sunny, just like it ought to be. I sat out poolside with Ian & Carol for the better part of the day.  After my trip to Lake Titicaca it was nice to just sit back and relax.  The evening was spent with friends and I laughed way too much….   Tough to catch my breath.  Looking forward to another wonderful day at sea tomorrow as we sail to Easter Island.

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