Nice clear day, check it out. They smell great, too!
And – here’s the robin egg update. No change:
My front door has always had one small panel that was glass, and we obscured it in various ways. For the last few years it was painted white to match the rest of the panels.
As we have been unpacking stored materials, we found this little flower panel. And it fit just fine!
This is what things looked like every morning when I came to work:
As my new position no longer requires office space, we needed to find a display area for these treasures. The third floor beckoned.
Further work on the 3rd floor is up next, along with improving conditions in the basement.
I’m really not missing going into work!
Easter Sunday, 2017
Nancy woke me to go up to watch sunrise. This is how far we’ve gotten on this project.
Brainstorming ensued, and we started moving things around, adding, etc. to see what would fit where. Below, see a panorama of the result. Still a work in progress, but we’re moving forward!
(click on the photo to enlarge, and you should be able to scan around the room)
There was a calendar of Walt Disney World attraction posters that I’d held on to, and after digging through our lumber in the basement there was nearly enough stuff to make frames for all 12. This is how they ended up.
With Nancy’s help, we installed them up on the third floor.
I think I’m done with the west end of the area. Next up, the east end: plaster, paint, shelving. Stay tuned!
The original goal, a post-birthday sail with our favorite (only!) cruise line. Found a passage that would simply include a day at Castaway Cay and a day at Key West. Perfect! We haven’t been on the Disney Magic, so it’s a new ship for us. 1000 fewer people than the Dream and Fantasy that we’ve been on, older, but recently renovated. The entertainment on board includes shows we haven’t seen and the date looks great, 2 days after Nancy’s Birthday. Booked it in July 2016 and started counting the days.
The day comes, we leave the house at 3:30 am for a 5:10 flight. We get to Miami airport around 10:30 and find the friendly Disney Cruise escorts who guide us to our transport to the dock.
Here is the “Navigator” of the day, telling us what to expect today, and a good overall description of what to get excited about. You can click on them to get a larger image.
Lots of things to do!
We’ve done this drill before, the bustling crowds of eager cruising families being processed to get on board, but it’s always exciting to pass through and onto the ship.
There’s a big buffet, we find our cabin #1051, first deck inside:
We hit the pools, take a nap (been up since 3 am) and head off to dinner to meet our dining companions.
They turn out to be pretty fun people (photo to follow). That evening we go to the first big show in the main theater, Twice Charmed:
And, amazingly, we run into Oksana, who we met on the last cruise on the Fantasy!
What a joy to see someone we know, and she pretends to remember us! We return often to chat with her.
We watch the sunrise and head over to the private island.
Stroll in the warm water, enjoy a Conk Cooler, have some BBQ. Perfect weather.
Then it’s Pirate night! Costumes and fireworks!
He’s a juggler/unicylist, a good act, kind of a Penn Jillette style, but she is an acrobat/contortionist/juggler/silk performer who was amazing. And, Ukrainian! Here’s a link to show what she does.
We’re making daily visits to the Cove Cafe (they’re on all the Disney ships, right by the pool) for the only good coffee on the ship and great croissants.
I tried the AquaDunk water drop ride.
We’re looking forward to “Tangled” show tonight, and the pub on board is converted to the Snuggly Duckling for the evening. There’s singing and entertainment, with a game of THUGO (aka bingo) Whatever, we won! The prize was a bunch of rub on decals. And the respect of our fellow barmates, of course.
The Tangled show was terrific.
The night’s show, Disney Dreams, pulls out all the stops. This is the whole show!
Learn all about splashless bleach – and more!
We had a lovely day, lazing about in bed and then went to the internet to research wedding invitations.
Les dropped us off in Hoboken where we had a delicious brunch.
We walked back home, stopping by the event center for the Hoboken reception!
Got to love this mild winter. Making some pizza at home . . .
And it was delicious!
Now it’s time for Vikings/Giants Football.