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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Queen of the Mississippi - Nashville to New Orleans

Good morning,

Today's images are courtesy of our friends Martha and Russell who just returned from a cruise aboard the Queen of the Mississippi.  They had a fabulous time and I appreciate having these images they sent so I can share them here.
Martha and Russell are very experienced cruisers on the high seas so this was something quite different.  I got a kick out of Martha's comment about being able to cruise without taking her passport this time. 
Of course, there were fewer people on board the riverboat than there
The Queen of the Mississippi has elegant lounges...
...in all my favorite relaxing colors.
He's a little hard to see here, but at the lower part of this picture is an alligator smoking a cigar table. 
Transportation is provided between the terminal and the riverboat.
Snacks!
Entertainment!
What a darling rocking pig.  Perhaps an idea for My Honey's wood workshop?
I love these areas.  They look so relaxing and have the feeling of Southern Charm.
Look closely at the chairs.  There are rocking chairs at the rail and deck chairs behind.  Something for everyone. 

According to Martha and Russell, the selection of alcohol and other drinks was extensive.  I can see Makers Mark there in the middle.  Makers Mark is so appropriate for a riverboat.  :)
Food!  Martha and Russell said the food was wonderful.
There was a variety of entertainment during the cruise, some of it from shore side.


Ah, the classic paddle wheel image. Beautiful. I remember taking a similar image aboard the Delta Queen. 
A tour of the wheel house was a high point.
And, of course, a meeting with the important people who get the riverboat needs to go.
Martha and Russell also enjoyed plantation tours.
How beautiful!
And, finally, here are the Victory Belles providing entertainment.
What a wonderful cruise!

Thank you, Martha and Russell, for sharing the great images of your wonderful river cruise. 

Lois

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Catalpa Blossoms

Good morning,

These lovely blossoms blew down from our huge catalpa tree in our front yard during a storm.  The aroma is of these flowers is amazingly sweet and wonderful.  I'm sorry I can't share the aroma with you here on the blog.  :)

Enjoy!

Lois


Monday, May 22, 2017

The Cacadas are Here!

Good morning,

The cicadas have arrived.  This year's batch isn't the "big invasion"expected two years from now, but they are making their presence known.

We once had a dog who loved to catch and eat them.  They are edible by humans, too, but I'll pass.

;),
Lois

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Perfect Fit Chair

Good morning,

Wendy has found the perfect chair for a nap on the patio. 

What a sweet heart!

Lois


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mothers Day Roses and Balloon

Good morning,

It has been almost a week since Mothers Day and my roses are still beautiful.  My Honey was so sweet he asked me what I wanted and, at this time of the year, something that we can plant outside is so very nice to have. 

So far, we are enjoying this beautiful little rose bush on our patio table.  Eventually, it will join the other flowers in the front garden. 
This is the first time I can remember getting a balloon that sings.  What's funny is the "song" is so garbled that I have no clue what it is.  It's fun, though.  Every time someone passes it gets "tapped" we get to hear whatever it is again.  ;)  It's still going strong nearly a week after Mothers Day.

Lois

Friday, May 19, 2017

IHop Salad

Good morning,

IHop isn't just for breakfast anymore.

I do enjoy their salads, but now that all of the calorie counts are on the menu, I might as well have had the omelet.

It was good!

Lois

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Indoor Garden Update

Good morning,

Now that we are retired and at home more than we have been for the past 20 years, I'm able to cultivate our indoor garden as well as our outdoor garden.

This basket of plants was a gift to our daughter more than a year ago.  She brought it home where it has been happily blooming and trying to outgrow its basket ever since.

A few days ago I finally did a major grooming job and used cuttings to start other plants. I'm hoping to have some lovely plants to take to Catherine's office waiting room.  It would be fun to have "children" of the original basket to take there.
The "mystery" orchid is still (!) blooming.  When I got this one, I had no idea what the color of it was.  Now I find it is a gorgeous yellow, white, green, lavender, all in one beautiful flower.  I have another orchid that I know is lavender, but is not currently blooming.  I'm working on that one to make it happy enough to want to produce pretty flowers, too.

How is your indoor garden growing? 

Lois