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  1. I am so thankful I am not the only one! This occurred on that same cruise. The very first morning I went to the dining room for breakfast and one of the women seated at the table began to complain about her cruise on the Rottendam. Now, what could have gone so terribly wrong in less than a day. Well, the beds were supposed to be separated and they weren't. The stewards did separate them before bedtime, but it wasn't done when they boarded and she had to look at that full sized bed. After all, her traveling companion wasn't a romantic interest, just a friend who lived in the same gated community she lived in. And, to top it off, she didn't feel special. I refrained from telling her just how special she was. I did have one guy who wanted to talk politics but I kept reminding him we had a no politics agreement. I told him I wanted to stay friends and it would be best if we skipped that topic. It was so hard for him, but I would occasionally have to say, "Now, Louis! No politics!"
  2. Good afternoon! It hasn't been to awful hot here today and the house has stayed remarkably cool. We haven't turned on the AC and I don't think we will today. I don't think we'll get away with that tomorrow, though. It isn't getting as cool tonight as it did last night. Thanks to everyone who shared a picture of their dad. I enjoyed seeing them all. Here's my dad: He's on the right and his brother Bob is on the left. Me at age 2 with my Daddy. Having fun! OMG, that brought back a memory. I did Open Seating one cruise and we were seated with the complainers. The whole meal was a recitation of their complaints. They didn't get free drinks like they did on Celebrity, they had to eat too early to get to the show, they didn't have time for dessert, something was too hot, something else was too cold, and on and on. The next night they led me to my table and seated there was the same couple. I pulled my host away from them and told him any other table in the dining room, but not with them. He said no problem, many people had complained about them. Hugs, Karen. I hope you enjoyed the concert. Hugs to you, Terry.
  3. Good morning, everyone! It is a nice sunny day out, but supposed to get rather toasty with a high of 87F. I shut the windows when I got up as the house is at 67F now. We'll see if it heats up enough for the AC today. I suspect we could get through today without it and turn it on tomorrow. @Cruzin Terri I am so sorry to read that you have Covid on top of everything else that went wrong. I hope you shake this soon. @aliaschief I think you were reading my mind with the gazpacho. I planned to make that for this week to eat from. I love gazpacho and it is so refreshing on a hot day. To all the dads out there: Today's meal sounds good, but one serving is really high in carbs - two meals worth, so I will pass. I'm not sure what we're having. I'll put something on the grill so we don't heat up the house. Chickpea Pasta with Eggplant This one is a pasta made from chickpeas with an eggplant sauce. A little twist on things, but it helps cut the carbs a bit for those of us who have to watch them. Chickpea Pasta with Eggplant Sauce Wishing you all a wonderful day and Happy Father's Day!
  4. If you list your ports you may get more ideas here. There are sometimes slight variations in itinerary for those cruises. The Canada/New England cruises are great!
  5. Good morning, everyone! It is a chilly start to the day at 56F. The house really cooled off last night. I am hoping to keep it cool until I have to turn on the AC. Fingers crossed it works well. We are heading into a two week period of hot, hot, hot. I skipped the gym yesterday to go to Story Hour with River. DN Kourtney joined us with her two littles, Samson and Griffin. After Story Hour the kids played in the garden for a while and then we went and had ice cream for lunch. A successful day, I'd say! @kazu Enjoy that lobster! We're jealous here! Today's meal sounds interesting. I don't know if I'd like the asparagus raw, but I'd give it a try. The shaving part is for presentation. You could just as easily cut it into short pieces. Blanch it if you'd like and then chill. It will still be crisp. Shaved Asparagus Salad This next one uses cabbage and radicchio along with sugar snap peas. The peas looks really nice in the presentation of the salad, but I know I would never get it to look like that. Shaved Asparagus Salad with Radicchio And here's one with hazelnuts and goat cheese. Shaved Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese Wishing you all a wonderful day!
  6. I think it was the celery that was in it. I didn't care for cooked celery. It needs to be chopped up finer for me than what my mom did. It was in big chunks. In defense of our moms, canned was probably the only option at the time. We didn't have the variety of produce back then. Living in a smaller town, we didn't have an Asian grocery. So, they did the best they could. I probably wouldn't like the weather full time. Winter might not be so bad. Sue and I were talking about winter get aways and we considered spending a January or February in Arizona. No decisions made. This coming January we will be in South America, so it would have to be 2026. Farkle was fun tonight and I even won a game!
  7. We're on the same page, Terry! When we were kids we knew not to say we didn't like something. It was eat it or go hungry. Mom was not afraid to remind us that she was not a short order cook. I have been to the town in Ireland where my mom's grandparents came from several times. I also took my mom to the town where her father was born. When he was born it was Austria, but it is now the Czech Republic. Teenagers are here to make sure we are worthy of leadership. Constant testing. It is good that you and Craig are there for her. You wouldn't have to coax me to get in the pool.
  8. I think we grew up in the same house. And I agree Chop Suey was a 50s thing. You rarely hear of it now and I haven't been forced to eat it since I was in my teens.
  9. Good morning, everyone! It cooled down nicely last night and we are getting a short respite from the heat today and tomorrow. It returns on Sunday and sticks around for a week. We're expecting temps in the mid 90's next week. Until then we'll enjoy the 77 forecast for today. We're going back to the gardens today for story hour at 10. Our DN may join us with her two little ones. After story hour the kids will likely play in the children's garden for a bit. No plans for the afternoon. @Cruzin Terri I'm glad you made it to Jacksonville last night. Take your time getting home today and let there be no further mishaps. @Quartzsite Cruiser safe travels to you and Steve and I hope all goes well during his shunt adjustment. @rafinmd Thinking of you and your ordeal today. I hope it all goes smoothly. @Denise T Welcome home! I like tuna salad and @0106 Tina's suggestion of making it with avocado in place of mayo sounds like a good one. I'm going to have to try that. My open face is using a lettuce leaf in place of the bread. There are a lot of good suggestions for substitutions and things you can do in this recipe. Open Face Tuna Sandwich This recipe uses spiced oranges for a garnish and they sound really good. Tuna Salad with Spiced Oranges This one has a little heat to it with the jalapeños and red pepper flakes. It is interesting how they put mayo on the bread and then toast it in a frypan. Tunacado Sandwich Wishing you all a wonderful day!
  10. We love Acadia and usually always go out to hike. Last summer was different. It was so crowded that it was not at all enjoyable. We kept having to move off the trail to let families carrying coolers to the beach pass by us. From now on, we only go after school starts or before it gets out. That may be a road trip.
  11. Fingers crossed for @Cruzin Terri! I knew I forgot to mention something and it was about the Kitchen Klutzes. Yes, I am in that group. It is a subset of the Messy Painters Guild and the Messy Bakers Club. I also agree that being a klutz is not limited to the kitchen. I can be a klutz just about anywhere. @smitty34877 Terry, I believe you are the one who responded to my desire to hike Jordan Pond. I've wanted to do that for a long time. We set out to do it a few years back and missed the bus by a couple of minutes and had to wait an hour for the next one. Then, the bus we were on broke down and we had to wait for a replacement bus. By the time we got there, we had time to look at the lake and go back to town to catch our tender. I'm hoping we have better luck this time!
  12. Good afternoon, everyone! I am beat. Between the heat and walking, I am ready to veg out on the couch and call it a day. River had a blast with her cousin Aspen. They especially liked the play area with the river in it. Both girls were soaked and River's shorts that were once pink were a nice shade of black and had a hole in them. They went in the trash. I told Sue I wasn't cooking tonight. I think we're ordering in salads. Or scrounging. Thanks for letting us know! I did make it yesterday and even River ate it with no argument. It was decided that it should go in the rotation. I did add in the bell peppers and some mushrooms. We had it over riced cauliflower.
  13. Good morning, everyone. It is going to be a scorcher today. The windows are still open as it is cooler outside than in, but I'll close them before I leave for yoga. Expected high of 87F. We are supposed to meet Sue's former SILs and their families at Dow Gardens today. They sure picked a hot one! I think the spray park might have been better. Today's meal is one I tried and didn't care for, but perhaps I should try it again. I love raw radishes, so I should like the cooked ones. At any rate, radishes are a super healthy food. Radishes are root vegetables that come in several different colors and are a cousin to cabbage. This bright spring veg is a very good source of disease-fighting and immunity-boosting vitamin C Radishes contain natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. They contain a unique phytochemical called indoles, which promotes detoxification, helping your body rid itself of harmful substances. Radishes are full of powerful antioxidant flavonoids that fight havoc-causing free radicals and aid in healthy liver and kidney function. Garlic Roasted Radishes This next dish is very simple as it is just olive oil, salt, and pepper. There are some suggestions on how to use the cooked radishes in other dishes. Roasted Radishes This next recipe is more involved and I bet the flavors are amazing. It might be worth giving it a try! Egyptian Roasted Radishes That gives us something to think about! @Cruzin Terri safe travels home. Wishing you all a wonderful day!
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