Category: Cruise

Some Thoughts about Thanksgiving

(This was written the week before Thanksgiving, I’m running behind with posting!)

I’m sitting in a nice coffee shop this afternoon. There is a fire in the fireplace and I am here with some writer friends. We write a bit, chat a bit and drink delicious coffee. I am thankful that I am able to do this. The café is run by a local church so they have nice music in the background and a playground room next door.

Today, they have Christmas decorations out. The trees are covered with little white lights, and the throw pillows have snowflakes on them. It is festive, but not garish. I’m feeling the mood for the holidays begin to blossom.

My husband and I are planning a major trip in December this year. We have less than a month before we go—a month that includes two holidays! (The trip is in two weeks now.)

I am set for Thanksgiving, except for some last minute shopping, and most of the Christmas shopping is done. That is a new one for us, since we have been known to hit the stores on Christmas Eve. It is nice to get everything done ahead of time. Things were also eased by the fact that I asked our kids what they wanted. Yay! Of course they still add things to the lists, but we can cope with that.

I have plans to decorate the house on Friday or Saturday this week. I don’t like to rush the season, but this year I want the decorations out so we have plenty of time to enjoy them before we leave. Our family Christmas is planned for December 17, then our church Christmas dinner is on the 18. We set off on our journey on the 20. Things will be busy between now and then!

Meanwhile, I am concentrating on being thankful. I have a wonderful family and two of my children live nearby. My middle son is in the Air Force, so he has to go where they send him. I am thankful for his desire to serve, and for his safe return from deployment.

I am thankful for our house, and our friends. My writers group is important and I have known some of them for 18 years. We have a great church family, and nice places like this café to meet in.

All in all, life is very good.

C is supposed to be for Cruise

For Mother’s Day, my husband made reservations for the Hiawatha Mother’s Day brunch Cruise. We would get a buffet brunch while cruising the Susquehanna River for an hour and a half. It sounded great.

The day was perfect. We had seats at a table on the upper -deck, in the open, but under a canopy. A nice breeze wafted through, and we enjoyed chatting with the other couples at our table.

They announced that they were having some engine problems, but even if we left late, we would still get our full cruise.

We ate our tasty lunch with occasional updates on the engine status.

They served a decadent dessert—chocolate mousse or tiramisu.

The potential cruise time got shorter.

They credited us 50% off our ticket price, and drinks were on the house.

We didn’t get a cruise that Sunday, but we had a nice time just the same—beautiful day, beautiful view, and the best company.

Looking over my past alphabet blogs, I am a little concerned about next week. Danger? Doom? Disaster?

I might have to play it safe and write about my daughter’s dog.