Thursday, January 20, 2011

What a difference a year makes!

This is what about 8 or 10 inches of snow looks like. You can clearly see how deep it is in the piles on the bushes. If you look closer, you can see the Bunny tracks across the front of the porch. Needless to say, this is a day to work at home. We both planned ahead and brought plenty of work home with us last night. Or - it's a good day to do a blog.
Yes, there really is a pond out there. You can see about 8 inches of snow piled on the railing. This is a lot different than the usual pictures we have of family and friends enjoying the shade and view of our back porch. Only fifty something days to Spring.

What a difference a year makes. A year ago tomorrow, we left for our Panama Canal Cruise. It was so wonderful to take a warm vacation in the middle of winter. We visited several countries in South and Central America - where the temps were in the upper 90's. Hands down, the highlight of the whole trip was the canal itself. Wow! It was worth the price of the trip just to see that amazing wonder of the world. Put it on your list of things you must see sometime. The above pic is Cabo San Lucus and those small islands are the real Lands End off the tip of the Baja Peninsula. It was a truly beautiful place. My favorite stop in Mexico.

I didn't take as many, or as good, pictures as Donna did. This is several of us enjoying the buffet lunch, which like everything on the Princess Cruises was incredible. We did TRY to eat lighter at lunch to make up for what we would "put away" at dinner each night. From the right are our close friends Don and Kathy Rose, then my sister Becky, and Kathy's mom Robbie. The good looking gal on the left was my roommate. As much as we like cruising, we have come to realize that what makes it special for us is getting to share it with good friends. We have no plans to ever take a cruise without at least some of our friends being with us. Hopefully these great memories of warmer days and wonderful shared experiences will get us through the rest of this Winter. And thinking about a 2012 cruise in the Med will help too.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

All I can think about is how much fun your grandkids would have in all that snow!!! It sure is pretty when you don't have to get out in it.