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April 29, 2017


While we were picnicking on Shelter Island the other afternoon, our ship journalist friend Peter Knego was aboard the Maasdam.  If you have Facebook, you can enjoy the cabins, suites, decks, and public rooms with him.  We really loved these small HAL ships…especially the library. 

After photographing the ship, he moved to Harbor Island for photos of the ship as she left. 

"A perfect day on a spotless ship: Holland America Line's MV MAASDAM in San Diego.
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A day in San Diego aboard Holland America Line MAASDAM, one of the line's smallest, oldest and most charming ships."



  • Himself:  Thrift stores, lunch, and to the museum.

  • Herself:  Ditto morning, BBQ dishes and working on photos in the afternoon.

  • Reading:  The 2016 Harry Bosch mystery.

  • 3 Things Done Well Yesterday:Ran errands, went to two classes, finished a book, and helped G with the BBQ while eating his brownies.

  • Gratitude’s:  The peace of reading in the middle of an unusually busy day.

  • April 28, 2017


    My Windows 7 operating system collapsed the other morning.  After an all morning struggle, G discovered that he had initially entered a wrong number in the registration.  (Boy, it sure did take forever for Windows to notice this.)  Having a black screen instead of the blue screen of death is infinitely more exciting than you could imagine.

    I wanted something homey for the picture on my new home page.  I found this shot but taken on a grey ugly day.  At least I wrote down the instructions for changing the picture.  Now I get to hunt through the archives for this picture instead. 

    This is the Sunset Cliffs looking over the Pacific Ocean.  That’s Bird S**t Rock.  On summer evenings great crowds walk down to the cliffs and wait for the sunset.  Yes, there is a green flash.  I have seen it.  A very delightful way to spend the evening too.


  • Himself:  Delighted it is Friday.  The girls from the pool are still talking about his comments in the hot tub this morning.  Forgot to make a reservation for thhe new movie theater yesterday.  One of those comfy chair, wait on you in the theater sort of thing.  We saw “The Promise.”  It was so real….
  • Herself:  ….and so emotionally reactive, that I had nightmares all night long.  A very gloomy and beautiful film.
  • Reading:  Tami…Not bad, I like what I read  so far.
  • 3 Things Done Well Yesterday:Pool, took some new pictures, and went out to a beautiful new theater “The LOT” by a friend.
  • Gratitude’s:  That I seem a little stronger.

  • April 27, 2017


    The MV Maasdam was in port yesterday, much to my surprise.  We wandered over to Shelter Island to get rid of the bird food seeds G’s local birds wouldn’t eat….small black seeds and corn.  As he scattered the seeds surrounded by pigeons and grackles, I photographed the Maasdam.

    I who long to go somewhere on the water, am with to G who finds himself seasick in smaller vessels.  I also cannot eat the foods onboard the HAL ships….darn, because I am fond of their smaller ships.  Instead, we have full days on land. 

    Gifted with free passes, tonight we are going to try a local fancy movie house.  They bring your food to your table, and you can sit back in complete comfort while gaining weight.  The food looks good too.  Tomorrow night is the first pot luck of the year at our Friday meeting.  G likes to be the cook.  I bring lettuce, tomatoe, and sliced red onion.  He’s bringing a lower calorie version of his grossly over chocolated brownies.  We have added brats to the menu this year….as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. 

    Oh, we who diet are in such trouble.


  • Himself:  He made a doctor’s appointment for his knees.  Pool today. Work. Movie.
  • Herself:  Granddaughter has a blue cast and no pins.  She will miss swimming this year.  I swam with a waterproof Band-Aid that was really waterproof.  Buying more.
  • Reading:  An Oak Knoll mystery.  At least I can focus on this one.  Tho it jumps around, I don’t mind.
  • 3 Things Done Well Yesterday:Exercise, Got hair all cut off, found a readable books.
  • Gratitude’s:  Hand’s better today, and I’ll take that.