The Big Duck 

It’s time to wish a Happy Birthday to The Big Duck who turns 85 years old today!

Random Musings And Wanderlust

Flanders Duck / The Big Duck
Sometimes a random drive to nowhere leads you down a road less traveled, and a surprise sight to see. Forgot this little fella was so close by. Was fun to stop and take a picture during today’s snowfall.

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Meet & Greet Dinner Party!

Come check out the Meet & Greet Dinner Party, hosted by Niki @ Nikisthoughts. Thank you so much for including me in your list. Time to share the bloglove

A Texan's View of Upstate New York

Meet and Greet

The day is here! So here are a few rules/tips to get the most out of the Meet & Greet this weekend:

  • Leave a comment with a quick and easy dinner meal your family enjoys, or something you like to make. It can be 1 serving, or 10 servings!
  • Leave a link to your blog, or a specific post.  Write a little something explaining what your blog tends to be about.
  • If you have a link of someone else’s blog or post, feel free to share that in the comment as well.
  • And share this post! Re-blog, tweet, pin, whatever you feel like doing! The more visitors there are, the more participation there will be, and the more exposure there is to all of these great bloggers.
  • And last, but not least, check out these great posts from this past month from other bloggers coming across my reader!
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#AtoZChallenge I is for:We Interupt this blog post due to Jury Duty

I like doing my blog posts on a daily basis and so with deepest regret I must share an older post in place of today’s letter

I’ve been called for Jury Duty after my last civic duty serving 10 years ago as a Grand Jury. And I’ll admit I’m kinda looking forward to the possibility. 

So if you’d like to view last years post for the letter I Instincts & Intuition you can click here 

The post is just as relevant today as it was last year and tonight I will have to start preparing a few extra posts in case I’m called to serve today. 

Favorite February Posts + Meet & Greet

Humbled to have been included in this post, and would love to spread more blog love across the sphere. Please take a moment and check out these great posts! You won’t be disappointed!

A Texan's View of Upstate New York

At the beginning of February, I decided that when I read through posts from my email, I was going to save my favorites in a post for the end of the month/beginning of the next month. And so, I have 29 posts saved. That was a very big coincidence, that it is the same amount as there are days in the month! Some days there were multiple, some days none. And some bloggers are mentioned more than once.

So, go ahead and check out this awesome bloggers/posts.

And leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post. Then, re-blog this post to share the word so more people will view the different links left! Have fun! 🙂

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The attack of the Kitchenaid Dishwasher

 

Walking downstairs to the smell of charred wood, when there is no wood burning stove, or fireplace that gets filled with wood, brought on fear and panic to Dave and I this morning.

WTF is that smell?

We check everything imaginable, and then we realize it might just be something from the oven when we cooked a chicken last night although we didn’t burn anything. Anything is possible right?

Apparently so. When I moved closer to the sink and dishwasher the smell became so undeniably strong and overpowering. Checked the sink, under it and nothing was there. Open the dishwasher and I was hit with a wave of stench so unbearable I almost threw up.

WTF happened here. Every single dish and storage container smelled of charred wood. How did this happen? Frantically we empty the dishwasher, and upon Dave’s inspection, we find this gem.

His favorite steak knife. Ok but the question remains. We haven’t had steak in quite some time, and we don’t use it any other time really, so how the hell long has it been in the dishwasher? We only run the dishwasher maybe once a week on the weekend because it’s quicker to hand wash them.

This still remains a mystery, and I don’t think it’s one we will soon solve. But just think about how hot that water heating element is inside your dishwasher! Has to be pretty damn hot to char the wood handle on a knife and part of the blade.

Off to the store for dishwasher cleaner and hopefully the smell of charred wood will leave it and the house for good ASAP.

The last cruise to nowhere actually had a destination after all…

Talk about a surprise. About two weeks ago, Dave and I were talking and he nonchalantly started asking questions about having a passport. I explained to him that although I’ve always thought of getting one, I never did. As travel requirements are getting stricter as months go by, with new Enhanced Drivers Licenses in New York State possibly no longer being just an option, I have been thinking about applying for my US Passport.

“Well do you have your original birth certificate? ” He probed.

“Yes, dear I do, I just have to find it.”

A few days went by and he asked again about the birth certificate. I told him I did find it, and I would and should probably apply for my passport. He had been talking about taking a trip sometime next year, so I figured this was his little way of pushing me to get one. So I went to the local post office, after sending out a Secret Santa gift and picked up a US Passport application.

He called later that day like he usually does and asked again about the birth certificate. “So does your birth certificate have a raised seal on it? Because you need one like that to file the application.” “Yes, it’s the original, its a little flattened since it’s 40 years old but its there” I said with a laugh. Later that night when we were sitting down to dinner discussing the Hanukkah plans for that weekend, it was the Friday night before Hanukkah began, he told me that he booked us a cruise.

Talk about shock and dismay. “What, what do you mean you booked a cruise? How? Why? You’re crazy.” All followed by big hugs and kisses from moi 🙂 and a slew of more questions. “Where to? Where do we leave from?” and the biggest one of all…”When do we leave.”IMG_0034

“A week from today!” Whoa, did he forget I don’t have the passport yet. How the heck am I getting one that quick. “Don’t worry” he said. “It’s a cruise to nowhere. You don’t need your passport because it’s a closed ended cruise. There is no foreign port of call, we never get off the ship. It leaves from NY and goes down to Maryland then loops back to NY. Your birth certificate is all you need , plus a drivers license.”

Before I could air my concerns about food, he told me he contacted the cruise ship to prearrange my meals for me, or at least to put in a request for gluten free meals. They were accommodating, although they said a 30 day advanced notice was required, they would still be able to do it. He took care of everything. He thought of it all. In a weeks time he made sure everything was squared away. 🙂

We found out that this was the last cruise to nowhere that Norwegian would be taking. Something to do with an act passed more than a century ago, that foreign flagged ships cannot operate roundtrip voyages from a United States port without at least one stop in a foreign port. It also has to do with staff on the cruise that have foreign visas, and those D-1 visas are not intended for crew members on cruises-to-nowhere that don’t visit foreign ports, because they are essentially viewed as domestic operations.

So we got on the last cruise to nowhere, which in reality did have a destination, at least metaphorically in our eyes. A destination of relaxation, alone time away from interruptions, disconnecting from electronics, (except for the few photos we did take) and being able to just enjoy the moments and really appreciate them and each other. Two nights at sea, fantastic and safe food for me to eat, laughs, entertainment and the best of all was the quality time we spent together enjoying each others company.

It honestly was the best present ever. Not because of the money spent on it, because anyone who truly knows me knows I could care less about that. It really was the thought and the care he put into it all. In all the months we’ve been dating, I’ve never told him I wanted to do a cruise this year. I kind of put it off because I’ve been enjoying life with him. That’s not a complaint either, it’s just a fact. I’ve been preoccupied with life together, that my idea of going on a solo cruise for my 40th birthday year, kind of dwindled off my radar. Somehow he picked up on it, and I’m so glad he did.

It was the most romantic, relaxing, time well spent weekend I could have ever imagined and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with anyone besides him.