Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hello Again!

I didn't mean to be away from blogging for so long and I'm happy to be back.  Here's a quick recap of some of the things that have been keeping me busy.

As soon as I unpacked from my wonderful trip to England and Ireland with my mom, I packed again for a quick trip to L.A. with my daughter.  She was able to get a little unexpected time off of work, so we bummed some frequent flier miles off of my husband and booked a hotel near the beach.  We did tours of Hollywood stars' homes in the mornings and lazed around on the beaches in the evenings. We signed up for stand by tickets for the Jimmy Kimmel Show and got them.  No, we didn't make it on t.v., but we clapped and cheered really loud.  Jimmy said we were his best audience ever. We are now the proud owners of mugs that you can only buy if you have been in the studio.

My favorite stop was Manhattan Beach.  We loved walking on a path behind the beautiful beach homes.  The stores and restaurants were completely charming.   I couldn't believe that such a place existed so close to a major city.

Later this summer, my husband and I celebrated our thirtieth anniversary by taking an Alaskan Cruise on the Seven Seas Mariner.  It was wonderful.  This is a photo of the Hubbard Glacier taken from the ship.

The cruise package included our three excursions, really delicious food from a variety of restaurants on the ship, and beverages.  We lived like royalty for the week. We even got used to having afternoon tea with live piano music. Unfortunately, Alaska was having a unusually rainy August, but we still enjoyed it very much!

We saw a hump back whale, orca, sea otters, harbor seals, a black bear, and many more amazing wildlife.  This eagle was quite a ham.

This is me enjoying our cabin deck on the final evening of our trip.  By then we had left the rain behind us and we savored every moment of an amazing sunset.

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On a much more somber note, my heart and prayers are with everyone devastated by Harvey.  We lived in the Houston area until four years ago.  Our old neighborhood was one of many that were evacuated.  I feel guilty for escaping what so many of my friends are going through.

A huge thank you to everyone who has displayed such heroism, bravery, and selflessness in this trying time.  People can be amazing!

Let's all keep being as generous to Harvey's victims even after the news coverage drops off.  It's going to be a long, difficult recovery.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my neglected blog!  I think I've done enough traveling to last a while.  I am looking forward to joining the girls at Ten on the 10th this weekend.  Hope to see you here on Sunday!




  1. Hi, Eilis,
    Glad you have had such an adventuresome summer! Also, glad to see you back sharing on your blog...


  2. It's been such fun to see all of your adventures on IG. Love the eagle photo. My cousin in Houston is doing well. Their house is on a slight hill. But boy was it scary. Now we are looking at Irma as Mr. Decor's grandmother, parents and sister all live in various cities in Florida.

  3. Eilis, It sounds like you had the best Summer ever! My thoughts and prayers remain with all of those who have been affected by these horrible storms.

  4. Well, no wonder you haven't been blogging! You've hardly been home -- just off having a fabulous summer! I say "hear, hear!" and "Good on you!" All the trips sound terrific and you look so very happy relaxed in that on-deck photo.

    Welcome back. And as others have mentioned, sending prayers and support to Harvey folk.


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