Well this was supposed to be the end of our four day cruise. I woke up early as usual expecting the ship to ether be pulling up to the dock or already be there. I went up to get my last cup of coffee while on board ship. It was still very foggy and the ship was still anchored out. The time was 06:00 and we were to be out of our cabins and ready to start disembarking around 08:30. The captain announced on the intercom that the port was still closed and that we would be sitting here until the fog lifted enough for the pilot from Galveston could make it on board to guide us into port. Every one was in limbo waiting for the words that we were heading in to the dock. Some where around 10:30 the captain announced that instead of being out of our rooms we could wait in the cabins if we wanted. Charlotte and I had gone down to ours and we could tell that the steward had been there to start cleaning for the next group of people that would be coming on board, so we tried not to go in for we did not want to mess up what he had already completed. So pretty much all this time we set on the lido deck in our usual spot with the whole family. The crew was as friendly as they could be seeing as how they could not get the ship ready for the ones who were to come on board after we were gone.
It was getting around lunch time and the crew started putting out food so we could eat lunch. Guy’s Burgers opened up, The Pizza place and the taco place opened, also the buffet so we did not hurt for food. While we were anchored I never did here the fog horn going off but every once and a while I could here another ships horn. The fog lifted some a little later in the afternoon and we could see four or five tankers anchored around us. Some where around 16:00 the captain came back on and said that we were going to raise anchor and head out past the 12 mile limit so that the ship could dump its gray tank due to maritime law. He said he was announcing this so that we would not be getting our hopes up about going in to port. The ship started moving very slow and the fog horn started back to sounding every two minutes.
There were several people who needed to get to the airport to catch flights home, or needed to get home so they could go to work or school the next day. Cell phone rates was like 1.99 per min. to call from the ship. The ship said that if you need to call home, employer, airlines, etc. that you could go to your cabin and call from your room phone for no charge. I felt that they did the right thing there for even though this was not the ships fault that they could not get back to port, it was a mother nature thing. Also every one had put their luggage out to be picked up and delivered down so it could be unloaded when the ship docked, so no cloths to change into. The captain announced that all the luggage would be brought back up to the rooms for we were going to be spending another night on the ship. When we have cleaned up and got the clothes out that we needed to please set the luggage out again so the crew could pick it up again. I felt sorry for theses guys that meant double work for them and not much rest.
Even though we had already said our goodbyes to our waitress down in the dinning room we went back down for dinner. I told her that she just thought she was through with us. She took exultant care of us and gave each of us another big hug as we were leaving. We stayed up late visiting and watching the fog go by until time to turn in. What a surprise the next morning when I looked out and saw lights out the balcony window, when I got up and looked we were docked at the pear, I have no ideal when we came into port,
Our 4 day cruise starts today 02/20/2014 aboard the Carnival Triumph, That’s right the same ship that was in the news back in February 2013. If you remember the ship had an engine fire and was stranded for four days in Gulf of Mexico. We knew the ship had been repaired and cleaned from stem to stern.
Okay here is how our first day ended up. We woke up and was excited about getting started on our cruise. We were to report to the dock around 12:00 pm to start the boarding process and the ship was to leave around 4 pm. We received a text from Carnival about 8:30 am saying the ship was being delayed due to fog and that they would keep us informed by text and do not come to the ship until they said it was okay to do so. Finley we got the go to come down to Galveston and star going through security at 3 pm. While we were getting in line to board the ship there were people still trying to get off the ship from their cruise. We ended up in line for two and half hours going through security and then getting our boarding pass from Carnival before we could go on board. My feet and back was killing me by this time, my kids kept telling me to go set down and they would get me when we reached the desk for our boarding pass. Like a dummy I said no I will stay with them.
Finley we made it to our cabin so we put away our carry on luggage and made our way up to deck nine where the food was. We found where they were serving Guys burgers so we got us one set down to eat. We barely finished when we had to go to the abandon ship drill that all cruise ships have you do before they can leave port. Here again we had to stand packed in like sardines for a good 45 min while they explain how to put on your life jacket and show that this is where you come in case something happens. This was well and good if you have not been through these drill before and if you could understand the person talking, and if we could get the three women standing next to us from talking so loud where you could not hear anyways. It was starting to get foggy again but we set sail around 6: pm. We went back up to the Lido deck which is deck nine, there was some ice cream machines where I could get Ice cream 24 hours a day woo hoo. We visited and tried out the different foods until time to hit the sack.
Back on January 4th I blogged about the surprise my two daughter in-laws had for their husbands. Well the time to go has come and gone we left around 5:30 am on Wednesday morning 02/19/2014 to make the long drive to Houston Texas. It only took us ten and half hours to make the drive from Amarillo Texas. We pulled into the motel around 4:00 pm checked in called our son to let him know that we made it safely and that we would be at his house after we freshen up and stop and get fuel for the car.
We visited with him until his kids came in from their school activities and Aubrey came home from work. Our other son was running about two hours behind us and they also made it but they hit some of the five o-clock traffic. Our daughters flight from Kansas was coming in around 6:40 pm so mom and I left to pick her up at Hobby Airport. The boys decided that they wanted Sushi so they called to tell us where we could meet them for dinner. I just have not been able to eat raw fish so I ordered chicken and a fork to eat it with then had fun watching them eating with chop sticks. Afterwords we went back to Jeremy’s house to visit a little more before going back to the motel for the night.
I am not sure why but this winter it seems we have a gathering going on. The back of our house sets toward the southeast and when the sun comes up it feels good standing at the backdoor. We have a big rain tree and the doves seem to migrate there especially when it gets cold and snowy. I don’t mind too much but they do leave a lot of droppings on my patio. I guess it is warmer by our patio door for they also like to perch on the patio chairs next to the house. I have to be sneaky though to try to get pictures for if we even get a little close to the backdoor they fly away. They also like to perch on the chimney and we can hear them cooing in the fireplace in our living room. I guess I am going to have to hang something on the patio to help keep them off the patio furniture so to help keep the droppings cleaned off.
I blogged yesterday 02/06/2014 about how much we needed moisture. Well that got me to remembering that the night of Feb. 6th 1974 it was snowing like crazy. Charlotte was pregnant and was not due to give birth for another month. We were settled in for the winter night she was standing next to our heater that was mounted in the wall trying to stay warm. Suddenly she said Jim I thank my water just broke. We gathered up our 4-year-old daughter took her over to some friends and I started slip sliding to the hospital. It took me a little while to get there but we made it. Back in 1974 they would not let the husband go back in the ER or the delivery room. Charlotte told them that she was not due for another month as they attended her. They decided to x-ray her for they did not have sonograms back then. Sure enough they saw three back bones Charlotte’s in the center and two little ones on each side of hers. This is when we found out that we were having twins. The nurse came out to the waiting room to tell me the good news. She also told us that the reason they decided to x-ray her was because there was a set of twins born the night before and that she was also a month early. Well at 6:33 and 6:35 am on Feb. 7th 1974 is when we found out that we had twin boys.
Jeremy on the left and Jeffrey on the right
I would like to tell my boys Happy birthday and that they have been a true blessing to me and their mother. We are so proud of them and how they have turned out. I wont embarrass them to bad when I say that Jeremy says he is the smartest one because he is two minutes older and Jeff says he was because he pushed his brother out so that it would be easier for him. I bet you can tell by looking at the picture which one came out first.
Jeremy and Family now
Jeffrey and family now
The last few weeks all have been getting was very cold air. Well this time not only did we drop down to 1 Degree Fahrenheit with wind chills from 5-15 degrees below 0. We also received around 3″ to 6″ of snow but it was so dry that melted down only amounted to a few hundredth of an inch of moisture. We have been so dry that we will take any amount of moisture that we can get. I am hoping and praying that maybe this will be a turnaround for us to get more snow and rain this year.
We have been hearing that the temperature in Russia where the winter Olympics are being held has been in the 40′s Degree F. The last few days we have been hoping for that kind of temps here. The northern parts of the United States might be used to this kind of weather but the folks in Texas or not we are saying come on spring time.