Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Romance

My sweet husband and I celebrated eight wonderful, happy years this month.  I am so thankful for him, and that he is very romantic. 

We started the week off with a dinner at a new restaurant in town.  There was a beautiful golden sunset for the Golden's anniversary.  Thank you, Father, for that blessing.

Later in the week, we took a cruise on a riverboat  and I thought my dear Gail-Friends might enjoy seeing some pics from the fun we enjoyed. 

This cruise is on the Barbara Lee, a paddle-wheel riverboat operated by the St. Johns River  Ship Co. in Sanford, Florida. 

The Barbara Lee

I've wanted to take this cruise for a long time, so this was a dream come true.  The boat used to be named the Rivership Romance, and it truly is a wonderfully romantic cruise with glorious views of the beauty of the Florida we both love.

Our table was on the upper deck, and we were happy to have only a few other people on that level.  The lower deck is reserved for groups and it was full to overflowing.  

The musician who provided the entertainment was fabulous.  We danced and reminisced to the old songs from our dating years (the sixties). 

This picture cracks me up.  It was a bit windy on deck, and so I tied my hat on.  I look like a girl from Little House on the Prairie, right? I finally took the scarf off because it was way too hot.  The weather was just so nice and the breeze felt so good.

 Here's hubby doing his Popeye the Sailor dance.  I love being married to a man who makes me laugh.

This was a luncheon cruise and the food was much better than I expected, we had a choice of entrees, and I chose the prime rib meal.  It included appetizers (see below), a salad, garlic mashed potatoes (real), green beans, rolls with butter, tea, coffee, and dessert.  Later in the cruise, they served peel and eat shrimp, which we didn't eat, of course. (not kosher, my friends)  The food was excellent.  There was also a cash bar on board, and the servers were fun and so helpful.  

The appetizers - with sticky buns like your mama used to make

We even drove the boat...Jem really enjoyed that.

The wildlife we saw included lots of birds, turtles, alligators, fish, and....a cow.  Yes, my friends, and a pretty cow he/she (?) was, too.

Great blue herons
A small alligator - probably about 3 - 4 feet long

A turtle, sunning
A mature osprey, with two young ones

The great blue heron, on the left is swallowing a fish.  Anahinga is on the right.  

I'm such a bird nerd, but back to the romance.  My hubby brought me small bouquets of flowers every day for a week.  

And we closed out the week with a champagne toast to our love and our future, and thanking G-d for bringing us together.

Thankful Thursday is my weekly discipline - to express my gratitude to Hashem for His over-flowing, abundant blessings. 


  1. Happy Anniversary! I enjoyed looking at your cruise photos!

  2. I have gone on one ocean cruise - to Mexico. I was really scared that I'd be seasick the whole time. I was "OK" - but not at my best. Therefore, I think I'd much rather do a river cruise! This looks like so much fun! All the amenities - beautiful scenery, great food - but no need to be *feeling green*!

    Congratulations on your anniversary! May you both have many more happy years together.


    1. I have a problem with seasickness, too, but that was not a problem on this cruise. It was just pure joy from start to finish. I hope you can come to Florida and enjoy it one day.

      Blessings to you and yours,

  3. You had a beautiful time, Gail. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. It seems like days, really. Life is good.