Over the past month, my normal schedule has taken a back seat to traveling, as well as attending a few out-of-town events. I feel blessed to have been able to go on two fabulous trips and be part of so many exciting and informative events in the blogging community, but as the saying goes – “There is no place like home”, especially now that it is fall. Home Sweet Home never felt so good.
I don’t want to miss out on the beautiful fall weather and the nesting feeling that comes when Autumn settles in. We came home in shorts and quickly put on long sleeves and pants once we got home – no complaints from me – I love the crisp fall air.
2 weeks after Ed and I returned from our impromptu trip to Mexico to celebrate our 30th, we went on a planned trip to Florida to go on a memorial cruise to celebrate the life of our good friend, Suellen. You may remember me writing about her passing back in February from breast cancer. She was only 53.
Her family wanted to create something memorable for her memorial. Since she loved to cruise – it was fitting that her memorial would be on a cruise. The first weekend in October was chosen for two reasons – Her 54th birthday and it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
42 of her friends and family enjoyed 4 days on the Royal Caribbean ship – The Enchantment of the Seas. We sailed from Cape Canaveral, FL to Nassau and the following day to Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas.
The weather was perfect, even though it did rain in the afternoon on the last day. It did not last long, though – but enough to chase everyone off the beach.
Clear blue skies and water. I enjoyed all the color therapy…
…everywhere you looked.
…there was an infusion of bright and vivid colors. We strolled around Nassau one afternoon and I bought a few items at the Straw Market.
Cruise ships are truly floating hotels. The ship I was on is on the right.
I spent most of my time on the upper deck where the walking path was. I walked around it many times to make up for all the food and drinks I was consuming and…
…to enjoy the expansive view of the ocean all throughout the day
These photos are straight from my iPhone – the colors and beauty looked exactly like in these photos, except I got to see a 360 degree view of it.
I even got to see a rainbow begin to form over the island after we left to head back to Cape Canaveral.
The night after we got back to our friend’s house in Orlando, we had dinner at The California Grill on top of The Contemporary Resort at Disney. This was another of Suellen’s favorite places to go. It is a great spot for watching the evening Fireworks called Wishes. This was a happy-sad event since I have watched this show many times – this was the first time without Suellen. I got a little teary-eyed thinking of her. Times like these make you realize just how short life is and that you should not hesitate one minute to live it to the fullest.
The following day we headed to Epcot to partake in the Food & Wine Festival. Lots of beer, wine and food to sample. I never went hungry on this trip.
It was nice to relax and remember my friend with so many others who were close to her.
I took this selfie to send out on Instagram, but then realized I couldn’t use my phone for anything but photos since we didn’t want to get socked with huge roaming charges while we were traveling out of the country.
About an hour into the cruise – a good majority of the cell phones of fellow passengers started buzzing, beeping, and pinging. Most cell carriers send out a message advising you to turn off your phone’s roaming and cellular info since were no longer in the US. It was a little Big Brother-ish moment; he knew where we all were. Helpful, but a little scary at the same time.