Four Days in Sarasota, Florida – Magic

To Read the Entire Post – Click on Title   I’m working my way backwards from the (almost) month long fantastic journey Christmas Day, 2015 to home on January 21, 2016.  My cruise, that had started in San Diego, California on January 3rd ended in Tampa, Florida on January 17th, 2016.  Several weeks before leaving Vancouver I had put a note on Facebook telling my friends I would be landing in Tampa and IMMEDIATELY received a reply from my RVing friend Chayenne saying that she and hubby Jr. are just north of Tampa for the winter and could we meet for breakfast, brunch or lunch.  Yes, yes, yes I replied.  Although we are on Facebook all the time it has been years since we met up in person.  I was really excited and posted when and where I would...

Tuckahoe Slidebottle

Yes – I know.  What is a Tuckhoe Slidebottle?  Every once in a while I am so conflicted by a book – one that I am reading, not writing –  and that’s where I am right now. The book is a collection of short stories by Neil McKinnon and was one of the finalists for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour when it first came out. I have been reading about town folks of Tuckahoe (Saskatchewan) for several weeks now. Every story is a shiny pearl and I read one story a day because I just didn’t want it to finish. Tomorrow I’ll read the last chapter and I’ll be sorry to see it go. The year that Tuckahoe Slidebottle came out Stuart Mclean had a new book as well and that book won the coveted award. I have read a few of his books and...

Ready to Share

  TO READ THE ENTIRE POST – CLICK ON THE TITLE     As most of you know I returned, on January 21, from an incredible vacation.  I spent 9 days in Southern California catching up with all my siblings – something that has not happened in many, many years. From San Diego I left on a two-week cruise through the Panama Canal and ended with 4 days visiting friends in Sarasota – friends I had not seen in 18 years – and it was magic. I will post some of the most special events but I won’t do it all at once. To start with I’m going to let everyone who asked – and there were many – about the hotel that I was so impressed with in downtown Vancouver.  I stayed at Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel, 1041 Southwest...

My Life in Fantasyland

To view the entire post – click on title       For those of you who have been following my ongoing computer problems I have an update and (hopefully) a solution.  First of all I would like to thank you for all your concern, support and ideas for possible solutions.   For those of you who have a Mac (in my case – 2013 MacBook Pro) you know about the whirling ball of death.  My computer started exhibiting problems with that dreaded (but very colourful) whirling ball a few weeks before I left on vacation.  I took it to my computer guy and he was sure he had solved my problem.  He added a virus protection and a way to empty my cache. I emptied my “history” every day.  I was happy to pay him the $47.50 for his work. I discovered...

Home and Definitely NOT Happy About It.

To see the entire post Click on the Title Yup – I’m home.  I had 9 days in Oceanside, California. I had a 14 day cruise through the Panama Canal. After 18 years I visited my friends in Sarasota, Florida for 4 days and had a GREAT, GREAT, GREAT time – and now I’m home. I left Surrey, BC in the rain and came home almost a month later – in the rain. It sucks. Now I’ll tell you what really pissed me off about coming home – and I have been back for 5 days now.  On the cruise ship when I left my bedroom someone would go into my room and clean it and make the bed.  Now I leave my bedroom and…..NOTHING.  When I walked into the dining room on the cruise ship I had my choice of all kinds of goodies.  Now I walk into my...

My Thoughts on Traveling

My Thoughts on Traveling For the complete list and to purchase my travel adventure eBooks go to: www.Smashwords.com/profile/view/JoeiCarltonHossack Many, many, many years – a lifetime ago actually – my husband and I embarked on a fabulous adventure. We sold everything, purchased a motorhome in Great Britain and traveled through the British Isles, most of Europe, parts of Africa, Canada and the U.S. for 2-1/2 years.  It was his dream. I just went along for the ride. I was always surprised when he knew just what he wanted to see in whatever country we landed in. Even before arriving, he learned to say Please and Thank You and ask for directions in many, many languages. I don’t know why I was always so surprised. He read every travel book available...

I know…..I know…..I know

TO SEE THE FULL STORY – just click on the title Every time I’m weeks late in posting something new I promise (myself) that I won’t do it again and I will post often and regularly…..I know…..I know…..I know…..I’m late again but I do have something on my mind and it has been bugging me for a while. So here goes: I wrote this on November 25th, 2015 I’m not sure exactly when I discovered what a pain in the ass flying had become but – here I sit – in the San Diego Airport – having checked in two hours before my International flight to (home) Vancouver – that had to be rerouted because of a 2 hour late arrival in Seattle hence missing my connecting flight. From Oceanside to San Diego airport, add an extra...