Monday, September 21, 2015

I've Missed You!!

Hello, Dear Ones! Yes, I've missed you so much! If you've been wondering why I haven't responded to all your comments to me (I know I'm a silly, but I really do try to respond to every comment you leave me) it's because I've been out of the country! On September 4th, Mr. Precious and I took the train to New York City to take our second transatlantic crossing to jolly ole England on the Queen Mary 2! We've been gone almost the entire month of September! Can't believe it. Well, for my next few posts I'll share our trip with you and hope you'll come along. Before I start, I've learned of two friends who have passed away while I was gone and my sweet sweet blogging friend, Ceekay, who blogged at Thinkin' of Home. She had been battling cancer for many years and fought with all of her might. She was a strong Christian and I know she's in heaven. Pray for her family.

Okay, I don't want to be sad so hop in the taxi with Mr. Precious and me and here we go...
 This was on our way to the ship ocean liner and I snapped a picture of the new Freedom Tower.
 I can't believe we were taking this cruise crossing again. I got corrected a few times as the Queen Mary 2 is not a cruise ship but an ocean liner. This was a crossing and not a cruise. Okie dokie!
 Anyway, it's a magnificent vessel.
 We climbed up to the top so we could watch as we left the city! Just incredible views!
The LADY!



Let Freedom Ring!
 This was a bit scary as I was wondering if the LINER would make it under the bottom of the bridge. It did but just barely! Wow, I was looking for cover.
 A nice passenger snapped up a photo of us.
 We were able to watch the Pilot boat come and do it's business. Did you know that each huge ship has this little boat come up along side the ship and a captain from the boat will hop aboard the cruise ship and maneuver it onboard and commands the ship while leaving the dock until the ship reaches the boundaries. At this point, the pilot boat captian hops back on to the little boat and the ship's captain takes command once again. Pretty exciting to watch.
Here's a few snaps of the inside.


 This is a collage I made almost six years ago to show lots of the most famous ones who sailed on the Queen Mary. Now just so you'll know, this is a more subdued ship liner. It has a huge library and there are lectures during the day. We listened to a lecture on the Magna Carta, serial killers ( I know!), and other things. There is a planetarium on board, movies and of course the night time entertainment.
Always have to have a bite to eat.
 Mr. Precious is a dedicated runner and I had to snap him doing one of his favorite things.
But the most fantastic thing about this crossing for me was Crosby, Stills and Nash performed three times for us! Woo Hoo! I loved it. You all know how I love my rock and roll and these grandpas could still sing and did an incredible job. Lord, have mercy, I should have been a hippy! :)

Hope you'll keep traveling with me as I have a Downton Abbey story to tell you.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

It's getting to the point where I'm no fun anymore
I am sorry
Sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud
I am lonely

I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
You make it hard

Remember what we've said and done and felt about each other
Oh, babe have mercy
Don't let the past remind us of what we are not now
I am not dreaming

I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
You make it hard


Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Tearing yourself away from me now you are free
And I am crying
This does not mean I don't love you I do that's forever
Yes and for always

I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
You make it hard

Something inside is telling me that I've got your secret
Are you still listening?
Fear is the lock and laughter the key to your heart
And I love you

I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
You make it hard
And you make it hard
And you make it hard
And you make it hard

Friday evening
Sunday in the afternoon
What have you got to lose?

Tuesday morning
Please be gone I'm tired of you
What have you got to lose?

Can I tell it like it is? (Help me I'm sufferin')
Listen to me baby
It's my heart that's a sufferin' it's a dyin' (Help me I'm dyin')
And that's what I have to lose (To lose)

I've got an answer
I'm going to fly away
What have I got to lose?

Will you come see me
Thursdays and Saturdays?
What have you got to lose?

Chestnut brown canary
Ruby throated sparrow
Sing a song, don't be long
Thrill me to the marrow


Voices of the angels
Ring around the moonlight
Asking me said she so free
How can you catch the sparrow?

Lacy lilting lady
Losing love lamenting
Change my life, make it right
Be my lady 

Doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo

~ sung by Crosby, Stills and Nash


39 comments:

  1. I would love to do the crossing from the UK to New York, you are so lucky.I will look out for your Downton Abbey story, the last seies has just started her in the UK and there is so much to look forward to and to see what happens at the end.My husband and I have visited Highclere Castle a few times and Lady Carnarvon is always very friendly.Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

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  2. I would love to do the crossing from the UK to New York, you are so lucky.I will look out for your Downton Abbey story, the last seies has just started her in the UK and there is so much to look forward to and to see what happens at the end.My husband and I have visited Highclere Castle a few times and Lady Carnarvon is always very friendly.Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

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  3. Shelia, I'm so excited about this trip! What an exciting thing to do. Love this amazing boat and your snaps are perfect to share this with us. You look so cute with your shorter hair!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  4. What a fabulous trip! So excited to see your photos and can't wait to see and read more!

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  5. How wonderful for you Shelia! I lived in England for two years, so I'll be tuning in to see all you were able to visit. Hope your weather was nice. I swear it rained every day for part of my first year there :-(
    Take care
    Jeannette

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    1. I'd love to hear about your living in England! I know it rains a lot but it is so beautiful! Thanks for popping in to see me.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  6. You look so pretty with your new hair cut! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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  7. WOW! I bet you had the most marvelous time! I am looking forward to hearing more about it.

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  8. Me encantan estos viajes que realizan, son una pareja hermosa. Y gracias por compartir sus aventuras.

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    1. Thanks for popping in to see me Shirley and I hope you're doing well.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  9. How fun! The "liner" looks amazing! Can't wait to see more of your trip!

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  10. I enjoyed the Crossing, thank you very much! Looking forward to the Tour of Downton Abbey too! Very sad to hear about your friends. Live your life to the fullest hippy;) Kathleen in Az

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    1. Hi Kathleen and thank you for popping in to see me!
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  11. Oh Shelia, I'm so happy for you! I know it was wonderful and as you know we did the same crossing over and back in May---I'm still blogging about it! I want to hear all about your wonderful trip! ♥

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  12. Sounds like a fabulous time. Can't wait to see more pics.

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  13. Wowzers girlfriend!! That is some journey!! Love the pictures so far!! Beautiful ship.....ooops ocean liner! Ha! You got your amazing new hairdo just in time!! I am So LOOKING FOWARD to hearing all about your big adventure!

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  14. You take the most awesome trips! The ship is just beautiful.

    I would have been parked front row center for every CSN concert - lucky you.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this wonderful trip. I have never been on a cruise (or a crossing). I have alot of fears:) Please tell me, how was the trip? Was it rocky? The ship is gorgeous!!! So glad you had a great trip!! You were missed!

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  16. I am currently reading Susan Branch's book ~ A Fine Romance. It is about her second trip across the pond on the Queen Mary 2. I have been enjoying her book so much and told David we need to make this voyage too. Now that I have read this post about your own crossing, I am more convinced than ever that we need to do this. Oh, and to be in England once again and the icing on the cake was Crosby, Stills and Nash. Love, love, love them!!! Can't wait to here more about your adventures.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  17. What a fabulous trip you've had Shelia! I've never been on an ocean liner or even a cruise ship so this one must be so beautiful and a grand way to cross the Atlantic. And how great to have Crosby Stills and Nash performing for the guests! Thanks for sharing and I hope I see your other posts about your trip. Take care.
    Pam

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  18. What a wonderful, wonderful trip! We were priviledged to see that beautiful ship in LA several years ago when we were in California. So glad you had a great time. You've been missed.

    Judy

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  19. Lucky you!! How exciting :-) it's a gorgeous ship. That's how I'd like to get over to Europe- just haven't gotten hubby on board with the idea. I love Crosby, Stills and Nash. I didn't know that they were active together these days. Can't wait to see more pictures!

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  20. That sounds like such an exciting adventure. I think it would be so fun to cross the ocean in a huge liner.
    Love the pictures.

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  21. How wonderful for you both. I'm looking forward to seeing a little more of your trip.

    Diana

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  22. How nice for the two of your to take that wonderful cruise. I can't wait to see more of your trip. Welcome back home.
    Julie

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  23. Hi Shelia, oh I missed you too. What a wonderful time to take a crossing and enjoy time away on such a beautiful ship. It is gorgeous. Love seeing your pics and what a special photo of you and Mr. Precious!
    Looking forward to seeing more of your trip.
    Blessings for a Happy Fall to begin this week.
    Hugs, cm

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  24. What fun! Looks like you had an amazing time...would love to go there!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  25. Hi Shelia....so glad you are enjoying yourself. Your pictures are wonderful!!

    Barb

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  26. Shelia,
    So~o~o glad you and "Mr. Precious" had such a good trip!!!
    Me, I'm horrified of water and heights!!!
    Love that "Mr. Precious" kept up with his fitness while abay!!!
    Looking forward to seeing your other points of interest!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. Yes, dear friend, I too, was deeply saddened to learn of Ceekay's passing.
    I know she is in Heaven and no longer in pain!

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  27. It's good to have you back, Shelia!! Wow -- this looks like a great time! I've never been on a cruise ship or an ocean liner -- maybe someday. :)

    I'll look forward to reading more about your trip!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  28. Oh you lucky girl! What a wonderful trip...I'm anxious to hear more!

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  29. So glad you had such a great time Shelia!!!! What a beautiful Liner the QM2 is!!!! I only wish that I had known you were coming! I am guessing that you made a trip to Highclere which is only just down the road from Basildon Park where I work! I do hope that it was all wonderful for you and that England welcomed you with open arms! xx

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  30. Wow!!! What fun!!! Beautiful pictures and can't wait to read more about your crossing and stay in London!!!

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  31. It's spectacular and you look born to sail upon it! I had brunch on the QM2 once -- a wedding reception. It was divine. But oh, to be on it and sail. Now that's my idea of taking a great way to England! Have a jolly good time! Or rather, hope you did -- it sounds like it. And I can't wait to hear more!

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  32. So happy to hear about your travels. Everything looks amazing and fun. What a treasure of a trip. Glad you are back home safely and look forward to your posts. Prayers for the families that are struggling right now.

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  33. Awe...looks like you and Mr. Precious had a grand time! So glad you got to go and have fun! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  34. Hi Shelia! I'm quite late regarding commenting on your post. I hope you have been able to see your friends' families and all.
    I can't wait to see the photos of your trip and read about it. It was nice to see your happy face on the photos as well as to see Mr Precious. The Queen Elizabeth 2 is such a beautiful ship. I am happy you have been able to enjoy travelling on board her.
    Anyway take good care of yourself!
    Arlette

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  35. Oh, I loved this peek into your voyage! You and Mr. Precious look happy and beautiful. Wonderful pictures!

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)