Saturday, September 25, 2010

I've Finally Returned!

Yes!  I'm back in SO many ways!  We've been home for almost a week from our vacation (I'll tell you more about that in just a moment).  It's taken a bit to get back in the swing of things, but I've been able to sort out a few things in my head during the past week which has been a real relief.  I'm starting back into making bears, and my health has taken a turn for the better (something I NEVER thought that I would be able to say).  More on those topics another day--now on to our vacation!

Matt and I took a cruise!  The girls have been on two cruises with my parents (in fact, they were on a 2-week Alaska cruise while we were on ours), but this was the first time we have ever taken one.  My parents thought it would be a nice way for me to have a vacation due to my health issues, so they gave us some combined birthday and Christmas money to help cover some of the expenses.

It was just LOVELY!  Thankfully my health had already improved to a degree or else I would have had to use the wheelchair that we kept in our room just in case.  There is SO much walking!  BUT we were on a HUGE ship!

To help put things in perspective, the little orange and white boat in the foreground (a tender) can hold 100 people.   If you look closely, you can see two more of these boats docked next to the ship (and bunches of them hanging off of the middle of it).

Our cruise was for one-week and sailed along the New England coastline up to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada.  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  We also went on a whale watch--something I have always wanted to do--and saw 7 humpback whales.  At one point, we even saw a pod of about 70 dolphins working with the 7 humpbacks to harvest fish--AMAZING.  The dolphins swam clockwise in a big circle while the humpbacks went up and down through the middle eating. 

 Here are some more wonderful photos that Matt took.

It was just a lovely time the two of us together.  I'm not sure whether we will ever go on one again as they are quite expensive, but we certainly have some wonderful memories.  Unlike many vacations, I can honestly say that this one was a COMPLETE escape.  (Hence, it's been more challenging to get back to real life!)

Heaps of Hugs,


  1. Glad you had a nice trip and that you are felling better. I was thinking about you yesterday wondering how you were. Glad we will get to see some new bears.

  2. i missed you cheryl,kept wondering if you were ok
    im so pleased youre feeling better,and the cruise looks and sounds just beautiful,they are wonderful pictures
    hope everything continues good for you
    hugs sandra x

  3. Hi Cheryl, WELCOME HOME.

    It's fun to go away but always sooo good to come home. Funny, just before leaving you work so hard to get ready, then the vacation time seems to fly by and it's back home with mounds of work.

    We certainly missed your posts but knew you were having a fun trip. So thankful to hear that you were feeling good too. That old wheelchair can just go and collect dust.


    Prudence & Sissy say; "Cheryl, Cheryl who?" They can be so fresh, they expected to hear from you from the ship. I don't think so....

  4. Welcome back Cheryl! I've missed you. It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. Tell Matt I enjoyed his terrific photos. Thanks for sharing your trip and I look forward to hearing more about it and your bears in the days ahead. What great memories you've got now!


  5. Hi Cheryl,
    So happy to hear you are doing better healthwise and that you had a wonderful vacation on the cruise. The photos are great. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  6. Thanks to all of you! I'm so glad that I'm feeling better too!

  7. I'm so glad that you are feeling better. Your trip sounds and looks absolutely wonderful. Photos are brilliant!Look forward to meeting some new bears x

  8. Hi Cheryl, it's so lovely to have you back and in better health. I love cruising, it's one holiday where you don't have to do a thing except ENJOY and it sounds like you really did...welcome back to bears. Great photos Matt!
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

  9. So glad your health has improved for you and you can get back into what you love doing. Your cruise sounds amazing, what a wonderful holiday.

  10. Oh, how wonderful that you're doing better and that you've had such a lovely vacation to top it all off. Take your time getting back into the swing of things...but do make bears as you're able because I want to see what you'll create next! :o)

    Big hugs to you!

  11. So glad that your health is doing better and that you were able to have such a great time on your cruise, it sounds like a wonderful route with some great sights.

    Looking forward to meeting the new bears :o)



  12. Hi Cheryl great news to hear you are feeling so much better. I completely agree we went on a cruise 3 years ago with my parents for their 50 wedding anniversay with my sisters too a real family affair and it was the best holiday I have ever had. One day we would love to do another one. Hugs Raewyn

  13. Hello Cheryl,
    It's Ginie from Hugabyebears blog, I have started a new blog it would be lovely to have you visit!
    Looks like the cruise was just what you needed to help recouperate. So glad that you're feeling better. Now ease yourself back into your bear making, which is so wonderfully therapeutic in itself!

  14. Hi!
    I'm so glad to read that you are feeling better. The pictures are amazing! Such a great adventure! Thank you very much for sharing them with us !

  15. Oh! That is fantastic... and Alaska is so beautiful (I used to live there XD) I've always wanted to take a cruise... it's good to know it really is a total escape!

    I'm glad you had good health through the trip too!
    How exciting, and your husband's photographs are beautiful!!


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