Could Be Cruisin' - 08/07/14

  We could be on a Baltic cruise right now, but I have to honestly say with all of the unrest in that region, I'm relieved we're here on Tennessee soil. 

   My husband qualified for the 11 day all expense paid trip because he pours his heart and soul into his work as a wealth strategist, helps a lot of people reach their dreams and works his bum off for them.  While I appreciate the sacrifices he makes for our family,  we were just unable to leave our children during their summer break for that length of time.   So, we had to decline this wonderful opportunity.   Mom guilt got the best of me and with summers out of school getting shorter and shorter (see Yesterday's Blog )-- we just couldn't logistically or mentally wrap our heads around being gone that long. Both sets of grandparents were dealing with health issues and not able to take on that kind of kid commitment for that length of time.  Suffice to say, it just wasn't meant to be and we were okay with that. 

      Fast forward several  months from the time we made that decision to pass up the cruise and look what all has happened now.  Russia and Ukraine are at odds as Russian President Vladimir Putin seems increasingly determined to send troops into the sovereign territory.   That region, where we would have been, is a dangerous place to be.  Today, militants downed another plane.. this time a Ukranian military plane--- but mind you... they don't know what kind of plane they're aiming for... they're just shooting UP.    That's how they hit Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.  Now, when investigators try to visit the crash site to find remains for brokenhearted families... they're greeted with more gunfire and have had to abandon their investigation for their own safety.    
  
      I feel terrible for all the families living in terror right now as this conflict between Ukraine and Russia escalates and for all the families who lost their loved ones simply because they happened to be flying over Ukraine that fateful July day.  The day it happened, my husband and I looked at each other and said.... "That could have been us."  It was a chilling moment of clarity and confirmation that we'd made the right decision to stay home.  Don't get me wrong, we looooove to travel.  This was the first time we've ever taken a pass on a trip of any kind... work, leisure, reward, etc...  But it was for the right reasons, even reasons we could not have fathomed that continue to unfold and horrify the soul.

 

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CALIFORNIA-THANKSGIVING HEAT

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Pity those poor folks in California, where they had to endure record heat while much of the nation shivered on Thanksgiving Day. Records were set in a number of California cities. It hit 85 at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, breaking a 111-year-old record. The National Weather Service says Los Angeles had a high of 86 -- one degree hotter than the 1977 record. Record highs were also hit in downtown Oakland, Santa Ana and in Riverside, where it reached 91.

COAT COLLECTION

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ZOO THANKSGIVING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- How does a Thanksgiving feast of horse meat, crickets and lard sound? Well, it wasn't a holiday meal for people. The animals at the Kansas City Zoo got to enjoy plenty of fruit, veggies and raw meat, while we humans were stuffing ourselves with turkey and stuffing. The Kansas City Star reports elephants are partial to hay, the lions like raw horse meat.

VOLVO OCEAN RACE-TURKEY JERKY

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- "The turkey jerky was as good as it gets." So says skipper Charlie Enright, who's with a U.S. based sailing team plowing through the Indian Ocean. The crew got to celebrate Thanksgiving with some treats stashed aboard their boat. It was a surprise from the sailors' wives, girlfriends and shore crew. They had turkey jerky, pumpkin cookies and even cranberry sauce to spread on their normal freeze-dried fare. The sailors are competing in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.

 
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