Friday Faves. Yes, I’m still hearting Carnival Spirit Alaska.

Today’s Topic:



I don’t know what was best…


Having a different menu every night……


Being able to order one or five appetizers…



Having attentive, happy servers…..(sorry, no pics of the servers, too busy eating and watching glaciers out the dining room window)


Leaving the tablesetting and dishwashing to someone else……


Eating all the dessert I wanted…..




All this was great.
But the best part was sitting with my guys and family at the end of the day,
sharing good food and stories of the day.


Let’s have one more dessert before we close for the day.
I’ll have one more piece of that chocolate cake over there.


All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Friday Faves – Carnival Cruise Line Spirit Alaskan Cruise. Part 2.

PIMG_4409Well, we had a little bit of a rude awakening when we got back and settled in from our cruise.  Going from cold weather to hot weather, and breathing dry airplane air for seven hours put our bodies into shock.  All 3 of us are fighting sinus crude and I’ve been hacking my lungs out.  And how disappointing – Little J is off at church camp and Big J and I have free nights……to sit on the couch and use Vicks Vapor Rub.  For medicinal purposes only!!!

Anyway, here are some more pics from our wonderful trip.  Have you booked your trip yet?  PIMG_4119

I so enjoyed being on the deck and seeing beautiful scenery like this.


A beautifully set table was waiting for us each evening as we met family for dinner.


If you didn’t want a formal dinner, you could have sushi. 


Or, you could skip dinner competely and go to the casino.PIMG_3999

There were three swimmimg pools.  I think the water was heated, but there was no way I was putting a bathing suit on to find out.


Miniature golf was an option, but somewhat hard to play when the boat was sailing.  It was up on Deck 10 with no wind block but when you’re 11 you are better equipped to handle situations like that.


If you are into the real thing, there was a very cute golf pro who gave lessons.  I’m not into golf but I considered taking lessons!


 There was lovely artwork on each stair landing.


 Flanking the artwork were beautiful pieces of crystal.


 Even the door handles were fancy.


But nothing could touch the textures and tapestries of God’s creations.


It felt like you could stick your hands into the wispy clouds.


God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.











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Friday Faves – Carnival Spirit Alaskan Cruise.

So once there was this girl named Lone Star Lifer.  She lived in a hot part of Texas.  Every day it was hot, hotter, hottest.

Through a series of family events, Lifer got to be a part of a family Alaskan cruise.  To where it is cool, cooler, coolest.  COLD.  In the summer.   There are also mountains and trees.  Also lots and lots of water, of which there is a great lack of in Texas.

So Lifer, Big J and Little J got on a big bird with metal wings.


We, along with about 599 strangers, sat in small seats, drank some soda pop out of plastic glasses, and flew through the clouds.


Here was our home away from home.


Little J was quite the cruiser.


Lifer could see glaciers from the deck…


And beautiful scenery almost every time she heard the dinner bell ringing as she walked to the dining room.


Breakfast was plentiful, and already prepared when Lifer got up in the mornings after sleeping deeply with the sound of the waves wafting through the open balcony door.


Speaking of food……



And she saved room for dessert.


Sometimes two.


Then she would go back outside and look at God’s handiwork some more.


A West Texas high school friend took Lifer’s family on a field trip to the Mendenhall Glacier.


See the pretty purple flowers.  The Alaskans are sad when the flowers show their purple blossoms, because that means summer is almost over for them.

Here is Lifer’s family in front of the glacier.  Notice we have cold weather clothing on.  In July.  It was heavenly.   Also, it covers up the 9 pounds we’ve put on in the 3 days we’ve been on the ship.


See Lifer and Big J smile.  The week was so relaxing and fulfilling mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally.    Cruising is IT, baby!


This cruise was the first vacation Lifer and Big J had taken in 10 years.   That’s a story for another time.

Today will no doubt be really hot where I am (heat index predicted 105 degrees) – maybe where you are too.  So here is one more cool picture.


More pictures later as I get them loaded.
All pictures property of Paula Parks, Lone Star Lifer.

P.S.  Elaine and Bennie correctly guessed where I was.  Get in touch with me and I will send you a fabulous Alaska souvenir.

Click here for Part 2 of my Friday Fave about our Alaskan Cruise.

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.