My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...

BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.
I just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

Thanks friends,


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lord Elgin in Ottawwa Feb 2015

Well folks, I am staying at the Lord Elgin and what a time it is.  I was so excited that I finally was going to stay at this hotel.  It looks so regal and elegant.  A doorman, very friendly, greeted me and helped me into the hotel.  I went to the front desk to check in.

Unfortunately, I got a front desk woman who refused to give me a floor higher than 3.  She said everyone room is taken from the 3rd floor.  I said I know some people are not here and can't she switch me, but she said she couldn't.  I asked to be switched with someone from my group as I knew there were some people not checked in yet.  She said she wasn't allowed and that they may have requested the room.  I found out later she lied to me and I hate a liar.  She has all the authority to move and change guests. This went on for  while until I finally just took my key and left.  When I got to the elevators, I was surprised to see the shabby shape of the elevators, which were once so elegant, glistening in shiny brass.  Now they were in bad shape and looked very dirty.

The hallways were ok.  When I got to my room, I couldn't bear to stay for more than a few minutes because of the perfume smell.  Apparently they spray the room to freshen it but it doesn't need it.  I had to change rooms and ended up way down the hall to the end.  When I got in the room, it appeared to be nice.  Nothing fancy like I expected by still nice.  The bed was sort of hard and the pillows could be replaced with the gel pillows.  The tv provided lots of stations and a guide (thank goodness).   There was free internet (with a code you received from the front desk).   I turned down the heat the first day because it was a little too hot and I was not able to get it back to warm for the rest of my entire stay.
closet and bed
When I got in my room, I called the operator to look for some of my people.  She said they were not checked in yet.  I called again and again she said they were not in and one woman I was looking for was not supposed to be coming until March 11.  I said that can't be because she is scheduled to be here at these meetings.  This went on for a while until I called back again and suddenly she found that woman.  When I called my friend, she mentioned she was checked in for the last two days and didn't know what the operator was talking about.  The operator also said another woman I ask for was checked in but I found her in the lobby just checking in.  I don't know what is going on in this hotel but I was really ticked.
The maid didn't vacuum my room and she didn't leave any toilet paper which I discovered through the night.  When I went to the pool (which is quite large), it was so cold, it was too cold to stay in long even though I was exercising.
Finally I had enough and contacted the General manager and was pleased to hear he listened to me and wanted my concerns dealt with.  I said the biggest issue I had was the lying.
We complained enough that the pool man came and tried to tell us the temperature was at 80 but I knew better.  He put a thermometer in the pool and the temperature was only 72 degrees.  He said he will put it up.  I'll find out tomorrow when our meetings are finished and I go swimming.

The General manager was very friendly and the Housekeeping manager tried to make it up to me.  I appreciate their kind gestures.

Would I stay here again, only if I had to.  I am so sorry I can't give this hotel a better review but this is what happened to me and perhaps others would find things different but this is my experience.  Here are some pictures of the hotel.
lovely common area with fireplace & business centre next to it

my room

my room

coffee/tea area
Church outside my window