A Bit More About JohnLoriEh

 

A short self promo and some history.  I started blogging in 2011 at

Is It Possible To See It All

It was decided a few years ago to abandon that site and move on to this one, which was to be more of a personal travel/retirement advice type of site.  Then life took over and this was semi abandoned as well.  Now, after several attempts, I am trying to regain my blog legs and incorporate the thousands of pictures, adventures, stories and videos we have experienced over the past 15 years or so, not to mention our acquired wisdom.  We’ve had quite a run of fun.

Some additional self promo.  As some of my past friends know, we love our music, life’s soundtrack.  I have a separate site, dedicated to nothing but music.  I lean to promotion of Canadian music, but I don’t hold myself to it.  There are many things I bounce around with here, Remembering the ones we lose, artists I’ve found on Twitter and Instagram (among other places) and anything else that touches my ear.  This extravaganza can be found by clicking the link.  Drop by, browse, listen and discover.

The Real Canadian Music Blog

Foods That May Reduce Blood Pressure

I’m not a doctor, and do not pretend to be one either.  As someone with controlled high blood pressure, I did find this to be an interesting read.  It basically confirms what my doctor has been telling me.  As an added bonus, many of these are effective for cholesterol issues as well.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/nutrition/20-foods-that-lower-blood-pressure/ss-AAtmu3s?ocid=ientp

So, Where Have We Been

I guess we owe you an explanation on our extended absences of late. To be truthful, we (I) have been suffering a motivational failure at the exact moment that we had accelerated our planning. What planning you ask. I’d say retirement planning but that has some negative connotations. Let’s go with future planning.

We seem to have made some decisions now that bode well for our future. This should translate in some posting (I think). At any rate there are mounds of digital media to sort through and many adventures to share.

See you soon

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot

Chateau St. Michelle Merlot

Chateau Ste Michelle is an American winery, situated in Washington state.  The wines from this area are becoming quite well-known and are carving out a name for themselves.  The vineyards have been in existence since the repeal of prohibition.

The wine we are reviewing is a 2011 Merlot, purchased at the Real Canadian Liquor Store here in Calgary, and is reasonably price at below $20.00.  We paired it with a Montreal spice chicken breast and sweet potato, all off the barbecue, and it was excellent.

To be truthful, I consider this purchase to be a steal and highly recommend it to our friends and readers.  Typical of Merlot, it was light and flavorful, with minimal earthiness. A very good pair to the spiced breasts.  There are hints of black cherry and some definite spiciness  There are many fruit flavors and it has a good finish.  In addition to pairing with food, it is very suitable for plain old every day sipping.

For more information on the winery, I have added a few links for you..

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TBT – Cruising From New Orleans March 2011

A Throwback Thursday post from 2011, a cruise out of New Orleans .

I am thinking I should have named this what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but this ain’t Vegas.  We are cruising into international waters on the NCL Spirit.  We departed at 5:00, but first we had to meet up with Gord and Cheryl, who arrived in New Orleans at midnight on the 19th.  We had our breakfast, made contact and headed off for our ship.  Arrived at about 11, were processed by noon and on board by 1.  The day ended in Y so it was time for a drink.  We found the pool, and made friends very quickly with one of the servers and proceeded to explore the beer menu.  It was extensive.  One bucket of Red Stripe (buy 5, get 1 free) later, Gord came up with a suggestion.  There is a pub crawl tomorrow, let’s do that.  (I’m thinkin’ Gord likes drinkin’).  After 6 beer,  that  sounded great, sign me up.  As all things do, the day was moving on and it appeared that it was time to find our staterooms and get ready for dinner.

The beauty of NCL is the freestyle dining.  Casual dress, no schedule, eat when you want from a large and varied menu.  The food was excellent throughout the trip.  Prior to dinner though, it was deck time to do the traditional wave to all the people on shore who could care less (probably thinking we are bunch of saps) that we are leaving.  Yes the ship was leaving.  And leaving, and leaving, and leaving.  Apparently, it takes a while to reach the Gulf of Mexico from New Orleans.  This got fairly old in a hurry, this leaving stuff, so we left the leaving.  Suppertime.

As we sat for supper in the Windows dining room, we could look out the aforementioned windows and marvel at the scene.  We were still leaving.  We ate, had dessert, chatted, got up and left.  It was now 4 hours after we had left, and, believe it or not, we were still leaving.  Apparently it takes one heck of a long time to reach the gulf.

One more stroll on deck, then a show.  Predictably, the show was really the cruise lines version of the Home Shopping Channel, but we were there, and some people like listening to Cruise Director’s talk about how great the shopping is on board.   After an hour of excruciating pre-shopping , it ended.  We decided to head back on deck to check things out, and we were pleased to see that we were no longer leaving, we had reached open water.  Feeling satisfied, we headed off for bed.