Friday, December 30, 2011

It’s a Pink Saturday Parade for the New Year… Bring on the Rose Bowl Parade

Today I’m sharing a few fun parade pictures taken when we cruised on The Mariner of the Seas the week before Christmas. Hubby and I had never been on this Royal Caribbean ship now sailing out of Galveston, Texas, and we decided that a cruise would make the perfect gift to each other. We were sooo right! It was a Pink week from start to finish!  One fun treat was a parade right down the middle of the Royal Promenade. It’s as bright as anything…


With bright pink fish floating down among the crowds





It gets a little loud, but that was nothing compared to the night the crew celebrated the 80’s and their version of Disco Fever…bless their hearts, they tried to capture the era and the spirit…even though none of the dancers were even born then…and that late night parade was really spirited…


I will blushingly admit to enjoying their Y.M.C.A. Village People number…the costumes were right on!…especially the policeman…and the cowboy…Several nights later, in keeping with the Christmas holiday, there were Yuletide carols being sung by a choir…


And I found this colorful holiday tree with lots of Pink in one of the Ports of Call…



The Caribbean flowers were beautiful, but now for the greatest parade on earth…THE ROSE PARADE! It’s my very favorite part of New Year’s Day…I’ll be watching it while the Black Eyed Peas simmer and hubby makes his picture perfect cornbread to eat with the Hoppin’ John and turnip greens. I’ll bet our Pink hostess with the mostess, Miss Beverly over at How Sweet The Sound has Black Eyed Peas on her menu this weekend. Have a lovely weekend as you say a fond farewell to 2011 and celebrate the coming of a fresh new year. May everything about 2012 be PINK for you and yours. Thanks for stopping by…join me in using this Looking Backward and Looking Forward time to count our Blessings and to Pray for Peace.


chubskulit said...

Gorgeous. Came to wish you a happy new year. Drop by to see my PINK when you get a chance. Thanks!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Love your cruise pictures - I'll bet it's a great time of yr to go. I forgot about the Rose Parade - Tracy and I stayed in our p.j.'s until almost 3! My peas are simmering in the CAN as we speak. Last year I made a big pot and honestly we were no more prosperous than a "can" year! xoxo - Nancy

dana said...

OMG....the Rose totally slipped my mind. I've been putzing around the house (fixing my peas, too) and getting ready for church! Guess I missed it this year!

How awesome that you and your hubs got to take a Christmasy cruise! I can't imagine doing something that special cuz we RARELY go any place! Not kidding! :( Anyway, I'm glad YOU got to go and it looks like a whole bunch of fun....especially seeing those kids do their Village People impression! :)

Happy New Year and HPS to you!

L, Dana

PS Thanks for your sweet comments about our new gr. boy! He's a sweetie.

Olivia said...

Oh my goodness what a spirited parade! How fun and oh my that provactive ymca man wowzers!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Laverne, I love those pink fish in the parade. We took a Royal Caribbean cruise many years ago and it was one of the most relaxing times of our lives.

Happy new year to you and your family. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I hope 2012 brings you much happiness and good health.

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi LaVerne - What a lovely get-away cruise - though for my part, I might have taken a pass on some of the entertainment. We like quiet and landscapes. Old souls, I guess. Much to look forward to in 2012 - especially our journal - I best get cracking on mine now that I know it will be "Of Seeds and Stars"!!

Lisa Phillippi said...

Hi Laverne, Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We need to catch up sometime!

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.