NEW NORMAL/RESTAURANTS/HOTEL

I’m really tired of hearing “New Normal” but things change,  and sometimes for the good. So what shall we call “new normal?”

This is my experience of eating at restaurants and staying in a hotel.

RESTAURANTS

We ate at a restaurant for the first time since they opened back up with restrictions. Restaurants are limited to 75% occupancy. (Texas) Social distancing and higher levels of cleaning and awareness are obvious everywhere. The waiters are wearing masks. Tables have been selectively closed off to keep social distancing. There are no condiments on the tables. You must ask for them and they are the little packs of salt, pepper, etc.
Menus are single-use paper menus. They didn’t clear anything off the table until we were completely done. I watched them clean other tables and was pleased with what I saw. I really like this and hope it stays that way, except for the waiters wearing masks.

  I felt very safe and enjoyed eating out.

Sorry, I forgot to take photos in the restaurant and food. I’m not good at that.

HOTEL

We stayed at the Hampton Inn which is owned by Hilton. There are no housekeeping services unless you are long term and then they will clean the room every five days. They do come in and exchange your towels. There was no coffee making equipment, pens, paper, hotel books, pamphlets in the room. It was pretty much cleaned out, so to speak. Breakfast was served take-out style, although they were still cooking a hot breakfast. Honestly, I do like these new things. I also noticed more housekeepers on our floor and 2 people cleaning each room.

     Just to give you an idea of what to expect.

I took my own Lysol spray & wipes and the only thing I used it on was the TV remote.

This was on each door that was clean and ready. It was sealed and it breaks when the door is open.

I suspect in the “New Normal” we will continue to see people wearing masks in stores or in public. Over time there will be fewer, but some people with higher risk factors will continue to wear them. Hopefully, people who are having symptoms of being sick will stay home or wear a mask if they must go out.

Please be nice to each other…if someone is more comfortable using a mask to go out most certainly they are not just being crazy fearful. On the other hand for those not wearing masks please don’t assume they are selfish and trying to kill you.

The New Normal is pretty Normal. We will again risk our lives going out in traffic, we will have some modest changes that may be inconvenient, but best of all we will have a great appreciation for all we are blessed within our lives. Travels will resume, stores will open. We will likely be more aware of our surroundings for some time, but each of us will do our own “risk management” and do what we are comfortable doing in our personal life situation. And I hope we will be grateful for life and have the wisdom to live it well.

Hi, Y’all!!

Enjoying time on the balcony at the Hotel.

I felt comfortable at the restaurants and the hotel, however, everyone must choose for themselves. If you haven’t been out and experienced these things I hope that this has helped you.

Enjoying life,

💜Davilyn

Weekend Trip/Fort Worth Stockyards

Howdy Y’all!!

We are from Texas and only live 3 hours away but had never been to the Stockyards. We went for my husband’s birthday; somewhere different for us.

When most people think of Texas they think of Cowboy hats, boots, horses, cattle. While I can say that not all of Texas is that way, Fort Worth is that way. The stockyards is like going to the Wild West. It’s a historic district with original brick roads. It has a Stockyard museum, Texas cowboy hall of fame and cattle drive “parade” twice a day. Every Friday and Saturday night is a year round rodeo in the Cowtown coliseum. If you enjoy the “night life” it’s very lively.

My Cowboy and me. ❤️

There are a lot of shopping venues, western stores, boutiques, restaurants, music and a lot of walking, just to name a few things to do.

I got to sit on a steer. Thought that was picture worthy.

We had supper at the Cattleman’s Steakhouse, which has been featured on the food network. Y’all, it was so good and they give you a lot of food. I’m so bad at NOT taking food pictures. Sorry! I had a chicken fried steak, baked potato, salad, bread and I could not eat it all. The service was also great. Also, we do call our evening meal supper, not dinner. Texas country folks, that’s us.

We normally always travel with my brother and his wife. Now he’s a true Cowboy. We went to Billy Bob’s one night. It’s the biggest honky tonk in the world but it’s actually kid friendly. Gift shops, electric bull, food, bars, live music and a nice kid friendly country dance floor. Line dancing, two step, overall fun. They have concerts from up and coming country singers, as well.

We did some dancing, too.

We had a great weekend trip visiting the Stockyards. It’s full of history, shopping venues, restaurants and entertainment.

We also made a trip to the Grapevine Mill Mall, The tanger outlet mall and our favorite “big” convenient store, Bucees. That’s a Texas store that is expanding to other states.

My feet hurt and I was tired when I got home but it was worth it.

If you’re ever looking for a weekend trip, I definitely recommend Fort Worth Stockyards.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!!

❤️Davilyn

Cruising My Way Into 50

On December 1, 2019, I turned 50 years old. I was blessed to do one of my favorite things…a cruise to Mexico. There were 14 of us that went and it was so much fun.

I am a hobbyist photographer and LOVE photos. I have to be honest, I didn’t get as many photos as I normally do. I didn’t even get one of us all together. But, I made lots of memories and enjoyed being in the moment.

We left out the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was the lighting of the Christmas tree on the ship, the Carnival Dream, and the start of the Christmas season. We sang Christmas carols, Santa made a visit and we even got a little “snow” on our cruise. Thankfully it was fake because I am not a cold/snow person.

Sorry, not the best video.

It was so beautiful!

We even decorated our cruise door Christmasy (is that a word) and for my birthday, with lights, a mermaid Christmas stocking and of course the big 5 0 on it.

We had one of the best cruise directors, Gary. He made everything fun! On the first day I met him at the sail away party and every time I saw him after that, he called me the “birthday girl.” He even sent a special coupon to my room for a free photo album from the pixels department.

This was our very first time to have a cove balcony. That is a balcony room on deck 2 close to the water. Loved it! Here is a little glimpse of a video I made on December 1, 2019.

 

It was a blessing that my oldest son and his family were able to cruise with us. Our youngest son and his family will cruise with us next time.

There was a duck hunt one afternoon. Some of the cruise staff hid ducks around the ship. The team that returned with all of the correct places they were hidden, within 30 minutes, won.

Guess what?

We won!! 🎊

They all got a metal. They were so excited, so were the adults. It was all for fun but we are kind of competitive so it was awesome. 👏🏼

The weather was spectacular. The Lord answered my prayers with that. It was a wonderful cruise and lots of memories were made.

Hanging around the Lido deck with my Love on the actual day of my birthday. 😎 Might I add, sunny and 80 degrees. #perfect

I do use sunscreen but those freckles pop out in the sun. My Granny always told me they were beautiful sun-kisses. I sure miss her.

I hope you enjoy my iPhone pictures and a little glimpse of “Cruising into 50.” I’m proud of my age. I am not one to make a big deal out of my birthday (you can’t tell by this blog lol) but this time I did, it was a big one.

#aloha50

Funny story: My brother was cruising with us and he asked me on my birthday if I felt any different at 50… I told him yes, I actually felt better, the day/night before I danced so much that my feet and legs were hurting when I went to bed. So, I felt better on my 50th birthday.

This was a fun cruise and fun to write about. Nothing eloquent about it; just ME!!

This photo was at port in Cozumel.

Merry Christmas 🎄

❤️ Davilyn

If you have any questions about cruising or would like to book a cruise, I’d love to help you.

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New Orleans Style

This time we had a road trip, not a cruise or beach trip.

Our nephew got married in NOLA. This gave us an opportunity to go to New Orleans as a family and make a little vacation out of it. We don’t get to travel much as a whole family because of schedules. It was fun being in the same hotel, kids running back and forth to rooms.

This is our family! There’s a lot of us. We have two sons, two daughters-in-love, three grandsons and three granddaughters. We are very blessed!

Eberlan party of 12. We have our own hashtag #eberlanX12

We saw the family that we haven’t seen in a long time, it was great fun, loud time. Eberlan’s are loud. Lol

We went to the French Quarters on the first day. It was my first time to have beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Oh my goodness, delicious. We all LOVED them. We even got them the next day for breakfast, also.

We rode a carriage ride through the downtown streets of New Orleans site seeing and learned a lot of the history of the city.

St. Louis Cathedral

Bourbon street was quiet in the morning but not so much late in the evening.

Beautiful architecture

A lot of history in this city.

The French Market is a great place to shop. Everything from t/shirts, souvenirs, fruit, food, drinks and more.

The wedding was classy and perfect. Beautiful church, bride and groom.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Historic Church

The flower girls. My beautiful grand-daughters.

Yes, we were in Saints country but the groom had a Dallas Cowboys cake with a helmet signed by Jason Witten.

Dancing with the stars; my grand-babies.

We finished the night with a fun reception. We danced the night away, especially the kids.

This was our first trip to NOLA and we had an awesome time. We will be going back.

I love sharing our life with you. By the way, Snapshots not professional photos.

Forever Wanderlust,

Davilyn

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Forever Wanderlust

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. I have been busy with my family and suffering from chronic migraines. The neurologist tried several medications and nothing worked for me. I finally received Botox injections for migraines (25 injections) and I’m feeling better. Anyway, this blog isn’t about that…

As you may know, I am a travel advisor, agent, consultant, whatever you want to call it. I’ve been doing this for a little over a year. I absolutely love it, it’s my passion to help others plan a vacation.  It’s not always an easy job and takes lots of time, but it’s all worth it.

I always like to get a picture with the Carnival tail.

When I first started and looking at all of the “stuff” it was kind of overwhelming. Then I was in a teaching webinar and the instructor said, “don’t try to do it all, find your niche.” She said if you were having a heart attack you would want a heart surgeon, a brain tumor, a neurosurgeon, etc. It made perfect sense to me. The specialist is more experienced in what they do and they also make more money.  I knew immediately what my niche would be, it would be what I love, cruising and beaches. I already knew a lot about cruises and beaches because that’s what we do so often. I’ve turned down booking trips to Italy, Vegas, New York, just to name a few, because that’s not my niche. I’m not experienced at that.

I have always loved the beach and after my first cruise, I was addicted. I love cruising because you get to visit so many places on one trip. I also love the ship and being on the seas.

I am a Forever Wanderlust!

While I didn’t get into this to get rich, I wanted to make enough money for my husband and I to cruise twice a year and to take other small trips throughout. We love to get away at any time we can. I have a lot of family members that also cruise. It didn’t take long to start booking, but I did have to wait a while for a paycheck.

I am so blessed and thankful for each and every one of my clients, friends, and family that I have had the privilege of helping with their vacation.

This is when I was in Mahogany Bay, Roatan. Loved the monkey, not to mention the beautiful water and beach.

  I have the BEST clients.

The best advertisement is referrals and word of mouth! I’m blessed to have great clients that do this for me.

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I have other blogs on the best time to cruise, packing ideas, tips and why use a travel agent. I will link them at the bottom, great information in them.

I love my job, it’s hard for me to even call it that because I enjoy it so much.

It’s my desire to help my clients get the best deals, be prepared and have an awesome vacation.

If you are interested in a cruise or all-inclusive beach resort, it would be my honor to help you.

A big group of us that cruised together in April. This is in Cozumel.

No, I don’t do it all but I am a specialist/expert on cruises and resorts.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures. I love to share them.

Travel is not about leaving our homes, it’s about leaving our habits.

Forever Wanderlust,

💜Davilyn

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Galveston Island: Things to Do

Hello from Galveston Island!

We have been going to Galveston, Texas for over 30 years. When our children were growing up we went every summer for a week. It’s grown a lot since we first started going. My husband and I still go every couple of months, even if for a day or two.

Our first stop is usually Salsa’s Mexican Food. We love Mexican food, and to us, it’s the best. We order combo fajitas and share because it’s so much food for one person.

There are so many things to do in Galveston.

Pleasure Pier

Side view 

Schlitterbahn Water Park

Moody Gardens is a popular attraction with a large hotel, rain forest pyramid, Aquarium, 4D Special Fx theater, paddlewheel boat cruise. Too many things to list.

Moody Gardens

My FAVORITE seashell gift shop is Murdoch’s over the water. It has a nice Breezeway to sit in, have a drink, if you wish, and look out at the gulf. I’ve seen people during the summer hang a hammock underneath. I have several pictures and can’t share them all but if interested find out more here about Murdochs.

A popular place that tourist like to eat, and we’ve eaten there many times, is Fish Tales. It’s directly across from Pleasure Pier on the Seawall.

But, we have found where the locals eat seafood, and now it’s where we eat. Shrimp N Stuff. There are two locations, one downtown, more for tourist, and the original one, where we like to eat. It’s very casual. You go to counter to order and sit where you want.

They have the best crab cakes and fried oysters.

The Strand Historic District is located downtown, and it definitely needs to be on your to-do list. We love to walk the streets and visit the different boutiques and gift shops. It has a lot of mom and pop cafes, lively entertainment and of course, people watching.

You must go to LaKings for dessert. It’s an old fashion ice-cream and candy shop. You can have an old fashion milkshake, coke float, homemade candies or a latte.

Also, downtown is the cruise port. You can watch the cruise ships sail away or my favorite thing, wave at people as I sail away. Cruise lines with ships that sail from this port include Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean. This port is rated as one of the top cruise ports (#4) in the country thanks to all of the activities Galveston Island has to offer. Usually, cruisers stay a couple of days in Galveston.

I took this photo from Pier 23 at the port. Unfortunately, I was not sailing away that day.

The Galveston Seawall is built along the beaches. The sidewalk adjacent to Seawall Boulevard on the south is claimed to be the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 10.3 miles. All free beaches along the Seawall are kept by the city and have lifeguards. There are many hotels and restaurants up and down the sea wall.

Beach along the Sea Wall

A sunrise view from my hotel balcony

Stewart Beach is an excellent beach for a day trip. The beach is free, but you must pay to park. It has a big gift shop, showers, store, restaurant, and many activities.

Galveston is a great beach vacation. Many things cost money, but there are also many things, like the beach, the strand, cruise pier, Murdoch’s, riding the ferry, just to name a few, that cost nothing at all. It’s a great peaceful, relaxing place. We only live 3 hours away, so we’ve made the trip in a day or have stayed a week.

Galveston host many activities all throughout the year, everything from chili cook-offs, Mardi Gras, motorcycle rallies to a Festival of Lights during Christmas time and more.

Many people visit Galveston each year, either to vacation or cruise.

On the way home, we always stop at Buc-ees. It’s about 15 miles from Galveston, in Texas City. Actually, we stop going to Galveston and going home.

It’s a huge convenience store for snacks, BBQ, drinks, Texas-Themed T-shirts, beach decor and many gifts, not to mention the largest, cleanest restrooms around.

These are just a few things about my home away from home. Contact me if you have any questions or would like any information about Galveston Island.

I couldn’t leave you without at least one of our many pictures together at Galveston beach.

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Enjoying the Simple Life,

💜Davilyn

Seasons of Life

There is a time for everything.

“For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Every cold season eventually turns warm. Every storm runs out of rain.

It’s the middle of January and we have experienced many seasons this month, at least here in Texas. This past weekend we had flooding rain, gusty winds, and cold temperatures. Yet today we have beautiful sunny skies and warmer temps. In such a short period of time, God has given us a break in the clouds.

The same is true for life, we have different seasons in life. Right in the middle of a hard season, God will give us a sunny, warmer day. It may not mean the season is completely over but he gives a little break and lets us know that HE is still there.

It’s inevitable that sometimes this life is going to let us down and things are not going as we wish. It’s important to remember that in these difficult times that God will bless us with moments of relief.  Just like winter gives way to Spring, every hard time gives way to better times.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

Sometimes these difficult seasons seem like they will never end but they will. A lot of times after the storm itself is over there is still much prayer, healing and work to be done.

I always try to remember Job. He had it rough and never cursed God or left God.

 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job 2:9-10

Life may seem like you’re in the depths of winter, but your season will change and Spring will come forth. God is consistent and uses everything for good. If you’re struggling, going through a difficult season, remember God’s timing is better than ours.

We must learn and grow from our difficult seasons.

Think about it, if Spring comes to early it could get hit by a cool snap and kill all of the good.

Wait on the Lord’s timing, Your spring is coming!

I have been in a long difficult season and God has given me breaks with sunshine and relief for short times.

I am ready for a rainbow!🌈

Isn’t it something how even we as adults get excited when we see a rainbow in the sky.

God keeps his promises!

 

💜Davilyn

I BLOG DIFFERENT

I’ve come to realize that I BLOG DIFFERENT. I have read lots of blogs and realized that I’m different from everyone else. To be honest, at first, that bothered me. I thought I was doing everything wrong. I may have an inspirational post, lifestyle, travel, motivational or family blog, my blogs have a lot of MY pictures, and that’s ok. I’ve tried to change the way I do it, but I can never hit publish on those. I was comparing myself to others, and that’s a trap. I’ve read to find your “niche” and stick to that. I’ve seen that mine is variety and very different.

I’ve learned that’s me and this is how I’m supposed to blog. I don’t have to be like everyone else. My squares on Instagram don’t have to have a theme, or my Facebook page doesn’t have to be about one thing. I am different because God made me that way. We are all different. I’m thankful that’s how God made us. We don’t all look or think alike so why should we blog alike? I like things others don’t and vice versa. My goal is to do what God wants me to do and write, Instagram, Facebook what HE wants me to do. I am thankful for this opportunity and platform that he has given me. I’m grateful for you and accepting me the way I am.

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So when you read my blog, you never know what you’re going to get until you open it up. Lol. Reminds me of Forrest Gump, “Life’s like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get until you take a bite.” I never know what I’m going to write until it comes. I would like to blog at least twice or more a week, do more Facebook lives and Instagram stories but if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to force it.

The things I do know is that I love Jesus, my family, to write, motivate to travel and to help you book your travels. Now I do have a niche in that, and it’s cruises and beaches/resorts. That’s my expertise!

Until the Lord says something different, I will continue to blog differently. I hope that’s ok. I’m learning to take one day at a time and take nothing for granted.

I hope you stick with me, follow and share my social sites, blogs and travel agency.

I love you all and so grateful for you. I encourage you to be YOU and don’t compare yourself with others.

I’m not fancy; I like t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, cheap sunglasses, and a good ocean view.

What about you; what do you like? Do you compare yourself to others?

Enjoying the Simple Life,

💜Davilyn

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

As quick as 2018 come, it left.

It was a year of new and exciting things and hard things. It’s one of my best years and worse years all in one if that makes sense. I started this blog, even though I didn’t get to write as many as I wanted, but I’m thankful I took the step and started.

I also become a travel agent, because I love to travel and help people plan their vacations. I’ve been in the business for 7 months and consider it to be successful thus far.

I am an introvert, and I’ve learned many things about myself, things I need to do and things I need to let go. I have met so many people all over the world, virtually. Even some in person through my travel agency.

This is my dream job!! Thank you for helping make it happen.

It was also a year of many struggles with my health. I’ve had a terrible year with migraines and have had every type of test and medicine available, it seems. I’m now on a preventive shot each month and pray that it works. I’ve only had one shot, as of now. I’m thankful for doctors and medicine, but I do know that my healer is Jesus.

I’m looking forward to 2019 with more blog post, more social media activity on my blog and business sites, a great year in the travel industry and most importantly, healed.

I have really stepped out of my comfort zone and want to do so even more in 2019. I’m also looking forward to helping plan more vacations for you and myself.

I hope you all have a great 2019 and pursue your dreams and passions.

If you make resolutions and/or goals or not, take one day at a time and don’t get upset with yourself if you’re not where you want to be. God’s timing for EVERYTHING is better than anything that we try to do on our own.

I have things in my heart that I want to do, but I will see what the Lord has for me. I’m not going to stress if I don’t meet my goals because I’m giving it to God and know it’s in his hands and timing.

I’m thankful for each one of you and much appreciate your support for both my blog and travel agency. Also, at the bottom of this blog you can “follow” it and leave your email address and it will be delivered right to your email so you never miss a post. Also, be sure to follow my social media sites. I share on them, especially on Facebook.

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None of this could be possible without you!

At the end of the year, it’s a time to reflect and refresh, even though I do this many times per year. I’m asking God what HE wants for me in 2019.

We make our plans, but the Lord directs our steps. Proverbs 16:9

Happy New Year, Friends and wishing you many blessings for 2019.

Enjoying the Simple Life,

💜 Davilyn

Leave me a comment on what your 2018 was like…

Merry Christmas

I just want you to know, from our home to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year❣️

I appreciate your support for the first year of my blog and travel business. I am thankful for every read, comment, like, and share on my blog and social media sites. It means the world to me. So grateful for everyone who allowed me to help plan their vacation and for the referrals. You made my first year successful.

I am honestly so grateful for YOU, and the countless blessings that God has given me, including my supportive husband.

Blessings to you and yours,

Davilyn & Mickey Eberlan

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