Monday, June 20, 2016

Alaska Trip

Hello peeps.  I can't believe it's been almost a week since I've been back from my adventure to Alaska.  I took a cruise to the Inside Passage.  Ports of call were Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.  The cruise originated from Seattle, Washington.

The weather was amazing.  We experienced record breaking heat in every single port with no rain.  Ketchikan usually gets around 183 inches per year.  I packed for a cold trip and instead we got an almost tropical one!

We didn't make it down Tracy Arm Fjord because it was too icy.  That's a good thing for the Fjord but I was so looking forward to that special day.  Instead we took a route where we got to see about five glaciers, all of which were spectacular.

 Don't you love the color of the water!  Just amazing.

The sun would typically rise around 5:30 a.m. and sunset was around 10:00 p.m.  Talk about a long day!  The above photo was taken around 6:00 a.m.  We had breakfast delivered to our room as we had a balcony and was able to stand out there and take in the sights.

The ship would go in so far and then turn around so we were able to see both sides.  Perfect!  Some people spotted a bear at the water but I wasn't so lucky.
As you can see, we weren't alone.  There were typically three ships in the ports and I was worried about that.  It didn't seem to impact our plans and really the towns didn't seem crowded at all.  

I love this cruise.  This is the second time I've done it and despite some changes in the ports, which I don't like, the wildlife and scenery didn't disappoint.  If you've ever thought of doing this you definitely need to put it on your bucket list and make it happen!

I have more to share so keep posted.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Smiles 174?

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.  I started knitting a scarf for a high school graduate.  She chose a dark gray yarn; I'm hoping to finish it (or at least get most of it done) this weekend.

I recently went on a trip to Alaska.  I'll have to write a post and share some of the amazing things I saw.  I just returned this past Tuesday.  Needless to say my Smiles are related to my trip.
I saw this written on the sidewalk in Seattle, Washington.  It was so great to see and really take it in.
 I enjoyed two scoops of pistachio sorbet.  It was so full of flavor and very light.  Yum! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  We are supposed to have a heat wave here.  That means getting up early to water the backyard and trying to do the vacuuming and laundry before the day heats up.

Happy Friday


Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.  I've started playing around with hand weaving.  I think I'm really going to like it.
Here's my smile for the week.  A friend of mine's husband made this picnic table for their grandchildren.  The grands live in Nevada and were here for a visit.  Once this kids were done eating the dogs quickly shared what's left of the burger.  Everyone had a great time.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Hello everyone!  I'm alive and well and getting back in the groove of bloggingI'm joining in with Julia over at Stamping Ground.  People from places near and far show their desks and what they are working on.  Julia has a full explanation of WOYWW on her blog HERE.

 I can't believe my last post was months ago.  Wow.  I've been busy knitting up spa cloths and cowls for the Craft Fair I will be in in November.  I also consigned some of my spa cloths to the local knitting store, Warm Hearts Yarn.  We'll see how I do with that.

I bought myself a different kind of loom.  It's handmade and is very fun to use.  I've only woven a little sample to see how it works.  It's a small loom, something that I could make pieces of fabric to sew together or small projects.
I use it on my lap.  It's shaped so it's comfortable to use.  I'll try to get a side view next week.
 I've learned that I need to put a "spacer" so that I don't start weaving right next to the loom.
This is what I ended up with.  I probably won't do anything with it.  You can see that the bottom is tighter than the top.  I need to learn to be consistent of how tight/loose I weave.  The first photo shows the truest color of the yarn.  

Thank you for visiting.  I know I've been away for quite some time.  I've thought of all my blogging friends and have missed you.  I haven't even gotten on my computer to even hop around.  

I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those that end in the same number as me.  I hope you've had a good week so far.

Happy WOYWW,