Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Hello everyone!  Another happy WednesdayI'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.

My "desk" continues to be my comfy chair while I knit.

I haven't gotten rid of any of my rubber stamps.  Maybe I'm more sentimental than I thought!  I have been moving things around so I can actually see what I have and perhaps that will make me use it!   I had to quickly move things into the closet so my living room wouldn't be cluttered for company.  Now things are back out and you can see the progress I've made in organizing.  I'm happy with how things are coming along.  
After looking at these photos I'm going to move all my gluing stuff into a basket and put it somewhere else.  That will free up a shelf for other things.

I took some of my knitting to the local yarn store for consignment.  I'm excited about this!   Below is her display of the cowl I knitted in my new favorite stitch, the linen stitch.  I also took in the purple scarf.
As always, I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those that end in the same number as me.  It may be the weekend before I'm able to get around.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Pearl Harbor and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Hello peeps.  As promised, here's a post about my visit to Pearl Harbor.  It was close to the Anniversary when we there.  

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.  The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections:  the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.  Servicemen that have since passed and was on the USS Arizona have the option to be buried with their brothers in arms.  There are two areas with names of those that have since passed.  The wall with the names is approximately 50 feet wide and probably just as tall.  It gave me goosebumps to see the names of those that perished.

To learn more about the history and culture go HERE.

We also went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl. 

The “Punchbowl” was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity.  A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range.

Although there are various translations of the Punchbowl’s Hawaiian name, “Puowaina,” the most common is “Hill of Sacrifice.” This translation closely relates to the history of the crater. The first known use was as an altar where Hawaiians offered human sacrifices to pagan gods and the killed violators of the many taboos. Later, during the reign of Kamehameha the Great, a battery of two cannons was mounted at the rim of the crater to salute distinguished arrivals and signify important occasions. Early in the 1880s, leasehold land on the slopes of the Punchbowl opened for settlement and in the 1930s, the crater was used as a rifle range for the Hawaii National Guard. Toward the end of World War II, tunnels were dug through the rim of the crater for the placement of shore batteries to guard Honolulu Harbor and the south edge of Pearl Harbor.
Image found on Web
You really can see for formation and how it got it's name.

Here's another sunset for you.  Since we were on the ship fourteen of our fifteen day cruise I have lots of ocean photos - and photos taken on the ship.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week and have an even better weekend planned!  

Yep, this is what I'll be doing tonight!  Actually, most evenings after work I relax with my knitting.  I find it almost like meditation.  Yesterday morning it was only 9 degrees when I left my home for work.  To add to my "party" I'll have a roaring fire in my fireplace.  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Hello everyone!  Another happy Wednesday (actually Tuesday night where I'm at).  I'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've continued to do some organizing.  I'm happy with the progress I've made as I'm taking it slow.  Nothing goes into the closet until I have an actual place for it.
My jars full of fun.
Below are cd cases of unmounted stamps
I've also decided that I'm going to concentrate of fiber arts, mixed media and photography.  Yes, I'm getting rid of most of my rubber stamps (except those that were gifts and ones that I'll use in mixed media).  I've struggled with this for years.  After receiving the beautiful handmade cards at Christmas I really thought I'd get back into it.   It just isn't going to happen.  I hope all my cardmaking friends will still visit me to see what I'm up to.  I do appreciate the handmade cards, tags and ATCs that I receive.

I've been knitting up a storm.  I've made a cowl for my friend that was on the cruise with me (yes, the one you saw on my cruise post), a scarf and an ear band using the linen stitch.  Knitting this in the round is MUCH easier than knitting it flat.
Linen stitch scarf (LOVE)
Close up of the pattern
I took photos of the ear band and the cowl I'm currently working on but I can't find them on my computer.  Have I mentioned how much I hate Window 8 or Windows 8.1 or whatever I have on this thing?!?  I was on my old computer to get these photos downloaded.  Unfortunately it was very slow and on it's last leg so I have to get myself up to speed on this thing.  Yikes.

I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those that end in the same number as me.  I most likely won't be around until Friday though.

You can't use up
The more you use,
The more you have.

Maya Angelou

Peace, Kay