Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Hello peeps!   I'm joining in with Julia over at Stamping GroundPeople from places near and far show their desks and what they are working on. 

 I've received some more handmade cards.  They are absolutely beautiful and very special to me. 

Mary H.
After receiving these very special handmade cards I decided that I'm going to make my own next year.  Can you believe it?  I'm going to get back into card making!  Woo hoo

I posted some about my cruise.  You can go back to my last post.  I'll write a few more posts, one of which is the highlight of the trip, an excursion to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.  

I had a hard time uploading the photos of the cards.  They wouldn't show up to select.  Then I got onto my tablet and I kept getting redirected to a sign up page for Xfinity.  What?  Very weird.

As always, I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those that end in the same number as me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Here's to a creative 2016!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Hawaii Cruise - San Francisco to Hawaii - and back again

Hello peeps.  I promised a post about my cruise to Hawaii.  I'll be breaking it down over several different posts as there's so much to talk about!

We left San Francisco on Wednesday, November 25.  It was absolutely beautiful sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
Here's a photo of the San Francisco coast.
San Francisco is by far one of my favorite cities.  Unfortunately we didn't have time to do any sightseeing before the ship left the port.

The itinerary for this trip included some wonderful ports in Hawaii.
Hilo, Honolulu, Kawaii and Maui.  In Hilo we were going to visit the Volcano National Park and a city tour.  That probably meant a stop at Hilo Hatties, which I was looking forward to.

After five days at sea we were approximately 20 miles off the coast of Hilo and a fire started in the engine room.  They described it as a fire in an electrical box area.  It was about 5:00 a.m. and we heard an alarm and announcement.  We lost power in our cabin.  No drill was required as the fire was quickly put out.  Unfortunately it affected one of the four propulsion engines on the ship.  Hilo would not allow us to port there. 
Hello and Goodbye Hilo
We slowly limped along to Honolulu, our next stop on the itinerary.  
Hello Honolulu
With three tug boats we were helped into port and lined up properly.  Those little tugboats are truly amazing!   The tugboats help the ships in every port so this wasn't because of the fire.

Hello Mr. Tugboat

A barge pulled up next to the ship and they worked on the wiring and engine.  The Captain kept us up to date on the status of the repairs, etc.  Finally, the next morning the Coast Guard gave us the go ahead to set sail.  The fourth engine was still not at full propulsion so that meant the ship would be cruising along at a slower pace, hence the decision to skip Nawiliwili, Kauai and Lahaina, Maui and head straight to Ensenada, Mexico.  This had to be done because the ship has to port in a foreign country before returning to the US.  We arrived in San Francisco the date and time that we were scheduled to (Thursday, December 10).

You can read a USA Today article here.

Out of the fifteen day cruise we were literally off the ship the one day in Honolulu and a few hours in Ensenada!  

Princess Cruises has been very generous with its passengers on this cruise.  They refunded the cost of the cruise (not the taxes, insurance, transfers and gratuities), gave each passenger a $200 credit on the cruise and 50% off your next cruise.  Passengers were also given the option to disembark in Honolulu and Princess would pay for their airline tickets to San Francisco.  From what I heard an estimated 400 - 500 people took advantage of that.  So far I've been partially reimbursed for the cruise and have sent Princess an email asking the appropriate questions.  We booked our next cruise in June to Alaska.

In Honolulu we went to the Pearl Harbor Memorial, out to the USS Arizona, to the National Cemetery (Punch Bowl) and an Overlook.  I will make that a separate post.

So there you have it, a brief summary of what turned out to be a very relaxing time on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean (both ways)!

As a pirate would say, Arrrgghhh


Friday, December 18, 2015

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!  

I have two things that brought special smiles to my face this week.  The first is that I received a lovely card from Nikki.  Did you know that we share the same birthday?  Not sure about the year - I think she's younger than me.....
Isn't she adorable!  I haven't brought out my Christmas tree yet but she'll be PERFECT next to it.

The second special smile happened Wednesday when I was at Starbucks visiting WOYWW desks.  This group of kids came in and sang a few Christmas carols.  They were very good and so fun to listen to.   If that doesn't get you into the Christmas spirit I don't know what will!
Isn't it funny that most of them are looking in different directions instead of where people were sitting.  I was actually standing to the side so maybe that made them shy as they knew I was taking a photo.  Adorable!

The special day is getting close.  I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy 2016!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

W0YWW 341

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Julia at Stamping Ground.  Crafter's from around the world share their crafty space and maybe even a peek at what they are working on.

I just got back from my cruise to Hawaii.  Due to problems on the ship we only visited Honolulu.  I'll write about that later.   Here's a photo of my work desk last week.  It's much more interesting than this week.  If I could have joined in the fun I would have.

Since we had so many days at sea we would sit on our balcony and relax.  If we weren't here we were at the coffee bar.
As always, I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those that end in the same number as me.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Smiles 144

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!  

I've noticed the questionnaire that several of you have done.  It's been fun to learn a bit about you.  Here are my answers.

Location:  Living Room in my comfy chair
Feeling: Glad that the work week is almost over. 
Loving: My little living room
Reading:   While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo
Drinking: Iced tea with a hint of raspberry
AnticipatingBreakfast with a friend and going to a craft fair
Listening to: the t.v.  (do other singles do this?)
Watching: Not really watching but am listening..... weird, I know
Planning:  My schedule for the next couple of weeks
Looking Forward to:  My upcoming vacation (15 day cruise to Hawaii)
Creating: a knitting mess
Need to finish: the laundry, one more load to go!
Wishing: To hit the lotto
Main goal this week:  I guess for next week it will be to go through my clothes to decide what to pack.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's a Roundup!

Hello peeps.  I love driving out to the horse stables to see what's going on.  Call me crazy but I love the dirty, stinky mess.  It reminds me of driving by the dairies where I grew up.  Anyway,  I happen to be there and see these goats and two sheep just walking around, doing whatever they please.  They were runaways!  They had escaped from their stall and were having a good ol' time.

There was a guy in a pickup watching them so I asked if they were his - nope, he just watched them escape!  Being the animal lovers that we are we decided to round them up!  It's time I tell you that this was when I was recouperating from my total knee replacement!  I was wearing sandals as I had a pedicure scheduled later that afternoon.  At this time I was using a cane but when I got out of the car I left it.  I was just going to take photos with my phone -- not do a roundup!
Notice the guy in the white and black shirt?  I don't know how we decided that I would be the one chasing them around and he would be the one standing by the gate where they need to go!  This isn't all of them; I'm guessing there were around a total of twenty and two sheep.
Look at all the babies!  They were so cute; jumping over imaginary objects.  The black and blackish butts are the sheep.  They could have used a good shearing!
Doesn't this one look like a deer!  I knew goats ate just about anything - but pine needles, really?
This horse was just waiting to join in the fun.  Isn't she a beauty.

So, after we successfully rounded them up it was time for my pedicure.  Yikes!  What was I thinking?  Before she started I asked if I could wipe off my feet and sandals.  My feet came out smelling like a rose!!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Smiles 143

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!  I'm off today but have a Doctor appointment; this will the third this month!  Holy moly.  I've met my out of pocket expense so at least I don't have to pay my co-pays the rest of the year!!

I have some knitting humor for you all today.  I thought that was appropriate since that's the only craft I've been doing lately.

A man and his wife were sitting in church, the man was sleeping and his wife was knitting. The priest asked "Who created the Earth and man?" The woman poked the man with her knitting needle and the man screamed, "GOD!" The Priest looked at him and said, "That's right." Then he asked "Who is God's son?" Once more the woman poked her husband with the needle, he woke up and screamed, "Jesus Christ!" Again, the priest said, "Correct." Finally, the priest asked, "What did Eve say to Adam when she didn't want any more children?" The knitter poked her husband again, but this time he screamed "Poke me with that thing one more time and I'm going to rip it off!" The priest smiled and said, "That's right."

And to celebrate Halloween.
 I hope these made you giggle and brought a smile to your face!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hello everyone!   I'm joining in with Julia over at Stamping GroundPeople 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.

Remember the sweater that I mentioned last week?  I decided to pick it back up and see how far I get before my big vacation.  Wish me luck!  So, my workdesk is my comfy chair and my lap.
Now isn't that a pile of yarn!!  I'm actually hoping I find all of the yarn.  I used one of those "space saver" bags and took all the air out of my yarn.  Tee hee.
Here's a photo of some flowers I spotted.  Can you see the bee on one of them?

As always I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those ending in the same number as me.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

I love New Mexico in the Fall

Hello peeps.  This time of year is magical.  I love watching the leaves dance to the ground.  Not only that but the colors are amazing.  When I first moved here I couldn't see past all the mud (adobe) houses and the different shades of red in the soil.  I moved here from one of the largest farming areas in northern California where everything was green and lush.
New Mexico has grown on me; it's deep in my bones and I love everything about it.  Even the old adobe homes have found a place in my heart.  I'm so very lucky to call this my home.
 Hello wonderful leaves.
The above photo was taken at the El Santuario de Chimayo.  I have done a post about the Santuario before but it's different every time you visit.
The trees are slowly turning.  The little black specks are cows.
This is a corner of Rancho de Chimayo, the wonderful restaurant where I took my Aunt.  Every fall the red chili ristras are a big thing.  Most people hang one at their home; I love how the restaurant has covered the entire front of the building.

Hope you enjoyed your little visit.