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.