Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yarn Along

Dear nieces, nephews and assorted parental figures. Christmas knitting has been moving along wonderfully. I'm almost thinking we have a shot here. Until this arrived in the mail yesterday.

It's from The Cozy Knitter and it's taking everything in my power to not cast on Christmas socks for myself.  

Is it cheating if I at least use the holly stitch markers for  the current projects I'm working on?

Oh alright - I'll go back to my gift knitting.

But by Christmas Eve I WILL be either wearing or knitting these socks.

Linking up with Ginny

Monday, December 15, 2014


A fair amount of knitting
A tiny bit of shopping
The RI Spinning Guild Christmas Party
Some wrapping of gifts
Christmas tree up but not decorated
Fender bender with my daughter's car 
(which means we are now sharing my car) 
Bummed that it will cost us money even though it wasn't her fault
(she was almost hit head on by a car going the wrong way on a one way street)
Thankful that it's only the car that's injured and not her
Getting ready for this very hectic week upon us

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cruisin - the final installment

So we left our first port of Cozumel and saw this in the distance.  Rain was coming.  But no big deal right?  This is the tropics and rain does occasionally  happen.  

It rained so much in Belize and was so rough that I didn't get off the ship to take the tender to shore.  I figured by the next day when we got to Mahogony Bay in Honduras it would be better.


But we made the best of it.  We checked out the local port, found a good bar, had a few drinks and went back to the ship.

They have the most amazing flowers growing wild.  

And just as we were leaving the rain ended.  We had one last port to visit the next day.

And the weather was perfect!

We spent the entire day in the water.  For six hours we stayed in there - they even brought drinks out to us.  It was the perfect way to end the vacation. 

So we had some sun, we had some rain, we had some relaxing and we had fun.

A perfect vacation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Yarn Along

So I started on a pair of socks.  How great are these colors?  

Knitpicks got more Felici in stock and I went and got me some.  These obviously are gift socks, just like everything else I will be knitting for the next few weeks (see crazy contest post) but let me assure you I got enough of this color to make me a pair too.

Last night I snuggled up in my chair by the fire with my eggnog and knitting and watched Rudolph with the family.  Not much reading has been happening.  

Linking up with Ginny.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 on Tuesday

Put your iPod on shuffle and what are the first 10 songs you get?  Well, my iTunes and my daughter's are combined, so let's just say the shuffle mode can bring me some interesting choices.  But the first 10 were:

1.  Love on Top - Beyonce
2.  I'm Different - 2 Chainz
3.  I Call It Love - Lionel Richie
4.  Defying Gravity from the soundtrack of Wicked
5.  Thriller - Michael Jackson
6.  Invisible Man - 98 Degrees
7.  Our Song - Taylor Swift
8.  Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
9.  Seasons of Love from the soundtrack of Rent
10.  From This Moment - Shania Twain

Half of the songs are from my playlist the other half are from my daughter's.  The two soundtracks are hers as she had to sing them both for school shows at one time or another.  I can assure you 2 Chainz is hers too (although I think the guys is closer to my age - hmmm - a rapper in his 40's).  

Link up with us over at Carole's for some musical fun!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Getting a Grip

See that?  That Advent Wreath right there?  That's my Christmas decoration so far. And if it wasn't for my wonderful hubby that wouldn't be sitting on my table. I. Am. Sadly. Behind. Could it be my slight lack of Christmas spirit this year?  Could it be that I didn't even have time to prep for Thanksgiving since we were on vaca that previous week?  Who knows. The only thing I do know is that Christmas is coming whether I'm ready or not. 

So let's add a little more crazy to this. I still have gifts to knit. Now I know for most people this is a source of stress but it works for me. And I enjoy it. So let's see how crazy this is. My list of what needs to be knit is:

Two pairs of socks 
Three wash cloths
Two hats
One pair of thrummed mittens. 

So the good news is that I have until New Years to knit a couple of those things.  The question is - how many do you think I will actually finish?  Most years I would have faith that I could get it all done. This year is a mystery. 

So let's make this a contest shall we?  In the comments tell me how many items you think I can get finished before the end of the year. Whoever is closest will win a skein of yarn from my own stash (maybe one hand dyed by me?). If there is more than one correct guess I will have a drawing for the winner. Besides its my Blogiversary month and what better way to celebrate?  Good luck!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cruisin Part Two

So my favorite port was probably the first one. And that was Cozumel.  The color of the water made me want to dye yarn in those colors (spoken like a true fiber addict).  And jump in and swim.  Which we did in Grand Cayman but not in Cozumel because we had some plans for this port.  

This crazy bar was quiet in the morning but when it was time to get back on the ship it was hoppin. Did I mention the drinking age in Mexico is 18?  That made my daughter and god daughter very happy.  

Water melon  jello shots.  Cool idea, huh?  The kids loved them.  

This was the view from the bar.  And that's our ship.  

Our big plan for the day was swimming with the dolphins.  Now I'm not much for booking excursions because most of them are way overpriced but with this one you got the dolphins, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, all you can eat and all you can drink (booze included) for $79 a person.  Now my one complaint about this excursion was the price of the photos.  They were ridiculous.  And you couldn't really take your own and participate.  So the people pictured above were the ones who went after us.  No clue who they are.  We had a blast.  And the drinks were the best we had on the trip.

After the dolphins we went back towards the ship and did some shopping.  The kids picked up a couple of Mexican blankets, I got some Christmas ornaments and some sweat shirts.  It was a great day.  So it was back on the ship to relax at the pool and enjoy the sun some more.  Except.... it started to rain.  And continued for the next 2 days......


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