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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Bisou thinks she may hear reindeer outside, and she's ready! I hope all of you reading this have a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Another cruise

I've been away with my husband on another cruise, this one in the southern Caribbean area. We sailed out of Colón, Panama, on a Royal Caribbean ship, Oasis of the Seas. Before the cruise, we spent a night in a resort hotel in Colón, and I was delighted to see their display of santons! These are a bit larger than the ones we have, and their display is much more detailed than I have room for in our smallish home.

When we boarded our ship, we saw that it had been decorated, too, for the holidays! That's the first time I've been on a ship with Christmas decorations. The Centrum area, where people gather to sit, dance, visit, etc., was just lovely! The tree was enormous, and each level of cabins had greenery with little lights and changing lighting effects. The red lighting you see here was periodically green or blue or any of several other colors.

Here's a closer view of part of the tree, with the inside glass elevators behind. The "chandeliers" you see hanging near the top were actually part of an entertainment scheduled one evening.

On one deck level, there was also an adorable display of gingerbread houses.

All of these little touches made our two at-sea days seem really festive! I'll show you more about our ports of call in a later post.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A storm and a finished shawl

Tuesday we had enormous winds, bringing a storm from Canada to our normally-warm area. The cold wasn't what bothered our little Bisou, though; it was the noise from the wind rattling the shutters and banging branches against windows. She's a timid little thing, and she was just quaking in my lap — until I told her that we should probably go get her Thundershirt. That seems to have done the trick, as you can see here. ;) She relaxed so much that she had a little nap in the rocking chair next to my desk!

On a different topic altogether, I have finished a small shawl/scarf from some lovely silk yarn I picked up on a recent trip. This yarn was pre-beaded, and you may be able to see the clear beads in this photo — if you look *very* hard. LOL! It was a very simple pattern, with just yarn overs and double decreases to make the design.