Sunday, October 31, 2010

Staying slightly ahead of deadlines. . .

When Linda at Studio L3 started the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge way back in June, I made a promise to myself that I would complete each challenge on time!   So far, I have been successful,  some weeks I cut it close. LOL

For the 19th challenge we were instructed to turn to page 61 for Extreme Masking.   Here are my two entries!

And this was a scene from yesterday. . . .it was just too cute to pass up.   That is the afghan my husband  using until he got up to go get something an then Max claimed it has his as he watched the game!   That'll teach Dave not to leave stuff on the floor!  lol

Have a fabulous week!

And the winner is . . . . . . .

sandi collins said...


October 22, 2010 2:39 PM

Congratulations Sandi you won my 100th post blog candy!  I will send you an e-mail shortly!

My wonderful husband, Dave, drew Sandi's name and since he did such a fabulous job I had him draw 3 more names for "consolation" prizes!

Lynn Stevens
Susan K

Congratulations!!!   I will send each of you an e-mail, if I don't have addresses by 6:00 (PDT)  Wednesday, November 3, I will have Dave draw another name.

Happy Halloween Everyone!  Hope you get the treats you like best!


Friday, October 29, 2010

An invitation and a reminder!

An Invitation

I am hosting a Pampered Chef Kitchen show on Friday, December 3, 2010.  I'd love to have you over, if you live nearby and interested in coming, just send me a note and I will get a invite to you.  (And if I have your e-mail address already, I will send you an invite without you even having to contact me! lol)

If you don't live nearby but NEED some Pampered Chef, (the NEED for Pampered Chef is similar to the NEED for craft stuff) please go to my show page.  You can have the products sent directly to you!

A Reminder!

If you want a chance to win some prizes, you have to comment here (my 100th post)  by 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, October 30, 2010!   There are 39 comments so far.  I said if I had more than 50 I'd add a second prize package! Only need 12 more post to get have another prize package added, so tell your friends!  All the details are at the bottom of my 100th post.  Good Luck!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 4, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada

*As I noted previously, my "new" computer is not feeling well.  It won't be feeling better for at least a week, so in the meantime, I am using my faithful older computer. All my pictures are on the newer computer so I thought I would have to wait before I could post pictures.  Then I remembered that fortunately I uploaded most of my pictures to Picasa before it got infected so I will be able to get to pictures!  It took me a couple of days to figure this out and another couple of days to figure out I can edit photos in Picasa!

Let the journey continue!

The ship arrive very early and passengers were able to get off as early as 7a.m.  We were not among the first to get off! lol 

We didn't really have any plans for St. John except to see the Reversing Falls.   We (Charlene, Lori and I) jumped in a cab to get to the falls.  The driver was great and informative.   In my picture, the water is flowing from left to right.  The river is up and to the right, the Bay of Fundy is to the left (although not visible from where we were).  The water is flowing "uphill" so to speak.  Click on "Reversing Falls" above to read the details of why this happens (and to see some awesome pictures).

This boat load of people came by while we were at the Reversing Falls.  Their driver was crazy and it looked like they were having a blast!!!

I loved this church, with just a hint of color in the trees.  Such a "classic" quintessential church!

After visiting the Falls we headed back towards the ship and then just wandered the streets of St John for a bit.  We were looking for an antique store but it had moved.  We thought about searching it out in its new locations, but were distracted by other things and never made.  We did find some awesome old buildings though.

Great sweatshirts girls!

This is my kind of sign!

We also wandered into Market Square.  They have a wide variety of "shops"!

They have a library.  We didn't go in but the outside is definitely FUN!

They had a museum!  We didn't go in there either, but this guy was their greeter!  Love the strong silent type, don't you? lol!

and of course they had some shops.  We did go in a few of those but didn't take any pictures!  And in this age of cell phones, I love seeing a phone booth, and this one is great!!  It really worked, well I assume it worked as the woman in black was in the "box" with the door closed and the handset to her ear!

Then we headed back to the ship as we had an early departure and more importantly we had "Tim Time".  Instead of a class it was an hour of  Q & A time with Tim!   

One of our indulgences of the day!  The ship had a self-serve "ice cream" stand.    I just had vanilla and it was yummy!

That is about it for the day. . . if I had my journal I could fill you in on more details but it is in a safe place, so I can't consult it at the moment.   More about the "safe place" in the next cruise post!  Hope you are having a fabulous week! 

Take care,

Sunday, October 24, 2010

CCC # 18

Just a quick post for CCC #18

My "regular" computer is not feeling well at the moment, so I am having to use an alternate computer and alternate upload methods.  I will get back to the cruise as soon as my PC is feeling better.   Hopefully it will be feeling better later this week.   Thankfully I work with a bunch of AWESOME guys who will have it fixed in no time!!!

Have a fabulous week.


Friday, October 22, 2010

October 3

October 3 - the day started early for me only because I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep!  I was up early enough to catch sunrise!  I am not sure if the first couple of pictures are of Bar Harbor or another nearby town.

I wandered around the mostly quiet ship for a bit, exploring parts of it I had not visited previously. I stopped at the Café on the Promenade Deck and had a cup of hot chocolate before heading back to our cabin to get ready for our adventures in Bar Harbor.

We met Lori in the Windjammer for breakfast then set off to explore Bar Harbor! Bar Harbor was a fun little town with LOTS of little shops. I had been there as a teenager, but I didn’t really remember the town.  

My memory of Bar Harbor revolves around a conversation my parents had with a local teenager/20 something person. We had a pick-up and trailer and were looking for a campground that we couldn’t seem to find. I remember being at a stop sign on a slight hill. The “kid” was nearby on his bike and my parents asked for directions. He gave directions which my parents apparently understood and off we drove. After we pulled away, I asked my parents what language had he been speaking. To my great surprise they said English! I don’t recall understanding anything he had said, except “ba’- ha’ber” ! Lol

As the day progressed, I found I had no trouble understanding anyone! Although Charlene said “everyone sounded. . .” well I leave that for her to post on her blog if she wants! Lol

We had booked the Lobster Bake and Acadia National Park excursion for the afternoon. We had a bit of down time between shopping and hopping on the bus, so a few calls were made and

a few (dozen) pictures were taken.

Once on the road, we drove by some "cottages"

The lobster bake was not what I was expecting. Well the food part was what I expected but the venue was not. I was expecting being served in a big tent or perhaps a “rustic” shelter of some sort on or near the beach, open air with time to roam a bit. I was NOT expecting to be delivered to the Bar Harbor Regency hotel to be served in a banquet room. The view from the room was fabulous though.

Are you sure about this? 
Lori, Charlene & Stephanie

After lunch was served, we were back on the bus headed for Acadia National Park!

We saw the Beaver Pond (and dam) and a little fall color!

We saw more  fabulous “cottages” (I would love to get a look in one these, wouldn't you?)

We stop and got off the bus at Thunder Hole.

On the road again!  

Next stop:  top of Cadillac Mountain (prior to 1918 it was called Green Mountain!) Unfortunately 15 minutes was not much time to enjoy all there was to enjoy.  We were told names of all 7 islands and warned we'd be tested on the names of the islands. If we didn't remember them we had to walk back to the ship.  I remembered the name of the last one, which was "bald island" (don't ask which one it is cuz I don't know). 

Luckily others on the tour remembered the names, were earned a "C" and was able to ride the bus back to the port.  It was a quick trip back to Bar Harbor and we caught one of the last tenders back to the ship before it left!

We were so thankful they waited for us! Had they not waited, we would have missed our Tim class and THAT would have been devastating! lol

The evening class was:

And these were my creations from the class and the only project I actually finished in class. . . well except for the ribbons I still haven't added those! lol