According to the original schedule – today’s stop was to be in Athens and tomorrow here in Souda (listed as Chania on the itinerary with the usual disregard for the actual port). But since it seems that the 17th would not be a good day to be in Athens, the two ports and their days were flipped.

Since I was here just last month, I didn’t have a burning need to go off the ship vs resting up from the last two days of Kotor (climbing up to the fortress) and Corfu (hiking up to the lighthouse in their old fortress followed by walking around a goodly portion of the town on my way back to the ship). It seems that doing the equivalent of 125+ flights of stairs by a person who normally doesn’t have to deal with more than 3-7 flights per day results in extremely sore calf muscles.  Rather than risk converting pain into a posterior compartment syndrome which would badly trash the next few weeks of planned travel in addition to adding extremely ugly scars to the backs of my legs, I elected to cool my jets.

I can offer you only a departing picture –

the shore line as we leave - and the path I didn't hike

the shore line as we leave – and the path I didn’t hike


Otherwise – I am steadily turning my minimal stash of yarn into hats

and no finishing which is the absolute best

and no finishing which is the absolute best

as well as making progress on the cross-stitch

the start of the Fractal Star

the start of the Fractal Star

which has a full 30 pages of pattern. What you see is the tops of pages 1&2 along with the edge of page seven (starts the second row)

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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