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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!

Sawgrass Mills

I am not sure how many years ago it was that I had a back to back through Miami/Ft Lauderdale where the ship offered a trip out to Sawgrass Mills. In all honestly, it was to their benefit to get … Continue reading

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Red Eyes

The best thing about taking a red-eye is that it is always the low point of the day. It was a typical United Flight – boarding is by privilege. What I found interesting, unlike daytime business hour flights,  is that … Continue reading

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Heading out

I am not sure ever how to react to the day I head out on another trip. When my departure is morning to midday – all of my organizing needs to be done the day before. When it is an … Continue reading

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Today is Noah’s Birthday. Tomorrow is Miriam’s. They turn 32 and 30 respectively. Given everyone’s work schedule it seemed most sensible to revert to what we did when they were toddlers and combine the two events. When I look at … Continue reading

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Part 3 of the StarWoman SAL by Barbara Ana was released on 1 March. I finally had a few minutes this morning and continued to work on her. The frame and uniform/wingythings are from parts I & 2. The hair … Continue reading

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Ignoring the morning

Yes, please. I headed out early. Early enough that I was the first customer at my local Peet’s before braving the freeway, Bay Bridge and run to SFVA. It was one of those times where my inclination to adhere to … Continue reading

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There are times when time zones actually work in my favor. Mostly it involves Australia and release times for stitch-a-longs. Those 17 hours don’t mean that there is any possibility of completing a section of this SAL before the calendar … Continue reading

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The Reindeer

Done! I am pleased. This is the last of the three winter patterns from Country Cottage Samplings Year in the Woods. Released in December, I obviously wasn’t home and didn’t get a chance to get started on it till earlier … Continue reading

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Fox Girl Finished

All those plants, birds, the chicken and her hat. I also did a bit of modifying on her ears. Those are such lovely fox ears, I didn’t see a reason why she would have regular human ears as well. So … Continue reading

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Fancy Folk

It is the last Thursday of the month and time for StitchNewEngland’s Fancy Folk Zoom. Pam started it last year and I have been able to join except while at sea (we will NOT discuss the low bandwidth on Windstar). … Continue reading

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Fox Girl

She has another name, but I have been thinking of her as Fox Girl. Obviously, this is another Barbara Ana pattern. From this morning – to this evening – I made progress before drifting off. Al that is left (yah, … Continue reading

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and more stitches

So many stitches. Nothing else done…..

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We have been having beautiful sunsets – As visible from our living room window. I have gotten started on this month’s portion of Royal Gardens with one small motif completed and the huge one started… with three more to go … Continue reading

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They Won!

I shouldn’t be so surprised, but the Cal Women’t Basketball team managed to pull off an 81-79 win in overtime. The overtime was caused by some of the worse officiating any of us have seen all year. In the last … Continue reading

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It was a long day. A really long day if truth be told. Disembarkation days are my least favorite travel days. It seems like there is always a deadline hanging overhead, made worse by all the hurry up and wait. … Continue reading

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Sailing into San Diego

Sailing in early this morning brought back memories of other cruises. I think it was 2012, with a transAtlantic  on Vision of the Seas where the impromptu group of knitters & stitchers just made the voyage wonderful. The day before … Continue reading

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The Last Sea Day

on this cruise…. I will see “sea days” again next month on my way over to Europe. Which reminds me, I still have some plane reservations to make. I attempted to spend the day as quietly as possible. I had … Continue reading

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Back to Cabo

We sailed into Cabo San Lucas early this morning –  no whales seen, nor did I was awake enough to look for the arch. And obviously, it is a tender port. When you look at how crowded a harbor vs … Continue reading

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Ok, it is also Valentine’s Day. The ship seems to be attempting to turn this particular commercial holiday into something special. The first positive thing turned out to be some small ducks hidden around the ship. One couple found one, … Continue reading

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At Sea, Celebrity Solstice

After yesterday with the tenders and all I was expecting a rather quiet day on ship. Which sort of happened and sort of not. This ship has a library on Deck 10. It has a decent selection of books and … Continue reading

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