I am one of those people who almost never enters lotteries, raffles or plays games of chance. I don’t need keychains (the traditional RCCL reward for winning almost anything) or most of the other souvenir type things that come so often with such drawings. Certainly, I have absolutely no use for the bottles of wine which are sought after by so many who involve themselves with such things.

Today, as the first sea day on this cruise was the Cruise Critic get together. Think of it in current terminology as a type of facebook for cruisers. It runs on the old BBS software which has been out there for close to two decades. It useful as a discussion forum to learn about ships, ports, cruise lines and other’s experiences. There are also Roll Calls where there is a chance to meet others ahead of time who will be on your particular cruise. Several of the lines – Royal, Azamara, Celebrity, Crystal make an effort to host a meeting for the members and take on the organizing and setting up of same for any group of more than 25 on cruises longer than 6 days. NCL and Princess will do the same on request, but it needs someone in the group to take on the responsibility of organization. I don’t volunteer for much anymore.

This morning I managed to remember to go, arrived in the correct place and was unsurprised to find that my name was not on the attendance list. Since I hadn’t had an invite in my room I figured this was going to be the case. Ignoring the implication that I didn’t know how to register or hadn’t done it right, I just joined friends and commenced a discussion of knitting socks with double points vs circular needles.

We ran through the usual announcements: there was going to be a slot pull, a couple of people were gathering a group for San Juan, and who was organizing the cabin crawl.  Pretty normal for this kind of gathering.

This evening – I finished as much as I can on the cross-stitch. The only section I have left requires a thread color that I have used up so it is on to knitting for me.

22 Jan 2018


and it appears even better with the marking threads pulled

all but DMC 321


and that raffle, my number actually was drawn for the last item on the table. I now own –

an inexpensive watch/pedometer

with five exchangeable bands. I’m wondering if it will be easier to deal with than my Apple Watch…..

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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!
This entry was posted in Cross-Stitch, Cruising. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Raffles

  1. Cat says:

    Ummm…perhaps you can use it to keep count of your cross stitch instead?

  2. Mary says:

    I’m not sure that last color is neeeded! It is gorgeous as is!

  3. Alison says:

    I love how the colors dance against the black background.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.