Sailing the Gulf of Aden

Last night started the overnight blackout period with Decks 4 & 10 off limits. Deck 9 remains open but the lighting is limited. Same with any of the lounges with windows that can’t be completely covered. It is not that I mind sitting the dark. It is just that I like to be able to see food, drink and cross-stitch.

During the day, Jill and I spent time again in the Viking Crown stitching. There are always people stopping by. Mostly but not always women with comments. From the crew it is about their mother or grandmother who stitched and/or taught them. From fellow passengers it is usually comments about the pieces. So far, ID rate on cross-stitch is running 80%. Actually better than knitting which non-fiber folks get right only about 50%! After all, if you can chose between knitting and crochet why not make a random guess?

There were star fruit and passion fruit in the Windjammer last night and I am about to eat the last of the pomegranates.

Since it is pull the drapes and keep the lights down time (along with another time zone change tonight) I am thinking about an early bedtime.

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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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6 Responses to Sailing the Gulf of Aden

  1. Lorette says:

    So, blackout due to what?

    My favorite public fiber activity is drop spinning. It amuses people endlessly.

    • Holly Doyne says:

      Black out to avoid providing a nice silhouette or target for pirate snipers…. I’ve done the drop spinning thing. It is compact. It works. It is wayyyy to slow for me…

  2. Rebecca says:

    Why the blackout? Is that normal?

    I’ve never had knitting confused with crochet, ALWAYS the other way around LOL!

    • Holly Doyne says:

      Guess some people just don’t notice the difference between a hook and two needles. Shall we leave Tunisian Crochet out of the discussion?

      Blackout is to decrease individuals on ship becoming potential sniper targets. Not that it is all that easy to shoot from a moving boat. Kind of like the Bug Blatter Beast. If you can’t see him, perhaps he can’t see you. Take a towel. It comes in handy

      • Rebecca says:

        I need to take Tunisian crochet with me out in public and REALLY mess with people LOL!

        And wow, kinda scary! But, yes, best to always have your towel! Not just on May 25th 😉

    • Holly Doyne says:

      It is to decrease the chances of us being sniper targets should any pirate be stupid enough to take on a cruise ship….

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