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Monday, April 30, 2012

Images from Riverboat Row

Good morning,

You saw this bridge a few days ago, but this is a different trip across the Ohio River to Kentucky.
This time we stayed near the riverbank to take pictures of the skyline of Cincinnati from the Kentucky side.
We pulled into Riverboat Row where the B&B Riverboats are tied up. 
The first thing I noticed was a pair of Canada Geese on one of the outer docks.  Perhaps waiting for their riverboat to come in?  ;)
 The parking lot was nearly empty and it appeared most of the B&B riverboats were all in port.

 There in the center is the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds.
 These B&B Riverboats are tied up at their terminal that is a very busy place on warm summer days.  Lunch and dinner cruises are a "must do" if you visit Cincinnati.
 The little boat you see in the center of this image is a tug named the Shirley B.  Shirley Bernstein was the wife of the owner.  The children of the original owners are running the company now.
 Mr. & Mrs. Mallard strolled by us.  They were obviously used to having people around.  I think they were checking to see if we had handouts, too.
 As we pulled out of Riverboat Row and back into Newport, Kentucky, traffic we were behind a tourist bus.  Northern Kentucky has done a fabulous job of turning the area into an entertainment center directly across from the City of Cincinnati.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Needlework Update - April, 2012

Good morning,

Here we are nearing the end of the month again so it's time for another needlework update of items I've finished since last months' update.  Some of these items I made while still at sea, some I've finished since I got home. 
This is another card holder.  Business cards and credit cards fit in it nicely.  It is very handy to have on board the ship when you don't want to carry a purse, but need to have your SeaPass (on board identification and charge card) with you.
These are neck warmers that I made for a dear friend.  I have them in my shop, too.
 This is a "Circles and Squares" lap or baby blanket.  This is an item I restocked in the shop.  The last one was sold at Christmas so it's about time to get another one in the store.
 These are luggage identifiers.  It was time to restock the store for these, too.
 Cupcakes, anyone?  These are zero calorie crocheted cupcakes all wrapped up to give as a gift.  :)
 This is an adult size patchwork sweater inspired by the Cat in the Hat movie.  This sweater matches those for children and dolls and is available in the shop where I can't seem to keep these stocked.  I'll have to get to work and make a few more for Fall.
 Here is something new! Fingerless gloves so you can stay warm and still text, type, or make phone calls.  This pair is in the store. I'll surely make a pair of these for myself, too!

These are double thick, large size cotton pot holders/hot pads.  I have sets of these that I use at home and  I LOVE them for reaching into the oven for pans of bread as well as for hot pads on the table.  I made one set for the man who so nicely makes waffle cakes for everyone every week and put another set in the shop.
This is a super soft and warm crocheted hat that rolls up to fit in your pocket.  You can fold the bottom up to make a brim or wear it pulled down over your ears.  It makes a perfect chemo cap, too.
This is a special order shawl that has already been delivered.  It is in shades of black, grey, and white and is so soft to the touch.  I plan to make a similar one for the store as soon as I get the current project, a sweater, finished.
And, one more image.  This is gloriously beautiful hand spun and hand dyed wool yarn that was a gift from a friend who knows how much I appreciate it.  I'm not quite sure how I will use it yet, but I am sure I will be wearing this in the Fall.

The sweaters for Aunt Carol (brown sweater) and our friend Erica (blue sweater) that I featured in last month's needlework update fit perfectly!  I'm so delighted.  There was some size guessing to make the surprise gifts.  ;)   I couldn't say who the sweaters were for in last month's needlework update because they may have seen them before I could bring them home and give them as gifts.

So, that's that I've been doing for the past month.  Have you been busy with hooks and needles, too?

All the best,

PS - Shopping for Mothers Day?  I invite you to take a look at the unique hand crafted items available in my shop for the special mothers on your list or for your own wish list. Just click here.  Thanks!  And, now back to our regularly scheduled blogging.  ;)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flowers and Hugs for Leontien

Dearest Leontien,

These flowers are for you to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. 
Love and hugs,


Friday, April 27, 2012

Meet Our New Grand Dogs

Good morning,

Meet Willy (Yellow Lab) and Dyson (Black Lab), our new grand dogs.  This was our first time to meet them, too.

When we arrived at our son's home, only the dogs were out and standing just inside their electric fence telling us they didn't know us and we weren't allowed on the property.  I had to call my son inside the house and ask him to call off the dogs so we could get to the door.   As soon as our granddaughter came out and told Willy and Dyson that we are "OK," everything was just fine with lots of wags and licks.

Our son and family adopted Willy and Dyson from a friend of Catherine's at the dog club about a month ago while we were still at sea.  The friend was moving from a home to an apartment and sadly couldn't take her dogs with her.  The situation worked out very well for our son, wife, and six kids!  It worked well for Willy and Dyson, too, because they are able to stay together.
Willy and Dyson are trained therapy dogs and the perfect family members.

Right after I took the picture above Don opened the kennels and the dogs came out wagging to play with us and the children.  I had so much fun watching them with everyone and showing us all of their tricks that I forgot to take more pictures.  Would you believe it?  Me!  I forgot to take more pictures!  I'm sure there will be more opportunities.  :))

If the dogs look a great deal like our dogs, there is a good reason for it. They are from the same breeder and are related to our Erik.  :)

All the best,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Our Canine Athletes

Good morning,

Our daughter, Catherine, and our dogs Penny and Erik were in another Agility Trial last weekend.  We were there to cheer them on and take some pictures.
Here is Penny getting a hug from Catherine before their run.
And, they're off!
What a team!
 Then it was Erik's turn...
 ...Erik is four years younger than Penny, but is moving fast to match her in titles.
 Our friend, Erica, was also there competing with Tressel.  They, too, did very well in the competition.
 Here are My Honey and Catherine.  We are so proud of Catherine, Penny, and Erik. 

All the best,

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bridges Across the Mighty Ohio River

Good morning,

What a beautiful time of the year to take a ride and enjoy our new car.  It may be hard to see in the above image, but there are trees blooming on both sides of the road.
We crossed quite a few bridges taking a ride across the Ohio River...
...on the "Big Mac" bridge...
...to Kentucky...
 through a few miles in Northern Kentucky...
 ...under another bridge over I-275...
 ...then across another bridge near Riverbend, the summer home of the Cincinnati Pops, to return to Ohio.

The trees along the highway are all in bloom now here in the Cincinnati area.  It is just gorgeous!