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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Good morning and Happy Halloween!

We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween.

The image above is of a giant sheet cake prepared for guests aboard Freedom of the Seas


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Floating Dry Dock - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

As we travel from port to port aboard Freedom of the Seas we continue to see different, very interesting things. 
This yacht is being serviced/repaired aboard a floating dry dock in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
I took these images from deck 10, Freedom of the Seas

Every day the scenery from Freedom changes. 

All the best,

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Good morning,

Earlier this month we "out ran" or, rather, "ran around" Hurricane Matthew aboard Freedom of the Seas.
We slipped out of Port Canaveral a little early and past the in-coming hurricane...
...and made a run for San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The weather was overcast and the sea was a little choppy, but otherwise, it was very pleasant.

 While aboard other ships, My Honey and I made regular visits to San Juan so we are very familiar with this entrance into the port.
 There were plenty of US Coast Guard boats in port.
 The yellow building is a newer terminal than the smaller...
 ...terminal visible in the center right of the image above, behind the ferry.
 I remember when Royal Caribbean's first ships fit along side this yellow terminal building.  The extensions on the left of the image were added more recently to accommodate larger ships.
 It was fun making a stop here.  We came in late in the afternoon and left before midnight to make our next stop. 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Penny's New Bed

Good morning,

Our daughter bought Penny a new bed so that she doesn't have to climb so high to get on the couch or our bed.

The new bed has certainly passed the "Penny test!"


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Coastal Kitchen - Allure of the Seas

Good morning,

A special restaurant is available for top cruisers aboard Allure of the Seas.
Elegant meals are served here in a glamorous atmosphere.



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Suite Lounge - Allure of the Seas

Good morning,

The huge ships at sea now provide numerous lounges, bars, and restaurants for guests.  This lounge is available for guests who are booked in suites.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Brain Cell Mulitplier for Non Mechanical People

Good morning,

My friends Martha and Russell sent me this image that they took aboard Allure of the Seas.

I understand this panel of controls for the lights in their suite was an endless source of entertainment. 


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Evening Pastels at Sea

Good morning,

We have had some lovely days out here at sea and one image is more beautiful than the next.

I took today's image from our stateroom just before the sun set.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sea of Glass

Good morning,

It can be so beautiful out here on the sea!
This was one of those days that couldn't be more perfect as we moved across these calm waters aboard Freedom of the Seas.



Friday, October 21, 2016

Red Sailboat - St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies

Good morning,

This is a lovely sight.  
This beautiful sailboat glistened in the sun as it approached the dock in St. Maarten.

It's so pretty out here!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sailboat Out of the Water - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

I did a double-take when I saw this sailboat out of the water at the dockside in St. Thomas.  It almost had an appearance of a flying boat until I saw the supports holding it out of the water.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

St. Thomas Tug

Good morning,

Here's another one of those little vessels that reminds me of a children's story.  This one is "The Little Tug That Could," of course, inspired by the little engine.  ;)


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Crown Bay - St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

I took this image on a gorgeous morning as we were approaching the Crown Bay Dock in St. Thomas aboard Freedom of the Seas.

So pretty!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Needlework and Wood Update - October, 2016

Good Morning,

Happy October!  It's Fall already and time for another monthly Needlework and Wood Update.  We have plenty of new items this month to show you.  Be sure to read all the way down to see the beautiful wood items, too!

Above is this month's large afghan blanket addition to the shop.  It's a pink lover's delight!
Also new this month is a turquoise lap or baby blanket with splashes of of pink.
Three children's truck sweaters were completed this month.  The trailer of the red truck is a pocket.
All three have been delivered to those who ordered them.
This gorgeous Cables and Lace sweater was also a custom order and has been delivered just in time for cool Fall days.
This turquoise and pink hat is new and will be available in the shop by November 5.
This set of bright can and bottle cozies has been delivered.  I plan to make a set of these for myself.
Here's something so very neat!  My Honey has made this gorgeous Executive Desk Top Puzzle.  It's not as easy as it looks to move the rope through the maze.  ;)
Here's another stress reliever photographed while still being made in the workshop.  It may be a stress reliever for the person who rolls the ball back an forth in this thing, but it's a stress increaser to anyone else nearby!  I know these things!
My Honey made  business card holder for himself this month.  Nice!  He carries it with him most of the time.  It's fun to see him use it and watch people ask about it.
These two pens were custom orders.  I love the wood pens!  They are so warm to the hand and comfortable to use.  There is a whole section of them available for purchase in our shop.
More small hardwood boxes!
These are wonderful for engagement rings, lockets, small bracelets, or other treasures.

And, many more...
...business card boxes came off the production line this month.  :)

So, it has been a busy month again.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing the items that we've produced.   This monthly update has become a great record of what we've made for me, too.

It is said that if you do what you love you'll be successful in life.  We are doing what we enjoy doing and are enjoying life, that's for sure!

We hope you'll stop by our on-line Etsy Shop, EvensensProductions.com, just to look around and/or while shopping for gifts and for yourself.   Thanks!

And, now, we return to our regularly scheduled blogging.  ;)


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Approaching St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

I just can't get enough of this gorgeous turquoise blue water of the Caribbean.

Today's images were taken as we were approaching St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. aboard Freedom of the Seas.
We had a very kind escort to be sure we found St. Thomas.