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With so many beautiful fabrics and threads available for stitching, it can be a challenge to make a decision when creating new designs.  While looking for a chart yesterday, I found the stitched piece on the left of the medallion chart I included with "Village Welcome" a Stitchers' Village Design release a few years ago.  I chose to re-stitch it in a monotone version, for some reason.  I also left off the rainbow border - apparently, because it would not, quite, be the same.    

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On our cruise, we had seven sea days before arriving at the Canary Islands.  We have done transatlantic cruises, before, so we did not do many of the shore excursions.  We visited Santa Cruz de la Palma and took a UNESCO partner tour.  Bananas grow on the island and many of the homes had very charming gardens.  We also saw the natural wonder of Charco Azul and visited a rum distillery.  I have so many photos and will work on posting more in the future.  

Something I would like to note about the garden picture above.  I am under the influence of the video game Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which I started playing in December.  If you are familiar with the game, you may notice a resemblance between the rock wall in the photo above and features in the game which are very recognizable as a place to use a remote bomb and find treasure behind the walls.   These rocks were used to fill or patch holes in the hillsides in a lot of places on the islands we visited.  I have not ever played a game that left such an impression on me that it was brought to mind so much in the real world.  Good thing I did not try to use my paraglide ability. . . 

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My favorite thing on a cruise is my early coffee on the balcony.  I look out at the ocean, relax, and take in the beauty of the morning.  I have hundreds of sunrise/sunset pictures from our trips.  This morning, while standing at the railing, I noticed regular disturbances of flying fish escaping away from the ship.  It is interesting that I do not see more sea life while sailing the Atlantic.  I recall a cruise on a North Atlantic crossing.  It was very early and I was contemplating the myths and legends of the ocean.  I was considering what species might lurk below the surface and suddenly “kraken” came to mind.  It gave a different vibe to the morning coffee, for sure, to think a large creature could snatch me from my balcony with no witness.  Well, I imagine there are ship cameras so I would have been an internet sensation, right?

I am not a regular mani-pedi customer, but treated myself to both this today.  I have been on a break from cello lessons and had allowed my fingernails to grow out for the trip. I may not be a good communicator.  She filed them down to a very short length.  They will be less likely to break, I guess. 

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