(red tail, I think) hawk hanging around the hood and he was in my tree a couple of days ago. While beautiful, he eats the little birds (I know, I know, circle of life and all that) and I don't like that. Now if he were to grab some of the squirrels, that wouldn't bother me in the least (no judging).
There was a second hawk that he was focusing on and conversing with and then he left!
I've been planning on starting this for a couple of months now and have been cutting but just starting the sewing part. I really need to get this one finished up for my friend's husband who served in Vietnam. He's been having health issues for awhile and I think the VA is now starting to think it's related to Agent Orange (though who really knows this far past?). I going to need 30 blocks which should be easy enough to accomplish quickly but I'm so easily distracted..can we say squirrel? I need to stay focused....
The first nine--there will be more red and blue blocks with just a few of the light/white sprinkled in.
I get SO ANNOYED (and lots of other stuff) when I have computer and/or TV issues!! It's really aggravating to think of the very few choices we have to provide us with these services and pretty must all of these are useless!! I've had issues with both for the past week, spent WAAYY too much time on the phone trying to resolve said issues and finally had an appointment scheduled for a technician yesterday between 12 and 2. So I sat and sat and sat and thought to myself 'of COURSE! I'm ALWAYS the last one they show up for in any given window'!! But he was late even for that. I know stuff happens but for crying out loud. Well, he switched out the modem (after someone on the phone supposedly remotely did a software update). It always seems to work better when they're here but OH MAN did things ever get worse yesterday afternoon and evening. My TV would freeze up, then start, then freeze, then start over and over and over! ARGHHH!
So I have another appointment today for the same time frame, half of which has already passed. Wonder what time he'll show up today? sigh.....
While waiting, I did get a few more of the plus blocks made; almost instant gratification with these puppies and I can't wait to get to the point where I can put them together.
I was in the sewing room doing a little stitching on the next rag quilt and as I was exiting the room, I looked down and saw my second batch of Dear Jane blocks that I started years ago. Decided to lay them out, take pictures and count them.
There were 60+ blocks (a couple I hadn't gotten around to trimming). Guess if I made a few more, I could set them 8x9 or so, maybe enough for a wall hanging. I know I'll never make the full monte of blocks again!!
This is my contribution to the color of the month (I know, it's not much but my sewing time was short this month!). I like these easy, good-sized blocks and will put them together in a donation quilt after 2020's done (and I'm NOT wishing for time to fly)!
was Cartegena, Columbia (my first foray into South America!!). It was also the biggest and most modern port of the four. We did another land and sea excursion and started off this one on the boat. Thank heavens we didn't go fast or I would've had scary hair the rest of the day and no one wants to see that!! LOL
We took a little cruise along the coast as our guide pointed out all their big skyscrapers, telling us how expensive they were. He said it used to be all individual homes until the big real estate companies began buying them up, leveling them and putting up the skyscrapers. I know money talks but I think I would've had a hard time giving up that view!
Much of this was built up (the land, that is) and I think he said these were only like a foot above sea level but thankfully they really didn't get flooding type storms. Whew...
The next two were views from the boat (obviously) of the original walled part of the city. You can walk all around the city on the walls but we didn't do that.
Instead, we did some walking inside the walls on the street level.
Really pretty from down here but probably cool from up above also. I bet there weren't vendors up there like there were on the street. They were so bad here as well. We sat down on a bench for a bit and we were easy pickin's. SO ANNOYING!!! There was a beautiful church that we wanted to see but it was locked up.
After we got through the Panama Canal, we entered into some rough seas that evening. It was pretty darned rocky for about 2 1/2 days (until we passed Cuba) making walking about very difficult and I was ready for smooth sailing again.
I was literally tightly gripping my iphone as I filmed this, the winds were so STRONG!!
We went through the locks but it was an all day affair. I didn't feel like hanging on the forward decks all day (it was HOT and WINDY) so would suggest you look on you tube for a time lapse video of 11 hours (I think) through the canal in 7 minutes. It's super cool but I couldn't get the link to work here.
From our balcony, this shot of us going under the bridge
I tried to take a picture each day of our towel animal/critter/design and decided to just include them all in one post. I don't think towel art was a at the top of our room steward's forte's but they were cute nevertheless!! There were a couple that puzzled me as to what they were exactly.
The ride over to Antigua, lasting approximately 1 1/2 hrs, revealed some lovely landscape and a volcano (there were several actually). Our guide on the bus said it was a normal everyday occurrence to experience at least one or two tremors.
I think the crop covered here was coffee but not for certain.
This as a great view of the really big volcano (12,000 ft). There were some from our ship that actually hiked one of the volcanoes...yikes!
We did an 'on your own' tour here and I'd 'let' my travel buddy map out the to do's for this visit (it was her assignment since I'd planned every other aspect of this trip..HA). She'd done a lot of research and found points of interest to see upon our arrival in Antigua. We were dropped off at the jade factory and there were lots of locals wanting to do private tours so we picked a guy and went from there. This town had mostly cobblestone streets and sidewalks which made walking extremely difficult and I had to constantly watch where I was stepping.
Our first stop was Casa Santo Domingo which is a 5 star hotel with the most beautiful grounds, fountain, art and much more. It was formerly a convent/monastery and there were many tombs where they were interred (two had glass fronts where you could see the remains).
We saw the Arch of Santa Catalina several times as we wove through the town. Our guide said it was used by cloistered nuns to move from their quarters to the church so as not to be seen by anyone.
(my photo with the volcano in the background)
(someone else's much better photo..HA)
We then visited another beautiful church but I don't recall the name of this one. So gorgeous.
The magnificient organ.
Our guide also took us to a different jade factory I think mostly because IF a sale was made, he most likely would've gotten a little percentage but we bought nothing.
I will say that the vendors in Antigua are relentless and EVERYWHERE!!! You couldn't walk more than a few steps without yet another shoving their wares in your face. We sat at the edge of a little restaurant for a bit and they stood there THE ENTIRE TIME holding things up, pleading with us, pestering us to buy. Really got aggravating in a very short time. So annoying.
Bye bye, Guatemala. Would have loved to have spent more time with you!
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Books I've Read
1 Widows by Lynda La Plante
2 Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
3 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4 Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
5 The Buried by Kathryn Casey
6 The Thief of all Light by Bernard Schaffer
7 Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
8 The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
9 City of Bones by Michael Connelly
10 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
11 The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
12 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
13 The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan
14 Educated by Tara Westover
15 Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
16 The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
17 Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
18 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
19 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
20 Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
21 The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
22 Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
23 Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
24 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
25 Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
26 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
27 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
28 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
29 Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
30 Home Front by Kristin Hannah
31 Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
32 Cardiac Event by Richard L. Mabry, MD
33 These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
34 Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio
35 A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
36 The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
37 All The Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian
38 As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
39 The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
40 Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan
41 A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham
42 The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page
43 One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
44 Cold Woods by Karen Katchur
45 night road by Kristin Hannah
46 American Predator by Maureen Callahan
47 The Territory by Tricia Fields
48 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
49 Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke
50 Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
51 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
52 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
53 All Rivers to the Sea by Bodie Thoene
54 Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
55 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
56 The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
57 Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
58 Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger
59 An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
60 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
61 Savage Country by Robert Olmstead
62 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
63 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
64 Copper River by William Kent Krueger
65 Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt
66 Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
67 Below Zero by C.J. Box
68 Cold Shot by Mark Henshaw
1. Assassin's Revenge by Ward Larsen
2. In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
3. See that My Grave is Kept Clean by Bart Paul
4. Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
5. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais
6. Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
7. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
8. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
9. Clawback by J.A. Jance
10. Crooked River by Preston & Child
11. Home by Harlan Coben
12. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
13. One Minute Out by Mark Greaney
14. The Disappeared by C.J. Box
15. The Reckoning by John Grisham
16. Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming
17. The Guardians by John Grisham
18. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
19. Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
20. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
21. Agent in Place by Mark Greaney
22. This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
23. Masked Prey by John Sandford
24. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
25. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by KM Richardson
26. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes