Thursday, December 12, 2019

I know

I haven't finished posting about the places we visited on the cruise but, frankly, I noticed I didn't take a LOT of pix and I need to figure out where they're from before I go posting the wrong place!  It stinks to get old and lose the old memory bank....

So in the meantime, I decided to post my design wall at the present.  Ever since Bonnie Hunter put her Jamestown Landing in a book and I bought said book, I've wanted to make it.  I never got around to it and every time she'd post it as a workshop she was doing somewhere, I think GAH!  I REALLY want to make that!  So finally, when she posted it yet again around October, I said I AM going to start it NOW!  So I got started on it and then the cruise happened and now I've been back awhile and I've continued to work on it and here's where I'm at

I've still got a lot ahead of me yet but at least I can see a tiny shaft of light at the end of the tunnel.  And I'm really loving it!  It's a TON of 1/2 square triangles but they'll get done eventually.  And while I was at it, I took a picture of the other side of the design wall
which contains a hodge podge of other scrap blocks I'm working on for donations.  I saw the house somewhere and thought it would be cute for a donation quilt.  Once I started, I had the idea for another one with brighter colors for the house with little prints in the window (like a cat, a mouse, a bird, a dog, etc) that a kid might enjoy so that'll be next once some of the other stuff is done (although I DO have WAY too many UFO's that really should be finished up first).  We'll see how all that shakes out.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

YAY, I did it!!

Just had to post to remind myself that I CAN do something when I make up my mind to do it!!  But I also conned my friend into doing it with me!  LOL  We did a 5K family walk/run and I actually did the entire route (I was telling myself I could take a shortcut if I wanted/needed to but I didn't).  Of course the weather was a touch chilly but not enough that anything more than a jacket was needed.  No clouds, no rain, a light breeze..perfect for a long walk!

Wish I taken some pix of the cute pups that accompanied their people on the walk/run

Sunday, December 1, 2019

St. Kitts

We visited the remains of an old sugar factory/rum distillery (it became VERY apparent over the course of the excursions we took in every port that rum is KING throughout the Caribbean islands).

There were two locals hanging out while we were looking around and they had these little monkeys with diapers on.  These two were supposedly brothers about 7 months apart.  Later I asked our guide how these guys got the monkeys and he said they trapped them.  He also said once trapped, they cannot be released back into the wild (but I'm willing to bet they are as they're probably not nearly as cute when they're bigger).  And OH YEAH, my monkey pictures cost me $10!!  Not allowing THAT to happen again!

It was very pretty but all just ruins.  No current operational stuff.  I will say after a couple more excursions, I was getting aggravated at how much time was spent on the bus and how little time was out seeing and doing.  

Saturday, November 30, 2019

I've been...

on a cruise!!  Just got back last night after spending 11 days cruising the southern Caribbean.  We started off from Fort Lauderdale and hit 6 ports--Ponce, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.  We had mostly good weather with only a couple of rain showers but it was SO hot and humid in the islands that each day returning to the ship from an excursion, I felt like a sweaty hot mess!  I was also once again reminded of how thankful I am to live where I live!

This was the first sunset of the cruise and the best I saw (however, we were usually in the dining room when the sun was setting most nights..grr).

Our first stop was in Ponce, Puerto Rico and I'll just share a couple of photos.  The fountain and lion in the town square.

This very large cross was on the property (I think) of the Serralles castle, home to 3 or 4 generations of the Serralles family who owned sugar plantations, rum distilleries and more (a little more about the place and a few more pictures here ).  The cross had an elevator that took you to the horizontal portion of the cross with stunning, sweeping views of Ponce.  The castle itself was SO gorgeous--can't imagine living the way they did.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019