Friday, June 24, 2016

Vacation Finale

Our last stop was the sleepy little island of Grand Turk.  What a cute place.  We took a tour of the island on a trolley which was great and very informative.  This place right here is one of the upscale Inns.  If you are looking for a place to just relax and get away from it all, this would be the island.  


I could imagine owning this little shop.  I imagine I could sell yarn and some souvenirs.


This place has the best conch fritters.  It's where the locals go.  


We got an order to go and enjoyed while on the trolley.  Our driver was awesome.  


This is what the water looked like.  I just love that shade of blue.


Now get this - there are wild donkeys and horses roaming the island.  Even a few goats.  We drove by one house that had about 10 horses just hanging out in the backyard.  No fence.  No lines.  Just wandering free.  We made a stop  near the lighthouse where the donkeys congregate in the afternoon. Nicole wanted to bring this sweetie home but didn't think he would get through customs. 


He was real sweet though. He would come over and nudge your hand so you would pet him.


Of course there were plenty of shops. The best part was the beach.  I stayed in the water for hours. Huge fish would swim past us.  I had a mini heart attack at first but realized they were harmless.  It's just strange to share the water with tropical fish. 



So that was vacation.  We came home feeling wonderful.  And started researching the next one.






Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yarn Along



After 4 projects I finally settled on Reflection Line for my Fiber Optic gradient kit.  It seems to be my tv knitting lately. 

I've got about 4 hours left on "Summer on Blossom Street" and the next book in the series is waiting on my iPad from the library. 

What are you knitting and reading?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ten on Tuesday


Perfectly timed, this is a ToT I can answer fairly quick. I'm obsessed with audio books lately. So is my dad. We had a good laugh while on our cruise. See, my dad had never been much of a reader. He has had macular degeneration his entire life. His eyesight was so poor at one point that the big "E" on the eye chart was a struggle. Over the years it has improved with surgeries. I got him The Game of Thrones books on cd. Then I got him a subscription to Audible. And a book geek was born. He is never without his earbuds nearby. He is often found tuning out his wife. She's ok with it though. 

So here's 10 Things You Can Do While Listening to an Audiobook:

1. Write this blog post. I'm sitting outside in the shade while the dog is playing. 
2. Knit. Obviously.
3. Spin. Weave. Cross stitch. The list is endless. 
4. Exercise. Great treadmill entertainment 
5. Work. If I'm doing some repetitive things at work I can listen to a book at the same time. 
6. Cook. I just did it. Chicken came out great. 
7. Clean the house. It gets me through the mundane tasks. 
8. Fold laundry. Another fun one. 
9. Garden. Even the dreaded weeding. 
10. Drive. I listen to my books a lot while driving. Thank goodness for Bluetooth. 

Weekending





One thing crossed off the summer bucket list - I got to drink my coffee on the deck.  It was still a bit chilly but I did it. I knit a bit and wrote in my new journal.  The rest of the weekend was spent doing outdoor things around the house and celebrating Father's Day.  We had a nice dinner at my moms and ate on the deck (again - chilly once the sun went down).  But I have to say I am rather enjoying this cool weather.  It doesn't get much above 80 during the day and there is no humidity.  I will take that all summer long thank you very much.  I finished Twenty Wishes and it has been my favorite Blossom Street book so far. I am onto the next one, Summer on Blossom Street.

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Puerto Rico

The next stop was Puerto Rico.  Our plan for this island was to take a quick tour to get the idea of what it was like.  Then go find a beach for a little while.  

Our tour guide didn't understand much English.  He took us to a beach first (not a nice beach with crystal blue water like we were looking for, but one where his amigo was selling souvenirs).  We laughed and took out the selfie stick and made the best of it).


We wanted to see El Morro  on the journey but didn't get there till the end.  We got out of the car and looked up - it was beautiful.  


This was my first picture of El Morro.  I never noticed how high the curbs were and tripped.  Fell right on my ass.  But got some pictures along the way.

Two gracious gentlemen helped me up.  My family was admiring El Morro and never saw me fall. The two men complimented me on how graceful I was while falling down. I didn't really hurt myself. It was comical actually.  


I recovered and we pulled out the selfie stick.

For those who follow me on Instagram you have seen the video of my daughter dancing with the homeless man.  They had a great time.





And here was Puerto Rico as we were leaving.  There were some pretty scenes for sure.















Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vacation Some More

So our second island on our vacation was St. Thomas.  Now that's a place I would go back to.  Mostly because I didn't see much of it.  Did I mention that I got sick on day 3?  I haven't caught a cold in years. I got the one from hell while on the ship.  So to be quite honest, St; Thomas is a blur.  This was also the island that we had scheduled an excursion - we were sailing on a catamaran to St. John's island.  None of my family believed I would step foot on a sailboat, much less sail for an hour in rough waters.  I was going to prove them wrong.  I am 50 now and I am looking for new adventures! I can't tell you how close I was to canceling because I felt so sick.  But I didn't.  

I sat on that boat and instead of snorkeling I was chief photographer.


The water was so pretty.  I didn't really catch a good photo of the color unfortunately.


Nicole got great underwater videos.  We are still messing around with the Go-Pro to see how to download the videos.  


We had a leisurely sail back.  It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  And I didn't get sea sick.  


And now I can say I have been sailing.


It's a very mountainous island.  The drive over to the sailboat was very scenic.  It was interesting having to stop for lizards crossing the street.  Fun fact of the day - drinking and driving is NOT illegal in St. Thomas.  But you better have a shirt on.  There's a $75 fine for that.





Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yarn Along

My knitting mojo is slowly making its return. I'm still working on sock #1 in my Highland Handmades yarn. The colors remind me of Irises. I had a friend in NY that had such a beautiful Iris garden. I always wanted to plant some but never have. 



Plain old vanilla. My favorite. 


Speaking of favorites, this book has been my favorite so far in the Blossom Street series. It's about a group of widows who decide to make a list of 20 wishes for themselves. I kinda like that idea. I may even do the same. Kind of like a bucket list of sorts. Hey I'm 50 now - gotta do this stuff while I'm still young!

Joining Ginny. 

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