Friday, July 31, 2009

We Survived!

Oh, yes! It's cooler today! I've thought a few times about posting in the past week, but I've been too preoccupied with trying to keep cool. A few days ago I drove the kids my parents' house to spend the day swimming in their pool and we still haven't gone home. It was just too darn hot. One day it was 106 degrees in our neighborhood and 96 in our living room in Seattle. And this in a place where nobody has air conditioning. We did have a few fans, but the transformers started to blow from the heat and we lost power for about 6 hours on the hottest day. So, it's been bad. But I can't complain too much since my parents are out of town, their house is much cooler than ours and they have a pool which is where we've spent the last three days. We'll clean up here and go home later today.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Usual

In Hawaii.This is how I wish I felt right now.

We've been busy as usual. Yogi turned 4! I sewed my first bubble pouch. It didn't turn out that great, but only because it was my first try. My first run-through with a new pattern, my first darts!

Hmmm. What else? Just cleaning up, catching up, laundry, food, more laundry, more cleaning up. The usual.Oh, and I'm working on a new song on my uke: Island In the Sun.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Legos on Ice

Yesterday I pulled open the freezer,looked down and did a double take when I saw our ice cube tray. Each little section had a lego mini fig frozen in the cube of ice. I guess the boys have moved on from lego/water play to lego/ice play! Chris popped a few out and took some shots.

The Aloha Bag

My latest: The Aloha Bag. I bought this fabric when we were in Hawaii last week. Initially I wanted a Hawaiian print, but didn't find any that I liked so I went with this pretty tropical batik. Then on the flight home they passed out these little packets of Macadamia nuts. I found myself staring at the packaging and then it hit me! A tiny humbug bag!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hawaiian Dreams

Hello! It's me again and we're back from paradise. Two weeks in Hawaii - one week on the big island hiking in Volcanoes National Park, watching sea turtles in the bay, swimming in view of the incredible coastline, experiencing the Kapono tidepools with the coral gardens - big sky and big weather. And the other week on Kailua beach on Oahu - fabulous house with private pool and spa, the warm emerald green bay for body surfing, the coconut palms and tradewind breezes, the tropical fish, the hammerheads, the ting geckos popping up -- I've never experienced anything like it. It's the stuff of dreams. Pure tropical fantasy vacation.

Of course it wasn't all perfect. Chris passed a gallstone and lost his glasses on the beach. And driving on Oahu is crazy because they don't mark the roads very well. We spent a lot of extra time driving back and forth across the island. One time we had just driven over and could see Kailua and then after yet another screw-up, we were heading back to Pearl Harbor on the other side of the island. But then finally we'd land back at the house, settle in poolside for an iced beverage on the beautiful stone patio - or on the white sand beach. It was lovely.