Wednesday, January 30, 2008
We got there too late to see the house - & almost too late to walk around the garden, as in the guard was locking the gate as we were entering. There are several gates, the lock all but one 1 hour before closing. Luckily Mr. Calico Cat found the one that remained open so that we would be able to exit.
The bottle in the corner had a hole cut in the side & had some cat food - there was a water bowl too. :o) The gate however, was locked. All of the cats that we saw in the garden were altered. You could tell by the clipped ear.
Then we went to the fort:
We were too late to tour the fort, but we could walk around...
And a bit of old San Juan:
Blue bricks - slick as all get out!
(This place has been on FoodTV a couple times for coffee & a pastery called Majorca. We missed our opportunity - we were being shown around by a couple of old ladies - when we returned it was too busy...)
I like how the disdressed bits show some of the old facade.
Dominoes is quite the past time in Puerto Rico.
There was a carnival/festival of some sort going on... (It happens the 3rd week of January every year & has something to do with Christmas.) There were dragons in this bunch... My camera was not clicking as fast as I would have liked...
The noise was unbelieveable. Apparently Ricky Martin gave a free concert later in the evening... (We found that out later from our guide in the rain forest. I should have asked him more about the festival.)
While finding a place to eat dinner we passed by another group that were getting ready to parade through the streets with FIRE! (The had not lit the batons yet.)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Since our flight home is at 7p.m. to night from San Juan, we took a tour this morning to the El Yunque rain forest. Luckily, the airport has free WIFI, so I was able to upload them and send off this quick post. More to come... (My husband is itching to get his turn at the computer.)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Case in point: Bonnies mystery quilt!
I did not join in - I am definately not a mystery girl. I like to know what I am getting into. For example, on Bonnies quilt, do you see the white (light shirting) squares. Fussy cut cats would look good in those spots, but without knowing about those spots from the begining, I would never cut the cat fabrics for that eventuality. But now that the mystery is revealed, if I were so inclined, I could plan to make my quilt to end up with fussy cut cats in those squares.
Congrats to all who did make the quilt! I is a fun one with all of those bits of fabric.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The weather on our cruise next week!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
High: 82° Low: 73°
High: 85°F Low: 76°F
High: 85°F Low: 77°F
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
High: 83°F Low: 73°F
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
High: 82°F Low: 74°F
(with scattered showers in each location for the week that we will be visiting... Can't be all wine & roses, huh?)
The weather here - no wintery mix, but still...
High: 38°F Low: 36°F
I hope that you get the weather you need & want. (I want snow, but only when I can benefit by having a snow day! & I hear that it is good for the water table...)
Monday, January 14, 2008
I am caught up on my round robin project - everything so far on that has been from stash!
So while I wish I could be extolling my use of "X" Yards/meters of fabric, I can not - But I also do not have to fess up on how much I purchased yesterday - when I strolled around "Just Loooking" and retrieving my challenge quilt!
Meanwhile, two of my long simmering quilt tops were fairly recently finished! :o)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Use Mr. Crock Pot that's how...
I am making a pot roast that I saw on Tee Vee. My only problem (well I have many & this will actually be the first one in this post...) is that I have 3 PBS stations... They all show this show - several times a week. So they are mixing and matching the seasons willy nilly - so it is hard to find the printable recipe for the food that you want...
Problem 2 - no "search" function...
Problem 3, I found the location for the Sesame noodles recipe in the first season - not what I am making for dinner, but a recipe that I would like to try nonetheless, but it is not highlighted - therefore, there is no printable recipe... I need to wait & hope to get to see that episode if and when it is rotation again (& I am there to watch with a pen & paper).
Problem 4, once upon a time ago, I knew where a pen (with lid if applicable) and paper were located... I live with someone who thinks nothing of taking one or both of those items & does not put them back...
(But that has little to do with having dinner ready now does it)
Back to dinner
Here is the recipe, it was tucked neatly into last years episodes... I am 99% sure that mine will work out fine... I had more beef than the recipe calls for... & my crock pot is bigger, so it did not look the same when I added the canned tomatoes so I added some water to the can - swished it around and added that to the crock pot too. Luckily my crock pot has a timer, so it will not over cook. Also I am lucky in that my crock pot has a warm setting, so when I get home, I can stir it up a bit, turn it onto warm & have it ready for when Mr. Calico Cat gets home. (I added carrots to the recipe too - to me a pot roast needs carrots. Oh & you are welcome Mr. Calico Cat, I did not add celery.)
Oh for those of you out there who plan the week ahead & or freeze some for later... We will be eating this as leftovers until they are gone. Last weeks turkey pot pie lasted quite a while...
I'll let ya'll know how it turns out!
blooming 9-patch quilt fabrics
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Some people asked, so here are the fabrics in my blooming 9-patch minus the pink hand dyed fabric... I kind of chose them because of the inspiration print - hence the polka dot with greeen & the pinks, but I can admit that I also forced a few - the first two on the right...
Thursday, January 10, 2008
First, this is the "inspiration" fabric. (The one that I chose all of the other fabrics to go with.)
(Please notice the pink & light spots.)
Here is the resulting quilt top:
The inspiration is the final round & will be the binding.
Here is a close up of the inspiration in the quilt top:
Couple of things about this quilt pattern, in the book, the authors give you the amounts that you need for each round. You all knwo that you need less for the first several rounds than you do for the last rounds right? Well don't buy you fabric that way... If you buy the amount that you need for the last round, you can shuffle them around & try to get a pleasing arrangement.
Another thing, this pattern will always suprise you with how it turns out. I had no idea that that hand dyed pink was going to stand out sooooooo much. Nor did I know that the light blue next to it would look so gray or that the center would look so white in comparison... I really like th elast 3 rounds...
I also think that I could have played & played & played with the arrangement of the other for ever & still questioned the results. & For the record, I DID just that. This UFO was at least 4 years old...
Has anyone else done this quilt? Care to show & share about it on your blog?
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Dead batteries mean no new quilt top photograph either... it is a blooming 9-patch.
Back on cruising. Apparently, the first week in January is not the week to buy a bathing costume... I did find something acceptable, but I almost pulled out all of my hair trying! I went to the MAUL (so much nicer in there after December, but still...) & looked in the department stores & even looked at the directory - hoping to find a specialized store... Athletic stores in the MAUL only sell tennis shoes! I found my ensemble(s) - I was told to bring 2, so that one is always dry - and JCP. It was much harder to find something for Mr. Calico Cat, but I persevered & managed to find something that I hope fits... I found it at a sporty store outside of the MAUL. I also got some other sporty clothes, because I have promised myself to do something "very" active EVERYDAY on the cruise. This is my chance to try Yoga, Pilates & rock climbing, in addition to walking & stair climbing.
FYI I hope to buy batteries this afternoon - after I get gas!
Monday, January 07, 2008
On the grounds are many old farm relics from when the kibbutz was more agrairan. (It is now mainly a hotel/cafeteria/wedding site - I think.) It is especially a cafeteria on Shabbat, restaurants are not generally open, because all food stuffs must be prepared before sundown on Friday & kept warm by a flame that is lit before sundown. Since the cafeteria is part of a hotel, they have food prepared for their guests already. Another tidbit is that you can not "pay" for the meal on Shabbat, so the people on the busses are given cards to hand in to the cashier (those of us with hotel rooms use our room number). The lines were very long on Saturday afternoon for lunch & It was somewhat obvious that one group was Spanish, while the next was Vegeterian with an English accent. (I had to explain that since the hot meal being offered had meat that there was no butter in the vegetables that he was choosing.)
In 1948 & 1949, it was the southern most Israeli defense point during the war of Independence & there are still trenches and outposts from that time period on the grounds.
There is also an archaeological dig site:
This Psalm was near the road shown above, you could see "something" from the barrier, but I could not make out what it was. Yes, I climbed over the barrier to get this photo. I still wonder about its placement... Also this Hebrew is quite odd in that is shows the vowels (the dots below & with in the letters)... You may have noticed a lack of vowels on the other signs. Like the one at the top of this post (with the farm equipment - BTW the only line I know is the middle one - it says "Ramat Rahel").
Also on the Kibbutz are two memorials:
A couple of the other plaques around the center:
The other memorial: