Friday, July 27, 2012

getting hot in here...

It's starting to be that time of the year when the weather gets hot, very hot.

Feels so hot that yesterday when I tried to get some Ice Cream from the Ice Cream Truck, I failed, LOL!

But it's also that time of the year when the Ponciana Trees are blooming and the colors are fantastic. I love seeing them around the island and I specially love that one of the two trees on our back yard is blooming for the first time.

Ponciana Tree close to our house- Not ours!
Closer look

Aren't those trees absolutely beautiful and to vibrant color, I love to see them all around the island.

Those photos were taken with my new Nikon 1 camera (of course) and so are the following ones as well...

My husband is making a new driveway for the house

"Little One" giving me the "stink-eye" cause I am disturbing her while drinking water!

Goldie day dreaming!

Cool morning sky
See why we named him "Long Tail a.k.a LT"?
I heart Al!
Hope everybody has a nice weekend. Anybody looking forward to the Olympics? Well, I am not so much, but those that are into it, hope they enjoy the opening ceremony and all...

Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Powerless Wednesday

This day started pretty crazy...

Wake up and went for a 1/2 hour walk with my hubby, but before we left he asked me if left the coffee brewing, I said no but that I will make it as soon as we got back (of course not realizing I jinxed it)... By the time we got back to the house the power was off.

No worries, we have a gas grill so we were able to make some coffee as well as breakfast.

Got a nice cold shower, left to work but as always I pick up a fellow coworker who's husband works at the power company, well as soon as she got in the car, she informed that the power was off on the ENTIRE island!!! Crazy, uh?

Well, to make the long story very short, power didn't return until almost 1 o'clock, but finally now we are back to business!

In unrelated news... In case you ever wonder how I keep the garlic in my kitchen?

Perhaps you've imagine that I have a special little handmade basket to keep them? Well, I am glad you mention it because as of yesterday, I do!

For a while I just kept the garlic in a little star bowl that I have but lately I feel a little basket would be fab, so yesterday I found an easy, fast pattern and in less than 2 hours, I made my own little basket.

Here is my master piece.

Pretty nice, eh? I just love it when I can just find a nice, easy and fast pattern that I can start and finish in one sitting.

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"back" into it...

It's been about 4 weeks since I went to the gym last, this because of physical reasons more than a personal choice.

It all started right after I gave my bathroom that very well deserved "makeover" (which you can read about, here) it needed. The overall paint job was good, what wasn't was the big effort I made plus the fact that the stool I use wasn't tall enough for me to reach the corners so I ended up stretching myself too much, putting a big strain in my lower back triggering the bulge disc I've had for a few years, ouch!

Now, I've been going to the Chiropractor since this all happened but of course no gym for me, I have to very conscious and careful because if I don't take care of myself, the bulge disk can become a herniated one and that would require surgery.My problem is in between L5 and S1 which is right at the lowest part of the lower back, possibly affecting my legs as well.

As of last week the "Chiro" gave me the OK to walk in the mornings, so yesterday was my first day doing a brisk 1/2 hour walk, afterwards I even managed to convince my hubby to come along with me from now on.

Well, today I fail on my attempt to get up and do it. The thing is that being that I haven't been able to exercise for a while my energy level is quite low, specially in the mornings when the alarm goes of at 6am.

So my question is; How do I find the energy to walk up and go for a walk? I guess do in it will eventually get me the energy needed, right?

If I managed to get my hubby really into it, perhaps he can also push me to be more dedicated and have discipline... But if he doesn't come along with me I would love to take our dogs, unfortunately our neighborhood has plenty dogs around which makes makes me nervous taking them along in case they get on a fight...

So, yeah I have to work on getting my exercise "mojo" back, specially because according to the Chiro he might be giving me the green flag to go back to the gym next week... looking forward to that!

What is your exercise routine? How do you find the drive and discipline to workout? Pleeease share....

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 23, 2012

new hat and more...

Monday is here and it seems like the weekend was just not long enough...

Saturday was a fun day as we went to a Big Brothers & Big Sisters activity at the Ritz Carlton. They had food, games and activities like face paint.

My husband came along and I think we both had a great time, I did see Yanique very briefly but didn't get to talk to her much.

"Littles" playing
face paint time, for kids
faint paint time, for adults (my first time!)
my hubby playing the froggy fun game

I took a lot more pictures at the event but it's been really difficult to upload them as blogger keeps rotating my photos, dunno why it does that sometimes but it's very annoying. Does this happens to you as well?

In unrelated news, while I was doing my 30 day photo challenge I completed a couple of crochet projects, one was "Dr. Who" the owl that I made for my Mom and that she loves, the other project was a hat a made for myself...

The thing with the hat project is that when I first started (in the wine color yarn) I thought I had two big balls of the same color, but once I realized the first yarn was almost over, I went nuts looking for the second ball and never did find, so at the last minute had to improvise and add an extra color to be able to finish it...

I think I came out quite good, what do you think?

Front View

Side View

Back View

Of course this is not meant to be a hat for the cold weather, but more like an accessory one. It was a very easy pattern and I am already considering making another, perhaps next giveaway? I have to think about it a bit more...

Yesterday was a very lazy day, I did get to start a new Amigurumi project from a book that I've had for a long time but I've never make anything out of it, I am start to work on a Monkey for Julian my Godson... So far I have only half a arm done...

This is the book I am talking about and the Monkey is the blue and green one on the left, although Julian's is not going to be those colors but more the traditional brown and tan color for the Monkey but the clothing might be colorful... Will continue to share my progress as I go.

Hope everybody has a great week!!!


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