Sunday, June 7, 2009

Week 23, Project 365

Right up front, I apologize for my lack of interesting photos this week. A bad head cold kept me cooped up for five days with only minimal forays into the back yard to hang up laundry. Life within these walls has been a tad bit boring, but I'm so happy to say I'm on the mend -- I can BREATHE this morning through my nose. Mostly. Sort of. Okay, minimally, but it IS an improvement.

But boring or not, these photos pretty much represent my life this week. This has been my location for the past 134 hours...but who's counting? I have been very grateful for the two heaters we have in the house (remember, no central heat). This is the one in the kitchen, a ventless gas log heater. It fits perfectly in the little corner. I didn't take a photo of it, but the hubby installed a small fan on the wall higher up to blow the warm air into the living room. Otherwise it has a tendency to stay in the kitchen and rise up the vaulted ceiling. I made a great discovery at Walmart a while back and forgot to share my lovely find with you. We always used flavored creamers in our coffee in the U.S. and there's nothing like that here. I miss my Hazelnut flavoring! But was excited to find (on the rack of international foods, of course) this bottle of amaretto coffee flavoring. I've been enjoying it dessert in a cup. Yum! You know things are desperate when I start taking photos of potatoes! But isn't this an interesting shaped spud? Despite its odd shape, it made splendiferous oven fries! I never showed you the one shopping bag I finished during our weekend in Sta. Rosa. Well, here it is all packed with things for my art class. (LOL -- Just realized I managed to get my stacks of Fine Homebuilding in Project 365 without even trying! That's what's in the background.) Final measurements are 14" high, 12" across and 7" deep. You can fit a LOT into this bag! Yesterday I started working on another bag, same pattern, and have the outside sewn but not the lining yet. I used leftover fabric bits of various lengths and widths to create a scrappy look to the front and back, and some funky paisley (that coordinates well with the colors) for the sides and bottom. I'm going to line it with the same dark green flannel as the handles. These go together quite fast and will make great shopping (or craft) bags.

FINALLY managed to load the 2-1/2 minute video of the school kids folk dancing. Here it is for your viewing enjoyment ☺

Hopefully this week will be back to normal and I'll have more opportunities to take interesting shots ☺ Meanwhile you can enjoy lots of great photos from the others participating in Project 365. Hop on over to Sara's and check them out!

Thanks for indulging me my "mama bragging rights" yesterday. I don't fall into the "mommy blogger" category but I am a mom! I wish there had been blogging when they were little because it would have been great to record all those cute things they used to say and do. Like how our son always called helicopters "holly hoppers". Or when our daughter was two and, after falling asleep while running errands, informed us quite seriously that she had "used up" all her sleep in the car and therefore could not take a nap.

At 27 and 22, I'm not sure they say cute things any more but even if they do, we're not around to hear them. Sometimes I miss my kids a whole, big bunch and it helps to talk about 'em.


Susan D said...

Hey GF, your photos are anything but boring. Those shopping bags are beautiful and I'm sure they come in handy. I miss my daughter too. I'll never forget the time we found an empty ice cream container in the freezer. When questioned about it her response, "I ate it so it wouldn't go bad." hahahaha Blessings, SusanD

skoots1mom said... talk about your kids any time :) i love to hear about kids, what they say, do, or even just pics of them...such sweet memories and/or new adventures.
Life is good :)
so enjoyed your pics and that really was a weird potato...looked like some kind of alien
your sign looks so pretty on your front wall
i got my new camera yesterday and am so eager to use it and learn its features...its a kodak IS1015 and it will do so much more than my last one.
now i can get back to my 365 :)

the video was so good...i enjoyed their dance and the music. The man singing has a very nice voice

enjoy the remainder of your sunday

Mari said...

I love your pictures - they show whats happening in your life! If that potato didn't have something coming off the side it would look like a baby duck! :)
The shopping bag turned out great. I would love one of those!

TCKK said...

I enjoyed your pictures. They weren't boring to me. Love the 2 bags and that potato was just plain weird looking!! Hope you have a great week and get to feeling a lot better!

sara said...

i am so sorry you are not feeling good. praying you get over this soon!!!

Fries are my favorite it doesn't matter what the potato looks like...cut me up some fries!!!

those bags are awesome!!!

I really enjoyed the video...the boy's outfits were wonderful!! loved their hats!!

I know what you mean about wishing blogging was around when our kids were little. I wrote down a lot of what they said but I know I have forgotten a lot too.

Wagonwife Designs said...

First thank you for stopping by my blog. It is exciting for me being my first give away.

I truly enjoyed your photos and your blog. I hope you get well soon. I am a Mom of a 26, 19, and 17 yearold. I don't think the bragging ever ends. Hey it what a Mom does.
I noticed the "give Thanks" on the side of your blog. Did you notice the "The Secret of Life is to be Grateful" on mine. My oldest spent a year in mission work after finishing college.It was Stateside, not quite the adventure you are on, but she loved it.
I wish you all the best.

tina in thailand said...

Kim, I appreciate all your sweet comments whenever I get a post up. It is not as often as I would like. I could never keep up with project 365 like you do. My friend did it last year and I loved looking at her pictures too. She encouraged me to do it, but I can hardly keep up with the blogging I do do let alone a picture posted every day. Keep it up, you are doing great!
And, I am jealous a bit of your art class. I would so love to take one. I have been thinking about finding out what is available here in Chiang Mai for our last bit of time here. My younger daughter loves art as well, and I would like to encourage it. We will have to see what we can fit in the schedule and budget I guess. Of course I do not have a beautiful bag like yours, but we can make do. :)

Christy said...

Never apologize for bragging on your kids! I'm glad to hear they're going well.

rita said...

Always interesting and great photography!
Loved the colors on that new bag!
Also the baile folclorico. Do you know the name of that one?
Brag away, SILove!
Today I will brag about Kayla, her dance performance was outstanding.
More later...

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I do hope you feel better quickly. Are you saying you're in SA and there's a WalMart?
I'll be back soon.

Dena said...

I enjoyed your photos!! I also am right there with you on wishing they had blogging around when my kids were little. I feel I have lots of memories captured up, but I'm sure there would be many more if I had blogged them.