Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week 43, Project 365

When you mistype the first word, you know you're still half asleep. Excuse me while I drink a cup of coffee or three.

Actually I have gotten into the very Argentine habit of having máte in the morning rather than coffee. Trying to cut down on the caffeine and all. But our bombilla (the metal straw you use to drink máte) has been giving me mouthfuls of tea leaves lately and this morning I decided I wanted a leaf-free beverage so I've made myself a delicious cup of French-pressed coffee. When you only have something on rare occasions, it's a special treat. Yum!

Ivan used the camera more than I did this week so half the pictures are courtesy of his fine photography skills, including this first one. Monday while he was in Cordoba he took this photo at the Capuchin Church.

Another day he took this one of a cool looking bird with really long tail feathers. Not the greatest shot because it was pretty far away but an interesting bird. Any idea what it is?

These flowers actually grow wild here but this particular specimen is in someone's yard near our house. Unusual, isn't it? It's called lagaña de perro.

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned the speed bumps that are EVERYWHERE. Well, maybe not everywhere. Sometimes instead of speed bumps they have SPEED DIPS! I am so not even kidding. Here's the street sign they place RIGHT NEXT TO the dips; usually no warning ahead of time, just BAM here's a dip.

Some dips aren't too bad, others will take out your car if you hit 'em going too fast.

Okay, normally you can see pretty long distances from most elevations around the city. Like this...

But the weird dust cloud that blew over on Friday obliterated everything from sight.

The high winds that day blew the cloud in and out in a matter of about an hour. Freaky kind of experience!

I have several photos from Saturday. One of mine and two from Ivan. Mine first. Here's my work-in-progress Christmas quilt. Still lots to be done on the bird and border but I'm pleased with how it's turning out so far.

Ivan attended the annual Séptimo Encuentro de Constructores de Aeronaves Experimentales in Alta Gracia. This group is similar to the EAA in the U.S. (Experimental Aircraft Association). He'd planned on going with his local aviation buddy but that's the one who had a close encounter with a plane propeller and is still laid up, recovering from those injuries (he remains in a lot of pain and has trouble sleeping at night). Anyway, Ivan ended up going on his own and had a great time and met some interesting people. Including this man, who wrote a book about the various woods used in airplane construction.

Don't you just love his face? It's full of character! I hope my laugh lines look half as good on me as his do on him when I'm his age :-)

Unlike the big annual EAA event in Oshkosh that turns their tiny airport into the busiest in the world for a week, only one plane actually flew in for the weekend event in Alta Gracia. And this is it. Being the only one, it drew a lot of attention from attenders!

That's all for this week. I look forward to seeing what the other Project 365 participants have been up to this week -- join me over at Sara's to check them out.


rita said...

Hi, there! I'm sitting on the air mattress leaning against the pillows, thinking I should get up. A few sounds tell me the others may be thinking of getting up, an occasional bark, the bathroom door closing. And the clock says 8. The guys have been gone for hours.
Then I see that you posted your Project 365--great excuse to just stay here!
Love all the photos, always.
The church and blooming tree very artistic; the flower very unique; the vista much like here in ID; beautiful handiwork.
I always learn from your posts. What is BADEN?
BTW, mate does not have a written accent. The stress is on the 'a', yes. Often here we see an accent on the 'e' and as you know that would mean 'I killed'.
Can't wait to share a round of mate with you!

Dena said...

The flower and the bird are both gorgeous. Wish I could see something like those around here.

That dust cloud sounds nasty if you were unfortunate to be out in it, although it did make for great pictures.

Mari said...

You have some great shots this week! The bird is neat and what a cool flower. I think your Christmas quilt is going to turn out great!

Lisa said...

That dip sign struck me funny. Seems like a speed bump would do less damage and even be easier to put in.

Beautiful flowers...I count on you to introduce me to all new kinds. :)

skoots1mom said...

what wonderful pictures...well done!
i've not done ay picture taking lately other than the retreat...will have some next week on Sunday...won't get a chance to post again til then.
Have a nice week
It's going to be nice to have some girlfriend time
I'm cooking today now that we've gotten home from church

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Great 365!!!

Have a great week. Skoots is off to the mountains with friends so I am on my own this week (sort of anyway) booo hoo for me!

Great pictures, I especially like the one of the church!


Elizabeth said...

I love the first picture... the angle of it and everything is just so cool...
I love the flower picture... very unusual...
Love the quilt project you are working on... can't wait to see the finished product!

2Thinks said...

Are you aware of the LONG theme you have going here?

Long way up to the top of Capuchin, long tail feathers, long stamens (right?), the sign is telling you to rev up-it's a long jump over the dip (duh), long shots, it's a long way to Christmas (you're getting ahead of us), long face, and finally, a long time standing around looking at this long winged airplane that has undoubtedly just flown in from a long ways away.

See? LONG theme.


sara said...

love the first picture and the lavender of the flowers!!!

Heidi cracks me up with your "long" theme!!!

But seriously....who thought of "dips"? yikes, we try to fix those here!!!

Growing up in AZ, we get dust storms on a regular basis in the summer. They can actually be a bit scary if you are out on the road.

great week!

Darla said...

i love that quilt you are working on! oh how i wish i could quilt... looks like a great week, except for that storm and the speed dips! yikes! lol.

Rebekah Doak said...

Thanks for sharing! I come via Linda at 2nd cup... I am so glad to see your Project 365 and how you are doing it...I have been contemplating this for quite a while and want to do it next year!