Saturday, October 9, 2010

Project 365, Weeks 40 & 41

We were in Sta. Rosa last Sunday with sketchy internet and I didn't even try to post my photos for Project 365 so this week I'm doing a 2-for-1.

What would you say if I told you I sent my husband to the Disco for a Bimbo?
And that I had photographic proof that he was successful?!
I can just hear you groaning. I know, I know, we have a very juvenile sense of humor at times :)

Ever since friends brought us dill seed (three different varieties!) in May, I've been anxious to get them planted but had to wait until winter was over. We finally put the garden in a couple weeks ago and here's my lovely baby dill already growing in neat little rows:
I can already taste the yummy dill pickles I'll be making in a few months! [Which we can't get here.]

Our roses are going great guns. Here's one of the first I saw blooming:
And here's a vase of roses from our yard that co-workers picked and arranged to welcome us back from Sta. Rosa. Lovely!
We went to Sta. Rosa last weekend to finish up all that we'd started the previous visit. But this trip we made time to take a few walks... on one stroll through the neighborhood we saw horses grazing...
...and another day I snapped this photo of the way the sun made the water sparkle like diamonds...
I had intended to work on a baby quilt while Ivan worked on the kitchen and got so far as to figure out the arrangement of the blocks...
...but slicing off the tip of my thumb with the rotary cutter put those plans on hold. It's going to be a rather different baby quilt based on what the parents want -- and not my style at all, but it's starting to grow on me.

Ivan put in a lot of hours to get all the cabinet doors back on, build a new framework for the drawers and fix the actual drawers so they slide in and out easier, install new handles and grout all the tile. Doesn't it look nice now?!
I do adore a white kitchen.
The darker countertop really makes the white pop, don't you think?
This is what it looked like BEFORE:
AFTER:
And one final shot of the corner where we removed the lower cabinet ruined by water damage, shortened the upper cabinet, tiled the walls, and slid the fridge in:
It feels SOOOOOO good to have that done! But now I'm itching to paint the walls! :)  I have the color already picked out, but that project will have to wait until next year.

A friend from our home church is doing the bilingual program at Palabra de Vida Bible Institute in Buenos Aires this year and he came to visit us for a few days. He and Ivan climbed up to the cross on Friday (you can find Via Crucis in almost every community) and took lots of pictures along the way.
We also took him on a drive up the Punilla Valley, stopping at a monument that is supposed to be in the very center of the country. Not sure if it's all that accurate but it's a lovely monument with flags flying for each province.
I will probably have to do a 2-for-1 again in two weeks. We have a big group of Bible Institute students coming next weekend and I know, from past experience, that we're going to be B.U.S.Y! But they should also provide some great photo opportunities :)

16 comments:

Mari said...

Everything is looking beautiful - the flowers, the sparkling water and the kitchen. We have white cabinets and dark countertop too and I really like it.
Don't let things get too busy in the next few weeks!

Christy said...

Love the kitchen! Looks great.

sara said...

my link is up now!! thanks for letting me know!

ha ha!!! you guys are too funny!!! kinda of like when I went to england for work and the guy at the desk asked me when I wanted to be "knocked up"! I just stared at him and then he realize I was an American and said "oh..when do you want your wake up call?" :)

yea for dill!!! love it!!

love the colors in that quilt.

my kitchen cabinets are white too with a dark counter. yours looks awesome!!!

Have a great week!!!

Lhoyt said...

Many of the convenience stores, and the smaller supermarkets around here carry BIMBO products, and yes, I did a double take the first time I saw the trade mark.
A wonderful transformation in the kitchen.
I so enjoy your photography and the accompanying notes. Thank you Kim.

junglewife said...

I remember eating Bimbo bread in Ecuador!!! Too funny. We also got a kick out of the Maggi brand of soups, boullion, etc, because that is what my little sister called her blanket!

Glad your dill is coming up - that is something to look forward to. I am not a canner but I do make refrigerator dill pickles which are pretty tasty! I need to plant some dill soon... and some cilantro, parsley, basil, etc... :-)

Rosalyn said...

I love the quilt , the colors are different then what I would pick but I really like it. I wish you lived closer. I have patches me great grandmother made I would love to have you teach me how to put them together.

skoots1mom said...

2-for-1: yippee...great shots!

dill seed: yummo, your pickles will be so gooooood!

vase of roses: sooo sweet
Sta. Rosa: loved the horses grazing...
quilt: vibrant colors for sure...so pretty!
Hoping your thumb's much beter!
Punilla Valley, monument: great shot, especially when you zoom in with the flags in the foreground and the river peeking through the background:)
Praying for the Bible Institute students' visit

McCrakensx4 said...

No dill pickles...that would make me oh so very sad. Hope you get to taste them soon. and your kitchen looks great...love it. bummer about your thumb...hope it heals soon so you are able to finish the baby quilt. I like the colors and am anxious to see the finished product. Have fun this week and weekend with all of your visitors.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Love the dill! I hope the pickles turn out. I did some sweet pickle relish last summer with all my cucumbers and it was really good. It's a good thing I like it because I have about six 1/2 pint jars put up and I am the only one who eats pickle relish on their hot dogs.

KITCHEN = FABULOUS

Blessings
R

The Bug said...

I love that quilt! Those colors are right down my alley.

Love your scenery pictures.

Tori said...

I love the sparkling water shot!
Your humor gave me a smile! :)
The kitchen is looking marevelous. What color are you picking for the walls?
Have a super week!!

rita said...

Great work on the SR house!
Looks very dry around there still.
A variety of gorgeous roses...WOW you are so lucky, so blessed!
Maybe you could bring some...ONE MONTH FROM TODAY!

Debbie said...

I LOVE the fabric in that quilt! So beautiful. Most quilts are a little too "country" for me.

HMama @ Family Team said...

love your sense of humor. ;)

after living with a dark kitchen for so long, the white kitchen is really growing on me. beautiful.

Betty said...

Hello! I´ve missed you! I just noticed that you had dissapearred from my reader, since I wasn´t getting any new post updates. Why does that happen??!! It really bugs me.
Your kitchen looks fantastic and you did a great job with the painting too! Looks very professional.
I hope you are doing well and will be commenting regularly again, now that I´ve found you again.

Kay said...

Love the flowers. Even love the quilt..although OUCH. Sorry about your finger. : ( Love the cabinets too. I used to have white cabinets and I loved them. : )