Not only does this create a problem with posting myself, but also hinders me being able to read other blogs. It takes a sweet forever for pages to load and the snatches of computer time I get don't go very far. So I apologize if I haven't been around in a while. I'm trying!
Tonight it doesn't help that I am having a serious case of DMD* and, as a result, posting twice as many photos as normal. Hopefully the excessive lineup doesn't bore you to tears, and you still come back next week.
Last Sunday the kids got back from camp and although they were flat out exhausted, once they'd partaken of sustenance (i.e., sandwiches and cookies)...
Monday morning we had to go into town for a few things. During summer we like to get there early before most of the tourists are awake and flooding the streets :) I snapped a quick photo of the line at one of the banks, winding out the building and around the corner.
a cash flow problem and we hear it's going to continue for a few more months!
That evening we had friends over for asado. Ivan was firing up the grill and getting ready to throw on some lemon chicken and red bell peppers. YUM!
Tuesday I spent the morning making peach freezer jam. DOUBLE YUM!
Our friends Ruben and Neris came to visit on Wednesday. They have a ministry showing Christian films in churches, camps and on the street. They were on their way home after being in the southern part of the country for two months. Before they could leave, Ruben had to make some adjustments to something under the hood so it would start -- that's a tool in one hand...
The neighbor in back of us has a nifty little system that makes it easy for us to share fruits and vegetables with him. He has this long hook hanging over the wall and when we have something to give him, we put a bag on the hook, and he can easily pull it up and over the wall :)
I'd planned on finishing the quilt this week but that was not to be -- there was no batting to be found in the entire city! We hit several fabric stores on Monday, to no avail. So I decided to work on an idea I'd had... sort of a cross between a shopping bag and a diaper bag. I modified this pattern for a fabric shopping bag, making it wider to accommodate the 10" pinwheel blocks I wanted to use in the center, front and back.
ADORE (because it reminds me of Monet's garden paintings) for the inside of the bag (see the inside pocket on the far left?).
Friday we had to make a quick trip to Sta. Rosa to fix a couple of things. We could not get over the abundant crop of grapes this year!!!
A walk down to the river showed it to be a happening place this month. We normally don't go out there during January because the house is always rented. Pretty sure this is the busiest we've ever seen the river -- and the photo shows only a portion of the many people enjoying the water; they're spread out up and down the river (which is pretty shallow in most places).
VERY busy 24 hours! That's how long we had between renters to get 'er done. While he was doing the important stuff, I took care of some cleaning projects. And I used this...any idea what it is?
Some of you know all about the house in Sta. Rosa. For those new to my blog, Ivan's family built a house there 40-some years ago. It's two hours from where we live now so it's our "go to" place for getaways. It's also a constant and on-going work-in-progress as we chip away at much needed repairs and maintenance issues. For the past two years it's been plumbing, plumbing and MORE plumbing. We think (HOPE) that we're ready to move onto other things now. Anyway, you'll be reading more about it in upcoming P365 posts, so thought I'd clue you in to what I'm talking about when I mention Sta. Rosa. Here's a photo I took before we left to come home:
*DMD: decision-making disorder