Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 1: Project 365, the 2015 Edition

After sitting out for a year, I'm returning to Project 365. Mainly because it made me sad to look back over 2014 and realize I'd written very little and recorded few memories. In ten years (or even three), how will I remember what happened? As we learned while scanning hundreds of photos dating back decades, it's all too easy to forget people and events. It was embarrassing to look at photos and have no idea who those people were, or why we had taken their photo!

2014, despite the lack of blog activity, was a big year for us. We became first time grandparents (Simon was born the very end of 2013, and Adalyn in August) and it boggles the mind that I did not write more about them.

Of course we did not get internet at the casita until August, which hindered blogging greatly, and we had a lot going on otherwise too. But still, it's a shame that I didn't take the time to write more often. Project 365 will help document at least some of what's going on in our lives.

Trying to post on the weekend doesn't really work for me, so the goal is to get photos up on Monday.

Thursday, January 1

After a rare quiet New Year's Eve at home, we awoke to hail at 4:30 a.m. on New Year's Day. Hail on a metal roof is really loud! While we didn't lose any big branches (as we had during a storm earlier in the week), shredded leaves littered the ground beneath our elms. While sweeping off our little patio later in the morning, I went to move Ivan's work shoes (which he'd left outside because they are that cruddy) and about had a heart attack when a large toad popped up from inside one of the shoes. Oh my word! I laughed hysterically and it took a while for my heart rate to slow down. I snapped this shot as he left, looking for another place to hole up.


Friday, January 2

It's been a much rainier/stormier spring and summer so far, and the river often rises several feet, as you see here.
It's interesting that within 24 hours or so, the water settles back down and, other than some debris lining the banks, you'd never know it had been elevated.

Saturday, January 3

I went into sewing mode after finding out I could send things back with someone who is visiting Argentina right now. I'll write more about the baby quilt in another post (finished it on New Year's Eve) but I will share a few photos of the camera strap covers I made today. For once the project went smoothly, with minimal seam ripping and hair pulling. I kept this one...
...and am sending the others to my daughter -- late (really late!) birthday gift.
Since she has a photography business, I thought it would be fun for her to have a variety of covers to choose from, depending on her mood and/or whatever she's wearing. Why can't camera strap covers be a fashion accessory?! Two of the straps have flannel on one side. Mine does too, and it is soooo comfortable. Should help considerably with taking photos for Project 365.

Sunday, January 4

We had lunch at the Molinas, enjoying a wonderful meal and even better conversation. Jorge and Bilma are such an encouragement to us!

Monday, January 5

Today is Ivan's birthday! ¡Feliz cumple, mi amor!

I'll be talking more about this in the coming months, but for now I'll just share the sign we made and hung late last night on the fence out front. It was too dark then so I waited and took a picture this afternoon.
We don't have as much done on the property as we'd have liked, but wanted to get a 'for sale' sign up anyway because there is a lot of traffic in our neighborhood this month, due to tourists -- who just might be looking to buy property in beautiful Carlos Paz.

Although rain is not in the forecast for today, it sure looks like more rain is on the way.
Storms are forecast over the next several days. So glad Ivan finished fixing, prepping and painting the casita roof by the end of last year. Despite some serious downpours, we've not had any more leaks or problems.

[You see, this is what I was talking about at the beginning of this post. Because I didn't write about it, it would have been easy to forget the storm last October that revealed a big leak in the roof over the kitchen. Water literally poured into the house over several hours. By the end of the day, we had mopped up three buckets of water!]

And so concludes week one of Project 365, the 2015 Edition.


Terra said...

Those camera straps are pretty and useful too and a great gift for your daughter. Are you selling your house, or part of your property?

sara said...

So glad you are doing this again! I miss seeing what is going on in your life!!

I was just telling The Bug that I was thinking of starting back up..for the same reasons as you. we'll see...

Mari said...

I'm glad to see you pop up here! It's great to see what's happening with you. I love the camera straps!

The Bug said...

I'm SO GLAD you're doing this again! I've missed you! And do tell about this selling business!

rita said...

How did I not see this first week till now! So good to have you back!