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Staycation days 2/3

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Day 2 involved some housework, because I like to feel I’ve done something domestic before settling down to crafty pursuits.

Once the vacuuming was done and the bathrooms cleaned, I went back to the sashiko stitching. I spent so long on it while watching Netflix that my right hand ached later in the day.

Tuesday evening we had a yoga class so that was the exercise of the day.

Day 3 started out with a 9am Bosu Blast class. Eek, it was a challenge for this lazy girl. I sweated a lot! We did burpees, planks, dumbbell work and more on a timer and I couldn’t keep up with it all but I did my best.

After that, I went and bought food to stock up the fridge and popped into the dreaded Wal-mart for a nose around. The staff were restocking the yarn department and it actually looks better than it has in ages. I didn’t buy yarn but I did get a few T shirts for work/the gym.

After dinner, I met a friend at the beach. It was a cooler day, with a maximum of 29, and by 7pm it was 25. With the wind coming off the lake it actually felt cool (for the first time in a month) and I spent some time adding to my sashiko pieces.

There weren’t many people about but we did share the beach with about 50 Canada geese.

It was such a relief to have have a cool evening. I even pulled out a knitted wrap to keep comfortable while I continued to read my massive library book before bed.

Today the plan is to decide on a crochet or knitting project for the Ravellenic Games (Ravelry’s equivalent to the Olympics) because it starts tomorrow. And I should be able to finish the sashiko stitching so that I can move on to making something out of it. I also have a small additional sewing project in mind. I’ll update you again tomorrow.

Melting…

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Melting…

It used to be, long long ago when the boys were small, we’d be on the beach all the time. Now that they’re older I can go a whole summer without a swim in the lake…until this summer.

We have had temperatures over 40° Celsius this week with little respite at night. No AC in our house, so it’s been up to 36 indoors. Fans barely make a dent in the heat. I have had more swims and showers in the last week than in the previous six months!!

Going to work has actually been something I’ve looked forward to, because the store is cool.

We haven’t used the oven for cooking, only the stove top. Gah!

It’s a good thing my knitting project is small so it doesn’t heat up my lap, and the yarn is cotton which is better for sweaty hands.

I’m making this into a shawlette by adding pattern repeats. I have plenty of the second cake left and I’m enjoying the process.

Recently I’ve become interested in sashiko. I have seen some very arty stuff made by people in the Sew Obsessed group on Ravelry and after looking at some books and videos I was ready to try a project.

I’ll show you next time because it’s not finished yet.

I’m very excited about the change in mask status from mandatory to voluntary. Finally! I will be going without at work from now on. It should create a less combative atmosphere in future, because we won’t have to police the customers.

Stay cool, and I’ll see you again soon.

Maui

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79177087_3663593460318240_1518541689579372544_oTwo years ago, Tai Chi Man and I went to Maui for the first time. We timed it to coincide with our 30th wedding anniversary. This year, we decided to go again. We went for a week, and did our best to come back with a tan without getting burned, and we succeeded!

It’s a 5.5 hour (or so) flight from Vancouver, and the time difference is only 2 hours behind our local time, so it’s not as tiring as going to Europe. Unfortunately Westjet doesn’t have fancy in-seat video screens like Air Canada does, so if you want to watch movies you have to download an app before you get on the plane, and my iPad Mini is too old. It’s still running iOS9.

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I received lots of compliments on the hair colour!

Tai Chi Man has a good camera and is our official photographer, though I took my basic phone out with me most days to grab a photo here and there, because if it’s on my phone I can upload it to Instagram.

We stayed at the Aston Ka’anapali Shores, which is north of Lahaina on the west coast.  It’s a big resort with many rooms curving around a central area with pools and hot tubs and a grassy area for sunbathing. And it’s right on the beach too.

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Christmas and hot weather just don’t seem to go together!

We explored new areas this time, driving around the north-west coast road (very winding and windy and narrow in places), also up along the north coast to Pa’ia and Haiku, and inland to Kula to visit the botanical gardens there.

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We also revisited Kihei, as the swimming is a little more friendly. The ocean has quite a swell, and in places is so rough that only the bravest surfers can manage it. One day, we found a beach that seemed to be dedicated to the kitesurfers and windsurfers.

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Lots of crabs were running over the rocks at sunset in Kihei

We mostly self-catered, though Down to Earth in Kahalui is one of the best health food stores we’ve found, with groceries and a hot bar and a salad bar and many other food options made to order. The last day we ate lunch and dinner there because it’s so close to the airport. And there’s Fork & Salad in Kihei, where you can build your own salad (it’s huge and very reasonably priced) depending on your dietary preferences.

We enjoyed seeing some of the local wildlife, including a resting Hawaiian monk seal on the beach near our resort, turtles at a couple of different beaches, sleeping on the sand, a humpback whale one morning out in the bay just before we started our open-air yoga class. (We did three yoga classes – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – and two Qi Gong/Tai Chi classes – Tuesday, Thursday.)

We also revisited Ono Gelato in Lahaina, which has non-dairy options and also sells tea and coffee.

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It’s a beautiful place. The temperature at this time of the year is pretty steady – in the 80s most days – though it did drop to low 70s when we drove upcountry to Kula. And we had wall-to-wall sunshine except for the last evening, when the clouds rolled in and brought a bit of rain.

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And now we’re back to cold and snow and warm clothing.

CAL: Peacock Tail Bag

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imagePart two of the CAL is done. I finished the back part today at the beach. What a difference the overlay stitches make – the piece on the right has exactly the same stitches and colours, but without the front post stitches and chains.

It was mostly overcast but still high 20s and I had a swim in the lake. Ds2 and I met friends who we hadn’t seen in a while and stayed long enough that Tai Chi Man was able to come and join us after finishing work and cool off in the lake.

While there, we spotted some smoke coming from a hillside to the south of us.

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I don’t think it was a large fire and the water bombers (planes) attacked it quickly, so I heard. This is the fourth one that I know of in our direct area in the last couple of weeks. Can you see the smoke? It’s right in the middle of the photo.

Well, rather than type this I really should be crocheting my ripple blanket right now, so do excuse me!

 

 

The delights of fall

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I don’t know about you, but I love the shoulder seasons. The more moderate temperatures are so much more comfortable than plus 30 or minus 30. Today we enjoyed 28 degree weather (82 for you people still using Fahrenheit) and sunshine and I spent some time on the beach with a friend. We sat and crocheted for some time and then had a swim. The lake was pretty darned cold but I felt like it might be my last swim of the season so had to do it.

Because the nights are drawing in and getting cooler, it takes longer for the warmth to peak and it’s more welcome.

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These fingerless mitts are for middle son. As he’s started going to the college across the lake, he will be standing around at bus stops on a regular basis and I thought that he might need something to keep his hands warm but leave his fingers free for whipping out his bus pass. I wasn’t sure whether he’d like them, so I just made them anyway and presented them to him tonight. He seemed pleased, put them on straight away and they fit perfectly.

The pattern is from here and I made the men’s size. However I worked two fewer rows of the cuff ribbing which led to the hand being two stitches smaller around. I feel that crochet ribbing is not as stretchy as knitted ribbing, so didn’t want to make them too big and have them flop about around his wrists.

I used about 50 grams of True Grey Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted weight acrylic with a 5mm hook.

My beach time was all the sweeter, knowing that I’m working the next two days. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Grrrrrr!

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imageI am a bit miffed with WordPress today. I saw an update the other day and did it, thinking YAY! It will fix the app’s refusal to upload photos without crashing. Not!

I just tried it out, and ‘clicked’ on the photo icon and it looked like it was connecting to my camera roll, then…..black. And back to the home screen.

As I was in the app, I also decided to check the blogs I follow. (Most blogs that I subscribe to, I get an email which ensures that I will remember to read the update – often I forget about Reader for weeks.) Well, there are oodles of blog posts in there from random blogs that I never signed up for. Yeah, I can go and block each one, but that takes time. And the blogs I usually follow in there are nowhere to be seen, probably buried in the mass of spam.

I am grumpy about it all! Can you tell? But I won’t let it ruin my day. I have added a serene scene from my beach day earlier this week to make us all feel better.