Taking a break from some island fun... enjoying our morning coffee and watching the humpback whales come up for air from our lanai. DH and I are having a wonderful time, a much needed break from our hectic lives.
We have been blessed with just two days with rain thus far, which allowed for the viewing of some beautiful rainbows in Napili Bay:
This morning we awoke to a cloud-free sky and calm ocean. We might just try our luck at Ka'anapali Beach's Black Rock for some snorkling. We saw one sea turtle on Tuesday off of one of South Maui's beaches, perhaps we will see more today.
After seeing the Bead and Jewelry Expo advertised in a beading magazine, I thought to myself "what a wonderful opportunity to go check out some wire and beads for knitting jewelry". And Stitches wanted to go check it out too!
Then we became extremely confused... There was a scrapbooking expo going on at the same time and same place. We decided it was worth the effort to check it out, and if it was a bust we would do something else.
Well, it certainly wasn't what I expected. With the response of the ticket agent at the expo that there were three or four bead vendors mixed in with the scrapbooking vendors we decided it wasn't worth the $7 entrance fee each.. BTW, why on earth was this advertised in a beading magazine?! Especially with only four vendors for the San Diego one, what a disappointment. So instead we headed up to to Sowing Sisters, hit Common Threads then met Dis and Knitzalot at Black Sheep and went to lunch.
The entire day was great! And Sowing Sisters was a definite success:
I picked up a roll Amy Butler fat-quarters, four yards of batik cotton fabric, the Sew What? Skirts book and the It's a Wrap pattern.
I'm thinking of a drawstring bag for the fat quarters (like the one in AB's newer book) and a dress for the batik. Originally I wanted to sew a simple sundress, but now I'm considering a short or cap sleeved duro-style dress with contrasting bands.... Perhaps like this or this or this with long enough ties to come to the front. Any thoughts?
I'm very un-excited about this birthday. Thirty?! Me? Really?! I don't feel like I'm thirty... I feel a bit under-accomplished for my age. When my mom was my age she had five children from ages ten to four and a house mortgage. I have neither.
And while we are on the subject... biological clock?? What biological clock?? I'm not so sure I have one. Sure I think having kids might be cool... but then I think about when they would be teenagers... I don't think I could survive that. And quite honestly, DH and I have interesting gene sets in our families. Our kids might be quite the hoodlums. It's down-right scary to think about sometimes.
BUT - I did take the day off from work today, and plan to spend the day with DH.... breakfast at Hash House A-GO-GO, maybe a movie, a craft store and a bookstore, and let's not forget about dinner! It should be a great day!!
Being that the house we rent does not have a backyard where I can plant in the ground, Andy and I thought it would be nice to do some container gardening. We do have a back patio and thought it would be perfect to have some hanging baskets.
So a month ago, we headed to Walter Andersen and picked up two compact tomato plants, a trailing rosemary plant, and some basil seeds.
In the meantime, we've had a pair of mourning doves that have been trying to build a nest in the corner of the awning on the patio. It's been a bit comical watching the birds pick up twigs, fly up to the corner, and see the twig fall to the ground. This is what Spike has been so intrigued by.
Well, last week I noticed one of the birds standing in one of the hanging baskets - one with a tomato plant in it, causing it to tilt:
Then I noticed twigs sticking out over the edge of the pot, and low and behold:
It's like it happened overnight - They've nested in the tomato plant!!
Needless to say - I think we're going to lose the plant. I can't exactly water it. Every time I go near the other pots to water the egg-sitter flies away, and I don't want to drown the egg or nest or anything.
AND, come to find out, this behavior of nesting in hanging baskets isnotunusual. These birds are terrible nest builders - so much so that they will steal robin nests when the robin nesting season is over. What freeloaders!!
On a side note - we should have a baby dove in about a week - we can't wait :)
A surprise gift from Erika! My very own, made just for me, pin-cushion with super cute flower topped pins! Thank you Erika - you are so sweet!
And for just a little silliness:
There's Spike (aka "the three-thousand dollar cat"), not sitting, but laying in the kitchen sink! This has become his new favorite place to be. But don't worry, he hasn't totally lost his kitty instinct - from the kitchen sink he has the perfect view out the window of the morning doves that grace our back patio every so often - Gotta love him!
Andy and I took Friday off from work, and after a fabulous breakfast at Hash House a-go-go, we headed out to Idyllwild for an extended weekend to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary.
We arrived at the Quiet Creek Inn at about 3PM. One of the owners welcomed us, and showed us to our cabin:
Cabin #9 to be exact. It was perfect for us! There was a small kitchenette that allowed us to bring some of our own snacks (yes, we stopped at a Trader Joe's on the way), a television that had a VCR (they had quite a selection of videos we could borrow, in fact we watched 'Fargo', can you believe that Andy had never seen it?), a small deck with a private spa, lovely spa robes and towels, a wood-burning fireplace near the foot of the bed, the sound of the creek just down the hill, and the lack of cellphone service. It doesn't get any better! The owner recommended a couple of restaurants in the area for us to consider for our anniversary dinner, then he left us to our extended weekend.
For dinner we headed to Cafe Aroma, a small, quaint fine dining restaurant under recommendation of the inn owner. The meal was wonderful, complete with wine, sweet potato-andouille soup, soy-chili glazed wild salmon and linguine cardinale. Very tasty and very memorable.
We spent the rest of the weekend really doing nothing at all, literally did not leave our little cabin. We definitely needed the escape from our very busy lives, with rejuvenation and relaxation to boot. We did venture out on Saturday evening to grab some food at Idyllwild Pizza Co. Wouldn't say it's the best pizza we've ever had, but it was okay.
We woke up Sunday morning, not really wanting to leave at all, discussing perhaps going on a short hike before heading home. After a bit, I opened up the curtains to the sliding glass door to our deck, and saw:
My exact words to Andy were: "holy crap, it snowed!" What a fantastic surprise. It was just an inch or two, not enough to cause major problems but just enough to make our surroundings beautiful:
We decided that hiking was out of the question, we certainly were not prepared for snow-hiking. I think the warmest thing I had with me was a sweatshirt! So instead we gallivanted around the inn's property:
The property is absolutely great - Strawberry Creek is just a skip down the hill from the cabins and there were wood chairs in pairs in different areas along the creek. There was even a picnic table under the blanket of pine trees! It was evident that the owners (they've only owned it for a year), have put a lot of time and effort in their property. I would highly, highly recommend the inn to anyone looking to stay in Idyllwild. We, in fact, plan on coming back many times in the future - maybe even get some hiking in while we are there!
After gathering our things, we checked out of the inn, with yet another recommendation from the owner - a more beautiful route home than the one we had taken in (we came in through Hemet) - and found the poor Saturn in a snow bath:
We brushed her off, and we were on our way. Happy Anniversary to us!