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Babette Blanket - In progress

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By Thursday evening last week, I had finished crocheting all 126 squares required by the original pattern for my Babette Blanket! 50 2-round, 49 4-round, 16 6-round, 7 8-round, 2 10-round, and 2 12-round squares!

I began whip stitching the squares together on Friday mid-morning (we work a modified 40-hour a week schedule during summers and get Fridays off). And...there are still more squares to assemble!

When that's done, however, I will crochet more squares for another panel to add to my Babette to make it a larger, rectangular shape. I've already designed the arrangement of squares for the additional panel, but am waiting to choose colors for the additional squares until I see the colors laid out on the original-sized Babette Blanket.

So exciting! I just love the colors I chose!

Back home again

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We got back Tuesday evening. I was inexplicably exhausted through yesterday. The photos above are:

  1. View from the lanai of the condo where we stayed in Kihei
  2. Windsurfers at Hookipa Beach Park (past Paia on road to Hana)
  3. View from Billy and Rowena's house (those are the neighbor/landlord's goats)
  4. Sunset from our lanai - taken by Bill
  5. Sunset from our lanai - taken by Bill
  6. Honolua Bay (I think!) where Bill spent a day with Billy and friends

Maui is lovely, except for the high winds, sweaty heat, and traffic! Airline travel was not lovely or nice or even OK. I'll leave it at that.

We attended my stepson's wedding, met his wife and members of her family, met his Hawaii friends, saw where they live (renting a small 2-bedroom house on a hillside overlooking the ocean!), and generally just relaxed. And, the Playful Pineapples Wedding Afghan was a big hit with the bride!

I'm glad to be home again with my kitties, crochet projects, garden, and backyard swing...

My impressions of Maui from this trip...

First, the good:

  • Clear blue skies
  • Clear blue-green ocean waters
  • Air conditioning in cars and condos and stores and ... is wonderful
  • Great view from our condo's lanai

Now for the bad:

  • Hot, sweaty weather
  • Very windy (blow-you-down windy in the afternoons!)
  • The wind kicked up lots of sand in the water which is bad for snorkeling
  • Lots of traffic
  • Lots of people
  • The island is too small for me
  • Expensive - even more so than the Bay Area
  • Lots of construction in progress for more housing and hotels
  • Although adding lanes to main roadways is in progress, it is not enough to keep up with the number of people and cars


Ah, the Internet... Couldn't stay away...

I just sent my son an email and thought I'd check in here too...

We arrived yesterday afternoon, had dinner at Outback Steakhouse at 4pm, went grocery shopping, stayed awake as long as we could (I was exhausted at 3pm), and went to sleep at 8:30pm. Very exciting.

This morning, Bill went off to spend the day with his boys, so I've been driving around the island, stopped at a mall to go to Longs for sunscreen, and stumbled upon a coffee shop with Internet access!!! Whoop! It's not close to where we're staying, so I may just have to find another place closer to where we are if I need another "fix"!

It's *VERY* windy here. Sweaty hot.

Backyard swing

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In mid May, we attended a dinner party at the home of a customer of Bill's. The man and his wife have a small home with a large backyard - lovely large backyard - with lots of flowers and plants for me to admire! There was also a large, vine-covered pergola with a bench swing hanging from one end of it... I fell in love with the swing!!

Because Bill is such a loving and thoughtful and can-do kind of husband, he got busy within a week or so of the dinner party building an extension on the shade structure at the back of our backyard where he had earlier this year removed most of a large Bay tree when the neighbors wanted to replace the fence bordering our properties. Anyway...

We had some difficulty finding a swing or bench to hang from the shade structure - even online we didn't have much luck. I wanted a swing wide/long enough that I could lie down on it - so over 5 feet - and comfortable for a short person (me!) to sit in (feet touching the ground when sitting). I looked online, but the closest I found was a bench at Bass Pro Shops which doesn't have a store in California (yet). The swing project was delayed...

...until last weekend when Bill said we should go look at what Lowe's had in swings and benches. We didn't see anything that fulfilled my ideas of a proper swing until we wandered into the patio furniture area - where lo and behold there it was! A cushioned 3-person A-frame swing for $99.00. It is light enough that it can be moved anywhere in the backyard - and, therefore, can be moved as the sun moves (since I'm fair skinned and try to stay out of the sun).

It's wonderful. I've crocheted there, napped there, swung there, relaxed there. I can see my beautiful flowering garden plants, hear the birds, enjoy the Bay Area evening breezes after work while Bill cooks dinner on the BBQ. The swing is a perfect addition to our backyard!

And, the extended shade structure area won't go unused! Bill is using it as additional covered workspace for his 1947 Ford Truck restoration project - the one he's been working on for about 10 years now!

Sketch of Cheryl

About Cheryl

Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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