Monday, March 25, 2013

Feeling Blogged Down

As you can tell by the infrequent posts, my re-entry has not been as fruitful as it should be, and unfortunately the blogging is suffering. Somehow real life has a never-ending "to do" list, which was suspiciously absent while we were away.

There, the choices were not so onerous. And they were all ones that didn't have "should" attached to them. Here, although many of the choices - including blogging - are pleasant enough, I think it is the sheer volume of them that seems overwhelming.

All the things I didn't think about when I was there are floating in and out of my reality. Classes that are looming on the horizon, articles that need writing, patterns that need transferring, hooking that is far behind where it should be.

See, there it is again - that word "should". Not one of my favourites lately. I was thinking about the word - what kind of visual would there be for it - and did the usual thing - googled. I found this visual, which was part of this person's blog. Reading her post made me laugh - I am certainly not the only person who deals with should's everyday. I do not know her, but wanted to credit her for the image. So thank you stranger and fellow "should-er".

So, this is my apology post. I hope it will be the last one for a while with no rug-related content. I am pretty sure I will be back on track by the time our next little jaunt is over. That's right - off to Florida next week. And by the time we are back in about 10 days, the winter "should" be over.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Back to Reality.

Just discovered the unpublished post that I just published. It seems indicative of the rest of my life since re-entry.

What do I expect.
Leave this

 Come home to this!

I rest my case.

Warning: Paradise May Make You Lazy

(Just realized that this post was sitting in my drafts and I never posted it. Oops.)

Wow! Can't believe that we are now into our last week - and my last post was in our second week. What happened to those 3 weeks in between? Well a whole lot of not too much, which is exactly why we like it here. 

The days have a rhythm unto themselves. Full days spent gazing at, walking beside, swimming in and sailing on the sea.

This is our most popular "bobbing" spot. See those tiny little dots in the light blue part? Those are the folks with whom we "bob". Sort of like swimming, but without going anywhere.

A couple of days we have gone sailing on our favourite trimaran sailboat, Sin-Bad. Those days are pretty much like the other days, except aboard. So there is more swimming - this time with masks and snorkels and sea turtles and coral reefs. Incredible what you get to see.

There is endless rum punch served, and an amazing traditional Bajan buffet lunch, prepared by our captain.

Flying fish prepared on board, plantain, chicken, sweet potatoes, rice and peas, and macaroni pie.

This day of sailing involved the "Fredericton 10" - our group of friends who have over 40 years of connections. First time we have all been here together. And a wonderful sailing day with just the 10 of us.

Then there was the Valentine's Day feast at The Mews.

followed by some 'rose karaoke' by our all gal band - we rocked!

We watched the parade at the Holetown Festival, which is a week-long party.

Then our kids arrived for the fastest week ever! They learned the 'art of lazy' very quickly.

We went to the full moon festival at Ramshackle, a favourite beach bar.

We had lots of fun taking the "yellow bus" everywhere.
We could do an entire album of bus stop shots.

Knitting in Paradise

Every year when we come to Barbados, I pack a knitting project or two. Usually socks to knit on the plane and something to take to the ...