Clouds, from above…

I found myself sitting by the window when I flew from California to Chicago last week and was treated to a spectacular show!

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I loved seeing the shadows of the clouds on the ground below.

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Every now and then during the flight I put down my kindle and took some more pictures. We flew over snowy mountains…

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Clouds are lovely from above, and ever-changing.

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I was not by the window when I flew home, into Dallas, but my seat-mate let me lean over her a bit to take this last one, right before we went into the clouds to land. It’s my favorite.

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Seen on my morning walk…

You just can’t beat a morning walk that includes the ocean. That may be one of the most rejuvenating parts of taking part in an Empty Spools seminar. 

I would happily live in this house…

There were people snorkeling this morning, in wetsuits. And fishing, and taking photos. 

Someday I’ll master the art of the selfie. As it is, at least my nose isn’t huge :-). 


Lots of purple/pink/blue flowers are blooming. Wish these would grow for me in north Texas. 


The quilting fun starts later today. I am looking forward to spending the week with 13 happily sewing women!

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium…

We spent an afternoon at the MB Aquarium. There are several exhibits where the fish swim in the same direction, except for those who just have to be different. I suspect I’d swim against the grain, just like this guy…

The jellyfish are crowd pleasers…

Everyone with a phone was taking pictures, me included.

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Sometimes I wonder how the internet holds it all :-).

This and that from Boise…

I walked in the mornings in the area around my hotel and I was surprised to find this mailbox:

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It stood in front of a Bigelow plant. I asked someone walking out and yes, they do package tea there. I’ll bet it smells really good inside that building.

There were several trees sporting these lovely seed pods. FYI: I used my iPhone with the Camera+ app to take all of these photos. I am impressed with the quality especially when I remember that little tiny lens on the iPhone.

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I don’t usually take photos of what’s for lunch, but this was special. Nancy, who works at The Quilt Crossing, is also the person who makes lunch for the classes. This is a bowl that starts with warm brown rice and then you can add: chopped cabbage (green and red), green onion, roasted peanuts, 2 kinds of grilled chicken, crushed ramen noodles (not gluten free so I passed on those), and 2 options for dressing. It was fantastic!

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I forget just how much I like a meal in a bowl. Steve, if you see this, it’s a good choice for dinner :-).

The Idaho State Fair…

Before I left Boise, I got to spend an evening at the Idaho State Fair with Patty, Marsha, and JoAnn. They go to the fair every year and know what exhibits to visit and where to find the best fair food.

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Let me just say that the corn on the cobb was mighty fine but my favorite fair food was the Tortato made from Famous Idaho Potatoes.

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Imagine a deep fried spiral-cut russet potato. That’s a Tortato. Just looking at the picture makes me want another one. Why are these not available everywhere? On the other hand, maybe it’s good that they are not to be found in Sherman, TX.

We visited the flower show. Isn’t this an amazing flower!

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This sunflower seemed to glow. Both of these flowers had ribbons.

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We saw all kinds of needlework on display and I got so busy looking that I forgot to take pictures. We visited the Guinea pigs and rabbits and then we hunted down dessert: caramel apples for Patty and Marsha, a candy apple for me, and an apple dumpling for JoAnn. Too busy eating to take a picture.

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We did not ride any rides but they sure were pretty against the clear blue sky.

I can’t remember what this guy was selling, but his Minions were pretty cute.

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More from St. Maarten…

My selfies are getting better. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

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We went on a snorkel tour on boat with Octopus Diving. The fish were pretty, the water was warm, and the Dramamine kept me from getting motion sickness. All good.

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We snorkeled out by that rocky island. IMG_8055

When I wasn’t snorkeling, I was visiting with Captain Kyle who is 27, has lived all over the world, and who can put all he owns in a small duffle bag. His life sounds really interesting, probably because it is so different from my own life. Just thinking about how to live that way and still quilt was enough to make my head hurt.

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Shadow selfie…

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I’ll sign off with these two beach photos. St. Maarten was wonderful, and the vacation shared with friends made it even better!

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I took this with the iPhone Camera+ app which is a very cool app. I used the in-app editing tool that is a whole lot like Lightroom. I’m visiting St Maarten and I thought I’d have my big camera out and about with me but it’s not working out that way. My iPhone is turning into my camera on this trip and it’s working pretty well.

Hiking on St. Maarten…

There is a zip line course at Loterie Farm near the high point of St. Maarten. Julie and Wayne have ‘zipped’ before and while it sounded like (dangerous) fun, we decided that hiking was more our style. Julie opted to read a book on the beach and Steve, Wayne and I set off for the jungle.

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It was hot and humid and sort of jungle-y.

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It was uphill mostly going in, and downhill mostly going out. In some spots it was very rocky. I’m not sure how far we hiked but we all felt like we had accomplished something when it was over.

There used to be a sugar plantation on the property and this is a ruin of a well…

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This was one of the overlooks on the trail…

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We got to the top and were stopped by this gate. We did not try ringing Nils Larsen, the name by the buzzer, to see if he’d let us in.

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The view beyond the gate:

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I got the guys to stand by this blue pole…

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And then I got them to strike a pose. Wayne and Steve were very good sports about the whole photo thing.

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The trail back down started here, just to the right of the concrete wall. Look close and you can see the arrows pointing us down the trail.

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It started to rain as we walked the trail out. We spotted a monkey who didn’t seem to mind us but took off when the thunder started and the rain began to fall in earnest.

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And that was the end of the hike picture taking!