Monday, December 31, 2007

Last 2007 Post

That's me at Xel-Ha poised to chase the fish around! The water was warm enough to swim in for an extended period without a wet suit.

It is New Year's Eve in Pasadena, Rose Parade central. Colorado Blvd. is lined with brave parade watchers. Greg and I will probably not make our usual drive down at 11 p.m. this evening as we are both very busy with projects around the house.

I promised to post a few more pictures from the trip to Cancun - hopefully, I will get them in their correct locations. The first few are more animals and believe it or not, they were all on the resort grounds. Yes, one of the crocodiles is quite large and the other is a baby.
The next two pictures are of a heron, we saw several and they were not shy, at all...and Meghan's personal favorite, iguanas.

The next two pictures are of a large photograph that hangs in the entryway to Del Lago, one of several restaurants at the Mayan Palace, and a dancer we saw near Tulum. I was struck with how similar they looked. The young man spoke with us at length after his performance because he was interested in the design on my shirt. He explained what the symbols represented and said he was familiar with the artist. By the way, I purchased it from a booth at the Pomona Fair two years ago.

The next shots are from Tulum - they are of a particular building, a sign that tells something about it and a closeup that shows great detail, I think.

My final picture from Mexico will show you how little knitting I was able to do on this trip...practically none. However, the Jaywalker is underway and I truly love working with the cashmere yarn from the Knittery.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Back Home

We are back home in chilly S. California after spending a glorious week in Cancun at the Mayan Palace on the Riviera Maya. After making a "crazy" ebay purchase of a timeshare, I thought we should go and check it out. It proved to have been a very good buy and a fantastic resort. The pool, room and service were quite good and we look forward to many trips in the future. Grupo Mayan has several resorts spread throughout Mexico so we won't tire of going to the same location over and over.
While there, we booked two tour days and saw Tulum,
Xel-Ha and Sian-Ka'an. Sian Ka'an is a huge biosphere and was an incredible treat for all of us. Greg and I had visited Tulum and Xel-Ha before, but it was Meghan's first visit to both locations. At Sian-Ka'an, we snorkeled in several spots and saw a number of plants and animals. We even saw male Frigatebirds courting the females on a floating island!Tomorrow, hopefully, I will post some more pictures from our trip once they have been uploaded. Among the shots will be my latest sock adventure(Jaywalkers) and my surprise Christmas present from my most thoughtful daughter.

Monday, December 17, 2007

An Interesting Shot

I wanted to share this interesting shot of Unraveled that I took a couple of weeks ago..and forgot to post. Here is a picture of the entire car with the shiny hubcap for you old car buffs....

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Holiday Dinner and Gifts!

Last night we went to dinner at Shiro's in South Pasadena. It was an early gift exchange as we will be apart on the actual day. The food was yummy, the company delightful and the presents were over the top.

Meghan finally received her Pomatomus socks. I had kept them here until she was sufficiently healed from a skiing accident that occurred last February and then reconstructive surgery to her knee and a very long recovery. Ubermom didn't want to be responsible for a slip and fall accident.

Julien loved his "his birthday scarf" and said it would be most appreciated next week when he travels home to France.

There were other surprises, large and small. Meghan said that she would like to have a hat, which gave me the opportunity to attempt the Koolhaas Hat from Brooklyn Tweed. What a fun knit that to follow.
Greg, rascal that he is, noticed me looking at a particular designer's rings a while back and knocked me out with a very lovely citrine ring.

Meghan and Julien have found the perfect gifts for us...a Tamron 18-200mm lens and a 2 gig usb flashdrive filled with 509 beautiful pictures from their recent California adventures.

Spookie, the quasi-Maine Coon cat, is really enjoying the cold weather. He seems to have more energy to run around in the yard. In the evening, he jumps into his bed in front of the fire, arranges his toys and sacks out.