Saturday, March 14, 2015

Many Firsts This Year

Well, I'm back and want to report on the several "Firsts" of 2015.


My Grandson, Joshua, and his wife, Brandi, were delivered of their first child on February 23, 2015 and, according to the doctors, Charlotte Rose was 9 weeks early.  If one checks weight charts she came in at 13 inches long and 1 lb. 9 oz. which is weight for a child 11 weeks early.  Either way, overall she was and is a healthy baby.  She is off a ventilator and breathing on her own with occasional help from oxygen.  She took her first bottle today and as of this writing she is now up to a whopping 2 lbs.!  She continues to be a little fighter and, hopefully, in a couple of months will be able to go home with her parents.
Congratulations to Joshua and Brandi!

Another first on the island, a movie was filmed here.  It was a sequel to a movie made a year or two ago and is a comedy.   The title is "Un Loco Verano Catracho" or A Crazy Summer in Honduras - or something close to that.  Filming was done in various spots around the island depicting underwater scenes, beach scenes, and the various adventures of a "farmer" taking a vacation with his city cousin on the island of Guanaja.  It will be shown in theaters in Honduras this summer from what we understand.

Naturally this caused a lot of excitement around here.  Since we have limited extra curricular activities anything new always brings out the islanders.  One portion of the filming was done at Graham's Cay and so that day was a party day for all who wanted to attend  The weather cooperated and many islanders turned out to be part of the filming or just to observe.

Next, the first cruise ship in a long time docked at Guanaja.  The Ms. Serenissima docked just off the town of Bonacca on Feb. 10, 2015.  The less than 100 passengers (it was a small cruise ship) were greeted by the Mayor, a band and guides to take them touring on the Cay, on hikes, snorkeling and a visit to Graham's Cay for relaxation.  The Cay was spruced up, decorated and tables set out offering many items made locally for purchase.  Due to the diligence of our Mayor, Surgeon Miller, Guanaja saw its first cruise ship with hopes that similar, smaller ships will grace our port.

Next, after a lot of work and a long time coming, Guanaja has their very own Library and Learning Center.  Located near the Post Office on Bonacca, the new library opened with fan fare just a couple weeks ago.  Many people have worked hard to make this library a success and I wish I had the names of all the people involved to share with you.  Either way, good job folks and great to see a project like this get going on the island.

Of course this is the time of year to pay your property taxes as a 10% discount is offered for people paying early in the year.  As taxes have increased the 10% savings should help out.

Next, the lion fish that have invaded our waters around the Bay Islands are turning out to be beneficial in that they are an excellent eating fish.  While these fish are native to the Pacific and have no natural enemies they have proven not to be a good thing for our waters.  With no predators they have the capability of destroying the fish life we have in our waters.  They are very territorial and prolific.  They can only be caught by spearing and there is an annual Lion Fish Festival held on Roatan for catching the most or biggest fish.  Meanwhile on Guanaja, I have discovered the light, pleasant taste of these fish and if history repeats itself - we may eliminate this fish from our waters!

Lastly, this year has not been the best one for my husband and I.  First our 18 year old inverter starting sparking and eventually went out.  It did not go down alone however.  It took our MAC hard drive, our laptop and my KichenAid mixer with it.  The one thing we do not want to be without on the island is a computer.  So, I contacted TechnoComp on the coast and with the aid of Joel we purchased a new Toshiba.  Our new hard drive for the MAC arrives the first of April with friends returning to the island to spend a month of relaxation.  Meanwhile, I am going through the stress of re-acquainting myself with the World of MicroSoft.  I have found there is a lot of unnecessary icons on the 8.1 version which we do not need because of where we are located.  This means these programs are running in the background taking up a lot of my limited bandwidth.  So I am working on eliminating those programs that are of no use to us and streamlining the computer.  Of course this is not without problems which in turn cause a great deal of stress when one has no one to turn too!

Our new inverter arrived and has since been installed.  We luckily had a back-up inverter so no cease in sun shine electric power!

Finally, I don't remember if I had blogged that I became a Grandmother last Sept. 10, 2014 when my son, Randy, and his wife, Gina, brought into this world my darling Holly little Berry!  Because they live in South Korea sending gifts is difficult at best from Guanaja.  I did manage, however, to made the sweater and flip flops for my little girl and, hopefully, they will arrive within the month....maybe even before she out grows them!

Also, our Mayor is dedicated to developing tourism for the island.  Last year a dive convention was held in Las Vegas and the Mayor and his wife, along with George of Clearwater Paradise Resort went and manned a booth dedicated to diving Guanaja.  George did a bang up job on the booth and dedicated many hours promoting the pleasures of diving on our island.  Lately the effort is bearing fruit as George and Ginger have seen a slight increase in their clientele.  We just hope that this upswing continues to benefit everyone on the island.

So, although I haven't been blogging lately, I hope this brings some of you up to date on the activities of this year thus far.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Just had to brag!

I have, in the past, displayed a few of my crochet projects over the years and I'm sure that the majority of the people that read my blog will not be interested in this.  However, this was such an unusual project that I had to take a photo and tell someone!

This is called a Temair Throw and the pattern was free at  Initially it was offered as one of their "projects of the month" and people were given 3 or 5 projects to select from and from the final voting the people at Lion Brand would then decide what project they would put on-line and assist people in making.  This did not win.  I guess because it is so unusual, looks very difficult and how many people want a throw like this?

So, I wrote and asked them where I could find the pattern and ended up getting the pattern and bought their  yarn (linen in color) to use.

I started this project almost 2 years ago.  Now I must admit, I absolutely hate connecting motifs and prefer to make projects with as little "extra" work as possible.  However, this was stunning (in my opinion) and I knew just who I could make it for.

Actually crocheting the multi motifs was not that difficult and it went surprisingly fast and I was done in no time.  I then laid them out to prepare to sew them together.  That's when I got totally frustrated.  It is a time consuming project and because these motifs were circles there was a lot more planning involved.  I then put the project aside and just could not convince myself to return to it for a while.  

The "while" turned into months and this year my friend (who is the recipient of this gift) asked if I would bring it to her when I made my trip to the States.  I said, sure, don't worry, I will bring it.  I did not tell her that it was languishing in my closet and that until the past two weeks I dreaded taking it out.

As it happened, when I took it out, the final parts of the throw went together beautifully and in less time than I thought.  I had to make some alterations to the pattern merely because the way it was explained turned out to be much more difficult and I found an easier way.  Also, after completing the tassels and cords I found that the cords were too long for my taste.  The pattern called for 10 tassels which I felt was a little too much and I made 6.  However, upon completion and when I laid it out to photograph it, I now feel that 10 tassels may be right.  So, I will take my pattern and yarn to Florida, give it to my friend and if she wants, I'll make the extra 4 tassels.

So, I, temporarily, am in the possession of a beautiful throw with a 3-dimensional look.  I will pack it up and take it to the States and then comes the process of "plumping" up the various circles to achieve, again, the wonderful 3-D look they have.

I am now sticking, basically, to much quicker projects but am very proud of this one. So here's a close-up of the center circle.  The first photo is at an angle in order to see the 3-dimension quality.  The second is a close up of the center circle.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You Just Can't Please Them!

Human nature is amazing - people can be so generous or so cheap.  They can be polite or rude.  They can either be caring or uncaring and they always wish they had hindsight!  And sometimes the open their mouths without thinking!

While vacationing, years ago, at Bayman Bay Club on Guanaja (no longer in existence), we had occasion to hear people complain about the most amazing things.  For example:  "I want a different room because I'm too close to the sea and the ocean noise is keeping me awake."  or "Why don't you serve more beef instead of fish here?"

I recently stumbled upon these complaints posted by a rather famous travel company and think you will get a chuckle out of them:

1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons.  I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

3. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as   they were all Spanish . "

11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.'  We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

19. "My fiancee and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

I am sure that you too have heard some crazy things come out of people's mouths and I am also certain that these are wonderful things for a comic routine!