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Pearl Harbor

We’d been before but it was still worth a second visit with the group. Today is all business but tomorrow we’ll have some beach time. 


We arrived

We just had time to check into the hotel, shower, and snap a couple photos before the business dinner. What a long day but I’m very happy to be here on Oahu. We received beautiful lei’s on arrival – Keith’s standing on the balcony of our room – we have a view of the ocean and I plan on spending plenty of time soaking it in. 

And judging by tonight, we’ll have gorgeous sunset views – that’s Diamond Head that the sun is setting behind.  

I received a 2nd beautiful lei at dinner tonight. I love flowers.  


My traveling partner

Nursing his cold with a cup of tea.  

Bypassing the train and walking from A to E so I can get my steps in.  

Settling in for the 9.5 hour flight to Honolulu.  

Sipping my MaiTai and getting my iPad, kindle, and knitting all set up for the flight!


A lost day

I’m not sure what happened between biking yesterday and tonight but I did not get into the sewing room as planned but I did take a little time for knitting and will knit a while before heading to bed tonight once I post this. We’re up tomorrow at 4:30am and will be traveling all day – I don’t expect to sleep at all but at least I’m packed and ready to go. 

We did watch the Super Bowl last night and we’re glad Denver won. It was cool here so we even lit a small fire! I sat back in my chair with my big red shawl that stays downstairs for those times I’m watching some TV and want to knit. I don’t work on it often but it’s pretty mindless and I’m slowly making progress. 

Just travel and knitting posts for the next week or so but there will be lots of piecing and quilting coming up when we get back. 


For the first time in almost two years we got out on the bikes – wow, where does the time go? When we first moved back to FL we knew we wouldn’t have anywhere to keep or even ride the bikes so they went with the moving truck to GA and Chris kept them for us in his basement. When they came for Christmas, he brought them back to us and Keith took them into a local bike shop for a tune up. Somewhere along the line our helmets got misplaced so we bought new ones yesterday and today … We finally went out for a ride – 8.35 miles. 

First to lunch at a local pub.  Love this sign! My dad had very, very pale skin and so does my brother. We joked when I moved to MN that I was more pasty than Kevin and trust me, that was very pasty!

After, we rode downtown and along Tampa’s river walk, pulled out the quilt and sat a little while and then  rode back home.  As you can see from the map, it’s a gorgeous area to ride in but Tampa is not as bike friendly as Minnepolis. 



Time to move

The red line on the vivofit2 means it’s time to move! We took a long walk in the rain and now we’re having happy hour on the porch. I love that it’s cool enough to bring my quilt out and snuggle under it.


Do you knit?

I’m probably driving all my quilting readers nuts with my knitting posts and I’ll eventually get back to the quilting posts but knitting makes a great travel project and lately travel is what I’ve been doing. 

I like to use my iPad to knit from and up to now I’ve been using the JDKnitHD app – they have a free app and a pro app. I use the pro app but the free one would work for how I use it. I like to import a PDF pattern and knit – the pro part involves breaking a pattern down into sections and typing it in – not something I’m going to do.  

The biggest drawback to the JDKnit app is that there’s not a counter or a way to add notes if you’re working off a PDF. I downloaded the Knit Companion app months ago but didn’t want to learn how to use it. Too lazy! Today, when I started the Shine scarf I decided I’d use Knit Companion. I took a little time to watch the video tutorial and it’s a pretty simple program … I can import my PFDs from my Ravelry library, use a counter, add a note, mark my place in the pattern. I think I’ll be using this one from now on.  


Cast on

I need a new project for my upcoming trip so I cast on Shine – yes, it’s another scarf and I’m knitting it in one of my favorite yarns – Wollmeise! It’s a gorgeous purple/blue. 

This isn’t a free project but I love the looks of it so I’m hoping it’s worth the money! 

Today wasn’t all knitting … I did a little more assembly on the HeartStrings top and hopefully I’ll have it done tomorrow. I also did a bit of walking. In my never ending quest to motivate myself to walk more, I’ve bought a Garmin Vivofit2. I used a Fitbit a couple years ago and it definitely helped me get out and walk more but then I was using the Garmin watch when I was training to walk the half marathon a year ago …since then my training has been sporadic due to first Keith’s Mom and then flying back and forth to VA. Chris is back to training so I’m trying to join back in. We’re doing an 8K race later this month – I’ll walk it and he’ll run it but the goal will be to find and do another half marathon. 


I need more project bins

I gave away some bins when we moved from MN and split the rest between Big Canoe and FL and now of course, I need more bins. Chris is coming to visit right after we get back from Hawaii so I’ll have to clean up this mess soon but I want to keep the piles separated by color – maybe I can use some of the reusable grocery bags that I collect.  

I spent a little time in the sewing room today and started assembling the 48 block HeartStrings quilt on the design wall. I always sew these into groups of 4 first.  

And press the seams open to decrease the bulk that comes from piecing them on a foundation.  

All the blocks are sewn into groups of 4 so I just have to sew them into rows and then sew the rows together. This one will go to Big Canoe for quilting when it’s done. 

Is it February or Autumn?

Still getting used to the seasons here in Tampa.  Leaves are falling and blowing …

 And I have a view of the changing colors from my porch.