An amazing 2-day journey!

Well, the last 48  hours have been quite interesting, starting at O’Hare in Chicago, ending here in Martinique. Toto did fantastic with a little Benadryl on each flight, but handled the travel through airports and in a hotel like an old timer! He was calm and everyone loved him. All the worrying for nothing!


Checking in at the airlines Ticketing went like a breeze, and the agent was impressed with how prepared I was with all the documentation that I provided for Toto, both to Miami and today to Fort de France, Martinique. Customs was a breeze as well, and we arrived in Fort de France to a warm 85 F! A huge difference from Minnesota’s -10F!

We visited Aquataurus (AT)img_3124


before we came to the Air B&B


where we will be staying for the next 3 nights while we prepare AT to sleep aboard. We move aboard her on Sunday.

Ok, truth be told, now I am getting REALLY excited for this next life of ours! I’m loving this country already, so far anyway. I can’t wait to move aboard AT.

By the way, I did manage to get EVERYTHING packed, including all my knitting! YEA! Not sure where everything is yet, but we have time to sort things out.

Until next time! Au Revoir!


Knitting update

As we head into our final hours before flights out of the country, I thought I would update my progress on my shawl. It’s turning out beautifully, completed the 144 rows, picked up 72 rows on either side, and knitted across the 196 stitches, for a total of 336 stitches to now be knit! Here is a picture:


The chart for the next part is complicated as a chart, and I think I will be writing it out so I can follow it better.

I’ve also been busy finishing a pair of socks! This one has been sitting for a long time, I finally finished it, and am half done with the 2nd one!


NOW! I need to decide how much room I have, so I can bring these with me on my travels to finish! It might be tight, but in a few minutes, we will find out as we complete our carry on packing.

Christmas in Texas

We were blessed to be able to spend some Christmas time with 3 of our kids and their families last week in San Antonio, Texas. Weather was very pleasant, better than in Minnesota (had -50F with windchill on Saturday!), while we enjoyed 75 degrees the same day! We enjoyed some shopping in the quaint town on Gruen, TX one day. Seems many of the towns in that area have German names…hhmmm…probably settled by Germans!

Grandkids Lane, Carmen, Ramzee and Elly

Also able to enjoy making gingerbread houses with the grandkids, and of course, opening presents.

It was a house full!


Having fun with nieces and nephews
Gregs daughter Krisi with grandkids Nick, Elly and Ramzee
Lynda Jo’s son Clint (with Izzy), his wife Ashley and Gregs son Kenny

I am so glad we had this opportunity. This coming weekend and the next will complete Christmas with the rest of the family before we head south into warmer weather.

While we were there, Clint made some adhesive stickers with the name and logo of Aquataurus! I put one on my iPad and it looks pretty darn good! Good job Clint!



Knitted Christmas gifts

Well, I’ve had to take a break from my shawl that I was working on (I AM on row 111, of 144!), to make these cotton dish cloths!


I cannot keep these around! People love them and I just keep knitting, and knitting and knitting them! I put them in groups of 2, then wrap them with these ribbons. I must have given 10-12 sets away this year already! I gave them to my yogi class students at their last classes (on hold until returning from the Caribbean). But these should be the last of them. Now that I’ve finished these 3, I’m going to start back on my shawl.

Travel-prep for the BIG trip

So, Toto has made his first inaugural flight on an airplane!

img_2986We flew with him to Texas to have Christmas with the kids and grandkids. It was a 3 hour flight. He did pretty good, sleeping most of the time. UNTIL…somebody SLAMMED an overhead bin shut! He hates loud noises, so, from that time onward (about 45 minutes left on the flight), he was shaking and panting. Poor thing! But all in all he did pretty good! Getting ready for the big trip down to Martinique and Aquataurus! Let’s hope the return trip home goes a little bit better. Here he is at MSP airport, as we ate lunch.

Weekend with the grandkids and snow

Had a wonderful weekend with the grandkids.


Grandpa set up the race track and they spent a lot of time playing! Kendra kept pushing hers so fast it would fly off the track! But it was such a fun Saturday night. I’m glad we were able to spend it with them. They stayed over night, and for breakfast, Kendra had to have hard boiled egg whites (she doesn’t like the yoke!), vanilla yogurt, and homemade pickles dipped in mustard! She learned that one from grandpa!


We woke up to about 8-10 inches of snow, it was beautiful but grandpa had to snow blow!


After snow blowing, and the girls were picked up by mommy and daddy, Greg and I proceeded to continue with dismantling the house. We got all the pictures off the living room walls, and office walls. They all need to be bubble wrapped (we ran out!) and put into storage. Those rooms now sound so hollow! And we started packing up books that we will be keeping, and those bookshelves will also go (to sell). A big box of books will go to the local library, and another big load to my friend to her “little library” in her front yard. What a job! Next week, the granite counter tops will go in, so everything will need to be off the existing counter tops.

Looking forward to our next home! Aquataurus!