Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

I like to take January 1st to look back on the year before and I must say, 2008 was a good year.

January took Trevor and I on the journey of snow shoeing, and I must say we really enjoyed it! We had a lot of fun trudging through the deep snow and we managed to stay upright!! Hopefully we will get to do more this January.

I first came across this fantastic quilting website in in February. I made some wonderful friends there that I hope to meet face to face some day. The men and women there inspire me to no end.

March brought one last final nasty snow storm for the winter season (March 17th, St. Patrick's Day) and the snow came up the side of the patio door over 5 feet high. It took me 2 hours to shovel out that patio, and while jumping out into the snow on the deck I almost slid off the patio (by the way did I mention we are on the third floor of this condo)!! Whew, luckly I managed to dig my feet in before going over! lol

Dig out 2008. I think I had to shovel out that patio 2 or 3 times last winter!

Trevor and I found two wonderful friends in Mark and Dodi. Trevor and Mark work together. Since April the four of us have done many great things together from concerts, to barbeques, to camping, hiking and just having little house parties of the 4 of us!

Left to Right Mark, Dodi, Trevor and me!

One of our favourite hiking trails along the Newfoundland East Coast Trail is LaManche along the Southern Shore.

Trevor and I took our first big trip together to Cuba in April-May

Where we stayed. It was a beautiful resort

In the town of Varadaro under a Banyan Tree. Those trees are HUGE!

All the roots from the banyan tree are exposed.

One of the common areas of the resort

In old Havana

Old Havana. There are so many of these old cars down there. That is what the local people drive

A row of the yummy and delicious Mojitos!!!

An old church in Havana

Doesn't she look like George Burn's sister!!!!

Diving through the waves. I loved it!

This little fella was on my head a moment before this photo was taken!

Other local reptiles of Cuba

We took a 2 day rambo tour, hiking through the Cuban Jungle. We are getting ready to hike down through a maze of rivers and waterfalls.

In Trinidad, Cuba. One of our favourite places

After the rambo tour, still in the mountains of Cuba

That summer we managed to get in more camping than the year before. We also took a great little road trip to Bonavista, camped and explored along the way in August.

Woody Island, Newfoundland

Along the Bonavista Trail we set up camp

I love taking photos like this

This is what the coastline of Newfoundland looks like. This was along the beautiful Sperwick hiking trail in Bonavista

The Newfoundland bird, the Puffin, also known as the parrot of the sea. These are cute little sea birds

Spiller's Cove. Where my Grandfather Flemming was from

That September I was back to teaching my quilt classes twice a week. I also sold more of my products and designs than any other year I have been doing this.

Christmas was a wonderful time this year and I have to say as usual I ate alot!!! Ahhh but that is what it's all about isn't it! Although I must say, I don't feel I over did it this year.

Last night, New Year's Eve, Trevor and I had a little house party here in the condo. We had Mark and Dodi, and our friend Jody over. I made up a huge fondue on the dining room table that consisted of an oil (with basil and oregano) fondue, an Asian beef broth fondue, a creamy cream cheese/parmesan fondue, and of course the night wouldn't be complete without the orange flavoured chocolate fondue! OOh I also had my grilling stone on the table to grill. I had beef, chicken, shrimp, peppers, mushrooms to grill and fondue, lots of baguette bread for the cheese fondue, and for the chocolate I had sponge cake, marshmallows, apples, oranges, bananas. What a feast!!!

The Fondue Spread

I think he likes it!!

Me and Dodi

Trevor and his buddy Jody

Mark and Dodi

Da bys in de band playing some Van Halen. I think they both wanna be Eddie Van Halen :)

Dodi and I jamming to Guitar Hero World Tour

We rang in the New Year with our friends around us and that makes the best New Years Eve of all.

Now that we are into 2009, there are so many things I am looking forward to. This will be a big year for me as I am hoping to buy my first house this Spring/Summer. Trevor and I have booked our flight to Vancouver in April to spend our holidays out that way with friends who live there. And of course I will have a pile of projects I am just itching to get started on.

Over the next few days, I will start my yearly list of all the projects I would like to see me working on or even complete. Of course on that list will be things I want to sell. I have many designs in mind. I think there is a way I can post a list on my blog and cross things out as they are done. I have seen it on other blogs I have looked at. If anyone out there can help with with that I would greatly appreciate it!

From our home to yours
Happy New Year!!!

Quiltingly Yours


Quilter Going Bananas said...

Enjoyed all the pics from 2008!
Happy New Year to you too. Looks like Christmas was wonderful too.

About 2 minutes into Mama Mia I KNEW that I'd have to go buy the DVD, LOL
Also 27 Dresses.

Sophie in Mamma Mia was on a show called Veronica Mars that I loved which also starred Kristen Bell.

Patchmaker said...

Great pics! I hope we can make time for a trip to Nf this summer; I haven't been for many years.

Did you get this latest blizzard? We're buried in NS!