Friday, February 27, 2015


I arrived in Mexico safely, and am beginning to explore my new place.  The above picture was taken from my bedroom window.  Although both Guatemala and Mexico are Spanish speaking countries, there is a different feel here.  The people here talk faster...I am going to have to get used to it.  This city, Guanajauto, also has more tourists, many more old buildings, and the university is quite large. 
The streets are not straight, there are lots of hills, but there is  green space-trees and plazas with plants.  I will get to eat lots of Mexican food and learn more about the culture here.  For at least the first month, I will be staying with a family that has two daughters (17 and 20), so I should also get lots of practice speaking Spanish, as well. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

baby quilt

This is the baby quilt that I made this week for a friend's baby boy.  It was inspired by a quilt that my sister made.  I would use the idea to make another quilt...not too complicated with pleasing results.  

Monday, February 16, 2015


I have been home close to a week and it has been good, cold weather and all.
I am enjoying the time I have to hang out with my family.  I have also been able to do some other things I missed while in Guatemala.
Today I started sewing a baby quilt.
I have been to the library to check out books.
Other things on my agenda are seeing some friends, doing my taxes, and figuring out exactly what I need for my time in Mexico.  The remaining time will fly by.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

another view of Guatemala

The last couple of days I have been relaxing near Lago Atitlan.  After living in Quetzaltenango for five months, it feels good to be somewhere that I can enjoy being outside.  Sunday afternoon I spent a lot of time down by the lakeshore.  Yesterday I went to the Atitlan Nature Reserve and saw butterflies, a few spider monkeys and some coati.  Choco bananas are a treat I have been eating, they are almost as good as ice cream but healthier.  Today I went to three of the different villages around the lake.  Each village is a little different, but one thing that they all had in common was a lot of vendors trying to sell things to the tourists.  The picture of the church was taken in Santiago Atitlan.
It is good to see another part of Guatemala before heading home.  Next stop, Antigua.  More tourist activities and spending time with Aunt Betty and Uncle Harold.