Oh, man, is it ever hot here. Its been in the high 90s-low 100s for the past two or three weeks. Its misery. The forecast calls for rain and 80s this weekend - if it comes through, it will be a relief.
We spent the last two weeks vacationing in Indonesia. We were in Singapore for a day, then in Bali for 4 days at a hotel near Ubud, and then on an island in South Sulawesi for a week of scuba-diving. It was so glorious - so relaxing.
The hotel Alam Jiwa backs up to the Monkey Forest preserve, and there are rice terraces (farms) surrounding it also. We stayed in the bungalow Cendrawasih which was very luxurious. We walked in the early mornings, watching the rice farmers herd their ducks into the fields to eat bugs. The hotel brought our breakfast to our bungalow every day. When we wanted a ride into Ubud to shop or eat, they provided a driver at a moment's notice. The restaurants and the spas are so affordable. We had spa treatments on two different days - hair treatments, massages, baths, reflexology, pedicures, and facials - such a relaxing experience. After the 4th day, we moved on to Sanur and spent the night at Hotel Mercure before flying to the island where the Wakatobi resort is located.
The Wakatobi resort is wonderful and picturesque. We were in bungalow #20, which was on the south beach side of the resort and caught lovely fresh breezes off the ocean. The bungalow had a king size bed with canopy and drapes and a huge bathroom shower. The porch had rattan furniture on it, to better enjoy the view and the weather. The diving was spectacular. We sat out on the pier every evening to enjoy the sunset and a drink at the Jetty Bar. We were even treated to a private candlelight dinner one evening! We got in 15 dives while at Wakatobi. Joe now has over 550 dives and I'm at 330 dives since we began 8 years ago. We saw an abundance of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and gorgeous fish and coral. It was an incredible diving experience.
The trip home was hellish - 18 hours on a full 747 (from Singapore to LA). Not comfortable by any stretch of the imagination. We spent last Saturday in Los Angeles, then flew home to Texas on Sunday. On Saturday we hung out in Manhattan Beach for the afternoon and had a big steak at the Manhattan Beach Brewing Co. We were so ready for some BEEF. We slept 13 hours that night, and flew back to Texas the evening of Sunday the 11th. It was great to get home, even though I worked the next day. Our dogs were so happy to see us!
Now that we're done traveling for awhile, my focus has returned to the sewing barn. I'm still working on the layout of my sewing room. I can't wait to get my mom's things out of the storage unit! Unfortunately its just too hot to be moving furniture so I'm waiting (im)patiently for some cooler weather. In the meantime, I continue to practice machine quilting.