So far so good as I finish the first calendar page for year of 65!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Missed a day posting on Witt Bits but did post a picture to acknowledge the 16th birthday of the Red Hat Society. It's not the best photo since I gave up on getting the lighting right.
Thinking Little J & I should invest in a hat company.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Another showery day but we found our own brand of sunshine. First a trip past Wailua Falls to visit friends of Pat followed by our planned visit to Kilauea Point. If we had read the guidebook, we probably would have scheduled this outing for another day since it turns out the Wildlife Refuge is closed on Mondays.
We enjoyed a remarkable lunch at the Bistro in Kilauea (the Spring Rolls and Purple Sweet Potatoe Fries were delicious) and a bit of retail therapy at the Island Soap and Candle Company. Pat also picked up Puakenikeni Lei from Alice (watch for sign between the point and town).
The last few items on the shopping list were easily procured at the Coconut Marketplace. More than half of the shops in the center were empty and closed due to the bad economy.The Elephant Walk store was a pleasure to find... we both walked out in new Vionic sandals, Pat's latest favorite and possibly my new favorite.
Never too tired to hear Haunani perform, we made one last stop at the Marriott. She gets around the island so watch for her if you travel that direction.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
It's been a blustery day in Kapaa but we did get in a few activities between the rain showers. Easter services were exceptional at the welcoming All Saints Episcopal church. While it might not be my "brand" of church, it filled the desires and Rev Ryan has a great sense of humor. When we left one of the members presented me with her lei which was a beautiful gesture.
On the way back to our condo we stopped off to take a photo of the Bull Shed restaurant and found Jack, the fisherman, preparing his tire tube "boat" and net to catch some Unicorn fish. We hung around and watched him for nearly an hour as he pointed out schools of fish and suddenly rushed out to sea circling the school with his net. Unfortunately it was not a successful venture but it was interesting.
Being really worn out from the last few days it wasn't a problem to spend most of the afternoon hanging out at the condo with one quick trip out for breakfast supplies. It's all good... reading, listening to the surf, napping... with the ocean right outside the door. What could be better than that?
On the way to sunshine in Po'ipu we drove the Dodge Charger through the Tree Tunnel. I mention the car make and model only because a "well worn" woman approached us at the market to let us know what a cool charger we had. Neither of us could figure out what she was alluding to, thinking perhaps we were dragging our phone chargers along. It took a moment to realize that yes we did have a sporty car! We began to drive with a new attitude.
Po'ipu turned out to be a jackpot for snorkling... a friendly sea turtle led us to a good variety of fish. Amazing how exhausting a few minutes of snorkling and a couple of hours on the beach can be. It was take out pizza as the dinner of choice and bed time will happen at an early hour, before the minute hand completes it's next cycle.
Friday, April 18, 2014
They're everywhere and they crow sunrise to sunset. Today was mostly sunny. We spent the morning and early afternoon shopping locally. Donned fins and snorkle gear in the late afternoon and observed Sergeant Majors, Stripies and Convict Tangs at Lydgate Park in Wailua. Ending the day with fresh Tbone steaks from Kojima Store in Kapa'a.
First full day in Kuaui was blustery, warm and showery. We choose to visit Princeville Botanical Gardens for a 2 1/2 hour tour including chocolate tasting. Armed with a dose of Deet, sunscreen, and rain jackets we did our walkabout with minimal mud and took enough exotic pua photos to change our wallpaper each day for the next 90 days.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Last time the sock knitting went well for two and a half pairs. Considering that Little J probably can't get his big toe into the one lonely toddler sized sock I found in the chest, I'd say it's been at least ten years since the knitting needles have seen daylight. At least I was smart enough to store the yarn in the cedar chest so it hasn't been meals for the moths.
I'm expecting computer withdrawals tomorrow as I fly off in a westerly direction leaving technology behind. (OK... that's a bit of a stretch... I will have the tablet/phone connection... can't leave it all behind).
Monday, April 14, 2014
A bit sad today since it's my youngest son's 39th birthday and all I could do was send him a card. Hoping something in his day will bring peace and happiness.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
|Counting down the days now until departure but must tackle the to do list first. Haircut… done. Dentist… done. Shopping for new summer clothes since all my old ones shrunk… done. Suitcase retrieved from back of closet… done. Suitcase to locksmith due to inaccurate recollection of three digit luggage lock code…done. So what does all that have to do with the picture? Absolutely nothing. I just needed a break while waiting for the clothes to dry. The bunya bunya plant needed watering and the I caught the butler beckoning Rusty. Distractions.|
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Little J & I searched through the pile of birthday coupons for an appropriate dinner solution since it would be only the two of us celebrating. Grandpa is working late (no, he is not retired either... yet). Nothing seemed appealing after a delicious lunch feast so I gave in to Little J's idea and opted for a fast food fix at Jack in the Box... a few lettuce leaves with low fat dressing for me and two cheeseburgers, curly fries and a milkshake for the little one. I'm saving my calories for cake... the one I found hidden on the bottom refrigerator shelf underneath the broccoli. Not that I was looking for it. I'll act surprised when Grandpa gets home.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
One good thing I can say about 65? Let me think about that. Discounts! Not that I haven't already taken advantage of the less restrictive old people's discounts for a while now. A lady can get away with those easily as long as she looks older than the mother of the teeny bopper on the other side of the cash register. It's just that no longer will I need to sheepishly ask every time I go to the movies, out to dinner or senior shopping days if I'm considered old by their standards. I'm a card carrying senior citizen at last. I can dye my hair blond. Streaks of gray no longer necessary to deliver the message.
Monday, April 07, 2014
Sunday, April 06, 2014
"Buy FUN... not stuff" is my mantra these days. While acquiring more stuff might be a great manuever to get even with the children, it backfires when the goal is the inevitable downsized living arrangement. Current accumulation inhabits two closets. Big closets, stuffed to the ceiling.
History repeats so I'm thinking back to the days we prepared Dad to move into the one room board and care. Three boxes a day was the method we used... one for the trash, one for the underpriviledged, and one for consideration. Somewhere along the line some of the "to be considered" boxes disappeared. Dad never seemed to miss them. Maybe I'll be so lucky.
So where am I going with this? Not sure but if it won't fit in an RV, I must not need it.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
|OK so it's official. I'm old. Or I could say, I'm gonna be old. In just a couple of days. But I'm prepared, or at least a little prepared. The paperwork is done and...|
|my wallet is full of new cards.|