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June 2011 Archives

Death by Pupu

The thing, which has died before, is now, again,  dead.  But this time it doesn’t appear to be possessed (as it was last time.) This time, it was due to the pupu. We went to our monthly social gathering group last night. The TGIF parties are potlucks, and DH and I took curried shrimp/pineapple appetizers. In Hawaii, appetizers are pupu. We spent a lovely evening with good friends (after we finally found the hosts’ home Continue reading

I Broke a Rib!

That’s FANTASTIC! DH frequently accuses me of exaggerating. He may have done so when I started complaining of left sided chest pain during my horrible bronchitis episode this spring.  “I broke my rib coughing!” I told him. Though empathizing with my pain, I’m sure he thought I overstated the case…… Because the coughing went on for months, I collared one of the docs I work with and asked him to order an xray.  He did Continue reading

quote – Bette Davis

Old age ain’t no place for sissies . -Bette Davis-

quote – Cora Armstrong

Inside every older person is a younger person — wondering what the hell happened. – Cora Harvey Armstrong-

The miracle of technology

With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit. ‘May I see the new baby?’ I asked ‘Not yet,’ She said ‘I’ll make coffee and we can visit for a while first.’ Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, ‘May I see the new baby now?’ ‘No, not yet,’ She said. After Continue reading

Voyaging Canoes pass The Hroost

The Polynesian Voyaging Canoes pass us on their way to O’ahu

Call it Courage

It was the book that was the beginning of my reading mania.  I was probably 8 or 9 when I read it, and it started a lifelong love of fiction.  I recalled the book today, because the Voyaging Canoes arrived in Hilo Harbor this morning.  This voyage recalls the original Polynesian immigrants to Hawaii:  they use only the sun, stars, wave and wildlife patterns to guide them across the sea. They happened to be cruising Continue reading


I hadn’t slept all night.  This has been one of the hardest (emotionally) work weeks I’ve had.  Sick patients, attentive (read….demanding….) families and lots of communication issues. One family had been especially difficult, and I (and the case managers, nurses and social workers) were at our wits’ end-and we were all starting to get a bit snarky. I was asked to speak to another family member on the mainland to “sort it all out.”  I Continue reading

Malay Apple (Mountain Apple) Pickles

Malay Apples are called Mountain Apples here in Hawaii, and it is thought the first Polynesian explorers brought seedlings with them when they inhabited these islands. They are apple shaped with deep red or pink skins. The white flesh is similar to a pear. And they are in season now. “What should we do with all these?” asked DH. “PICKLES!” I said. (I have no idea why that popped into my head….but pickled they were. Continue reading


So, Hapuna Beach on the Kona Coast is “One of the best beaches in America!!!!!” Or, so says the travel channel. This week, I had a few days off, so we spent one of them exploring. Four beaches in one day.  Old Airport Beach in Kona was a nice place to visit….lousy place to swim. Kaloha/Honokohou National Monument also was lovely….but the water too rough to enter. Alua beach was great…except for the outhouse odor…. Continue reading


….beach.  I’m always on the lookout for someplace new to snorkel.  Earlier this week, knowing I have 7 days off, I took a virtual tour via Google Earth all around Big Island, searching for hidden coves and bays that we might scope out. Near Honokohou small boat harbor, I saw a possible site: Alula Beach. DH and I visited today. Tho access is a bit dicey, as we needed to climb over some lava rocks Continue reading

quote – no fear

Never fear growing old; there are many who have never had the privilege