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The Wall

After 4urmph years of marriage, he has learned that any comment beginning with “you know what would be nice….” portends some construction/redecorating/rejuvenation project in which his cooperation/participation is mandatory. So, DH demonstrated some restraint when I suggested that what we needed was a wall. “Yes,” I told him….”a wall on the east end of our lanai.”  It would, I reasoned, block all those unsavory elements that pressed against us…unwanted. I had invited people for Christmas Continue reading

All creatures…..

IMG_20181215_193846 Lily and Ewalani each have a large pillow to lay on. Akamai the wonder dog has always chosen to lay on the floor. But age is catching up to him, and we notice he is commandeering one of the pillows when we all sit downstairs and watch TV in the evening. So, for Christmas, I bought him his own pillow, and hid it away where all the other “treasures” were hid, planning to wrap it Continue reading

I Love IT…..

…when a plan comes together. DH says today was just one of those days when it all works. My treadmill had stopped “adjusting.”  I could do 3, or 4, or 5….miles per hour. But not 3.8. Or 4.6 (or, on really good days, 5.2). And the stop button er….stopped… working so that I had to lift off the the magnetic key which automatically stopped the thing (and erased the accumulated distance/time measurement). I checked online Continue reading

The Thing(s) is Gone (part 2)….

piano ….long live the thing(s). In 1976, I bought a Hammond X5 portable (jobbing) organ.  It was  “portable” in that it could be folded up and carried to gigs-even though it weighed more than 100lbs). Paired with a Leslie 760 speaker (5′ x 3′ and >75lbs)….it was an honorable attempt at the B3 Hammond sound.  It “jobbed” through innumerable weddings, graduations, Bar Mitzvahs, and fests…. And it followed me from Warren, Michigan…to Phoenix, Arizona…..to Reno, Nevada…to Continue reading

Out, Out Damned….

…earworm. An earworm is that snippet of song that persists in your head long after the song has ended. A psychologist may call it perseveration. I tend to picture this worm as a leech….tenaciously sinking his teeth into those brain synapses and refusing to loosen his grip. This past Sunday was not only the feast of Christ the King, but also the feast day of the Holy Sovereigns -the commemoration of when King Kamehameha and Continue reading

Out, Out Damned Spot……

KODAK Digital Still Camera …..light. The beautiful blue splash maran hen that I bought several months ago in order to get the dark chocolate colored eggs they produce,  and which turned out to be a rooster instead of a hen…. ……has done a fine job of breeding with my Austrolops.  When I realized she was a he, I hoped that breeding him might pass the almost-black-egg-gene along. I successfully had two hatchlings a few weeks ago, and like a Continue reading

A Little Bitty Tear…..

…is all I’ll shed when Sears finally shuts down-it would appear that it will be soon. ….A tear because of the memories of Uncle Fred.  He was a Sears’ repairman, and I remember when that MEANT something, because (in the good ole’ days) one could count on Sears’ quality and “backing” of their products.  He made a good living, supported his family and earned a generous pension which afforded him (and his widow after his Continue reading

Be Careful …..

My Buff Orpington hens are going on seven years old now….definitely geriatric.  One of them has ALWAYS been broody (she will sit in a nest box for days on end trying to hatch eggs that may not even be there.)  So when my Blue Splash Maran hen turned out to be a rooster, I decided to take advantage of the broodiness.  I took six newly laid eggs (I had seen that the rooster had been Continue reading

I’m Somebody!

Many years ago, I joined a group of women for breakfast at a local spot after our Saturday morning Centering Prayer (followed by church cleaning) session. Thus, my clothes were dusty, my (in need of a cut) hair was disheveled. Several other women who I did not know also joined our table. I sat at one end, and a stranger (to me) woman sat a couple chairs to my left.  We were introduced but she Continue reading

Hawaii Critters

they are about 1/3" long. Their webs stretch between trees, chairs, fences, posts.....and they bite. Though I love snorkeling and trying my hand at underwater photography, there are some great critters to see ABOVE the surface in Hawaii, too! https://www.facebook.com/pg/thehroost/photos/?tab=album&album_id=210957226426442&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCKrAqKwfy-KltW7fmZNXwyGilOuHia60TE-O0MQrfU3xoRoHpmy_vm8FFhy8Fi2orE82fYiSJGejw8az06eGhqkBdAWLg-t9N2VCgJqpcojAs-cCl4iD7Luyh6a8RrKzR7tfHok5ijwr1s5nI8JBbT6kesGqdQd3nvWx2kcBxCIAsCnF4u&__tn__=-UC-R

I am not hungry ….anymore.

Years ago, in another life and time, DH was tapped to sing a solo at our church’s Easter Cantata.  He was to portray Judas at the last supper.  His song lyric, sung as Jesus pointed to him as the betrayer, was “I am not hungry anymore.” I thought of that song yesterday.  I sat next to someone as she ordered breakfast.  She was alone. “I’ll have 3 eggs, scrambled with brown rice and hash browns. And Continue reading

Holy ground

DH posed an interesting thought on the way to church one morning. “If we are supposed to take off our shoes as a sign of respect at home, then why don’t we take our shoes off when entering church?” He was referring to both the Hawaiian/Asian custom of footwear removal before entering a house, as it is considered unclean, as well as the admonition by God as he spoke to Moses at the burning bush:  Continue reading