DH always calls it our “left-handed house.”  He is not being complementary when he does so. The upstairs, which originally was divided into a kitchen and a small sitting area (there was already a perfectly FINE kitchen downstairs…..) has been remodeled into a family room.  But….it’s just awkward.  A stairway at one wall cuts into the floor space, and a “front door” at the back leads to a laundry area..the whole upstairs was originally the Continue reading


SB and KH are coming!!!!!! WOOT!

Selfish me…..

I tried so not to share it with DH.  I wanted to keep it all to myself. So, for days I avoided him, not letting him get so close that he could share it. I even slept in the guest house so that he wouldn’t sneak a sample of it while we dozed. All to no avail…. This morning he woke with a sore throat…… Good thing I made the script for a double dose Continue reading

Want to help?

Obviously, we dodged a big bullet here in Hawaii.  The Japanese earthquake triggered a tsunami that wreaked devastation in Japan, and could easily have done the same here.  Instead, we had some reported property damage, but no reports of injury or loss of life. Grateful?  You bet! And though I thank our lucky stars that we weren’t affected, I ache for those in Japan, and their families.  Since we have a huge Japanese population here Continue reading


…I’m very good at it. I was so looking forward to my eight days off, which started Sunday morning after finishing my night shift. Beach…..sightseeing…..beach….kayaking…..I had great plans for doing some of the fun things we hadn’t had time to do in months. But Monday I was still too dragged out from the night shifts. And Tuesday DH had some projects he really wanted to get done in the yard in preparation for SB’s (and Continue reading

Just like camping….

…almost. Yesterday I came home in the morning after finishing two grueling night shifts…, respiratory arrests, beau coup admissions…. I made it as far as the patio couch, where I vegged and dosed on and off. I was so spent, physically and mentally that I was admittedly quite emotional. As I gazed at the ocean, the beautiful greenery surrounding me and listened to the sounds of the tropical birds, I got teary and thought “God, Continue reading

Things I wonder about….

We don’t get much thunder and lightning here, but last week it was a spectacular show of flashes across the ocean. And I wondered… whales or other sea creatures ever get hit by lightning? Apparently, I’m not the only one who has wondered….. And why do egrets stand on the backs of cattle and horses…. And why does someone (obviously with a pea-sized brain) park her shopping cart…SIDEWAYS…..across the middle of an aisle on a Continue reading

A Ray of Sunshine

It wasn’t a bad day today.  But it does get depressing when every patient on my service is dealing with the accumulation of many medical problems… Ninety-three year old stroke victims. Fifty-seven year old alcoholics with teminal liver disease. Eighty-five year old with congestive heart failure. It tends to wear on me after awhile. So, after another day of it today, I gratefully headed toward the elevator to go out to my car. Just before Continue reading

I try so…..

…not to gloat….. But, today is February 21st. It was 82 degrees today. The solar panels charged to 6.8Kw. DH rototilled the garden in order to plant tomato and Poha Berry. At dinner, we sat on the lanai, listened to the rain as it peppered the roof, and watched the cruise ship Golden Princess pass by on its way to Oahu. …and sometimes, you just gotta pinch yourself to make sure you’re awake and that Continue reading

A Homer Moment

In two weeks we will celebrate our third anniversary of moving to Hawaii. In that time we have learned many of the quirks of island living. One of those is drinking water. We live on catchment water: our water supply is provided by the abundant rains, which cascade off our metal roofs, into a large (10,000 gallon) holding tank, then pumped into the house. The water is filtered, and we plan to add a UV Continue reading

RRS, This couch is for you!

CIMG0029 So, some friends are planning on visiting Big Island in April, and we are trying to convince a third friend to join the party. But, if everyone comes, we were a bed short. Until today.  Soft, comfortable, convertible couch to 1  1/2 size bed, covered in microfiber, and just perfect for RRS! So, RRS, Join us!

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning……

DH and I worked very hard last week to finish up the new solar electric system…..and my poor old body is still recovering from the exertion. This week I worked 5 twelve hour days. One of the other docs commented as I arrived yesterday “Gee, you look beat! I’ve never seen you walk so slow!” We’ve had out of town guests until yesterday morning, and though DH did most of the entertaining and tour-guiding due Continue reading