Beauty, eh?

Intova Digital Camera One of the fun things in snorkeling, is seeing new species that you haven’t yet seen before.  Yesterday was a banner day, as there were lots of fish, including this lovely: …known as a Peacock Grouper (took me some mega websurfing to find it, I’ll tell ya!).  He was hard to see as he blended perfectly into the coral/sand bottom…I only noted a flicking blue fin, or I would have missed him…. …one more for Continue reading

Well, there are SOME disadvantages…

…..I miss you guys-you know who you are…… …..NPR’s Prairie Home and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me are on at inconvenient times…. …..parks are too crowded to enjoy on weekends…… …..gas and groceries are expensive….. but the WORST is that there is not a proper bathtub at this place.  DH, feeling romantic tonight, drew a bath for me, placed a lit candle in the bathroom, and left me to soak… a dishpan. …..I miss my Continue reading

One ringy-dingy….

….so I had been looking for a Hawaiian Slack Key guitar ringtone for my cute little EnV phone…. ….but hadn’t been able to find one (that I was willing to pay the price for, that is….) So, DS wrote a blog/review about his new iPhone, and in it mentioned as a place where one can make his/her own ringtones. …so I am now happily listening to George Winston and Keola Beamer playing slack key Continue reading

Doing the right thing….

“Thought those mailing to or from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla may need to know that my son went there to mail a phone this morning July 4 and found the joint unlocked and no employees on sight. He walked all around the place including the back where packages were laying to be mailed. He did contact police. My son is honest to a severe fault. This could have turned out very badly. Don’t you think Continue reading

They call the wind…..

…..Makani. Having spent the better parts of our lives in colder places, it is quite disconcerting to listen to the wind here.  When the trades are REALLY blowing, the wind whistles through the windows, sounding for all the world like the blizzard winds we have been used to in northern Nevada…. ….except… ….the wind blows….the trees shake……the cane grass bends over….the white caps dance across the ocean surface….. ….and it is 75 degrees. Rainy…maybe 70.  Continue reading

Rubber baby buggy bumpers……

While driving down the Hamakua coast of Hawaii toward work one day this week, I listened to the DJ stumble over a phrase as he read the news.  The phrase contained a long repetition of consonant sounds. Alliteration.  He started….stammered….restarted….stumbled……and finally said “lets move on…” and he did. I was immediately transported to another time and place: South River School in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  1963. I remember it being said of me “She couldn’t say Continue reading

In Retrospect……

Photo191 …..perhaps we should have worked up to it. Waipio valley, up on the northeast coast of BI is a lush valley, formed eons ago after a huge land-drop (must have been a hell of a tsunami caused by that!!).  It has sheer vertical walls which extend 2000 feet from the valley floor. We had driven to Waipio overlook many times, but on our prior vacations, never had the time to actually go down into the Continue reading

The Fading Rain

There was a song on George Winston’s “December” album named “Minstrels.”  It was a nice song when you listened thru speakers.  It was a hauntinly surreal song when you listened through earphones.  With earphones, you hear the sound start in your right ear….it gets louder as it travels through your head….till it reaches your left ear and then fades away….like minstrels approaching, and then their music fading as they march past you. I thought of that song as Continue reading

I got good news and…

Used to be when something good happened to me or an acquaintance, I would say “…must have gone to church on Sunday.” Well, as noted in blog below, we didn’t go to church on Sunday. On Monday they were to deliver our seatainer: a 20 x 8 x 8 metal box in which we will store our belongings, then ship them, then which will become a garage/storage building on our new property. That’s good. But, Continue reading

Hope Springs Eternal….

As I walked (slid, fell, slipped) down the icy road toward my borrowed car this morning, I heard them. Birds. Singing. Chirping. Warbling. Perhaps I hadn’t noticed earlier due to our winter-induced hibernation. Or because I have been buried in (snowy) misery. Or because it is just such a chore to get up and down the driveway that I couldn’t be bothered to notice. But today…..I noticed.  And I smiled. Though one wouldn’t know it Continue reading

We regret to inform you….

….that church is canceled. That was the message I heard when the phone rang early this morning.   We have been trapped in a series of storms coming off the Pacific: daily snows and blowing winds necessitate frequent snowplowing by DH. Pastor Bev, living in our guest house, and not used to such persistent “weather,” asked whether we have ever had to cancel church in the past. “CANCEL CHURCH?!” exclaimed DH. “Never happen-we’re always able to Continue reading

Stranger in a strange land (part 2)

It was quite startling. I walked out of the hospital into the darkness. In front of me, a huge cross lit the night.  Of course, it was on the mountainside across the street from the hospital, and is maintained by the local Knights of Columbus, but in the darkness the mountain disappeared, and only the image of the cross filled the sky.  It is traditionally only lit for one week at Christmas, and again for Continue reading