Check your troubles and guns at the door

December 1, 2016

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I saw this sign at a Mexican restaurant.

If only we could do this on a daily basis:  Leave our problems behind and greet each new day with vim and vigor.  Why sour our lives with negative thinking?

I bought a 2017 calendar yesterday and wrote in the times when we will be attending the symphony and opera next year.  We expect to listen to great music at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

We are already looking forward to our birthday celebrations in January and March.  I would like to have breakfast in Waikiki, perhaps at the Surf Lanai in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  David wants to have lunch at the Hau Tree Lanai in the Kaimana Hotel.  Both restaurants are located right on the beach with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

Life can’t get any better than this.  We are so fortunate to live in Hawaii.

These are my kids, Maria and Lisa, at the beach when they were little:

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Maria and Lisa: Then and now

November 29, 2016

Taking a trip down memory lane, I recall my daughters, Maria and Lisa, having a very loving relationship when they were little.  Maria was very protective of her younger sister, who was 4 years younger.

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Then, as they approached puberty and adolescence, there was sibling rivalry, which was quite unpleasant.

Now, both daughters are in their thirties, and they are best friends who get along well with each other.

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Maria is a high school math teacher in Hawaii, and Lisa is a physical therapist in Nevada.  Both are self-supporting and financially independent.

Very good kids.  I am pleased with their progress.

This is the last photo I have of the three of us.  May 2016 at 53 By the Sea, with me on the right:

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Painting the wall

November 27, 2016

Our neighbors had the wall dividing our properties replaced earlier this year.  David and I finally decided to paint it the same color as the rest of our house.  We went to Home Depot and had the paint color custom made.  The paint already contained a primer.  We also removed five crotons and discarded them for ease of painting.

This is David, using a roller:

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In addition to the roller, he also used a brush:

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Then, it started to rain.  And the paint on parts of the wall dissolved:

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David will repaint the entire wall when the weather clears up.

What a guy, huh?

Quiet Thanksgiving at Ryan’s

November 25, 2016

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Yesterday, David and I celebrated Thanksgiving by driving to Ryan’s Restaurant for a quiet meal (fried calamari, Caesar’s salad, turkey and all the trimmings, pumpkin pie, and crème brulee).

We had a lovely view of Ala Moana Park:

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We don’t plan on shopping this week-end because of the daunting crowds.  We have informed our children that we don’t want to exchange gifts, and they understand perfectly.  Who needs things, anyway?  It’s the thought that counts.

I am so glad that I am married to David.  He is a wonderful companion, not to mention a terrific handyman.  He takes me to the symphony, the opera, and to restaurants, and also knows how to fix and assemble items in the house.  He is worth his weight in gold, believe me.

I hope David keeps his promise

November 23, 2016

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David is the one who sits in this recliner. It’s his throne, and no one else is allowed to sit in it.

Yesterday morning, the area around his recliner was filthy.  I threw a fit when I picked up a Ritz cracker sleeve, and crumbs fell out and littered the floor. I was upset, because we have a problem with bugs.  I also noticed dirty kleenex, popsicle wrappers, junk mail, and old concert brochures.

When David woke up later, I scolded him:

“Don’t you remember what it was like when you were growing up in your parents’ home?  Your friend, Wayne, dropped by unexpectedly and you said, ‘Let’s talk outside.’  This is because your parents’ house was a pig sty.  We can’t allow that to happen here.  When friends drop by unexpectedly, we will say to them, ‘Hi, please come in. Have a seat.  Can I get you something to drink?’”

I recall the two cats his parents had.  One cat jumped on the table while we were having Christmas dinner, and knocked over a glass of milk and then stole my sister in law’s meat.  Filthy cat.

Thank goodness we don’t have animals inside our house.

I want David to take pride in his home. Maintain it. Keep it clean, neat, and tidy at all times.  Then, he won’t be so embarrassed when people arrive without prior notice.

He has agreed to clean the area around his chair before he goes to bed every night.

I hope he keeps his promise.

Music and Hawaii

November 21, 2016

Yesterday, David and I left the house at 3:00 pm and reached the Blaisdell Concert Hall in about twenty minutes. We read the program in the lobby and also watched people walking into the theater.  At 4:00 pm, the concert started.  We had a great time listening to the Hawaii Symphony perform works by Mozart and Beethoven.  Augustin Hadelich played Lalo’s “Symphonie espangnole,” a violin concerto.

This is the Hawaii Symphony:

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I really like attending the symphony and opera at the Blaisdell. It is such a pleasure to walk outside during intermission and see the palm trees swaying in the balmy breeze.  This is Hawaii at its best:

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You won’t ever see this type of environment in New York City, where I attended many concerts, operas, and ballet at Lincoln Center. It’s a totally different scene.  Snow on the ground, asphalt and concrete everywhere.  Nowhere will you see palm trees swaying in New York City.

To listen to beautiful classical music in Hawaii and to have a nice companion like my husband, who loves classical music as much as I – well, I am most fortunate.

I don’t want to be a rebel anymore

November 19, 2016

I took this photo of Diamond Head in 2007.

Maybe, it’s because I am 70 and getting older by the minute. But, I just don’t want to be a rebel anymore.

There was a time when I protested against the war in Vietnam. I participated in a sit-in on the University of Hawaii campus.  I marched to the state capitol to make our demands known to Governor Burns.  I also rode a bus from New York City to Washington, DC, to sit on the grass in front of the White House and listen to anti-war protesters.

Now, it is 2016. I am different now.  You won’t see me demonstrating on school campuses and marching on the streets of Hawaii.

I want inner peace and serenity.

I sit on my sofa and gaze out the window, loving my lush Boston ferns, hanging from the eaves. The view of my plants and flowers brings me solace and comfort from the rage in the news.

People, do we really need to argue, fight, and hate one another?

If I were to make my opinions known, opponents would find my house and vandalize it. Perhaps, these opponents would kill me when I opened my door.

At age 70, I have only a few short years to live. Let me enjoy my life in peace.

Local newspaper published my recipe

November 17, 2016

Yesterday (Wednesday), the Honolulu Star-Advertiser published my recipe for apple cobbler. The newspaper even gave my blog a boost by mentioning it in the introduction:

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I am so glad to receive this type of recognition. I plan to submit more recipes in the near future.

To  see the recipe, do click on this link:

https://gigihawaii.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/gigis-apple-cobbler/

 

 

 

Avoiding stressful situations

November 15, 2016

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Flowers in my neighborhood.

Good news!  My colitis has pretty much gone into remission.  However, David has warned me to avoid stressful situations that will trigger a relapse.

I told David that we should only socialize with people we genuinely like and respect.  People who we get along with.

He agreed and said that he does not want me to host a holiday party, because it would be too stressful for me.  If I get sick again, I will not be able to attend the symphony and opera.

So, David has made reservations for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner at a restaurant.  It will be just for the two of us and no one else.

The main thing is to not trigger a relapse due to stress.  Who needs colitis?

One way to save money in Hawaii

November 13, 2016

Hawaii is the most expensive state in the nation.  How do we manage to eat out so often?  Well, one way is to buy restaurant gift cards at a discount at Costco.

Since we love the Italian cuisine at Romano’s, David bought 4 Romano’s gift cards at Costco, worth $100, but paid $80, a savings of $20.

The other day, we drove to Romano’s for a delicious lunch. This is my darling husband:

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And here I am:

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We started with a complimentary loaf of Italian bread.  Then, we had fried calamari, Caesar’s salad, and to top it off, we had chicken scallopini.

We paid for all of these courses with 2 gift cards plus tip.  Not bad.