Fishing for a topic

July 28, 2017

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In 2008, David and I played 9 holes of golf on Kauai, and this is our photo, taken by our friend, Liz.  This photo is from my blog archive, not from my desktop computer.

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As you know, I try to post something new on my blog every other morning.  Today, I went to my desktop computer and couldn’t turn it on.  I called Hawaiian Telcom and was told it is a power issue, not an Internet issue.  A red light is flashing on the battery pack, and it makes a squeeling noise.  Aaaargh.   David is still in bed, so I can’t ask him for help.

Now, here I am using my laptop.  I type more slowly on this keyboard, and all of my photos are on the desktop.  I was going to show photos of a new restaurant where we had lunch yesterday, but it will have to wait until the desktop computer is fixed.

Hence, I am fishing for a new topic right now.

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of helicopters flying above my house.  We live near Pearl Harbor, and there are military installations in our area.  I wish we lived on the other side of the island, so we wouldn’t hear these noisy helicopters.  Although it doesn’t happen all day, it is still annoying when it does happen.   What are these helicopters doing anyway?  Who or what are they transporting?  And what is their destination?

My neighborhood used to be full of U.S. Navy officers.  Now, they are gone, and there are many wealthy immigrants from Vietnam, Philippines, and Korea as well as local people like me, born and raised in Hawaii.  It’s middle class over here.  Very low crime rate.  Children walk home from school without being kidnapped, raped, or robbed.  No vagrants, either.

I hope that things continue to go well for all of us.

And that, my dear, is my topic for the day.

Julia’s team wins in Seattle

July 26, 2017

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This is a recent photo of my daughter Maria, Grant, Rylan and Julia, taken at a district park in Hawaii.

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Maria, Grant, and 9 year old Julia returned home from Seattle yesterday after Julia’s team won the soccer championship 2-1, with Julia scoring first.  We are all thrilled with her success.

Maria complained about the weather in Seattle, though.  She said that it was sometimes cold in the shade requiring a sweater, but the minute she stepped away from the trees, she had to remove her sweater.  One day, she wore shorts to the soccer tournament.  It was so cold, she had to place a blanket over her legs and drink hot tea.  Why did she wear shorts?  Because it was hot the previous day.

Ah, well, at least she and her family got to see Seattle for the first time, and Julia’s team won the championship.  No complaints in that regard.

In 1979, David and his friends drove from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver, Canada, then back to Seattle, and then flew back to Hawaii.  He enjoyed the trip.

I have been to Vancouver, Canada (1994), but never to Seattle and Portland.  Places to see in the future should I ever get on the plane again.

Bad luck. Good luck.

July 24, 2017

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This is an old photo of David and our two daughters, Lisa and Maria, at Waikiki Beach.

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A few months ago, we were at a restaurant, when David said he could not find the $25.00 gift card he needed to pay the bill.  The gift card must have fallen out of his wallet, when he pulled out his credit card at another store or restaurant.  David was very upset with himself and wailed about it constantly.

Last week, David was in the Costco parking lot, when he found $2.00 on the ground.  He was so happy.  Yippeeeee!!!  He couldn’t believe his good luck.

When he came home and told me about finding the money, I told him he should have left it on the ground so that the rightful owner could retrace his steps and find his money.  That would have been the honest thing to do.

David replied, “I am not stupid.  After all, the person who found my gift card didn’t leave it on the ground for me.”

Bad luck.  Good luck.  I guess he has a point.

That’s your laugh for the day.

Last trip in 2013

July 22, 2017

The last trip I took was in 2013, when David and I visited Miami and Washington, DC.  Alas, I have not been able to travel since 2013 due to health issues.  Maybe, I’ll get lucky and I’ll be able to get on the plane again.

These are photos of our trip to the East coast in 2013:

In Miami, we had dinner with Ana and her husband:

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We also posed with baby alligators in the Everglades:

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In Washington, DC, we had lunch with Denise and Dianne and their husbands.  Dianne (wearing dark glasses) died of a stroke this year:

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We also had lunch with Virginia and Matt in Washington.  Matt died of a stroke in 2014:

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We watched the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery:

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I have so many wonderful memories of my travels.  Whenever I get bored, all I have to do is search my brain and remember people and places I have seen over the years.  Some of these people I will never meet again, such as Dianne and Matt.  I am glad we were able to dine with them before they died.

Weeding and back pain

July 20, 2017

David has been diagnosed with arthritis of the spine.  He thought he might need back surgery, but the orthopedist at Straub Medical Center advised against it, as it might make his back pain worse.  David was told to avoid repetitive bending and to let someone else pull the weeds — meaning me, his wife.

Well, I don’t have arthritis of the spine, but I, too, have back pain when I bend over to pull weeds.  After 15 minutes of bending, I have to rest flat on my back on my firm bed.  After 30 minutes, the pain goes away and I can resume activity.

David thought that this stand up weed puller would help, but it is only good for dry dirt, not moist dirt.  The weed puller pulls up too much mud, when the dirt is moist:

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I suggested sitting on a low stool, but that would still involve bending from the waist.  Then, David considered sitting on a yoga mat, but he might have a tough time standing up after sitting for so long on the yoga mat.

Solution:  Just do a little weeding on consecutive days, instead of doing all of the weeding all at once.

We are specks in the universe

July 18, 2017

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The new art in my dining area continues to please me, because the flowers are so cheery, colorful, and bright.  If anything can stimulate your appetite, it is this type of art.

Note the cinder block wall on the left.  It’s not elegant, but it’s durable and probably can withstand a hurricane.  I am not so sure about the roof, though.  Will it blow away in a hurricane?  I heard that hurricane clips might anchor the roof to the walls of the house.

Recently, there was a huge inferno, which engulfed several floors in the Marco Polo high rise in Honolulu.  Three people died in the fire.  One of the deceased was my high school classmate.  I had known her since elementary school, and we often walked home together.  She was quiet and pretty.

Her death makes me realize that we are mortals, mere specks in the universe.  When we die, a few people will mourn, but centuries from now, will anyone know we even existed?  Maybe, centuries from now, humans will be living on a distant planet, far from Earth, meeting and greeting aliens from outer space.

Well, anything is possible.  I am open to possibilities.

Summer Fun Finale – 2017

July 16, 2017

Last Friday, David and I attended our grandkids’ Summer Fun Finale at a nearby district park.  The theme was “World Tour”:

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That’s Rylan in the green shirt and green eye glasses:

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Julia is somewhere in this group:

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After the program, David and I posed with Julia and Rylan:

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Our grandkids with their parents, Maria and Grant:

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We all had such a great time.  The grandkids got some exercise, and the rest of us enjoyed the music and choreography.

However, David and I almost fell when we were going down the steps after the program, as each step was very tall and there were no hand rails.  I had to jump down, almost twisting my ankle.  David complained that I should have given him my hand to stabilize him, because he had to lean on the person in front of him.  Next year, he intends to bring his cane.

These steps reminded us of the tall steps in India, climbing up and down the mosque and the Taj Mahal in 2012.

We are showing our age, aren’t we?

So far, so good

July 14, 2017

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Despite the fact that things are going so well for me, there are so many naysayers who cast gloom over my life.

People predict that I will die prematurely if I continue to eat red meat.  Well, I have been eating red meat for the past 71 years and am still alive.  Whereas, I know a vegan, who had four clogged arteries and stage 4 cancer when he died at age 65.

Other people predict that my husband will dump me for a younger, prettier woman if I don’t trim down and lose weight.  David and I have been married for 37 years, and he has not filed for a divorce, yet.  Whereas, I know two sexy, glamorous women, who are divorced and can’t find anyone else to marry them.

For a 71 year old, I am doing okay.  Still married, still a homeowner, still on speaking terms with my kids and grandkids, and, best of all, still alive.

Of course, these could be my famous last words and I could lose it all.  But, hopefully, I will continue to have a pleasant life for many years to come.

Recycling like crazy

July 12, 2017

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  Well, that’s why we have been recycling like crazy.  First, we donated that weird Indonesian oil painting to a thrift shop.  Then, we donated two boring Hawaiian paintings.  Finally, we donated about 100 CDs, such as screechy Celine Dion and yucky Barbra Streisand.  I told David that if we no longer listen to certain CDs, then we should let other listeners enjoy them.

This is our CD cabinet, which has been pruned of unwanted CDs.  We have more space now to add CDs more to our liking.  We tend to prefer classical music, but we do have some pop, rock, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, Hawaiian music, and Christmas music, too:

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By the way, we plan to install a 30,000 BTU split air conditioner above the CD cabinet.   It will be a Mitsubishi, and we were told that it will lower our electric bill, because it is more efficient than the old air conditioner we have on an adjacent wall.  The temple rubbing above the cabinet will then be relocated to our hallway.  We will have to buy a smaller painting to fit below the new air conditioner.

Flowers on my walls

July 10, 2017

A few years ago, I bought two oil paintings from an Indonesian friend.  One I kept.  The other one I donated to a thrift shop recently.

This is the Indonesian oil painting of tulips I kept:

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To replace the other Indonesian painting, I bought this unframed print of a plumeria with dew drops on its petals:

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An oil painting of roses hangs on the other wall:

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This is how the unframed art looks in my dining area:

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So now, there are flowers on my walls.  If I get tired of them, I can always replace them with new art.

P.S.  I was going to install a small air conditioner on the left wall, but have decided to relocate it to a different wall.  When it is installed, I’ll post a photo of it.