Begonias and bugs

April 30, 2016

David and I drove to Home Depot recently to buy rose bushes. I looked them over and decided they didn’t look nice.

So, I bought these potted begonias, instead. Aren’t they pretty?

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Let’s see how long they last. I saw white flies floating in the air.  The plants might become infested with them.  I hope the white flies don’t end up eating all of the green leaves and killing the begonias.

The plants cost $20.00 each or $60.00 for the three.  Not cheap by any means.  I can’t afford to keep buying plants that succumb to bugs.

I don’t remember my father ever using insecticide on his garden vegetables and flowers. He said that if he left something for the bugs to eat, they would leave something for him to eat and admire, too.  There was plenty to share with the bugs.

At any rate, I don’t feel like contaminating my lungs with poison. We’ll see what happens.

On the other hand, the ferns hanging next to the begonias are doing extremely well. I water them every other day and rotate them once a week.  I bought them on January 1 at Home Depot.  Now, why haven’t the bugs eaten my ferns?

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David’s travel plans

April 28, 2016

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As you know, David and I were supposed to travel to San Francisco together in May. However, due to poor health, I have decided to remain in Hawaii while he sees the city himself.

He has been at the computer (see the photo above), making arrangements for the airport shuttle to and from the hotel.

The second day of his trip, he will take a guided tour of Muir Woods and the wine country. This will be an all-day tour.

The third day, he will take the boat across San Francisco Bay and tour Alcatraz Island. When he returns to the city, he will have lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf and then experience the cable car ride back to his hotel.

The fourth day, he will board a hop-on hop-off bus, which will take him to Golden Gate Park and Sausalito.

At some point, he wants to take the BART to and from Berkeley.

Then on the fifth day, he will check out of his hotel and fly home.

Sorry, there will be no photos, because he intends to take only video of his trip.

This is the wonderful Sony video camera he purchased last year. It fits in his front pocket:

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Koko Marina

April 26, 2016

As you know, I purchased my new Hyundai Accent on March 1 and have driven it sporadically.  I decided to give it a spin down the freeway towards Koko Marina in east Honolulu.  David came along for the ride.

I parked in the shopping center, my little blue car flanked by larger vehicles:

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Click on the photos to enlarge them.

We strolled along the pier. It was overcast and drizzly, but still the views were beautiful:

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We stopped at Assaggio’s for an Italian lunch and discovered that the lunch menu is less expensive than the dinner menu. No big surprise.

David ordered the veal parmigiana:

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I ordered chicken and shrimp over linguine:

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It was such a pleasant day, spending time with my husband and giving my new car a spin in Koko Marina.

What makes a successful party?

April 24, 2016

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My Christmas party (December 2015).  That’s Pat in her red leather jacket, which she had purchased in Italy in November.

Next month, the family will remember my sister in law, Pat, at her funeral on Saturday and then at her burial the following Monday. After the burial, the family will congregate in my home for a catered lunch.

There will be 16 adults and 2 young kids in our home for that lunch. Three out of town guests will be among them.  I think 16 adults and 2 young kids is the maximum my house can tolerate.  Any more than that will be too uncomfortable.

When I moved into our 3 bedroom 2 bath house in 1991, I entertained quite frequently, inviting about 50 people. There was negative feedback from Aunty Marge and cousin Mitchell.

Marge: “Why did you invite so many people?  I don’t like it.”

Mitchell: “When I walked into your house, I saw so many people I didn’t recognize.  I thought I was in the wrong house.  Then, I realized they were your friends.  I decided to stay when I saw your daughters.”

Yes, people, I get the message.

This year, I will host four family parties and a small luncheon for two married friends.

This I can tolerate.

Keep your family separate from your friends. People prefer to party with people they know and feel comfortable with.

And keep the guest list manageable.  Having too many people can ruin the party.

Elderly couples I admire

April 22, 2016

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Hawaii.  Photo by Ted Trimmer.

My 77 year old cousin and her 84 year old husband are going on an African safari in May. They will fly to Los Angeles, then to Minnesota, and then rest in Amsterdam.  From there, they will join a tour group in Tanzania.  They will spend two weeks there, traveling by jeep, and will see wildlife in the African savanna.

Exciting trip! What makes it interesting is that they both are cancer survivors.  Who says there is no life after cancer?  They beat the odds, and there they are.  I admire them so much.

Another elderly couple I admire is my 87 year old cousin and her 87 year old husband. They married each other when they were 25 years old.  That makes 62 years of marriage.  Neither is blind nor deaf, so they still attend symphony concerts at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and musicals at the Diamond Head Theater.

I hope David and I can live as well as these two couples when we are their age.

Just because you are elderly does not mean you should stay home and wait to die.

Pul Kogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

April 20, 2016

The weather was nice yesterday, so we decided to barbecue Pul Kogi (Korean Barbecued Beef) on our brand new gas grill.

This is David in our patio:

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This is the Pul Kogi on the grill:

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This is the cooked beef:

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1 lb top sirloin, thinly sliced 

Combine the following ingredients and then add to the beef:

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon mirin (rice wine)

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ginger, minced

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 green onions, thinly sliced


Massage all ingredients in a large pot.

Cover the pot and marinate in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.  Do not marinate over night, because the beef will get dry.

Grill outdoors and put the cooked meat in a clean container.



Not concerned about the election this year

April 18, 2016


Photo by Ted Trimmer.

Regardless of who is elected President, we should remember that we are electing a president — NOT a king or a dictator.

There is a system of checks and balances in our country. The President will have to deal with Congress and the Supreme Court.  This is what I learned in Civics class in the 9th grade.  It’s nothing new.

This is why I am just not concerned about the election this year. Whether it is Trump or Clinton or someone else, it just doesn’t matter.  Congress or the Supreme Court will correct the next President, whether or not he/she wants them to.

Further, there is always impeachment or not being reelected to a second term.

Not doing well

April 16, 2016

This is a photo of my potluck party on Thanksgiving 2015.  Pat is the blonde sitting in the front row:


I am not doing very well. Mentally, I am still grieving over the loss of my sister-in-law, Pat, who died at the scene of a traffic accident on April 8.  It is so hard to believe that she will no longer participate in my potluck parties.  I wish she would return to life.  What makes it so difficult for me is the fact that she died on the street, surrounded by strangers, rather than on her bed, surrounded by her family.

Physically, I am being treated for colitis. My colonoscopy on Thursday was not a good one.  The gastroenterologist told me that my colon looks worse than it did five years ago.  A precancerous polyp was removed.  He prescribed new medication, and I hope it works.

As we age and become elderly, more loved ones will get sick and die, including ourselves.

Meanwhile, let’s all create happy memories.

The last time we see each other may very well be the last time we see each other.

Switching gas grills

April 14, 2016

Remember this gas grill we bought last September? It’s a 2 burner grill made by KitchenAid (Home Depot $328):

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We gave it to Maria and Grant, because it was too small for our large parties.

This month, we purchased a Dyna-Glo 6 burner grill with a side burner (Home Depot $199):

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We can grill 6 steaks. The side burner can be used to cook a pot of chili or fry an egg.  This will be ideal to use when we experience a power outage and cannot use our electrical appliances.

This Rust-oleum cover prevents rust (Lowe’s $40):

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Now, we are prepared for our next big party or power outage.

We miss Pat

April 12, 2016

I am so heartbroken that my brother’s widow, Pat, died on Friday, April 8. She was crossing the street to get to Diamond Head Theater when she was struck by a car and died at the scene.  The family is devastated.  She leaves behind two children, Charles and Kanani.  Funeral services are pending.

This is a photo of her and her family at my Christmas party last year (Toni, Charles, Pat, and Kanani):

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David and I had treated her to a birthday lunch at 53 By The Sea Restaurant on March 14. Little did we know that she would die less than a month later:

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We miss this loving person, who brightened the lives of so many.


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