David’s physical therapy

January 21, 2017

Well, that blog break was short.  I have decided to post periodically as the need arises and visit your blogs periodically, too.  No stress, huh?

Anyway, David has been experiencing back and hip pain for quite some time.  He saw Dr. Akau (orthopedist), who took X-rays, and was told that he has arthritis in his hips and arthritis nodules on his back.  He was referred to Dr. Ching for physical therapy.  Dr. Ching told David that he is lopsided and must center his body.

These are photos of David doing two types of physical therapy, ordered by Dr. Ching.

Lean back and forward:

physical-therapy-005-a

physical-therapy-004-a

Push ups on the bed:

physical-therapy-006-a

David is supposed to do these exercises prior to doing anything strenuous.

 

 

BLOG BREAK

January 18, 2017

Hi folks,

I have decided to take a blog break and focus on Facebook.

Aloha,

gigi-hawaii

New tablecloths

January 18, 2017

I recently bought two more tablecloths plus matching napkins from Bed Bath & Beyond (online) to add to my collection.

A yellow one:

tablecloths-002-a

And a white one:

tablecloths-004-a

You have already seen the two tablecloths that I purchased previously.

The red one:

tablecloths-007-a

And the blue one:

kananis-birthday-flowers-for-me-006-a

All of these tablecloths are Microfiber, which means they are moisture resistant. When you spill a glass of liquid, it beads up and does not soak through or run off the table.  It’s so easy to mop up the moisture beads with a paper towel or sponge.  Further, these tablecloths are machine washable and dryable, and don’t need to be ironed.

We have been using the red tablecloth exclusively for dinner guests. It will be nice to use a different color now and then instead of the same old red one.

Dinner with Sylvia at Mediterraneo

January 16, 2017

mediterraneo-002-a

Last Thursday, my sister, Sylvia, treated me and David to a fine birthday dinner at Mediterraneo, an Italian restaurant. It was very sweet of her to do so.

The food was excellent. We ordered many courses, such as Crostini Porcini, Contadina Salad, Mushroom Ravioli, Veal and Chicken Piccata, and Teramisu.  Everything was beautifully presented.

The chef is from a town just outside Rome, so our food was truly Italian.

This small restaurant (7 or 8 tables) has been in existence for 25 years, and it’s located on the corner of Hauoli Street and South King Street. Free parking in the rear of the restaurant.

Thank you, Sylvia, for being so nice to us. The dinner was delicious, and we had such a great time conversing with you.

Landlords, again?

January 14, 2017

Ad-rental 002-A

All of my siblings have pieces of real estate that they are renting out for profit.  One sister has an apartment building, another sister has a studio condo, another sister has a room in her townhouse, and my brother’s children have an extra condo — all of these rented out.

So, now, I have decided to get back into the landlord business, myself.  If my siblings can do it, why can’t I?

Our previous tenant paid us $1,000 per month.  But, I think I will lower it to $900 and perhaps increase it to $925 or $950 the following year.

It’s a good source of income.  The only catch is finding a good tenant, who is compatible with us.

Flowers on my doorstep

January 12, 2017

On Monday, I opened my front door and saw this cute bouquet of flowers on my door step:

kananis-birthday-flowers-for-me-001-a

I placed the flowers on my dining table:

kananis-birthday-flowers-for-me-006-a

kananis-birthday-flowers-for-me-007-a

The card said it was from Charles, Kanani, and Toni to mark my 71st birthday.  Charles and Kanani are my brother’s children, and Toni is Charles’ girlfriend.  My brother, Dathan, died at the age of 55 in 2003, and his wife, Pat, died at the age of 73 in 2016.

This is a photo of my family and Pat’s family at the Willows (2014):

Willows 027-A

Thank you, Charles, Kanani, and Toni, for thinking of me and bringing your cheer to my home.

Love you,

Aunty G

New muumuus

January 10, 2017

I drove to T&L Muumuu Factory on Sunday and purchased three muumuus.

These two are quite nice:

muumuus-002-a

muumuus-003-a

This one has red and black colors, but the photo does not show the red specks. I wore it to the symphony concert at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Sunday, jazzing it up with fancy jewelry and heels:

muumuus-007-a

These muumuus are machine washable and dryable. They don’t need to be ironed.

My 71st birthday

January 8, 2017

David and I celebrated my 71st birthday recently at Roy’s Waikiki:

img_0692_edited-1-a

We ordered the Tasting Menu, priced at $53 per person.

We started with edamame (soybeans):

img_0691

This is the appetizer platter, consisting of shrimp, baby back rib, and chicken spring roll:

img_0694_edited-1-a

This is the main entrée, consisting of honey mustard short ribs, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini:

img_0698_edited-1-a

Dessert was a hot chocolate soufflé and vanilla ice cream on a nutty crust:

img_0703_edited-1-a

img_0705_edited-1-a

All in all, we had such a nice time at Roy’s Waikiki. I enjoyed feeling relaxed and happy with David, who is so compatible with me.  I tend to avoid people who make me tense and uptight.

Peace and prosperity

January 6, 2017

Every two months, I have a professional pedicure at a nail salon near my home. I tell the pedicurist, who immigrated from Vietnam, to just trim my nails and apply polish.  I don’t want my cuticles cut, because it could cause a toe infection, which has happened to me in the past.  In addition to the nail trim and polish, she massages my feet and calves with lotion.

Here are my feet, propped up on my ottoman in my home. I love that blue polish with glitter:

pedicure-006-a

Doesn’t this type of pampering imply prosperity to you? Sure it’s decadent, but I enjoy it so much.  I am charged $26 plus tax plus tip.  Not bad.  The pedicurist benefits, because the money buys food for her family.  Win-win situation for her and me.

Peace and prosperity. I wish everyone in the world experienced peace and prosperity.  It’s something to strive for.

Anthuriums for my coffee table

January 4, 2017

David and I drove to Home Depot on Sunday to look at the plants. There were plants galore.  I was so impressed by the immense variety.

I bought these pink anthuriums, which now sit on my coffee table:

anthuriums-008-a

anthuriums-007-a

You should have seen the other colors at the store: Deep red, pale green, and light purple anthuriums.  I had such a hard time deciding which color to buy.  After all, there’s only one coffee table, and only one plant will fit there.

Anthuriums are meant for the indoors. Keep them moist and in the shade, and they will last a long time.  Never place them outdoors, because they will perish.

Oh, how I love my life in Hawaii!