New muumuu, New Canon camera

August 27, 2016

I returned my Sony Cyber Shot digital camera to Best Buy and got a full refund, because it was within the 15 day window. The reason why I returned it was that it was difficult to operate.  Further, the photos were inconsistent.  Sometimes, the flash worked; sometimes it did not.

After getting the refund, I bought a Canon Power Shot digital camera. I like it much better.  The buttons are easier to press, and I find this camera easier to operate.

So, this is the first shot from the Canon camera, a pretty black and white muumuu I recently purchased at T&L Muumuu Factory:

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Last Sunday, David and I were going to attend the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell, but the line to get into the parking structure was so long and slow that we decided to pull out of line and shop at the T&L Muumuu Factory instead. I tried on three muumuus and decided that this one looked the best.  As you can tell, I still prefer black, grey, and brown clothes, avoiding more colorful fabrics.

Kitchen duty

August 25, 2016

Some women cook and then make their husbands clean the dishes. I used to be one of those women.  But, David was such a lousy cleaner, I decided to take over completely.  After all, David is not a child.  You can’t tell him to wash the frying pan all over again due to left over fried egg in the pan.  He is definitely blind when it comes to cleaning stuff thoroughly.  It’s a major disability, in my opinion.  Ah, the poor guy.

I actually enjoy kitchen duty, though. It makes me very happy to prepare a fantastic meal for hubby and myself, and I love making my dishes, pots, pans, and utensils sparkle after the meal.

I do get help from my Whirlpool dishwasher, but I do have to pre-scrub the food off the dishes, first:

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But, look at the stuff that does not go into the dishwasher.  I clean them manually:

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David keeps saying how grateful he is to have a wife like me! One who cooks and cleans!

Ant Bait-Poison

August 23, 2016

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This small bowl contains three cotton balls, laced with my homemade ant bait-poison.  You can see some black ants on those cotton balls, and I am sure that some ants have returned to their nest to be eaten by the queen, thereby destroying the colony.

RECIPE FOR ANT BAIT-POISON

1 cup of water

6 tablespoons of white sugar

1/2 teaspoon of boric acid powder (purchased at the pharmacy; not on the shelf in a store)

Mix thoroughly.  Place 3 cotton balls in a small bowl (or more bowls).  Pour enough poison over the balls to saturate them.  Place the bowl in the area where you have seen ants, and leave it there for 3-4 days.  Do not move the bowl, because you might chase the ants away.  When the balls start to dry out, discard them.

Throw out the leftover poison, if any.  It is best to make a fresh batch each time you have an ant problem.

Jocelyn’s party

August 20, 2016

So often, the family sees each other only at funerals. My cousin, Jocelyn, felt that it was time for us to get together at a happier time, so she hosted a lovely party for all of us in Hawaii Kai.  As usual, David took video of everyone, while I used my digital camera for photos.

Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Jocelyn:

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Her husband, Scott:

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Her son, Aidan:

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Her father, Tai:

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Her mother, Pat:

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Her brother, Jeff, on the far left, and Jeff’s spouse, Jason, on the far right:

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Cousin Stewart (also my godson):

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Group shots:

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The marina outside the party room:

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It was such a great idea for Jocelyn to host a party for all of us when we weren’t grieving for a deceased loved one. Wonderful, Jocelyn!  David and I love you and your family dearly.  Thanks for inviting us.

David, me, and Jocelyn:

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Meatballs baked in a muffin pan

August 20, 2016

This is an easy way to make meatballs. I baked them in a sprayed muffin pan.

Meatballs before baking:

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Meatballs after baking:

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RECIPE FOR MEATBALLS

Mix with your hands (Don’t over-mix, because then the meatballs will be dry and hard):

1 lb ground beef

1 small chopped green bell pepper

1/3 cup chopped sweet onion

1 cup rolled oats

1 egg

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

¼ teaspoon dried thyme

Spray a 12 piece muffin pan. Use an ice cream scoop and place the meat mixture in the muffin pan.

Bake for 30 minutes in a 350F oven.

You can eat these meatballs with pasta sauce or just plain. Yummy!

So easy, so good.

Architecture in downtown Honolulu

August 18, 2016

I thought you might be interested in seeing the architecture in downtown Honolulu.  These photos were taken last Saturday near the intersection of Hotel Street and Alakea Street.  The streets were practically deserted, because it was not a work day; it was a Saturday:

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I love all of these beautiful trees that break up the monotony of asphalt and concrete.  This is Honolulu, Hawaii, one of the most expensive cities in the nation.  How we manage to live here is a good question.  Somehow, we do.

Aloha, everyone!

Hawaii State Art Museum

August 16, 2016

On Saturday, David and I drove to downtown Honolulu to view the work of local artists at the Hawaii State Art Museum on Hotel Street. Though it has been in existence for decades, this was our first visit to this particular museum.  Admission is always free:

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The art exhibit is located on the second floor, which has two wings:

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This was my favorite painting, “Rainbow Falls, Hilo” by John Thomas:

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This was David’s favorite painting, “Waimea Canyon, Kauai” by D. Howard Hitchcock:

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We liked the Kapa exhibit, showing kapa (a type of Hawaiian barkcloth) and tools and dyes to make it:

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This is a pretty calabash, made in the 19th century:

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“Hala and Wave I” by Ben Norris, who was my art history professor at the University of Hawaii during the late 1960s:

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There were other works of art in this museum, too many to show here. David and I were very happy we took the time to come here.

Hiking up Diamond Head

August 14, 2016

In March 2011, David borrowed my camera and hiked up Diamond Head, an extinct volcano on Oahu.  This hike occurred long before his knee replacement surgeries in 2015 and 2016.  I give him a lot of credit for making this strenuous hike, which I made in 1966 as a college student, but have never made again since then.  As I said, it is strenuous.

Here are some of the photos he took in 2011.  Note the panoramic views from the top of the crater:

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It remains to be seen if David will ever hike again with his new knees.  Maybe he will, maybe he won’t.  Me?  I don’t think I will.  Once was enough for me.  Some people do have a heart attack while hiking up this steep volcano.

 

Wonderful memories

August 10, 2016

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November 2012:  Being adventurous in Varanasi, India.

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We wore masks because the air was polluted.

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On our way to the Ganges River via bicycle rickshaw.

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Festival of Lights along the Ganges River seen by boat.

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The Ganges River the next morning.

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In New Delhi, we hosted a lovely dinner at our hotel for our blog friends, Kavita and Ruprekha.  Kavita’s brother, Jitesh, joined us:

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Here we are in front of the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra:

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This is Rylan, age 2, wearing an Indian turban in our home in Hawaii:

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David and I have wonderful memories of our trip to India.

Self-supporting and independent

August 8, 2016

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Hawaii.  Photo by Ted Trimmer.  2009.

There’s a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii, especially on Oahu where I live. Thank goodness David and I were vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B prior to our trip to India in 2012.  So, we are unconcerned that we will be affected by the outbreak.  We can dine at restaurants without fear that we will get sick from contaminated food.

There are so many things to be grateful for. Our children are very fortunate that David and I are self-supporting and independent.  We never ask them for help of any kind, whether financial or otherwise.  In fact, they ask us for help, which we provide without question.

My mother and mother in law never drove and never owned a car. My mother caught the bus, and my mother in law relied on the Handy Van.  At age 70, I can do so much more than these two women could at my age.  How glad I am that I own a car and can drive without asking my kids or husband to drive me.  That in itself is a blessing.

David and I have never had a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or cancer.   We are not blind or deaf.  Nor do we have dementia.

Hey, if I ever stop blogging, you will definitely know that I have dementia. Nothing else, short of death, will ever keep me from blogging.


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