Quaker Lace

May 28, 2015

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This is the Quaker Lace tablecloth I purchased at Macy’s/Liberty House in 1991, the year we moved into our present house.  I set this table for a Chinese dinner, hence the wooden chopsticks next to the two forks.  As it turned out, everyone except David used the chopsticks, whereas he used the forks.

This tablecloth is indestructible and fits our oval table perfectly.  Imagine, it has never shrunk despite numerous times in our washing machine and electric dryer.  I am not sure what type of fabric it is.  Cotton?  Polyester?  A combination of both?  The material is rather thick and heavy, which may be why it is so durable.  No need to iron it, either.

Further, it seems to be stain-resistant.  One of my nieces dropped spaghetti sauce all over the tablecloth, and I thought for sure it was ruined.  But, after treating the stain with Easy Wash, I threw the tablecloth into the washing machine and, voila! the tablecloth was as good as new.

I paid $200 for it in 1991, but it could easily fetch $1,000 or more today.

It’s one of the most beautiful things I own.

Flu vaccine?

May 26, 2015

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Photo by Ted Trimmer.

Well, guess who has the flu now?  Me.  David started his on Wednesday, and on Saturday I started coughing and feeling feverish and headachy.

The best remedy is Nyquil.  That stuff quells the coughing and reduces fever.  I recommend it highly.

However, I must be feeling better, because I remembered to water the crotons, pay a bill, and launder the table cloth.  Now, if I can only find the energy to sweep the driveway…

This attack of the flu makes me wonder if I should have the annual flu shot.  I rarely get this sick.  I think the last time was ten years ago.  I have never had the flu shot and managed to do quite well until this episode.

So, what do you think?  Do you find that the flu vaccine prevents the flu?

Nudist beaches?

May 24, 2015

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Hanauma Bay:  Me, David, and Maria (1981).  No, this is not a nudist beach.

How do you feel about nudist beaches?  Are you for or against having them in Hawaii?  Personally, I am against them, because seeing nude people at the beach would disturb me.  Maybe, it’s my Roman Catholic upbringing, but I would feel uncomfortable displaying my own body for scrutiny.

I remember body surfing with a friend at Bellows Beach when I was 19 or 20.  The surf was pretty rough, so rough that when I stood up the waves dragged my top down and exposed my breasts.  I struggled to pull the top back up, before people could laugh at me.  It took a good 30 seconds before I succeeded.  That was the last time I body surfed at Bellows.

So if I was embarrassed to show my chest, imagine how I’d feel about showing the rest of my body.  Besides, how would one prevent sand from entering one’s private parts?

When David and I traveled to Croatia in 1990, we decided to visit a nearby lake and waterfall.  While there, we saw a young woman who was topless and wearing just a thong, which revealed her buttocks.  She was very pretty and well-developed.  Although she was the only one who was topless, she wasn’t self-conscious.  David couldn’t keep his eyes off her.

Ironically, the Croatian men all stared at ME – even though I was fully dressed in long pants and a shirt, since I had not packed a swimsuit.  I guess the reason for all that staring was that I was the only Asian there.

Anyway, I am a prude.  To me, nudity belongs only in one’s home or in the hospital.

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Red, white and blue flowers on my dining table:  Happy Memorial Day!

Drama on the plane

May 22, 2015

This is David, taking his temperature:

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My husband has the flu and has a fever, ranging from 101 to 103, which I have been treating with Tylenol and Advil and Nyquil.  He probably caught the germs in Las Vegas, while attending Lisa’s graduation.

David has bad memories of the round trip flight on Hawaiian Airlines.  When he got on the plane destined for Las Vegas, a strange woman was sitting in the seat next to his.  He called the flight attendant and said that he had paid for the two seats and though his wife was too sick to fly, he wanted both seats for himself.  The attendant told him that the airlines had canceled my tickets and that they had the right to re-sell the empty seat.  Well, David made such a scene, the woman was taken to a different seat, and David was allowed to have the two seats for himself.

When he got to the hotel in Las Vegas, David called HAL to clarify the situation.  He was told that his wife could use her tickets for one year after the date of purchase, but her seat would be sold to someone else.

Well, coming home, David accepted the fact that the Japanese man sitting in my seat had the legal right to do so.  He struck up a conversation with the man, who said he was 81 years old and was on his way back to Hawaii after spending six days gambling in Las Vegas.

This 81-year-old man had undergone two knee replacement surgeries at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii.  Though the surgeries were successful, he still needed a wheelchair at the airport.

David is scheduled to have his left knee replaced on July 30 at Straub Clinic.  I hope the surgery improves his life significantly.  He will spend two nights in the hospital and then will face weeks of physical therapy.  It’s too bad that Lisa cannot be here to be his physical therapist, but she plans to remain in Las Vegas to start her career there.

Meanwhile, David has the flu.

As a widow…

May 20, 2015

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Who would play Scrabble with me?

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These photos of David and me were taken in 2010 in our home.

One thing I learned about being separated from my husband for only three nights is that I missed cooking for him.  I found myself eating sandwiches instead of a full meal.  There was absolutely no incentive to bake a casserole, for instance.  I think that if I become a widow, I will have to invite guests to my table on a regular basis.

I would not have a roommate, though.  That would definitely mean trouble, unless he/she is perfectly compatible with me.

Sex?  I don’t need it.

Conversation?  I can always pick up the phone.

Companionship?  I would not mind a date now and then.

During his absence, I received many phone calls from David.  It was very funny to hear him talk to me about his activities at any given moment.  He needed to keep me apprised of every little thing that was going on.

You must realize that he and I have been together virtually non-stop since June 1980 when we married.  There has been no one else.

It will be very strange when one of us dies and is gone for good.  No more phone calls, no email, nothing from each other.  Nada.

As a widow, I would feel very lonely.  How do other women cope with loss?

Dr. Lisa

May 18, 2015

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David has finally returned from his three night trip to Las Vegas.  He and seven other relatives from Hawaii watched our daughter, Lisa, graduate with a doctorate of physical therapy from Touro University.  I could not attend due to poor health.

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When he saw Lisa walk across the stage, David said tears streamed down his cheeks.  He was so overcome with joy.

You must understand why.  This daughter graduated from high school in 2000.  She then got a diploma in cosmetology and was a hairstylist from 2002 to 2012.  During that period, she was a part time student, receiving an Associate’s degree from a community college and a B.S. degree in kinesiology from the University of Hawaii.  Then, she attended graduate school in Nevada from 2012 to 2015.  Last Sunday, she graduated with a doctorate.

It is simply amazing that this woman went from being a hairstylist to being a physical therapist.  It’s a testament to her incredible grit and determination.  Lisa said that the only way she could make more money was by choosing a career that paid better.

Now, she intends to take her national board exam in July.  When she passes, she will focus on finding a job, preferably in Nevada, where the pay scale is better than that in Hawaii.

Good luck, Lisa!

Here are some photos of David’s trip to Las Vegas.

The Bellagio Hotel, where he stayed:

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The Venetian Hotel, which he visited:

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The Paris Hotel, where Lisa’s aunt and cousins stayed:

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Lisa with friends and family (those who came from Hawaii were her father David, her sister Maria, her Aunt Pat, her cousins Travis, Asia, Charles, and Kanani, and Charles’ friend Toni):

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And here is Trader Joe’s.  David purchased delicious cookies and chocolates for me:

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What a lovely time for everyone!  Wish I could have been there, but if my colitis doesn’t improve, my traveling days are over.  Sad, but true.

I love you, Lisa!  Congratulations!

Memories of Las Vegas

May 16, 2015

David left yesterday morning to attend our daughter Lisa’s graduation in Las Vegas.  She will be receiving her doctorate of physical therapy on Sunday.  Eight relatives from Hawaii will be there, but not I.  Unfortunately, my colitis flared up in April and has not dissipated.  If it keeps up, I don’t think I will ever travel again.

David has video and still cameras, so all is not lost.  When he returns to Hawaii on Monday, I will post photos he took with my Canon camera.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of our previous trip to Las Vegas in 1998 (click on the photos to enlarge them):

David and I, seventeen years ago:

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Me at the slots:

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David and I with chat room friends, who flew from San Francisco and New Jersey to meet us in Las Vegas. I am second from left:

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David and chat room friends, playing Black Jack.  He managed to lose almost $200 in cash:

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David at the Hoover Dam:

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So, all is not lost.  I have already been to Las Vegas and know what it’s like.  It’s too bad that I am too ill to see Lisa graduate.  However, she will always be a success in my eyes.  And always in my heart.

Blessings to you, Lisa.

A red Toyota Prius?

May 14, 2015

My daughter, Maria, and her family treated me and David to dinner on Tuesday at Paesano, an Italian restaurant in Pearl City.  The food was pretty good and we enjoyed it.

Mums for Mom:  Aren’t these yellow chrysanthemums pretty on my dining table?  Thank you, Maria, for the cheery flowers!

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I informed everyone that I plan to buy a new Toyota Prius next year, as my 2002 Hyundai Accent is old and feels like a tin can.  The Prius is a hybrid car and therefore environmentally friendly.

If the dealer has a 2015 model for sale, I might buy it.  Otherwise, I’ll get a 2016 model, hopefully in red.

Red?  Yes, red.  It’s my favorite color and it will be easy to spot in a crowded parking lot, since few people buy red cars.

If red is unavailable, I’ll settle for a cobalt blue.  Anything but white, which is so common.

Looking forward to 2016, when I turn 70 years young.

Reorganizing my kitchen

May 12, 2015

Recently, I microwaved food in a plastic bowl.  When I put a forkful of food in my mouth, I encountered bits of “eggshells” between my teeth.  I didn’t recall cracking an egg above my bowl.  What could it be?  I dumped the food into the trash can.

Well, David peered at the bowl and noticed that the surface was peeling.  He said it was because the bowl was not microwavable.  Wow!  I had been eating bits of the plastic bowl.  Ugh.

I decided to discard all of my non-microwavable bowls, because I didn’t want guests to make the same mistake I had made.

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In their place, I bought Pyrex bowls that are microwavable as well as dishwasher safe.  Note the clear Pyrex bowls on the top shelf.  (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

I also purchased a 4-piece place setting for 12 people (dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, soup bowl, and mug).  Everything matches as a set, and it’s meant for informal dining.  See the bottom shelf in the photo.

Meanwhile, I also reorganized another cupboard, containing my Mikasa fine china on the top shelf and cans of food on the bottom shelf.  The Mikasa fine china is meant for formal dining:

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I feel more organized now.  Hopefully, there will be no more accidents, involving bits of plastic in my food.

Lunch at the Hau Tree Lanai

May 10, 2015

I had lunch with friends at the Hau Tree Lanai in Waikiki on Saturday.  It rained earlier in the morning, but by the time I got to the restaurant, the weather was very pleasant.

The restaurant got its name from the Hau trees that grow on the beach.  Hence, the branches form a canopy over the tables (which is why I thought I would get wet if it rained).  Click on the photos to enlarge them:

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These friends are former high school classmates of mine:

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This is my dear friend, Lynette, who said the photo taking was not complete unless she posed on the sand:

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This is what I ordered, a papaya-chicken salad with fresh fruits:

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We conversed about careers, travels, marriage, hobbies, and many other topics.  I had such a good time that when I glanced at my watch, I was surprised to see that three hours had gone by.  I brought home some of the fresh fruits from my plate, and David enjoyed them immensely.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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