Rain, rain, go away

November 23, 2015


More rainbows in Hawaii (Ala Wai Harbor).  Photos by Ted Trimmer.

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It’s been raining so much lately that my yard has not been draining properly.  There are puddles of water everywhere.  I turned off the sprinkler system and will keep it off until the yard is completely dry.

I hope the weather clears up by Tuesday, when I plan to shop for groceries.  After all, my Thanksgiving party is on Thursday, and I am expecting 16 guests.

I should not complain, though.  Isn’t rain better than drought?

My blog friend, Hattie, mentioned that Hilo on the Big Island is very wet, also, and they have to deal with mosquitoes that cause Dengue Fever.  If she wants to work in her garden, she has to cover up with clothing and use repellent.

Ah, Hawaii.  Is this paradise or what?

Ten years from now…

November 21, 2015

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The good old days when David and I could dance.  This photo was taken at a hotel in Waikiki on New Year’s Eve many years ago.

A friend of mine told me about her elderly parents’ declining health and what was done about it.  She said that the family hired a live-in caregiver, who cooked and fed meals to the parents, bathed them, cleaned their house, did their laundry, etc.  All this in exchange for free room and board and a monthly stipend of $5,000.  My friend’s mother had Alzheimer’s Disease, and her father was also disabled.  They died recently, within six months of each other.

I think the free room and board and monthly stipend of $5,000 to take care of two people was a bargain, when you consider that my mother had to pay $8,500 for a semi-private room in a nursing home.

I have been thinking of my future.  I probably will be independent for the next ten years and maintain the status quo for myself during that time.  I will be able to drive, cook, write, and enjoy my life as I always have.

David, on the other hand, will undergo two more surgeries on his hip and knee, so we will have to wait and see what effect they will have on his lifestyle.

Ten years from now, will we need assistance?

No iPhones or Samsung Galaxies

November 19, 2015


Scenes of Waikiki Beach.  I took these photos sometime ago, while David drove the car.  Not bad, considering I took these shots through the car window, using a Canon Power Shot camera.


David and I don’t have iPhones or Samsung Galaxy smart phones.  We use flip phones ($15.00 at Walmart) for emergency calls in the car such as when we need roadside assistance.  Sometimes, David calls me up at the store to ask about a certain item I want him to buy.  Other than that, we rarely use our flip phones.

Our landline telephone is our main method of calling.

We certainly don’t use flip phones as cameras.

And, if we need the Internet, we simply use our computer.

As you can imagine, we save a fortune by not paying exorbitant monthly service fees.  In fact, we pay TracFone.com only $7.00 per month for each flip phone.

Nice.  Very nice way to cut unnecessary expenses.

Medley of topics

November 17, 2015


Water scenes of Hawaii.  Photos by Ted Trimmer.

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Just a medley of topics for today’s post.

Salmon recipe:

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I enjoy browsing through cookbooks, and a recipe for salmon caught my eye.  I have made it three times, and it is delicious.  It involves mixing 1 cup of salsa (drained through a sieve) and 1 cup of mayonnaise.  Add about ½ teaspoon of cumin.  Then slather the mixture on your salmon fillets.  Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350F.  So simple, but so good!

Private art collections:

I like going to people’s homes and looking at the art on their walls.  It’s a lot of fun.  I prefer large, colorful oil paintings.  But, watercolors are nice, too.  I admire artists, because I don’t have any artistic talent.

Travel vicariously:

David:  “I like to watch reality shows that feature foreign countries (e.g., Amazing Race, Survivor, House Hunters International).  No need to travel and subject ourselves to terrorists and bombs.  Just watch TV.”

Me:  “Yeah, it’s sad that we can travel only vicariously, now.  It’s a dangerous world we live in.”

Loving our lifestyle in Hawaii

November 15, 2015

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Rainbows in Hawaii.  Photos by Ted Trimmer.


I feel so sad about the carnage in Paris, France, where so many innocent civilians died at the hands of terrorists.  I hope justice is served eventually.  And I also hope that Hawaii continues to be a place of peace and harmony.

We have been preparing for our Thanksgiving party here in our home.  We expect 16 people, all bringing their favorite food to share with other guests.

This year, I decided not to roast the turkey, as it’s not my favorite thing to do.  My sister in law, Pat, has ordered the turkey and all the trimmings from a Waikiki hotel.  I plan to make the rice, pasta salad, green salad, shrimp and zucchini stir-fry, and chips and salsa.  Other guests will bring vegetarian dishes and dessert.

Yesterday, I previewed a videotape that David made of our housewarming party in 1991. We will show it to our guests.  Imagine: It’s been 24 years since we purchased this house.  I think everyone will enjoy seeing our nieces and nephews when they were so young in 1991.  It’s hard to believe they are in their 30s now.

And so it goes.  We love our home and our lifestyle in Hawaii:

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Having a fabulous time

November 13, 2015

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Ala Wai Harbor, Hawaii: 2 dogs (photo by Ted Trimmer).

David said he was in the car when he heard Vivaldi’s “Gloria” on the radio.  He wondered if we had the CD.  I replied that I might have purchased it years ago and, if so, it would be in the CD cabinet.

Well, he found the CD and we listened to it for the first time in a very long time.  It was so full of pep and joy, it made me tap my foot and laugh.  I love Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”  I am glad that David enjoys Baroque music as much as I do.

In other news, we look forward to watching Tennessee Titans quarterback, Marcus Mariota, compete against Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, this Sunday on TV.  Both are superb athletes and Heisman Trophy winners, but we are rooting for Mariota, because he graduated from St. Louis High School here in Hawaii.  It should be an exciting game.

And how about that Golden State basketball star, Steph Curry, and his numerous 3-point shots?  He makes it look so easy by catching and releasing the ball immediately.  The ball never fails to go into the basket.

These athletes are all so handsome and talented.

Music and sports brighten our day.  We don’t have to play an instrument or throw a ball.  We just listen and watch and have a fabulous time!

New muumuus for the holidays

November 11, 2015

Last Sunday, I drove to the T&L Muumuu Factory on Kapiolani Blvd. and purchased these two gorgeous muumuus:

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The $60 price has not changed over a number of years, and I consider it quite reasonable.

The muumuus can be thrown in the washing machine on permanent press and then dried in the electric dryer on medium. Wrinkle-free, they don’t need to be ironed.

Oh, how I love being in Hawaii, where I can wear muumuus anywhere – the opera, restaurants, parties, and around the house.

The only variable is your jewelry. Dress it up with fancy jewelry or dress it down without jewelry.  It’s your call.

Now, I have something new to wear for the holidays.

Love, beauty, and charm

November 9, 2015



Aren’t these orchids pretty?  I photographed them at Home Depot sometime ago.  For the price and variety, Home Depot is the place to buy plants.

There is so much negativity in the news these days, what with the homeless people and the wars being fought around the world, it is refreshing to look at beautiful pictures.

I have been rearranging some of the oil paintings that I purchased from my friends, Suzanne and Flo.  I enjoy seeing their art above family photos:

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We also enjoy listening to beautiful music.  Next Sunday, we’ll get to hear someone play Spanish guitar music at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.  The following Sunday, we will hear a pianist perform a Beethoven piano concerto.

This is the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra at the Blaisdell:

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And here is what makes Hawaii a paradise (photo by Ted Trimmer):


Above all, my loving family last April:

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I believe in a life full of love, beauty and charm!

Sharp mind or fuzzy thinking?

November 7, 2015


Hawaii:  Diamond Head is in the distance.  Photo by Ted Trimmer.

One of the reasons I like to blog is that it stimulates my brain.  Recently, I awoke thinking that it was Tuesday.  When I looked at the date on the newspaper, I was surprised to note that it was Friday.  My goodness, I hope I’m not senile.

David’s father had dementia, starting in his late 70s, and his mother had Alzheimer’s at age 85.

My mother had dementia, also, but my father did not.

Lately, I have been forcing David to be more specific when he refers to someone or something.

David:  “Hey, that guy was at the gym last night.”

Me:  “Does that guy have a name?”

David:  “What’s that guy’s name?  Hmmm.  It’s Mark.  He wants me to meet him at that place for lunch.”

Me:  “Does that place have a name?”

David:  “Hmmm.  I think it’s Chili’s in Waikele.”

Me:  “You know, David, you keep saying you have a sharp mind.  But, your thinking tends to be sloppy and fuzzy.  Please, be more specific, organized and less vague.  Memorize names.  You don’t want to end up like your parents with dementia.”


I don’t know if memorizing names will prevent David from developing dementia, but it certainly will be less frustrating to listen to him.

As for me, I must keep track of time.  The trouble is that all the days seem alike.  Tuesday?  Friday?  What’s the difference?

How tall are you?

November 5, 2015


David (6’1″ tall,) former UH basketball coach Bob Nash, Sr. (6’8″ tall), and me (5’1″ tall).

I thought you might get a kick out of that photo just to show you the discrepancy in height.  It was taken in 2010 when alumni were given a tour of the University of Hawaii campus.  David and I are UH alumni.

Anyway, I have always been impressed with tall men.  I think they have the advantage in moving up the ladder to success, because we normally equate height with power.  Of course, there are exceptions.  Many doctors are short as are many attorneys.  But, in general, tall men have the advantage over short men.

I remember applying for a job as a flight attendant in 1968, the year I graduated from UH.  I thought that this would be an easy way to see the world.  But, after my height was measured, I was told I was too short to be a flight attendant.  Damn!  I was devastated!  Nevertheless, I went on to circle the world by myself and lived to write about it in newspaper columns, books, and radio commentaries.

Tall or short, one still needs a brain to accomplish anything worthwhile.


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