Painting the interior

August 2, 2021

Last December, we hired Shacky’s Painting Company to paint the exterior of our house. They did a splendid job for a reasonable price. Click on this link to see photos of the exterior:

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Last week, we hired them again, this time to paint the interior of our house.

Basically, they painted the living room, family room, kitchen, one bathroom, the hall, the doors (front and back), and the corner walls of the master bedroom.

They cleaned all the surfaces, getting rid of the mildew and dirt. They also caulked the holes and cracks in the walls and ceiling.

Our house looked like a war zone with everything covered up:

Then, they used a wand to spray paint the ceiling and walls. The next day, they used the roller and brush to paint the areas that had not been sprayed.

Then, they vacuumed, swept, and put the furniture back.

Altogether, it was a two day job.

The results were magnificent:

I did not photograph the bathroom, the hall, the doors, and the master bedroom. But, you can imagine how nice everything looks.

We chose a soft white color, called “Greek Villa.” We like this hue very much, as it is not that bright or blinding. It’s nice, a color that we can live with.

So, remember the name, should you need a painter: Shacky’s Painting Company.

They paint houses, even gas stations, in Hawaii and in Washington state. In fact, they spent three weeks in July painting four houses in Washington. They plan to return there to paint two more houses in late August.

Shacky’s Painting Company will paint your shack.

You will love the results!

No vaccine, no treatment!

July 28, 2021
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The number of Covid cases continues to soar here in Hawaii, reaching triple digits daily for over a week. It is just awful.

Most patients, who get the disease, are not vaccinated. They are the ones in the hospital, fighting for their lives.

Some people in Hawaii are saying that unvaccinated people, who get sick with the virus, should not receive any medical treatment, at all. It is their fault for getting sick. Who told them to do this to themselves?

No vaccine, no treatment!

Let them die!

Let’s be realistic, people. This is serious.

Get vaccinated.

Wear your mask.

And avoid large social gatherings.

Mini Keurig

July 26, 2021

We were tired of the daily hassle of using coffee filters and washing the coffee pot, so David went to Target and bought a Mini Keurig coffee maker for $70:

It is easy to use. All you have to do is pour 8 ounces of water into the receptacle and insert a coffee pod into the hole. There is no need to remove the paper lid from the pod. Plug the cord in, press the top right button, and then press the big button on the top. The machine will make a noise, which indicates that it is brewing:

Voila! A nice cup of hot coffee:

We used a generic medium roast, but consider it too weak. So, I think we will spend more money and buy Peet’s coffee, which has more flavor.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

July 24, 2021
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David and I watched the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Summer Olympics for several hours yesterday.

It is just incredible that there are 11,000 athletes from 200 countries participating in the Olympics. We saw so many different shades of skin color, different facial features, and different flags. It was awesome!

The USA has 613 athletes participating this year. About 100 of these athletes have not been vaccinated. How is this possible? Should they not be disqualified and expelled? I think it is insane that they should be allowed to participate, as they could become infected with the virus.

Anyway, I plan to watch the summer games as often as possible. I especially look forward to seeing Simone Biles compete in gymnastics. She is phenomenal.

I also look forward to watching the swimming and diving events. Unfortunately, Michael Phelps has retired. He won a total of 28 medals and is the most decorated Olympian of all time.

I am sure that David looks forward to watching the USA basketball team compete. He, himself, used to play basketball as an amateur, so he does love the game.

This is the Olympic Village in Tokyo:

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This is the Team USA marching in the Opening Ceremony, taken from my TV:

Hurrah for the great United States of America!

Bring home the gold!

Calm, relaxed, and mellow

July 22, 2021

I try not to write about my troubles on my blog. I prefer to keep it positive and upbeat, even uplifting when possible. This has led to my own happiness and success. I enjoy writing my stuff, such as it is.

The other day, I went to Straub Medical Center on King Street to have my ear wax removed. First, the medical assistant dropped hydrogen peroxide into my left ear to soften the wax for five minutes. Then, she irrigated the canal, but nothing floated out. So, she used a tool to dig out the culprit. UGH. The wax was huge and disgusting. Then, she got a tiny bit of wax from the right ear. So, now I can hear fine. Nothing muffled, everything is crystal clear. I can hear a pin drop. Yes, literally. A pin drop.

Basically, my life is a quiet one. I cook, I clean, and I write my blog. I also host a party from time to time. That is basically it.

I don’t travel anymore, because it is expensive and my arthritis prevents me from walking easily. I rarely play my violin, because it isn’t important to do so. I don’t attend the symphony, the opera, or plays anymore because of the risk of catching the virus.

So, as I said, all I do is cook, clean, blog, and host a party.

Is that boring to you?

Maybe so.

But, it isn’t stressful living like this.

It is just calm, relaxed, and mellow.

Diamond Head Theatre

July 20, 2021

A woman called me a few days ago, inquiring as to why I had not renewed my subscription to Diamond Head Theatre’s 2021-2022 season.

I explained to her that we were afraid of contracting the Covid-19 or Delta Variant virus. Being in a small theatre with so many people just did not appeal to us. She said she was sorry to hear this, and we ended the conversation.

The overriding fear of catching such a contagious and lethal disease just makes me so sad. Why is this happening to us? When will it all come to an end? When can we resume our daily lives without being so paranoid?

Anyway, the last time we attended a stage production at Diamond Head Theatre was in February 2020. We saw Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” It was outstanding, and we truly enjoyed ourselves.

This is David in front of the marquee:

This was the star of the show, Theo Columbis, who played the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot:

And this was the stage:

How wonderful it would be to get back to Diamond Head Theatre and enjoy another production again!

But, when will it be safe to do so?

Dinner at Stage Restaurant (2021)

July 18, 2021

David and I had dinner at Stage Restaurant for the first time. We previously had lunch there, but it was about 20 years ago. The decor and menu of the restaurant have changed for the better.

David and I:

View. The place filled up with more people about 30 minutes later. We were there early at 6:15 pm. The tables were socially distanced:

Amuse Bouche (free):

Organic salad (shared):

Palate cleanser (sherbet) (free):

David ordered the Beef Wellington (Beef in puff pastry, gravy, and veggies):

I ordered the Roast Duck with Asparagus, Mashed Potato, and Plum Sauce:

Dessert: David ordered the Coffee Pie:

Dessert: I ordered the Chocolate Ice Cream Cake with Sliced Pears and Sweet Potato Chips on top:

Vanilla wafers (free) to close out the meal:

This meal was excellent from start to finish. We loved the extra touches, such as the complimentary Amuse Bouche and Palate Cleanser.

Really wonderful meal.

I just loved the Duck. It was divine.

We were told that the menu will expand next week.

We’ll be back next year.

Delta variant

July 16, 2021
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My younger daughter, Lisa, is a physical therapist in Las Vegas, Nevada. She recently contacted us and told us to wear our masks when we are in public places, especially since there are so many tourists in Hawaii.

Apparently, she has been seeing many fully vaccinated patients being hospitalized with the Delta variant. Many of these patients are over 60 years old.

This advice is timely, because David and I plan to dine at Stage Restaurant tomorrow evening.

Further, David has been shopping for groceries at Target, Safeway, and Costco frequently.

So, yes, we must continue to be vigilant.

Wear your masks, people, even if you have been fully vaccinated.

Vancouver, British Columbia

July 14, 2021

I spent six days with my friends, Tip and Jim, in their lovely home in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was March 1994, and there was snow on the ground. I was forced to buy a heavy jacket at a store there, because the weather was too cold for a girl from Hawaii.

Tip is now a retired library assistant, and Jim is a retired college professor in Vancouver. I met Tip and Jim in Thailand, when I was an English teacher at Thammasat University in 1969. At the time, Tip was a student at Thammasat. Jim was also an English teacher. After she graduated, Tip and Jim married and moved to Canada. Jim is a Canadian citizen, born and raised in Canada. Tip later became a Canadian citizen, herself. Their three sons were born in Canada. We all continue to keep in touch. They are nice people. In fact, they stayed with us here in Hawaii in 1998 and seemed to enjoy our hospitality.

Vancouver is located on the western coast of Canada. There are more than 630,000 residents, and 50.6% belong to minority groups. There are many Thais living there, so Tip feels comfortable living in Vancouver.

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Stanley Park:

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Totem poles in Stanley Park:

Butchart Gardens:

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Museum of Anthropology:

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People waving the Canadian flag:

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Chinatown:

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Downtown Vancouver:

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Grouse Mountain:

Vancouver Aquarium:

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Vancouver Island:

Restaurants in Vancouver:

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Monterey, California

July 12, 2021

Sometime during the 1990s, David and I drove along the Pacific coast from San Francisco to Monterey, California for sightseeing. It was murder for David, because he had rented a very small Toyota Tercel. He had no idea that it would be so difficult to drive with his long legs cramped so badly. It took 2-3 hours to drive to Monterey and 2-3 hours to return to San Francisco.

However, it was a scenic drive along the Pacific coast.

Monterey, California is a picturesque county, located next to Monterey Bay.

The famous Hollywood actor, Clint Eastwood, was mayor of Carmel, a city in Monterey, from 1986 to 1988. There were just 4,000 people in that town, and he won the election by getting 72% of the vote.

During his term in office, Eastwood managed to improve the ability of businesses to operate. However, he also managed to turn Carmel into a tourist trap. It was over crowded and there were fewer places to park. The residents hated what happened to their formerly quiet town. After two years, Eastwood decided not to seek a second term. I don’t know if Carmel has improved for its residents since then. To us, it was a beautiful town.

Anyway, we enjoyed visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where there were so many different types of sea creatures to observe.

There also were charming houses, seascapes, and landscapes to appreciate. The restaurants also were quite lovely.

Monterey Bay Aquarium:

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Clint Eastwood, Mayor of Carmel, Monterey, 1986-1988:

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California is a unique state in our nation, isn’t it? As you may have noticed from my blog, I have lived in Los Angeles and in San Francisco, and have visited Monterey.

I hope to visit other cities in California in the near future. Cities such as San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Sacramento. Those are on my bucket list.