Monthly Archives: August 2017

Sometimes the Short Trips are the Best

Libby, me and Tiny Tina headed out on a great trip today…25 steps to our garden.  It was Summer harvest time.  A couple hundred of red and green peppers(Serranoes and Jalapeños), a dozen of Vidalia Onions, 100+ tomatoes of all size and kinds.  Headed into the house an made a big dish of salsa.  We then heated up some tamales and loaded them up with the salsa.  So good.

Then to the neighbors with some of fresh vegetables and froze enough whole peppers for the rest of the year.  Oh yes, for lunch, fresh sliced tomatoes.  Great day of fresh vegetable on all of our meals.

Excellent trip, not far but so tasty.


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Posted by on August 19, 2017 in California, Garden, Uncategorized


Day 6, Hawaii, Monday, Heading Home

Up a 5 A.M. and the ocean outside was still very dark.  It was clear that it was going to be a long day home.  We finished what little packing we had left and then went down for breakfast in the hotel and went back up to the room and looked one more time for the “kids” which by this time we call the dolphins.  No such luck.  They were probably hunting in another bay.  We have to thank them for all the enjoyment they gave us over the last six days. 

On our way to the airport and it was smooth as we checked the car in and then checked in for our flight.  We are always irritated by the amount of carry-on luggage people drag on the plane but, when the airlines started charging $25.00 a bag for luggage who can blame them.  My guess is that 75% of all passengers on these flights to and from Hawaii only have carry-on to save a few bucks. 50 pounds of carry-on in the cabin instead of the luggage compartment. Bad decision airlines. 

The plane is about 80% full and I have no leg room but I am getting used to that but still hate it.  .  Also packing our own snacks and meals now as none are available.  A grey-hound bus is more comfortable but limited high ways to Hawaii from California.  Half way to the west coast now that I have finished complaining. 

We arrived at LAX and all went well with luggage.  Our Fly Away Bus was full and the traffic in the airport was a mess.  Finally caught the Fly Away, drove home and arrived home just before midnight.  Tiny Tina was beside herself to have us home again. 

Glad we went on this trip to say goodbye to Libby’s brother but very good to be home. 




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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in hawaii



Day 5, Sunday in Hawaii, Goodbye to Family, Ocean Colors, Trade Winds and Good Food

We said goodbye to our family who remain on Hawaii and we remember our loss as well.  Its always tough to say goodbye for good. 

It was our last full day on Hawaii.  We decided to stay right around the hotel and the ocean to soak in all of the things that we don’t have at home in the Desert.  The constantly changing colors of the ocean from multi hue-blues, turquoise, sea foam green and grey.  As we soak up the colors we simultaneously enjoy the trade winds with the smell of salt, flowers and the tropics.  I think we have all of those sensory inputs locked in hopefully till the next time we come here under happier circumstances.   hawaii hotel

Things will never be the same for us now when we visit Hawaii.  Libby’s brother will not be with us in body but will always be with us in our memories.  That is one of the ways that we all will continue in this world when we pass on is in the memories of our relatives and friends. 

Tonight we decided we were hungry for Italian food.  Yep, Italian food in Hawaii.  We went to eat at Mi’s Restaurant on the beach.   Supposed to be the best on the Big Island.


I do believe it was the best meal we have had in five days.  For me Cioppino filled with every kind of seafood in a tomato based sauce your can imagine.  So good.  Lib had her favorite Pasta Prima Vera, so creamy with a glass of wine and a shared Crème Brule.   All served right on the beach. 

The evening came to an end sitting on our veranda looking over the dark ocean.  Best way I can think of ending our last night on Hawaii and our final goodbye to a brother.



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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in hawaii



Day 4, Hawaii, Mass on the Beach, Drive Down the Coast

Its almost getting boring with the Dolphins filling the bay in front of our hotel.  Out hunting early and playing with the snorkeling humans.

We jumped in the car and decided to drive down the North Coast of the Big Island to be reminded of our trips where we had stayed before.  Stopped at a place, new to us, that harvested macadamia nuts and runs a tourist store selling them as well.  If you like macadamia nuts like we do, that is a financially dangerous place to visit.

We are now on Hawaiian time and have decided that seven days is a perfect amount of time to stay on in the Islands.  One does not want to get used to seeing the gorgeous ocean, feel the trade winds, lush flowers, dolphins and lava flows to name a few things.

We went to Mass at 5 P.M. on the beach at the St. Michael’s the Arc Angel church to thank the Lord for giving us the health to say good bye to Libby’s brother and to allow us to spend time in one of the most beautiful places in the world.   We are blessed.

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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


Day 3, Hawaii, Coffee/Luau/Spinner Dolphins

Up late.  6 A.M.. and the day started with spinner dolphins.  They never let up all day and we counted four pods.  Each pod seemed to have 8-12 individuals each.  What a show they put on.

spinning dolphin

We had our breakfast and then headed up to what they call the “coffee belt” which is where they grow the famous Kona Coffee.  $40.00 a pound for whole beans and they only grow around the 1500 foot altitude.  Free brewed coffee as long as they think you are going purchase some coffee.  The plantation also grows macadamia nuts.

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We walked down through the coffee trees and they were full of green coffee beans.  They start turning red and ready for roasting in September/October we were told.  Quite a view of the Pacific ocean from the coffee plantation.

Luau tonight and we had not been one in at least 15-20 years and now I remember why.  It was OK.   Food for 500, standing in line, people cutting in line, great surroundings, sweat, same price as 5 meals and Hawaiian entertainment  Glad we did it but it will be our last time.

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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


Day 2, Kona Hawaii, A No Car Day

Ten hours of deep sleep!  We were beat from out long trip from the mainland, getting settled in hotel, spending three hours with family and saying goodbye to Libby’s brother.  Also no time for our nap.

We decided it was our day to walk the miles of beach where  we are located and explore the local area and then meet with the family for dinner about a mile from our hotel.


We started out with a spectacular breakfast buffet which we added to our hotel package.  So much food and so little ability to eat it all.  Lots of American/Japanese food.  No ice sculpture or huge piles of crab legs, lobster tail or jumbo shrimp like we have had here before  but a great way to start the day.  Of course the breakfast buffet isn’t costing $75 per person either. LOL.

The ocean in front of our hotel was loaded with 27 snorkeling boats and a very active pod of dolphins who thought all of the attention they were getting was great fun.

We then did a two and half mile walk along the beach and enjoy a myriad of things including some homeless.  Mental illness, drug use, great weather and funding for non-profits who support the homeless make the problem a non-problem or an unsolvable issue.

We enjoyed our walk around the St. Michael the Arch Angel Catholic Church.  Peaceful, beautiful and very Hawaiian.  We will be attending mass there on Saturday evening.

St Mickeal Church HawaiiOn the way home we stopped at our favorite ABC store…one stop shopping for everything Hawaii including our very lite lunch.     Oh yes, a nice nap.

We finished off the day having a long enjoyable dinner with family.

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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in Uncategorized


Day 1, Visit to Kona, Big Island Hawaii

The ocean just outside our hotel room is a mix of pink and blue as the sun is coming up behind us.  We are watching the world in the central pacific ocean slowly awake.

We are not here on vacation.  We are here to say goodbye to Libby’s brother who died unexpectedly here in Hawaii.  He had been ill for some time but it still came as a surprise when your younger siblings leave this world before you do.

20170809_083733.jpgWe arrived on our flight on time and until the wheels touched down…if that is what you call it…the plane bounced HARD and the fish-tailed  slamming on the brakes.  Kids were screaming and  the flight attendants were strapped in and had pasted on smiles on their faces.  The pilot got the big bird under control and stopped right near the end of the short runway which ended in the Pacific.  The Big Island just said “Aloha” to us.

Got our rental car.  Took the long slow drive to Kona and our hotel and checked into our hotel and then spent three hours with family and friends saying good-bye to Libby’s brother.  It was a sad but so good to all get together again.  20170810_060112.jpg

We slept 10 hours last night, falling asleep to the sound of the waves,  as we were exhausted.  We have that mixed feelings of sadness for our loss of a brother, happiness that he had 20+ years in such a beautiful place and a thankfulness that we can be here in such a beautiful place with his family.


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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Uncategorized