Thursday, August 28, 2008
The other night at the library I was looking for something to read so I picked up this book. Then last night I read the whole thing in an hour or so. (I am a fast reader). I liked it but found it hard to believe she did not recognize her own husband even if he had lots of burn scars. Still, it was a good love story.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tonight I am going to can the peaches (I'll have to ask Grandma for tips) and get that apple tree planted. One day I hope to live somewhere with my very own fruit orchard.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Some of her favorite things are:
indie & reggae music
painting portraits (she is an excellent artist)
learning the ukulele
saving the environment
decorating her bedroom
Friday, August 22, 2008
It is easy to fall into the trap of not being content with what we already have. I like to think up ways to further simplify my life. Not having a television is a great help because I don't know how I would get anything done if I had one. Another thing I am constantly working on is my bedroom. It also doubles as an art studio so I have all number of art supplies as well as clothes everywhere. Whenever I am in there all I can see is clutter!
I have found it is good to keep a clean room / home because clutter is very stressful. My goal for now is to donate a bunch of stuff to thrift stores. I could probably sell things on ebay but it would be so much easier to have a clean room now instead of a month from now when everything sells.
This weekend once again I am going to work on the garden. It hasn't been getting watered...Eek! Luckily next week the forecast is lots of rainstorms.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
You might have to be careful when going to the doctor because sometimes they sneak these little things onto the bill! Now I know why my Mom always asks up front how much the bill is going to be with their insurance coverage.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I was reading somewhere that our grocery stores get their food every couple of days by trucks so if something were to happen (natural disaster, etc.), the shelves would be stripped bare probably within a day. That is why I believe it is good to have extra food on hand for emergencies and just to be prepared in general.
Also it would be nice for once to see pretty dresses and skirts on sale instead of ripped t-shirts and jeans and ultra miniskirts. It is sad when I see little girls (age 10 and under) wearing very short shorts and skirts. I don't know what their parents are thinking! Yesterday when I was out at lunchtime I looked around to see if anyone else was wearing a skirt besides me. Um, no. I was the only one and most of the people around we were all women. So ladies, please keep wearing your skirts and dresses.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This lovely evening I checked the garden and picked a bunch of roma tomatoes, heirloom yellow tomatoes and a few jalapenos. I don't know how all the weeds sprouted up but it seems like I am walking through a jungle just to get to my garden patch. The romas went into tonight's chili and they added a sweetness to it. (Or maybe that was my imagination)
Tomorrow I will be spending lots of time in the garden making up for my laziness in not keeping up with the weeds. I'm wondering about my lettuce plants because they are supposed to produce a head of lettuce but look like they are just going to seed. My watermelons are doing good though, climbing all over the creation.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Gorgeous sunsets every evening. This was the view from our house, looking right out at the ocean!
When I was visiting Ree's website yesterday (www.thepioneerwoman.com) and saw her sunrise photos I actually thought she was really on the Big Island. It is eery how the colors in my top sunset photo are almost the same as her Oklahoma sunrise photos. She could of fooled me :)
That is one thing I miss about the Big Island... lovely sunsets and sunrises everyday and clear skies at night where you could see all of the stars. Not to mention the 77 degree weather! We lived next door to a botanical garden so sometimes we'd hear the wild birds.
Hopefully I can save up enough money to take an extended vacation over there...
God's creation is so beautiful!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Some of her favorite things are:
west highland terriers
and of course her family :)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I made this with the easiest how-to recipe from Ree's Pioneer woman website. Here is the direct link:
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We have lots of good memories of Grandma :) She was in the Women's Army Corps and my Grandpa was in the merchant marines. When her and Grandpa would visit us on the mainland they would bring over candyleis and lots of poi. I have a cute picture of my older sister and I in our pajamas when we were about 2 or 3 years old with Grandma and Grandpa, I'll have to find it and post it.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This is from http://www.bracesinfo.com/
- The first "braces" were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. Fauchard's "braces" consisted of a flat strip of metal, which was connected to teeth by pieces of thread.
- Bands were invented by Schange in 1841. The first bands consisted of an strip of metal, with a screw to adjust their size.
- Orthodontic Brackets were invented by Edward Angle in 1915. The brackets consisted of little hooks of metal, which were attached to bands which went around your teeth
My braces are the "Damon System" so they are supposed to move faster and have a shorter treatment time. We'll see!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Last night we went and saw the Cazimero Brothers, Ledward Ka'apana and Halau O Kekuhi. It was a great concert! That is a picture of the Caz from way back in the 1970s. Dad got to see Robert afterwards (they all went to Kam school together). Of course I starting missing Hawaii again so I better save up so I can go back and visit next year!
My workplace is sponsoring a free self defense class and it was a good refresher course of some of the stuff I had already learned in my thai kickboxing classes. I started to think of how fun it would be to do kickboxing again. Maybe I can find something affordable near my home as I really do not want to be paying $180/month like I had been...funny how at the time I thought it was worth it but now I am like whoa that is a lot of money.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I have been looking for farm boots that I can wear when feeding hay and other miscellaneous farm stuff. It's probably not a good idea to wear slippers! I just found these lovely boots by UGG. They are $228 and shearling lined of course. They would look cute with a skirt or dress as well. I wish it didn't have a 1 1/2" heel, if I buy these I might be 6'1".
p.s. These boots are a lot of money and I probably won't buy them unless they fit right and then will plan on wearing them for a long long time. It would be nice to have one pair of boots that I really love and can wear with skirts and dresses (then I can sell all my other dress boots on ebay).
Sunday, August 3, 2008
One thing I don't understand is people that look down on you if you don't have the latest and greatest car. Hello, not everyone wants to make payments their whole lives or be in debt up th their eyeballs! I want to live a more self-sustainable lifestyle...live out in the country, grow my own food, be self-employed, learn permaculture, etc. Actually I already do a lot of those things, but I need to work on the self-employment part a bit more so I can quit my day job...
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Tonight for supper we had pork chops and the recipe is very simple. Simply fry the pork chops in a frying pan with a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and a bit of Lawry's salt. Serve with rice and vegetables (or whatever you like). The cost for four people comes to about $6-7 total.
I got outbid on a ton of Victoria magazines. Grrr!! I didn't want to put in a huge bid because there are lots of other sellers selling them. Victoria is one of my favorite magazines. The latest issue has a pretty dress by Whitewash that I love. I'll see if I can find a picture of it on their website.
Friday, August 1, 2008
I discovered these lovely dutch treats today (my co-worker spent a few weeks in Holland and came back with some)...they are called a "stroopwafel". It is a thin waffle cookie with a layer of syrup or caramel in between.
They are very delicious! Try your local Trader Joe's to see if they are in stock.
I wonder if I could make them myself...Then I could eat one every day :)
Another thing I like to bring to bbq or potlucks is the ambrosia salad. It is basically a five cup recipe Mom pass down to us...1 cup of each of the following:
Drain the oranges and then mix everything into a bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Yummy! You can adjust the sour cream and coconut to your liking.