Sunday, December 30, 2012

Breakfast in my "Office"

 Bill brought this to me...for breakfast.  It was a breakfast burrito, but I was so impressed with the cheese and olive and little bitty piece of red bell pepper, I had to share.  So kind.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Selecting Christmas Cards

 I am a big believer in Jesus being the reason for the season.  So, I was just this a warning, or helping me select my cards.

Yes, I realize this is no longer relevant...but still important to me!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Five Months! Wow, it's been that long

I thought I would post while I was back and forth on the mainland, but obviously that didn't happen, even thought I kept taking pictures with "oh, I'll blog about that" in mind.  Time to pick it back up!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I do when my Husband is away

Bill departed yesterday for the mainland, kicking off our mainland adventure.  This is what I did:

Monday, July 9, 2012

A New Backyard - Well Almost

We started this project a while ago.  Rented a rototiller and all.  Then made multiple trips to Olawalu to get the rocks that had tumbled down the mountain jillions of years ago.  Then I put the mulch that had been sitting out front from when we had the mango tree trimmed.  Then I let it sit, and sit.

And this is where we were when it really started to get hot.  This is the back fence, the plan was to make it prettier to look at...
But what to do about the view to the right, I can't force myself to just stare straight ahead....and if I look just a tiny bit right...I see this.  A concrete slab that used to house a shed that look worse than the shed that is just beyond the concrete slab (Richard believe people have actually lived in one time.)
So I bought some soil...some plants...some irrigation stuff (cause we all know nothing grows without water...) and I started planting, the whole time, not allowing my eyes to venture to the right....

Then Bill had a great idea, what if we covered the concrete slab with a small deck...And it grew from there.

Stay tuned!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Help Me Decide

With the kitchen nearly complete, I need to make a quick valance for the window.  What do you think?

Of course it the valance will be at the top of the window, but I didn't want to stand on the counter top to put this up and am too lazy to drag a ladder inside just now.

Here is a closer up version of each fabric:

The first is a yellow background with white dandelions on it (I have the reverse on a pillow in the living room).  And the fourth is a strip with grey dots on the edges of the white strip. 

Tell me what you think.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

When I come back East...we're gonna play a game

Don't worry if you can't read this...I'll bring the directions and the cards with me....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kauai - Where I would be living had I visited there First

This is a short video of a waterfall that you could view from the road.  It was very pretty here.  I am not such a good videographer I have learned.  But I loved seeing the waterfall.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


The best thing growing in my garden are leeks.  And they were transplanted from the garden when it was on the other side of the house.  I harvested two today.

I have been harvesting tomatoes (grape tomatoes are all I can get to grow) and cucumbers. 

I want to make this soup with the leeks (okay...I don't need the leeks, but I still want to make this soup):

Thai Pork and Noodle Soup

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 30m | Total Time: 30m


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger (from a 1-inch piece)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 4 ounces wonton wrappers (about 10), sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • sliced red chili peppers and cilantro leaves, for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the pork and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  2. Add the broth, fish sauce, and 2 cups water to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the wonton wrappers, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the scallion greens, chili peppers, cilantro, and lime wedges.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thomas at 6 Months

He Sits, He Crawls and he gives you his Sassy Pose!

 Is this a sweet happy boy or what!

I got to see Alex, Lauren, and Thomas last week.  It was great.  Thomas is a very good baby.  While I was in NC, Thomas taught himself how to sit up and almost how to crawl.  He already gets around pretty good, but he's a commando type crawler.  I loved seeing him up on his hands and feet...he had no idea what to do next.

Saucy pose.

Sitting up

 Who does this look like!

Making a move to sit up.

Almost there.

Yah Thomas!!!!!

This wore him out.

Sweet Family.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pregnant Lindsey

Lindsey had to travel to southern Utah for work and brought Jacob with her.  Then they stayed an extra day so they could visit Zion National Park.  Here is a pic of pregnant Lindsey and the guy who made her that way! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

SUGAR... A Unique Way To Present This.

4.2 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar = 1 cube ! Someone ought to get an award for this.
We know the facts, but this
Brings it into perspective quickly, doesn't it?
   Each cube is a teaspoonful.

Now someone needs to do this with salt/sodium!
'When someone shares something of value
With you and you benefit from it, you have
A moral obligation to share it with others." So send it on!!