Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Seventeen

March 31st, 2014

Back to Montana we go. Going get plenny ʻānuenue this time. The clouds were getting darker, but there was no rain.

The sun was behind us though, and about 63°, and through the dark clouds, we suddenly saw this ʻānuenue over the northeast hills.

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Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Sixteen

March 26th, 2014

K’den. Let’s continue da road trip, k?

So, last time, we’d just stopped in Missoula at Starbucks and seen the license plate from Hawaiʻi. It was a very quick stop; we still had a long ways to go till Bozeman. I called T, my cousin’s wife… oh, I no like how that sounds. So distancing, yeah? So, I called T and told her not to wait dinner for us; that we’d be there about nine. She was fine with that, so on we went.

Here we are, heading back mauka (but still get mauka all ova da place! Aftah all, we stay in da middo of da Rocky Mauka!); Interstaet 90 is up in front of us, a few miles away.

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Spinnin’ Away

March 24th, 2014

So I thought I’d post some photos of some recent spinning that I’ve done. Cuz I no jass sit around da hale doing nuttin’, ya know.

So dis first one is called “Park Lane” by Snerb Fibers. It’s Blue-Faced Leicester, and I spun four ounces into a two-ply yarn. I have about 425 yards of it; don’t know what I’ll knit with it yet, though. Interesting colorway all spun up. I will knit a swatch with this before deciding on a project. I set it in a branch of my blooming Redbud Tree for the photo.

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My Spinning Wheel Stay Fixed!

March 12th, 2014

So yesterday my spinning wheel came back to me! I’d talked to Kyle at Paradise Fibers and he told me it was all pau and he was just getting ready to ship it back to me. So, not only did he fix what was broken, he also replaced a bushing, three bearings, and a piece that goes on the bottom of one of the legs! He just did it because he knew the wheel needed the restoration, and he told me that now it spun perfectly. Read the rest of this entry »

Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Fifteen

March 4th, 2014

K’den. Time foa go back to Montana!

In Part Fourteen, Nolemana and I had just arrived at the Ranger Station at Lolo Pass. Now we’re about to head down hill. We’d barely driven any distance at all, and there was the sign we’d been looking for!

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My Spinning Wheel Wen Broke

February 27th, 2014

Well, I don’t mean my spinning wheel wen broke. I mean one of dem wen broke.

My Louet S70, is a workhorse. I bought it used about eighteen years ago. I already had a spinning wheel, but a friend of mine told me that her friend was selling her Louet and it’d be a really great wheel for me to have, especially for plying, because of its huge bobbins. And the price was perfect. So what did I do? I wen buyum, of course.

I took that wheel to my spinning guild and anywhere else that I needed a really portable wheel. It has served me faithfully and I really love it.

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In the past month…

February 22nd, 2014

I’m not even going to say “bad blogger, Mokihana”. That just makes me feel bad. It’s just been a wow of a month. But good stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

My First Letter From Liz!

January 18th, 2014

When I went to the post office yesterday I was delighted to find a letter from Liz (Lees), the little girl I’m sponsoring through Compassion International. I was so excited I could hardly wait to get home to read it. But the closer I got to home the more I realized that I wanted to read it in the quiet of my day so that I could really savor it. Read the rest of this entry »

Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Fourteen

January 12th, 2014

Hakum when I get so much to write about I neva? Seems like my life is so busy and I forget to update our 2010 road trip! Pretty soon I going get lost about where we were! Maybe I should make one New Year’s resolution. Update da bloggie, Moki!!

K’den. We’ve just left the DeVoto Memorial Cedar Grove, right? But we’re still travelling along the Lochsa River.

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No Snow On Da Mountain

January 9th, 2014

So last week Nolemana and I had an appraisal to do in Government Camp, up on the slopes of Mt Hood. Which, by now, should be covered in snow, making skiers and snowboarders and cross country folks very happy. And normally I’d have studded tires on to make it possible to drive on the snowy, hilly, roads up there. But guess what? No skiers, no boarders, no studded tires. Why? Cuz nomo da snow! Read the rest of this entry »

Da Bestest Christmas Present Ever

December 29th, 2013

I’ve known for quite awhile that the likelihood of having moʻopuna is pretty non-existent. Which has caused a huge ache in my heart. Especially as I watch most of my friends rejoicing when there are new, tiny, additions to their families. I look at their grandbabies’ photos and can be happy for them, but inside, I have really been hurting. It’s been really hard to hear the announcements that they have new grandkids coming. Read the rest of this entry »

Ho Da Foggy!!

December 17th, 2013

Foa da past chree days, ho da foggy!! Along the roads sometimes only can see maybe one-eighth of a mile. And ho da stupidheads who no turn on dea headlights! Da fog is all the way down to the roadway, and visibility is pretty bad. Parking lights do no good; gotta put on the headlights. K’den. Pau rant. Read the rest of this entry »

December, 2013

December 15th, 2013

Seriously, I have more going on in my life than a new mattress. So now gotta play catch-up.

On December 2, my friends from The Gathering and I went holoholo kaʻa on a 3 1/2 day beach retreat to Seaside, Oregon. The weather peeps had been warning us that a major cold front was approaching, with snow very cold temps, but the morning we left we had clear roads and pretty blue skies. Two of my friends have reserved seats in my van every time we go to the beach, and I picked them up at 10 a.m. in Portland; the three of us always travel together so well, and this time was no exception. I couldn’t get Christmas music (yet) on Sirius XM (oh yeah, another freebie that came with my new kawila!), so all the way over we listened to Hanukkah music and it was wonderful! Read the rest of this entry »

Da Princess and Da Pea: Judgment Day

December 7th, 2013

K’den. It’s been chree weeks sleeping on da Tempur-Pedic mattresss. Neva wen find one pea. And sometimes I still wake up in da morning wit one backache, but it goes away much moa fass den it did wit da old mattress.

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Try Look Wat Nolemana Wen Find!

November 15th, 2013

So Nolemana’s been cleaning out Da Puka, this storage room wea we get all kine stuffs. Get plenny jars of stuff I’ve canned through the years, but these two I’d forgotten about.

I used to enter stuffs in da county fair, and try look! Dese ones wen get prizes!!

Third prize foa crabapple jelly.

And second prize foa pickled crabapples.

Oh how I miss our crabapple tree!! Tonight we going check out if da crabapples and jelly still stay ‘ono.

Da Princess and Da Pea: Night Two

November 13th, 2013

1. Last night I slept pretty good on da new mattress. The odor had almost dissipated (ho da big word, yeah?) and didn’t bother me at all.

2. I did use a second pillow because the night before, because I wasn’t sinking so far into the bed, it felt like my head was too low. As in lower than the rest of me. That helped a lot. I may get a new pillow at some point because the one I used to slept with is getting pretty smooshed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Princess and Da Pea Revisited

November 13th, 2013

So you folks know da story, right? A young woman was tested to see if she was worthy of marrying the prince; she had to detect a pea that was placed underneath twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds.

Well, that’s not exactly my story. Mine is that every day for the past year I’ve been waking up with a backache in the small of my back that’s relieved by putting a warm microwaveable da kine there for about fifteen minutes. Every morning. Our mattress is a firm one, and so ontop that we have 3″ of memory foam. But it was still too firm (even after we’d tried out ukubillion mattresses at the store and I thought we’d chosen the right one… sheesh!). So then we added a featherbed to the memory foam. Getting into it felt really good, but my back suffered. Read the rest of this entry »

Stalking and Socking

November 12th, 2013

We laugh about how she “stalked” me on Ravelry, a wonderful knitting, crocheting, and handspinning community. I would have done the same thing. See, on the Portland message board, a wahine named Nancy had just moved to Damascus with her husband. So I posted a message saying that I’m in Damascus, welcome to the area, etc. Everything that anyone posts on one of the public Ravelry forums can be seen by everyone, so Nancy checked my posts to find out wat kine wahine I am. Cuz u neva know, right? I could have been more weird than I am, or always hūhū, or a troublemaker. It happens. Read the rest of this entry »

I Am A Blessed Wahine

October 26th, 2013

I am a blessed wahine. When I got together with my friend Nancy today for our knitting time, she ‘way surprised me by telling me that she was knitting a pair of socks for me. For me. I could hardly believe it and started to cry. I was so overwhelmed and touched at her generosity. She had me put one on so that she could see where to start the toe decreases. Read the rest of this entry »

Anodda reminda of home

October 23rd, 2013

So. Still feeling homesick, and because one of my friends at The Gathering (every Wednesday group that I go to) loves coconut, I decided to make coconut mochi for the potluck. I tried a new recipe; usually I make butter mochi and sometimes sprinkle coconut on top. But this recipe called for coconut milk instead of evaporated milk and I decided to try it.

The taste was ʻono, though it came out more chewy than usual, and much stickier and harder to cut than usual. I think I like the butter mochi recipe mo betta.

Still yet. Most of my friends liked it, though mochi is a whole new experience for them. My mission, which I have accepted, is to keep introducing my mainland friends to onolicious local kine grindz.