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Reminder of home

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Just outside our kitchen door in Mānoa Valley, go to the other side of our carport, take one step up and try look. A nani red hibiscus bush. I loved that bush; I could pick pua for my hair, or just be happy that the flowers enriched my world.

Today I have a garage. I walk outside my kitchen and go through the breezeway and up three steps. There is no hibiscus bush there.

There are stately Douglas fir trees standing guard, and there are Oregon Big-leaf Maples that turn golden in the fall.

So I compensate by having a small red hibiscus bush on the lānai, and its lovely flowers remind me of home, kuʻu one hānau, and it helps the homesickness I feel for the sands of my birth.

Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Thirteen

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

We continued driving along the beautiful Lochsa River. We didn’t see any more whitewater rafters, but it had been so wonderful seeing the ones we did see and participating in their excitement that we were still on a whitewater high.

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Fall Colors

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

I miss home like crazy. I miss the trade winds, the warm Pacific ocean, the multi-culture environment, and people who know how to pronounce my name.

But I also love Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. And one of the reasons is our lovely fall colors. Ride along with Nolemana and I as we take you down Butler Road in Gresham, in Persimmon Golf Course, where the gorgeous Liquidamber (Sweet Gum) trees are in full color. I wish they’d last for a whole month. At least. Get slack key music for accompaniment. Led’s the greatest!

Oh yeah.

Friday, October 18th, 2013


Forgot to add that I’m spinning this awesome BFL/Silk from Raven Ridge Fiber in the “Pine Bark” colorway. It’s my first time spinning this fiber combo and I just love it. It practically spins itself.

Score!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

I love old kitchen utensils. I love the thought that they’ve been used by different generations of women (mostly, I think), and that their hands have used them to cook things for their ʻohana.

Recently, when Nolemana and I were at an antique store on a road trip (more about that when I stay pau with the 2010 Montana Road Trip (ho, not even halfway pau yet!), I found this wonderful whisk da kine for only $2.00. I snatched it up. Cuz u know wat? Going be perfect foa making haupia! Whoot!

spam. Junk kine.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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I saw it again!!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Ho da funny! I was driving down SE 222nd Avenue today not too far from my hale, and guess wat I wen see driving towards me! Foa realz!

Too late to take peecha… So I going use da only one I get.

But foa realz… wat are da chances? Twice in one week!!

Kinda Alien Rig – But I Like It!

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

I’ve seen this rig around my area a number of times, but this is the first time I’ve seen it parked. I hurried around the corner after parking my own kawila and took this photo on October 11th.

It’s an old Dodge truck, but it’s also a motor home, and I’m not sure what else. It looks kinda other-worldly and alien, but it also looks pretty dang cool.

Now I wish I’d gone behind it and taken another photo. Oh well. At least I got photos!

Montana Road Trip 2010 – Part Twelve

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

K’den. Today’s post, we go back to May, 2010, and our journey to Montana. This is going to be an exciting post! But first I’ll tell you that the photo I took in the last post from this year was a young elk. Way to go, AFK and Debra!

Here in May, 2010, we are in Idaho, near the 3 Devils Picnic Area. You can see how we’re really in the mountainous, forested, area of Idaho.

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Montana on my Mind

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

We just got back from an incredible eleven days in Montana. Yes, again. And here I haven’t even finished our 2010 adventures!

To say that it was an amazing time is an understatement. We drove from home to Whitefish, Montana, drove the Going to the Sun Highway, headed to Bozeman and my ʻohana, drove the Beartooth Highway and back to Bozeman through Yellowstone, from there to West Yellowstone where we spent a couple of days, one of which was back in Yellowstone, and from there on back home.

Mo betta I hurry up and finish 2010, yeah, so I can share da photos from dis trip too! But hea one preview foa u folks. Click on da photo an try guess wat is.

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Montana Road Trip 2010, Part Eleven

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Graphics intensive post this time!!

Today we’re starting off with another history lesson. A sad one. We were just leaving Kamiah, and this “Bridge Across the Bitteroots” sign showed us just where we were and where we were headed.

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Montana Road Trip 2010 – Part Ten

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


I gotta tell u folks, driving along da Clearwater River in Idaho is a whole trip in itself. There was so much beauty, so much to see, and our senses were on overload. Before we left I’d plotted out our route, only knowing that I wanted to go a different way than we’d gone before. I kinda picked the Orofino route because it looked fun and interesting, but I never dreamed how beautiful it was gonna be.

As we continued alongside the Clearwater River, we saw a train trestle. Gotta have a photo of dat, right? Cuz wat if get train??!!

Musubi was content just to stay next to Try Look. He loved her.

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August 9 – Rain!!!!

Friday, August 9th, 2013


So happy for rain tonight at sunset. Rain to cut the dust, rain the help the fire danger, rain to freshen the fields and sweeten the air. I love the rain in summer!!

Rain clouds, sunset, and Echinacea.

August 6

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013


Wassap wit dis? Oni stay August and awreddy da trees stay changing color!! Still summah, u lolos!!

A Tale of Two Wheels, Part 2

Sunday, August 4th, 2013


We first started on Numbah 20. Iwakalua in Hawaiian. Maybe that will be her name.

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A Tale of Two Wheels, Part 1

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013


Well, it started with my lovely Joe Jorgensen myrtlewood spinning wheel, which I bought from my spinning teacher. I’d always wanted a myrtlewood wheel and she wanted to sell hers. So. It became mine.

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365 Days – Catch-Up Yet Again

Friday, August 2nd, 2013


K’den. Hope dis da lass time I gotta do dis!! Get on da kini popo, Moki!

17 July: Spinning for Tour de Fleece. Actually, I think I should call it Tour da Fleece. LOL.

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Montana Road Trip 2010 Part Nine

Thursday, August 1st, 2013


Eh, who like go back to Montana? ME!!! K’den. We go!!

Last time, long time ago, we had just left the Best Western Motel in Orofino, Idaho. Best motel we’ve ever stayed at by far! I easily could’ve stayed there for days!

There is a reason why this is called the Clearwater River. I picked this route to Bozeman because I knew we’d love travelling along this route. It meant taking much longer to get there, but it would prove to be well worth the extra hours.

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Catching Up Yet Again. Sheesh.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013


Ya know, Tour de Fleece was just wonderful. I did some handspinning every day, and I accomplished a lot, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun. But I also got ‘way behind on my posts, and I really didn’t want that to happen. But alas, it did.

So to recap, here are some TdF photos. Then we’re on to other exciting journeys.

Yes, Kalakoa jumped onto my lap while I was spinning and her fur got caught in the twist of the fiber! It came out easily though. Good thing!

More photos:

This is my favorite collage: On July 4th.

Love these colors!

Close-up of spun yarn.

Everything I spun during the Tour de Fleece.

Giving up on catching up on 365 Days

Monday, July 15th, 2013


I decided there’s no way I can play catch up, so if you’d like to see my July photos till today, try go here.

The Tour de Fleece is going on right now, same time as the Tour de France. Who woulda guessed, right? This is a time when handspinners all over the world challenge themselves to spin something wonderful. Some people elect to be on a sprinters team, spinning fast and furious. Speed is of the essence here. But it’s not for me. Others are on a breakaway team, spinning all kinds of wonderful art yarns. There’s a team for rookies, those who’ve never joined Tour de Fleece before. I’m not on either one of those teams.

Instead, I’m in the Peloton, spinning happily along with other spinners. I’m also on several wildcard teams, which are specific for things like the brand of spinning wheel we use, or the fiber we use from a certain company. One of my favorites is the My Knitting Has Cat Hair In It team.

Each day we spin, except on the designated rest days just like those on the Tour de France. Some people spin anyway. The main thing is to challenge yourself, and I’ve done that. So far I have two finished yarns, and while I was spinning them I really learned a lot.

I am inordinately pleased with this yarn. It was a challenge for me and it just makes me feel good!

This makes me feel good, too. My Bird of Paradise bloomed again out on the deck!