Surf and Stuff.

Didn’t catch much surf action.

The waves today really aren’t impacting “my” area. And, I didn’t set out in time to catch The Dawn Patrol in any case. But it was still great to be out and about.

When I was coming back, I spied a japanese film crew filming goodness knows what.

A Japanese film crew, shooting B-roll for something.

Think this is what they were shooting.And, I guess this would be pretty special in Japan in the winter. Special is relative. 

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen,  Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

 

Origami Boxes.

Masu Boxes for Money Hearts. I spent a good part of the day watching surfing on TV and doing origami.

And,

Classic Japanese “balloons” – well, they look like boxes.

Have to make these balloons before COPD kicks in, because you have to blow the balloons up. The masu boxes and money hearts are my contribution to the Hotel Xmas Party. I will fill the boxes with various denominations of bills 5,10,20 and 50 and they will be used as door prizes at the party.

And then I need to come up  a model that I can use to give out as tree decorations. The box balloons could work – but they are a bit tiresome to transport. On the other hand they are real easy to make. Would have to figure out how to attach a ribbon.

Such problems. Sigh.

On a more serious note: for the last year, especially the last 6 months – I have had increasing leg issues caused by my degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis. I am not close to considering surgery. But, am trying to devise a program of walking, swimming, and yoga that will help. And, I am trying to avoid NSAIDs as much as possible. Oh well, nobody every said getting old was easy. 

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen,  Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

 

Sunday.

Heading out on the Kamakahonu side.

Since there is a chance of big waves, even on this side of the island tomorrow – I made sure to get a swim in today. 

Conditions were still silty, but, I went to the best possible visibility location and found some nice tangs – yellow and lavender.

yellow tang
lavender tang

Actually, I have seen more fish this year. Reasons? Well, the corals that had a massive bleaching event a couple of summers ago seem to be recovering. And, commercial aquarium collecting has been drastically curtailed. 

So, today’s activities. 

  1. Drink coffee and visit with the hotel night auditor. She had a troublesome guest arrested last night. That was news to me. 
  2. DIY Yoga – I decided that maybe I am too competitive for my own good. Maybe going to the millennial yoga class was a bad idea. Maybe “I’ll show those whippersnappers – the old woman can still bring it” wasn’t doing my 75 year old body any good. So, I did yoga in my room. 
  3. DIY Avocado “Toast” – Since the wetsuit is still rather, shall we say, snug – decided that I should cook my own breakfast. So, I made avocado toast – without the toast. Living on the wild side – used Romaine lettuce instead.
  4. Snorkel
  5. Soak in tub
  6. Lunch (turkey sandwich) and watch surfing on TV
  7. Origami and watch surfing on TV
  8. And now it is 4:30. As soon as I finish this, it will be time to go out on the lanai and read a while. 

And that boys and girls, is my exciting life. Not complaining. Feeling very grateful.  

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen,  Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

 

Xmas in Kona

Nothing says Xmas like old guys (and their ladies) on bikes!
Here comes Santa
Deck the Bikes
You gotta love this guy..

About 200 motorcycles. For a good cause – Toys for Tots. Hence the unicorn. They do it every year. They sort of make a weekend of it. Rumble around our little village. Spend good money at our restaurants and bars. And a dozen or so spend a night or two at my hotel. 

Too much chop today for good swimming. So, I skipped the swim. When you are here for 4 months you can do that. Started on my money origami which will be my contribution to the hotel Xmas party. Farm market, breakfast, Xmas craft fair… just a lazy little Saturday.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

Retail Free Black Friday.

Pixel Nightsight – full moon last night.

Lovely lazy day. 

The ocean was too silty for photography again today. But, it was still grand. 

Heading out
floating around
drying off and warming up

Saw no need to shop today.  If I have a nice tropical ocean, I am pretty damn happy. 

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

Dolphins!

 

peg and the xmas tree – both done.

Today was decorate the hotel tree day. It took less than 2 hours this year. But, I was still ready for a nice swim and a nap when it was finished. 

This morning before the tree decorating, DOLPHINS!

dolphins
dolphins

And, the dolphins are one of the reasons that I lugged the “real” camera over here. 

Had a fine Thanksgiving. With lots to be thankful for. Including the fact that it is 789 days until January 20, 2021. I plan avoiding all things retail tomorrow.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

Playing with the light (and Pixel XL2)

When Sunset married a Rainbow. Yesterday.

For me, photography is all about capturing the light. There is lots of lovely interesting light right off my lanai. 

Sunset Yesterday

Google just up graded the Pixel camera software to include a “Nightsight” option which is really super – if you can stabilize the phone. Young folk might not have to worry – but I am a little old and shaky. 

Nightsight option on Shamu 2

Moving right along to this morning. 

Sunrise today

Had a great Thanksgiving with the hotel night auditor and a friend of hers today at noon. Since she doesn’t have an oven – our turkey was really a Costco chicken – and since Costco chickens are bestest as soon as you get them home – and since we are wise old women – we had Thanksgiving a day early.

What I took to Thanksgiving Dinner.  A little box of hearts. 

Tomorrow morning is “Decorate the Christmas Tree Auntie” time. And, I have plenty of leftovers for another feast. (Including Costco Chocolate Mousse Tuxedo Cake!)

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

 

Note to self: Plain yogurt for dinner.

A little Thanksgiving Lunch – Local Style – Yes, I know the focus is crappy.

Had Thanksgiving with the hotel staff today.  All kinds of good stuff on that plate. Including some stuffing. But no turkey. Seems that when they went to Safeway at 11AM to pick up the roasted turkey that was ordered – they were given a raw turkey. But still plenty of food. And, everyone got at least one overflowing plate to take home. In Hawai’i – you gotta get a take home plate. 

Today’s fish – Mr and Mrs Parrotfish. Ready for eating.

I did go for a swim. Before lunch. Knew that after lunch I would be ready for a nap. It is 5:20 and I am not hungry.  Which is good, because after that lunch a container of plain yogurt is about all that I need. 

Worked on origami.

Origami is a great way to turn expensive little pieces of paper into expensive paper for recycling. At lunch, I said that I would write a check to help with the Xmas party. And, everyone said no way – they wanted Origami Money. So, guess I visit the bank and try for some nice crispy bills. 

About that unfocused image at the top of the page. Shamu 2 has a killer camera. But, it doesn’t always autofocus correctly. And, I sometimes forget to give it a little nudge. But, it really is a splendid camera. Actually no need to lug the “real” camera around except for telephoto.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hey Poli´ahu, no fair decorating for Xmas before Thanksgiving – Mauna Kea this morning.

Another glorious day on our lovely vog-free for the first time in 35 years island. 

Started my busy day with a walk to the hardware store for some origami paper. Hey, this is Kona.  The hardware store has a limited selection of origami paper. 

Then – off to Tea at Hulihe’e Palace. Wonderful good time. Everybody at my table could claim lineage back on this island to before the overthrow in 1893. Much talk of the old days. The only woman I knew at the table  is a rancher and horsewoman. What amazes me about her is that she can not only ride sidesaddle. But she does it barefooted. Check it out.  She says it is safer. For me, it is safer to just watch.

Some of the goodies.

This is Kona and tea is at 10AM. Which is just in time for my second breakfast.

Tottle back home and head back out for a swim.

This is the same turtle.

The turtle looks different, but it is the same one. Today, I went looking for him/her and found him/her along the edge of the pier where the sand was stirred up. Makes the cute little turtle look a little sinister. 

Back home and I settled in for a nice long nap.

Just a reminder: Speedos are not always a bad idea.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

Sunday afternoon in Kona in pictures

politics
not so tiny bubbles
origami – it will look better smaller and with proper paper.
hula

And, I did laundry. That is about it.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

Origami

25cent books soon to be origami paper

Book sale at the library this morning – I invested 52cents in two dreadful little “feel good” books. You know books of the “chicken soup for the Chihuahua’s soul” ilk. I don’t feel bad about destroying a book. Not these books at least. 

Main/only task today was to make sure I don’t need to step foot into a grocery store until next Friday. I’ll be fine as long as I don’t get too fussy. I never came to Kona for the food. Carlton, on the other hand, I think the Spam Musubi was a prime attraction for him.  Wonder if I have a picture of his favorite on the blog. Yes, I do. Check it out.

Today’s Fish – Sail Fin Tang.

sailfin tangs

These are nice size fish and they usually hang out in pairs.

This one shows off the sailfin part of its name.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920. 

Here it is. Friday.

And after this, the rest of the day was sort of blah.

The weekly breakfast special this week at The Asylum is Eggs Benedict. And next week it is breakfast tacos. I wasn’t up for another breakfast of microwaved oatmeal or a granola bar. So, I went to Fish Hopper for breakfast. 

Afterwards – I got to wondering about the wetsuit. Last time I tried it on – I looked like an anaconda who just had a small water buffalo for lunch. And I could barely move. But, two weeks of dietary moderation is starting to kick in:

OK – it could be a little more relaxed – but it is getting better.

With that settled. I retired to the pool for a little reading.

It is cloudy today – so, I didn’t take the snorkel stuff out today. I just took myself over to the ocean (which is warmer than the hotel pool) for a nice leisurely swim.

Thanks to all for basically reminding me that things were just fine between Carlton and me. Honestly, if he had been all hearts and flowers and “caring”, I would have wondered WTF had he been up to? Or did he know that I had some fatal illness that I didn’t know about? We did the best we could. And, it was good.

Black seems to be the new favorite computer/phone/device screen color. So, I think I’ll switch the blog to black – like I did for Halloween. 

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H.L. Menchen Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920.