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I rarely wear makeup anymore.  I figure that I am nearly 62 years old.  I have wrinkles. And sags. And the beginning of a chin wattle.  I wear my gray hair proudly, and have earned every wrinkle. However, this morning I felt good.   I wore my houndstooth checked skirt with a skinny black belt, a red draped-neck shirt, black short sleeved overtop, and all matching accessories.  I looked good! And, so I added to my Continue reading

Baked Salmon with Sausage-onion topping

1lb salmon filet 4 brown and serve sausages, thawed and ground (or equivalent amount of ground sausage of choice) 1/3 cup French’s french fried onions Salt/pepper to taste 1-2 tbsp butter, melted   Place filet skin side down in a baking dish. Salt/pepper to taste. Crush the onions and mix together with the ground sausage.  Cover the filet with the sausage mixture. Drizzle the butter on top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until Continue reading

It was the best of times……

….it was the worst of times. Today at the beach, that is.  We’ve been recently rained on by the remnants of Wali, a passing tropical storm. So, when planning a trip to the west side beaches today, we went with a bit of trepidation, worrying that the weather and water would still be “iffy.” It wasn’t. It was perfect. Sunny, warm, the water was flat and cool (not cold).  Taking my trusty Intova HD Sport Continue reading

When it rains….

…it pours.  Or so they say. Here in Hawaii, we have two seasons.  Wet. Dry.  Usually wet is from November till March and dry is the rest. But a hurricane is passing by us, and we are reaping the rewards…such as they are.  In July, usually a pretty dry spell, we are being inundated with a rain from a stationary storm system…..we had 5 inches in less than an hour, causing our normally-dry-at-this-time-of-year gulch stream Continue reading

Kaloko-Honokohau Beach


Always on the lookout for new places to snorkel, I did some research on Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. It is near the small boat harbor in Kona. We had been to Alula beach, on the south side of the harbor, but had never explored K-H park to the north. All the info I found was conflicting: great place to snorkel/not great due to poor visibility….sandy entrance/too rocky to access….. So, knowing that the only way Continue reading

When nightmares come true….

For forty-five years (give or take) I have played the organ in church. I am NOT a musician. I am a self-taught chord banger, but I can “fake” my way through a liturgical service. So when Rick asks me to cover him for one Sunday every now and then, I always say yes. He provides me with copies of the hymns and liturgy parts and he always “chords” them for me, as I don’t read Continue reading