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Searching for a Safe Place – But Where Exactly is That?

February 27, 2013


I start this posting on an uncharacteristicly serious note. It is because my father was lost to Alzheimer’s disease for over a decade before his passing in 1998, that I intentionally spend some part of each day focused on mental exercises. As a result, the “use it or lose it” philosophy has been drilled into my subconscious. […]

A Wandering Mind Follows No Set Path

February 22, 2013


It’s been one of those mindless, unproductive afternoons, staring out my office window, imagining that the snow is all gone from the garden, the waterfall is happily gurgling away, I’ve cleared the office paperwork, and I’m awaiting a dinner invitation to that fancy French bistro in town. (Hey, I can dream, can’t I?!) Although none of […]

Departing is Sweet Sorrow, Delight on Safe Return

February 19, 2013


Ignoring the aggravation of cancelled or late flights and the long lineups that ensue from unplanned airline changes, how do you feel about airports? Over the decades, I have had countless trips to airport Departure and Arrivals gates. (It’s seems that it was part of the fine print along with the marriage vows.) Honestly, I […]

Laundry Day Sing-along

February 14, 2013


Many of my gal friends with retired partners absolutely relish any solo time they can snatch when their spouses are out-of-town, whether that’s a few hours or a couple of days. Apparently, absence, in those cases, doesn’t make the heart fonder, it’s the glue that keeps the union intact. I count myself lucky to have Hubby […]

Post-Vacation Reality’s Hard to Embrace

February 12, 2013


Returning to cloudy skies, cold temperatures and about ten inches of snow still in the back yard was difficult to adjust to after our time in Hawaii. Today was the first day back at the gym after vacation time and healing from a wisdom tooth extraction (bonus). I fully recognized that it would be a […]

The Tiki Gods are Smilin’ on Me – Part 5

February 7, 2013


Perhaps the Waimea Canyon was the pinnacle of the helicopter tour, but there was more drama in store for Hubby and me. Changing direction again, Jimmy steered the ‘copter towards Mt. Wai’ale’ale, nearly as tall as Mt. Kawaikini. I readily admit a lot of anxiety as he made a direct bee-line for the mountain face, not even entertaining […]

The Tiki Gods are Smilin’ on Me – Part 4

February 6, 2013


As I mentioned in my last post, Kauai’s topography is wildly rugged with outstanding mountain ridges, peaks in the clouds, an extinct volcanic crater, miles and miles of beach, and a deep canyon that rivals the Grand Canyon. So much of it is uninhabited, jungle/rainforest, or inaccessible by road. It was because of this virtual pristineness […]

The Tiki Gods are Smilin’ on Me – Part 3

February 5, 2013


Island-hopping would be great if it wasn’t for planning connections between the islands by plane. In your brain, you know that it’s using up precious vacation/sun time, and the clock is ticking. The topography of Kauai is distinctly different from Maui. Being one of the most westerly islands in the chain that makes up the […]

The Tiki Gods are Smilin’ on Me – Part 2

February 4, 2013


Getting around Maui is a big adventure. A rental car is essential to see all the sights around Maui; it’s so spread out. While a Mustang convertible may be a hoot to drive when the weather is good, some tourists like to get their adrenaline rush by pretending they’re Indiana Jones in Jeeps. (More on Indiana […]

The Tiki Gods are Smilin’ on Me – Part 1

February 3, 2013


Nothing puts a temporary damper on a Hawaiian vacation quite like a day of monsoon-like rain. That’s why I’m plunked inside my condo blogging, looking at the grey Pacific on the shores of Kauai, instead of lounging on the beach just forty feet outside my patio door. I feel a little like a small child with […]