Monday, October 5, 2015

Lost oak tree

This beautiful oak tree fortunately had the grace to fall down Friday while MM and I were in town and didn't hear the loud snap:

We hated losing it. That makes two oaks that have rotted within and fallen over. The maples seem to be doing well. And our fall color is popping already.

Rain poured enough to bring the lake up 4'. Look at the oak tree, now submerged:

Ahh, and finally...sunshine this morning! So welcome after three gloomy, grey days.

Our area had several flash flood warnings this weekend, but we have all fared well. Our hearts go out to all those affected by the hurricane. So much heartbreak, especially with that missing cargo ship...that appears to definitely have sunk. God bless the Coast Guard and their search and rescue efforts.

Life is precious, my friends. Consider this a HUG to each of you...and please pass it on!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Home, sweet home!

MM is checking us out of the hotel in Honolulu. It was a popular spot for crews of a certain Korean airline. Groups like this one was a constant sight.

It is soo good being home. We had a good tailwind, so we got into ATL almost an hour early, but still hit some of the morning rush traffic. And rain. It didn't matter because we were back on Georgia soil, and home was just up the road, with a good napping spot waiting for us to get there.

Two kitties have been our constant shadows. They missed us, even with their beloved kitty sitter taking good care of them.

Suitcases have been stored, laundry done, arrival dinner by Amy (thanks!), but I seriously now need to get myself to the grocery store and replenish fresh food. Life is getting back to normal, mostly. Jet lag is the pits. I couldn't get to sleep till the wee hours this morning. Bugger to that.

I left my laptop home and only used my phone and iPad while away. Just now for an update on the old laptop I use in the kitchen, I poked the screen a couple of times to OK the update, using my finger. Oops, my laptop doesn't have a touch screen.

I need more coffee.

And to work on my food shopping list.

There is no room steward, nor Main Dining Room anywhere in sight.

Yep, welcome home!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Travel Monday

Leaving Honolulu soon, and maybe taking home a little garlic breath. It was some good stuff!

No limo, just a big green bus like this one is expected to pick us up at 11 to take MM, me, and our bags to the airport. After we make several stops to pick up a whole bunch of other visitors, of course. Yippee.

We are definitely looking forward to being home. The overnight flight...not so much, but it will get us to ATL at about 7a. I'm sure MM will get some sleep and with the aid of caffeine, get us safely home.

Add our 50th state to your bucket list, especially if you haven't been here. It is beautiful, and the folks are friendly.

Aloha. I'm needing my sweet GA Alps, y'all!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday rolling in Honolulu

What else to do during liquid sunshine but to hop on the bus and rise around town.


We just rode up to Diamond Head, and are now heading back to town. We got to FaceTime with Haley before leaving our room. Love having that ability.

So, after our much needed nap yesterday, we enjoyed a good, local garlic shrimp dinner and a walk on the beach sidewalk.

It is finally good to have totally free time to wander. The rain won't last all day, on this final full day on the island.

This is a former sugar plantation turned coffee plantation, with lots of iron ore in the lava soil. Lava is the basis for all the islands...and is surprisingly full of nutrients. All this rain makes everything green and lush. And beautiful. But enough is enough.

Yes, we fly home tomorrow. And happy to do so. I sure miss my chitlins. And kitties.

Life is good, y'all. Aloha!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pearl Harbor Saturday

Visiting this special memorial was worth the early wake up have to get there early because they limit the daily number of visitors.

After first watching the historical video, we were ferried over to that famous white building (on the far L in the first photo) built over the sunken US Arizona. A number of the 1,100 men who died on it are still inside the ship. It was quite a moving experience. The talkative visitors were shushed by the officer on duty. I gave him a smile and a thumbs up for reminding these foreigners that this was a place that deserved a quiet respect. Soo many lives lost that day...about 2,400. We need to remember our history.

Last night, MM and I walked over to a buffet we needed tons of food!...that also had a Polynesian show. After being on a cruise ship, well...there is no comparison for the quality of either the food or show, but they were both decent...and we enjoyed it.

Earlier we walked the block over to Waikiki Beach and watched the people and watercraft. The area is beautiful and a hustle bustle of activity. There is something to do for folks of all ages. And the weather has been sunny, hot, windy and beautiful!

What shall we do Sunday? We will wing it. No tours getting up at 0 dark thirty. Yes! It won't be dull. We are in Hawaii! It will be good, even if we just sit at the beach (in the shade) and enjoy our surroundings.

Life is a beach, y'all!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Honolulu aloha!

We are now off the ship, finally wearing a fresh, fragrant lei, waiting on our transfer to the hotel.

See those big rocks? They are mostly sea turtles that we saw on the beach just before Marilyn dropped us off at the ship yesterday. I zoomed in as best as I could, since we were up high on an overlook. The turtles were funny in that they waited for a new wave to help inch them up onto the beach:

That's a lot of weight to move!

The Polynesian show last night was great. We enjoyed Sky, our fave guitarist for the last time. Sniff sniff. We wanted to take her with us. Oh, the piano bar had two ppl in it at 10:30 last night. Hmmm...sez a lot.

So the next part of the adventure begins. On to the hotel to settle in...soon. And then go wandering.

Aloha, y'all!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Maui Thursday

MM booked us on a private farm tour for today, a driver with a van, with 8 other customers from the ship. Our driver is quite talkative, but seems to know her flora and fauna.

First visit was to a lavender farm, where many different varieties of lavender. We got to enjoy lavender tea or coffee, and a scone laced with lavender. Yum!

She had picked up our picnic lunch, which we enjoyed overlooking the fields and bay from 4,000'. It was cool and mostly cloudy up there.

We are now about to take a wine tour, complete with tasting, at Maui Wine, then we will head back to the ship. Oh, we took a wee side trip to see where Oprah has bought a house.

Our guide is filled with tidbits. Filled! As in Chatty Cathy. Our ears are tired, but we are having fun.

Cheers. Aloha, y'all!
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