Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our trip to Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii and a visit with Aunt Kate and cousins, Linda, Kathy and Becky

Nancy and I had a very short trip to Hawaii to visit my 92 yr. old aunt and 3 of my cousins.
We hadn't seen any of them in a very long time. This is Kathy, Linda, Nancy, Becky and me, with my Aunt Kate. Linda and Kate live in Lihue, which is on the island of Kauai.
Kathy lives on Maui. Becky stills lives in our family town of Dixon, Ill.

My Aunt Kate had several birthday celebrations while we were there. Her real birthday was March 28. Since we were leaving on the 27th. we celebrated before then. And the celebrations kept coming. She enjoyed all her cakes. I think there were three.
 Our hostess gift for Linda. 
She treated us to several nice lunches and dinners, plus a very nice tour
of the north shore of the island.

Linda's daughter, Betsy and her grandaughter Lily. They live with Linda and Kate. 
Betsy and Linda are both nurses, so Kate gets such good (and professional) care. 
 We had never met Lily and Betsy and we really enjoyed them.

 Linda said her favorite site to visit in Lihue is The Grove Farm. It's an old sugar plantation that has been kept very much as it was when it was a working plantation. We took a very interesting tour.

This is the office with one of the resident cats.
 There were also geese, turkeys, ducks, chickens and this pig:

More wildlife:

An unusual spider...
 that wove an interesting web with it's own little red porch light.

More of the resident cats. Just like at Hemingway's house.

The cook showed us how she still cooks on the old wood stove. 
She baked some cookies for us.
One of the old platters.

A beautiful, completely needle-pointed love seat in the living room.

Linda took us on a tour of part of the island.

Wild chickens are everywhere.  Some of them very beautiful.

Linda and Nancy on one of the beautiful beaches.

Linda, the mermaid!

We ate lunch at this luxurious hotel...

on the patio, overlooking the ocean.

We really didn't want to see any hula dancers but while having drinks in the bar at our hotel one night the musician asked if any of the audience wanted to hula. Of course, they did! It turned out to be a fun way to see a little impromptu real Hawaiian culture.

On our last day we wandered around a cute little town and stopped in for frappes at a little coffee shop. We had a delightful conversation with these two native Hawaiians who hang out there. One of them had been to Pala. Imagine someone in Hawaii having heard of Pala. It turns out he was quite a gambler and has apparently been to every casino. (in the world??)  He grew up on a sugar plantation.
The other guy was retired from the Coast Guard. He was so nice. He was interesting and even acted interested in what we were saying!  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Zendala- #93

From a template by The Bright Owl.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gala Academy Awards Party

The Custers give such wonderful parties. Here's some photos of the latest.

The host and hostess arrive on the red carpet:
Dave and Cindy.
Cindy (or Marilyn)

 The guests arrive to the applause of the crowd :

 The handsome host .... and chef:
The elegant and appropriate dinnerware.

The prize winning costume.

Nancy's elegant "film hat".

Barbara's sandwich board costume, celebrating the beginning of 3-D films.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thrift shopping with the girls

Nancy and I had such fun last Thursday thrift shopping and having lunch with Mary Anne and Paula.
They really know the best shops in the Temecula area. What bargains!!!

 Mary Anne on the hunt.

A dance studio that had gone out of business next door to the thrift shop...
We chuckled at the irony of their signage.

 Show and tell when we got home.
Mary Anne found a cute blouse.

Nancy unloads her purchases while Paula and Mary Anne ooh and ahh.

Everybody admires Nancy's cache of cookie cutters. Mary Anne downs the last of her latte.
The perfect end to a wonderful day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Zendala # 91

Thanks to The Bright Owl for the template

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bird foster mom

I had the privilege of taking care of Paula and John Mannings' newly adopted parakeet for the weekend.
It was a lost bird rescued from Marci and Tom's yard. Paula and Marci captured it with a butterfly net.
The Mannings were scheduled for a motor home trip so I stepped in to care for the bird.
I could tell Paula and John (well, especially Paula) had already gotten attached to the bird.
Paula bought it a pretty blue cage. John added some dowels.

The Mannings are back from their trip. The bird is back in its' new home and seems to be settling in quite well. Paula has been back to the pet store and now the bird has lots of new playthings. It's been determined that it's probably a girl. She has a new name..."Happy".
I think it's perfect!

Also this weekend Nancy and I went to Balboa Park with Debbie. We went to the wonderful Mingei Museum and among other things saw an exhibit of chairs, called Please Be Seated...very interesting!
My favorite- the iconic Eames chair.

Another exhibit was called Function And Fantasy. The art of two brothers, Steven and William Ladd, featuring craft, fashion, and design.

We also saw this amazing couple outside of the museum," Tribal Baroque". We had seen them sing and dance once before. They are very unusual, to say the least, and I really enjoyed them.
They meshed perfectly with the art of Function and Fantasy at the Mingei.

We topped off the afternoon with a delicious dinner at Debbie's. She made the best, and most exotic, macaroni and cheese. She's a wonderful cook. What a great day!

Then home to my waiting bird. I had left the radio on for it so I hope it wasn't too lonesome.


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