Monday, July 30, 2007

white sands and cool pools ...

Although the black sand beaches are unique and so cool, there's nothing like a white sand beach. Two of my most favorites from the trip are Kekaha Kai and Hapuna.

The first one we found almost by accident... Kekaha Kai State Park. We happened upon this beach and it intantly became one of my favorite beaches of our trip. Kekaha Kai is a state park so it was nice and clean and had well maintained CLEAN restrooms....something the public beaches rarely have.
The color of the water here was about 4 different shades of turqoise with beautiful sand. love the feel of that on my feet. It got more crowded in the afternoons, but from 9-noon, this beach was awesome.

and the second beach is more well known. Hapuna Beach is an amazingly beautiful crecent shaped beach, much larger beach than Kekaha Kai, but fairly crowded too. That's partially because of the resort attached to it, but also because its just so beautiful.
Several different people had recommended this beach to us, and it didnt disappoint us.
Its just beautiful, but get there early because it fills up especially on the weekends.

I find its hard for me to enjoy the beach during the really hot part of the day. I must be getting old :-) because when I was younger I could sit on the beach all day long. Now, because of the heat and the crowds we always spent our mornings at the beach, then left as the crowds showed up in the afternoon.
After having lunch it was the perfect time to grab my book and a fruity drink and head the to pool.

Now thats more like it! what a whimp I am ;-)

Friday, July 27, 2007

What do I want to take home from my summer vacation?

Relaxation.
The feeling of sunshine on my skin, listening to the waves, watching the clouds float by, a good book in my hand, and the choice to read it or close my eyes and an ice cold drink.

this feeling...


Time. Time to do nothing and not feel guilty about it.

color. The colors of summer, turquoise, white, hot pink, orange…even the colors seem to recharge me.

I want to hold on to summer year round. I know that each season has its place, but summer days and summer nights…*sigh*
a time of contentment and happiness.
This is what I want to hang onto.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

and Black sandy beaches....

Sunsets and black sandy beaches.
Mind you, they take their black sand very seriously in Hawaii.
Its only found on a few beaches and they expect that eventually most of it will disappear.
(I think if you click on the pictures a larger version will come up)


Its a pretty small beach, but I've never seen anything more beautiful

It sparkles, and looks like its wet, but its not. Its like having a handful of tiny black diamonds.

I loved all the tidepools at this beach



Can you see which rock in the following picture is not really a rock? Its a giant green sea turtle. Right in the middle of the picture-taking a nap:)

If you don't see them on this beach, your not looking very hard.
They are everywhere.
They're not afraid of people because their protected. You have to stay at least 5 feet away from them at all times...you'd be amazed at how many people ignore that and run up to them on the beach. Drove me nuts..I was constantly telling people to step back

This guy was taking a nap in the sun and refused to smile for the camera



Such sweet gentle creatures. I've never seen so many of them as we saw on the big island.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

back...

and I'm trying to shake the cobwebs out of my brain :)


I love going on vacation.
I hate coming home from one.

I feel like I've slipped into a time warp.
I guess thats a sign of a good vacation.
Left all my cares behind and just r-e-l-a-x-e-d........... easy to do in Hawaii

and exactly the point of the whole thing.

Well, I can tell that I did well because I feel like I cant remember what Im suppose to do next now that Im home.
But its all good. I feel rested and rejuvinated.
My laundry is done as is my grocery shopping. That always makes me feel happy.
Also glad I took the time to scrub my house from top to bottom so it was heavenly clean when I came home. always a good feeling.

I have downloaded my pictures. . . somewhere around 700 of them.

tossed out a few bad ones, tossed out more than a few duplicates. After all, how many sunset pictures do you need, really? even if each one is taken an entire 2 minutes after the prior one?
see what I mean? I was there for 10 days...I must have taken 60 photos of just sunrises and sunsets :) almost always from this same spot at our hotel and just looking at them makes me feel rested again. Digital photography makes it so easy to take pictures. If this had been film, I know I probably wouldnt have 700+ pictures...
I will be sharing more pics another day because after all, I have lots of them :) oh goody huh?
but CHA happened while I was away. I kept away from all sneak peeks before I left but today I saw a little at the new Scenic Route
OH MY ...the chipboard circles, the lables and the rubons are calling my name!!! -How cool are these chipboard circles?and these rub ons???and labels...I love labels!!!!!!hoping to find these babies soon!!! after all, I have lots of pictures to scrap now

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

leaving on a jet plane

in the morning.
We'll be taking our little hula girl with us again. She usually hangs out on my scrap table between trips. We got her on our 2005 trip and carried her around, taking pictures of her at the various places we visited in Maui.

I like her cause she's chubby :) She also never tires of getting her picture taken.
This year we're headed to the Big Island so we'll see where this little hula girl will end up this trip.
She's wiggling with excitement just thinking about it

Monday, July 09, 2007

a sentimental purchase

mtoday I had a little extra time so I wondered around one of the many antique stores in our downtown area. Some people call them thrift stores, some people call them antique stores. We have both in town. Thrift stores are usually just newer junk than found in antique stores I guess.
I went looking for floral frogs. Don't know why I have such an affection for those things, but I love them. anyway I found this hot pad as I was wondering around. It brought back so many fond memories of my grandmothers kitchen when I saw it.

Grandma made these hot pads all the time when I was a kid. Coke bottle caps covered with cotton crocheted circles, stitched together. I use to love to play with them. The bottle caps used in this one have cork on the insides. Later bottle caps have a rubberish material inside.

After putting it back and wondering around the store I kept thinking about it. After awhile I just had to go back and get it. Its not in the best shape, the white circles are more tan than white.
Im not sure what the "going rate" for these old things is, but I paid $6 for it and the memories that it brings back each time I look at it are worth many times that amount. A bargain for sure.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

micro sprinklers

Yesterday my brother and nephew helped Paul set up this automatic drip watering system for my deck pots and vegetable garden. They added a timer so it comes on twice a day for 30 minutes.
From the outside of the deck the tubes going to each planter looks like this

from the deck, the little drip nozzel looks like this

here's what the nozzle looks like
there's one of these little nozzles in each and every pot, including the hanging baskets...you can see the little tube running into the basket, but I dont mind as long as I dont have to water them everyday.



this is the little vegetable garden. I think you can see the three black little sprinker spikes misting the zucchini plants...pretty awesome
Best of all, my garden will still be blooming and growing when we get home from vacation, probably happier than its ever been because of the regular watering schedule.


Saturday, July 07, 2007

they're coming...

tomatoes and zucchini.....


nasturtiums for our salads.......yummy and pretty

I love it when the garden starts to bloom.

Monday, July 02, 2007

what it means to me

So the name of my blog is life’s simple pleasures.
Its not just a random title.
Its something I really try hard to incorporate into my life, everyday.
And that little blurb over there on the sidebar
<----------------- that each day comes bearing a gift, and all you have to do is look for them...be aware of them, and celebrate them really is something I think about daily. At night when Im cleaning the kitchen my little ritual is to think about the day and pick out at least one thing that was great about the day. It doesnt matter how small it was. Because there are just not that many big things in your life, perhaps only a few per month ... a party, a vacation, a special outing...but there are little things happening every day, all the time. Usually there's at least one that’s a favorite or one that you can point to that was the days highlight. so what kind of things are they? I usually wait for the end of the day, but I can give you a few of mine already Today- Singing along (really loud ) to my favorite CD in the car after I drop Paul off at work, and not caring who sees me :-)
Paul bringing me my coffee this morning while I was getting ready for work. I really needed it this morning.
I have Rainer Cherries in my lunch today. I love them!!!
Im a little sunburned this morning from the weekend of gardening, added to the 10 minutes I spent at the fake baking (tanning) salon. I love that feeling.
So what's yours?
If you leave me a comment, please let me know what yours is for today

I also just noticed I was tagged by Liberty the other day - http://libertysyarn.blogspot.com/
The rules are to go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only.

Then post 3 events, 2 births and one holiday that occurred on your birthday, then tag 5 friends.

so, three events...

79 - Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash.
1814 - British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.
1853 - Potato chips are first prepared.

Births
1890 - Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian surfer (d. 1968)
1960 - Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player

and a holiday-
Roman Catholic Saints - Feast day of Saint Bartholomew.