Sunday 7 a.m.

Filed under: @ 5:33 pm

So yesterday I got up, went for my walk.
Odd things occur to me walking along Lanikai.

For one, it must be nice living somewhere where the bus drivers can be talked into letting you off at your front door.
Secondly, I really have to wonder about people who PURCHASE EXPENSIVE PUREBRED DOGS WITH HEAVY COATS WHEN THEY LIVE IN HAWAII! I’ve seen a lot of manky, awful coats on an awful lot of chow chows in my professional capacity, but they were SICK! This was a healthy dog with a horrid, raggy, string mop coat. Damn fools.

Then I’m walking around the other end of the loop and there’s something scuttling along the road in front of me. Something big, with lots of legs and a tail held up over its back. I was semi-interested and semi-ready to shriek and run because I’ve never seen a scorpion outside of a zoo and I’d kind of like to see one, but a scorpion has more than four legs and if it’s got more than four legs it’s a bug and I don’t do bugs and……
Then a car went past and the whatever it was rolled over and over and over again and it was a leaf.
But it looked remarkably like a scorpion.

And walking back through Kailua beach park I passed a young man on a bicycle. Kid was maybe 8 or 9. It was just a wee bit before 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and he gave me the sweetest, most charming smile I’ve ever seen on a kid. Absolutely a pleasure to see that on a kid. I don’t think I was ever that cheerful that early on a weekend morning when I was that age.

Later on Andrew and Caitlin and I were driving along somewhere and saw a dude riding full speed on a bicycle playing a guitar.

But this is what I got this morning.
A peaceful morning’s walk around the Lanikai loop. Quiet, beautiful breeze, and this……

And this…..

Lots and lots and lots of Lenzers.

It’s a little surreal here.


Another REALLY long day…..

Filed under: @ 7:15 pm

It is truly peculiar. I didn’t go to work yesterday morning, which was a good thing, but we got up, we tidied the house, we packed, the taxi came to take us to the airport, it got dark, it stayed dark, it was dark for a REALLY long time, then we woke up in Hawaii.

It’s really weird.

The weather is great for me. Early ’80s with about 40% humidity and an absolutely gorgeous breeze. It’s mostly clear with the occasional cloud across the sun to cut the glare….

I’m loving it.
All Andrew has to do is to exist in any spot outside of just underneath a ceiling fan and he’s all hot and sweaty so he’s a little less enthusiastic weather wise, but he’s had a chance to sleep in, and he’s currently in the middle of his mid-afternoon nap. Nice dip in the pool, brisk arguments with two of his sisters and both parents.
No island delicacies yet, but he seems to be enjoying himself.

Tomorrow we might go so far as to go into Honolulu.
But we might just hang on the beach as well.

Getting here for the holidays can be a real bitch, but it’s extremely pleasant to be here.



Filed under: @ 5:44 pm

Welcome Della Jane! She has other names too, but I’m not sure of what they are since I was too besotted to ask when we met her yesterday.
Andrew’s got the cool, arty photos that Dad took yesterday morning, but I haven’t got those on my computer yet so y’all will just have to put up with a photo of a very brand new teeny baby in the arms of her totally besotted auntie.
(I think uncle is besotted too, but Andrew is a little shy of babies and wasn’t as obvious about it as I was. 😀 )

Last night Annie looked (what a surprise) exhausted and exultant. Shawn a little muddled but thrilled beyond measure.
Congratulations all the way around. Annie has got to be the toughest woman I know this week.


I am totally serious!

Filed under: @ 10:01 pm

I made a man think I was absolutely drooling batshit crazy today.

Dude calls, he’s concerned because they put up their Christmas tree last night and now they’re missing one of the light bulbs. They’re fairly sure the dog has eaten it.

No, it’s not really that strange an idea to contemplate. Dogs eat light bulbs, particularly during the holidays, all the time.

But the dude wanted my recommendations as to what to do. He wasn’t really concerned about the size of the bulb, it was one of the “twinkle light” sized bulbs, that is to say about 1/2 by 1 1/2cm, and he was fairly sure the dog could pass it on her own, but he was concerned because the bulb had four rather stiff wires at the base which could potentially get stuck in the dog’s stomach lining.

*hee hee!* 😆

I swear I’m serious.

I offered the standard recommendation — if he wanted to be sure the dog actually ate the bulb, he should come in and we could take an x-ray of her abdomen. The plastic bits wouldn’t show up on an x-ray, but the wire would show up nicely.
The other alternative, I told him, was to feed the dog 8-10 standard sized cotton balls mixed in milk or in canned dog food followed by 3 slices of cheap white bread thickly spread with cat hairball ointment.

It’s Andrew’s opinion that the dude was convinced that I was the night janitor and was just trying it on with him to see how ludicrous a suggestion I could get away with. And I’m sure the effect was emphasized by the fact that I’ve never met this particular client nor his dog.

I just wonder if he did what I recommended. 😀

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