Friday, August 31, 2007
Mary Blair (Disney illustrator extraordinaire) This is small set of her work but a lot of it I have never seen before.
Krazy Kids (Amazing collection of vintage kids product packaging-I loved Garbage Can-dy!)
1975 Sears Wishbook (I had the Green Apple table featured here)
Seeing these Wishbook pages reminded me of this silly game my cousin Anna and I used to play as kids when we were super bored. We'd leaf through the toys section of the catalog and slap our hands down on a page, which of course meant that we'd get all the stuff on that page.. Whomever had the fastest eye-hand coordination got the best toys, so she always won. And she recently enjoyed her 37th birthday on Sunday. Happy Birthday!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Below is a detail of the event as it happened.
John and I are sitting in the yard as I type this post tonight. We here in Hawaii have a front-row seat for a total lunar eclipse that will run about an hour and a half, beginning just before midnight and ending at about 1:22 AM on Tuesday. We came outside at 10:51 PM and it is now about 11:21 PM with the moon about half covered by the earth's shadow. It is said that as the moon passes into the Earth’s umbral shadow, it will take on a reddish-copper color.. The move into the umbra began at 10:51 p.m. with the full eclipse at 11:52 p.m. As the moon moves into the full shadow, or umbra, an increasingly larger section of the moon will darken to the reddish tinge. I hope to capture all this on film as I am taking photo's about every 5 minutes. Through the binoculars the shadow and moon look like velvet and the umbral shadow is coming into view on the top left corner. Clouds are now beginning to cover the moon. Wow... where did they come from? There is no wind to speak of tonight. Guess my attentions were focused on the eclipse and not the cloud cover creeping in. So now I sit and wait... fingers crossed the clouds will move out as quickly as they came in. It's now 11:32 PM and 30 minutes ago I could almost read a book out here by the moon light and now I can barely see my hand. The smell of jasmine and kahili ginger is in the air with the sound of crickets and waves crashing against the rocky shores of Waipio Bay just behind the house.
Oh... it's back... and the umbral shadow is very prominent.
Another cloud just rolled in which caused a million stars to suddenly come into view including a bright blue shooting star. At 11:54 PM, 2 minutes past the peak effect, a very large cloud covered the moon and it has been missing now for 15 minutes. In the distance I can see a trail of head and tail lights from cars making their way back down from the summit of Haleakala. What it must have looked like from up there at 10,023 feet! So I guess it's time to head in and begin uploading... oh wait .. it's back. and very, very red. Not much has happened since around 12:30...so I am going in to upload images. Besides, my neck is killing me. I'll check it out again closer to 1:00 AM. Ok I'm cooked. It's 1:22 on the nose and it's supposed to be over. The moon is still half red and white... only now the red is on the right.*Make sure to click each one to see the large version.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
We went to the Door of Faith Church this morning for what we thought was a plant sale. Upon arrival we discovered that it was called a Taste of Aloha. We signed in at the front entrance tables and were handed a packet of 5 tickets for trade once past the entrance. Everything was free. There was a baked goods booth, where we stopped at first. For 1 pink ticket you were allowed your choice of 2 items. YAY!!! Breakfast. The OOHEY GOOEY BARS were beyond fabulous. But where were the plants? We headed into the rummage sale booth where for 1 yellow ticket you were allowed to take any 7 items... for free! That is where I spotted this wooden IKEBANA vessel complete with copper well and metal FLORAL FROG.
I whipped up this small arrangement as soon as we got home.
I spotted it from across the room and as I approached the table where it sat, I scanned the room for anyone else who might have spotted it as well. I needed to determine how fast I needed to react. Whew.. the 2 children in the room had no desire for my prize. So I picked it up and traded it for my 1 yellow ticket, and I was once again reminded that I could take up to 7 items. We looked over a few books but settled on only taking the vessel. I do believe it found the perfect home and had we not shown up... I really doubt anyone would have taken it. I bet whoever put it in the rummage booth thought... "This will never go, but I'll put it in there anyway".
John traded his blue ticket for a shave ice after that. Still no plants, so we stopped by the entrance and made a donation for our newest acquisition where the loveliest of ladies did their best to make sure we came back later to use our remaining tickets for lunch. We never made it back.
Check out these amazing Ikebana arrangements from ikebana.org
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Re-making is when you open the jars after 24 hours and re-cook with a little more pectin. It is best to do this process 1 jar at a time.
Pictured above from left to right are Passionfruit, Banana & Banana/Papaya.
I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I first tasted the banana, but he passionfruit is to die for.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The layers and layers of soft papery bark.
Thousands of pods just waiting to burst open and release their stank.
After the pods have opened the tree comes alive with bee's swarming around white flowers that look like bottle brushes.
Flower close-up. Can you believe all those little bristly unfurl from those tight little buds?
Despite their airy appearance, the flowers area actually quite dense and heavy.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
We have had some pretty strong winds all day and some rain. Last night we had a wild sunset where there was this small opening in the dark clouds that allowed us to see the sun setting in the West. Here are some crazy shots of that and the clouds. I love the one above the house.
Flossie came and went without too much panic on our end. I however got a little anxious over what to expect yesterday. We have had some pretty strong winds all day and some rain. Last night we had a wild sunset... there was this small opening in the dark clouds that allowed us to see the sun setting in the west.
Here are some crazy shots of that and the clouds.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This morning all is going well. It's windy but not terrible. Slept like a log last night so I think was
pretty calm all night. I don't even think it rain more than a few minutes, since one of the buckets I catch water in was dry.
I took a walk up to the hill behind our house this morning to see what it looked like out there on the open waters. Not too bad, but the storm is to the south of us right now and this shot is facing Northeast. You can see just where we are located in the detail shot.
And on top of it all, the Big Island got hit with a 5.4 earthquake last night around 7:30 PM.
Hurricane Flossie continues to weaken as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands. Its peak winds are now down to 110 miles per hour, making Flossie a category 2 hurricane, down from a category 4 yesterday morning. However, it remains a dangerous storm. After a weakening trend last night, Flossie has maintained it's intensity over the past several hours. No eye has been visible on satellite data for several hours... however some data still show a partial eyewall open to the southeast. I believe that is good and means that the eye is breaking down. Fingers crossed.
Here are 3 of the latest radar and satellite images.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Monday, August 13, 2007
This morning we began moving all lawn furniture, patio set, plants in pots and pretty much anything that might turn into a projectile, into the garage. The worst is projected for Tuesday night and Wednesday, but the predictions could change at anytime. If we need to, we will board up the windows tomorrow.
Today is getting pretty windy and we have had sunny skies then rain off and on all morning.
WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU POSTED , BUT WE MAY LOOSE OUR INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL FOR A TIME. STAY TUNED.
Click here for local updates on Flossie.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Moving westward into the central Pacific, Hurricane Flossie, some 1000 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is a major hurricane. Winds remain at 135 mph, which makes this a Category 4 Hurricane.
Flossie is forecast to maintain hurricane status into Tuesday. The forecast then calls for it to weaken back to a tropical storm as it encounters cooler waters, and more stable conditions. The system is also forecast to head more to the west-northwest, which would cause it to pass only a few hundred mile south Hawaii. This would be close enough to generate some high surf and waves, as well as increase showers for the Islands. Also the trade winds north of Flossie would be strengthened.
We stocked up on all the essentials and have plywood on hand should we need it to cover the windows. Wish us luck!
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
THAT CURTAIN!!!!A WALL OF CARPET TILES.CHECK OUT THAT TRIPPY WALL GRAPHIC. ARE THEY FLOWERS?OK... WHERE TO BEGIN? THE ORANGE INTERIOR OF THE BAR ON THE ENTERTAINMENT CABINET IS GORGEOUS! THE LAMP AND COFFEE TABLE ARE TO DIE FOR. THE ORANGE CARPET IS EVEN COOL, BUT WHAT IS UP WITH THE LOW-RIDER- SOFA? IT LOOKS LIKE IF CAROL MERRILL WERE TO SIT ON IT, HER CHIN WOULD BE RESTING ON HER KNEES.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Here in Hawaii, passion fruit is called lilikoi and is normally eaten raw... seeds and all. It is egg shaped and about the size of a lemon. you know it's ripe when it falls from the vine and gets all wrinkled. Lilikoi flavored syrup is a popular topping for shave ice. We love mixing it it with ginger ale and have used it on top of coconut ice cream. A lot of fruit are needed for a little juice, but a little juice goes a long way. We usually use about 3 teaspoons per glass of ginger ale. We must have had about 40 in all and I think this juice will last us awhile. YUM! Tomorrow I might try making tapioca with coconut milk and lilikoi... we had plain coconut flavored version here that made our eyes roll back in our heads. Lilikoi are not widely available in stores, so most of the fruit eaten comes from backyard gardens or wild groves. We have 2 vines that grow out of control and I could not be happier. One a purple version and another one is yellow. I am actually trying to get more to grow, but I need to make a trellis for them to grow on so they do not choke out the trees.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Had to post this more for nostalgic reasons. My parents loved Iva Zanicchi back in the day. This song was one of her big hits. Anyone who understands the words will see it's a major downer of a song about 2 soldiers tired of fighting and basically deciding not to go on any longer.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Our very own watermelon from the garden!
Our Ulu (breadfruit) tree is finally fruiting.