Sunday, June 18, 2017


I've been trying really hard to finally get back into shape after having Ethan. Ok, not really, but I've started walking some and I want to get back into a routine yoga practice.

Yoga is a little harder to come by due to my work schedule and the kids' busy activity schedule-and it's just plain hard to come by on Molokai at all. But that being said, there's an ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL place where and charming lady leads a session each Saturday and Sunday. I don't make it often because with drive time, it takes a huge chunk out of my day. But I went today and it was FAB.

I mean, just look at this place! 😍😍😍

Friday, June 16, 2017

Our beautiful backyard


This new blogging app is seriously the worst! Again, I now have a bunch of outdated posts that it never published because it timed out. Le sigh.

Anyway, in happy news, I sold my damn VICAL stock today that I've had forever and lost a lot of money on. Ok, maybe that's not happy news, but it's a milestone none the less.

And I'm happy news that's actually happy, our backyard has a bunch of super cool plants! Michael and I dug up some potatoes today! (And some nasty invasive slugs which we squished-yuck!) 

Our heirloom tomatoes are taking FOREVER to ripen! I hope they're worth it! 

I picked my first tomatillo today! a) I'm not sure when you're supposed to pick them b) I'm not sure how to run them into delicious salsa verde... but I will learn both.🤓

We have a yellow marigold blooming-that's cool.

Our avocados and Kona Sugarlaof pineapples are growing well. My herb pots are pretty, and our first ever volunteer papaya continues to be our very best producer. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to grow raspberries from seed

So, I ordered some seed from Amazon. And it didn't come with any instructions. 

Blackberry seeds need to be stratified and scarified- I think. I read that anyway, but I'm not sure if they NEED it, or it just helps.

I'm also not sure if the seeds I bought already underwent either of these treatments or not.

So, I tried two things yesterday.

1. I just planted half a packet outside in a pot.
2. I planted the other half in a small pot and put it in the garage fridge. 

Now, we'll just wait and see what (if anything) happens.

I also planted some cucumbers in the side bed with new soil. And I planted two coffee plants next to our new electric box.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Tea Party

I love a good excuse to do something fancy! I also love a good excuse to drink tea. And so, I present to you, our Memorial Day tea party.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spring Garden Progress

It's always been my dream to be self sufficient. LOL. Literally, since I was a kid I had notebooks where I would draw out these sketches of my dream house and how it would be off the grid and I'd have a wheat field and (and it was a castle and it had a moat and a huge library) just like Little House on the Prarie. (Well, except for the castle part)

Anyway, now that I'm an adult who's doeced to live in reality I keep my dream alive by making our backyard as productive as possible.

This spring I undertook a HUGE investment and dug out all the crap soil (if you can even call giant chunks of iron clay a soil) and replaced it all with bags of SunGro potting mix from Hikiola. It only took a couple of afternoons, but it was hella expensive-like $200 worth of DIRT! 😱 and that was me scrimping and saving.

And yes, I did try mixing in organic matter first. I composted one bed at a time while I planted the other two, and even had my mobile chicken coop so one got constant "fertilizer" but I think the soil structure was so poor it just couldn't be improved.

Anyway, my one good bed is paying off! We have 4 or 5 types of tomatoes. Two types of watermelons (from saving seeds, so at least one plant is a sugar baby!) tomatillos!!!! Which, I've never grown tomatillos before, so that's new to me. Potatoes!!! Same, this is my first time growing potatoes. And strawberries, and a few peas and a few struggling pepper plants.

The other crap bed has a little lettuce (fingers crossed we don't get fat king worm) one recycled leek, some overflow tomatoes, tomatillos, and watermelon. One morning glory, some marigolds, and possibly one struggling flowering stock. My old stock died from and attack of spider mites that I didn't catch in time.

And our third bed was stupid, so we tore it out. 

We do still have a narrow one on the edge of the shack. I bought one bag of potting mix and zinnia and cucumber seeds to put in there.

I kind of want to put in a Burpee's order because seeds are kind of hard to come by here and I want some cutting flowers!


So the garden finally looks good, now we need to work on the rest of our ugly yard. 😊

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask Review

What's everyone's favorite thing about Sephora? Free Samples!!!

It's been a hell of a two months and I will admit, I have a pretty bad habit of stress shopping. Anyway. With this last order I got this sample of the fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. 

After a long day, I decided to try it out. It smells like cucumber and was delightfully refreshing. I think it's perfect for summer. I put it on thin, only using about half of the sample. I also schmeared some on my gross old lady hands. LOL.

Immediately I could see my wrinkles plumping up and skin looking smoother. About 3 minutes in I could really feel it working.

I was thinking wow, this stuff is pretty great, maybe I'll buy a full size one. Well, a tub retails for $92. 😱😱😱 that's more than I would like to pay for a mask. But it did really work; my skin feels so smooth, and looks nice and hydrated. I would say it almost made my skin awesome enough to forget how poor I would be if I bought it for real. 😂

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beach Day

Well...we didn't catch that Papio that I've been craving. (Hhahahahahaha) But we still had a fun day fishing!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy 8 Months Ethan Kekoa!

A few days late, but we were on Oahu for doctors appointments for Ethan's actual 8 month-aversiry on the 17th.

Ethan Kekoa,

You are such an incredible little boy.

You got your first tooth this month!!!!! It's your bottom front one on your right! The one on the left is  on its way behind it.

You also got a real haircut this month. A number 4 all around!

You LOVE LOVE LOVE your brother and sister. You smile and giggle and go crazy when they entertain you.

You like solid foods, baby food and table food. you eat pretty much everything now. You've also tried some dairy _ You love puffs, and you are getting good at picking them up and getting them into your mouth all by yourself.

You are still nursing.

Michael runs around telling everyone to look at you proclaiming "Look at this cutie-patootie!! Eeefan is one cutie-patootie!"

You LOVE playing with all your baby toys. You like the stacking sets and rattles and balls now.

Your sleeping is finally starting to get back to normal. Your doctor's appointments have all been going well.

You're babbling a little bit and you talk in a sing-song voice a lot and its adorable!

You can definitely roll. You are not crawling or pulling up yet, but you like to stand and bounce and pretend walk while mom and dad hold your hands.

Mommy, Daddy, Sophia and Michael love you so so so so so so so so much!


P.S. You weren't really into getting your 8 month sticker picture taken,  but then  while I was putting the camera away to try again tomorrow- you apparently pulled your sticker off and crumpled it up. So...this is what we got.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy 7 Years To Us

Again in the two months of things I can't believe:

Monday marked the day that we have been married for SEVEN years.

Also, we got a minivan.

What to say? It's been a long seven years. We've accomplished a lot together. We've made three beautiful babies. We've had many jobs, lived a few places, bought a home. We've battled our way through home renovations, pet adoptions, graduate degrees, technical licenses, and a whole host of things. All in all we've had a good run. Cheers to keeping it going.

Now please enjoy these candid snapshots from May 15, 2010.

Oh hey, the cake stand I've literally used 100's of times that Daniel told me not to register for because we'd never use it ;)