Thursday, June 29, 2017

Another Boring Pointless Lesson on Life

Sitting in a meeting today discussing and idea that has come around for the third time in the past 15 years and hasn’t been able to stick yet. The last time I heard this particular idea, it was so poorly communicated that we all considered it to be one of the worst and riskiest ideas in the history of mankind.

Listening to the exact same idea, framed by a different communication style (and maybe just different attitude) today, everyone bought into it. Well, except maybe us three old timers who have already seen it flounder twice...

Anyway, It just makes you think about the importance of how you present yourself. 

Positive Vibes
Positive Life

Father's Day 2017

Two Sunday's ago was Father's Day.

We didn't do a whole lot: went to church, I made french toast bake, which is becoming one of our favorites- recipe post coming soon. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy 9 months Ethan Kekoa!

Little Ethan made nine months on the 17th! (Mom's a little behind on the baby updates.)

Little boogs has 2 bottom teeth. Is rocking forward and scooting all over the place, but not crawling. He has everyone trained to pick him up though, so he may never crawl! Haha!

He loves to play with his baby toys and various other objects like hairbrushes...LOL...
Michael still loves him- note the head pat. Haha.

He's a great eater, loves solid foods and his sippy cup. He loves to play patty cake, wave, and give high fives. He loves his brother and sister, but has developed a screech to warn them when they're in his space bubble. LOL. 

Doctor's appointments went great this month! And he's basically back to being a happy healthy little boy! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fresh Salsa Verde

For the first time ever, we grew tomatillos in our garden. They were super easy and productive! They didn't have any of the issues that come with regular tomatoes. They stand up and don't need to be staked and they didn't get any powdery mildew. Some of ours fell down, but that's because our watermelons were starting to use them as a trelllis.

We finally picked the first batch and I made some delicious fresh salsa verde, so here in Kalae they were about 3-4 months to harvest???

Unfortunately, my cilantro just went to seed, and my jalepeno  and Hawaiian chili pepper plants are super tiny, so maybe next time I'll be able to sync up the harvest times better.

Fresh Salsa Verde

15 smallish tomatillos- probably about 8 if you had bought them from the store
1 small sweet onion
15 jalepeno slices from a jar
1. 5 TBS fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 small lime)
1/2 tsp salt
swirl of honey
several shakes of cumin (about 1/4 tsp)

layer in the blender as listed then blend until desired consistency.

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.