Category Archives: Life

These are blog entries from the rest of my life, on the off day when I spend time with the family and read a little bit. Or those days where I have to cut into writing for life.

Hysterical baby video…to make you smile!

I never put no writing content into my blog.  I switched over to a new theme and just wanted to throw a little party around here.  If you haven’t watched this video yet, please do.  It makes me laugh a lot.  Something we all need.

 

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The Perfect Day

If you were ever wondering what would make a perfect day- here’s the rundown :

Sleep in until 7.

Coffee, scrambled eggs on the sunny deck.

Some sweet, helpful, encouraging comments to my blog post.

A phone call from mom.

Water fight with all the kids.

Great leftovers for lunch/snacks, no one has to cook.

Good moods abounding.

Digging, planting, communing in the garden.

Chickens eating worms.

A little nap and time to read.

Volcano guava/grape wine on the deck with DH while Littlest naps and MS hangs with a friend.

A good friend makes it to her destination.

Another good friend returns tomorrow.

Lasagna for dinner!

While the oven’s hot, throw in some oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies!

A good rain to end it all.

Get the kids to bed and cruise with my dear husband.

Lovely day

Writing notes:  DH and Eldest went fishing last night and didn’t get home until noon.  Obviously, I couldn’t write. Littlest is not at a stage where I can concentrate on a single sentence without being interrupted.

Well, I did just write those two previous sentences, but she is in the bath and she interrupted to ask me if she could make her own water gun.  (Answer: no.)

I’m a bit frustrated at missing two days of writing in my last non work week of summer. Next week, I have to work Monday and Tuesday to attend a special data training.  The week after I have to work Wednesday and Thursday, the teacher days before school starts.  School officially starts on August 2 and from there on in, it’ll be work work work.

As I write this I see that I should be looking at the part of the glass that is half full.  I’m going to focus on the positive and be thankful for so many days off and that in the next two weeks, I only work four days.  See how good blogging is for me?

Hawaii notes:  Sick of kids plopped in front of PBS kids on such a gorgeous day, I scooped up Littlest and MS and took off for a hike.  They always want to go to the lava tube (a long walkthrough cave), so I had to convince them to try something new.  MS was just moody.  We drove up Mauna Loa strip road to the “loop trail,” a short one mile loop through a native forest.  It was closed because of falling trees.  Bummer.  But, alas, the gate to the strip road was open.

Now everyone was into it, driving through the koa forest, watching for the cattleguards.  We drove up to the lookout- 10 miles and a 2,000 foot elevation gain.  Beautiful views of smoking lava at Halema’uma’u Crater, Pu’u O’o and further down the coast going into the ocean.  From up there, it looks like billowing white smoke.  Between those, we saw the subdivision where we live!  Next time, we’ll bring binoculars.  We hiked a small way down a trail near the lookout and then we headed up the main trail towards the top of Mauna Loa (summit 13,756 feet).  Dry, rocky and gorgeous.  We found a cave the perfect size for Littlest to walk into.  Lovely day.

Even if this post was the only thing I wrote.

What if Virginia Woolf had Facebook?

The Indigo Girls (remember them?) have a song called Virginia Woolf.

These lyrics came to me yesterday while I was in the midst of my “genre crisis.”

“They published your diary and that’s how i got to know you,

Key to the room of your own and a mind without end,

Here’s a young girl on a kind of a telephone line through time,

The voice at the other end comes like a long-lost friend,

So i know I’m alright,

My life will come,  my life will go,  still i feel it’s alright,

I just got a letter to my soul.”

This is how I felt when I read the chapter called “The Book Stops Here” in The Mystery Writers’ Handbook by Lawrence Block.  He’s the author of so many books that he has SIXTY TWO books available for the Kindle.  So his advice across time and space for me is:

“1.  Keep going and finish it.  OR

2.  Figure out what went wrong and make it right.  OR

3.  Decide that it doesn’t say Purina and bury it in the yard.

Look, I never said this was going to be easy.”

Well, there were also other things in the chapter that made me see I could make the fix.

The encouragement of my commenters (Thank you again!) helped a lot too (oh, what if Virginia Woolf had Facebook?)

I’m still not sure what I will do, but I think I will try to de-emphasize the police parts and hope the readers (and agents/editors) can suspend their belief.

I had to take today off because I had a checkup at 10 am and DH went hunting last night.

I think that was good timing because I had some time to let it stew.  Back at it tomorrow!

Ahhhhhh..

It is minutes before nine pm.  I am freshly showered.  My legs feel a little sore from brisk walking and stretching.  Two kids are at sleepovers and one is asleep.  DH is on his way home from dropping a kid off.  My blog is nearly done.

Yes,  it was a good day.

We made a Middle Eastern feast just for fun.  We hung out on the futon on the back porch and read tons of new books from the library.   Littlest and I went over to a friend’s to hang out.

Time to go hang out with the DH.  Aloha!

Teamwork and Children’s Stories, blog #42

Teamwork: It was a great family day because we all worked together to get this house in tip top, OK, as good as we could shape for our party tomorrow.

We haven’t had a party here since we got married five years ago.

We renovated (still are renovating) and built a great deck on the back, sheltered from the sun (and Volcano rain) by a clear roof that lets in light.

This morning I made a list of all of the jobs and assigned each one an amount of money (sweep the living room-50 cents) as an incentive to get the kids involved and positive.

Tomorrow, I’ll get up and make the hamburger patties (my secret recipe) and scrub the bathroom floor, more than likely with the assistance of the Littlest.

The Great Volcano 4th of July Parade starts at 9 and it looks like the most of the family will be “marching in it, which should be fun.  Then we’ll come home, kick back and wait for friends to stop by.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come on by.

Children’s Stories: Like most good mommies, I read three books to Littlest every night before bed and every afternoon before nap time.  We go to the local library and literally take sections of books home with us.  We read everything from Dr. Seuss to Jan Brett to Beatrix Potter to Marc Brown and beyond.  Littlest has learned about her favorite authors and can tell you little tidbits about them like, “Marc Brown is amazing because he makes the pictures and the stories.”

I often muse, as I read the same favorite books to her over and over that this is how story is implanted in our brains.  This is how we learn to see things from other people’s points of view.  This is how we understand the little truths in life that our parents may not explain so well.  This is how we understand that every story has characters, settings, plots and problems and we see that our lives are stories.

Seems to be me that Children’s books are not only good for children, but for the adults who read them to the children.

If you haven’t read one lately, find a child (there’s plenty around!) and read to them.

Father’s Day from my DH’s POV

Written from my husband’s point of view:

Gifts presented by my children one by one as they woke up-

Hand painted card from Littlest

Wallet & card from MS

Surf shorts & card from Eldest

Menu items (prepared by my darling wife):

Choc chip/banana pancakes

Coffee- Ka’u, pressed

Handmade tortillas and egg salad

Meatloaf & Green salad picked from the garden

Agenda:

Work on surfboard

Eat

Relax

Hang with the wife

Results:

The most relaxing day so far this summer and someone around here loves me!