It’s been another crazy, cold week here on Kaua’i. We spent all last Monday in sweatshirts, and the ceiling fans haven’t been on all week. I had planned to go swimming on Monday and Wednesday, but it was too darn cold. It finally warmed up on Friday, but was still cool enough we didn’t need to turn on the fans. The surf has been high all week as well – beautiful to look at, but not so good for swimming. One good side effect of the cooler weather has been that vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are available – usually it’s too hot for them here.
We got the sad news this week that our landlord has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma. He and Brett chatted for a while after he called to let us know that he (and his family) may be returning to the mainland shortly for treatment. He doesn’t currently know what the prognosis is (he’s still waiting on more test results), although he did say the cancer has spread to his blood. He wanted to let us know that our lease would be honored and that we were already OK’d to stay for another year, at the same rate, no matter how things turn out. We shall see, but so very sad nonetheless – he’s a nice guy and a good landlord.
I’m also feeling a little bit of hope after a federal judge in Washington ordered a temporary restraining order against the travel ban. It doesn’t help those who had visas or were permanent residents who were already turned back, but now the executive order will get its day in court. It’s not over, but for now though all visas and green cards must be honored. We are a nation of laws, and for now the rule of law, and the separation of powers, stands.
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I started the new Ian Rankin book, Rather Be the Devil in the middle of the week and am ripping through it. Rankin is one of my favorite writers, definitely in my Top Five, and his Inspector Rebus procedurals are always a good read. I always enjoy that the city of Edinburgh is as much a character as any human in his stories. The Girl Before was also a good, tight read – I definitely recommend it if you like mysteries/psychological thrillers. I’ve got the new Tana French mystery, The Trespasser, coming up next.
- Listening to: It’s a beautiful sunny day, but the wind is howling! There’s lots of noise outside because of it, although it’s keeping the roosters quiet. The washing machine is doing its thing, but otherwise it’s quiet inside – YaYu is studying and Brett is reading.
- Watching: Neither Brett nor I watched any TV at all last week – we read instead, although YaYu “made” us watch Finding Dory yesterday afternoon, and I’m glad she did – it was a sweet movie. We’ve got nothing on deck this week coming up, but tonight Brett and I are going to watch Minimalism.
- Cooking/baking: Everyone did their own thing for breakfast this morning – I had a papaya. There’s still a little bit left of the yellow butter cake I made a few days ago, so no baking today. I’ve boiled the eggs for tonight’s deviled eggs and will be making those in a while for our dinner tonight. I didn’t even think until this morning that tonight’s snack-y menu makes it look like we’ll be watching the Super Bowl – we’re not.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: The sun finally came out and warmed things up on Friday, so YaYu and I went to the pool and I got my first swim in. Boy, am I out of shape! Not as bad as I thought I would be, but there’s still lots of room for progress. I did my research and booked a one-night Kaua’i staycation for Brett and I while YaYu is at her Key Club conference in April. I got all my bike rides done (with the tension turned up a notch beginning this week), drank all my water, and studied Japanese and Portuguese every day.
- Looking forward to next week: Brett and I are heading up to Kilauea on Wednesday to buy a gift or two for our granddaughter, and then plan to treat ourselves to a couple of banana frosties from Banana Joe’s. They’re pure fruit, so something I can eat without guilt. Plus, I love chatting with Joe whenever I go – he and I both share a love of Japan.
- Thinking of good things that happened: YaYu sold all her malasada tickets in two days, so her swim team banquet cost is covered and then some. She thought sellers would keep only $5 of the $10 for each ticket, but it turns out they get to keep $7 so YaYu will receive an additional $18 over the cost of the banquet. This week was another great one for produce at the farmers’ market – such variety, and so much to choose from! We put $18.05 into the change/$1 bill jar.
- Grateful for: Frugal and tasty peanut butter! I allow myself two tablespoons a day, and those two spoonfuls have saved me again and again from eating something I shouldn’t, either between meals or at night. I eat my serving slowly, and by the time I’m done the hunger pangs have completely disappeared (and stay disappeared).
- Bonus question: Do you have a favorite flower? Peonies have been my favorite for more years than I can remember. I never saw them growing up, but the first time I came across them in Japan I fell in love and that love has never waned. Whether they’re on the bush, in a vase or expressed in art, peonies always make my heart beat a little faster. My second favorite flower is the iris, with the petite, deep purple Japanese irises prefered over the larger, fluffier standard iris blossoms (although they’re all beautiful). I’ve added some other flowers to my list since we’ve been in Hawai’i: bird of paradise, Hawaiian ginger, plumeria and heliconia are favorites here.
That’s a wrap for this afternoon at Casa Aloha. How was your week? What have you been up to? What good things happened for you?