Monday, February 28, 2011


If you live or surf in San Clemente you have probably eaten one of these.
Pedro's tacos in south San Clemente has been there for years and years.  The menu really
hasn't changed, a few things have been added.  Their fish tacos are THE best
around.  Right amount of fish, salsa, fish sauce and crispy cabbage.
Of course, you have have the funky taco sauce on eveything.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happily Ever After...

Several months ago I wrote about our good friend Peggy and her "new found love", here. Well yesterday
we were able to attend the "end result" of that love story.  It was cold and windy (but not rain), but
the bride and groom were glowing.
So special to see two wonderful people get a second chance at love.

 (thanks to Suzanne Vallely  photo)

Congratulations David and Peggy!

Friday, February 25, 2011

That would be one huge wave...

Saw this sign this's three blocks up from the bluff above T-Street.
The bluff must be 50-75 feet high.  So guess they figure that if you made it up
the T-Street bridge and up this far you'd be safe.  Hummmm

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Lauren, 8 1/2 & Emerson 5 months

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

They think Hawaii gas is expensive...

The price has gone up 10cents in a week!
(ps...since I took this picture last week, it's gone up another 4cents!)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Our own Gnomeo & Juliet

We took the grands to see this movie last night....
 and today without hardly looking we found members of the cast right here in the MH park!

I never paid much attention to them before, but now
they seem to be everywhere!  Didn't know that they
still sold them.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

After the storm...

above San Clemente

Friday, February 18, 2011

Storm Watch...

Once again So. California is under "Storm Watch 2011". 
We'll see what "heavy rains" means this time.

(photos T-Street, San Clemente)
Sorry folks, but you have no idea what severe weather really is...

Valentine pics

Hope you had a wonderful Lover's Day!

Haleiwa Cafe

The night before we left to come to the mainland, our good friends Tim and Donna, drove out from Waikiki for a visit.  I'd been hearing that Cafe Haleiwa was now staying open for dinner three nights a week, so thought this would be a great time to try it.  What a surprise!!!!  Wish that I'd taken pictures!  The food was excellent.  A menu that had something for everyone.  Our waitress said that the menu changes every week or so.  Hubby had the pork chop over warm fingerling potato salad.  Tim had the steak.  Donna and I had an excellent soup and shared a SUN DRIED TOMATO CHEESECAKE!
sounds weird, but it was to die for.  The consistancy of cheese cake but savory.  Served with toasted baquette and fruit. 
We ordered two different desserts, the lemon chiffon pie and ginger with toasted coconut cake.  The pie was something that we all were raving over.  Tart but different more like a key lime pie.

So if you're in Haleiwa for dinner, try this new place.  They still have their regular breakfast and lunch, but dinner on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights is a real treat!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Flashback Friday

Great Poppa 2004~age 92
early morning, Waikiki Beach
he loved it here in Hawaii
while here he did the glider ride at Dillingham Airfield, oldest person to ever have done it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You Always see

a lot of photos taken aove the water here in Hawaii.  My friend got me started
looking at this blog.  Recently he did a whole thing on underwater photos.  They are
really amazing.  This picture I posted doesn't do them justice.  I forget how really
clear our water is here and how pretty it is.

BTW, he's also a great wedding photographer!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

After The Storm...

what a beautiful day!  The trades are back and the sky is such a
beautiful shade of blue.
You'd never know that we had hours and hours of rain the night before (except for the puddles everywhere).
nani Hale'iwa

(in case you were wondering, this is on the othere side of Haleiwa Beach Park, Puena Point)

(beautiful pictures by Carol Phillips)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kumu Sturm

In every public school (I would also assume in private schools also) here in Hawaii, Hawaiiana is taught.  Basic lessons in the language and history are taught about our unique state.  At Waialua Elementary, Kumu (teacher) Sturm is the one who conducts the classes.  This year has been different because she's actually coming into A-10 while I'm there.  In the above picture she was teaching the students the name of each island and the color that represents each island.

I'm excited that I actually get to be there and listen to her lessons.  Maybe I'll learn a little something!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Before The Storm

We're expecting a storm and this is the first line of clouds that are starting to cover Oahu. 

post script...strange weather, this storm...warm, rain and wind.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rainbow Bridge

Probably one of the most famous things in Haleiwa is
the Rainbow Bridge.
Early this morning I was on my way to school and stopped and looked at it.
The bridge was built in 1921 (or so it says on one end).  I heard that there used
to be a wooden bridge there that went over the Anahulu Stream.
The Anahulu Stream is the longest on the island of Oahu (20miles I'm told).  Hubby paddles his canoe
up there.  There are groups that clean the banks of the stream.  This is where
a few years ago, when the floods came, that we stood and watched a truck wash under
the bridge.

Since the bridge is a narrow 2 lanes, everyday someone
"drives with aloha" and stops at the other end to let the other car cross.
We've seen kids jumping off (signs say no jumping), men fishing and people just enjoying
the view.

I love this symbol of the North Shore and what it means.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Flashback Friday

Jon Michael, Jason and Kanai Sharsh
Waikik maybe 13 or 14 years ago

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gung Hei Fat Choy

Year Of The Rabbit

1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Little piece of information...

Since we live in the country (no traffic lights, freeways, chickens, no power during bad storms, you get the idea),
we have a cesspool.  There is a C&C law that says any new building
ie, changing the footprint of the structure, you have to add a septic tank.
Since our house is new, but still the same "footprint" our existing cesspool stayed.
When we were going to add on (another post) we had a study done for the septic tank
and would have done it.  Since there isn't any building here, we still have our cesspool

We've never had it pumped out and hubby tries to cover it up.
 We try to save water, like buying a front loader (65% less water usage), not using
the waste disposer often.  Every month for the last 5 years, we've put a box of "Ridex"
down the toilet.  This is supposed to keep your cesspool "healthy".  These
boxes are $7.99 each, but figured it was worth it.
 Our neighbors just had their cesspool pumped out.  The pumper guy told them all the
regular things to do to keep it healthy, but he also said to add 1 packet of this every month...
3 month supply= $2.79!

(cesspool= waste goes into a huge hole and is leached into the surrounding ground.  Little organisms like to eat it all.
septic tank= waste goes into an actual tank that needs to be pumped out.  Septics are supposed to be better for the environment, no ground waste. Cesspools can fill up and not drain or leech fast enough that's what can cause problems/smells)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A visitor...

Yesterday at school we had a visitor who liked a stack of papers.  When Mrs. L started yelling that she just
couldn't touch it, I thought it was a cane spider (yikes!).
No, it was just a gecko who had wandered inside.  One of the kids tried to get him, but no luck. 
I was able to get him on a paper, but I have to admit when he started climbing up my hand it was weird. 
All I could think about was "what if he got under my sweater sleeve?"

(mahalo to mr and mrs pirate for photo)