Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and found sometime to do some sewing. The only thing I did as far as sewing was cut out a dress pattern. After church yesterday, I went over to our storage unit and dug out my serger so I could get started on this dress.  As soon as I got home, I looked at my front yard and decided to mow the lawn.

Today however, I have been on the phone with the County Dept. of Public Works. I live next to an empty lot and I have been trying to contact the owner about the trees in her lot. They HUGE. They are call Albizia trees. The stomp on these trees are huge but the branches are flimsy. After that heavy rain we had, branches are just falling in our property. Since my husband is gone, I have to remove them myself and they are HEAVY! Anyway, I have been talking to a gentleman in the County and he is updating me on this issue. Eventually the County will have to come in and remove the trees IF the owner(s) do not come forward to address these issues. Here are some pictures of what the trees look like. I had to take and send these pictures to the County.

 We are going to miss the shade BUT we rather have these trees gone!

My red hibiscus blossom this morning! Isn't she pretty? 8-) I am still looking for the DEEP red hibiscus.

Here is Misty! I swear she is such an old bag. She is upset because I shooed her in the house for chasing after the chicken. *sigh*

Lastly, my husband is finally coming home Thursday! YAY!!! His "honey-doo" list is almost LONG and I am anxious for him to get home to start on the list. Of course I am ready for him to come home already. Here are pictures he posted on FB of his racing! This was our boat but sold it before we moved to Hawaii. I think he does miss it. Who knows what will happen in the future. Maybe another boat for him????

Hope everyone enjoyed their Monday!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy Friday...

Hope everyone enjoyed their Friday. The weather here cooperated. Just some drizzles but mostly sunny! YAY! It is so nice to see the sun and also the tradewinds. Makes a difference with the humidity here. Coming from the Mainland, it gets pretty hard to the humidity without the tradewinds.

I cleaned up my garden. This is my very first garden I have ever done. Thanks to my Dad, he taught me how. LOL! Anyway, I got to harvest three roma tomatoes. I thought for dinner I will make a Beef tomato stir fry with these.

Yesterday I showed you pictures of my hibiscus. I have never seen hibiscus flower this big. They are huge.
I am on the hunt for a deep dark red hibiscus plant. They have it but are hard to find. Here you will see a red but it is not the deep dark red. Aren't they pretty?

My neighbor gave me some pineapples last week. They weren't fully ripe until now. I decided to cut them up. They are delicious when they are cold. My last post, I stated I prefer the white pineapple. Now I can show you what I mean. 

 As you can see, the two small ones are the "yellow" pineapple. The larger one is the "white" pineapple. YUMMY!
After I cut the skin out, I rinse the whole pineapple and rub it with a little regular salt. Let it sit a about 15 minutes and then cut in cube size. Store it in the fridge for until cold! YUM YUM. Like they say here in Hawaii "ONO" meaning: YUMMY, GOOD.

With the crown of pineapple, you can actually plant them in the ground. So I am going to give it a try.

This is what our weather looked like today from my backyard.

 Tonight I decided to work in my sewing room. I have been wanting to sew some dresses to Church. I have a weird taste in clothing. My sister tells me my taste is "Grannyish". I bought some Amy Butler fabrics on Ebay and I was trying to find a nice simple summer dress and I found Tina Givens patterns and I decided to make a few dresses of this...

For the hem, I m going to use a black 3" binding. In my mind, this is a very simple pattern. We shall see! 8)
It has been 22 years since I ever sewed a garment! I will begin sewing it together tomorrow. Who knows, maybe I'll have a dress for church on Sunday. 8)

Here is my boy "Kappy". He was punished today for messing around with the chickens! I don't know why he thinks the chickens want to play with him. He was so determine to have them chase after him and when they moseyed in another direction, he wants to get their attention! I guess he will figure it out one day that they are just CHICKENS! 

Lastly, here is Chickee just relaxing near the patio waiting for me to come out into the yard! Kappy is so fixated with her. 

Here is Chickee's sis "Chick Chick". She is the smallest of the bunch. She is moulting now and has been for awhile. 

Well I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 


Thursday, July 24, 2014


YES We have SUN! I was so happy I stayed outside most of the day cleaning gutters with my dad, some weeding etc... It was so nice to just be outside! Even my plants were happy.

Here are some pictures of my flowers that I have growing in my yard...

our backyard

Lipstick plant. They call it that here. It is very pretty when they all bloom

Hibiscus..."Hula" flower is the name of this one. 

Lemon tree. My FIRST lemon 8)

String beans. flowers so I know I will have some fresh beans soon! 8)

Artichoke. My husband loves it and I don't. The white powder is sulfur to keep the mites out.

Roma tomatoes. 

Pineapple. I "think" I won't be able to get any until next year. Pineapples
are small and the color inside is white compare to the ones you
get in the store. I LOVE these because it is not too acidic and they are very very juicy!

Potted impatience. 

I cannot remember the name of this plant but it sure is pretty!

Didn't do any sewing today. However, I will be in sewing room after I get off here. I need to sew my last row of my UFO. 

I don't know what it is but every time she sees me, she will sprint to the back deck and hangout with me. Take a look...

Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend!