Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happiness is

This week I was reading Good Housekeeping and I saw a link for these adorable hair clips.  
These are so cute.  I had to order these for my little grand baby.  She doesn't have much hair yet, but I know she will some day.  I think my own daughter was at least two maybe even three before I could put real bows in her hair.  I think I will save them for her birthday.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentines for my Friends

I have several co-workers who are absolutely wonderful.  
We have been working together for years and we really look out for each other.  
I like to do something a little special for them on the holidays to let them know I appreciate their kindness and friendship.  This year for Valentine's Day I found a Gluten-Free Valentine Chex Mix on the Betty Crocker website.  I was excited about it for two reasons:  1.  It was gluten free.  2.  It had white chocolate.  
I added lots of extra M & M's because I felt it needed more color.  
I made some simple tags with the materials I had in the craft room
I think my friends will enjoy this sweet treat.   
Valentine's Day tends to be a crazy day at work.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Building a Closet

Building A Closet Room in 2015
My husband and I decided that the room my daughter once occupied will be a large closet.  Unfortunately after my daughter and son moved out this room became a junk room.  Right now it looks like this.....

My husband has already cleaned out the closet and painted it white, but now the real work begins.  I came up with a checklist to get the project started.  I don't know how long it will take because both my husband and I are both working a lot of hours.  

Checklist for the Project:
  • Clean Junk out of the Room
  • Make a Trip to the Goodwill
  • Clean Fans
  • Pack things away in the the attic
  • Paint Bedroom
  • New Carpet
  • New Curtains
  • Buy Closet Shelving and Assembly it.
  • Move Clothes
  • Order Pictures

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day 9 -- Our Last Day in Hawaii

Day 9  January 4, 2015

We had just a couple of places left on our list of things to do today. 

Our first stop was Richardson Beach Park.  Well it was not exactly where we were headed but it was where we ended up and it was beautiful.  

We saw a Hawaiian Monk Seal.  

Next we drove Rainbow Falls, I was not exactly happy about hiking to another falls.  However I was so happy when we pulled up and we did not have to hike anywhere!  Yeah!  We did not see rainbows in fact you can see the shadows in my pictures.

Then it was time to drive back to Kona.  We wanted to stop and see if the Queen’s Palace was open.  It was not….so we decided to have lunch at a Pub on the ocean so Joe could get football updates.  I wanted to order sweet potato fries that were orange. 

We walked around the town for a while and then for dinner we ate at Kona Brewery Pub.  I had a delicious strawberry chicken spinach salad and Joe had fish tacos.  As we drove to the airport we saw the moon rise above the mountains.  First we saw a bright glow above the mountains and then slowly the moon rose.  We were on the freeway and we could not stop to take a picture but it was so beautiful. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 8 -- Hawaii

Day 8  January 3, 2015

We set out on our adventure to Volcanoes National Park.  We were all prepared with our plan to go do all the outdoor activities this morning because rain was in the forecast for the afternoon. 

Stop 1:  The Steam Vents
We noticed a lot of branches down on the road as we drove there from the big storm last night.  The steam vents were what we expected steam rising from the ground.  They did not smell.  However there was lots of coins and garbage inside the vents. 

Stop 2:  The Hawaii Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum
The Kilauea Caldera was huge and had lots of steam coming out of it.   The museum was closed we arrived too early.  We saw a rainbow in the sky.  We didn’t want to waste time so we went on.

Stop 3:   Waiting for the road to open
The road is closed due to a tree down.  We waited for a while and it appears it will take at least an hour.  So we went to the ranger station and watched a video about volcanoes.  We went back to the Jagger museum.  Joe’s fun fact for today:  The big island was created from six volcanoes.   There is still one active under the ocean.  OK the road is still closed so we decided to move on to something else.

Stop 4:  Akaka Falls
It was about an hour drive away and we had to hike just a like bit through a rainforest but it was beautiful.  Joe even found another fun fact:  Akaka Falls is higher than the Niagara Falls. All the different types of leaves fascinated us and Joe found a green lizard.

Stop 5:  Real Lava Flow
We went to see actual lava flow.  It was slowly creeping through a town.  It had burned one house and covered a road.  Joe was very interested in how they covered the electric poles but not the telephone poles.  The lava was black, huge, gooey and hot.  The National Guard was there to make sure people did not try to climb on it. 

Stop 6:  Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook

Stop 7:  Lava Tubes
We walked through another rainforest to find a lava tube.  It was basically a tunnel made from lava 500 years ago.  That was very cool. 

Stop 8:
Now we were running out of time so we only had time to drive to Holei Sea Arch.  It was all the way down to the ocean.  I thought it was amazing.  I love being down by the ocean.   

We drove all the way back up the volcano to the Volcano House for dinner and then we went to the last stop of the day.

Stop 9:  The Hawaii Volcano Observatory
Why did we go back to see The Kilauea Caldera again, because when it is dark out you can see it glow.  That was awesome.  We got some great pictures. 

We did a lot of things today because it was our last full day in Hawaii. Today was my birthday as well.