Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy September

It seems like just yesterday, I was posting photos of our favorite island Kauai. It is hard to believe it was four months ago; so much has taken place in those four months. Firstly, when we got back at the beginning of May started unpacking at our new home. It takes months to really settle in; by the time we were comfortable, our daughter's move was right around the corner. She's been in her new house now for a month. I'm pleased to say we love our new home and I think Kim's family is settling in quite well. They've had some great learning experiences-an owl or two hanging out in their area and also a resident bat that they have been able to observe. You will be seeing photos of Kauai all week. The first two are the sunrise on our first morning. I joined hubby, but he wakes up earlier than I do, so was able to get early morning photos.

These two Monk Seals were playing at a beach we had never been to before. We started out our morning pretty early, for folks who don't have a time clock to watch and although we couldn't get really close for photos, it was fun to watch them play. The volunteer told us that two were born back in May.

This is the day I had a bit of a over-heating incident. This photo was taken before I started feeling weak. When we left for the day, I thought we were just driving up to a beach and didn't prepare properly for the hike and boulder hopping we did. You can see the boulders we had to climb over. It didn't help that we were both in flip-flops either. WE did have lots of water, but I had totally forgotten to have something like Gatoraid with us. It was so hot and humid and I didn't even think about losing minerals as I was sweating.

Nene's, the official Hawaiian bird.
This is the arch-hard to see, that we were climbing to get a photo of. The next photo is better.  Sometimes, us older adults need to be reminded of our age-I still think I should be able to do things I did in my 20's, 30's and 40's.

This is the side of the hill I had to climb up to see the arch.  It wasn't too bad, but I think the obsidian boulders were so hot, the heat just transferred to my body. 
After we got back to the car, we headed for the condo and I laid down the rest of the afternoon. 
So this was our first day in Kapaa.  Love it there but still love being home; otherwise hubby would probably move us there. 
I hope you had a great weekend, I've got to go meet Kam to walk the pups, so best end this.
A Hui Hou to you friend, or "until we meet again".

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Good Morning Friends, It seems like forever since I've been able to sit and write. Let's get you caught up. Last Monday, my dear hubby planned a spontaneous trip to Kauai; we would fly out on Thursday and return on Thursday. We've never been that spontaneous and it was pretty fun. For the last couple of years, we've been part of Alaska Airline frequent flyer miles and we are switching back to United, for various reasons. We wanted to use the miles we had left and after a few clicks of the mouse, hubby had our trip planned. One of the drawbacks for Alaska Air is that to get to the islands from Colorado, we have to change planes in Seattle; usually there is a six hour delay as there is only one or two flights per day to Kauai. Well, once we landed, it was around lunch time so hubby decided we'd get a taxi over to Pike's Market and have lunch. We've only been to the market once before and enjoyed it. I will say though that we should have figured out how to use mass transit, because the cost of a cab was sky high. If I lived in Seattle, I would definitely buy all my produce, seafood and flowers there; the flowers I'm showing were $10-15. each.

Amazing prices and too many people!!!  What about you-have you ever been to Pike's Market? If not, if  you are ever in Seattle, make sure to include this on your trip. We had a great fresh crab salad at a little cafe across the street; it really made the time between flights go quickly.  We have also learned that on our return trip, it is easier to get a hotel room near the airport, because the flight from Kauai lands around 10:00 p.m. and the flight home doesn't leave until 6:00 a.m. the next morning.  We've tried to sleep in the airport once and don't want to do that again. 
I will be posting photos of our trip the rest of the week.  It was nice to get home on Thursday!  Of course, we did catch colds this weekend; so today is just going to be lazy today and hopefully beat them. 
Today actually looks like the end of summer, it is sunny and pretty out.  The weekend, we had lots and lots of rain.  Feels like the end of Sept. instead of the beginning. 
I hope you had a great weekend and are celebrating the end of summer.  I'm getting around to visit you all, slowly, but still checking in.
Joy to you!
Noreen & Hunter

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Fun

We arrived home yesterday, late afternoon; we then picked up our little furbaby, headed to the grocery store and came home. It feels so good to be back; love our trips, but love heading home. Needless to say, Hunter was over the moon excited to see us. He had a great time with Lily, but all evening he just crashed. I would say, he played hard while we were gone. I was really close when I took this photo and he never even opened an eye.

There were so many great things about our trip~getting to have lunch in Pike's Market in Seattle during our layover, having time alone together in Kauai, great weather, hiking and exploring new areas, seeing Monk Seals and talking to volunteers, great seafood; there were a few not so good things for me~getting overheated while hiking one day, being considered a buffet lunch for mosquitoes another day. Our flights were easy and staying in Seattle overnight is always a much easier alternative for us. However, there was a problem with the bathtub faucet and I didn't sleep much Wednesday night. I certainly made up for it last night though. It is so hard to believe it is Labor Day weekend; where did our summer go?! Fall is in the air here; in fact, we watched football on t.v. last night. I have lots of laundry to do and more grocery shopping tomorrow as well as picking up my new glasses today. Right now Hunter is standing at the cabinet whining-his way of telling me that he missed his salmon treats while I was away. I'm going to take him for a walk before I begin all my chores. We don't have a lot of plans for the weekend~we are having our realtor and his family over for lunch on Sunday as a thank you for all his hard work for our family the last 9 mos. Our town has its annual Harvest parade and also art & wine festival-so we'll see if we go to those.
Photos of Kauai will start next week. May your day be sweet and easy!
Noreen & Hunter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Greetings my friends from the beautiful island of Kauai. Our quick adventure ends today, as we board a plane to Seattle where we will catch a coo exiting flight home.  It has been a different trip, mostly fun. Hubby would stay another week or two, but I'm ready to head back to our loved ones.  Unfortunately,  we never connected with Val; I think we will be back before two years from now. I have been told that when we left we took summer with us and fall is now in the air.  We have many photos to post, somehow I think it will be next week before I post them. I hope you are all well; I'm looking forward to catching up!
Aloha, Noreen

Monday, August 25, 2014


Not having good luck with blogger today-that's what happens when you try to do it in your phone. I've lost two posts already and too frustrated to start over; so this will be short. The trip has been different, some great things and a couple if not so great. All is well here, except my legs are covered in bug bites that are driving me crazy.  I'm looking forward to getting home. For those in northern Ca. , sending thoughts and prayers your way.
Joy, Noreen

Friday, August 22, 2014


Good morning friends, sending greetings from Kauai. I had hoped to upload photos but so far only able to get them on FB. Got to go sit in Starbucks for free wifi.
Going on an adventure this morning, so I'll get back to you later.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday Friends! I hope you are counting your blessings today; I certainly am. I am so thankful for my hubby, our two daughters & their hubbies and our 11 grands, as well as the four family dogs. Hunter is such a sweet dog and is very spoiled! When he goes to Lily's house to stay, he behaves like a dog-eating just kibble and having a fun time with her and the grands. Today I am thankful that our daughters live so close to us and that Hunter loves going to Lily's. Here they are-aren't they just adorable together. For those of you who guessed yesterday as to our destination, if you guessed the islands you are right. 

We usually don't make spontaneous trips, but after all the moving-this spring and in July, hubby decided that if our condo was free and we could use frequent airline miles, we would go.  Well, we are going.   What's even better is that I'll get to see Val again; she has told me there are two new Monk Seal pups. I'm hoping for lots of photo ops; hubby and I will be exploring and he's not taking his clubs. 
I'll be posting daily and sharing our adventures with you.
Have a wonderful day!