Monday, September 30, 2019

Birthday Card from Colin

Colin said that he found instructions to make this on YouTube.  Thank you Colin!!


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sumo Citrus

I was at Palama Market yesterday and saw this! $2.99/pound is a pretty good price so I got excited. They came prepacked in bags of 4. My bag cost me $5.45.


It's not the sweetest sumo orange that I've ever tasted, but it was juicy, and at $2.99 a pound, well worth it to me.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Jason's Banana Bread Recipe

Geri finally got around to emailing us the recipe for her son's ono banana bread. Jason also makes a good cheesecake which I previously blogged about here

It was perfect timing because I had two overripe bananas on our kitchen counter and a bagful in the freezer.


As you can see I added some chopped walnuts . . . maybe about 1 cup. The bread came out very moist and dense . . . just how I like it. 

Jason’s Banana Bread
Cream together:
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter

6 ripe bananas (2 ½ cups)
4 well beaten eggs

Sift together – then add to wet ingredients:
1 tsp salt
2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda

Pour into loaf pans – and mix the banana evenly

Bake: 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes

Don’t use flimsy pans – use good pans

Thursday, September 26, 2019

It's India!

This is from Les:

Hi people!! I'm in INDIA!!! I've been here for a couple of days so far and it's been awesome. I actually boarded a train yesterday - Palace on Wheels, which will be taking us around India for the next week. I've run into a little problem though, it's very difficult post processing on the train, I tend to get a bit carsick. Sheesh. Getting old sucks. So I think I may have to wait till i get home to blog.  

You can follow my travels on Instagram, I have a public account: les11u so anyone can follow. I'm in Jaipur today!!  


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

On-the-Road Again

No, not me.  It's Leslie who's abroad again. Can you guess where she's at? She hasn't been able to blog while on her trip yet due to bad internet connections, but crossing my fingers, maybe soon.


Hint:  The country starts with an "I".

Monday, September 23, 2019

Swap Meet Haul

It was sooo muggy yesterday at the swap meet that my glasses kept fogging up. The cloud cover totally saved us from it being too unbearable, and we were able to have fun digging and searching and finding stuff.

I totally need to take care of my dry feet so this caught my eye. It's from Israel and was $2.

Ginger was $2.

Onions also $2.

1 pound of beans for $2.

Bob, a regular seller at the swap meet sold this at a just-for-me price of $1.

Me and Sweetie split a case of Spam 8 cans/$15.

Kona's usual treats. $7 each.

This was $2.

I wasn't sure what this was, but it intrigued me so I got it. 50 cents. Turns out it's a scissors which you slide through to cut.

This was $6. It's yummy.

Stabilo (made in Germany) markers were $1 for the bunch. 

This was $1. There's a gal at the swap meet with a $1/item green tarp. It was on the tarp. It's one of my favorite places to stop at.

I used to love to play with this kine puzzle when I was a kid. I got it for Colin. It was $2.50.

This is an empty tin for me to put watercolor paint pans in.  It was 50 cents.

This Goo Gone was $1.

This bobble-head Baymax was $1 (another just-for-me price).

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Café Kaila

Cleta had some fabric for me to pass on so we met up at Café Kaila a few days ago. 

As usual, there was a line and a sign-up sheet in front (which is why I'd never been there before), but we got in fairly quickly.

Here's my Lox and Bagles ($12.25).  I liked it a lot.

Here's Cleta's Italian Omelet ($12.25). She gave me a bit to taste. It was good.







Wednesday, September 18, 2019

White on Black

I followed a Mark Crilley video to do this.


Here's the video:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Yippee!!  No need worry about planny leaves and bird poop for awhile now. 


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Spare Fabric

Thank you, thank you, De, for the tip about the Kokua Line article regarding the gal who is in need of fabric.  I contacted her and will be dropping off my stuff soon!


If you have extra fabric and are interested in donating them, here is an excerpt from the article:

“I am also writing to ask if you would find a small space to let your faithful followers know that we are in need of fabric. We have an amazing angel who is 92 years old and loves to make small quilts … So far she has sewn over 900 small quilts that fit perfectly into the shoeboxes. It would be marvelous if any of your readers would share some of their fabric stash to provide these precious quilts for the children around the world, who could then wrap themselves in aloha from Hawaii.”
Anyone who has fabric to donate can contact Marilyn Gilbert by email at, phone at 261-6087 or mail at 247 Akiohala St. Kailua, HI 96734.

Friday, September 13, 2019


For lack of anything better to post, here are my latest watercolor paintings. None are my original drawings.

The top left drawing below is Kellogsloops'. I actually traced that one. I was anxious to try painting it and didn't have the patience to draw it freehand. The other three are copies of drawings by Demizu Posuka.

I also traced the dragon picture on the right below. It's from a neat drawing/coloring book that I found at the swap meet which I eventually gave to Colin. 

I copied Loish for the top left painting and Demizu for the bottom paintings. I don't know who the original artist is for the top middle. I saw it in the background of a YouTube video and liked it.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Wendell and I had lunch at Yajima-Ya yesterday. We both selected a combination plate ($21.50).

My Cali Roll and Tempura.

Wendell's Salmon and Karaage Chicken.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Obento Rinka

I passed by Obento Rinka on my way to Asian Grocery and saw through their window that they were open and loaded with a variety of bento. 













I got this for Wendell. He said it was "okay". LOL.