Tuesday, December 30, 2008

 

The Christmas Blur

The Good News is that we survived another Holiday Season. The Bad News is that the holidays are nearly over...with the countdown to the New Year of 2009 beginning tomorrow.

As is usual for me, the Season is One Big Blur with too much going on and too much disorganization running rampant in our home. Where did I put my receipts? Where did my 'To Do' list go? What was it that I walked into another room for and completely forgot as soon as I got there? Blogs--'oh, I'll get to those later', I b.s. myself.

There are highlights of ever season, and low lights too. Whenever a Christmas card we mailed out is returned to us, we wonder what happened. Did someone move and forget to tell us? Or perhaps pass-on? We then attempt to discover who is still with us in the world of the 'living'. Lots of major changes happened to those we know this past year we have now learned.

Even though we live in tropical South Maui, I've been wishing for a small outdoor fire pit--it's turned chilly here in the evenings! I imagine it would be nice to sit by the fire as I stargaze. That is, when it's not raining which it's been doing a lot of lately.

As I write this post today, the skies are still overcast, and it's been raining off and on for days. I love this time of year--when the rains come--for the pastures and open areas are resplendent with emerald greenery.

I'm hoping the skies clear for the Wailea fireworks on New Year's Eve though. I'd love to see 2009 come-in with lots of razzle and dazzle!

In case I don't return to this blog again and the Blur continues, let me take this opportunity to say: Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!!!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

 

Mele Kalikimaka


Many people tell me they like to read my posts, but they don't desire to email, comment on my posts, IM, chat or text--they're just not *up* for the wired world. Merely reading online is all they care to do. These are people who send snail mail cards and letters, and we receive their yearly updates during the holiday season.

What sagas, adventures, stories, and milestones we read about in their letters! Some of them merely sign their name, and this is all we did this year--sign our name with maybe a short note. I usually write a long, long letter which I insert into our Christmas cards, but I didn't feel like writing one this year.

Not that anything didn't go on for us-- a whole helluva lot did!

But this year I didn't choose to share the stories online or in a Christmas letter. Some of my Christmas letters in the past have had a *backfire* effect--not everyone is happy for our achievements we've learned from experience.

Fact #1: I only share a smidgen of my life online, and the current transparency trend isn't for me--it may work for some bloggers, but it's not for me. Every time my partner tells me I should post this or that, I tell him, "No Way Jose!" I'm like an iceberg with only a little of me showing above water, and I plan to keep it that way and remain a mystery. It's very different with trusted friends--I'm an open book and a blunt, tell-it-as-I-see-it kind of gal.

Fact #2: I have zero desire to meet online acquaintances in person. On one occasion I did so, but this is rare for me. I prefer to keep my online world separate from my personal world. This may change someday, but right now, this feels comfortable.

Fact #3: Our cat, Anela, has sniffed out the Santa Claus photographed above and deemed him acceptable to live in HER space, and that's saying a lot.

Just in case I'm not back online to wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays, I'll do so now with the beautiful Hawaiian words: Mele Kalikimaka!!!

And for J. Suldog, here's a photo of Kiki, our long-lasting poinsetta plant, which is once again in bloom--she/we send the warmest aloha to your family and fellow, old-timer poinsettia plant. She's still kickin' it as are we!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

 

Catching Up From The Christmas Blur


Every year I tell myself I will be MORE organized the following Christmas, and every year, the same thing happens: the "To-Do" list keeps me extremely busy!

BUT not to busy to stargaze at night--a delight at this time of year because the nights are cool-ish! At this time I slow down and open myself to 'Presence' and know Peace.

In my last post I wrote about sharing links to blogs and sites I love--even if I don't get around to reading them as often as I'd like.

If you get a chance and are hungry for photos of Maui, bounce on over to my photo blog Wailea Daily Photo where I rarely miss a day posting a Maui photo. Plus I'm usually putting up fun photos on my Flickr page.


Here are some great blogs I relish:

Photography: Barcelona Photoblog

Norweigan Culture, Traditions, and Habits: Terella

Funny Storytelling: Suldog

Travel: Lifecruiser

Cat Stories: My Cats and Funny Stories

Politics, Cats, and other stuff: Maui Girls Meanderings

Happy Holy Days!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

 

A Maui Christmas


This is one of my favorite times of the year, even though the Christmas Season always keeps me MORE than busy.

Since I've not been blogging as much due to my heavy schedule, I've decided to give you *blog post links* gifts which are well written, entertaining, and informative.

When I'm weary, I'd rather read than write, and thus, I've been doing much more reading lately.

And so it is that I share these links:

The writer, Richard Skaare, of the blog Pocket Change makes some very good points. Click here for the link.

And since there's NOT that many outrageous outdoor Christmas tree lights on Maui as in other places of the world, I share this link with you from Life In The Fast Lane blog.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

 

Just Wanna Hang-out



Since I had a deep revelation/insight this past week I've been living very much in the present. Thus, I haven't been blogging much, and if I do post on any of my many blogs, my posts are brief---almost texting!

When I was at the beach the other day, I observed children as they played. They were so in-the-moment--the same nowment where I currently reside.

So what have I been up to:

I've been enjoying the cooler temperature of Maui, the beach, and the warm, inviting ocean.

I've been awestruck by the beauty of the Venus, Jupiter, Crescent Moon triangulation in the evening sky.

I've been swooning over the smell of our night blooming jasmine which are blooming.

I've been reading, viewing films, laughing, cooking, eating, emailing, meditating, working-out, shopping, swimming, jacuzzing, dining-out, loving, laughing, sleeping well, taking lots and lots of photos, hanging out with friends and family, and in general, enjoying every moment of my blessed life.

That's it.

That's all, and that's enough.

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