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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Ooooo… it sounds to me like someone’s been overloaded on PARADISE… and when a normal weekend comes along… it’s a let down. Is the honeymoon over? Now you just have to “become one” with the island? *sigh*… I’m so sorry Quilly.

  2. Melli — just allergies. I spent most of the weekend with a low grade headache. Then OC had a problem that made Sunday less than restful (see his blog). Mostly on weekends we sit home and chill. We rarely do tourist things. There is still much of this island I have never seen. It’ll be there when I get around to it — which won’t be while OC is working and/or commuting and not home from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekends he needs rest!

    Brian — which I keep telling myself is better than, “OW! Eek! Crash! or Grrrr…”

  3. I cannot imagine being in my dream place and having such a weekend as you have stated. Why am I purchasing yoga CD with on the beach meditation while the wind howls and new windows threaten to break from the strain. Do me a favor and get out to see some of those beautiful places that I dream of and post the pictures. That should make us all feel better 🙂 And “Thank you for being my blogger friend!”

  4. I guess the best weekends are the ones that are just peaceful and restful. When I was working I loved Saturday but spend all day sunday dreading going back to work, so it was basically wasted.

    I had a close girlfriend who lived in Hawaii, her husband had a chicken restaurant…….fried, I think. Anyway, she suffered the whole time she lived there, I don’t know exactly why, but she said that she would swell up like a balloon. She said it rained everyday just about 4:00 for about 15 min. And it kept it very moist, and for some reason that just raised havoc with her allergies. I know that often I have heard if you have allergies, move to arizona. so I guess dry is better for them. So I feel for you, because you must suffer quite a bit. And allergies are sure no fun. I guess even Paradise has it drawbacks at times. My whole family is sick right now, so there is a lot of coughing and sniffling going on around here. It is 3pm and tom is still asleep, but I heard him up coughing way into the night, so I guess he got little sleep. He will be a bear today……

    Best wishes and hope you get to feeling better. by the way how has your apnea been since you moved to Hawaii. Better, same, worse. I know you got the A-pap machine and were finally getting some relief. Breathing is kind of important, huh. haha

  5. funny… that’s just about how i felt about sunday… no particular reason, just a slightly disturbing dream i had…
    those allergies are a pest.. hope they improve!

  6. Pauline — in my “dream place” I certainly never dreamed of having to work so hard to pay the bills. I never dreamed of a continually snotting nose, low grade temperature and headache. In my dream I had money and free time and my biggest worry was which beach to visit.

    Jill — it’s a common malady.

    Nea — I live on the dry side of the island. But even on the wet side of the island I haven’t noticed a lot of mold/swamp-like conditions anywhere. Did your friend live on Oahu?

    My apnea is much better — partially because I’ve lost weight. I haven’t had to use my C-PAP in weeks.

  7. Are you allergic to Paradise? Oh noes!
    And you should definitely post a photo of yourself to demonstrate how much weight you’ve lost! 🙂

  8. regarding “your dream place” good response we do manage to see the roses taller, more fragrant in our neighbors yard. Hope you are feeling better 😉

  9. Quilly, hi!

    I’ve been musing on your comment on my blog and wondering how to reply – and wondering if your lack of being able to fulfil your calling was part of a rotten weekend!

    If you want to move from the idyll of Hawaii, then you can come and minister here in rural England! You could even wear robes!

    But on a serious note, keep plugging away at the pastor, let them know how you feel, and hopefully he will take you seriously… If you were in the UK he would have jumped at the offer of some intelligent, committed lay ministry if he was in any of the parishes I know of!

  10. Alastair — if it was just part of a bad weekend, it’s lasted since September! Several of the other women in the church have voiced the same complaint. I am going to a district conference for UM lay women and plan to get to know people from other parts of the island. I know someone somewhere will put me to work. I am trying to be patient and wait for God to lead me where he wants me.

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