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Tomorrow we sign the lease on a lovely two bedroom house with a yard — in town!  We will live within 10 miles of our respective jobs.  The area is called Hawaii Kai.  It is an upscale address, but our house is quite small and modest.

But — even more exciting — I got home from work today to find that Ella arrived!  She got in about 4 o’clock this afternoon and, unfortunately, I did not get home until six-thirty!  The postal carrier put Ella in the big metal mailbox right out in the sun!  The poor girl was sweltering when I found her.

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I brought her in the house, let her take a cold shower, and gave her a bite to eat.  She drank an entire gallon of the mint iced tea and then asked for more!  I willingly obliged.  She doesn’t seem to be suffering from heat stroke — which is an absolute miracle!

Ellie eats.
Ellie eats.

Ella is sitting in OC’s chair.  He doesn’t need the pillows, but she couldn’t reach the table without them.  She was quite disappointed at how early it gets dark  here.  Sundown tonight was at 6:18 p.m., so she had to take my word for it that she’ll be able to see the Pacific Ocean when the sun comes up tomorrow morning at 6:25 a.m.

Ella came to us via Insanity Prevails.  If you are an upstanding citizen and faithful blogger, she just might visit you, too.    But first you’ll have to convince Melli, you’ll take really good care of her little friend.

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. Ellie arrived ! I have followed her on Melli’s holidays ! I live a little far away to receive her. So the poor girl had to sit in the sun, but that doesn’t matter, elephants have a thick skin ! I hope you have enough tea for her !!

  2. *waving to Ella* Hiiiiiiiiiii Ella! I MISSSSSSSS you!!!
    I can’t believe that man put you in that metal box IN THE SUN! In Hawaii??? Is he CRAZY? You poor girl! But Quilly had just the cure, didn’t she!? Mint iced tea and broccoli … what could be better!

    Quilly – Thank you SO much for your hospitality! I hope that you and Ella get to be really close friends! I think you probably already are — you seem to have her figured out – that’s for sure!!!

  3. Oh SHOOT! And CONGRATULATIONS on the HOUSE!!! That is SO exciting! And I’m sure it will be helpful having an Elephant around to help you move!!!

  4. Congratulations on your new place to live! Ellie looks like she survived her ordeal quite well! How much fun is that. She gets to travel around the world :0)

  5. Excellent! I’m glad you’re getting in a house close to work. The time saved will be well worth it. And woohoo- the posh side of town. lol

    Hi, Ellie! Cute outfit! I bet those sunglasses will come in handy.

  6. I’m glad that Ella made it safely there. Take good care of her because I have asked for her to visit me at Easter. Don’t let any of those dangerous Hawaiian animals get her.
    Glad you found a house close to your job. Perhaps, now you won’t be so tired.

  7. Woohooo! Congrats on the house 😉 I was thinking those crazy long days you were putting in would get old pretty fast.
    Miss Ella seems to have a pretty good life, such a popular girl.

  8. Oh Quilly, you are so lucky to have Ella as your house guest. Maybe I’ll have to invite her to visit me too one day. Do you think she’d like to try skiing? Or maybe I can find someone with a snow mobile to take her riding. But that wouldn’t be for a couple months yet as it’s way too early for snow here. In the mean time, I’m sure she’s loving the visit to you in Hawaii.

    Congratulations on your new home. I’m happy for you. I look forward to hearing more about it in future. I hope you’re feeling more rested now.

  9. Oh wow where have I been? I have missed some posts! And the arrival of Ellie! Helllooooo Ellie! She looks quite comfy there, despite having been roasted in a tin bin!

    Congrats on the house. You should hopefully have more time for YOU!

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