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The Weekend


In the morning, Thom came by with his new camera.  He said he wanted my help, but really, he didn’t.  I showed him the button to turn his flash on and off, and I showed him how to make his macro setting work.  I also showed him where to find the index in his camera manual. [rolls eyes]  Mostly he just showed off his camera.

Thom taking a photograph of me taking a photograph of him.

After Thom left, I made toasted cheese sandwiches for lunch and got ready to go to the Island Wide Handbell Choir Workshop. I was at the workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 and while I was there I learned how to be an even better ding-a-ling.

After the Handbell Workshop, I made a dash to Safeway for yummies, then I went by Amoeba’s office and collected him, and we went to Kuli’ou’ou Beach Park to join Thom and company at their pretty-darn-regular weekend picnic. We had a lovely time talking and eating and laughing. I am pretty certain Thom has some hilarious photos to share.

These photos are of the park, but I actually took them Friday evening when Amoeba and I walked down to the beach and enjoyed the sunset.

Night Flight
Maunalua Bay Sunset

This photo was taken not too long after the sun began to set. The birds are egrets flying in to find their night roosts.

Sunset Over Paiko Lagoon
Sunet Over Paiko Lagoon

This was among the last photos of the evening, as the sun swiftly sank into the sea.  Paiko Lagoon is part of the bird sanctuary adjacent to Maunalua Bay & Kuli’ou’ou Beach Park.

After dark we enjoyed the gentle ocean breeze and a lively group of ukulele players who exhausted every Hawaiian tune ever written and then regaled the park with Christmas carols.   We especially enjoyed the Elvis impersonator.  No pics of them though, the shade they were in hid them from the camera.


Tomorrow morning we have to be to church by 9:00 a.m. because of my Sunday School class.  At 10:00 a.m. I have bell choir rehearsal (yes, more) and at 10:30 the worship service begins.  The beginner’s handbell choir (that’s my group) is playing the prelude.  After church, Amoeba has choir practice.

After choir practice we are going to Gigi’s to meet several other local bloggers and have a lovely lunch.  I think it is very generous of Gigi to plan and host this gathering.  We are very much looking forward to the afternoon.

After Gigi’s party we have to return to church because I am speaking at the 5:00 p.m. service.  If you return to this blog at 5:00 p.m. HST, I have set the message to auto-post, so you can read what I am sharing with the congregation.  (Dr. John, I do believe it is God’s message.  It certainly isn’t what I thought I was planning to write about — this is just what emerged from my keyboard after all the study and prayer — and you probably know even better than I that even though I very carefully wrote this out word-for-word, it may not be exactly what emerges from my mouth tomorrow.)

Finally, after church we will come home and put up Punny Monday — which isn’t half as hard as it’s been the last two times — and then I can have a nice long nap!

So now you all know why you’ve not seem much of me today, and won’t see much of me on Sunday!


  1. You certainly have a busy day planned! You are already a great ding-a-ling, aren’t you?? Good luck today with your speaking engagement. Hope it goes well. Looking forward to reading it here.

    I miss the sun, as it has been raining here for 4 days straight. Nasty, cold (40 degrees), rain. I am starting to feel a bit of depression coming on. Good thing I leave for church in 1 hour. Your warm sunset photos helped. Thanks.

    1. Church Lady — the bell playing went well this morning and this evening congregation seemed pleased with my talk.

      You might want to buy a couple of full spectrum light bulbs and put them where you spend the most time. They really do help combat winter depression. In Vegas, I kept one in a lamp on my desk at work and one in my kitchen (where my computer desk was).

  2. I would have loved to be a little mouse and watch your mutual execution by camera shooting, lol ! Your picnic must have been very nice ! What beautiful pictures !

  3. Good heavens hon, I’m worn out just reading it. Have a good time, and good luck with it all!

    I love that last photo, of the gold sky and violet sea with such a silhouette. Beautiful! When a friend of ours from here spent a week in Hawaii she said that the sunsets were like someone switching off the lights they happened so fast. Here, jeez, they last forever but often without any pretty colours (the sun being behind clouds the whole time) and after the sun sets, we often have hours of twilight left; in summer it stretches until nearly midnight.

    Anyhow it sounds like a really wonderful weekend. I hope you’re having fun, and that the talk at church goes well !

    1. Susan — yeah, I was startled by the swift sunset and lack of twilight, too. Amoeba gave me a lecture on latitude, longitude, sun angles and weather patterns. Now I just say, “Yep, gets dark fast.”

  4. Thanks Q. You helped me more than you know with that camera. Especially that macro setting. 🙂 Well and the index. Glad you and Charley made it to the park. Wish you could have stayed a while longer. Koa got his ukulele out and started playing and singing. Was great fun. Thanks for coming by. You both made it wonderful 🙂 I love that photo over Paiko Lagoon Wonderful my friend 🙂

  5. he was showing off his camera eh? Well I would not be surprised!
    I hope you had a wonderful weeken. Mine is over already. Time flies. Awww.

  6. You will miss Thom when you move. Sounds like a great Sunday. Our bell choir played today. I know your presentation will go well and people will be blessed.

  7. I wonder if I could learn to ring a bell…? Do you have to know how to read music? Doesn’t really matter… we don’t HAVE a hand bell choir… but I’m just wondering!

    1. Melli — if you can tell your right hand from your left hand and count to four, you can play bells. A good bell teacher can teach you without your knowing how to read music. Thanks for an idea for a fun post.

    1. Actually, Mar, sunset here are pretty darn sift so you really couldn’t stare for more than … oh! You meant my photo! 😉 Thanks!

  8. Nicole — I can’t wait to see what Thom does with a real camera since he takes such incredible pics with his iPhone!

    And thanks for the praise, but the sunset deserves most of the credit. 😉

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