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I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything in September. Where did the time go? Or rather, where have I been. I didn’t take a trip, only Mr. “C” and he got to go to England. So he had to work, but he got to go. I stayed at home to get caught up and puppy sit. There it is in a nut shell.

I’m looking at my planner and it has so much writing on every day but for the life of me I don’t know where I went or what I did. I really didn’t get much writing done and my quilt blocks, well that’s another story. Remind me not to join so many groups next year!

My planner

I must admit three days was filled with the American Christian Fiction Writers conference right here in San Antonio at the #Hyatt Regency. Beautiful hotel, excellent food cooked to perfection, and the staff was there to assist in whatever we needed.

ACFW NAme tag 2019                   And with Frank Peretti Frank P. and me at ACFW Conference 2019 You must read his books. Fantastic speaker too! Special time meeting with friends and learning more about the craft of writing. Believe me I need all the help I can get!

So there it is, what I’ve been doing for a month. Now I believe I will get with it and get my devotionals retyped and ready to send to editor so she can do her magic. Watch for our yearly Christmas Devotional book around Thanksgiving. The critique groups I belong to do this every year so you, the reader, will have a daily devotion to read for the month of December.

Until then my friend…………………………………….

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23 Jun 2019

Another great day in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hot! Muggy! But, ready to go out and conquer the traffic around the island. Today we travel along the west coast up to the North Shore. We wanted to see the large waves we’ve been hearing about. Supposed to be the best place for surfing. We took the H1 to the Queen Liliuokalani then on to 93. Beautiful ride although not as pretty as the east side of the island. Made it all the way to Makaha and the road ran out–what a bummer–so we turned around and made it back to H1 then took H2 freeway. All good lanes, all 5 to 6 lanes over the mountains.

Just before the Dole pineapple plantation (we’ve been there two years ago) I spied a sign saying Green Mountain Coffee Farm. Whoa, gotta check this out. Coffee samples lined the shelf. I sampled everyone, and bought all but one I tried. Very good coffee. Then, of course, had to buy sample bags to take home along with t-shirts and coffee mugs!

hawaii coffee farm hawaii coffee farm II

Now onward to our favorite food truck at the North Shore. By the time we arrived the place was packed and no where to park. Hubby inched his way into the parking lot until the attendant motioned us forward into a tiny spot. We made it. Got in the long line at the truck and waited our turn. I kept alert for an empty table. Finally found a spot, I staked it out until Hubby arrived with our food. And it was just as good as the first time we tasted the shrimp and rice two years ago. YUMMMMM.hawaii garlic shrimpWe also added a side dish we hadn’t tried before, macaroni salad. I’ll do that again. It was just as good as the rest of food. We shared our table with a family. We watched as one young man finished his plate just like our son. Vacuum!

It rained a bit, clouds parted, then the muggy bit resumed. All in all by the time we made it back to our room after dark it was a wonderful day. Made new friends, shopped, walked, ate, and you know the rest.  Only a few more days left here on the island.

Until then my friends…………………………………………….

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Saturday June 22, 2019

We slept in till 8 a.m., showered and made our way down to KOKO @ The Kalia for our lesiurely breakfast buffet. We both had a wonderful omelet with all the fixins then walked outside into a very sticky muggy hot morning. We were off to the stadium for the big swap meet.

Tents of clothing, t-shirts, purses, food, toys, and many more goodies lined the road around the stadium. We finally found a parking spot between six and seven, got out of car and again, felt the sweltering heat not only from the sun but radiating up from the concrete. UGH! But, not letting that stop us we managed to buy matching Hawaiian shirts. I bought a beautiful blue sun dress. We were going Hawaiian all the way baby! About an hour into our excursion I finally had to say “UNCLE”. I felt my body slowly coming to a halt. HEAT had gotten to me. We stopped to buy water but each stand was sold out. Finally we spotted a kiosk selling water bottles and cups. I liked the color of the cup so I stopped. The man behind the counter said if we bought the water bottle he would fill it up with ice cold water. SOLD! He guaranteed the water would stay cold for hours. At this point, I didn’t care. I needed a drink now. We bought the bottle and the cup, both in same color. My thought was to use cup for my latte every day to keep it hot instead of using paper cups.blue drink cup and water bottle

We made our way back to our room by 2:30 to freshen up for our cruise. Then at 3 p.m. we were off to the Hilton (next to our hotel) to be picked up by a bus to take us to the ship.

OH MY GOODNESS, the Hilton is jinormourus…I know that is not a word but there were at least four towers plus multiple restaurants and shops to buy anything you desired. But, we couldn’t find the bus stop. We had to stop and ask several people behind counters (and you would think they knew where it was) until we finally found our way to it. And, it was right where we entered the maze of towers. Go figure!

Finally after an hour’s wait our bus pulled in and there was only two couples to board. But the bus evidently stopped before us because we were the last to get on. The bus was full. Now too to the Majestic Atlantis for our two hour sunset dinner cruise. Like any cruise we had to stop and have our pictures taken before boarding. Glad I at least wore a dress for my honey.  Yes, we bought the package.Hawaii Dinner Cruise on the Atlantis 2019Hawaii Dinner Cruise Jul 2019

We found our seat/table (open seating) located beside a window. I was impressed it was all closed in. No flying bugs in my food! A mother/daughter joined our table. Our glasses were filled with water plus we had one free drink (ginger ale) to go with the meal. I made my way to the buffet and filled my plate with salad with ranch dressing, mac salad, mashed potatoes, and rock salt port (it looked yummy). In no time I downed my dinner. I guess I was hungry. Had to have been all the walking and heat!

I looked outside and watched the waves then my eyes traveled towards the front of the boat where the buffet table sat. Immediately this seasick sweetie got a bit dizzy and I remembered that I forgot to buy Dramamine! Okay, no one talk to me and just let me sit her and look out the window. Do not move! I knew I’d be fine if no one talked to me and left me alone. I had to make it through two more hours of this. I apologized to Mr. “C” as I wanted him to have a good time but at this point I was determined not throw up! I am so blessed, he said he understood.

About 45 minutes before we were to go back to the dock the waiter brought another passenger some help with her sea sickness. Hubby stopped him and asked what it was. It was essential oils to put behind your ear–I did–and it really does work. I know what I’m going to use next time–that is if there is a next time.

On the bus on our way back to the hotel another lady got sick and threw up. Another lady made a big fuss about the incident calling her a liar because she knew she had been drinking and that is what made her sick. After an hour, bus driver cleaned up everything plus helped the lady find a restroom so she could take care of herself, we were on our way back to our hotel. The bus driver thanked everyone for being so understanding. The other lady was still yelling and calling the sick lady a liar. I do pray she is never put in the same predicament.

All in all a great day–back to our room and a good night’s sleep.

Until then my friend…………………..

 

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21 June 2019

Back to Hawaii here—Oh my goodness the time change. My phone started going off at three a.m. Telemarketers! Also someone sent out a message to everyone, then everyone answered, one at a time. Note to self–shut phone off when I go to bed tonight!

Got up again at seven a.m. Showered then went to coffee shop and ordered a latte with a bran muffin. I was in luck, so many vendors lined up against the walls in the in isles. All selling their Hawaiian wares. I finally broke down and bought two ribbon leis. They were so pretty and I couldn’t resist. One was laying as a hat band on a western hat. That is what sold me.western hat with blue flowers 2019Western hat with pink flowers 2019

I tried to book a pedicure but they were full for the day. So it’s Friday and I will have to wait until next week for the pedi and what the heck, why not a manicure too! Came back to room and checked my e-mails and Facebook. The most important things to do, ya know. I finished my book for the book club. Very good reading, The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. Check it out.

Hubby came home changed into his new shorts and we left to find a place for dinner. Since he had to park on third floor of parking garage we decided to walk, he might not get a place to park again if we left and came back. Parking was a premium. So we headed toward Rodeo Drive to find something. It wasn’t called Rodeo Drive but it was the street with all the fancy high end dollar shops.

We passed the Trump Tower and the Army Museum and kept going. We ended up at the Hard Rock Café split a giant cheese, bacon burger with fries and onion rings. I had the Big Kuna and souvenir glass! After all I do not know when I will be back to Hawaii. Gotta’ do it up right. Hubbs told our waiter it was his birthday and our anniversary. After dinner he brought us both a chocolate sundae with whipped cream and cherry. What a way to end our dinner.

We stopped at my favorite store in Hawaii the ABC Store on our way back to room. Yes, I found a big pink hibiscus for my hair, earrings and a bracelet. Good night everyone!

Until then my friend………………….

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UNTIL THEN MY FRIENDS……………………………

 

 

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Oh my goodness you never know where you are going to find me. A friend in church asked me when I was leaving. I told him we just returned. He said, “I never know if you are coming or going.”

I hadn’t realized I’d been on the move so much but I guess I have. What can I say. I guess that is why my work at home is never done. I have to thank my business partner Judy Sheer Watters for carrying on the baton, Franklin Scribes Consultants. Quilting squares are left in the dust and that is my side job. Still, writing is my first and I must get on with it. For all of you waiting for the sequil to White Moccasins I am finally telling Ginger’s side of the story. Stay tuned it may take me the rest of the year!!white moccasins from cathey's post aug 2019

I just returned from California paying my deepest regards to my son who passed away 8 Aug 2018.steve's grave site aug 2019His headstone should be placed in about six to eight weeks. He is between his great grandfather Oscar Lee Sanders and his uncle Charles Sanders at the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in San Bernardino, California. RIP Stephen Sanders.

On a lighter note we did have a wonderful get together to celebrate his life. Two daughters were able to have dinner with us on two separate occasions. Angel and her hubby, oldest son, and ourselves went to Steve’s favorite Mexican restaurant. Of course, the one he always went to was closed so we found the next best thing, the restaurant in Riverside. As always the food was excellentsteve's favorite place for mexican aug 2019 andmom and daughter at pepitos aug 2019 mommy and daughter had to get into the picture. You can barley see the guys in the background in the first picture. On the second day Jenn and her family came along with nephew and his wife. Lovely visit.spaghetti factory get together aug 2019All in all the kids saw their cousins and great grandmother plus aunts and friends.

So that is the latest on this end. I will continue my Hawaii trip. Just plugging along folks, just plugging along.

Until then my friend…………………

 

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20 Jun 2019

Five a.m. and I heard Mr. “C” getting ready for work. Sunlight peaked through the edges of the curtains. I went back to sleep.

My phone went off several times before 7 a.m. so the last time it did at 6:50 I got up and stayed up. Took a shower, watched some news then made my way down for breakfast. Koko on Kahlia is a buffet in the hotel. So much food and too expensive this morning plus I wasn’t that hungry, so I made my way back to Happy’s, the grab and go near the beach. Coffee and sausage, egg and cheese on English muffin was more than enough. I dumped the coffee quickly, just couldn’t swallow it. Not the best coffee of the trip.

I walked around the building just to see what was what. There were so many tiny white plumeria blooms laying along the sidewalk. Last night one fell right in front of me landing at my feet. I picked it up.hawaii single plumeriaThe sweet smell put a smile on my face.

I made my way back up stairs to the Java Coffee Hut and got my latte–so much better than the coffee at Happy’s plus I bought a Portuguese donut. My aunt, who was born in Hawaii, would make these once in awhile. Wonderful memories flashed before me as I devoured the sugary confectionary. Bless you Aunt Greta.flowers of hawaii

That afternoon I wanted to surprise Mr. “C” so I booked a dinner cruise on Saturday for us. I spent the rest of the day catching up with little things I’d been putting off at home for sometime. Note to self: stop pushing things to the side for later!!! In the back of my mind I heard my mother saying those very words when I came home from school with homework.

Hubby came home (to our room) after 6 p.m., changed clothes and we went to BIBA’s, located downstairs in the hotel, for dinner. He had catch of the day and I had Shrimp Scampi, and we shared the salad. He received a dish of Kona Java ice cream for his birthday. He let me sample and I’m hear to tell you it was excellent. I’ll have to look for something similar when we get home.

After our tummies were full we decided to stop by the Exchange on our way back to our room. Hubby bought two pair of shorts. He hasn’t had a new pair in years. Yes, his old pair was a bit ratty. I had been earlier at the store and restocked the drinks in our room plus a sample bottle of Baileys for me. I was going to fix coffee and Baileys (Irish coffee) later. I looked at all the beautiful flowery bags hanging and just couldn’t resist one of them. They were just so pretty!

Turned in by ten p.m. to start all over again.

Until then my friend…………………….

 

 

 

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19 June 2019

Up early and had breakfast in hotel. Bagel, OJ and coffee. No fruit to put in my bag. Bummer!

Called a cab to take us to airport. He took every back road–no traffic and we made it in fifteen! And it was cheaper than last night by five dollars. Last night the gentleman took the freeway.

Since we hurried re-packing, eating, and making sure cab arrived at hotel early enough for LA traffic, we were quite a bit early for our flight. My Sweetheart went looking for Starbucks so I could have my latte before boarding. What a guy! With pipping hot latte in hand hubby and I sat and people watched while idling away our time. Hubby’s number in line was A-1 and I had A-6. We took row three and spread out.

I had window and he had isle. We tried to keep it like that but alas it was a full flight. The Late Bloomer who held up the flight came stumbling onto the plane and took my guy’s seat. Hubby moved over next to me. No problem. So it began!

Door closed and plane pushed back. Our Late Bloomer yelled “They have my passport.”

Flight attendant. “Sir, you don’t need a passport for Hawaii.”

“No, they have my passport.” And with that he grabs his small bag under the seat in front of him and starts rummages through it. “Oh wait, here it is,” as he holds it up for all to see.

Relief floods over the flight attendants face. You heard a loud sigh from all the passengers. Onward! When it was safe for attendants to serve drinks Late Bloomer says he wants two bottles of vodka along with orange juice plus a bottle of water. Bloomer is about 5 foot 7 inches and probably wears a size 34″ pants with maybe a medium shirt. You see where I’m going here?

Hubby had his head back with his eyes closed. Bloomer nudges hubby and tells him about getting robbed in Reno. “They took everything I had. Even my phone.”

My love sat and agreed with the gentleman. My hubby had brought my newest book The Stranger in the Polka Dot Tie, How I Found My Father on the trip so he could read it. Late Bloomer kept rattling about being robbed. He finally put his book in the seat pocket for later, maybe. Stranger Book Cover Final large print

About an hour or so into flight, after the first round of drinks had been served, the flight attendants began handing out snack packs filled with cheese, pretzels, crackers, jellied fruit and mints. Special for trips to Hawaii. southwest food

I tried to close my eyes a few times but wasn’t successful. Hubbs tried too, but Late Bloomer kept up his talking. I could write a book with all the information he was feeding us. Between talking and his drinking we kept shaking our heads in amazement. The flight attendant at last came by with one more bottle of vodka and said. “Listen, Buster, this is it. You are easing up as of now.” She said that so nicely, too. And with a smile.

Last leg of flight and out came the cookies, Pepperidge Farms Milano’s. I had coffee with a shot of Bailey’s. It was that kind of a day. Lo and behold when I asked for coffee and Bailey’s so did Late Bloomer. Go figure.

The few times I’ve flown to Hawaii and the closer we get to land, I am mesmerized by the color of the ocean. It’s so clear and blue. I feel like a little kid trying to watch how big the waves are below the plane. Like you can really tell that high up in the air.

When we landed, unbuckled our seat belts, Late Bloomer shot out of his seat like he’d been shot out of a cannon. He was the first to deplane. Really quite comical. After a five hour flight, waiting in the airport for our flight, getting our luggage off the carousal , listening to our friend, I was ready to check into our hotel, kick off my shoes and get comfy. We checked into the hotel and found the grab and go called Happy’s. Got a salad, stocked up on drinks at the Exchange and headed to our room. THEN I kicked off my shoes and relaxed. Long day but very interesting.

Stay tuned. Until then my friend………………………….

 

 

 

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June 18th

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Guy I married over thirty years ago. We had breakfast at Denney’s then after paying we forget to tell them it was his birthday. So, no free breakfast. Oh well, next time!

My friend, Cathey, picked us up and took us to the airport to catch our flight to Hawaii. Well, final destination was Hawaii, after a stop in San Jose to rest and freshen up. We are old, the long flight wears us out!

Oh my goodness, thank you Southwest Airlines for the leg room. I am in heaven. My knees are not up against the seat in front of me. I can see now I will be able to move around, even in my seat. KUDOS SOUTHWEST!southwest seatingNo more swollen feet by not moving around.

Met flight attendant, Scott from San Diego, when we boarded in Las Vegas for the last leg of our trip to California. He heard me say I found my father through DNA to the gentleman behind me when we boarded. He stopped by our seat after everyone was seated and started talking. He found his bio father through DNA on Ancestry. He beamed while telling us of all the relatives he’s already met and it’s been only three weeks. He was gushing. He even showed us pictures of his grandmother. I’m so glad for him. He said he was going to keep digging so he can learn more. I encouraged him, at least I hope I gave him encouragement.

Landed late in the afternoon at San Jose. Made our way to the hotel then across the street for a California Mexican plate. Or rather we had a taco a piece. I must say the hot sauce had a very good bite!

Until then my friend……………….

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April 8, 2019

Today we were heading to the Cliffs of Moher. More scenic rides through the countryside and looking at the hedge rows. Most were rocks marking off each persons land and homes. Alongside the roads it seemed to be more rows of bushes and flowering bushes.

We reached the Cliffs of Moher and parked our bus. The wind tore at our jackets bitting cold right through to our bones. I took my new scarf and draped it over my head and covered my ears from the cold wind tying it under my chin. I know I probably looked silly but it was cold! We took the walk way and gradually climbed up hill until we reached the top of the cliffs. By this time the wind was beating our faces. Mr. “C” tried to take a picture of me but the wind kept whipping at my face so much i couldn’t keep my eyes open. They watered, a lot!

Ireland Cliffs of Moher boat trip II

This picture was taken by friends, Brian and Karen Birdy. Thank you guys! We walked along the pathway for a while looking at the sheer beauty of the solid rock jutting up out of the ocean trying to reach the sky. No beach, just rock. It was a bit misty not giving us a clear picture of most of the cliffs. They were beautiful! The cliffs rise to 702 feet at their highest point and range for five miles along the Atlantic Ocean.DSC00118

Seems like I stopped my journaling here. We spent two more days in Ireland with one night at Castle Cabra. Cabra Castle side view of castleWonderful dinner with everyone. Don’t know why I didn’t finish out the last few days but I guess it was just too much fun and didn’t take time to stop and write it all down. So until my next journey………….

Until then my friend………..

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