These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Friday, November 12, 2010

More trip stuff

OK, Part 2.    Here is a little more about the particulars of the trip.

Eating was an experience during my stay. We didn't eat out often because of financial constraints, but we ate well!!  One dining out experience was while we were on the run one day, and Dell pulled into a casual restaurant. We had fish sandwiches made on Portuguese bread. They were wonderful! Portuguese bread is similar to a bread we can buy here on the Mainland called "King's Hawai'ian Bread." When the Portuguese came to Hawai'i in the 1800s, particularly in the last half of that century to work the sugar cane fields, they brought with them their wonderful breads that were adopted by the locals. Those breads are a little less sweet and are firmer like a homemade bread, rather than the cake-like qualities of the one we buy here. It is delicious.  It was a fabulous complement to the fish in the sandwich, and we used some of that type from a loaf at the house to make French toast. Yum!

Another time was a stop at Café Pesto at Kawaihae Harbor. The food was a.m.a.z.i.n.g! And it wasn't expensive. We had an appetizer of calamari. These were the biggest chunks of calamari I've ever seen! I seriously forgot what we'd ordered when they came to the table, as they looked like cheese sticks! They were as big as my thumb and twice as long! I immediately thought, "Oh no, it's gonna be tough and rubbery," but absolutely not.
 "Coconut Crusted Calamari
Set on a slaw of arugula, won bok and pickled ginger, accented with
 a honey mustard-mango dipping sauce"
OMG! It was scrumptious! In addtion to that, we had a small pizza that was excellent, too, but that calamari was unbelievable!

The third dining experience was a lunch in Waimea. We'd been out shopping and sight-seeing and realized it was nearly 2:00 and we were hungry. We didn't want to wait to get home, so we stopped in a pizza place. Everything there was handmade at the time of the order, so it took a while to be served, but it was yummy. We split a calzone with Italian sausage, artichokes and olives and a pizza of artichokes, olives, spinach and other veggies. Soooo good!

When we were out, I always enjoyed the various teas that were available. I was relieved that they don't sweeten their teas, because I don't care for sweetening in a cold tea at all and only occasionally in a hot tea. Sorry, you folks from the South, but that's me! I'm afraid I'll never be a sweet tea person! In the Islands, however, they often add fresh squeezed juice from various fruits, mango, passionfruit, etc., and they are fabulous! The juices give a bit of sweetness, but it's not  sugary, and the fruit flavor is very good. I really liked them. It was interesting to notice that the fresh juices make the tea cloudy and often you found small bits of pulp in the drink. Mmmmm!

We both cooked part of the time at the house. Dell usually fixed breakfast, mostly because he gets hungry earlier than I do. Here at home, I get up and have a couple cups of coffee or tea and after an hour or more, I'll fix something to eat. Breakfast fare was pretty common, probably things you make, too. We bought some veggie patties at Costco, and he fixed those for breakfast several mornings with an egg and toast. He often made that dish that everyone does but it is called a dozen different names. A piece of toast with a hole cut out in the center, an egg cooked in that hole and the cut out piece on top like a hat. Some days we had oatmeal or cream of rice, etc. And always a cup of ginger tea with honey! Delicious! Later in the day we frequently had a glass of ginger tea over ice. It's good either way, and we kept a pan on the stove with fresh ginger tea every day.

Dell's eating habits are similar to mine. When he is hungry, he just begins throwing things together and then either gobble it up or choke down the result! It's almost always the former! We bought a huge jar of kalamata olives and one of marinated artichokes, and we used those in dishes every day. A slice of Italian bread, toasted with olive oil and garlic in a skillet, then topped with shredded chicken, olives, artichokes, chopped tomatoes, green onions and some feta cheese .... OMG! What a great lunch! My mouth is watering right now!! A pasta with shrimp, olives, artichokes, garlic, onions with a hard bread to dip in olive oil .... drool! Shrimp and pasta with Thai spices and the kitchen sink thrown in .... yummmmmm! We ate well, casually, and I enjoyed it every single bit. Or should that be every single bite? Whatever, it was good!

Sometimes while we were cooking or washing dishes after a meal, Dell would surprise me as we met in the middle of the kitchen, and he would put his arms around me, begin singing or humming and dance me around a few minutes before resuming our work!  What fun! I loved the spontaneity of it all. One afternoon we were on the deck and he took my hand and said, "Come on." He lead me, barefooted, through grass, wet after an earlier rain, and we just walked and looked at various plants, flower and fruits for a few minutes. I'm not used to a man being so uninhibited and willing to do something just off the cuff. What a wonderful delight that was! It reminded me of what my daddy used to do at times when we would be driving down the road and Dell would suddenly swerve to the shoulder to show me something or to get out and take a shout walk to see something. Daddy used to do that, always willing to stop for every historical marker or to see the biggest ball of string in the world. I loved that and I loved the reliving of that with Dell.

Dell's life is very simple. I've mentioned that he owns only two blankets. That's all he needs. Well, most of the time. He has three plates and a couple shallow pie plates that could serve as plates if he needed them. Four cups. A small sauce pan, a larger one and a skillet (I suggested to him that one more sauce pan and a small skillet would have helped a couple times, so he is going to look into those). Three or four glasses. Two wine glasses (although we bought four more at the thrift shop as he realized when we had another friend over for wine that he needed more). If he doesn't need it, he doesn't have it! I enjoyed the uncomplicated living, well, except for the few times that another pan or glass would have been helpful. But outside those times, the lack of foofarah was a welcome change.

On the plane on the way home I sat next to a delightful lady between Honolulu and Los Angeles. It was the long leg of the trip, a five hour flight, so being next to someone who doesn't repulse you is a bonus! She seemed very nice, an older woman with an accent, although at first she said little and I wasn't sure what accent it was. In the first hour she dug around in her purse off and on, elbowing me lightly a couple times, and I was beginning to think, "Oh no, she's gonna rattle and rumble in her purse the whole way!" Then she found what she wanted and put her purse down and began reading The Watchtower and highlighting a study guide. This time I thought "OMG, she's better not start talking to me about  Jehovah's Witness stuff or I'll lose it!" She didn't. Later we talked a while and I learned she had been to Hawai'i to visit her son and his family, that she lives in LA, and that she was originally from Italy, or actually Sicily. A sweet lady.

Finally for tonight, remember the package? You know, the package of my toiltries and a few little gifts for Dell that I mailed a week before I left? The package for which we were checking the post office daily? Yeah, that package. Well.  It arrived. Wednesday. Yeah, I know. Dell opened it and took out the gifts, and he is mailing back my stuff. Woopde-doo. Keep in mind .... "parcel post" to Hawai'i goes by ship, not by plane. Jes' sayin'.

Later, gaters!


  1. Well Lyn I don't know where to begin!
    The food that you mentioned was all the things that I like. I love Calamari and haven't had any in ages (23 yrs.) to be exact! I LOve Ginger tea. It is my favorite although I do like my tea sweet. Not Jake though so you and him would hit it off!
    The simplicity of your trip or rather journey, the way you described it sounded very relaxing, almost dreamlike.
    I feel for Dell, he sounds like a wonderful man. I hope he gets to enjoy all the rest of his days.
    I am so happy to read about this trip. It was very enlightening for me. Love Di ♥

  2. it all sounds wonderful! I would love to know how to just throw pasta salads together like that! I've never done it and cookbooks don't inspire me. they sound great!

  3. Di, when I drink the ginger tea hot in the AM, I usually put some honey in it, but not a lot. I've always had my tea sugarless, probably because I was the youngest in a family that endured the Depression and WWII, when sugar was a precious commodity and sparingly doled out.

    Dell is a very nice person. He has one of the most open and honest hearts I've met in a long time, and it is such a treasure to have a friend that you feel no guard is necessary. A rare and precious possession is such a friendship.


    MM, I didn't cook like that until a few years ago, and it began because I was so tired one night that I couldn't think of something for dinner. I began with a past, thinking that was all I would have, but kept seeing things in the fridge that "looked good," and before I knew it, I had a fabulous dish! Try it .... you might like it!

  4. Oh Lyn, this is such fun to read. What a delightful trip. I am especially intrigued by Dell's simple life. I have been thinking a lot lately about the "stuff" that clogs up our lives.

    I read recently about a woman who challenges us to choosing ten items of clothing and wearing them for a month. I'm really thinking of trying it. That will be a huge sacrifice for the "clothes horse" that I am.

    But I digress. I am really inspired by Dell and his life. I hope he will be in better health now that you have been there to help him out a little.

    Great, great post.

    ~hippo hugs~

  5. Thanks for the lovely description of your trip; hearing about Dell makes me aware of how cluttered my life is.

  6. I'm glad you're both enjoying it! It is a joy to write about, too.

    Pam, I read about that woman and saw her interviewed on TV, and I thought that was impressive, but it sounds as if you and I would both have trouble with that! LOL!

    To you both, Pam and Freda, I think most of us have more complication and clutter in our lives than we need. When I downsized 4 years ago, it really felt good, but I need to do so again, I believe. It just creeps up on us, doesn't it?

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. I enjoy not having a lot of stuff. I got rid of everything I thought I couldn't live without. It is freeing. I don't like sweet tea and I don't like sweet cornbread. Since I have given up coffee I have been drinking tea and once in a while I will add a little honey.

    I really enjoyed your trip. This post was yummy.

  8. It has been fun reading about your trip. Dell sounds delightful and you are a brave lady to hop on a plane and spend all that time in a small house with a "cyberfriend". Men being what they are, I'm surprised he didn't propose, lol. Anyway, home always looks so good after a long trip and I can imagine how happy your little doggies are.

  9. Pepper, I'm glad you enjoyed it. As you know, I like sharing my adventures, so having readers like you is the icing! Thanks!

    Oh, Moni! He's not a cyberfriend! I've known Dell since Jr. Hi, over 50 years! We simply reconnected cyber-ly a year or so ago. We're friends enough to know we are intended to be friends, not more!

  10. That Coconut Crusted Calamari sounds very interesting.

  11. Not just interesting, Gail, but scrumdiddlyumptious!


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