Saturday, March 29, 2008

Last But Not Least of Hawaii

One more look
Just a couple more pictures from our trip, and then I am finished! I think Kyle really liked seeing the hula girls in action. Both boys thought the fire dancing at the luau was one of the best things they saw during our trip. Of course, the 3-4" spider was another exciting site, one you just couldn't miss, even if you tried. The boys kept asking why so many houses were built on stilts. After seeing that spider, I'm convinced it's to keep the bugs out!
I included the picture of the pretty hula dancers so you 
don't think I only had eyes for the guys (you'll see what I 
mean when you read down further). The beautiful wahines (sp?!) were just a spellbinding as the men!

Enjoy our pictures. That's it, for now!


A Few More Hawaii Pics

Kauai, The Garden Island
A color not found in nature-? What?
Who? My HAIR, how dare you! 
...I think the color ADDS to the natural beauty of the surroundings. Why, nature almost pales in comparison to the lovely shade of my coloring! (sigh- He really doesn't know what he's talking about, does he??!) Oh, go sit on a rock!! Well, I still love you anyway, Honey. Even if you do find the color of my hair a bit shocking and outlandish. I just have to keep up with these modern times. That, and, well, I LIKE the wonderful shade of mahogany red, and how it glows beautifully out in nature. (So there!)

The photo at the top left is of Drew and Greg when they were directed to the stage to perform the Hula up in front of a crowd of about 500. Notice how Greg managed to get to the back edge of the stage! Greg and I are posing at the entrance to the wet cave, which is located at the North end of the island by Hanalei, just before the end of the paved road. Drew and Kyle were finished with our tour guide efforts, and they refused to get out of the car to see the caves. We had fun on our own! Aloha from the Heberts!

A New Painting To Share

Garden Walk
Here is my latest painting in my Coronado Cards series; it's titled Garden Walk. This sweet image is based on my walks around Coronado with our pup, Lola. She sniffs and I gawk (Okay, I admit it!). Everything is so beautiful around town now, with everyone getting ready for the Flower Show in April. People are planting out their front yards with beautiful flowers and are spiffing up for the home front judging! Who will get a blue ribbon?!!

Pool and More Pool 
Here is the photo I had difficulty with adding to my last post. I will most likely add more Hawaii pics to my blog in an attempt to share them all with my family, so stay tuned!!!

Refreshed By Hawaii!

A Wonderful Trip
Kauai was beautiful and remote, and just what we all needed. Our days were filled with enjoying the beautiful surroundings, the pool, the beach, mai-tais :o), more pool, visiting the Fern Gardens (not that great for the money, and a bit hokey), a trip up to the north shore of Kauai, a Luau on Greg's birthday where Greg and Drew were called up on stage to do the hula(!), a trip to the Grand Canyon of Hawaii, pool, more mai-tais, and looking in pearl shops (Val only). I felt like I had been transported back in time. I also fell in love with those Hawaiian guys from the Luau (oops - sorry Greg!). Golly gosh, they are...well, words escape me! At least I have the pictures to enjoy.   
These pictures (left) are from the luau, when the dancers were dancing a historic hula. It was lovely.
The picture of the single guy is for Tracy (I know he's just your type, Tracy!!) I didn't find out if he's single, though, so sorry.
Here he is:

Here's another picture of my boys doing what I'm sure they went to Hawaii to do: swim in the pool day in and day out! We actually had difficulty dragging them to the beach. The pool was just too fine... (oops, the pool photo won't load. I'll try again later!)

Monday, March 17, 2008

We're off...to Hawaii!

Spring Break, Woo Hoo!
...In Hawaii, no less! This is a big treat for us, the first trip of this kind that we've ever taken with the boys. It should be lots of fun. We are heading to Kauai, and will stay at Poi-poh Beach. (I don't know how to spell that beach name, so that's my best guess!) I am really looking forward to the warm weather and relaxation. Sadly, no pincushion-making kits will be tagging along in my luggage, however, my knitting goes! At least I'll give my shoulders, neck and fingers a rest from all the needlework. Have a great spring break yourself, and I'll be in touch upon our return, tanned and relaxed. :o)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Hail Mary... It's hailing in Coronado!



Hail!
Wow, hail here in Coronado. It's truly a novelty, one we hardly ever see living so far south, and so close to the coast. The trampoline was half covered in hail, and the white spots are falling hail. 


We were just 
standing in the door and gawking! 

The succulent garden looks like we peppered it with salt! An Alaskan storm moved through the region today, and brought the snow level down to 2500 ft. We are at sea level, and hardly EVER see hail. I don't remember ever seeing this much hail in Coronado before. Too fun (for us :o)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Blog Posts From You to Me

Hopefully Changed

I think I changed the setting so you can respond to my blog. Please try to send me a message by clicking on the Comment link so I can see if it's working properly! The link to the right of Comment will send a personal email to me.

Taxes On Friday

This whole idea of taxes and paying taxes is, well... taxing to me. (Sorry, I just couldn't help that. Nalini would appreciate it). I have been purposefully avoiding tax preparations (sorry to Greg for that... at least our garage door is newly painted!) This Friday is the day we visit our tax preparer, Connie. I am always happy to see Connie, but I just grit my teeth at the whole tax situation. In order to keep myself sane, I just sit there and knit the whole time. It may seem rude that I'm knitting, but it's the way I can answer the questions calmly and politely (calmly being the operative word here). I wonder how Connie and Greg would feel about me taking out my pincushion making bin, and covering Connie's desk with bits of felt! Anything for keeping my sanity. One thing I know; in the future when it's my time for going to the afterlife, at least there will be NO taxes there! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Newby

Meet the Itty-Bitty Bouquet of Roses Pincushion

I am so dang frus-trated over that darn crocheted roses pattern (Gail knows!). I look at the pictures, and drool over their loveliness. I dream about them at night. I contemplate a private lesson with Mel. (Somehow, crochet is not my thing. At least, not now...) Sigh... Then, last night a vision came to me. Rose pincushions. And then, a rose bouquet; hooray! This sweet little bouquet, inspired by my mindnumbing quest for crocheted rose bouquets, came to life. (What do you think, Gail?) Me, I'm happy with them. I actually find them irresistible :o) I can peacefully put the crocheted roses aside, for now....

Monday, March 3, 2008

It's All Coming Together!


Whiz

I am feeling like a whiz! Today I listed 6 items in my etsy store! I feel like this is all coming together. I also tried to buy a cooperative advertising slot through etsy. I don't know how I ever thought I'd be able to get one of only 30 slots. Of course I didn't get in. I think the advertising slots sold out in all of .21 seconds. Well, on to plan B. (What that is I'm not sure. I'll certainly fill you in when I have it figured out!) Advertising is key, though. If you have any bright ideas, please clue me in. I'd greatly appreciate any and all suggestions.

Well, after a long session at the computer, I'm off to bed. I'll get Plan B figured out tonight in my dreams. Happy deliberating!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Pugs, here they are!

Pugs, As Promised!
The camera has returned home, and with it, the pictures of the pugs. Here they are for your viewing enjoyment. These two fine fellows have already gone home with a pug loving lady. They will, no doubt, be keeping her company every waking moment of her day. I've decided I'd better go into pug production until I can get myself fixed upon another breed of dog. In the meantime I have more pugs in the works; a light brown Sniff, a medium brown Wag, and a black Woof! They will be up for sale on my Etsy site early next week. So please look for them there, www.ValsArtStudio.etsy.com