Saturday, November 5, 2011

Clocks change.  Except in Arizona and Hawaii.
In those parts of the world where there is real winter, leaves are changing -- or have changed and fallen.
In Honolulu, the solar clothes dryer is once more unpredictable, with rains lurking in the valleys.  It's important to get the laundry in as soon as it is dry rather than when it is convenient.

Writing and research are taking a back seat to the crafty things involved in holiday giving, and in baking for our church Holiday Sale next weekend.

Very large funeral today for a dear lady and quilter who was active in 3 of the 4 Royal Societies, Daughters of Hawaii, and a bunch more organizations.  It took a good 30 minutes for each of the Royal Societies to honor Auntie Rose, preceded by another 20 minutes of eulogies.  All that before the traditional Episcopal Requiem Mass.  She was a  vibrant lady, even at the very end of her life when I met her.  Here's an article from 2009 that focuses on her exuberant style, as well as a much longer montage of photos posted at YouTube.  Auntie Rose was definitely one of a kind.

Had lunch a week ago with a former co-worker and his wife.  So very nice to see them again -- hard to realize that it has been as long as it has.  She -- the wife -- lived here for a number of years, but has also lived in CA for a long time.  We did a very local thing and had lunch at the cafe at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  It was enough of a treat that we even tempted my mother to join us.  She was pleased to be included.

My walking partners are in travel mode.  R is due home this month after 2 months in Chicago.  B is just back from a week in Hong Kong, and is currently on a weekend junket to Las Vegas.  Building air miles, she says, in  preparation for her husband's retirement.

Give thanks for friends, both new and old, and the opportunity to share time together.
Don't forget to pray!

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