Category Archives: Just Because

What’s Your Travel Bucket List Look Like?

So we started to talk about our Travel Bucket List and I was thinking that this would make for a great

It all started when I saw this, somewhere, I forget where :

I started marking off where I had been already:

… and tops on our future  travel bucket list is Horseshoe Bend!  It’s not very far from our house, so we’ve already got a plan ready to GOOOOOOOOO!

How’s about you?
Where would you like to go?
And it really doesn’t need to be in the US,
why not think global?

Of course this conversation is purely for entertainment sake.
In today’s World, we’re not going anywhere for a while 
but it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? 

… and if you could, hit that like button if you like what you’re reading, leave a comment below maybe just to say ALOHA and subscribe to my blog to get an email when a new post has been uploaded.




I love decorating our house for different holidays.


I saw this idea on some other social media site, I forget, but what a cute idea, right?!
Everything you see here to create this planter was from Dollar Tree, except for the Black Bucket. That’s an Ice Bucket that I’ve had for years. I simply added some floral foam, tapped it down with Gorilla Tape and stuck the flowers and leaves in. The Witches Legs from Dollar Tree, I just cut a piece of orange Pool Noodle off and slipped then Witches stockings over it, added a dowel and jabbed it into the floral foam. Her broom is a Dollar Tree Plunger handle, with a bag of Raffia artfully tied around it.



This Door Hanger is ALL from Dollar Tree! I have acrylic paints to do my Painted Rocks, so there was that… The bow is a simple Pom Pom Bow secured with a piece of Pipe Cleaner or Chenille Stem and then hot glued on to the BOO wooden sign. The three Ghosts are again from Dollar Tree that I suspended with Fishing Line, stapled to the back of the BOO sign, DONE 



The Ghosts in the tree out front are just half spheres of foam with some Cheesecloth and floral wire to hang them by, easy!


My Milk Jug Jack `O Lanterns took some time to collect. 
I saw a pattern for faces on Pinterest, printed them out, cut them out and transferred to the jugs with a black Sharpie pen. I put some sand in the bottoms to keep them from blowing `about and them cut a 3 inch “door” in the back of each jug to string some battery operated outdoor twinkle lights that I use at Christmas time. Love this!

Have a safe and fun-filled Halloween everyone!

What Was The First Thing You EVER Cooked?

I wanted to cook from long before I could reach the stove without standing on a chair!

I even remember being given my first Cook Book:

Photo courtesy of Amazon

I was over the moon excited! So what was the first thing that I cooked?

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Security Cinnamon Toast for my Dad!

I’m not sure why, but the other morning I woke up with a hankerin’ for Cinnamon Toast!

Of course my Father thought that my  Cinnamon Toast was just the bees knees!

Don’t ya love food memories?

Where Have You Been And Started To Sing … ? ~ Part 3

… Somewhere along The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, what a ride!

I have goose bumps just thinking back on this day back in 2014 … it was a cool and crisp Fall day, we were visiting friends in Durango and headed over the mountain after an early snow storm.

We pulled off the road to take photographs and it just tumbled out  …. “Rocky Mountain High … in Colorado … “

Funny thing, the other folks that had pulled off to gaze in awe, started to sing with me!

Where Have You Been And Started To Sing … ? ~ Part 2

posted a ways back about standing atop Pikes Peak in Colorado and found myself singing America The Beautiful, out loud mind you! 

Well, one of my blog followers had made mention the she’d like to read more about this series… Krystle, you’ve inspired me, mahalo, thank you friend!

There are many times that a song will pop into my head, especially when we’re traveling.
When we go home to Hawaii, there are more than I could count.

This is a photograph of my Husband that I took of him standing on the Beach on Oahu, our last day there back in 2015.
I was sitting at the Shore Break with huge Crocodile tears welling up in my eyes. Thank goodness DH didn’t see that, or hear my voice breaking as I softly sang to myself, Honolulu City Lights.

“… Bring me back again …”

Sorry Suitcases …


… but it’s lookin’ like we aren’t going anywhere any time SOON! 

I guess we’ll just have to wait this out, but the World as we knew it a few months ago may never be the same 

Here’s hoping! 

Where Have You Been and Started To Sing … ?

In the Summer of 2011, DH and I took a road trip and one
of the places that we went, that was SOOOOOOOO amazing,
was Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.
We took the Cog Railway to the top, over 14,000 feet above sea level…


And yes, I did stand there, looking out over this gorgeous vista,
and sang America The Beautiful.
albeit was a little hard, being so out of breath,
but I did it, out loud!
I can see why Ms. Bates wrote this, WOW!!!
I think I just might turn this into a running series, because there have been so many places that we’ve traveled and I’ve started to sing songs that were inspired by that locale.
Where have you been?

Happy May Day!!

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii …



Spread some ALOHA today!

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Extra

I’ve talked about my Deep Freezer that I have out in our finished garage.  Sometimes, it can be a challenge to keep inventory of what you’ve got on hand.

During these trying times, we all want to try to eat/cook/serve what we’ve got on hand, and try NOT  to run to the market if we don’t have to.

Guys, here’s my preferred method of keeping track of my deep freeze:



I have two Dollar Store Dry Erase Boards,
these work splendidly, for me anyways.
I keep them on the top of the chest freezer,
that way I’m reminded to add or delete as
the case maybe, to or from my manual spreadsheet 

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 3

At least our house smells nice!



I was taking stock of my Spice Rack in the Pantry,
and found this jar of Mulling Spice, Hmmm!
I had sectioned two Oranges for our breakfast this morning and
thought that I’d put a small pot on the back burner to
perfume the house.
Not that it needed it, I just thought that might brighten the mood
around our neck of the “desert”.