ARNETTELEE's SparkPeople Blog ARNETTELEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Vacation day I took a vacation day on Friday so my hubby and I could meet with the PV guy. We are getting a Tesla battery and two PV panels to add to our existing 6 panels. The Tesla is a storage battery so we could use the stored energy at night or if the power goes off. Will cost us $19K but we will get some tax credits and save $$ in the long run. Our 6 panels are generating enough power so that we have a small bill every month. <BR> <BR> We had the grands tonight so that their parents (our son and DI... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:04:03 EST Feels like... Friday was a holiday for us so today feels like Sunday. It's so nice to have that extra day before the weekend, but we had the grandchildren (parents had to work) and today too (parents had a funeral). It's always nice to spend time with them! <BR> <BR> Happy Easter! Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:02:53 EST It's been several weeks... since I've blogged. I've been really keeping away from sparking as it took a lot of my time. I find that I miss it a little, but not to the point where it was "I have to spark today." I enjoy sparking and I miss my spark friends. However, I will make an effort to get to spark when I can. Today we did a lot. First we went to the home show where we found a lot of different products for the home. Storm windows, carpeting, solar PV, PV battery backup, whole house cooling (we have this), shower en... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 23:42:32 EST After midnight Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> It's after midnight, but I am still up. Today was a very nice day; sunny and breezy so it was a good laundry day. It's been a great week and on Monday, it's a holiday for me (Kuhio Day), a state holidy. Our son and his family come back on Monday. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:19:30 EST my goodness It's been a long time since I've blogged. I've reduced my spark time so that I don't spend so much time on the computer.I miss some of it, but it's mostly good. <BR> <BR> Today was laundry day. Hubby is enjoying himself as our grands are on a trip so he has time for things he wants to do. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:56:08 EST Taking it easy Doing some sparking today. Did the laundry and hung them out for a bit; now they are in the dryer getting the final "dry" of the day. Last night we had very heavy showers, but today's blue skies greeted us. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 11 Feb 2017 23:25:31 EST Cutting back I've been really cutting back on my sparking activities these days. I no longer "have" to spark every day. Just wanted to update you on what happened today. We celebrated our son's and hubby's birthdays. Hubby was 2/2 (groundhog day) and son's is today. We had Genki Sushi (of course my hubby doesn't care for the menu, but he'll go along) and then a neapolitan cake from Ko Bakery. Also got a couple of slices of Koloa Run bundt cake. It was a nice celebration. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 23:25:46 EST Don't know We had three children, two years apart. Tonight we watched our three grandchildren (two and three years apart) because their parents are working until 2 am. I don't know how we did it but it was exhausting. I guess we're older now and our children were "trained" by us; our grandchildren are not used to our ways. They are sleeping now, and this happens tomorrow too. Hopefully we only have to do it for one more day! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:59:30 EST Update Hi my spark friends, <BR> Just an update on what's happening. My "little" accident with our Camry turns out that our car is "totaled" and they are paying us off. So that being said, we bought a new 2017 Camry Hybrid on Friday. Did all the paperwork, filed the paperwork to get our money from the insurance, and returned our car rental. Initially they told us that our car would take 2 months to fix, then they reported that the warning lights went off, causing the damage to be a total loss. Oh we... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:58:15 EST I thought... I had no internet connection this morning, and I thought, "oh no, my spark streak is going to end." Fortunately, the internet is back up. So.....back to work! <BR> <BR> Happy MLK day! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:09:26 EST Holiday It's a holiday (well it's a minute after midnight here). We are getting a haircut then I'm not sure what we're going to do! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:02:11 EST Nippon Maru This morning we visited the Nippon Maru that's docked at Nawiliwili Harbor. It was an opportunity to see a great training ship from Japan. The new version of the Nippon Maru was built in 1984. The original ship is docked in Japan and made its last voyage to Kauai in 1984. Our family had a great time on the boat. Then we had lunch at Gaylord's. A father-mother-daughter quality time together. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:21:09 EST Happy day It's my birthday! We had lunch at Genki Sushi then a Ko Bakery cake...chocolate and caramel. I love chocolate, but this cake was good. Another year, and then another year of work. Counting down the days. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 22:38:48 EST Saturday update It's laundry day....and Christmas eve. Our son and daughter in law are taking us to dinner tonight. They have church activities tomorrow so they will be busy. We are slated to go to Merriman's in Poipu. Will let you know how that turns out. Gift opening will be at their house after dinner. <BR> <BR> Happy holidays everyone! Sat, 24 Dec 2016 20:42:26 EST Vacation day Today is the last day of school for our grandchildren. Their Christmas program was this morning, but I took the whole day off! We enjoyed the program. <BR> <BR> Today they also towed my car--I was in a minor fender bender one week ago. I am hoping that the car will get fixed quickly. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:42:41 EST Busy day Today was a busy Saturday. We went to the college for the annual craft fair and community market. Lots of people were there. The weather was nice, considering that it rained yesterday, rained at home this morning, and on the way to the college. However, it was nice and sunny there. <BR> <BR> We had a birthday celebration for our daughter-in-law whose special day was the 15th. She and hubby had an appointment in Lihue so we had the three children. When they were finished, we had our cake firs... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:36:09 EST another week Another week has passed by. Last night our grandchildren were over since their parents worked late. Only the oldest stayed overnight. The youngest is such a funny girl. She mimics everything that her siblings do. What fun! <BR> <BR> They get to spend next Monday and Tuesday with us for the same reason. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:04:17 EST Wow ... the last month of the year It's December..the year is coming to a close. I'm getting closer to my retirement from work. Less than 13 months to go. Oh, it's very exciting. <BR> <BR> Today was a great day. We were able to hang most of the laundry until the rains came. We had a flash flood warning today and yesterday too. It's our winter weather. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 04:54:27 EST Saturday I woke up this morning to find the weather a bit rainy. We went to the library after breakfast since I wasn't able to go on Thursday (holiday). We washed our laundry and they went in the dryer. <BR> <BR> Daughter has a wrist injury from a yesterday. She slipped down a few steps and strained her wrist. Hope hubby isn't next. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:58:05 EST Early posting It's Thanksgiving and a holiday! Wishing everyone a great sparking day! <BR> <BR> Early blog since it's a day off for me since my normal blogging day is Saturday. We just had lunch at our son's place. A bit of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, macaroni and potato salad, kale salad, stuffing, yams, corn on the cob, baked salmon, baked pollock, steamed rice, pumpkin chiffon pie, custard pie, and sparking cider! Whew...that's quite a bit, but only had a bit of each. Going back for dinner. <... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:31:26 EST Saturday Took a day off yesterday to enjoy the "stone soup" that the CDC made for parents, grandparents, and friends. It was a nice get together. <BR> <BR> Saturday is a bit rainy so laundry is in the dryer. Oh well......... <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:58:39 EST Baby Lillian's birthday It's Saturday and Lillian's birthday. We had a neapolitan cake after having Genki sushi for lunch. She is now three years old! She was born on 11-12-13. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 12 Nov 2016 23:10:14 EST Checking in It's Saturday. Day to check in! It's been a week....yesterday we were in lock down due to a robbery that took place in Lihue. The elementary schools were in lock down too (our grandchildren's school in Eleele). After practicing with emergency drills during the past two or three years, we got to experience a real lock down. Luckily it was not something that happened on campus, but as a precaution, we were in lock down. <BR> <BR> On Sunday we went to a Glow Show at the church in Eleele. It was... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 19:30:49 EST Saturday It's been a great week. Things were "normal" at the office. The boss was away for two days this week. Today's a normal Saturday, with nothing other than the usual things to do. Laundry is in the washer, some clothes in the dryer. We hung out only to be greeted by drizzle. <BR> <BR> Have a great sparking day! Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:34:22 EST Saturday It's Saturday...not the usual Saturday though. This morning we picked up 40 packages of cookies for our grandchildren's school fundraiser. It was School Kine cookies, 4 varieties. I sold some to my friends at work. There was also a craft fair going on, along with a Baked Teri Chicken lunch plate. Then we headed out to Lihue to pick up our grandson's birthday cake from Safeway. First time for us...we'll see how good the cake it. Grandson's birthday was yesterday, but the family flew home this ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:29:36 EST Spark happenings Hi my spark friends, <BR> It's been a great week. Our daughter from CA and her family are here--daughter, son-in-law, grandson (11), and granddaughter (8). They arrived Saturday evening. On Sunday we got together with our son's family--son, daughter-in-law, granddaughters (8, 2) and grandson (6). The last time we all got together was in March of this year in San Diego. <BR> <BR> On Monday our son and his family left for San Diego for two weeks. Hubby and I dropped them off at the airport and... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:17:41 EST Saturday My computer at home was not working these past few was like I lost my right arm. Anyway, it's back to business, now that it's working. Last Sunday we went to a union picnic. We one a 12 pack of juice and the consolation prizes were two bags of rice. Not too bad since everyone went home with something. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 01:41:01 EST Saturday blogging This week was a busy week. Work was good. Hubby had laser surgery (closed angle glaucoma) so took the day off. Other than that, things were normal. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:23:13 EST Blog Satuday Hi my spark friends, <BR> It's Saturday and the day I spark as much as I can! It's been quite nice not sparking as much (down side) and not trying to get as much spark points (another down side), but I've been much happier with my new arrangement. Today I can devote some time to sparking. I've missed it in a sense, but I don't feel that "I need to get my sparkpoints or else..." attitude. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:04:11 EST Big change I love sparkpeople; however, I was spending too much time sparking and not enough doing other things I really needed to do. With this in mind, I have decided to spark on Saturdays. During the week I will do a few activities to keep the spark going. My recent daily streak has ended. Happy sparking, my spark friends! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:17:34 EST Holiday Guess I took a holiday from blogging yesterday. Oh well. It's It's a short week! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:30:06 EST Sunday It's a warm Sunday. Housecleaning day. Daughter ran (walked) the Kauai half marathon in 2 hours 29 minutes. She hurt her foot so she can's really run. But it's pretty good time, I believe. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 04:27:24 EST Great day We woke up with good news. There were two hurricanes headed our way (Lester and Madeline) and both have been good to us and decided not to visit us. We were prepared for their visit, but we are fortunate that we were spared from any destruction. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:35:56 EST Library night It's library night. We had a nice luncheon and meeting to go over foundation funds processing. It was a great refresher. <BR> <BR> Hope Hurricane Lester drops back to Tropical Storm. Last I heard it was category 3. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:40:42 EST Hump day It's hump day. The Big Island campus is closed today. Hopefully the hurricanes (Lester and Madeline) decide not to visit us. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:09:17 EST Tuesday It's Tuesday. Yesterday was a busy day so didn't spark much. Today it's a little better. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:20:39 EST Monday It's the second week of classes. Last week wasn't so crazy. Things are great! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:32:21 EST Sunday It's Sunday. It's the day we do our house cleaning. All's well and have a happy sparking day! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:25:54 EST Saturday It's Saturday and laundry day. Kinda muggy but rainy so it's good. Pretty hot and humid. Oh well, at least I don't have to go to work today. Happy sparking! Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:24:34 EST TGIF! It feels so good that it is Friday. The weekend is coming up. Yay! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:12:07 EST Library day It's Thursday and library night. Can't wait to get there to see what's new! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:40:25 EST Hump day It's hump day....that's great! Been a busy week! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:18:01 EST Tuesday It's a nicer day today. The sun is out and no rains in sight. Happy sparking everyone! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:53:33 EST Rainy Monday It's the first day of classes and a rainy day. Boo..... hate to walk in the rain and get wet! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:59:51 EST Sunny Sunday It's a sunny Sunday. Day to house clean which is our usual ritual. House never stays clean so it's something we do every week. <BR> <BR> Have a great sparking day! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:02:07 EST Nice Saturday It's a nice, sunny, breezy Saturday. The laundry is hanging outside, getting dry with the sun and wind. It's great to have that extra day this week. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:06:34 EST TGIF It's a holiday for us today. We have the two grandchildren with us since their parents both work for the base (federal holidays only). We went to Waimea to get our haircuts, then to Ishihara to get some food. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:18:40 EST Library night It's Thursday, library night. Tomorrow's a holiday....yay! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:08:29 EST Hump day We're going over the hump. It's especially great since it's a short week with Friday being a holiday. We'll have the two grands that day since it's only a state holiday, not a federal one. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:33:56 EST Convocation It's back to work for faculty, and we had convocation today. It was quite long, so it dug into my "work time." Lots to do and not enough time, especially since I was off yesterday. Stayed a little late to catch up on some things. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:52:21 EST