ARNETTELEE's SparkPeople Blog ARNETTELEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Holiday Yesterday was a holiday for me. Our granddaughter is having a birthday party on Sunday, so we shifted our chores a day early, meaning Friday was laundry day. Today is housecleaning day so that on Sunday we will be free to relax. It's nice to have that extra day. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:04:06 EST Saturday This is the first Saturday in a while that we didn't have an activity to do. So it was the usual laundry at a decent time. Whenever we have something to do, laundry is usually very late in the afternoon. It was a sunny and breezy day so the laundry dried quickly. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:26:26 EST Honey It's been over a month since my last blog. Today my hubby and I went to a "bee" class where we learned about the honey bee and got to suit up and bee around bees. It was a little terrifying to have the bees around us, but it was quite an experience. We got to harvest the honey and even got a free bottle! <BR> <BR> Bee sparking.... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 00:05:06 EST Lazy day It's a holiday and a dreary day. The sky is overcast and it makes me sleepy. I'm glad to have this extra day off. We took our recyclables to the recycling center, went shopping at Ace (25% discount on one item), and then grocery shopping (Mondays is 5% discount day). <BR> <BR> Have a great sparking day. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 21:43:20 EST What's happening... On August 16 I met with the retirement folks to see what I could expect to receive when I retire. I have 44 years with the state and will be able to collect a great pension (without having put in a single dime!). <BR> <BR> We started classes on August 21. I had to call the jury line on Friday, and unfortunately the trial was set for Monday. On Monday I reported to the jury, and sad to say, I was the third juror picked. The judge indicated that "the trial could last 3 or 4 days or possibly in... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 20:48:13 EST Saturday Today is laundry day. It's a little cloudy right now, but the sun and wind are helping the laundry to dry. We are on our third load, and there's one more to go. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:40:22 EST Holiday It's Friday and a holiday. Soon I will be on a permanent holiday from work. I met with the retirement counselor and it is a definite "yes" to retire this December. I'm getting excited about not having all that paperwork to do! <BR> <BR> The two grands are here...they were sick a few days ago and they are getting better. We went to Waimea to cut our hair. <BR> <BR> Have a great sparking day! Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:44:19 EST Down and out After returning from our trip (adventure), I came down with a vrius and hubby also came down with it. We both have coughing spells and sore throat. We need to rest, but work has to be done so.... <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:32:42 EST Our adventure It's been over a month since my last blog. I've been staying away on purpose but still enjoy sparkpeople. We just returned from our first ever Disney cruise to Alaska! What a great adventure! My hubby has vertigo and so I was a little hesitant about booking the cruise; however, he was willing to go. It turned out to be a great trip. <BR> <BR> We went to San Francisco for a few days, then to Vancouver, Canada, where the cruise took off to Alaska. The seas were calm and hubby didn't get seasi... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:19:29 EST Today It's a holiday today....and I went to the dentist. Then hubby and I went to Tropicare where the residents (and visitors too) of Kauai get free medical care. Physicals, eye exams, dental check ups, etc. We got checked for reading glasses and they will be ready on Thursday. We do have medical coverage but we can get a free pair of backup glasses! What a wonderful service they are providing to us! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 03:45:31 EST Holiday again Hubby and I had "date" last night. I had an eye appointment and daughter had plans to go to the bon dance in Lihue; however, my doctor was ill so the appointment was canceled. Daughter didn't go to the bon dance due to rain! We went to Kim Chee 9 (Korean restaurant) which was great. Saw some friends there and it was quite busy. The rains were upon us so it was not a nice night to do a lot of walking. <BR> <BR> This morning our son, daughter, and hubby installed our Storm Stopper window prot... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:53:28 EST Monday Monday It's a holiday....and the grands are over so their parents can go on a date. Having fun! Mon, 29 May 2017 20:19:28 EST Sparking week Last week Friday was the school's May Day program. Both our grandchildren's classes did a dance. This past Thursday the third graders had a credit union recognition day. Our granddaughter did a dance with her class. Friday was the last day for them and now it's summer break. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I had a dinner date tonight. We went to Tortilla Republic (Mexican food), and it was good. I had a stuffed poblano and hubby had a veggie enchilada. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Monday is a holiday...yi... Sun, 28 May 2017 04:37:06 EST Great week The week started off with a SWIM (stop work informational meeting) for our union where we learned about the arbitrators' decision about our future. We have a two year contract with as 2% raise in July, plus a $150 one time bonus. After that, it won't matter to me because I will be retiring in December so what's in the new contract won't matter. At least I'll have six months of 2% higher income. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was our baby daughter's birthday. We went to Puka Dogs (they put a hotdog in a... Sun, 7 May 2017 01:29:55 EST Saturday happenings This morning we dropped off some figs to my coworker/friend then headed out to Lihue for a workshop on grass. It was very interesting, and perhaps we may have them do our yard. We then went to Walmart, had lunch at Garden Island BBQ, then Costco. Now we're doing laundry. Tonight daughter and I have a birthday party for a son of a friend and former coworker. There's even Relay for Life tonight down the road. Not sure if we'll go. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:53:18 EST 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