This is the view from my kitchen window. Surrounding me are horses, cattle, Angus bulls, sheep, goats and chickens AND I’m in my element. This is Up-Country Maui in the Makawao district which is home to most of the cowboys, ranchers, farmers. It’s cool with a nice tradewind blowing most of the time. I will always love the Big Island of Hawai’i, but I think Maui will also become a love. It’s very different. No ‘ohi’a trees which I find odd. But, there are towering pines, forests of eucalyptus and my personal favorite, thousands of plumeria trees all abloom with fragrant flowers. The beaches are lovely. And, because of the funneling tradewinds, a mecca for surfers, kite-surfers and wind-surfers, it is a lot more likely that I will see my kite-surfing youngest son sooner than if I were on the Big Island. The main town of Kahului is much more of a city than Hilo. Kahului spreads out over miles and miles instead of concentrated in one small area. I’m perpetually lost but since I am extremely directionally challenged find this somewhat normal. I usually find my way home, eventually. I am so thankful for GPS on my smart phone. It is thrilling to have several fabric stores in town where I will soon be heading as I have a coupon for 25% off of flowered fabrics…just up my alley!
I thought moving from a studio cottage to a three-bedroom house would be so easy, but the accumulation we had amazes me. There is a ton of storage in the new house, but I’m having a difficult time finding room for everything. And, when I find a spot, it is usually “out of context”. I will put the mixer with the boxes of tea because it fits. The kitchen is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, with pieces all over the place. Right now it seems like too much effort to organize. I know I will have to change things around soon, but now I’m enjoying the challenge of trying to find a box of raisins which may or may not be with the soup or the pots and pans…hmmmm, a snack shelf. I may have to think about that if I could just find the other missing snacks.