Daily Archives: April 6, 2020


Dr Seuss Trees

Away from home and all the daily activities and obligations that keep me busy there, I’ve had a great deal of time to read. I had packed two small books: one slid easily into the side pocket of my suitcase; the other I dropped into my large purse. I had also downloaded several books onto my electronic reader. I was only planning to be gone one week, but I have a fear of running out of reading materials. The plane ride alone was going to be more than twelve hours long. Better to over-pack!

My prepared “book shelf” looked like this:

  • The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer
  • Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
  • Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
  • Happiness is a Habit by Michele Phillips
  • Upstream by Mary Oliver
  • Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn
  • The Bees by Laline Paull
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Eat Happy by Anna Vocina
  • The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal
  • Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

Then, when I got here, I picked up one of my daughter’s books: Insomnia by Stephen King. That led to several discussions with both of my daughters about that author, who is a favorite of theirs, and which of his books I would most enjoy. So, I downloaded Mr. Mercedes, which happens to be the first in a series of three. I’m now reading the second, Finders, Keepers, and I’m sure I’ll find time for the third before I get home.

Stephen King’s writing is suspenseful to the point that I have to take breaks from it, so I’m glad to have other books to turn to. I have finished at least three of the others on my list, and am working through a couple more in my “away from Stephen King” time.

Due to travel restrictions because of the Corona virus, our fight home was delayed three times, and finally cancelled. We managed to reschedule, but not until the 15th of April. Our one week vacation has grown to a month! On top of that, like the rest of the country, Hawaii has pretty much shut down. So, reading has become my biggest entertainment. It’s a good thing I over-packed my bookshelf!


A view of my daughter’s yard, in Kea’au

I forgot about April, and the A to Z challenge that I usually participate in. Here it is April 5th, and it has just dawned on me. Late!

I have – as always – plenty of excuses. I am not at home. Expecting to be away from home only about ten days, I planned to just let my blog slide until I got back to Beaver Island. After all, travelling with one daughter to visit the other in Hawaii, I figured there would be plenty of other things to keep me busy. It wouldn’t matter that I couldn’t download my photos, or sit at my own computer with all the log-in information saved. I’d write later, when I returned home.

Well, one week on Hawaii’s big island has turned into two, and our [tentative] departure date is still a couple weeks off. We have rescheduled our flight four times now, and my family informs me that the vast majority believes that we won’t get away then, either. My daughter and her husband have returned to their (essential) jobs. The days, that were speeding by with not enough time with loved ones and not enough time to see all the wonders of this beautiful place, now stretch out.

I’ve been assured by every one of our hosts that we are welcome; still, I feel kind of useless. I walk every day. I write in my journal and draw in my sketch book. I’m working on a group collage challenge. I exercise; I meditate. I am taking an on-line class in the native Hawaiian language. I read. I taught my grandson how to play cribbage, and helped teach him the game of euchre. Still, the days are long.

So, late or not, I’m going to jump in to the April A to Z blogging challenge. Starting with this one. April begins with A, after all. Aloha!