Friday, July 27, 2012


A few weeks ago I received another surprise in the mail. It was StevenA's travelling clockwork. I immediately recognized the yarn from my days with the Sanguine Gryphon, now the Verdant Gryphon. Small world. IMG_0014 Steven's dream is to send this creative work out into the world and see where it travels. Just as I was about to check off "Maryland " on the paperwork and send it on its merry way, my husband introduced some travel plans of his own. I snuck "Tick Tock" into my carry on and away we went. First, and most exciting was our 25th anniversary trip to Maui, where Tick Tock adorned some lovely statues along the beach. IMG_0017 IMG_0288 IMG_0285 IMG_0284 I had to chuckle when a passerby commented on the Clockwork wrapped statue," Yeah, cuz I was just thinking he was looking cold." Lol. I was glad I had Tick Tock to keep me warm at the summit of the Haleakala(House of the Sun) Volcano. It was blustery up there and only about 40 degrees! My fright wig says it all. Nice hair. IMG_0164 That's the volcanic crater behind me. Almost 7 miles across, 2 miles wide and 2,600 feet deep. There is a trail called Sliding Sands that leads into the crater. It is exactly as it sounds. Hikers can actually camp in one of three cabins inside the crater. Um, no thanks. I had the Clockwork to consider, after all. IMG_0177 10,000+ feet. Yo. IMG_0245 Tick Tock also survived the Road to Hana. Google it. 'Nuff said. As for the rest of our travels, I must apologize. I took pics on every stop and in every airport. I wrapped Tick Tock on mannequins with state t-shirts in every airport gift shop...Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, and Phoenix, Arizona. All this after pulling an all nighter traveling backward through time zones, then suddenly we were 6 hours ahead and back on the east coast. Tick Tock met the owner of Island Knits in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. She was kind enough to come outside and be photographed by the web of a silk spider. I had photos of our visit to KNIT I'm crushed to discover that they were inadvertently deleted during the Flickr upload. I highlighted the whole kitnkaboodle for uploading,but apparently Flickr only took every third pic due to it's Beta status limiting 100 photos per upload. Yup, that's quite a few photos I lost. Trying not to think about it. Things like this happen to mamas of 7 who only have a few secs to accomplish everything and therefore attention to detail is sacrificed. I thought I recovered the missing, but evidently, I see now that I must've missed another whole page at least. I smiled when I saw this pic made the cut. This is my husband, kindasortabutnotreallycuzhewasoverit, being unsupportively supportive when I whipped out the Tick Tock Clockwork for the gazillionth time. IMG_0012 He's a keeper, my hunnylove. But the Clockwork is a traveler and is currently with a friend in Washington, DC for the week. Tick Tock is on its way to Georgia, friends. Follow Steven's blog for all the fun.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Sweetest Thing

Look what came in the mail! IMG_0026 It's a hand stamped surfboard postcard!! My anniversary man secretly made this while I was at the beach during our trip. He arranged for it to be mailed so it would arrive home on his first day back to work and my first day back home. IMG_0030 How sweet is that?


IMG_0030 I have spent the most wonderful few weeks in Maui. I know...I can't believe it either! So unlike this conservative chic. Here's the deal. I have the most amazing husband. He has cherished me from the moment we met. I realize how huge this is. I am incredibly blessed and every moment I appreciate it. So, on the occasion of our 25th wedding anniversary, he had some big plans in store. He hinted around a bit about going somewhere crazy, but was met with my gazillion objections like: " Most people celebrating 25 years of marriage are in a totally different position. They have a couple kids, maybe 19 and 21 years old. You, know, self sufficient. Not 4 years old! Or 5! Or 8! Or 11 even! Definitely NOT 7 kids to make arrangements for! It ain't easy, friend. But on the other hand, here I have this hardworking, amazing, thoughtful man proposing a very long trip free from the day to day schtuff. Every day is so full, it was hard for me to even imagine adding something so outrageous into the mix. I know, crazy, right? But really, I thrive on simplicity. I don't need much to make me happy. I'm already so incredibly grateful for my life. Yet, above all I do know that life is a precious gift and we need to celebrate every last moment. This man o' mine? He knows this better than me even. He just went and planned all this. I am still shocked by the enormity of it all. He is a kind and loving and generous man. Gifts are his love language. He wanted to show me what 25 years meant to him. So, here it is. IMG_0005 Black Rock. This is the view from our balcony. People jump off Black Rock all day long. According to Hawaiin legend, the spirits of warriors left the earth to meet their ancestors by leaping from this rock. I wasn't ready to meet any ancestors. No leaping from me. Also, the snorkling around this large black lava rock that divides Ka'anapali Beach in half is amazing because the rock is almost completely encrusted in coral. We had some cool adventures. Here is a photo from the potentially hazardous Haleakala volcano. Ever wondered what the inside of a volcano looks like? Here ya go: IMG_0170 Notice, at 10,ooo feet elevation, the volcano is above the clouds! Pretty cool stuff. We also traveled the Road to Hana. Yes, it is every bit as breath-taking and terrifying as people say. Those tiny windy cliff hanging roads are scary! The views are beautiful. We stopped to hike the rain forest to Twin Falls. Yup, I swam under a waterfall! IMG_0204 Here are some other views along the way. IMG_0263 IMG_0243 Lots of gorgeous waterfalls! IMG_0260 From a cave on a black sand beach... IMG_0224 IMG_0250 I wish the camera could have captured the absolutely turquoise waves. IMG_0239 IMG_0193 IMG_0194 We sailed on a catamaran out to the island of Lana'i to one of the top 10 private beaches in the world to snorkle and picnic. This company was da bomb! We saw tons of dolphins and a seaturtle. This was the little seaport town of Lahaina from which we sailed. IMG_0065 Of course, we had to experience this! IMG_0097 IMG_0100 IMG_0101 It was cheesy, but whatev. We had fun! There were tons of these: IMG_0070 I think I saw more rainbows than I have in a lifetime. But these just might be what I remember most. IMG_0309 IMG_0297 IMG_0076 Here's to the next 25 years! Mahala~