The tickets are purchased, items are being sold, boxes are being packed. It’s really happening. We are moving to Oahu, cat and all.
Much research went into figuring out the cat move. If it wasn’t for her, we’d probably be there by now.
She’s now passed her rabies test and we are in the 120 day wait period. Next step is a health certificate and tick repellent applied by vet a few before she flies. Her paperwork must be sent by snail mail to be there when she arrives.
Alaska Air is the only carrier that allows cats in the cabin to Hawaii. For a 21 year old cat, it seems like a wise choice. Now I just have to pick out an airline approved cat carrier. There are some fancy options but it’s just one flight so I think I’m going with the Sherpa original deluxe carrier.
So, now the project is to sell and give away more things including cars, find a place to live and ALOHA.
I’ve always been more attracted to mountains than beaches but over the past few years I’ve grown to become a beach girl. I’m never going to be that girl in the bikini hang in out in the sand. That’s not for me but having visited Greek, Bahamian, and Hawaiian beaches, I am now a water lover.
My first real impressions of the beach were in college, going to the Jersey shore. I suppose there were visits to Long Island as a kid, but those were brief and unmemorable. So, sorry, Jersey people, but those beaches did not make a favorable impression. I did want to learn how to surf back then, but it didn’t seem like people actually went in the water much. It was all about the tan. Not my thing.
So, having taken a few more pleasant beach vacations, my opinion had changed by the time we bought a condo on Lake Washington. I spent many hours with my headphones and Kindle, hanging out with the ducks and dogs at the beach. It amazed me that people went in the water since it’s cold. It was a special treat whenever the eagles or herons were around. And I had no idea salmon could jump so high.
The best time was winter and spring when it was windy enough for kite surfing. I’d get out on the pier and watch them every chance I got. I could see them from the condo window but it was much more fun to have the wind splashing over me on the pier as these wetsuit clad athletes sped toward the pier, only turning at the last minute.
Now I’m living away from the water as I prepare to move to Oahu, Hawaii. I have to travel seven miles to get to a decent beach so it’s no longer a daily habit.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park
So, now I’m ready to see what fun Hawaii has to offer.
You don’t have to live in the country or suburbs to have a productive garden. If you are used to growing plants in the ground or not having a garden at all, there could be a bit of a learning curve, but with a little planning you can have a beautiful and bountiful patio or balcony.
These pots could be used for tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon trees. Use your imagination. To save money and your back, fill the bottom with a shelf or styrofoam.
There are many horse therapy facilities that teach riders to communicate with the horses. People with disabilities, physical handicaps or emotional problems can be assisted to reconnect with their physical and emotional selves.
Cats are used in hospitals and retirement homes to provide companionship and comfort.
I stumbled back into copyediting almost accidentally but I find it to be lots of fun. I know it’s not most people’s cup of tea, but it really sucks me in.
Moving to Hawaii is complicated but doable, I think. And I think I’m going to do it.
Having MS has made me more conscious of that I eat and drink. I’m not saying I’ve discovered all the answers or have the perfect diet. I cheat, but I’ve learned that usually the consequences are not worth the few minutes of joy while eating ice cream.
I’ve been cleaning out closets and I came across a cookbook I had made in grade school to save all the recipes my mother liked me to cook. Since she didn’t like to cook and I did, I’d make the recipes she liked. Good thing I didn’t usually eat most of the foods I made because they were pretty awful. These ‘recipes’ used box cake mixes, jello, Bisquick, powdered whip cream mix, canned fruit…