Da first couple of days in Los Gatos, we wen get started on da enormous job of deciding who was going get wat, how we going hando if two peeps like have da same ting, and how much we going do. Our maddah was not one packrat (like me, but I wen learn my lesson!), but still had plenny stuffs.
Was one huge job. But everybody doing fine wit each oddah. And sometimes in da kakahiaka Nolemana and I wen drive to Peet’s Coffee foa one latte. Coming back to my mom’s hale, we alla time wen see da nani crape myrtle trees. Dey were in full bloom, and wen grieve my heart dat my maddah, who loved dem so much, no stay dea foa seeyum dis year. I nevah seen dem look dis good befoa.
Da colors were glorious!
My maddah’s whole street stay lined wit dem.
I nevah seen so many in my life!
Da memorial service was on da 11th. And it wen go really good. Peeps wen have good stuffs foa say about our maddah, and I wen get to see ‘ohana dat I nevah seen foa ova thirty years. Dat was awesome!
Dat night, my braddah dem wen make plans foa da immediate ‘ohana to go out to eat; good kine closure foa da day. We all wen holoholo ka‘a into nearby Saratoga to dis Pake restaurant. But in ordah foa get dea, we wen holoholo by one Japanese one, and Musubi wen beg to get let outa my purse. Cuz he like see, yeah?
Da place looked ‘ono! Musubi like go dea!
But we stay going hea. See da awesome crape myrtle dea too? Was lidis all ova da place in California.
14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA, 95070
Right above our table, had dis way kewl ship! I love sailing (used to sail around by Diamond Head wit my papa-san).
Den da grindz wen come. I wen surrepticiously take photos, and if anybody wen ask hakum, I wen tellum, “Eh, stay foa my friends on da Lanai! Is one tradition!” We all wen each ordah one thing so had plenny.
I tink dis was da cashew chicken.
And steamed veggies.
And shrimp wit I forget wat kine sauce.
‘Onolicious to da max!
Had anoddah sailing ship on da odda side of da room.
And dese way kewl aquariums.
Because of da wood, dey almost looked like framed photos.
Pau grind (ho da full and we had nuttin’ foa take home!), we wen go outside. And dea on da wall of da Japanese restaurant, had all dese hibiscus! No way can grow lidis in Oregon.
So nani da blooms.
Close-up. I love dis pink color.
Dey stay climbing up da wall, so high!
And of course, Musubi like get his photo taken wit dem.
“Eh, take one moa, Auntie!” he wen tell me. Wat I could do?
I wen take photos of insai da restaurant foa my friend, Kikue.
Had peeps right near da window, so no could take too many.
Musubi like check out da menu.
From dea, all us guys wen holoholo ka‘a back to Mom’s hale, wea we wen have one awesome ‘ohana time, just talking stories and even singing some of da old mele we knew. To me, dis was da best part of da entire day.
In da next chaptah, Nolemana and I wen holoholo from our hotel across da street to one awesome Farmers’ Market.
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The food looks so good. We have lots of Chinese places around, but there not very good. The crape myrtle trees are very pretty. My mom told me today that they just planted several crape myrtle trees around their house in Texas.
Eh, Moki-chan, Ibetchu yo’ maddah wen make da crepe myrtle bloom li’dat fo’ comfort you. I betchu she see ’em so nani.
Tanks fo’ sharing yo’ story. I jus’ had breakfast an I stay ono fo’ Chinese food now!
Just stopping in to say hi!
Awhile back I had changed my blog roll around and somehow I lost you! But I found you again thanks to THANKFUL THURSDAYS!
I’ve missed reading you and was so happy to see you again
Loved reading about your trip to see the crepe myrtles and that cashew chicken looked WONDERFUL!
Loved the fishtank in the restaurant; they really do look like framed photos. And of course, your pics of da grinds are pure torture.
I’m glad you and your family found some closure.
Oh, the hibiscus! So beautiful! I had one in my flower bed for a couple of years. It was supposed to be hardy for this area, so I may have killed it. I can be bad about watering, which is the reason (partly) for my current interest in xero gardening. Anyway, they have cold-hardy hibiscus now, so I’m going to give it another try.
When we were kids, we’d wait until bees got into the center of the flower, close the petals around them, and catch them. For what? Who knows? We wuz kids.
Saddens me to think your Mama is gone. Lost my Dad in December, so feeling for you.
PS I’m in Portland. We’re practically neighbors!
I know Los Gatos and Saratoga well. Enjoy! It’s real nice up there. Ever had a Los Gatos cake? It’s delicious and made with apricots.
Oh how I love sushi!!! And the flowers! All of it!