Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou

I kinda don’t know where to start.  It’s been a bittersweet past six weeks.  I love that word “bittersweet”; it’s that kind of word that says it all. Good stuff, not so good stuff, bad stuff.  All wrapped up in eleven letters.

Bittersweet. Everything all mixed up together, uneven, not linear.  Good and bad, fun and not fun, all in the same day, or the same week, or the same month.

So while I’m listening to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, the Mākaha Sons, Keola Beamer, Led Kaʻapana, and all my favorite local kine artists, Iʻll highlight some of whatʻs been going on during this past month.

Fun kine tingie: I got a whole bunch of teal put into my hair.

21 October2a

Sad kine thing.  My friend who has ovarian cancer was not doing well at all.  She is a fighter, but it didn’t appear as though this was a battle she was going to win. She is an amazing quilter, and brought this lovely snowflake quilt to The Gathering so that we could see it.

MEquilt

Happy kine tingie: Pumpkins at Boring Bark.

24 October1

Bittersweet kine thing: My friend brought another quilt to The Gathering. This is the quilt she made for her sister…and the last project like this she would ever make.

Maryellen1a

Horsie/pumpkin kine tingie: Olson Farm’s pumpkin patch just before Halloween.

31 October

Nani kine tingie:  Fog over the valley.

10 November

Fun kine tingie: Headed over to the beach with my Gathering friends for a retreat.

1 December

It was cold at the beach.  In the shadow, there was frost on the sand.

2 December

Fascinating kine tingie: I did some genealogy research for a friend of mine.

Pat's Great Grandfather Tip Smith with Calvin and Margret Smith

Creative kine tingie: I finished a pretty complicated hat.

22 November

Complete with snow kine charms.

Juniper14b

Whew! kine tingie: We were finally able to get the sheep sheared.

3 November4

Scary kine tingie: We had a High Wind Warning.  And ho da windy!

Not our tree; it got hit hard. Just up the road from us.

12 December5a

Oops! kine tingie: A driver hit the gas instead of the brake next to my dentist’s office.  Good thing the wahine in that office wasn’t there.

8 December1

Bittersweet kine tingie: My friend’s cross-stitched mousie and box to sit on.  She kept doing creative things even as got thinner and thinner.

17 December2 (2)

Decadence kine tingie: I made homemade marshmallows.

18 December1

Kokua kine tingie: Gathering friends helped our friend’s mom decorate her tree.  She just didn’t have the energy to do it in the light of her daughter’s struggles.

10 December2a

Different kind of Christmas kine tingie: Leilani and Dick were really sick so we postponed our Kalikimaka celebration.  Nolemana and I drove up to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge after having breakfast with Anela.

25 December

Frustrating kine tingie. Our heat pump quit working. Matt is working on it under the stairs.

23 December3a

Cold kine tingie: We are trying to stay warm using our old wood stove, space heaters, and emergency heat ($$$).

31 December1a

Very sad kine tingie: My friend is now on hospice and not expected to live too much longer.  My heart is aching.

Maryellen2ab

Hūhū kine tingie: Our 3-year heat pump needs a new compressor. And a new reverse valve. Gonna cost about $1500 to fix it.  Richard had to work on everything when it was ‘way below freezing outside.

31 December2

Really major hūhū kine tingie: The new compressor is junk! It seized up right away.  Not our service company’s fault; they’re awesome.  Practically new our heat pump, and even the new compressor won’t work. Matt has ordered a second new one.  This morning our house was 56° when I got up.  The manufacturer will be hearing from this tita!

Thoughtful kine tingie: We do have heat. And electricity. We are alive.  I fix meals for my friend’s mom and dad and will run errands for them if they need me to.  The sun is shining. Eventually our heat pump will get fixed.  Leilani and Dick are feeling better.  There are dozens of birds at my bird feeders.  We are not starving.  I have friends around the world whom I’ve met through this bloggie, Ravelry, and Facebook.  I am sad, yet grateful.

Bittersweet. That says it all.

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12 Responses to Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou

  1. Kim says:

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to you, Mokihana. I’m sorry about your friend, and the cold in your house right now. Welcome 2015, and I hope it brings you more sweet, and less bittersweet, as it progresses.

  2. Debra says:

    Oh my, I’m all teary-eyed from this post. I don’t know what else to say. I love you.

  3. jalna says:

    I love this update post, though I did get teary like Debra. Happy New Year to you and your family, Moki!

  4. Michelle says:

    Our heat pump died, too! Ours was 12 years old, though. Still, a $2600 piece of equipment should have a longer lifespan! (We were told they have a 10 to 15-year lifespan. )-: ) We are heating solely with wood; electric auxiliary heat too expensive. So sorry about your friend. One of mine was just diagnosed with breast cancer….

  5. Mokihana says:

    Oh no!! You share my feelings exactly. Electric auxiliary heat is really expensive, which is why we’re only using it extremely sparingly right now. Thank goodness for the woodstove. I am so sorry about your friend…I have another friend who just passed her 10-year cancer-free mark…I pray the same for your friend.

  6. Dd says:

    ;-{ I have 2 very close friends going thru cancer treatments currently. Bittersweet indeed, tho, every single day I am so very grateful and thankful … aloha pumehana ….

    • Mokihana says:

      Mahalo nui, Dd. I am so sorry about your friends; and yes, gratitude for every single day. I have two friends who are survivors, and I pray the same for your friends.

  7. AFK says:

    Oh Moki-chan, I’m sorry for your friend. It sounds like she is a generous and caring person – so sad to lose someone like that. I don’t know if it’s because cancer is more prevalent or because I’m just getting to that age when my friends are in the demographic, but more and more in our circle are being diagnosed with it. The day after I learned a friend and co-worker was in remission, we found out another friend in England has it.

    Hoping your 2015 gets better.

    • Mokihana says:

      Oh, AFK… I am so sorry that your friends are dealing with this too. Cancer is such a scary diagnosis, and I hope that your friends will all be doing well.

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