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Coffee in Kauai From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power. I really do appreciate knowing there’s you to share these Kauai moments with. Grab your coffee and come back to Kauai with me. We have just finished with a two-hour hike in the beautiful canyon of Wyamaiah.

We made it back to the car, had a snack and something to drink, and went down the road to a different vantage point of the canyon. Again, Rodney a trail, but this time it was Cheryl encouraging us to hike it. “Come on; it will be fun,” to which George rolled his eyes, shook his head and said, “You guys go ahead. I’ll have lunch ready for you when you come back.”

My heart sort of sank with his blatant refusal for adventure and exercise, but I wasn’t about to try and convince him to come. I had already accepted a long time ago that he doesn’t like exercise like I do. Well, Cheryl didn’t give up as easily as I, and she convinced him that we’d only go for a little bit. Begrudgingly he followed and I tried not to get in his space, or walk too far ahead of him, either. As I walked ahead, through some switchbacks, sharp turns, steep, steep declines and inclines, all I could think of is he’s gonna be really ticked, or maybe I’ll turn around to find him not there!

We would stop every now and then, and make sure everyone was okay. Before we would set out again, Cheryl would have something encouraging to say, and ever so genuinely. I also gave my hubby some encouraging words, because I knew he was way out of his comfort zone, but there was something else, too, and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

More than an hour later, we came to a sign, and George wrapped himself around it and declared he was done! We all laughed, and as it began to rain again, we headed back up. Talk about an amazing leg workout, wow! And there were a couple of times I misjudged the distance between steps and came down harder and further than I had anticipated. I didn’t think anything of it . . .

We finally made it back to the car and headed for the nearest beach so we could stop and eat. That beach wound up being somewhat desolate, a beach with a sad story and it looked it. But that’s for a different blog, a different day.

It was while we were eating lunch that George got all of our attention when he said, “I want to tell you guys something.” His tone of voice startled me because he sounded upset. I listened, and so did they, as he explained that he didn’t mind doing the hikes; he just didn’t want to hold us up. The transparency in which he shared his genuine concern was like handing me a flashlight into his heart. He wants to learn to like exercising; he knows it’s good for him, and he even admitted that he needed to have a better attitude. Oh, be still my heart.

Ladies, if you ever think that God doesn’t hear your prayers, please, let me assure you that He does and His desire is to grant the desires of our hearts, as He changes them. I’m so very glad I didn’t get angry and show disrespect through frustration because that would have only interfered with my husband’s transparency!



P.S. I’d like to send a “Very Happy Happy Birthday” wish to my longtime friend, Karen, a fellow court reporter, and also one of my favorite people who never fails to give me a great ab workout with her uncanny one-liners that make me laugh until I hurt! I love you, Karen, aka, Nikki!

quiet time in Kauai

Coffee in Kauai-From Coffee Hour @ Chickilt Power

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Good morning!

Thanks for joining me today for a little break, away from all the demands of your life. Grab your coffee and come with me, back to Kauai.

Wow, it’s really beginning to feel like home here; I saw my first fly in our place! For those of you reading from Yucaipa, or any other fly-infested place, I know you know what I mean! 🙂

After breakfast, Cheryl and I wanted to go to the gym. I can’t believe we hadn’t been there yet. She managed to talk the guys into going, which is huge, because both of them have the same attitude about working out in the gym: NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! So we get there, and I almost broke out laughing. “Are you kidding me?” The room was probably no bigger than a 6 by 8, with three cardio machines and on the other side, a few hand-held weights and a Bow Flex machine. Cheryl and I got on the same page simultaneously; grabbed some weights and went right back outside, which Is where the guys were, standing and laughing, shaking their heads. No way were they going in, much less working out with us outside for the world at Pona Kai to see!

Down and up; down and up

Instead, Rodney began talking to the maintenance guy walking by, who turned out to be the maintenance manager, and the next time we turned around, they were going somewhere with him. But that wasn’t all they did. When we got back to the room, the guys had gone shopping in housekeeping! Yes, that’s right, in housekeeping! They had also made friends with the maids. 🙂 Apparently, they keep all the loot people leave behind: beach chairs, sand mats, ice chests, all the comforts of home that people buy and leave behind. So they let the guys borrow them.

We had a quick bite to eat and set off for another adventure. We headed back to the Kauai Grand Canyon, really called Waimea Falls, hoping the road was open, and it was! It was actually turning out to be a cloudy day, and by the time we got there, it had started and stopped raining twice.

Wiamea, AKA, Kauai’s Grand Canyon

After taking in the beauty of the canyon, Rodney disappeared again, and we waited and waited. Finally Cheryl went looking for him, and then she began to call us into the forest he had disappeared into. Before we knew it, we were on another adventure, Rodney style, hiking deep into the canyon.

I was drinking in the smells and sounds, absolutely enjoying being in nature when we heard a sound we weren’t sure of. It sounded like an animal of some sort. We stopped and it stopped. The wind rustled through the trees, whispering their music all around us, and birds chirped back and forth to one another. Oh, I would love to know what they were saying but that other noise was gone into the figments of our imaginations.

We kept going, and then we heard it again. This time Rodney held us back and went ahead with a big stick. Cheryl was fairly close behind him, her eyes as wide as saucers. Then Rodney motioned for us to come, holding his finger to his mouth so we would come quietly, one at a time. He pointed in a direction and as I came closer, I could see it: Two huge goats, one baby and one mama, or does a female have horns? I mean a female goat? We all know some of us females, at times have horns! 🙂

Anyway, the big one was highly annoyed that we had interrupted their feeding time and glared at us for seconds before prancing back down the hill. As he or she went, we noticed that his or her back legs were hurt but the goat still moved pretty fast.

We probably went a couple of miles into the canyon when we decided we had better turn back, especially since we hadn’t really prepared for a hike and had no water. The hike back was peaceful, a little tougher than coming down, but it didn’t bother me, at least not right then.

I’d better let you go for now, but please come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our Wednesday adventures in Kauai. Oh, that’s right; I had one other thing I wanted to share with you: A sweet sister had posted a comment on Facebook about how it must be easy to find HIM here, and as I think about being here in Kauai, I have to say, yes, it’s easier to recognize the beauty of His creation somewhere other than home, and tune out distractions, and yet, HE lives within us and is everywhere we go! Take Him with you today.