Looking out across Hilo Bay to where land meets sea meets sky…
Liliuokalani Gardens is a jewel among the many gorgeous parks in Hilo, and one of the most peaceful places in town.
Dad finally found an affordable motorized juicer for sugar cane!
Here you can see him feeding the cleaned stalk of cane into the top of the juicer. The fresh juice pours out the faucet on the left, and the squeezed-dry stalk feeds out on the right. After each use, Dad takes it apart for cleaning and air-drying, and puts to together again before the next time.
Fresh cane juice is now a staple of our diet, especially since Dad is now getting about twice as much juice per stalk as before. I’ve taken to brewing a strong black tea and mixing it half and half with cane juice after it cools to make an all-natural, non-processed, healthy, filling, very effective energy drink on the days I work. It has become essential in order to get through those last few hours before lunch or closing, especially on those ten-hour days.
Dad has also started offering to press cane for other people, at five dollars a gallon, on Wednesdays and Sunday (which are the days he’s pressing anyway for a local restaurant’s standing order). And he’s been referring people to a local guy with over 20 acres of non-sprayed sugar cane, which he’s selling for one dollar a stalk. It could turn into quite a nice little side business for both of them!
I bought the headband with the black fake rose already attached. I took it off, created the feather piece using feathers from one of the roosters we’d slaughtered, and re-attached everything in a slightly improved position. It was actually pretty simple and didn’t take too long, but it looks fantastic and absolutely perfect for my 1920’s flapper outfit!
Dad recently bought some handy wire shelves to use around the house and porch. Mum decided to put one of them in place of the two TV tables that had been housing the CD case, and whose ledge I’ve been using for some of my stuff. This meant I would get a whole shelf to myself, that one of the TV tables could be re-purposed for the printer/scanner (getting it off of Mum’s desk, though the CD case was then moved on to the desk), and that there was now shelf space for some of the pantry overflow.
Living in a small space that was supposed to be temporary with three adults means some tricky and careful planning with how to use each inch of room, but we’re slowly making some improvements…