Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

One Month Later…

What does a month in Maui look like? All of these pictures are from today, exactly one month since we landed here.

We wake up to greet the morning sky brightening off our lanai (porch).

Jeremy waters the sunflowers he planted less than three weeks ago.

Stepping into our slippers (Croc sandals) we head out for groceries and the beach.

Wait a minute! We forgot Jeremy's AAA Hawaii card, just in case!

Hop into our car, turn on the stereo for some reggae, and off we go!

We get to Mana Foods as they open. For $83 dollars we have all the organic, locally grown veggies and eggs we need for over a week. Our grassfed, organic beef will be purchased from a local guy tomorrow. Veggies in picture: 4 red leaf lettuces, 3 savoy cabbages, 3 broccoli, 2 cucumbers, 10 sweet Maui onions, 6 sweet potatoes, 1 jicama, 8 kolrabi, 1 bunch of rainbow kale, ginger, and 1 leek.

We tried a new beach this morning, Baldwin Park Beach just outside of Paia. It is only 20 minutes from home and was a great place for swimming.

I had to be a little careful at the beach as the sunburn at the top is from two days ago. Luckily my Mexican heritage has already turned my burn to tan!

After a short swim we headed home to some tasty fruit. Each day we take a small walk and pick fruit from the organic trees on the property where we live. Clockwise from top: 1 Papaya, 2 Limes, 2 Jamacian Passionfruit (lilikoi), 1 other type Lilikoi, 2 Guavas, and in center 1 Mango. Bananas, Oranges, and Avacados are also here but they are between ripe batches.

Time for a nap! Our bed is made of several blankets for padding, another for the pillow plus a coat, and a few to keep warm with while sleeping. It's basically the same type of makeshift bed we had used the last 10 years of tent life, but a bit nicer with a flat floor and fewer bugs. At some point we hope to have an organic bed, but for now it's not affordable.

After my brief nap, I had a bit more energy and made dinner for us. Paleo meatloaf with assorted veggies. Tasty!! For some strange reason I often day dreamed of meatloaf the last few years, though I had never made it in my life and ate it rarely as a kid. This was a fine way to end my adventures today with one last new experience in the kitchen.

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7 responses

  1. Snez

    Hey Lisa πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the small details of your life in Maui. Love it πŸ™‚

    It seems that life it definitely much easier and happier for you in Maui.

    Maui must be starting to feel like a real home now I bet πŸ™‚

    Those Crocs at the door are very cute- I love my comfy Crocs, I even wear them in winter with 2 pairs of socks. But of course you need never worry about this as long as you are on Hawaii. πŸ™‚

    The Sunflowers sure have grown fast, it must be such a different experience with growing plants in a colder climate. Love all the colourful organic vegies, and what a blessing it must be to be able to pick such a wide variety of fruit in your back yard. Lovely! πŸ™‚

    happy hugs πŸ™‚

    July 15, 2011 at 2:25 am

  2. Wonderful to see these photos! I feel I can share this wonderful adventure with you. Hawaii does have such wonderful fresh vegetables and fruit.

    Sometime, if it’s not personal ,you must share how you made this dream come true financially and got into a place that was chemically free enough for you to live in it comfortably. I remember you saying you had a chance to live with others on a five acre plot. Are the others living there part of a land sharing arrangement?

    However it worked , it’s a dream come true! You two are getting out and doing fun things for the first time in years!

    July 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

  3. Love the photos of your new life, Lisa, (especially the sandals outside the door & the food photos).

    It’s amazing how much a photo conveys.

    The fruit look interesting too – I love mangoes. Avocadoes are really cheap here in Melbourne at the moment, but sounds like you & Jeremy will have to wait a while for some.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:53 am

  4. Awesome! Thank you for the comments Snez, Pris, and Vicki. πŸ™‚ Sorry to take so long replying, it has been a busy few days. I love garage sales here on the island. Most of the time everything is ok enough for us to go looking around for bits of treasure. We found a great table this weekend – $5 and smells like it was stored in a dry, outdoor location! It is in really great shape too. πŸ™‚

    It feels like a new life here, reborn and beginning to live again, but knowing a lot of good life lessons so we don’t make the same mistakes. Almost like time traveling, but I’ve found myself in an older body. lol

    Big hugs to all three of you wonderful women! Lisa πŸ™‚

    July 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

  5. Lisa, how did this move bring your health back to you? How do you understand that happening? It’s great!

    July 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

  6. The main thing was getting out of the moldy, dank woods we were living in. Not having to stress about the outside problems – wind knocking a branch onto our tent or us while outside, critters getting into the tent or garbage, early morning someone walking into camp who we don’t know (has happened at least twice), always being cold, and the HUGE energy output to do anything at all.

    That accounted for the 10% health gain when we stepped off the plane, plus the air pollution is much less here. It also hugely helps that it’s common practice to keep your house windows open more, in our area there isn’t any fireplaces going, and the water is relatively clean with shower and sink filters.

    Then there is the food – if you focus on local, organic produce and meats it is all much fresher and full of life. There is a great difference in quality/variety between what we were able to purchase in Washington verses here.

    Can’t forget swimming in the ocean. We both feel sluggish if swimming is skipped two days in a row. My muscles are sensitive to my magnesium and potassium levels, I start feeling them tighten if we go two or more days without being in the water too. That is the most quantifiable proof I have of absorbing nutrients from the water through my skin. From some research I’ve done, the simple action of waves pushing against me is enough to help lymph move and improve detox, but swimming would make that work even better.

    And with the swimming, increased energy to be up and doing stuff, comes some sped up weight loss and muscle gain. I can feel myself getting stronger and it helps with endurance. More sunlight for Vitamin D too.

    I hope this solves the mystery! πŸ™‚

    July 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  7. I’m sooooo glad that all of that worked in your favor. What a wonderful change in your life.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

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