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


Wow, I have been wanting to post here for weeks, but never find the time and energy at the same moment while also remembering.

Life is moving along much faster than either Jeremy or I are used to. Due to a few MCS related problems both at home (neighbor) and simply learning about which places are too toxic for us, we have been having less energy and more brain fog. It is at times frustrating, but overall we are doing better than we have for years and that is something we always try to remember.

Given time we’ll no doubt be doing better again. Mainly need our neighbor to stop his toxic repair project so the air becomes cleaner for us again at home. We have spoken with him and it’s mostly finished, though he’s currently waiting on a part from the mainland before he is completely done.

Our big news – we now own snorkel gear! We have been snorkeling three times in the last week and would happily have done more if the snorkel conditions cooperated. I suspect the snorkeling is also partly the cause for our fatigue. It is easy to lose track of time while exploring the reefs and shoreline looking for treasure to bring home. So far we have found a few fishing weights and some nice shells.

Our first trip out we saw two sea turtles. One was HUGE, though we only caught glimpses of it before it swam off. The second was a much smaller turtle, likely a fairly young one still as it was no more than a quarter the size of the adult. We swam along behind him as he surfaced several times for air and had a bite to eat from the coral reefs.

We also had an adventure to the westside of Maui (we live on the eastside). This tiny bit of beach is a great place to find sea glass. I think we came home with a couple pounds of glass, much of which is jewelry quality. Now we just need to turn it into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings!

Aloha until the next adventure!

6 responses

  1. Snez

    Lisa, it is always good to hear what you are up to. πŸ™‚

    I especially love your nature inspired stories, it must have been awesome to get up close and personal with those sea turtles. πŸ™‚

    Hopefully the neighbour will finish up soon so that you don’t have to have your bodies burdened with extra toxic stuff.


    August 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    • Snez! πŸ™‚ The turtles were AMAZING!! We even named our car Honu – the Hawaiian name for the green sea turtles. πŸ™‚

      I’m feeling a lot better today. Actually got a lot of house cleaning done! Hopefully this is a good sign of recovery from the MCS stuff.

      Hugs too! πŸ˜€

      August 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

  2. Sheri

    I have to ask are one of you always looking over you for sharks approaching while snorkeling there off the beaches of Maui?
    When I was there on Maui … a lady snorkeling was bitten by a shark .

    I love snorkeling and I wondered how you feel about the shark situation..
    I know all the stories that sharks do not usually bother people but
    up the east coast this year many have been attacked by sharks
    and also in the Gulf of Mexico area around Alabama and Florida
    in the last 5 years..
    I think myself that since fishermen do not fish the shoreline with in the last decade or more
    that the sharks come in to wading areas now for the small and larger fish to eat
    and then bite people..

    August 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

    • Hi Sheri! πŸ™‚

      I get a little jumpy in the water when its cloudy and the ocean is murky. I hear locals talk about sharks like they were nothing but big fish… I’m far from that feeling myself.

      Before we went snorkeling on our own for the first time, I researched shark safety tips and feel more prepared. Such as not going in right around high tide or when it’s raining much.

      Mostly I just have faith that I wasn’t brought to Maui to be bit by a shark! And I try to remember that after living so long with cougars and bears in the neighborhood, sharks are just the water version.

      Course, that doesn’t stop me from getting out of the water when we see something odd! πŸ™‚


      August 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  3. Somehow I thought your move to Maui involved moving into a community of like-minded folk on that five acres of land. Don’t know where I got that idea so it’s too bad your neighbor has that project going. Glad it’s almost over.

    Pace yourself with the snorkeling. It’s so beautiful there it’s hard to do that, I know.


    August 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    • Hi Pris! πŸ™‚

      I like the sound of an community like that! Haiku is a pretty clean community compared to your average U.S. residential area. There is a lot less pest control or herbicide usage around here. But then as we are finding, there is plenty of toxic stuff too.

      We had thought about moving to a different apartment, or better still a stand alone cottage, but after being indoors for a couple months (2 months today!!) we are realizing that this sort of stuff happens everywhere. Being on a few acres does offer a good buffer compared to most housing on the island, your standard neighbor on three sides within 20 feet of your house on a block crammed just as full.

      As we drive through those neighborhoods this last week, I find myself thinking how lucky we are to only have one nearby neighbor doing MCS bad things instead of many. Helps put our last 10 days of feeling lower health into a better perspective. πŸ™‚

      I’d jump at the chance for a fully eco-friendly community though. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs! And thanks for the pacing reminder, it is indeed hard to remember at times when I’m having such a blast living life again. πŸ˜€

      August 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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