Outdoor Squirrel Feeding Platform

i love seeing the squirrels looking so happy as they visit their platform

One of the items on my 2018 Projects list was to build a platform outside one of the dining room windows so the squirrels and birds would have a nice place to eat and so the cats could watch from inside. I actually built and installed the platform back in March but haven’t posted about it until now, which gave me time to take lots of action shots 🙂

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Big Island, Hawaii 2018 – Part 4

a gold dust day gecko eating guava jelly in kona on the big island, hawaii

I love seeing the Gold Dust Day Geckos on the Big Island.  They’re everywhere!  But they’re very hard to find on Maui and Oahu, and nearly impossible on Kauai.  According to sciencing.com, “In 1974, a student at the University of Hawaii released eight gold dust day geckos, a native of Madagascar, into the Upper Mano Valley [of the Big Island].”

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Big Island, Hawaii 2018 – Part 3

me getting a tetanus shot on the big island hawaii

Originally this post was named “The Worst Day in Hawaii!” to go with my “The Best Day in Hawaii!” post.  However, in the weeks since we left, Kauai and Oahu have been hit with record flooding and devastating mudslides, and the Big Island has endured earthquakes and CRAZY volcanic eruptions! So many people have been displaced with no homes to go back to 🙁  So in retrospect, our day really wasn’t all that bad.

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Big Island, Hawaii 2018 – Part 2

lava bubbling over the crater at kīlauea, big island hawaii

After a week of trials and tribulations, we finally had an absolutely wonderful day on the Big Island!  Thanks 100% to KapohoKine Adventures 🙂  One of the things on our must do list was see lava.  And since we couldn’t see it by boat and couldn’t hike to it, that meant driving back to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 

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Basement Flooding – Part 6

the pile of basement stuff i put in the driveway after the flood

So we had 2 power outages last week.  And it totally never occurred to me that our sump pumps wouldn’t work… until my mom mentioned it.  That was a total DUH moment for me!  In the 6 years I’ve lived here we’ve never had a power outage lasting longer than an hour or 2.  And never during a record-breaking storm surge.

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