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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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Aunty is da Winnah!

Jalna is a photo/stories blogging delight that Aunty visits daily to get a nice lift to her day.  Some days she posts pictures and recipes of tantalizing dishes that her baseball fanatic recently retired husband whips up in the kitchen.  Some days it is of adventures and treasures with her sisters at the swap meet.  Some times she shares her photo shoots for lucky friends - and she is a dang great photograp ...

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Aunty is a wannabe de-clutteree

Each time an email arrives with clutter-free info, Aunty's antennae perk up, and then wilts because most of the time it is the same tip - sort by Keep, Toss, Donate. Sounds easy and makes sense, but it is not simple enough to get Aunty moving in the neatness direction. A recent email from (good for home search/info, and has evolved into something like Better Homes and Gardens) was about the ...

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Miss Granny, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Aunty must admit to being a Korean drama almost addict and has upgraded to being a Premium member (at $5 per month).  The advantage of this is zero commercials and having access to some exclusive shows. Some movies have been really good, and not all of them are Korean.  The Chinese "Ocean Heaven" starring Jet Li was an excellent one about a father's love for his autistic son.  It can also be viewed on YouTu ...

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Review of Yakitori Glad $3.90

Good friends Sharon and Rayna told us about Yakitori Glad, located left next to Pizza Hut on Kapahulu Avenue.  EVERYTHING on the menu, including beer in small, medium, or large sizes is $3.90. Ample parking was found in the small downsloping driveway lot behind on Palani Avenue with a small sign that said parking was free for Yakitori Glad if you let them know your parking stall number. We were there early, ...

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Aunty at the auction

The Honolulu Star Advertiser has a promotion going on, so Aunty gets free Sunday and holiday newspaper home delivery.  At first, these would pile up, unread and then get tossed in the blue recycle bin, but one day, Aunty opened up the paper and saw a page in the classified section about property foreclosure auctions. One of the foreclosures in the newspaper was for a unit in the Ala Moana Hotel, so Aunty de ...

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Net metering is a mystery

This is Aunty's August electric bill - $10.42!  It is a little different from the old bills that reflected Aunty's solar panel savings ever since Hawaiian Electric people recently came to change out the old meter with a new digital panel. Every month, the bill is really small, and usually around $20. This month, it was even smaller, even though we used more electricity than we gave to Hawaiian Electric! We ...

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What a man wants

Us women all know what we want and most men are mystified about that, but do we know what men want, other than just about their testosterone? Perhaps this explains the honeymoon syndrome, when the relationship is bliss and wonderful.  Some couples are able to continue that state of bliss, while others fall off of it quite quickly.  Once off, it is hard to get back on the bliss wagon - but not impossible. He ...

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Perhaps China can make you wealthy

Recently, Aunty has been reading about the Chinese yuan (or renminbi) becoming a world reserve currency when the IMF (International Monetary Fund made up of international bankers) meets in October.   If this happens, then international trades, purchases, exchanges, etc. can be done with Chinese money.  Currently, the US dollar is the dominant trade currency, followed by Euros, English pounds, and Japanese y ...

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Near miss = lesson learned

This is not a picture to show Aunty's lack of eyelashes, sparse eyebrow hairs, wrinkles, bags under eyes, or melasma splotches on face. It is to show that little brown dot just above and the bigger dot just below Aunty's eye as a warning to all of us to be careful. Aunty wanted to cut down a piece of a laminate plank to be a barrier in the vegetable garden.  Instead of using a circular saw, Aunty used her D ...

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Lithuania and beyond – with only a backpack?

One of Aunty's favorite daughters is off to Lithuania for an entrepreneur camp (all expenses paid except for getting there).  After the 4 day camp, she plans to join groups that feed and house for labor during the day, and then backpack across Europe with a friend for a few months.  A real adventure, almost like Bilbo Baggins without dragons and dwarfs. Some tips from friends include ALWAYS saying "Bon jour ...

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