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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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Summer sun great for laundry tip

Since it has been so terribly hot and sunny recently, Aunty has been laying out linens, hankies, furoshikis (squares that are used to tie up parcels and gifts), unlined tote bags, and whatever other natural fiber item that are stained or discolored on the front lawn and having the intense sun bleach the stains away. It works like magic. Mrs. Orpha Herrick was a favorite college professor. Not only did she t ...

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Aunty was on TV!

It was a really good show at the Hawaii All-Collectors Show this Sunday.  Collectors are really special and nice people and it is so fun to walk around, talk story, and see people so happy to find their own special treasures and deals.  One customer said it was like Christmas for him! KITV 4 was walking around, and interviewed Aunty - how cool was that! Here's the link, Aunty is so thrilled!   ...

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Old lady bike

Aunty is no longer young. But she can still ride a bike. And now, beginning her golden years, she wanted to have a good bike with all the bells, whistles and specs that fit her short, flat butted senior body.  A folding bike seemed like a very usable and adaptable choice, and so, the search was on. First potential Initial stop was the old standard - McCully Bike on King Street. It was overwhelming to see ro ...

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Easy way to stick pictures on your walls

Aunty was decluttering and just had to rip out this page from the June issue of Martha Stewart Living.  SUCH a nifty idea for hanging temporary art on the wall, with painter's tape! Easy on, easy off, comes in all kinds of colors.  Mahalo, Martha! ...

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Get your cheap money while you can!

One of Aunty's favorite quotes is:  Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.  (Soren Kierkegaard) To wit, there are moments in history that come upon us as surprises, but after they occur, we get a different perspective looking back and thus realize that the outcomes were predictable because of what happened prior to. The crash of 2008 A good example of this was what led to the hou ...

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Graduation party favors

Aunty was stuck while cleaning up.  Some things were hard to throw out or give away. One of these things was this cute party favor from a graduation party that we went to a few years ago.  It was such a good idea, very simple, very graduation-y, and so it was kept in order to share the idea with some mother putting on a party for her child's graduation one of these days. It is made with disposable plastic d ...

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Real Estate Lesson from Uncle the Fisherman

Recently, the house next door to us was for sale.  Aunty wanted it.  Wanted it bad.  We put in an offer that was higher than asking price with generous concessions and a very big mortgage.  With some rehabbing and modifications, this house could be rented out with a little bit of a positive income. The owners decided to go with another offer and sent us a counteroffer which they would use as backup.  Aunty ...

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How did Princess Pupule pick plenty papayas?

Fellow blogger Kay posts on an almost daily basis about her life, travels, trials and tribulations.  One of Kay's recent posts was about her husband's $20 fruit picker.  Aunty commented on it and wanted to share pictures of the one she bought from Koolau Farmers.  It was pricey - at $33.  However, after trying the standard fruit pickers and bruising adjacent-to-the-ripe papayas, Aunty caved in and got the K ...

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Super quick and easy hair coloring trick

Aunty met Pam Chambers at a Patsy Mink Center for Business and Leadership event, the first of 4 Personal Pathways at the Richards Street YWCA.   Pam's subject was about business etiquette.  It was terrific!  Aunty plans to sign up for at least 2 more in the series, the next one will teach Aunty how to be intriguing.... (auwe, Aunty can't go - too busy putting in a kitchen.  Maybe Aunty will wear sunglasses ...

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