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Letter to Mr. President

There was a motorcade on 6th Avenue yesterday, several police cars, an ambulance, swat team and black SUVs.  Daughter #2 exclaimed, "It's Obama!!" and we waved as they passed us and we spotted President Obama in one of the SUVs as it zoomed by.  This was very exciting and the closest that Aunty has ever been to a President. Well, actually, Aunty did get to shake hands with George W. Bush in a dream at the h ...

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Ozoni recipe – first food in the New Year

Aunty does not do traditions very well, but one that is done because it is a favorite is Ozoni - soup with mizuna and mochi.  Aunty likes the simple simple kind of ozoni that her mother used to make for the family.  Other families have awesome ozoni made with fishcake, daikon, gobo, carrots, and a lot more.  For Aunty, simple is better for Aunty to remember. However, since it is made only at New Year's, 364 ...

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The best part about Christmas

When Aunty was a youngster, Christmas was magical, Santa was real, and the best part of it was opening presents on Christmas morning. Now that Aunty is an oldster, Christmas is traffic and madness, Santa looks different, and presents are opened early so they can be returned before the after Christmas rush.  Bah! Humbug! Well, actually, there are some things to look forward to besides the yule tide songs and ...

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Raise.com = Shopping nirvana

!!!!Update added at end of this article. Ever since Aunty turned 55 almost a decade ago, Tuesdays at Ross Dress for Less became her favorite shopping excursion because they gave 10% off to seniors. Pal Jim turned Aunty on to Cardpool.com and Aunty could buy Ross (and other) gift cards at 20% savings.  However, over time, Cardpool offered less and less of a discount, and recently Ross cards, if available, we ...

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Aunty’s review of Hawaii Gas

Aunty has gas, always has and probably always will.  Stove, water heater, dryer.  Since global oil prices have come down, our gas bill has dropped from $70 to $40/month.  We also have solar panels that save us big bucks on electricity every month. We could switch completely to just electricity since new appliances are now more energy efficient, but cooking with gas is quite nice, our gas dryer works on a st ...

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Aunty and the formerly Famous Amos

A fun quick post about people you meet at Costco.  Aunty took a celebrity shot with Wally Amos who used to be known as Famous Amos and then of subsequent Uncle No Name fame.  He is still Mr. Aloha - and his cookies (now called Cookie Kahuna) reflect it for they are "Baked with Aloha". Back in the 70's and 80's, Famous Amos was famous.  He came to Hawaii in 1977.  Aunty used to like the Famous Amos cookies a ...

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Whole Foods is da Bomb!

Way back when, in Kahala Mall, Star Supermarket used to be located where Whole Foods is today.  It was a good supermarket but not too busy.  So when Yen King (now dba Maple Garden with great lunch buffets) and Star Market got pushed out and Whole Foods came in, Aunty was a little huhu (mad) just because it was a change of out with the old and in with the new. However, the Whole Foods move in turned out to b ...

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Hawaiian good stuff to sign up for

An almost freebie News flash for those who like to get Hawaiian Miles:  Signing up for a new Hawaiian Miles credit card will get you 50,000 miles after you spend $1,000, but this is for a limited time.  Even my friend at Bank of Hawaii (who also issues this card) didn't know about it. An easy way to get this deal is to go to HawaiianAirlines.com or click on the Hawaiian Airlines ad to the right of this colu ...

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Night Leg Cramp Reliever

Winnah update:   Aunty has been sorting and clearing piles of papers and books, determined to tidy up.  One of the booklets that will go into the donate pile was from Bottom Line Publications in 2000 - "Retirement Secrets - What They Don't Want You To Know".   Aunty skimmed through and was under-impressed, BUT found an interesting solution to leg cramps. The source was from a former US Olympic team doc ...

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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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