Mele Kalikimaka from my home to yours

December 7, 2010 § 2 Comments

It’s the time again.  I’m not sure how Christmas found us so soon this year.  But I have to say, I ‘m ready to decorate the tree, visit with family and friends, wrap presents, and bake cookies.  Somehow I fit it in amongst the usual farm and market chores – just like everyone else.  I wish I could stop the clock for a few weeks and just move slowly through the holiday preparations.  As is, I fit in festive activities between the tasks and low and behold there are decorations – cookies – and goodies under the tree each year.  I think it’s the Christmas music and eggnog that gets me through.  (Yes, I do drink eggnog each year.  It transports me back to fond childhood memories.)

I’ll be taking a bit of time off from my writing over the next few weeks.  But come the first of the year – I’ll share cheese techniques – garden tips – skin care recipes – and humorous farm stories.  Like today – only Tuesday and already one of the goats took out a piece of the plumbing under the house and 6 baby chicks are running all over my outside lanai teasing two fairly tolerant dogs on the other side of the glass.  My mother, who is visiting for the next 6 weeks gets exhausted just watching us.  She thought I should write about my trials yesterday getting Feta goat out of the garden.  I explained that without video – it was only a story peppered with fairly colorful metaphors.  Besides, how many goat stories do people want to hear?

No, I decided to share my Christmas list entitled “What to get a farmer for Christmas.” This was to help my husband, Tim, who says he never knows what to get me for Christmas.  It is set to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Imagine this is the last verse – with tune in mind – as you read:

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:  Closet doors and trim – Wood stove burning bright – Shingles on the house – Help in the garden – Goats fenced in tight – Front door swinging wide – Yummy Jamba juice – One Potting Shed . . . Folding laundry table – Trip to my favorite beach – Sofa and bookshelves – and a Chicken in a Kumquat tree!

Granted they are a bit challenging to wrap.  But I think the wood stove and sofa will be there by Christmas morning.  I’ll let you know.

Hoping your holidays are filled with goodies – good health – and blessings.

Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas,




§ 2 Responses to Mele Kalikimaka from my home to yours

  • Dennis says:

    Wow. Last working wood burning cook stove I saw was at my Mom’s parents farm before the REA power lines came through.

    This is a nice looking one:

    May you and the family have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.

    Aloha nui loa,

  • I had a most wonderful AGA cook stove in Ohio. It ran on natural gas. I had hoped to have another one here in Hawaii but the costs to run it were too high. Propane and oil were my options. Some folks are converting their AGAs to wood burners. But we have a sweet little Jotul coming our way next week. Enough room on the top to heat a large cast iron Dutch oven. Sounds like soup will be in the making. Can’t wait to have you and Sherron up to the farm for lunch.

    Aloha nui loa, Karen

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