- Aloha Nui! Maybe
some of you who have been following my Blog have noticed my absence
over the last two months? Hey, like the kid whose dog ate his
homework, I have a brilliant excuse!
- Well, maybe
not so brilliant, but it's anyway and excuse. I got sidetracked.
Seriously sidetracked. And in the process, my Lovely Bride and
I are now residing in the awesome redwood forests of Sonoma County's
Russian River, in Northern California.
- I've been blogging
about this possible move for a long time. It's a bit ironic,
after all the times we've heard the same story over and over,
We're moving back to the Mainland to be closer to our grandkids.
and the advice we were always so quick to offer, Let them
come to you!
- Years ago when
I had young kids of my own, we always made the 500 mile trip
to see our parents. They were old, and it was not
even questioned that they were not about to drive that far to
come see us. Well, things have (apparently) changed, and now
the kids call the shots.
- Which is only
fair, I guess, since our grandkids control their parents, why
not have our kids control us? It's the new way.
- Well, I've pretty
much covered all that in the two previous updates, so I'll just
stop ranting and move on.
- Except for freezing
in this cavernous house while burining over $300 a month worth
of gas to keep the house at a chilly 65 degrees (it's 45 outside),
we're confortable here. We were way more comfortable last summer
and are very much looking forward to warmer weather again. If
we're still in this house approaching next winter, we'll have
to do something about the very inefficient furnace.
- This was never
intended to be "our home," but rather a stopping off
place while we found the little cabin we really want to call
our home. This house is nearly new, all sheetrock and sterile
white paint inside, 10' ceilings that are, (I guess) supposed
to look impressive, but it's totally not "us."
- Our home will
have knotty pine walls, low ceilings, cozy-sized rooms, a big
wood-burning heat stove, and a nice view off into the forest,
or better yet, maybe across a little canyon. It will be on the
side of a hill with a south-west exposure, since sunshine is
gold here in the Redwoods in winter.
- In a previous
update, I promised I'd mention a few things we miss about Hawaii,
and even some we do not. The first list is way bigger and is
headed up by our friends; that wonderful, easy-going, kick-back
Island life style; the wooby mix of ethnicities in which we always
felt everybody is a minority; how everywhere we went we saw the
smiling faces of people we knew; and of course, that awesome-beyond-words,
warm and friendly ocean. We especially miss the beautiful little
beach parks out Four Mile way. We spent a lot of time there .
- What don't we
miss? First and foremost, I gotta say, Coqui. Having lived there
before they arrived means we knew the peaceful quiet of night.
As that started going away and we started our war-on-frogs, our
peace began to fade.
- We knew lots
of folks who claimed the frogs didn't bother them, and even some
who said they didn't even hear them. What, are you DEAF?!
- During our last
several years in Hilo, we and our neighbors, all of whom fought
the war valiantly, spent many hours and dollars every week spraying
frogs. We did manage to keep our neighborhood quiet, but at what
cost? We don't enjoy killing anything, and this was not fun.
- Now when we
talk to our East Hawaii friends on the phone in the evening,
we can always hear the chorus of frogs in the background, and
no, we do not miss them. It was a personal thing, though, as
even now, our friends there seem to be getting along with the
frogs just fine. When the little critters get into the house,
though, not so much.
- In an upcoming
update, I'll put some numbers out there to any doubters who still
feel that the cost of living in Hawaii is too high and that they
can't afford to live there. Affordable Paradise is
as valid as ever, and in my humble opinion, Hawaii is still the
best place to live! We SO envy those who have their families
there with them and don't have to deal with the ocean between
them. We even have friends in Hilo whose families are moving
over from the Mainland to be closer to them! What a concept!
- So how is this
all going to affect Affordable Paradise, future
editions, and my interest in keeping alive the concept of affordable
living in Hawaii? Hawaii will always be a part of me. I love
Hawaii. I love everything about Hawaii. I love her people, her
culture, the climate, the peace, the aloha. Were it not
for the grandkids syndrome, we'd be there forever. So my interest
in helping folks find ways to live affordably in Hawaii is as
strong as ever. And at this point, I believe that when the Fourth
Edition of Affordable Paradise is sold out, the Fifth Edition
will probably be published as an eBook only. The sales of the
print version do not justify shelling out the thousands of dollars
necessary to get another print edition going.
If you have any thoughts on this that you would like to share,
The Affordable Paradise Blog is on hold for now,
but I am always available by email.
With abundant aloha always,
Skip & Camille
- We wish
you all the best, and never forget to
Thomsen & Ohana