There's a lot of New Year's traditions that I'd forgotten while we were away for 35 years on the mainland.
One of them is to pay a visit to and offer flowers at the graves and niches of our departed family members and friends. This is especially important to my mother so we took her to Nuuanu Memorial Park this morning to place flowers at the grave and niche of my grandmother and father. Yesterday, we took her to the temple to place flowers and offer a prayer for her dear friend.
After a happy visit with my aunt and cousin (who live nearby) we took mom to commemorate the last day of the year at Gyotaku restaurant.
Mom and Art ordered the lunch special with sashimi (raw fish), shrimp and vegetable tempura and teriyaki chicken.
I'm not a big sashimi fan so I stuck with California rolls for my sushi, karaage (fried chicken), shrimp and veggie tempura. The dishes also came with a salad and miso soup. I have not been good with my diet this holiday season. I will have to really turn myself around next year.
Kalei was our server and she took our photo for us. The food was REALLY fantastic and we left so stuffed that we knew we'd have to take a nap this afternoon.
I was surprised to see this Believe It or Not comic strip in the Chicago Tribune at least a couple of decades ago.
It's very true. Even though I was gone from Hawaii for three decades, I still felt compelled to finish my newsletters and thank yous before the year was out. We also had to pay all our debts, organize our junque and above all CLEAN the house.
Hmmmm... what happened? Our house is not totally cleaned this time. I've been working so hard to finish the newsletters, etc. that I haven't gotten around to house cleaning. My mother has done her area, of course.
I'd better go clean the bathrooms, change the sheets, dust the floors, organize my desk, etc. Art is snoring on his recliner after that huge lunch and early morning jog. Should I wake him to clean the windows?