It’s Not Pumpkin Time Yet

I understand that we like to rush everything these days. We are on the go constantly and social media has us updated on the newest things in a second, but does that mean we have to rush everything?

If you have been with me this past year on the Squiggle Line Cafe, you know I like everything to have its place at the right time. I like to savor the moments in my life and fully appreciate them. And at the top of the list for me is the seasons. Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall…they are all wonderful and should be lived to the fullest. I don’t think they should be rushed through just to get to the next one. What’s the fun in that?

I know might sister right now is thinking that I don’t even have seasonal weather in Hawaii, so what does it matter to me. It matters even more to me here. I might not be able to go see the fall leaves or the first snow flurry or the first buds of spring, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the changing of the seasons. I have my rituals in place to celebrate each season.

We are in the last days of summer. Labor Day is on Monday, the weather hasn’t even begun to change that much, so I have to ask the question…why am I seeing Pumpkin Spice everywhere already? It’s too early.

O.k., I admit it. I am jonesing for a pumpkin spice latte. Why wouldn’t I be? They are delicious and I drink them almost daily in the Fall. But it is not Fall yet. Technically, Fall does not begin until September 22 this year. I understand most people can’t wait that long, I get it, but can we at least hold out until Tuesday? I used to wait until October 1st. to have my first sip of the pumpkin, but I have moved that up to the first day of fall.

And another question, why does everything have to come in pumpkin spice flavor now? I understand scented candles and I can maybe get behind body wash and lotions, but the things I see now are crazy. Here is a list of some items available: various cereals, M&Ms, Oreos and wait for it…SPAM…yup, you heard me correctly. Most of the country hates Spam, Hawaii loves it, but it is not manufactured here, so you can’t blame that one on us, LOL.

Look, I know what’s going to happen when I hit Walmart this week. I will see all the fall things. I understand marketing, really, I do. Halloween candy will be in all the isles next to the discounted school supplies. What I don’t understand is when I start to see Christmas decorations next to the Halloween candy and I hear “Jingle Bells” over the stores radio system before I have even had my first pumpkin spice latte of the year…but that is a rant for another day.

***Question for the comments…When to do start with the fall food and drinks? Do you like to rush the seasons? If you like pumpkin spice lattes, when do you buy your first one of the season?

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Life Coaching…What is it?

I have always been good at giving people advice. I don’t know why, but people always ask for my opinion on different aspects of their lives, and I have always been able to guide them in the right direction. Or at the very least, given them things to think about to help them in their quest towards finding the right path.

For years I always said I would make a good Life Coach and I kept telling people I would love to do that. Everyone said I would be great at it, but I didn’t know where to begin. Until the pandemic hit. Some things are Divine Appointments, right?

I was home doing nothing, like most people were in the spring of 2020 and scrolling through Facebook when I saw an ad. It was for a Master Life Coach certification and the company was offering 90% off as a “pandemic special”. I thought “that’s cool” and kept on scrolling. Then, I saw it every day, multiple times a day, and finally I decided to look at it. For $49 it was a course for 4 different types of certifications and that made a Master Certification. Hmmm…intriguing…I read on.

After going on the website, I found the company to be legit and decided to sign up. I mean for 49 bucks; can you really go wrong? I loved it! It was a go at your own pace course, so I sat in front of the computer for hours a day soaking up the information I would need to help people. I got through the course, received my certification and then, in true Tracie fashion, did nothing. (Life Coach heal thyself.)

What is a Life Coach? A Life Coach will help you figure out how to reach your goals. A lot of people have a hard time figuring out exactly what they would like to do in life both personally and professionally and a Life Coach can help them figure that out and give them strategies to get there. It is NOT therapy, that is something totally different.

If you have been with me for a while, you know I have a problem with follow through. I go round and round between 4-5 different career choices and never follow through on any of them. That is because I am what they call multi-passionate. I want to do it all, but then end up doing nothing. A lot of people fall into this category. Some people can do all 5 things and be great at them. I cannot. I need to choose.

And so, I have decided to choose Life Coaching and Writing. I am good up to two, after that nothing gets done to completion. I have chosen a name for my company and made an email address for it. I am stoked because I always like to help people and can now do it on a larger scale. I had a meeting last year with a friend of mine who does this for a living on a large scale and asked for her advice. She told me I would be really good at it and gave me some tips to get there. Why didn’t I do it then? Because I was scared.

I have never run a business before and that was/is the holdup. I didn’t want the running of the business to be wrong. The helping people part I can do, that has never been the issue. I was listening to a podcast the other day by a big-time network marketer, and she said to just go do it, even if it’s messy. You learn by doing. It’s not going to be perfect at first, but it will get better the more you do it. I am taking her advice, thanks Jessie Lee. I am still nervous about doing it wrong, but I’ve been wrong before and I will be again…it’s all good.

***Question for the comments…Have you ever not done something out of fear of failure? When you look back on it now can you see how it could work, even if you did it messy? Does that make you want to try it again?

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Thrifting? Yay or Nay?

Are you a thrift store junkie? Do you roam the aisles looking for that gem that no one else saw? Today is National Secondhand Clothes Day, so I pose the question to you…do you thrift?

I love thrift stores and secondhand clothes shops. You never know what you are going to find. It’s almost like being in a bookstore to me, I can spend hours looking at all the things. I hit every area, from clothes to books to housewares. I don’t like a lot of kitsch in my home, but if I find the perfect thing for me, I will buy it.

Secondhand stores appeal to me as a writer. I get a glimpse into people’s lives by what they have bought and discarded. I don’t know the actual person who got rid of a certain item, but my head fills up with stories about why they bought an item to begin with and then why they got rid of it. (I live in the land of make believe, Mr. Rogers would be proud, lol)

When I enter a thrift store, I make a beeline to the handbag section. I am convinced that one of these days I will find, in the midst of all the junk, a designer bag that is worth a lot of money. I am not a label watcher by nature, but if a Chanel or a Prada ended up in the mix of things in the store, I am buying it. I have a knockoff black backpack with a Prada label on it that I bought at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet that I love and still carry, but I would be extremely happy to discover the real thing on a thrifting outing.

I have a friend that goes secondhand shopping on a weekly basis and posts his finds on Facebook. He is really into aloha shirts, albums…well, just about anything that catches his eye. He makes a day of it and has found some really cool things. I will have to go with him one of these days.

When I first moved to Hawaii, I was walking around exploring my neighborhood and came across Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts. It is a well-known store that I had read about in a guidebook before I moved here. I walked in and was in heaven. 1000’s of Aloha shirts plus a lot of Hawaiian memorabilia. In the back of the store, in a basket on the floor, I saw an almost brand-new Roxy backpack. It was black and the pattern on the front was perfect. I picked it up for $20. I used that thing for years. It finally faded to a greyish color and started to fall apart. I was sad to see it go.

I will always go rooting through bins and shelves whenever a thrift store comes into view. It is the thrill of the hunt that I enjoy, the finding is just the cherry on top. I might have to change my plans today and go check out a store today to celebrate the holiday.

***Question for the comments…Do you like thrift stores and secondhand stores? If you do, what is the best thing you have bought from one? If you don’t, tell me why.

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Watched Anything Good Lately?

Do you find yourself streaming the same movies and television shows you have seen a million times? I am not talking about occasionally coming across an oldie but a goodie that you decide you have to watch because you haven’t seen it forever. I am talking about going through all your streaming services looking for your favorites and just watching them.

I do this all the time. I will rewatch shows over and over again and movies…forget about it, I can’t tell you how many times I have watched “You Got Mail” and “Goodfellas” plus a thousand more. I enjoy them every time I watch them, but I started to think I needed to find something new, at least new to me.

I was on the phone with my sister yesterday, I know…big shocker there, LOL, and I was scrolling through Peacock looking in the all-movie section. There was, of course, a bunch of titles that I had no interest in whatsoever, but I came across four movies that piqued my interest and I saved them to My Stuff so I wouldn’t forget about them.

I sat down and watched one of them after our daily phone call. It was called “The Public” written by, directed by and starring Emilio Estevez. Before I even read the blurb about it, I knew I wanted to watch it, because Emilio has always been a favorite ever since I watched “The Outsiders” in 1983. It also starred Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin, so win, win and win.

I loved this movie. It is about a group of homeless who stage a peaceful protest at the Cincinnati Public Library during a brutal cold front. All the homeless shelters are full, and the library is where they spend their days, so it is the perfect choice. They tell the supervisor who they are friendly with (Emilio) they are staying and what happens after that is touching and funny. This was a perfect movie. It made me laugh, it made me think and it changed my way of thinking about the homeless. I would recommend watching it.

Next on the list to watch is “California Typewriter”. It is a documentary about celebrities who still use typewriters as a muse and about one of the last remaining typewriter repair shops in America. I love the clickety clack sound of the typewriter, but I have never been good at using one, I think I got a C in that class in high school. There are interviews with Sam Shepard and Tom Hanks. I am thinking about watching it today. You know me, I like things that are a little out of the norm and I think this might be a perfect choice.

So, let me ask you, have you seen any good movies lately? They don’t have to be brand new, just new to you. There are millions of things available to watch all over the place these days and I have decided to keep trying to find new things to view. That does not mean that I still won’t sit down and watch a favorite from time to time. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is currently streaming and of course I will watch it, but I would like to see and learn new things too. In the immortal words of Jeff Spicoli, “Learning about Cuba and having some food.” Translation for me? Watching new to me movies and eating some popcorn.

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Last Days of Summer

It is two weeks until Labor Day and that means we are in the last days of summer. Did you have a great summer? What did you do? Tell me about one fun thing you did over the summer months. This is the time to start winding down and getting ready for fall and back to school.

When we were growing up this was the time to slowly start going to bed earlier, so we would be back on track when it was time for school to start. It was when we would be looking over our clothes and backpacks to see what we needed new for the year. My mom would start going over the school supply list and getting everything we needed.

When we were in Catholic School it meant a trip to the uniform store to make sure I had enough jumpers, peter pan collared shirts and sweaters. I was so happy the year I was finally old enough to switch from a jumper to a skirt…although, I did look pretty cute in a jumper, lol. And of course, the year couldn’t start until I got my new saddle shoes.

In High School I went to a private Lutheran School, so no uniforms, but we did have a dress code. That meant multiple trips to the mall to find just the right outfits so I would fit in, but still have my own style. This was the 80’s and I had to make sure I had just enough neon and rubber bracelets on to feel like me, but not too much that I got called into the office for dress code violations. Although that did happen on a weekly basis because I never wore a belt, and my shirt was always untucked. I am a rebel, lol.

But these last two weeks we always tried to fit so much summer fun in, enough to hold us over till the next year. I always tried to get my mom to let me get daily ice cream treats from the ice cream truck. It wasn’t daily, but she did let me have more than she usually did. We spent more time outside with friends and tried to squeeze everything we could out of it. It was no longer come home when the streetlights come on, our parents called us home to try to get us to bed earlier.

I wanted more grilled foods eaten outside on the backyard picnic table. I wanted to make sure I had my fill of tomato sandwiches on white bread with mayo before the good tomatoes were all gone for the summer. One last watermelon slice, one last scoop of potato salad, one last ear of corn on the cobb.

I am a girl that lives for the seasons. Every season has its own timing and traditions to go with it and I like to experience them all. Certain things are meant for certain times, and I will not rush them. To me, each season should be embraced fully. It reminds me of the line from “Dead Poets Society” when they read from Henry David Thoreau, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” I want to enjoy all the things each season is known for, and I don’t want to miss out on anything.

I have had a great summer. We have had some good food, hung out with our friends and I felt perfectly content. But that doesn’t mean I am done with summer. With two weeks left to go, I plan on hitting the beach again, having more shave ice and sitting under the stars laughing with my friends and listening to music. And because I am an adult, I don’t have to listen for my parents calling me home…I can stay up as late as I want to and not miss a thing.

***Question for the comments…What is your favorite part of summer? Tell me one thing you did this summer that you loved.

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A Trip Around Da Island

Yesterday was statehood day here in Hawaii. It celebrates the day Hawaii became the 50th state in the union. Since Neil and James were off of work for the holiday, we grabbed our friend Alissa and took off around the island for the day. How do you celebrate a random holiday?

The day started off with James and Alissa picking us up and then it was off to breakfast for some much-needed coffee. There is a great place down the street from our condo named Anna Millers. This place has been around since 1973 and when you walk in you are entering a time warp. The girls’ uniforms remind you of the swiss miss girl, but their food is incredible. After filling up on blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs (my breakfast), we set off down the road.

We drove and listened to the radio and talked story. We stopped and took pictures (see the selfie above…I am the cheesy one in the middle, front and center) and drove some more. Then it was time to stop and swim. We went to one of our favorite spots, Malaekahana beach and bobbed around in the water for a while until I got stung on the finger by a Portuguese man o’ war. I was sitting there, minding my own business, when I felt this excruciating pain on my thumb. I looked down to see what I thought was a string…nope. I tried to get it off of me and it got my index finger as well. Let me tell you something, the pain was intense. But we got out of the water and Neil took some leaf off of a plant (not aloe), crunched it up and I rubbed it over both fingers. it took about an hour for the pain to go away. This morning I am fine.

After the swim it was time for a little lunch. Earlier in the day we had passed my favorite shrimp place, Romy’s, and Alissa was in the mood for some garlic shrimp, so we went. Neil never likes to stop when just the two of us go around the island because of the line, but after we waited yesterday, and he tasted how great it was, he said he would wait in line in the future…good news for me…Love that place. The top middle picture in the collage is the shrimp plate. What’s on top of the shrimp you ask? A ton of garlic and butter…yummy.

We wanted to stop for shave ice at another favorite place, Coconut Girls and Boys, but they were closed. This woman, Tracey, makes her own coconut cream condensed milk to go on top of the shave ice and it is heavenly. We try to stop every time we pass her stand, hopefully we will get back to it soon.

We headed back into town because Alissa had an appointment to see an apartment and we tagged along. We did have time to stop at Waiola’s Shave Ice for a quick treat. You may know the name of this place if you ever watched the “new” Hawaii 5-0. It was owned by one of the reoccurring characters. I got a small creamsicle with vanilla ice cream. It could have used a little bit more syrup, but it was really good.

After that, it was home to wash all the sand out of my hair and rest. It was a perfect day, even with the stupid man ‘o war sting. One of my favorite things is to cruise around the island. Good music on, laughing and carrying on, stopping here and there to swim and eat or even shop a little. It’s hard to get the four of us together because of schedules, but we do have a tentative date set for Veteran’s Day in November. It is always easier to grab the boys on a state holiday when they are off work than on a weekend. I hope we do exactly the same thing with 2 exceptions…we get to go to Coconut Girls and Boys, and I don’t get stung.

***Question for the comments…What do you do on those random holidays when you are off work? Do you plan to hang out with friends or do you use it as a day to stay home and relax?

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Mail Order Was the Best

Back before the days of online ordering, there was another way to order things and have them delivered without having to go to the store. It was convenient and it was fun, but the amount of paper that came through the door was insane. I am talking about the mail order catalog.

Stores would send you little booklets filled with their merchandise. You could get anything from clothing to candles to food to furniture delivered. Just like we do today, but it wasn’t done by computer. You could call in your order and pay by credit card or you could actually fill out the order slip in the back of the catalog and either put down your credit card number or actually write a check and put it in the envelope.

I loved getting catalogs in the mail. I could sit for hours with my L.L. Bean, Land’s End and Spiegel catalogs planning outfits that I never ordered. It’s funny, I was on the Neiman Marcus website yesterday looking at handbags with my sister on the phone. We were talking about handbags and then she told me what website she was on, and I hopped on too. Back in the day we would probably have fought over who got to hold the catalog.

I remember my first experiences with catalogs came from the Sears and Robuck catalog and the big Christmas Toys R Us book that came to my parents. I don’t know why, but I was fascinated with looking at the Sears book. I know why I loved the Toys R Us guide…I was circled all the things I wanted for Christmas. That early fascination just continued to grow as I got older.

The problem is when you signed up for a catalog you would be bombarded with 10 others you had never seen before. Just like businesses sell your email today, back then they sold your address. And you couldn’t just click the unsubscribe button, you had to actually call the company and tell them to knock it off. And you also ended up with multiple copies of the same fall catalog or spring issue. Like I said, there was a lot of paper coming through the door.

Today it is easier to shop from home. You look at a website, place your order with a few quick hits on the keyboard and a few days later it arrives on your doorstep. But there was something great about coming home and checking the mail and seeing a catalog in the pile. It was always the first thing looked at and it was saved to look at again and again until the next one was delivered. It was something special.

Today is National Mail Order Catalog Day…I’m serious, it’s a thing. I am asking you what your favorite catalog was that you used to get in the mail. Was it Eddie Bauer? Talbots? Hickory Farms at Christmas? J.C. Penny’s? It takes me back to a simpler time; a time when getting a piece of mail with merchandise in it seemed special. Yes, I know I am drowning in nostalgia, I’m good with that. I also hope I get my Ulta Flyer in the mail today…that would be the icing on the cake.

***Question for the comments…Did you like the mail order catalogs? What was your favorite catalog to receive in the mail?

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What’s in Your bag?

Ever since I got my first bookbag I have loved bags. I love them in all shapes, sizes and colors. I have bags that barely hold my keys all the way up to being able to fit my whole life in them. I was switching out my bag the other day and I started to wonder…what do other people carry in their bags. So, I am asking you, what do you keep in your handbag or tote bag or fanny pack?

I currently have about 12 bags in various shapes and sizes, which is a low number for me. I have had a lot more than that, but I now try to live a downsized life. 12 might seem like a lot for someone trying to minimalize, but they all get used at some point based on where I am going and what my needs are.

My go to bag is still a backpack for every day. I can throw my wallet in it along with a notebook. I also find myself now carrying a portable phone charger and headphones, just in case, along with my sunglass case and my other glasses. I should be wearing glasses all the time, but I only bring them out when I need to see something far away. And of course, there is the lipstick. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, just a little eyeshadow and mascara, but I love a pop of color on the lips, so I always have one waiting to be used.

I never go by the trends when buying my bags. I want what I want and if it is not in “season” or the current fashion I don’t really care. I have always had my own style and even more so since moving to the islands. I am a casual girl who lives in shorts and slippahs (flip flops), so there really is no need for an expensive designer bag by Hermes or even Coach. Although Chanel one year did this really cool graffiti style backpack that if I could get my hands on, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

I do see a trend of people going back to the fanny pack. Remember those? They clipped around the waist, and it was something I only used when going to the amusement park. We used to make fun of them if you really want to know the truth, but I don’t anymore. Here in Hawaii, I see a lot of men using them. My opinion is that they wear a lot of boardshorts that don’t have pockets in them, so it’s convenient. Some men still clip them at the waist, but I see more people wearing them over the shoulder like in the picture above. Men, let me ask you, do you carry a bag of any kind or are you just a wallet in the back pocket kind of guy?

When I people watch, which I do a lot, the first thing I look at is their bag. I wonder about their lives and what they are carrying around with them all day. I am curious by nature, which is why I am a writer, I guess. This brings me back to the question…what’s in your bag?

***Question for the comments…what kind of bag do you normally carry and what’s in it?

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Rest…Where Does it Come From?

Where do you find rest?

Is it taking a luxurious afternoon nap? Is it eating healthy, exercising and getting good night sleep? Are you sarcastically laughing at me because you don’t know when was the last time you actually rested, and you forgot what that means as you chug yet another cup of coffee or energy drink? I am here to tell you we all need to take the time to rest throughout the week and recharge. Let’s look at some definitions of rest and see what they have to say.

  1. Sleep: we all know this one and we all know we should get between 6-8 hours of it a night to function properly. I know I can survive on 4-5 hours a night with a lot of caffeine in the morning, but is that really beneficial? Nope. My best sleep is about 6-7 hours a night. I operate clear headed and at full steam when I get my proper sleep. How about you? What is your magical amount of sleep?
  2. Freedom from activity or labor: This is simple, but something that rarely happens for most…just lounging around and doing nothing. Are you on the go 24/7? Do you make sure you take some time to just sit back and relax? If not, then make the time. Read a book, play a game, curl up on the couch with a good movie or some music. Our bodies and minds were not meant to be on the go all the time, we need to recharge, or we will just stop (and not in a good way). What is one of your favorite things to do to relax?
  3. A place for resting or lodging: Do you have a special place where you go to rest? Some people have a nice comfy chair they always sit in or maybe they take a nice stroll in the neighborhood, or they like to sit on the porch with a nice beverage. If you don’t have a place like that, I suggest you find one and use it often. Take time every day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes, your body and mind will thank you.
  4. Peace of mind and spirit: How do you relax your mind and spirit? Do you do yoga? Do you chant? Do you pray? In the bible we read the story of creation, God made the world in 6 days and on the 7th. day…He rested!! Even God knew He needed a break from all the things He just did. How come we have such a hard time finding time to rest?

Rest is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. We need to take the time rest our bodies, minds and spirits daily. I know I need to improve how I rest. Spiritually, I find my rest in God. But so many times I do not do what I know is best for me, which is seeking Him daily. I will take an afternoon nap or just relax with some music or dumb movie…which is great, but I forget about the spiritual part. We need to rest all the parts of our being and that looks different for everyone.

I encourage you this week to look at how you rest your mind, body and spirit. Do a little check-in with yourself. Do you need to up your rest game in one or all areas? It’s okay if you do, we all tend to overlook this at times. Start slow if you haven’t rested in a while, it may take some practice, but pretty soon you will be a champ at resting and everything else will be better because of it.

***Question for the comments…How to take time to rest? What is your favorite thing to do when you know you need to slow down a bit?

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