It was a quiet, happy month. Here are 10 things that made it so:
- Papaya – I love the reddish ones.
- Bringing out my stars and stripes All-Stars for the 4th of July parade.
- Delicious cherry tart – despite a crust catastrophe.
- Beautiful views out my car window.
- Beautiful view in my backyard.
- Beautiful views in my town.
- A super silly husband who draws faces on mangoes.
- Eating takeout flautas from Serg’s – with this view.
- A fantastic day at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens – bikes, picnic, shade, friend.
- Finishing my diving certification. Woo!
A couple of months ago we had a wild, stormy week here on Oahu. There was rain, lightning, high winds, hail and even a “water spout” miniature tornado off Lanikai Beach. Needless to say, there was no swimming for awhile and even beach walks were a little difficult. The week after the storm, the beach was strewn with debris – glass, boards, nails, dead fish, boat cushions – you name it.
My awesome husband happened upon this cute little painted board – half buried in the sand – and he knew it was something I’d want. Yes, my own piece of reclaimed wood with perfectly distressed orange paint! I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but I knew I needed to take it home.
After staring at it for a month, I decided that with a few hooks it would make a perfect rack to hang coats and bags by the kitchen door. And thankfully, our giant wave print will make the little beach board feel right at home! Since we are renting our house and our walls are boring tan, any and all pops of color are welcome.
Next up was to choose whether to use one, two or three hooks. I think any of these would have turned out great, but two seemed the most balanced for the size of the board.
These metal hooks were left over from our old house and I hadn’t yet figured out what to do with them in the new place. (I bought them at Ikea, back when you could purchase Leksvik hooks individually. Now you can only buy them attached to a coat rack.) Anyway, I like that they are metal but not solid black. They kind of have a distressed look to them, which goes great with the reclaimed, washed up board.
A couple of screws later and some nails on the back to fasten it to the wall, and it was done!
So, messy counter and all, the photo on the left shows how it fits on the kitchen wall – centered between a door and window. This has been a weird entryway to get used to since the door opens into the space and we also need room to open the cupboards. This has made it impossible to use my larger coat/hat rack and shoe bench. Instead I settled on a bright yellow Tub Trug to corral flip flops. And my new DIY beachy coat rack is perfect for a bag and a hoodie. Who needs a row of coats in Hawaii, right? And a final bit of joy was seeing that my newest beach bag from Target matches the flip flop bucket. This whole citrusy theme just screams endless summer.
Our first visitors came to stay! And boy did they stay … for the entire month! What fun it was though. Here are 10 things that made me happy in March:
- Hanging out with two of our favorite people and showing off our new town.
- Lunches at Prima in Kailua.
- Playing tourist.
- Pie at Camille’s on Wheels
- Kayaking Kaneohe Bay
- The Monkey Bowl and Ginger Ono smoothie at Lanikai Juice
- Sunset at Shark’s Cove
- Strolling on the beach (so what if it makes me happy every month!)
- Checking out the Byodo-in Temple – it’s been quite a few years since I last visited here!
- Stumbling upon beautiful creations on the beach.
Summer in Oregon – it’s where it’s at. Here are 10 things that made my month.
1. Bocce ball with friends
2. Fireworks over Oaks Park
3. Busting out the “stars and stripes” Converse All Stars for Independence Day
4. My garden finally growing!
5. Macarons (I know they were on my June favorites list too, but these are from Elephant’s Deli so not exactly the same thing)
6. Multnomah Falls
7. Farmers market season
8. Getting crafty with vintage buttons
9. Sailing on the Columbia River
10. Enjoying Waialua soda at a slightly cooler (and my favorite) beach – Oswald West