14 Oct

Every Day is a Holiday

First, check out our current house guest:

His name is Happy and we’re watching him while his family is on vacation.

We are vacationing closer to home.

Dad’s home and, having grown up in California watching surf movies, the first thing he wanted to do was see the famed North Shore of Oahu. We went to Sunset Beach, and yes, the waves were really big — much bigger than when the kids and I were at Pupukea a month ago. I’m hoping we can go back in another month or two and see really, really big waves. No swimming though — they were big AND total shore breakers. So, after soaking up the fact that we are in Hawai’i, we went down the road to the historic town of Haleiwa and lay out towels under a palm tree in the shelter of Haleiwa Harbor. The beach here was pretty quiet because everyone else was riding the waves out on the point. Apparently the waves were gnarly today. Word was that they were better formed yesterday.

Since we were on the North Shore we HAD to introduce daddy to shave ice. Not for us, of course — for him, and science.

Today we tried Aoki‘s next door to Matsumoto’s. I think I like their shave ice better, but I’m not sure. The ice cream on the bottom wasn’t great, but the ice was fine and silky and the flavors were distinct. They didn’t have the “snow cap” topping which I wanted to try. Actually, I think the lady in front of Lowe’s at the shopping center a few miles from us has the best ice cream, and the largest shave ice for your money. Her syrups all taste the same though. In researching shave ice I came across references to Waiola, which is supposed to be great, so it looks like we have one more reason to go into Honolulu (for scientific comparison of course).

10 Oct

Racetrack with Transporters and Rockets, Done!

Here it is, in use, on his bed:

Inspired by this drawing of a racetrack with transporters and rockets (that make you go fast):

I let the quilt kind of evolve as I made it, and did not take into account that in the current room, the yellow race car is mostly hidden on the far side of the bed. Of course, I designed this quilt in a completely different house, and appliquéd the car many months ago, so what can you do?

I still think it’s a pretty cool quilt. Especially for a car-loving boy.

10 Oct

They’ll Appreciate it When They’re 40

Yesterday I dragged the kids out for a hike. We went to Makapu’u Lighthouse on the eastern-most point of Oahu. The hike there was only 1.5 miles, but it was a steady uphill climb so they complained the whole way. Then they were disappointed that we couldn’t actually go IN the lighthouse. They were also not impressed that from this point we could see Molokai, the next island in the Hawaiian chain (out of the picture, to the right). Nor did the view of Waimanalo Bay, to the left, impress them:

Those little islands are first Kaohikaipu Island and Manana (Rabbit Island) with Mokulua Islands way out there on the horizon.

Killjoys that my kids are, they even complained about the entirely downhill walk back to the car. See if I ever take them cool places again (OK, I’ve said that a million times). Oh, we even stopped at the “Blowhole” on the way to Makapu’u Point, just because it was there. The waves weren’t quite strong enough to make a dramatic spout so the kids weren’t impressed by that either.

Lest anyone think that we are surrounded by natural beauty, my impression of Hawaii includes a lot of this, the H1 and Honolulu’s skyscrapers:

I will admit though, that the clouds were particularly dramatic yesterday. We stopped at the Navy Exchange since it was the halfway point between the hike and home and I hoped that they’d have good shoes for my son who’s old tennies were falling apart, beachwear for all of us, tailored shorts for me, and storage containers for leftovers in the fridge. As vast and fancy the NEX appears on first blush, I found that it’s still an exchange and I’m just a snob. We found shoes for X and beachwear for K, but I could have done just as well, if not better, at the outlet mall miles closer to our house and with better customer service. (Which we did today.)

We did like the Pearl Drinks at the food court. Even the kids were kinda impressed by all the flavors.

07 Oct

Happy, happy, happy!

I mentioned in my first post about my collectible California pottery that I was missing one box. All the boxes on the movers inventory were accounted for, so I was confused as to how something inside one could go missing. I called the moving company to see if perhaps my box was inadvertently left on the truck after being freed from the crate; but no.

Under the stairs in our house, I’ve been storing the empty boxes for our electronics (it’s good to have the original packaging for the next move), boxes of holiday decor, our beach bag, and the vacuum cleaner. Last night I decided, at my daughter’s urging, to get out some Halloween decor. When moving what I thought was our old TV/VCR combo that had been in storage (since it was small and useful only for deployments) I realized that I had written something on the box. Ah ha!! It wasn’t the TV at all — it was the missing box of pottery!!!!!

I’m so happy to have found Grama’s cookie jar (not shown), and my Bauer Aladin teapot!

(Thinking my vintage one was gone, I had been contemplating buying a new one, but at $70, oy.)

In other happy news, I’m nearly done with the Racetrack and rocket Booster quilt — only one more side of binding to sew on.

And this should finally conclude the pottery postings.

06 Oct

Lot 8 (the last)

Phew — we’ve made it through my collection (or at least what I’m willing to part with). This last post is a few odds and ends, but just because they don’t go with any “theme” so far doesn’t mean they are less valuable.

These pieces had me thinking 4th of July barbeque. The flat fan vase is Bauer, designed by the prolific artist Ray Murray (as was the single candle stick). It is in very good condition save a small chip on the base (in the back). It is like those shown on page 65 of the Tuchman book and page 56 of the1986 Chipman one. They seem to be fetching impressive prices on eBay and online antique shops. Of course, with the chip, mine won’t go for top dollar, but I had thought that I’d offer it up since it doesn’t match the colors of the ringware I’m keeping. Now, on second thought, I’ve decided to keep it since it is an excellent example of the Cal-Art line.

However, the lobster salt and pepper shakers are way out in left field, so I’m setting them free. They are in very good condition and would make an excellent addition to anyone’s summer decor! You know you want them for $10. SOLD

The little blue creamer is 3.25 inches tall and is unmarked. There are factory imperfections in the glaze and I would describe the piece as overall more “rustic” than my other Bauer, Fiesta, and Franciscan pieces. But, it would work very well with romantic country or cottage decor. $5.

See how pretty it looks with this modern floral fabric?

The covered bean pot is also rustic in terms of factory imperfections. You can see it’s one chip on the lip too. It is unmarked and the color is not quite like my other aquas. It’s a perfect little stash pot for safety pins or buttons or … $7.

Lastly, we’ve come full circle.

Catalina vegetable dish

This aqua serving dish is by Catalina — the island pottery maker, a display of which I saw at the San Francisco airport. It is in very good condition with just a few scratches from use on the inside. From the Rancho line, it is 9 inches long and 6.5 inches wide. The clean lines and bright aqua color look great with modern decor. $25. SOLD

OK, now I guess I have to get back to the sewing machine.


05 Oct

Lot 7

This is classic Bauer. The ringware pattern was introduced in the 1920s and is pretty much what comes to mind when someone says “Bauer pottery.”

I’ve decided to keep my aqua and cobalt (a valuable color) ringware, but that leaves a few stray burgundy (also higher in value than yellow, orange and aqua) pieces without a home.

In the back are two custard cups (somewhat difficult to find) in fair condition matching item number 34 in the 1941 company catalog. The glaze is crazed on the inside and one has two cracks on the inside. They’d make adorable little pots to put your stash of beads or buttons in. $5 each.

In the middle is a coffee cup and saucer matching item number 59 in the company 1941 catalog. The cup is in excellent condition. The saucer is only fair as the glaze appears to be a bit oxidized (not as rich and shiny as the cup) and there’s a very small chip on the edge and one tiny pit. $15 for the set. SOLD

In front are salt and pepper shakers — number 88 in the 1941 catalog. They are in good condition with a few very small factory defects in the glaze and a small degree of oxidation. An excellent addition to any ringware collection (I’ve kept a cobalt pair). $18 for the pair. SOLD

Even different lines play well together. The gloss pastel batter bowl ($40), pink pitcher with ice lip I’ve decided to keep, and Cal Art vase ( now in the collection of my mom) all look great with these classic pieces.

Tomorrow will be the last few pieces up for sale.

05 Oct

A Cultural Diversion

We went to Hawaii’s Plantation Village today for their 3rd Annual Plantation Days Keiki (Children’s) Festival. The Village has been on our places-to-go list since we live nearby and our new friends/neighbors invited us to join them.

The boys wanted to spend the whole time fishing with bamboo poles, but us moms managed to drag the kids to also see a hula performance and to visit some of the historic houses representing the varied ethnic groups that made up the plantation workforce.

The website explains it much better than I could. As an aside, Portuguese sausage pops up often on my kids’ school lunch menu. I see now that 17,500 Portuguese emigrated between 1878 and 1913, explaining the sausage, and Hawaiian sweet bread too (taro was the original Hawaiian starch and Asians brought rice).

In addition to a docent in each house to explain things, most houses had someone out front with samples of ethnic food matching the occupants’ country of origin (filtered through being in Hawaii). There was mashed taro root (bleh) representing the Hawaiians, a steamed ball of something mochi-like for the Japanese (slimy and bleh) and shrimp chips (yummy), guava juice from the Chinese house (also yummy), mochi filled with bean paste at the Korean house (not too bad), fried mango bread balls for the Filipinos (the mom favorite), crackers with condensed milk for the Puerto Ricans (an odd combo, but tasty), and Hawaiian sweet bread at the Portuguese house (the kid fave).

The area where we live was formerly plantation land. The area downhill, nearest Pearl Harbor was wet and used for rice paddies and taro. Uphill, where our development is was, until relatively recently, all sugarcane and then pineapple as one went further inland. The Dole Plantation is about the same distance from our house, but in the other direction. It’s also on our to-do list.

This cat creature with pokey whiskers and an expression that cracked me up was in the worship area of the Chinese society building. He’s for Jude.