24 December 2017
I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays and a new year. From another island a long long ways away.
"May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!"
09 December 2017
College Update 2nd Semester
Well I have almost finished my 2nd semester at Hawaii Community College in the Carpentry program and have managed to keep a 4.0 GPA. I have 3 semesters left to go and then off into the big blue yonder of the unknown. Only another year and a half. It seems like a long long time but it goes by so fast.
23 December 2016
Well it is official. I am officially registered full time at Hawaii Community College. It has been 14 months since I last worked my normal business consulting gigs. I am not sure what is happening in the world of healthcare, wither it is Obamacare or Insurance companies, ect, but healthcare seems to be bleeding like a stuck pig. I can't wait for something to happen, I need to make something happen so I have been thinking a lot about what I can do that will be supportable locally. I thought that I should get into the home construction industry. I still have a strong back and love to be outdoors, so I signed up for the Carpentry degree program. It seems like there will be even more people moving here and needing houses built. A bonus I guess is that I can then know how to build my own house.
In other news, the flu seems to have passed. I am left with a phlegmy cough that I am hopping kick ASAP as well.
18 December 2016
Update: Flu Recovery
Well it has been a long 10 days or so since I came down with the flu. Ended up in the emergancy room on monday when I felt like death and then again yesterday when I really had a hard time breathing. The first time that gave mne a ton of medicines, Motrin, Codine cogh suryp, Tamiflu, 2 Antibotic IVs and a zpack antibotic.The second time I got an inhaler and a breathing steroid. I am feeling much better so far as I can breathe and not so coughy all the time.
It has been a rainy month here in Puna Hawaii. Today we didn't seen the sun and the solar panels have struggled to make 150 watts causing us to dip down to 50% state of charge. We have had to run the generator a ton, sorry neighbors!
27 April 2016
Survivor Taco Bean Soup
Here is a recipe that has wowed people for a few years now, including the hardest group to please, little ones.
I prefer to use a large crock pot, as it is cheap to use.
Brown 2 to 3 lbs of hamburger adding salt, pepper, onion salt, et cetera. When the meat is well done add 1/4 cup (or more) of taco sauce (not salsa), and simmer for another 10 to 20 minutes. Let the sauce change to a deep red color with the burger juices. You want the flavor in the meat.
Combine the cooked burger in the crock pot with the following:
- 1 large diced onion
- 1 large package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1 can chili beans in hot sauce
- 1 can of chick peas or Garbanzo beans, as they are also known
- 1 can or package of corn
- 3 15oz cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 large can tomato juice
- 4 Tablespoons cumin
Cook in crock pot on low for 2 to 4 hours. The smell alone will require a traffic cop in the kitchen. This soup is by far the most favorite one at my casa (house), for a hungry t-rex meat lovers crowd. Even the veggie lovers, who won't admit it, will chow down on this one, as the late Mr. Food used to say "It's oh soooo good." I made the mistake of making this for the locals, and they keep coming back with the "When are you making the Taco Soup again" comments. That is when you know you got a great recipe.