Making friends in a new town!

We’ve been meeting the neighbors on our little street.

The first neighbor we met was Janet, a 70-ish, Hawaiian-born woman of Japanese decent. She knows everyone it seems. She was walking with her dog Mauka and stepped up the driveway to introduce herself. Ruby and Mauka hit it off immediately! She told us about the new dog park and asked if we had taken Ruby yet. She has given us fresh fruit, plants from her yard and even a shovel. She lives on the same side of the street as we do and asked if we plan to clear our rim lot for the view. We aren’t sure until she invites us over to her backyard to see hers. Wow! She humbly says her view not as good as her brother’s view…he lives a few doors down from her. Many years ago, he was the first person to buy a lot on the rim. He selected the best one, she says. She’ll ask if we can see his yard.

A few days later, Janet and I took the dogs for a walk and she is telling me bits and pieces of neighborly information.Two doors down from our house, across the street, she asks if I have met “Maile”. Janet’s friend Vicky is her mother. She asks me if I like to sew. Bells are going off in my head and my heart does a skipped beat. I asked if her friend is the same Vicky who owns the fabric store in Kapaa. Yep, the same one!

So guess what?! My neighbor is part owner of a quilt shop!!! I blogged about her in this post!! On our due diligence trip last year, I met Maile when I was exploring the quilt shops on Kaua! Who could have imagined we would both buy homes on the same quiet street in Kapaa?!

Our neighbors to the right of us brought us two platefuls of a very traditional Hawaiian dinner on our third night in the house as well as bringing some dessert later that evening. Our neighbors to the left of us are transplanted Canadians – Ruth is widowed and her son lives with her. She invites us over for cocktails anytime…usually served around 5. I’m thinking we have moved onto one of the nicest streets!! Ruth let us have some plants from their yard as well. Her rim view is a bit hidden but no less beautiful.

Janet’s brother, Walter, a retired teacher, was more than happy for us to come over to see his view from the rim (as long as we brought Ruby, too!)…spectacular doesn’t even come close to describing it!

A Rim With a View

A Rim With a View to the left…

A Rim With A View

A Rim With A View to the right…and A River Runs Through It!

A few days go by and another couple, further down the street from Walter, walk up the driveway with their two cute little girls. The question is repeated – do we plan to clear our rim for the view? We say we are getting asked that A LOT! and ask if we could see theirs for comparison. Their reply…You bet! Off we go with the girls skipping ahead of us. Sure enough, their view is awesome and they have wild hydrangea growing along the back edge of their yard.

A couple of days ago we met the couple on the other side of Ruth, they would be two houses to our left, and they showed us their view. Needless to say we are convinced we will clear our view some day!!

But we have some other things to clear out first…in the front yard.

This has been our challenge over the past couple of weeks. We are sure it was a hen house, complete with rotten eggs, and perhaps even a rat as well! Ewww!

The trees behind the palm are on top of main water line

June 8, 2015 – The trees behind the palm are on top of main water line. There are 2 very mature trees, 2 dead trees and at least 2 or 3 young trees behind the remnant of fence. What a mess!

Bromeliads on steroids gone amok!

Bromeliads on steroids taking over a palm tree, as well as the trees to be taken down,  and growing through the remnants of a chain link fence!

Property line marked and bromeliads cleared from water meters

Property line marked and bromeliads are now cleared from water meters as well as shrubs cut back.


The view from the front lanai for scale of height of trees. Note the power lines in the upper left. Not good!

We had cleared some of the bromeliads on this side but forgot to take a photo before the tree cutting begins. You can also see just a bit of Maile’s white house with her nice, neat hedges. Notice there are NO bromeliads at her place! LOL

Our new friend, Bert, getting down to business with his chainsaw

June 12,  2015 – Our new friend, Bert, getting down to business with his chainsaw. Yea, this will take a while!

June 13, 2015

June 13, 2015 – clearing what Bert cut…so far!

June 23, 2015 -  More bromeliads cleared. We can now see the trunks of both trees.

June 23, 2015 – More bromeliads cleared. We can now see the trunks of both trees. One a single trunk the other, well…now you can see why it is called an “Octopus Tree”!

The last few days here have been rainy. That isn’t unusual for Kauai but it normally just showers for a few minutes a day and then it’s done. The unusual thing here is there is no thunder or lightening. Sometimes there isn’t even a cloud overhead. Water just starts falling from the sky…softly…quietly…then it drifts away and the sun is shining again. It has caused some delay in the yard work. We can pull weeds from the yard so the grass can come back but it’s too wet and mosquito-infested for getting rid of more around the trees.

Today the sun was shining and I was more than ready to get out of the house but not for yardwork. Ruby needed to get her nails trimmed so that was my chance. Guess where I was able to escape to for a few minutes? Yep, the quilt shop!

Maile has graciously loaned me a Pfaff sewing machine as well as rotary cutter, mats, rulers, extra blades and needles! So, now I can participate in the Row by Row for 2015!

Row by Row 2015

All a Beachy Quilter needs!

Mr. G has to go into Lihue tomorrow for real estate continuing education. He asks if I will need the car for anything since he will be gone most of the day. I just smiled and said “not a problem!” I’ll be fine getting to know another new friend!



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Garden Island Insurance Agency
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 13:02:51

    Aloha from Kauai! I love your blog. Great that you’re meeting your neighbors! I love to quilt as well, have you made the pineapple quilt yet? So much fun! Best of luck to you on your new adventure and in meeting your wonderful neighbors! Yes, clear the view to that spectacular ridge!



    • sbrctag
      Jun 30, 2015 @ 10:53:02

      Aloha! Thanks for stopping by! I always like meeting new quilters so we’ll have to meet! No, sadly I have not made the pineapple quilt yet…the pattern is packed in storage at the moment! But have no fear, I will make it…someday!!

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