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Manny and Marsha at the Botanical Gardens in Kauai, HI

The air dripped that day, but not with rain.  The sun burned it into sweat, dripping into my pores.  Manny seemed cool as a cucumber and was his rambunctious fuzzy self.

"Mom, why are you sweating so much?  It's cloudy!  Come on take me out in the garden to play!"

“Mom, why are you sweating so much? It’s cloudy! Come on take me out in the garden to play!”

The palm frond tickled as he slid down its ridged surface.

"Mom, there's sticky stuff on my ...whoaaaaa"

“Mom, there’s sticky stuff on my …whoaaaaa”  You can see in this picture that Manny has had a body lightening treatment at Spa Photoshop.

He couldn’t even look up, he slid so fast.  Must  have been the G force!  🙂

"Wheeeeeeee!  Catch me , Mom"  Too late!

“Wheeeeeeee! Catch me , Mom” Too late!

No sooner had he slid to the ground, than he found a rock to climb.  I was afraid he might get dirty since the palm did have sap on it. As it turned out, I was the only one that got sapped.  It took all my energy to play that day!  🙂  Mostly I just watched at he frolicked.

Ugh!  Help me up, Mom."

Ugh! Help me up, Mom.”  I lightened Manny in Photoshop so that he would stand out, and darkened the rock.   Do you like it?

He was tired by the time he made it to the top.  (Thank goodness!)

"Mom, could I just go back to the car now?"

“Mom, could I just go back to the car now?”

He posed with the women who sold us our $35 walking tour tickets.  Then he told me he wanted to go back to the car and sleep.  That sticky stuff must have been honey, and he ate TOO much!

OK, I'll get down now, please!"

OK, I’ll get down now, please!”

The two ladies weren’t too sure about getting their pictures taken with Manny, but I convinced them it was a good thing.  Manny wasn’t so sure it was.

"Say cheese!  Manny you lok tuckered out."

“Say cheese! Manny you look tuckered out.”  “I am Mom!  I’m sitting up nicely, aren’t I?  I’m sooooo sleepy!”

I walked him back to the car, and by the time I got back it was time to get on the air-conditioned bus for the mile drive down to the garden floor.   Air-conditioning never felt so good.  The trade winds have changed directions, according to the news, and left Kauai in a world of muggy air, bugs, and less rain.

Like a rain forest.  Where's the Bird of Paradise?

Like a rain forest. Where’s the Bird of Paradise?

Manny had a nice rest in the car.  Cindy, Vince, and I enjoyed Driver Bob’s narration for one mile, then we were off to see the garden.

Driver Bob narrated the entire 1 mile drive.  We busily memorized plant names.

Driver Bob narrated the entire 1 mile drive. We busily memorized plant names gazed glassy-eyed out the windows.

We watched the building dedication ceremony, walked back, and made it back in an hour – just in time to get picked up to catch the bus back up the hill.

Two girls read while they waited for the bus.  Everybody's energy was sapped!

Two girls read while they waited for the bus. Everybody’s energy was sapped!

Hope you enjoyed Manny’s and my adventures.  He will be back next Thursday!  🙂

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  1. What a wonderful day out, I can see Manny getting tired. Still I wouldn’t mind being there it looks beautiful. You will have to tell us all about it when we see you! Danny can’t wait to see you and hear about your travels.

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  2. I was so taken up with Manny that I almost forgot to look at the gardens, so had to have a second tour. 🙂 Love this post, Marsha. It’s really cute. 🙂

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  3. I just love Manny’s adventures. I am really looking forward to seeing what he gets up to over the next few weeks. Can’t wait for next week 😀 Ralph xoxox

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  4. Exquisite!! So redolent of another broiling day in Florida. Gorgeous shots, and TOO funny- the photos of the lassies posing a bit hesitantly with dear lil’ Manny. Very charming and wonderful post as always, so adored! Cheers,

    AJ

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      • My dear lass, you are just TOO funny!!! You are no senior citizen!! You are a Marsha Lee Toadie and they always remain ever youthful. And if Emily Dickinson could muscle in on this conversation, she would proceed bugle, “Age is but of the mind!” In that case, I am about 4 years and 7 months.

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        • OH dear, I guess I am, too. My 88 year old cousin, Hal, told his new Asian exchange student friends that he is whatever age they are (30 ish) I told him, that I didn’t like that idea because that would make me 88 if I hung out with him, and it would make him the ripe old age of 61. Yikes for both of us. We agreed to both pick 30. I don’t want to be 4.7 anymore. I like having control over my life. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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