Skip to content

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!  🙂

21 replies »

  1. 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

    Like

      • 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.

        Like

        • 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. 🙂

          Like

  2. 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

    Like

  3. 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. 🙂

    Like

  4. 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.

    Like

Translate

Marsha

Marsha

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.

Personal Links

Verified Services

View Full Profile →

#StoryChat Y2

Writer’s Quote Wednesdays

How to Link to a Challenge

8 Benefits of Photo Challenges

8 benefits of Challenges

For the Love of Challenges

Teacher Resources

Click to Get Early Childhood Teaching Resources
SS Logo
Sunday Stills Logo

Becky B’s Squares April – Bright

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

Featured Blogger Award

Free Download

Use Canva to Create Social Media

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 16,524 other followers

Categories

Blogs I Follow

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 166,371 hits
Hourglass Poetry

LETTERS to TIME PASSING

Churape's Dungeon and Stuff

Dungeons and Dragons and More

dawn2dawn photography

Tall Tales From The Field

Cognac Project

Healing CPTSD with Poetry and Photography

Micro of the Macro

Recognizing & appreciating our oneness with Nature

The59Club

Enjoying life and the empty nest while easing into retirement,

Retirementally Challenged

Navigating through my post-work world

Brashley Photography

Photographing.... that one moment in time...

Myths of the Mirror

Life is make believe, fantasy given form

A Multitude of Musings

On the Way to Wholeness

XingfuMama

Exploring my world with pictures and words.

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Welcome to the Anglo Swiss World

Katy Trail Creations

Creating Memories through Writing, Hobbies and Photos. And I play & teach 5-string banjo.

No Facilities

Random thoughts, life lessons, hopes and dreams

Oddments

In search of story

nbsmithblog...random digressions and musings

Haiku...short and sweet (or not so sweet)

Allusionary Assembly

The Writing of Kerry E.B. Black

snapshotsincursive

Interesting stories about everyday moments.

eklastic

Refugees welcome - Flüchtlinge willkommen I am teaching German to refugees. Ich unterrichte geflüchtete Menschen in der deutschen Sprache. I am writing this blog in English and German because my friends speak English and German. Ich schreibe auf Deutsch und Englisch, weil meine Freunde Deutsch und Englisch sprechen.

Tish Farrell

Writer on the Edge

The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

Life...one big adventure

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

And Anyways...

Author, Baker, Sunrise Chaser

Thistles and Kiwis

A blog about life in Wellington, New Zealand

From Pyrenees to Pennines

We went to France ..... and then we came back.

Lins Doodles

Photo challenges, artwork

%d bloggers like this: