Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Snapshot

November is diabetes awareness month.  It was early November 1975 when I was diagnosed as a Juvenile or "Type 1" diabetic, which makes me in my 42nd year of living with this challenging disease. I've seen people online say they've been "battling" this disease for "X" number of years, and personally I disagree with the term.  If your going to be in battle mode for the rest of the life, your going to be losing all the time.  For me, diabetes is a disease you must accept and live with as best you can. There are ups and downs all the time.  They are sometimes unpredictable and seem to happen for no reason. You just have to do the best you can.  Kind of like life.

Here's just a few of the ways diabetes has impacted my life according to a T1D footprint generator off the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) website.  You also need to add 58,256 insulin injections as that's the way I treated my diabetes (as many people did, and still do) until I began using a pump in March 2011. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Now and Then

Did some sight seeing in Victoria last week.  It'd be nice to see this mural restored to its original glory.

October 2016

July 1988

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kaua'i Redux

We visited the island of Kauai in March 2014 and it's the first place we've been that we figured we'd come back to some day.  We couldn't resist Westjet's great deals on flights, so Kauai is where we chose to celebrate our 30th anniversary last month.

  Approaching Poipu Beach

First Sunset

 Getting ready for our anniversary dinner.

At The Beach House

 Anniversary Sunset

 Beautiful gardens at the resort - Kiahuna Plantation Resort

 First Waterfall 

 Mile 14 lookout at Wiamea Canyon
Lovelocks migrate to Kauai...

Our hike takes us to the top of Wiamea Falls shown here.
You'll see us in later photos walking along the red sand ridge to the left of the waterfall 

If taken at the same time, the photo below would show us on that ridge.

At the top of the Wiamea Falls.

 And here I recall the sad truth - what goes down, must go up.

Looks like we made it!

If you've been on any tropical island with a chicken issue, you get it.

The parrot whisperer

Taro fields

 We hiked a very short portion of the Kalalua trail along the Napali Coast

 Friday night Art Walk in Hanapepe

 Painted by pigs and sold as a fundraiser.

The river meets the sea near Port Allen.

On our last visit, we did a helicopter tour of Kauai and the Napali coast.  This time we did a catamaran sunset dinner cruise to get a different perspective of the rugged Napali coastline.

Last beach day on Kauai spent at Salt Pond Beach

Mau'i here we come!