Author Archives: Ian Lind

Feline Friday: The old boys survived their visit to the v-e-t

That’s Duke in one of his “hiding” places behind a chair in the living room. He’s too bit to comfortably crawl under the chair, so he usually just sleeps in back of it. It can be a chore to dislodge him from there.

Mr. Duke

The news…Duke and Romeo had a surprise this week. They both got to visit Ann Sakamoto, our vet who now practices at the Hawaii Kai Veterinary Clinic. I picked them up on Wednesday afternoon and made the short drive to Hawaii Kai.

It was mainly a preventive visit for these old boys.

And we got our own surprise. Leianne Lee Loy, who had been our primary vet in Kaneohe back in the early 2000s, has now joined the staff in Hawaii Kai.

In fact, just hours after Duke was born in 2002, we took Duke and his littermate to be checked out by Dr. Lee Loy. That was 15 years ago. So we had a happy reunion, and she consulted on some of the cats’ medical issues.

Both Duke and Romeo lost a little bit of weight over the past six months or eight months, but nothing to worry about. Romeo has had urinary issues in the past, so he had his urine tested. Dr. Sakamoto drew some blood from Duke for a diabetes blood panel to track how our glucose control efforts are going.

Hopefully there will be nothing urgent in their test results.

They were not at all happy about the vet visit. But Duke stepped out of his carrier on his own, although we had to pour & pry Romeo out of his carrier. When it was over, they just wanted to get home. Then they wanted to eat. The memory of the trip apparently faded rapidly.

–> See all of this week’s Feline Friday photos.

Thursday went to the dogs

Friday will be for the felines.

So I’ll go ahead and post Thursday’s dogs tonight, so all you dog people don’t feel neglected.

Yes, we love our cats. But we also love our adopted family of dogs that we get to walk with each morning.

So here are more of our Kahala Morning Dogs.

Please click on the photo below to see all of the dogs.

Kahala Morning Dogs 4-27-2016

Throwback Thursday: Look who showed up for dinner!

This was taken in December 1984.

Windfola was our first cat, and she was always the one in charge of the household. At this point she was already 15 years old, but not showing her age.

She had me well trained. When we sat down for dinner, she joined us. And I had been trained to share my meals with her, if she was interested (and she usually was). She was supposed to be polite and wait her turn. I suppose she sometimes did. At other times it turned into a battle of wills. Eventually I broke and then would carry her upstairs and close her in our bedroom, allowing the people’s meal to proceed in a somewhat civilized manner.

We did love that cat!

Dec. 1984

Scanning bits and pieces of history

I’m sitting here this morning with a stack of photos from years past, mostly my own, but some from other sources, along with a few papers and documents that happened to be sitting in the same folders.

Scanning is the order of the day. I hope to scan several hundred snapshots and back them up online, then decide what to do with the originals.

But I can see I’ll be easily distracted.

For example, here’s a note that I believe was typed by my mother when she worked at the Hawaiian Historical Society back in the late 1960s and 1970s.

It’s an excerpt from a letter written by Valdemar Knudsen, an early sugar grower on Kauai, to Professor W.D. Alexander. Although the date is shown as “1854?”, it seems pretty clear that Knudsen was recollecting his 1954 conversations at a later date.

In the letter, Knudsen relates how he spoke to Hawaiians in 1854 and was told of “Hawaiians going on long journeys by sea but none mentioned any name of islands further than Kahiki.”

re Hawaiian sailing

Then, almost immediately, I came across this undated photo of a celebration at Iolani Palace. There’s a large, decorated Christmas tree on the steps, and people gathered in front, as well as on the balconies. There’s no indication of the date.

An unknown Christmas

Then a photo one of the nuns at St. Andrew’s Priory School, probably just before 1900. My mother guessed that this was Sister Albertina, who was a favorite of my grandmother (or perhaps my grandmother was one of her favorites).

I found a falling apart hard bound edition of Tennyson’s poems with Sister Albertina’s name handwritten on the front page. Apparently it had been given to my grandmother, either while she was at the Priory or afterwards.

Sister Albertina?

Click on any photo to see a larger version.

If there are many more items like this in the pile I’m trying to scan, it’s going to be a long day.