Friday, August 21, 2009


This is a picture of my friend, Brenda (second from left) and four of her lovely daughters. L to R - Jamie, Brenda, Amanda, Pam, Bethany. Missing from the photo is Stephanie, if we were going to complete a mother and daughters photo. Harry and I met Brenda when we were newlyweds, late 1980. We spent a lot of time with Brenda and her family in those days (early 1980's) and throughout the years we reconnected for weekends together as we could. Brenda is blessed with 5 girls and 3 boys. Yep, quite a woman. Pam (her oldest) was just a baby when we first met. It has been a joy over the years to watch her family grow up, get married, build their own lives. We share some sweet memories together - some great stories - the kind that make you laugh until you cry. I miss Brenda. And I miss the girls too. Not dissing the boys here, just didn't get to know them before we moved to the other side of the world. I hope someday we get to reconnect and share bits of our lives again.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August UW Weekend

I spent my first weekend in August underwater for a good deal of the time. But why not? It was raining all weekend anyway, so if you're going to be wet, you might as well enjoy the underwater critters. Harry and I enjoyed a nice long 2 hour dive (well, long for me) at Lau Lau and hung out with these two friends.
I finally got this guy to center in my camera frame. He looks great against the deep blue of the ocean.

Thibeau and Wendy joined us for 4 of the dives. They were Wendy's 4 OW scuba dives. Thibeau completed his course a couple months ago.

All 4 of us got to see this spanish dancer. He was in the rubble on the way out to the turtle snacking grounds.
I spotted this little crab in a stolen shell near the rope.
This octopus had himself nicely tucked into the rocks, but not quite hidden from view.
It was fun watching this fish eating an urchin.

Harry and I saw this eel on our 2 hour dive, at about 60 ft.

Harry spotted this gorgeous shell (yep, I don't know its name) but I wish I had taken a photo of the other side too. It was beautiful all the way around.
I actually got some nice photos of the anenome fish this time. They are always fun to watch.

I told Harry to pose for me for his 400th dive of 2009. Yep, he's done that many. And that's just this year. Only 178 for me - in a year and a half. But I'm pretty happy about that, since I only get to dive on weekends.