Stream from the Koolau Mountains

I have probably posted this picture before. It is the best picture I ever took in Hawaii. So good, in fact, that it won me $100 when it was chosen as one of the best pictures of American beauty.

Well, I was supposed to be home by now, but I have to stay on for a few weeks because I had surgery on one of my eyes. Doesn’t that sound like Hawaii fun? It probably wasn’t as bad as it sounds, but then it wasn’t fun either. I am healing, and I had the best of retinal specialists here, which I don’t have at home.

My daughter Sara is living here now and has been very handy to take me to appointments and watch over me. Her little dog, Malia, is always with us and now and then I dog-sit. Malia loves to be here with me. She is very quiet and does not cause problems. I’m not a dog person, but then Malia is my granddogter.

I signed a contract today to publish my second book. It is a real mish-mash of writings that probably represent where my mind is in these later years. I think other older people will understand it, and their kids , if they read it, may better understand what is going on with them. Who writes books for old people? It’s probably an unknown category. It will probably sell 5 copies. That’s about the number of my old friends still living.

The weather here is just about perfect and I’d like to think that when I come home sometime in May it will be just about perfect there. It takes great planning to accomplish this transition.

Hopefully I will soon be back to sharing some interesting insights here . . the ones that maybe were too late to make the book.


Doris Markland







4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara Markland
    Apr 18, 2017 @ 02:28:55

    It won me $100….. WTH?! Am I going to have to edit your blogs now? It won me…I’m gonna get me one….jeesh!

    I won $100 with this photo.

    Holy crimeny. It won me………Have I taught you nothing?

    Grandogter….good one.

    Just got home from Chaminade University. Long night and I am exhausted. I have to hurry to bed to get up at 6:00 for work at Mid Pac. They had a full spread of food tonight, a Hawaiian singing group, some of the students danced, real kanikapila. The kids were nice. I got them all signed up for a Kaplan class. Malia was a HIT ! She did ball tricks and played with everyone. No one minded that she was there.

    I gotta go get me some shut eye. I will have my phone tomorrow…call if you need anything. PUT your pre- injection eye drops in as well as the others. Sent with Aloha, Sara



  2. Betty
    Apr 18, 2017 @ 08:56:37

    Very beautiful photo. Continue to heal that eye!


  3. livetheloveyouare
    Apr 18, 2017 @ 10:04:30

    Speedy healing Doris, your thoughts are always enlightening!


  4. Dan Lester
    Apr 26, 2017 @ 13:42:49

    Aloha. I am sure I will buy and love this book, just as I did the other. As to eyes, just do what they say, even if not always easy or fun. I’ve had seven retina surgeries and five other eye surgeries. Was a long hard road, but I blessed with good vision now, though far from perfect. No problems driving.

    We all know it isn’t easy getting older, but I’m still happy you and I are both here.

    Aloha from the desert.


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