CHAPTER 3 - CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS
Feeling closer to God
Rainbows are numerous in Waimea because it's often raining with a dry sky right nearby, and they are often breathtakingly beautiful. I've seen many double rainbows and even one triple.
But Lillian told me that there's such a thing as a moonbow - a rainbow at night when the moon is full. The conditions still have to be the same as for a daytime rainbow, and of course it only works if the moon is bright enough and not behind a cloud. Come to think of it, this sounds like a tall tale.
We often see Green Sea Turtles on the beach at the Waikoloa Marriott. Friday we saw five of them! Of course I didn't have my camera. When I got back to the beach with it, there was only one left, an old soul basking in the sun.
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From where I live, the sun sets down on the mountain behind and to the west of us. It's a special treat for me to see a sunset this clear on the Big Island.
Even when I happen to be on the dry side for sunset, I don't often see it set. That's because we often have vog - volcanic fog caused by the sulfuric acid coming off Kilauea Volcano. Kilauea vents belch out an average of several hundred tons of sulfuic acid every day! Luckily for us on the wet side, it floats west to the dry side. We rarely get vog in Honoka'a, only when we get "Kona winds."
Obviously, we had very little vog this day. The horizon was clear. Thank You God.
I was concerned when I moved to Hawai'i that I wouldn't love my new priest as much as I did Farther Ron back in Racine, WI. I didn't need to worry.
Father Bob greets us all after Mass. Most of the time I'm congratulating him on a superb sermon.
But occasionally, he strikes a special chord that lets me know he is a Boomer too. He graduated from high school the same year as me. I really connect with him.
Deacon Larry is cool. He always makes me cry with his sermons - they go straight to my heart. And he's not above doing goofy stuff to help us remember and internalize his sermons, like wearing a cowboy hat or singing a song a cappella.
Here he stands with our church bell. The project to add a church tower has never been approved. So we clang the bell from the old church and wheel it in and out of the church for services. It's moving to hear it clanging multiple times when they commemorate those who have died on All Saint's Day, or ring out once for each war the US has engaged in on Veteran's day.
I found the box with the Spaceship in it. That's what we call the enormous roasting pan we use to cook our turkeys. We have traditionally cooked several every year - it's not just for Thanksgiving.
I bought Greg that roaster decades ago, mainly because he liked cooking gigantic turkeys: 22 - 24 pounders, which barely fit in the old roaster we had. We ate those birds for weeks.