Monday, April 17, 2006

Hawaii in April

Well, yet another long trip to Hawaii. Let's begin at the parking lot, where we have always had many chickens. My colleague S has always fed the chickens, and recently his friends had babies. Unfortunately, by the afternoon that this photo was taken, we were down to only 3 chicks from 5. Something ate two of them, probably cats we are thinking. Anyway, the remaining three have stayed alive for a couple weeks now, thanks to S care and feeding.

New Chicken Family Posted by Picasa

S hails from Romania, and last trip we offered him some Kimchi, cautioning him about the strong taste. He tried it, and said it was very similar to a Romanian dish. Well, this trip he brought us some of this dish, which his sister had painstkingly prepared. It was delicious.

Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Dish Posted by Picasa

Another day, we had a Hawaiian style meal, featuring Taro. Here are some photos.

Boiling the Taro Roots Posted by Picasa

Taro Root Peeled and Ready to Eat Posted by Picasa

Here it is Made Into a Taro Salad Posted by Picasa

Hawaiian Pork Wrapped in Tea Leaves Posted by Picasa

Let's Eat Posted by Picasa

The medicinal salt below needs some explanation. They take the salt which they make here locally in the nearby salt beds, and some special red rock which had medicinal properties. The red rock is ground up and mixed in with the salt, making "medicinal salt".

Hawiian Chili Water and Medicinal Salt! Posted by Picasa

My Avian Visitor, Just Outside My Balcony Posted by Picasa

To the Zoo

Between my Desert and next Hawaii trip, we drove down to visit YS#1 at college, and we all went to the zoo. Then, we took her to a delicious dinner, which was reportedly much better than the cafeteria food at her school. Sorry, no photos of the foods - what was I thinking? Anyway, here are some exciting shots from the Birmingham Zoo.

But the first photo needs some explanation. Mrs. Stumbler reported recently that YS#4 came running inside, and said that there was a ship going down our street. Since YS#4 often tells some tall tales, she was not believed. But, sure enough, our neighbor really did bring a ship and park it on our street! YS#4 was telling the truth.

"Mom, There is a Ship on our Street" Posted by Picasa

Now the zoo photos:

That's the Stumbler's Style Posted by Picasa

New Stumbling Career? Posted by Picasa

Long Skinny Neck... Posted by Picasa

Long Fat Neck. Posted by Picasa

The Stumbling Girls at the Zoo Posted by Picasa

I don't know What we were looking at Posted by Picasa

Young Stumblers #1 and #4 Posted by Picasa

Young Stumblers #1 and #3 Posted by Picasa

And, speaking of animals, we have two new pets at the Stumbling House:

New Family Pets - Stumbling Guinea Pigs Posted by Picasa

Just Babies, Very Small Posted by Picasa