Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Watch your back!!!!!

The psycho (and his "friends") are on the loose again! Head's up and be careful out there! DANGER DANGER

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

California DIY, shipping container tiny home and a cargo trailer bedroom

California DIY, shipping container tiny home and a cargo trailer bedroom

another little cutie house

Love some of their ideas, and philosophies about smaller spaces, repurposing items, such as the old theater chairs, and working less to live more life :-)

Their blog is fun to follow ....

LOVE the old window wall!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Another post I want to save...

These are really cool... love the bright colors, but also love the use of small space.... and if I had to live by the beach.... well... ok!!!


And check out this table design... very cool for small space saving, flips up on both sides and drawers in the middle.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Profile views...

1230.....?? How does that happen?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Someone sent this to me....

and asked if it was my ex-husband.... LOLOLOLOL !!!!

The resemblance is uncanny! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

This one is a little cutie...

But I don't see the sleeping arrangements?? Must be a loft.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Here's an idea..... Poop and Paddle

Pineapples in Montana....

Ok, so many of you know.... Lil Pete got caught in one of our crazy hail storms...

And he really took a beating... here he is today after replanting him

Still bouncing back, he's a tough Montana Pineapple!!

Friday, August 26, 2011


And you know who you are..... LOL

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Crazy Pineapple Dream is back to just a winter escape plan!!

Yay!!!!! I just qualified for a rural development loan!! I get to build a little house on my Bearcreek MT land!! SWEET!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'm reminded....

This weekend has been a busy, yet strange one. Work, work, work, work.... but eye on the prize right? And then.... odd interactions with demons from the past - ICK! And I am reminded, how good my life is nowadays, how happy I am, and how life always turns out the best for those who make the best of it! :-) Life is good and I'm a pretty happy camper!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This be all I need!

oh, and I'd take the ocean front location if you twisted my arm :-)

bath houses and outdoor kitchens

love some of these!

Well... I'll keep adding to this list

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Building Hiiaka's Garden

Ooooo.... I LIKE this, it's similar to what I envision, but on a larger scale. Hopefully she still has her nursery by the time I get there to purchase plants :-)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The 12 Trees Project

LOVE THIS! Gotta go when I get to the island!

How to - Growing Papaya from Seed. - South Florida

OMG!! Who knew it would be this easy.... I can't wait to try this. Have read 9-12 months from seed to fruit.

Unusual Fruits

Ok, this one had a bunch of good ones, except his additional comments say "it's not longan" so not sure on that one...

While researching "The Crazy Pineapple Dream" for an island business name

I came across this ..... it was posted under "what does it mean to see pineapples in your dreams?"

"To see a pineapple in your dream, represents self-confidence, ambition and success. You are self-assured in what you do. Alternatively, the pineapples symbolize hospitality. It could mean that you need to relax or take a vacation."

And.... I think this sounds like me :-)   I think it's a good sign.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

How To Open a Coconut - 3 Ways

Ok... this guy is totally trying to push sales off his website, but that being said, his demo on opening coconuts is pretty good.... and that snazzy coconut tool..... cooooooool!

How to Cut Pineapple

Good suggestions.... except.... we all know what we will do with the top to our pineapples.... right????

How to Cut Papayas

More packing and shipping...

Yay!!! My first set of boxes finally arrived in HI all in tact, yet they took 6 weeks to get there! What the hell? Everyone says this is the norm... like chill it's Hawaiian time.... ok. But it makes me realize I've got to plan way ahead. So, I've shipped 3 more boxes this week, ummmm that would put them there mid-July...  I've got about 4 more boxes of personal items I'd like to ship. I also have about 3 or 4 boxes of my lavender business I will ship, mostly just scaling that down by August and when ordering new supplies will have them shipped there. One last detail I've almost got figured out is shipping my bike. I've secured a free bike box and found a friend that knows how to break my bike down for shipping, plus they will do it with me so I can put it back together when in arrives in HI. This will save me about $100... shipping the bike will be almost $200 YIKES!

Creating home remedies with herbs and weeds

I intend to plant a medicinal garden patch just for this reason :-) Here's another good article on the topic found on "Common Sense Homesteading"

Friday, May 20, 2011

Yet another resource I want to save

Martha Stewart meets Off Grid LOL!

Someone told me this the other day... "you'll be like Martha Stewart Off Grid" and ... well... sadly they are pretty much right on. Even though I have an intense interest in off grid systems, simple living techniques, frugal tips and the whole less is more thinking... I do have tend to spruce things up a bit :-)  I love creating my space, indoors and out. Seriously, this girl ain't no Martha Stewart, but a little paint and a refurbished cool old chair... it's a good thing! haha!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Container gardening

A good resource.... with little soil in HI, the idea of container gardening is appealing to me.

By Janice Crowl, who also writes the blog

Container Gardening in Hawaii: How to Grow Paradise in a Pot

another small space heating idea

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hawaii animal quarentine process....

Well.... you know this is gonna be involved when the brochure alone is 25 pages.... sigh...

Grace is totally NOT into this LOL! Her first visit included updating vacinations, her next visit a week later will be blood draw to send off to a Kansas lab to confirm no rabies (this has to be done no earlier than 120 days prior to moving) and also we will test for heartworm, her next visit will be booster on the lepto vac, she needs to get on all the preventative stuff, Front Line etc, then her very last visit we will micro chip her (big needle and not pleasant). Anyways... this is not to mention I still have to go purchase a travel crate.... gonna cost some bucks to take this girl along...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Well.... it's a start....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Centipedes... gross....

I'm usually not a big squirmer over snakes, spiders, bugs and other thugs... but these things gross the hell out of me. The picture is from a facebook friend on Maui, she said it climbed out from under her car seat, while driving... she also said she about had a heart attack! I can see why!

After looking a bit on the Internet I've found that technically centipedes are not poisonous, but can leave a hell of a sting... and people react differently to it, from slight to severe with the need of medical attention. Mostly they are reported to be solitary and prefer dark, warm, moist areas, typically outdoors, but some do venture inside and then hide in clothes or other dark scary places.... ick! 

Check out her website at  I love her stuff!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Or give it away.... what ever it takes... LOL

Monday, April 11, 2011

Oooo... gotta save this one...

The best spring rolls I've had have been found on the islands, Hilo Farmer's Market to be exact. I've tried to make them at home... yeah... need practice... but here's a great recipe, I'll try again!

It's official!!!!!

September 8th!! I just purchased my one way ticket! Pretty damn excited about that!!!

Yeah.... that's me with the big smile and wave in the middle LOL

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sorting, packing, shipping.... shipping, packing, sorting...

Ok... I'm glad to have had time to go through all this sorting and packing and resorting and repacking and finally.... yes finally..... starting to ship some things!! After my divorce a year ago, I was glad to have gotten away with any of my own belongings (nasty ex wanted EVERYTHING even if they weren't his prior to our marriage). I felt like, whew, at least I have these things to start a new life. But now, my feelings have changed quite a bit. I am looking at many of these things and realizing, they are just that - things. Sure there are family heirlooms that I treasure and will never part with, but some of the family heirlooms I'm handing on to other members of the family. If they want to love these items, so be it, I'm glad they are being appreciated. I will keep several things in ONE storage unit in MT to deal with in the future, also in case, just in case, I do return. I have gone through and sorted what ships, what stores, and what sells. I'd like to ship some furniture, but it's turning out to not be the case. I will see after I get there if I want to spend the money to do that. Also, I've always felt that, it's a small island, why bring yet more stuff to it, when I can likely find it all there.
One thing I keep thinking about is my glass and enamel kitchen storage containers. I'd like to have them, many people in HI say you will need to cover everything. I'm not a fan of plastic, but it holds up well in the HI environment, so does glass.... but likely not enamelware... and I want my cast iron pans!!!

Things like these go!
Things like these sell!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

More small space pics I want to save

I started this blog as a way to store info and ideas for the future... I also cut out and tear out pics from magazines for the same purpose. I wanted to share these ideas as they are really appealing to me. These pics were from an article in the Big Sky Journal, titled "Montana Microhomes" by Seonaid B Campbell, photos by Lynn Donaldson

Thursday, January 13, 2011

More small space ideas

Love this one, great space saving ideas and so inspiring to start with nothing and create a home for one's self.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy New Year!

It's gonna be a good one!  Bringing in the new year with a brisk winter hike, someone special, a cozy fire, steak and lobster, hot tub, bottle of Dom.... sigh.... yeah... it's gonna be a good one...