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A Plant Day

Since I’ve started packing, I’ve had categories of stuff: shipping box, rummage sale, garbage, and suitcase. I took care of the shipping box stuff this past weekend. Yesterday, I took care of the rummage sale stuff.

Our church youth group is having a rummage sale today. It was perfect timing! I took three boxes of stuff to them, and gave them almost all my lanai plants. I think they should fetch a good price. Many of them are rare or spectacular:

While I was at school, I did some other gardening as well. Some of the vegetables died or were dying, so I took them out and replaced them with flowers.

But the pepper plants and tomato plants are flourishing. I propped up the tomatoes with some branches.

There’s a tomato on one of the plants. I was so excited to see it!

Transferring Things

Technically speaking, this title doesn’t alliterate, because it’s not about the letters, its about the sounds, but I’m going to allow it anyway.

I’m slowly taking care of the list of things to do before I leave. Yesterday was Zach day.

In the morning, I went to the DMV to see how you transfer ownership over to someone else. The workers there were really helpful. I’ll have everything in order for when Zach takes my truck.

In the afternoon, Mike and Josh met at my place, and we took my big furniture and some other useful items over to Zach’s new place. It is really nice. He’s blessed to be able to live there.

After a day of satisfying work, I celebrated with an ABC dinner – that is, a dinner bought from the ABC convenience store by my place. I have eaten this combination of junk food many times, and I love it. It was nice to have it again.

Half tuna, half egg salad

Hiking Happiness

I went hiking yesterday with Koryna and Bridger. It was so fun! We went to Iao Valley. I think this is my favorite of all the hiking trails on Maui. It was overcast and breezy, which was great – until it started to rain. We got pretty wet, and the trail got pretty muddy. Still, it was a fun time, and it was amazing and beautiful. Besides, shared adversity is always bonding.

I couldn’t decide which picture to include, so here are all of them:

The Iao Needle
A terrestrial orchid
An ohia tree in bloom
A close-up of the ohia flower
The trail is so woodsy and cool-looking
Another cool trail section
Koryna said this was a reishi mushroom
Another trail shot. It was slippery
Selfie!
Ginger. It smelled like honeysuckle
A cool red fern. Hopefully its growth did not involve the death of a beloved hunting dog.
A stream that we crossed. I thought this pool looked like it should have a fish in it that granted wishes.
Cloudy, cool, and green
The end of the trail with an gnarled old ohia tree. I love it. It might be my favorite tree on the whole island.

Packing and Praying

My shipping pod left yesterday. I got everything packed in time. There was some extra space in it, so I could have fit more, but other than my big furniture, there wasn’t much else to take.

In the evening, I had Bible study at Kaala and Andrea’s house. I have been doing weekday Bible study there the whole time I’ve lived here. Last night was my last one. It was fun as always, with good discussion and prayer. It’s been a blessing.

A Semblance of Normal

Most of my things are packed in the shipping pod. A few are still out because they go to Zach. A few are still out because they go in my suitcase. There is also a “church youth rummage sale” category and a “leave in the dumpster corral” category.

But I’m still trying to pretend like things are the same. Change is unsettling.

This past year I got an over-sized tv table so guests could put their suitcase on it. I’m using it as my table. It’s a little wobbly, but it holds the stuff it needs to hold.

My shipping container gets picked up today. I’ll try to remember to take a picture of the insides before I close it for the last time.

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