Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Holiday Balance - It's about my Dad

Holiday Balance - It's about my Dad

golfing on Maui

HOLIDAY SEASON ON MAUI - HERE COME THE VISITORS

My 85 year old father, we call him Pa, is coming for the holidays, and he's staying for 4 months this time.  Yikes - we're picking him up tonight!  This is how we balance all of our lives during the holiday season:

cans for recycling cans and bottles

 

I need to keep balanced - As the chief cook and bottle washer, I'm going to need some extra time preparing meals, so I will be sure to assign some responsibilities to Pa.  Last year he was in charge of recyclables, and he can do that again.  With the extra mouths around, the bottles tend to pile up faster, and someone needs to take out the bottles and cans and cardboard on a daily basis.  I know he likes to do this, since he does it at his home, in a very organized matter.  Out the door and into their respective garbage cans, or storage shed.  One less thing for me to do, and one more way for him to feel helpful.  I like that balance.

moving stuff with the John Deere 110

 


My husband needs to keep balanced - He is burdened with all the maintenance of a couple of properties, with multiple buildings, as well as livestock, and working for neighbors.  He's the repair man, the lawn man, the painter (wait a minute, I thought that was my job), the plumber, the electrician, the builder, the hauler, the guy with the tractor, the "honey-do" guy.  If he could clone himself we'd all be way ahead.  He will have some projects for my dad to help with, to ease his own load.  Pa really likes to be "hands-on" and he's pretty meticulous (for an old guy).  He used to work with his hands, as a surgeon, and enjoys doing some carpentry or painting.  This year we'll again get him to assemble and paint some sections of deck railings and pickets, and maybe we'll get this house completed before next Christmas rolls around.

 

Pa needs to keep balanced -  Literally.  Like he says, he notices that he's getting a little more wobbly.  I can't imagine why!  Last year he decided it was about time to start using the golf cart when he plays with his younger golf buddies that's he's made over here.  Not because he's getting lazy, but because it won't slow them down so much.  He's being considerate of their time, and finding the right balance

In fact, by learning to live in 2 places, Maui and Vancouver, he has to make some adjustments.  This is the longest stretch of time for him to be on Maui, and that will require some balance.  My sister in law is house sitting for him "back home".  That's a nice balance.

 

 

My sister needs to keep balanced -  She lives not too far away in Haiku, but in a small house without a lot of spare room.  Pa will take turns staying with us and staying with her, so nobody is "hogging" him, you know.  That way he gets the best of both worlds, the quiet country life and the busier town life.  She and I usually work out a switch off day that coincides with his golfing dates.  One of us will take him to golf and the other will pick him up, twice a week!  So far that's a good balance for her and me.

 

As part of our Holiday Balance, we'll all get together for holiday meals and the occasional day at the beach.  Pa's birthday is in January and we like to make a party for himHey, how many more can there be?  One year we all got together at the Maui Country Club for a nice lunch.  Last year it was a barbecue party at our house.  Not sure what it will be this year, but whatever happens, we will have all his friends and ours come together to celebrate this special person, my father, who has managed to balance his time and his life with those around him. 

I hope you can all find some balance in your lives during this busy time.  ALOHA

a day at the beach in Maalaea
Comment balloon 34 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • November 13 2007 04:03PM

Comments

Very nice pictures. I believe in balance and moderation.

Happy Holidays! 

 

Posted by Zen Ziejewski, Laguna Niguel Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago
Your pictures on this post are OUTSTANDING Georgina!  We get Mom and Dad during season as well.  I'm looking forward for their arrival! :)
Posted by Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl (John R. Wood Properties) almost 12 years ago
Be grateful you have parents in good health who can visit and enjoy the time you have with them.
Posted by Steve Glose, TRC, CIPS, 407-616-7286, Orlando Real Estate, Orla (Keller Williams Classic Group) almost 12 years ago

Zen - with a name like that, I guess you would tend to be pretty grounded,  : )

Shannon - It's hard NOT to take a good picture on Maui.  Yes, we are also looking forward to seeing him again.

Steve - I can't believe how healthy he is.  Mom wasn't so lucky.  We are very grateful indeed, he's a wonderful person.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
Georgina, thank you for entering the Holiday Balance contest with this post.  As one of the judges, I'll hold off on commenting more extensively until we make our final decision.  Just wanted to let you know that I'd stopped by to read your post.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 12 years ago
Its nice to have family right, it seems like you are looking forward to the season,,,best wishes
Posted by Mike Norvell Sr, Norvell Consulting Group (Morris Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago
Mom is turning 80 in January...She still works at Oahu Country Club 4 days a week...goes golfing every Monday (she went today because yesterday was a holiday) and I just know she will outlive all of us! Your balance showed a working together balance..wonderful. Good Luck Georgina and thanks for supporting us in the group!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago

Georgina: I know that Pa appreciates you and your sister; what a great way to "share" him.  His golfing buddies are going to be envious--one good looking gal dropping him off, and another picking him up!  This was a great entry to the contest.

MiT

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Hi Georgina,  It sounds like it will be a wonderful time with your Dad visiting. I loved seeing the pictures....how nice that he comes to spend all that time with you and your sister's family.

((-:

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 12 years ago

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Mike N.- Yes, we're planning some events for this week and we'll take it from there.

Sally - Thanks for the encouragement.  Too bad your mom's not over here, we could get them together for a few rounds.

Mike J. - hahaha, he's already made arrangements to start tomorrow!  He keeps in touch with them by email when he's back in Canada. 

Jo-Anne - he's a camera bug too, so we have plenty in common

Aloha for now.... best wishes to all of you. 

 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago

Hi Georgina,

I am so excited to see your office is in Paia. My step kids and their mother live in Paia off of Baldwin. Oh how I miss it there. I am still very good friends with the kid's mother, Stephanie. She needs help on her home loan, perhaps I can refer her to you. Let me know if you know of someone good who might be able to help her.

Thank you for the pictures. I soon as I can, I will be there visiting. 

Posted by Rockie Mitchell Cooper, Realtor - Arcadia, CA (Keller Williams - Arcadia) almost 12 years ago
Rockie - What a nice coincidence.  There is a very good lender right in Paia.  I have had many happy clients who have used him.  I will email you the contact info.  When you come to visit, give me a call!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
I'll call her today. Thank you.
Posted by Rockie Mitchell Cooper, Realtor - Arcadia, CA (Keller Williams - Arcadia) almost 12 years ago
Your family values are refreshing.  Happy Holidays!
Posted by Lori DeLoera (Century 21 Sundance) almost 12 years ago
Thanks Lori - same to you.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago

Georgina,  Congratulations on placing first in the contest....excellent job and wonderful story !!

(-:

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 12 years ago

Georgina- This was a nice tribute to your father, and how you all balance everything when he is there with you.  Oh, and some of your humor was funny too :)  enjoy the Holidays, and enjoy the Birthday in January.

Congratulations on placing 1st in the contest......

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 12 years ago
Congratulations! Sent you an email!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
Georgina, This is a beautiful post, everything about it.  Both the title and that beautiful title really grab one's eye, and it sounds like you really do have balance.  Thanks for inspiring the rest of us.  Congratulations on your win!
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

I really can't believe it's me that won!  There were so many other great entries, that I felt mine was kind of lame.  But I'm happy to be honored with first place, and want to thank everyone (especially Sally) who made it possible.  This will inspire me to try out for future contests when time permits. 

THANK YOU, MAHALO, DOMO ARIGATO, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU  (bowing graciously)

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
Congratulations Georgina, have a great holiday with your dad.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 12 years ago
I loved your photos! Enjoy your time with your dad   :)
Posted by Diane Velikis, Luzerne County Real Estate (Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Congratulations Georgina for your beautiful post and inspiration to keep us all balanced.  Your photos are absolutely beautiful.
Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) almost 12 years ago

Missy, Diane, Julie - thank you for your kind words.

Thanks again to the Judges.  It must have been very difficult.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago

Congratulations Georgia, A very nicely done holiday piece and it really captures the title of the contest so well. Sounds like Pa is in for a grand and joyous time with the kids. That's the way it should be. Well Done! Your photos are terrific and add so much personal flavor. One day I will get to see your area again. All the Best and Wishing you the most special and wonderful holiday!

Sincerely,

William

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 12 years ago
What a wonderful tribute to your father and your family.  Enjoy every moment -- and thanks for sharing your Pa with us.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 12 years ago
Georgina, Congratulations on coming in 1st place in the contest.  The decision was unanimous among the judges.  We loved the graphics and layout of your post.  You obviously took the time to make sure that your writing flowed and was error-free.  I liked the way you talked about each family member and how they need to keep balanced.  Overall, it was an inspiring story and a great entry into the contest.  Thanks for the support.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 12 years ago
Georgina--Thank you for sharing your family and how they keep balanced! Nice post and well deserving of 1st place! Congrats!!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 12 years ago
Georgina - Congratulations! I can see why they picked you. Have a wonderful visit with Pa, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) almost 12 years ago

Georgina...I really enjoy seeing the posts from the winners.  I an certainly see why you made it.  Thanks for sharing.  My mom is 90 and if it wasn't for very bad scoliosis, she'd be running rings around us.  You and I are very fortunate.

Cheers, Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 12 years ago
You guys are all too kind.  Thanks for coming by and commenting.  Have a great Thanksgiving yourselves.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago
What a wonderful post and worthy of first place!!!! You are lucky to still have your pa and enjoying him. Mine passed away 3 years ago, but we spent a week on the Big Island with the entire family celebrating his life!!! It was perfect!
Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) almost 12 years ago
Really enjoyed your post. We brought my Mom here to Kauai when she was 85 for a couple of months. She did not like it. Why? She hated the bugs and the food. She could not find a good corned beef sandwich anywhere on the island. Of course, that probably would not be a problem if she were is Honolulu right? My Mom will be 88 this March but she's no longer willing to travel out to the islands which is sad. Maybe she'll have a change of heart someday soon.

 
Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) almost 12 years ago

Joeann - what a nice way to get together in remembrance

Ronnie - I hope there weren't any bugs in her sandwich!  lol  At least you have a Costco over there, so you have some good selection of food items.  Sometimes it's hard for people to make an adjustment. 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago

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