Two of my kids are off to the Merrie Monarch Parade - marching for their respective school groups. Fortunately, one of them drives - isn't that curmudgeonly of me? I have never been fond of parades and the whole Merrie Monarch thing kind of passes me by every year. I tried to go to the free night one year, waited in line for a couple of hours, realized I wasn't going to get in and gave up. I do watch some of the footage on tv - especially the year my student and my niece were in the halau together. It's really very bad of me - Merrie Monarch is a huge deal in Hilo. I just don't like crowds, and I never think to buy tickets for the Kahiko night (traditional form of hula - my favorite) enough time ahead. I think I would have to basically buy them now for next year.
I saw on Facebook that my nephew ordered sheep netting from Premier Dairy. Apparently, he typed in the "Special Instructions" box that he would like them to enclose a picture of a chicken in a cowboy hat, riding a sheep and lassoing another chicken. I was impressed to see that they, in fact, enclosed a charming picture of said chickens and sheep with the package. Now, that is customer service and a hoot besides.
We actually neglected our māla out back, so we were thinking about putting sheep netting around the taro and letting the sheep weed for us. They don't eat the taro because of the oxalic acid crystals in the leaves and corm, but they will eat the grass all around it. I was bitterly opposed to putting the māla in the back pasture, but apparently, I was wrong. It is so far from the house, and with Elvis back there, not pleasant to walk out to - but if the sheep will weed it for us without eating the crop, then I am all for it - one back breaking day to plant it and one back breaking day a year later to pull it out. I love taro in almost all forms, but it is really a LOT of work to both plant and harvest.
Today, I am going to put in some cucumbers, lettuce, beets, turnips, the few seed potatoes I saved from last year, pumpkin, and various greens and herbs. We'll see if they get washed away - hopefully, we over the over-the-top rainfalls we've been having and are now going to have just our regular loads of rain.