Maria set the table, with pretty cloths and dishes. We made pumpkin-carrot-oat muffins and sipped chai tea from pretty cups, with Alex and Max. We read some of Tasha Tudor's books, and then we talked about plans for fall, plans for our own Pumpkin Moonshines.
Michael came by to share his gift with Maria... a gift for each of us, really. It recalls fond memories of our days in Hawaii. It's been too long, and the sweet fragrance of plumeria makes us nostalgic. I miss our visits to the Islands, but I am reminded that there is a lot of aloha from friends and family, closer to home, too.