Monday, January 2, 2023

Ant Wishes

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Click on photo to enlarge

Even the wishes of a
small ant reach heaven.
Shinto Saying

His eye is on the sparrow.

In Hawaii, one may go to
a Shinto Shrine
for a New Year Blessing
and many do. Because of the
pandemic, this will be my
first visit since 2019

For Shinto, at root, is a religion
not of sermons but of awe:
which is a sentiment that may
or may not produce words, but in
either case goes beyond them.
Joseph Campbell

Holiday Libation with my pal Zeus
in his festive home!

For last year's words belong
to last year's language;
And next year's words
await another voice.
And to make an end is
to make a beginning.
  T.S. Eliot

This chart shows Honolulu's
air quality from New Year's Eve
6 pm to 1 Jan 2023 noon.
You can see the effect of
MANY illegal aerial fireworks!*

Lest you think this is
from recent volcanic
activity, above you can
see Hawaii island [Active
Volcanoes] on the
right edge all green.
To the upper left on Oahu
you can see the yellow over
Honolulu because of the
population density here on
the "Gathering Place" isle.

Pixie does her best Janus impression,
looking back to the past
and ahead to the new year.
She tells me it will be a better one.
After all, the coming Lunar Year
is the Year of the Cat in Viet Nam
[Cousin Rabbit in China]
We closed all windows to the smoke
and endured the barrage in fine style.
[With prayers for Ukraine]


Wishing you ALL the Best!

Cloudia & Pixie


* Video of illegal Honolulu
NYE fireworks shot from my window:


Elephant's Child said...

I am glad that you can go back to a Shinto shrine again.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful pics, Loved the post.
Happy New Year 2023, Greetings

William Kendall said...

The Council of Infinite Pixies begins to gather again.

And she wonders who this Zeus is.

RedPat said...

Some fool was letting off fireworks near us. The dogs of the neighbourhood always cringe.

Sandee said...

Cute pup and I love the picture of Pixie. You made me smile.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to Pixie. ♥

roentare said...

The shrine looks gorgeous! Zeus is adorable in that pic.

Cloudia said...

So Jolly!!!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Happy New Year, Cloudia!

NCSue said...

Aloha, happy new year, and thanks for sharing at

Kay said...

I've been to Izumo Taisha a couple of times. It's a serene place.
I tried to load my fireworks video but it wouldn't work. Darn! Thank goodness there were some winds later in the morning to clear off some of the noxious smoke.

Mae Travels said...

Too bad the fireworks have gotten so far out-of-hand. We heard just a few pops at midnight.

Have a great year in 2023.

best... mae at

Sharon Madson said...

Great doggie and kitties photos. Love all the quotes. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year and T Day, too.

Divers and Sundry said...

I hadn't realized that fireworks could affect air quality to that degree. Yikes!

Happy T Day

CJ Kennedy said...

I love the picture of Pixie and her prediction for the New Year. Happy New Year and T Day to you

DVArtist said...

Fireworks were banned last year in my county. In my neighborhood things were quiet. Sorry about the air quality there right now. Be safe and give Pixie a pat for me.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Lovely photos! I don't mind fireworks but we seem to have a lot of random fireworks being let off from October through to New Year. Happy New Year, hugs, Chrisx

Rambling Woods said...

Dear Cloudia...thank you for linking into Nature Notes. I have started it again after learning more about using Wordpress's new post editor...Michelle