Monday, February 9, 2009

pineapple progression pictures and playground stuff

I really hope you can see these pictures. Last month, look what I discovered!

Let me start from the beginning. After we first moved here, we visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation (a must see) and I learned how to cut up a pineapple and how to plant a pineapple. I think I have an old post on how to buy a pineapple that I learned too. Well, I planted two pineapples. Because they say it takes 1 1/2 years to produce. Those two were duds. I killed them, probably with neglect. But then, I saw that my next door neighbor had some really cool looking plants. They were pineapple plants - in planters! I didn't think about planting some just for decorative purposes. So I tried again - never thinking anything much of it. As you can see, that green topper can grow into some huge pokey leaves. Kinda cool.

I've had this plant for about a year or so - I can't remember. It got half blown out of the pot with the big wind storm in January. So I was very surprised when I saw this:
What?? Is that what I think it is? A baby pineapple? I don't know if you can read the date, but it says 1/19/09.

You can see it's progressing. This date reads 2/3/09

I took this picture today 2/9. Really starting to take shape. I can see the green topper and there are little purple flowers around the base.
If you don't know how a pineapple grows - I won't tell you. I'll let the pictures surprise you. I think I'll have to get my boys to name it. I hope, hope, hope that we can eat it before we move - but I'm not sure how long they take to mature. I bet it's a long time. Does that sound horrible that I want to name it AND eat it?
We eat fresh pineapple every week. You can't get these tastey beauties on the mainland. I'm going to miss it.
Playground news. The big build is this weekend! Our school held a rummage sale Saturday and raised $2700! I donated some Rescue Heroes and books and bought a few books and a game. I like to think my $3 helped. LOL!
Gary has to go in to work off and on this weekend - even though it's a 4 day break. So I'm not sure how he's going to work in a day of labor. I will be helping out as much as I can while I try to keep my two 9 year olds out of trouble and busy. I heard that they got 300 Marines to volunteer each day of the build. They are so awesome! The school is right outside the back gate of the Kaneohe Bay base - MCBH (Marine Corps Base Hawaii) and they support us in many ways.
This is the link to our playground website
It's gonna be awesome - a volcano with a lava slide, outrigger canoe, slidey things, jumpy things, swingy ring things. And green - made out of some recycled materials, and will have some handicap friendly areas. I'll take pictures of course.

1 comment:

Trish said...

You must be so excited for your pineapple. How fun! I want to grow It looks so cute. I can't wait to see the progress.
Yay for the new playground. I can't wait to see the pictures when its done.