Tuesday, October 28, 2008


...Right now I am just not motivated to post. Not to mention, I haven't worked on a quilt for a long time, so I am going to get my quilting stuff out and throw a few squares together :o)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Too early in the morning

Time: 6:30 a.m. this morning getting ready for work and brushing my teeth
Object: A black and white striped dental retainer
Husband: "Oh, leopard!"
Wife: "When was the last time you saw a black and white striped leopard?"
Husband: "Oh, not leopard."
Wife: "So what is it?"
Husband: "I don't know."
Wife: "You don't know what has black and white stripes?"
Husband walks out of bathroom into the other room and Wife wonders if she is going to get an answer. A couple seconds later "Zebra!" sounds from the other room.
There for a minute I thought I was going to have to review zoo animals with my Hubby :o)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Another Wacko Weekend

Friday started off at 4:30 a.m. We left the house at 5 and headed to Florence to meet Aaron, Jay's brother, and his wife for breakfast at IHOP. We met up at about 5:45. I had pumpkin pancakes, eggs, bacon and some hashbrowns. It was all very yummy. At 6:55 we said goodbye, and Jay drove me to work where I clocked in at 7:15 a.m. While I was working my 8 hour shift, Jay took our car to the garage to have two new headlights put in and a ball joint fixed. Over 3 hours later, he finally had a car in working order. Apparently the garage didn't have enough air power to run one of their tools and it took a lot longer than it should have. He stopped by Walmart on the way back to the house and then packed a few things in a suitcase, did some work at the church and then turned around and drove an hour back to the jail to pick me up at 3:15 p.m.
We drove a couple hours to Anderson, Indiana to Jay's parents house. We both took a quick nap and were out the door at 6:45 to head to their church for a revival service. We had planned to meet up with both his parents, but his mom ended up going to the hospital to be with Jay's grandpa. So after church, we all went to the hospital where we talked my mother in law into coming to eat with us at Fazoli's. After a quick dinner, we split up again. Mother in law back to the hospital and the rest of us to the house. I found a few blankets and decided I wanted to stretch out on the couch and watch the fire Jay had started in the fireplace. The rest of them talked for a while and Jay woke me up in the late evening and said perhaps I should sleep in the bedroom.
At 7:45 a.m. this morning our alarm rang. We read our devotions and talked a little bit to Jay's mom and then we were out the door again to be at my cousin's house by 9:47 a.m. We stayed until 11 a.m. chatting and being goofy and then headed out the door again. We arrived back in Falmouth at 1:18 p.m. Jay ran upstairs and changed and headed right back out the door for a 1:30 community service honoring veterans for their service to our country. Since he is a pastor, he will give out two commemorations to the veterans in our church. That's where he is right now as I write this. Sigh...too much stuff for one weekend :o)

Monday, October 06, 2008

So much for resting and relaxing...

Here are some random pictures. I am more tired after vacation than I was before it :o)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Day 7 - Testy Thursday

This morning I discovered why Hawaii has rainbows on their license plates. This morning we saw 2 full bows and 2 partial bows. It was amazing!!! You could clearly see purple, blue, yellow, orange, and red. So pretty!

Then we visited Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. And here I arrive at the reason for the title of today's blog. Since we have been here, we have noticed a huge percentage of tourists as those from China and Japan. I have nothing against them touring our country. HOWEVER, when you visit a memorial in honor of American soldiers who fought for freedom against your country then "shut up!" We were standing in the memorial which is moored over top of the sunken ship, and we were surrounded by babbling loud foreign tourists with absolutely no respect for the patriotism of the soldiers who died there. It's funny because the U.S. Navy soldiers who run the memorial had cautioned everyone on the boat over to the memorial, that they should be quiet and respectful while at the memorial. What I figured out later, was that 50% of the people on the boat had no idea what he was saying because he was speaking in English (imagine that!). To me, if you're going to visit a memorial for another country besides your own, then be quiet and respect them! I came away with a different view of foreign travelers. Another question that arose in my mind, why in the world are they coming to an American memorial that would never have been necessary if their country hadn't attacked ours?? Ok, I am will now backtrack and say that I am not prejudiced against foreign travelers, but at least be respectful of those in whose country you are touring!
The 19,000 pound anchor from the USS Arizona which as actually discovered several hundred yards away from the actual ship after it was destroyed.

The USS Lincoln aircraft carrier which was moored right near the memorial.

I am not sure if you can see the oil in this picture or not. The Arizona still leaks oil to this day over 60 years later.
In case you are wondering, the headsets around our necks are connected to a small radio. It is the Audio Tour of the memorial. As you go throughout the museum and memorial, there are small numbers nearby and by punching in the numbers on your radio, a WWII survivor is narrating what happened back on that fateful day.

People were putting small flowers in the water as tributes to the American navy members who died. If you look closely you can see the ship under the water.

Day 6 - Weary Wednesday

After a long day out and about, I am pretty whooped!

Pictures from the air!

Looking down into Diamond Head Crater.

This bay is known for its snorkeling and I think it look so pretty!

A waterfall that I couldn't see very well so I just pointed my camera in the general direction and as you can see I didn't get the top of it!

The U.S.S. Lincoln just recently arrived into Pearl Harbor. It carries nearly 5,000 members of the Navy.
Us with our goofy looking life vest paks around our waists. They look ridiculous but they are necessary!

Next we went driving around and to avoid paying outrageous parking we found a 2 hour parking slot on the street and walked to the U.S. Army Museum. It was free admission (which of course, we loved!) and we walked around it for an hour or so. Lots of neat information and displays about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then we got back in our car and found a parking garage and headed to the pier where we met up with our boat that would take us to our submarine tour. This cute little chapel was at the Hilton Hawaiian Village right near the pier.

Once we switched from the boat to the submarine, we had to shimmy down a ladder into the interior. This would not be a trip for clastrophobic people. There were approximately 64 of us in the submarine. It is the largest passenger submarine in the world. Of course, any US naval submarine would be bigger however, they do not have the "port holes" to look out of either. We saw lots of fish and the tour led us through a plane and two ships underwater. These were put their on purpose and in conjuction with the University of Hawai'i. Apparently since their placement on the bottom of the ocean, the fish population has increased over 3,000% in this area. The ships give a safe resting place to fish trying to sleep without fear of being eaten by sharks or predator fish. We had hoped to avoid paying out the wazoo for parking but even with 40 minutes of our parking ticket validated, we still ended up paying $21 for 3 hours of parking. Isn't that ridiculous??

Can you make out the giant turtle? Isn't it cute? Apparently these big guys can stay under water for up to 3 hours by slowing their heart rate down to 1 beat per minute. Crazy, huh?

There were a couple divers at one of the ships. Our guide said they were spear hunting. I think they enjoyed showing off for the folks on the submarine.

The flags attached to the boat that took us from the pier to the submarine and back.

We stopped at the island's largest mall, Ala Moana. This was our second time here, but we didn't care to shop this time. I just wanted something different to eat. The Food Court has tons of different kinds of food including: Hawaiian (duh!), Italian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Ameri-Mexican (Taco Bell), American (Tony Roma's etc) and more. Then we headed back to the resort. Six lanes of traffic wide and it was packed.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Day 5 - Terrific Tuesday - Our Anniversary!

(I know it says October 1 at the top, but I am actually posting this on September 30. Blogspot has Eastern Time so this is actually still being posted on Tuesday Hawaiian Time :o) Today I slept in really late and it was very nice. I took a pic of this blue stop sign. Pretty funky!

Jay used to work for Shred-it back in Cincinnati so we were quite surprised to see them here on the Big Island.
A huge cruise ship which was docked just near our dinner cruise ship.
This was our boat.
Me and my hubby!

Diamond Head - hopefully we will be flying over it tomorrow on a helicopter tour and more pictures should be forth coming.

Having fun and taking pics of the sunset.

Following the first course of a Romaine salad with bread and tomatoes, was this: Beef, Snow crab legs over vegetables and a dollop of mashed potates with a weird little branch of something sticking out of it. Both Jay and I smelled it and agreed that if you cut a branch of your Christmas tree it would smell the exact same!!! The crab legs were all you could eat so Jay had fun with that. I ate three legs which took me forever to get the meat out. I remember watching Dad do it but I didn't realize how hard it was. Not too mention, after I looked at the under side of the legs it started grossing me out so I decided I didn't want anymore.
Followed by the third course, Hawaiian Macademia Nut icecream. Yumm!
I've been forgetting to mention this: every night two Hawaiian ladies stop by our door and ask if we would like our bed turned down. How hilarious is that?? I've never stayed at a place where they do that. Tonight we returned to our room after they had already been through and as you can see it was turned down and there is a little coconut cookie wrapped in a leaf and tied with string. I hate coconut but this has very little coconut in it and actually was quite good.
And last, but certainly not least, as I mentioned I was sleeping in this morning. When I decided I should probably get up, Jay presented me with this adorable little turtle with a lei around it's neck and a Hawaiian passport attached to it. I think it is adorabe. Happy Anniversary to my hubby. I love you very much!