The picture of the puppy is so cute!!! Makes me miss my fluffy fella. I need to think about bringing Jack here but I am terrified of taking him on a plane. Gives me stomach pains just thinking about the 12-14 hours of howling and crying that would occur. Jack would do the same.
Here is a picture I took of Jack when I was home
at Christmas. It took him most of the time I was there to remember me. Just look at that sweet little face. The fluffiness makes you forget about the terrorizing claws and attitude.
Here is a picture that I found of poor Puma. He could have been fourteen. I remember that he first wandered up to mom and dad's porch when I lived in Georgia. I can't believe that Dad would not let you tell me he had died while mom was visiting.
Here is is doing what he did best-Lay on a chair and look exhausted. That is why it was so hard to judge his age. It was something he had done forever.
So when mom was here we went to Honolulu for the day. We had a 6:30am flight and landed at 6:54. So cool. As soon as you reach altitude it is time to begin descent! We took a tour and went first to Pearl Harbor. The tickets for the memorial are free but are on a first come basis. We were there by 8 and were given a 9:30 appointment. It was during Spring Break here but business is off for everyone.
While you wait for your turn, there is a small museum (a new larger welcome center/museum is coming a year or so) and gift shop to occupy your time. The memorial has a small group of Veterans who were at Pearl Harbor who come and sign autographs. I bought a of stories about the bombing and was able to have it signed by the author (Allan Seiden) and by two of the Heroes (Alfred Rodriques and Sterling Cale).
Before you are taken by boat there is an amazing documentary that takes 20 minutes. There was footage I have never seen before. Some of it was filmed by the Japanese. Very emotional. Then you board a small boat and young Navy members take you on a three minute ride over to the Memorial Itself.
To the right of the memorial is the remains of a dock. There are 8?? of them and they each have the name of the ship that was docked at it. The memorial itself is centered over the remains of the USS Arizona. It was hard to imagine that we would be so close to the remains. They are barely below the surface. Gasoline still leaks from the ship and will continue to do so for 70+more years.
The picture is awkward but here is part of the Arizona that is partially above the surface of the water.
After Pearl Harbor, we drove through Punch Bowl Cemetery which is the Pacific equivalent of Arlington Cemetery. Unfortunately, tour buses are not allowed to stop just drive very slow. We then were dropped off at Waikiki Beach to eat and shop a bit. Stores are either very high or very low end. Weird mix. The beach is way too crowded. I will take Maui any day.
The final stop was back at Pearl Harbor to tour the USS Missouri where WWII was officially ended. We were back in Kahului at 8pm. A long long day.
Well, have a great Easter. I can not believe that there will be 21 people at mom's for dessert. I will be at the beach in the am. Poor me. This will be the first Easter Monday that I have ever worked. I don't even have a special meal planned. I think I will knit and read.
This is the first project I have done using lace weight yarn. It took about 6 different tries to find a project that was not too complicated for me. I settled on the Float Stole from the latest Interweave Knits (Spring 2009). It is knit lenghtwise. I shortened it quite a bit since usually shawls are so so long on me. I am almost half done!!
Well, blog back and hopefully I will talk to everyone tomorrow.
ps. since when is Orange Plastic NOT a naturally occuring product???