Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Flag

I took this looking through the top of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
This was borrowed.

In honor of the 4th here is some flag etiquette. If you would like more I will post more I think Ms. Post has a whole chapter on it!

There are rules and customs connected with out flag that all of us should know and follow to show our respect for our country and our patriotism.
It is proper to fly the flag every day in the year between sunrise and sunset, although customarily it is not flown in inclement weather unless there is a particular occasion that requires its display. It may also be displayed at night as part of a patriotic display.
On Memorial Day, May 30 (or whatever day it is legally observed), the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and then at full staff thereafter until sunset. Flag Day is June--14 the day when we especially celebrate this emblem by displaying the flag. Many of us display the flag on other national holidays too.
There are certain clean-cut situations in which the flag should never be used--for example, as decoration on a portion of a costume or athletic uniform, as embroidery on cushions, scarves, handkerchiefs, or applied to paper napkins or boxes. Of course it should never be used as a covering for articles on a speaker's table, or so placed that objects may be put on or over it.
When a statue or monument is unveiled, the flag should never be used as a covering for the object to be displayed. It is unlawful to use the flag in a registered trademark that comprises "the flag, coat of arms, or other insignia of the United States or any simulation thereof." It goes without saying that national emblems is never displayed in connection with advertising or any kind. When festoons rosettes, or other draperies as desired bunting of blue (uppermost), white, and red should be used, but never the flag itself. -------Etiquette by Emily Post © 1922

Friday, June 27, 2008

Memes and Sunsets

Beautiful Okie sunset.
This is my workspace. I finally posted it! The blue rectangle hanging on the expo board is my Hawaiian fish card. The wood box keeps all my "important" papers. On my printer: drawing pencils, pigment to make paint, my glass of water, and my phone. On the desk: My iPod and some DVDs Wives and Daughters and Persuasion. The painting on the wall is one of Lou's the orange one is one of mine.

Big Blue and Beautiful

More beautiful blue ocean and black lava rock.

This was a pier on the Hilo side. I thought it was pretty cool!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

By the Sea By the Glorious Sea!

Isn't the water beautiful! The different blues in it. The blue and white slamming against the black rugged rock. This is the Hilo side of the Big Island the Kona side has the "sand" beaches. Don't think Waikiki type of beach. It has small pockets of sand beaches with their fair share of huge lava rocks. One place we dove we hiked into the dive site with all our gear on. To give you an idea how dang heavy the gear is: Your tank weighs about 15 pounds and I had 14 pounds in weight to neutralize my buoyancy. That sounds like a lot I know but keep in mind that one floats in salt water. Carrying 29 pounds on your back while climbing over HUGE boulders is hard work! I did not have athletic shoes on either. I have my dive boots on. Which are basically neoprene slippers with a rubber sole. Not hiking shoes. When we went to the dive shop we rented the dive equipment from we asked about other sites in the area. The guy told us about one but said it was tricky to get to it. I said more tricky that Hanalua Bay? He said No, Wow YOU hiked in there with that huge tank! Wow! Then his friend said I told you that we should not give them the bigger tanks, they did not need them. I was thankful we did not have the bigger tanks too! I don't know if we would have made it in there!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Waimau Vally

Update: 06-25-2008 11:24pm Here is the road Buck. It is not a good picture though. It was foggy as you can see.

This valley was beautiful the pictures scarcely do it justice.
The road into the valley is too steep to drive down into unless you have four wheel drive.
In the first picture a road is cut into that mountain. Zig zagging all the way up.

The black sand beach is it largest in the world. Amazing huh?

It was a gorgeous. I was said that we did not go down into the valley. What you hike down you have to hike up ya know!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I'm Tired!

I have not slept well lately and getting up early. I need to post words but my brain is a bit fuzzy. I would post pictures but that takes too long!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Orchids Out the Wazoo

More orchids! But this is the last of them. There is tons more Hawaii pictures left though.

It looks like I doctored this picture. But I didn't. Sometimes I crop them but that is usually all.

Corn, Corn, Corn, and MORE CORN! Part 2

Today is a repeat of yesterday. Wish me luck on keeping my fingers!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Corn, Corn, Corn, and MORE CORN!

This year my father planted seven one hundred foot rows of corn.

Guess what! They are ready. So today I have shucked, washed, and cut corn off the cob.
Lots of corn, I have cut about 200 ears off the cob and there is tons left to go! There are two wheelbarrows of unshucked corn left. Busy Busy!

psssssssst...... I don't even really like corn! I never eat it. When you have it 2 times a week for 2 years it gets a little old.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blue Planet

My poor readers have been clamoring for a real post. I hope this is works.

Today I was thinking about my love for the ocean. I had, mind you, only been to the ocean two times before Hawaii. But I love it. Everything about it. It's moods it's creatures it's depths. The ocean is a realm that very few see. The creatures in it are alien to most. It is an undiscovered land. It holds great beauty and also great danger. But my love for it still grows. The beauty attracts me, the danger intrigues me.

Lou has been writing about her love for the mountains. I am a mountain girl born and raised. But my true love is the ocean. I love the salt spray on my face as I am standing in the bow of the ship. I love the cool refreshing waters, and the beautiful creatures that live in them. My love for it is a new and undiscovered love. It may fade with time but it will never die.

My first boat experience was not a pleasant one as you all know. But the second was was amazing. I rode on the bow of the boat with the salt spray in my face. Saw the many colors of the water. Watched as the coral passed under foot. That is a very unique experience. You feel free, you can let everything go and just enjoy it. Swimming with the dolphins and manta rays was an amazing experience. Scuba diving is amazing as well. I love it. I would scuba dive anywhere. Swimming pools, lakes, anywhere where there is water. I love that too. To put it simply I am a water person. I love to be on or in the water.

Oh how I need a yacht! Or a beach house. ;)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Orchids 3

The variety of orchids is amazing! The color, the shape!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What Have I Been Up To?

Here are the scary orchids for Lou. The look like they need a caption.

Here is a little update for all of you. I have been so busy! Chores mostly. Slave labor. Work, work, work! When I think what have I been doing I come up empty. But I've been busy! Right now I am tired but I needed to post.

When I started blogging I told myself I would post everyday or at least five times a week. My readers come here to read. I need to provide them something to read. Something of substance. I have not always provided you that. You can tell when I am lazy because you just get pictures and not words. Many people are great with words. Describing things. I'm not. It is something I need to work on.

I have also be a lazy blog reader. Everything with settle down soon I hope. I will try to be better

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Here are some of the orchids in the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens.
There will be several parts to the this series.