07 Dec

December 7th

My BIL emailed me this morning to ask what it feels like to be on Oahu on December 7th. Hmmm. Is Sunday a slow blog day and he’s bored? Oh, I missed something. Better check CNN. Duh, it’s “The Day That Lived In Infamy.” The day Pearl Harbor was bombed and started the US in WWII. If the house across the street would nudge a little to the left we could see Pearl Harbor. Yup, it’s still there. Looks quiet. My neighbors of Japanese descent to the right went to work today. My neighbors of Hawaiian and Korean descent to the left are finishing off installing a new wood floor. A German friend offered to mail me Lebkuchen for Christmas. It appears that, at least in my little corner of the world, we’re over it. Perhaps there will be fireworks or something tonight. Although, if there were, I probably wouldn’t be able to differentiate them from the noisemaker fireworks the teens down the street insist on setting off each and every night. OK, apparently we missed a memorial service at the USS Arizona this morning:

Highlights of the ceremony will include music by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, morning colors, a Hawaiian blessing, a rifle salute by members of the U.S. Marine Corps, wreath observations, echo taps and recognition of the men and women who survived that December 7, 1941, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Maybe next year. Meanwhile, life was almost normal here. I do have the pleasure of enjoying two gifts that arrived in the mail from internet friends this week.

Jude sent me this little “Spirit Cloth” since I admired it in progress. She says it was inspired by me a little (roots on the heart, maybe?). I am so inspired by her and her process that I just can’t see how she could be inspired by me though. I was going to frame this, but now I’m thinking it might be great sewn to a pillow for my bedroom. She also included a great piece of vintage palm tree fabric. I love their retro funkiness!

I also won a sock monkey naming contest over at Gennine‘s blog. I got the better end of the deal because she sent me a set of lovely postcards to send or frame. I think I’ll do a bit of both. These are high quality prints.

At risk of sounding like we’re more eco-friendly and educational-project-oriented than we really are, our big activity today, December 7th, was to start vermicomposting. After years of excuses as to why we couldn’t compost (too small a space and not staying in one place long enough to reap the benefits being the biggies) I decided that worming actually might fit our lifestyle. We went to a Green Fair yesterday to talk to Mindy of Waikiki Worms and she agreed that, yes, we’d make fine vermiculturists.

This morning she called to say she’d be in our area and could deliver our quarter pound of starter worms. So, crafty daughter and I got to work drilling holes in a plastic tub (yippee for purging our belongings and having several empty tubs around) and shredding newspaper and cardboard for bedding.

The worms arrived and the tub was approved. We’ve given them lunch (muffin papers with crumbs, peas and an apple core) and can’t wait to see what happens.

December 7th in Hawai’i isn’t that much different than any other day.

12 thoughts on “December 7th

  1. We probably heard more about it here than you did over there.I heard several news reports about veterans assembling there for a remembrance. I am going to start composting, too – not right away, but soon!!

  2. My first son was due on December 7th and I’m pretty sure most people wouldn’t be bothered by that date, but I was mortified. Any day but that! He showed up 12 days early and I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. My father still remembers watching the planes bomb Pearl Harbor – they lived up the mountain. They didn’t hear from my grandfather for three days. He worked at the shipyard as a civilian. He was fine. Love your worm bucket!

  3. What a lovely gift from Jude – she’s so amazing. fun palm tree fabric too. the worms look fun, if that’s teh right word. good luck with them.

  4. Hey Kristin! My husband (Stu) knows yours! Small Army huh? Your Art took over from a McCoy in Heidelberg…maybe…or maybe there is another Art out there. I up-cycled one of the uniforms you sent into the unit Christmas Elf outfit…looks pretty darn cute. For Pearl Harbor day we watched “Pearl Harbor” Not the best movie ever since Ben is such a baby during the whole thing…but that is what we did.

    I feel like I know you now, by Proxey!

  5. Lucky duck! Anything from Jude would be a treat. If you haven’t made your way over to the USS Arizona memorial, it is well worth the trip. Very moving. Hey your rainbow bag is the cutest thing!

  6. We remember Dec 7. It’s part of history. Keep us tuned on the composting…our compost is simply a pile out in the garden. It works, but I wouldn’t mind trying a bin indoors. It’s difficult to compost outdoors in the dead of cold, cold winter.

  7. What lovely gifts you have received in the mail! Such a treasure to get one of Jude’s wonderful little quilts. And the cards from Gennine are so lovely. I have admired both of their work for a long time. I hope you will share more of your worm compost adventure! This looks so exciting! We have a large composter in our backyard which is unfortunately too tall for me to use. My husband has lost interest and I am sad to say we are no longer doing it. AS WhiteStone said, it is hard to compost outside when it is so dark and cold!

  8. i admired that little quilt from jude when she blogged about it and was glad to see she put a little of my shibori in it- perfect that you would receive it!

    and your climate there is perfect for composting!

  9. the gingerbread hula dancers do it for me! for a quick second the 37 degree high today didn’t seem so bad 🙂

    Happy Celebrating your birthday month! Are you familiar with the book On The Day You Were Born? If not, get and have your kids or your dad read it to you.

  10. Wow, I’m just getting caught up on all my blogs after the holiday craziness but how could you NOT realize the importance of December 7th? I don’t know if it’s because we’re a Navy family but that day sort of stood still for us when we were stationed on Oahu. If you get a chance try to take one of the private tours of the USS Arizona (I think they’re something that can be arranged through the PAO at Pearl Harbor, or at least they could be when we were there post 9/11)

    Way too much of an emotional reaction to this post when I should have been focused on the quilting and remarkable assimilation you’ve accomplished to HI after your stint in Germany. What a way to start off the New Year.

  11. Welcome to the world of vermiculture! I’ve been feeding mine for a few years now, and Cathy’s garden is the better for it.

    You may want to put a bigger plastic tray under the bin, and put the lid over it. It will help keep the little critters from escaping, and will catch any drippings that come out.

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