23 April 2020

Yesterday, some neighborhood kids came by hoping to swim.  Alas, the meetings-ban makes us feel unable to say yes.  But they left with cake, a kitten and smiles.  Good enough.

That leaves two kittens –  getting big now.

2020-04-22 kittens with oja santa  Cr.jpgThey’re beside some oja santa leaves, the stems of which went into yesterday’s lunch.

Then this morning Mama Daisy killed a myna for their morning tea.

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Buttercup was chowing down.   Buttercup and Shadow are probably going to be permanent family members.


Austin gave two of the puppies to some cousins in Lawai Village.  They had a very big healthy dog at home, so Austin is happy that the pups have a family who knows how to take care of them.

We’ll probably keep the other two to replace Tarsi and Torsett.


A few days ago somebody was cleaning and came to the kitchen with the nest of a paper wasp.

Granddaddy and Kiki knocked and dug all the larvae out.

2020-04-18 wasp larvae 1 raw  R.jpg


The next morning, Kiki greeted me with a bowl of fried wasp larvae – strongly encouraging me to eat one with a stinger.  He has already eaten seven of them.

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I did try them.  They did not live up to Austin’s “they taste like prawns!” recommendation, but they weren’t bad.  I’ve eaten worse.


Years back I bought a hatchet for my son Guy – already a teenager at the time.  It was nothing special to him.  But this week Kiki found it.  What a TREASURE!

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I’ve got videos of Kiki going at pieces of wood.  Age seven is the perfect age for a hatchet – not 14.  Ha ha.


Thanks to the unending hours at home, Austin cleaned off his dresser and his stuff is more visible.  So what a surprise this morning when I could read the date:

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Today is exactly the fourth anniversary of his TEDx talk in Suva.   So many years ago.


A last (weird) note.  Our house was haunted when we bought it.  The ghost did things like turn on the radio.  Austin and Michael found out what ceremony had never been done, and they did it, and the ghost stopped showing himself.   Later we got his photo and put it on the wall.


Yesterday evening, Daisy knocked it off the wall as she tried to catch a moth and the frame broke – so it was sitting on the counter.

Last night the ceiling fan came on by itself with no warning.

Guess we better get a new frame soon!


Happy week, everybody.



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