16 December 2020

Twenty-twenty is looking to go out with a wallop, so I’m doing the blog a day early. This time tomorrow we could be facing the beginning of storm winds. So let me tell you about what I think is pretty nuts here –

putting up a new roof!

Back in October, Austin decided change downstairs in the wood house – to make a porch for the door. (Covered so we can move in chicken feed in the rain, and also to protect the house foundation)

screen rolled up, waiting for a wall

In November, the wall went up and got louvers. (oops, I didn’t get a picture!) Posts went up outside.

some day a roof!

So this week Rakesh has been doing the framing for the little roof. Lots of strapping. I figured it will hold up as well as the rest of this wood house if a big hurricane uses us as ground zero. Wind will not get caught in just the framing.

But no, Austin wants to put the little roof ON.

“Let’s finish it up before it all blows away.” ha ha

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Junia shot me a photo of a baby lamb on the farm. He kept having to hunt in the bushes for it. Ineffective mother just wasn’t taking care of him. Yesterday Junia brought him up –

RIP Baby lamb

Farm life is not for the squeamish. Poor young ‘un.

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The week started off happier. One of our workers, Lutu, had a traditional wedding where she was officially handed over to her husband’s family. Here are some random photos from it.

It was quite an event.

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A Little Hawaiian Flora and Fauna Report

I was chatting this week with daughter Clara in Honolulu. She told me two little interesting stories.

#1 the plant that called her name

a Something plant

Clara was getting exercise walking in her old neighborhood. One of the residents has a “Take One Leave One” bookshelf and also a “Take One Leave One” basket. Clara saw this plant and she wanted it, but did not have anything to leave. She thought about it as she finished her walk, and then in her car was …. a small bottle of Hand Sanitizer. Bingo! So she went and made the trade. Now she has the plant and has no idea what it is. She’s put the roots in water and hopes that will work. If you know what plant this is and how to care for it, let us know!

#2 the wild white pigeon who adopted the family

Feather Whippy

Birds visiting the house is often considered a heavenly visitation in Fijian culture. Clara’s father-in-law died last month, so when this white pigeon invited himself in, hubby Nigel was moved. Then he noticed that the bird was lame! He picked the bird up and saw its feet were bound with human hair. He cut the hair off. Bird kept coming around – they named him “Feather” Then Feather showed up with MORE hair around his feet. Nigel operated again. Clara says a lot of local pigeons have stubs for feet. Hair is a BIG problem. Anyway, it looks like Feather is an unofficial pet now.

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DONE !

I finished the quilt.

three months of my life

In case of fire or storm, the one thing I’ll grab is my two quilts. Looks like I may be grabbing tomorrow.

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Friends, if we have power, I’ll be back next week, but it is likely that I won’t be posting until 2021. Sooooooo Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. and See you on the flip side.

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8 thoughts on “16 December 2020

  1. I’d love to know what the wedding pillows and kerosene were for. Glad they managed to get married before the storm came! Stay cozy and safe.

    • The pillows are for the couple to use and to give away as gifts themselves. Kerosene is just for the families to use – it’s practical. In the old days it was drums of coconut oil that the families made – also practical. At least that’s what I’ve heard. What is weird to me is that Fijian couples marrying here and planning to move overseas immediately still get all this stuff – including moquito nets – because “it’s the custom” – so I figure most or all of is really for sharing with the extended family.

    • Thank you! I’m enjoying that quilt a lot. So now I decided to make a small quilt for each grandchild in the coming year. More fun than crossword puzzles! Send some photos of your quilts (i.e. I need ideas! – ha ha). Hugs

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