Raining in buckets!...Touch of cabin fever?...Unreal video of another steep road...


Steep road to the house in Savusavu!

With our lifestyle geared toward making events less stressful when its within our control keeps us at "home" on rainy days.  As of today, we've been in Savusavu for 15 days and its rained for 13 days.

My dish towels have been hanging outside on the ropes of the railing for days, partially drying during short dry periods and then becoming soaked a short time later. There's not a single spot indoors to hang them.

These dish towels have been hanging outside for days unable to dry with the constant rain.  We can't throw them into the laundry when they'd be covered in ants by morning.  When necessary, I place the dirty towels into a bag into the freezer overnight.
Shalote will take the soaked towels along with our dirty laundry to the mysterious washer and dryer she and Usi use to do the laundry. I saw a clothesline in an obscure location on this five acre property.  I longingly think of those stand up racks we've used in various countries throughout the world where we did our own wash, hanging the clothes to dry.  This way I wouldn't have this daily dish towel issue. 

We'd love to get out, me more than Tom.  If we hardly ever went out and about, he'd be content.  Somehow, he manages to entertain himself constantly reading online; looking for future cruises, airfares and car rentals; listening to his favorite Minnesota podcast, Garage Logic (three hours daily); checking stock prices and financial matters; and spending time spewing a variety of opines on Facebook, Cruise Critic and a few other choice newsy sites he fancies.

If we sat outside in the rain we'd be protected by the overhang.  But, the mozzies are in full force during this rainy period.
Me, on the other hand, prefers to be out exploring and taking photos.  Good grief, I prepare a daily post and need photos!  The great part is the enjoyment I derive from taking the photos and...from posting them along with the story of an outing.  It's an indescribable pleasure. 

Fortunately, we've have gone out during short dry periods able to take the many photos we've share to date with still a stash in "inventory."  Our goal is to have no less than five or six days of yet un-posted photos on hand in the event of inclement weather. 

Tiny purple flowers with a tiny bee on the flower on the left.
At times, our photos may appear to be repeats but we do not post repeats unless we mention in the caption they've been previously posted.  Of course, there always will be the repeated "year ago" photo at the bottom of each post.
I'll admit from time to time I have no choice but to wander about the yard looking for new photo ops to post over the next days, if for whatever reason we haven't been able to go anywhere of significance. 

Flowers have been blooming with this excessive amount of rain.
Here in Fiji, with the slow wifi, we're limited on how many photos will upload without taking hours.  Once I start a post I usually stick with it until its online except for the time the photos take to load during which I usually chop and dice for the evening's meal.  Not one to sit and stare at the computer I can't otherwise use, I find other ways to make use of the time.

Most days, it takes the entire morning to write, edit and upload photos.  Our post may not be editorially perfect by any means but, we do make the effort. After its online Tom also proofreads it often finding errors I missed after which I immediately return to the editing page to make the corrections.   

Another house in the area, down the hill from us.
Tom, who's grammar may be a result of growing up "in the hood" is actually an excellent proofreader. He waits to listen to his podcasts until after I'm done posting offering considerable assistance in researching and fact checking many aspects of each post.  It truly is a team effort requiring our combined attention each morning.

The remainder of my days at "home," referring to the afternoons, I spend  searching for future locations and vacation rentals, working on the financials and our spreadsheet and communicating with friends and family.  I don't spend more than 10 minutes daily in Facebook or other social media, preferring to spend time up and out of this chair when possible. 

Bougainvillea aren't as prolific here as they were in Kenya.
With our limited way of eating, its always challenging coming up with new ways to prepare our food, creating and/or following new recipes I've found online at the zillions of low carb sites, many requiring tweaking here and there to make them suitably free of sugar, grains and starch.

Last night, instead of plain steamed green beans with butter, I created a recipe for stir fried, cooked in ghee and coconut oil, Asian seasoned green beans infused with bacon I'd first pre-cooked in the microwave. 

Baby palm fronds growing up the sides of a larger frond.

We seldom have plain meat, veg and salad.  In most cases, I make a "dish," of some sort or other put together with a variety of ingredients making dining more interesting and varied.  This requires a lot of work and time, of which I have had plenty, especially on these rainy days.

Thank goodness, we aren't typical travelers on a two week vacation/holiday to Fiji.  We'd be sorely disappointed with the daily rain.  Who wants to walk through a rainforest or visit a waterfall in pouring rain?  Maybe 20 years olds.  

The sun almost peeked out a few days ago.
It would be dangerous for us to walk from the house to the steep driveway in the rain especially when we read online in a review for this property that a younger visitor had fallen on the road.  Why take a chance?  The views easily make up for the potential risks so we're not complaining, instead being careful and appreciating the lovely home and location.

We can't imagine driving in the rain on the steep driveway to the house as shown in the video we posted above.  There's no doubt that the skies will eventually clear for many days in a row before too long.  We had this same rainy early on in Trinity Beach with resulting sunny skies day after day when the rains finally died down.

These unusual flowers are blooming below the veranda.
Luckily, with the house on a hill with a solid tin roof, we're not suffering any ill effects of the rain inside the house.  So what about the soaked dish towels and being stuck indoors!

In our old lives, we wouldn't have been doing much more when it rained with wild thunder and lightening knocking out the power, a blizzard fell leaving snow drifts taller than the tops of our heads, and with record temperatures in Minnesota dropping to -60F, -51C, with an estimated lowest record wind chill of -100F, -73C. 
We saw the same variety of beautiful yellow flowers in Trinity Beach.  As much as we'd like to post names of every flower posted, many we simply don't recall and, are unable to use data to look to find them online.
Tom always says Minneapolis is as cold as Moscow.  He spent 42 years working in that weather and remembers it well.  A bit of rain in a tropical climate, even over a period of weeks is unimportant to us.

We hope our readers continue to enjoy our posts with the photos we do have available during this rainy spell.  As soon as it clears we'll be out and about, taking photos of this beautiful country. 

Instead of fussing over the weather, we find ourselves grateful for our lives, for good health, for being together and for having this opportunity to stretch our wings and fly...and fly...and fly...
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Photo from one year ago today, September 23, 2014:
One year ago, we posted our total expenses for six nights in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as we prepared to board the ship to Hawaii the next day.  For more details and the listed expenses, please click here.


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