|Our new friends, Pia and Thomas who live walking distance down the beach. They too have had considerable world travel experiences and adventures.|
|Sunset from the veranda.|
Then, last night when we were settling in for the night, turning on the AC in our bedroom, water started pouring out of the air con in front of the bathroom door. Quickly, we shut it off and again, called Gede.
In minutes, he arrived on his motorbike, suggesting we sleep in the second main floor bedroom in air conditioned comfort. Having been awake since 4 am, that seemed like a logical solution since we were pooped and anxious for a good night's sleep.
|The recycle guy stopping at our villa. Note the motorbike hauling the trailer.|
Gede asked us to leave it on all day today to determine if the problem is resolved. Poor Gede. We had him up early with us and then back over in the early evening. Hopefully, tonight we'll be able to sleep in the more familiar master bedroom.
Yesterday the workers were here most of the day. By 4 pm, the water heater was fully repaired and once again we had running water. We couldn't wait to get into the shower.
|We've seen these flowers in most tropical climates.|
We were so excited to spend time with Pia and Thomas. It had been since July, on the Mekong River cruise, where we socialized with other travelers, all possessing the commonality of interests in seeing amazing parts of the world.
We didn't have any cocktail fixings or wine to offer, instead pouring them each a frosty glass of iced tea, refilled often on the hot humid day. We all lounged under the shade of the cabana enjoying the cooling ocean breezes, engaged in delightful chatter sharing mutual stories of world travel and the wide variety of adventures we'd all experienced over the years.
|Shrine in the neighborhood.|
In our old lives, we both reveled in our active social lives, both individually and as a couple. We've been able to stay in touch with many of our friends through Facebook and email. With many, its almost a daily interaction in one form or another.
Having always been a part of a social group of "girls" I've certainly missed the face to face aspect of these special relationships; the long lunches; the shopping trips and the often lengthy phone conversations when we shared a personal joy or tribulation, analyzing every possible resolution.
|A boy and a buffalo.|
Tom is now my "girlfriend" along with being my husband, lover and travel companion. He's actually a good close second when over these past four years, we've grown so much, its easy to share any topic with one another, including topics I'd previously reserved for "girl time."
|We do see a large number of birds in Bali, although we hear them singing all day. This white bird was sitting atop a satellite dish.|
We often hear those in relationships refer to their significant other as their best friend. And yet, when they have an issue with one another they may discuss solutions with their "other" friends.
For us, being together 24/7 with no opportunity to socialize in person with our old friends, we only have one another with whom to discuss any worries, concerns or issues, especially those related to one another.
Subsequently, we "talk it out" with each other. The end result? We problem solve handling all issues quickly face to face. Perhaps, in the long run this has contributed to our getting along as well as we do.
Sure, on occasion, Mr. Overall Grumpy rears his ugly head, and I, Miss Overly Bubbly, maintain a stance of low stress, peace and harmony. Last night, "water, water, everywhere," he appeared for only a moment to magically disappear after a few choice words were spewed, by no means directed at me. I don't take it personally. Only minutes later, we were laughing and teasing in our usual playful manner.
|Colorful dome on the above mosque.|
May your day bring new friends into your life!
Photo from one year ago today, September 23, 2015:
|In Fiji, our dish towels had been hanging outside for days unable to dry with the constant rain. We couldn't throw them into the dirty laundry (done weekly by staff) when they'd be covered in ants by morning. When necessary, I placed them into a bag in the freezer until laundry day in order to avoid the ants. For more details, please click here.|